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VStS,M.1,9Sea. I ConsolldatedPeb. 1899.
From All Parts of the New World
and the Old.
OF INTEREST TO OUR MANY READERS
Comprehensive Review of the Important Hap
pening! of the Past Week fai a
Minister Conger left Pekln for
England rejects the Hay-Paunce-fote
A Filipino band was defeated near
Sixteen lives were lost by the storm
President McKinley will start for
the Pacific coast April 30.
Victims of the plague are dying Jn
the streets of Cape Town.
A secret society buried alive na
tives friendly to Americans.
The French ex-consul at Manila is
accused of dealing with insurgents.
Eight persons were killed and many
injured by an explosion in a Chicago
Carnegie has offered $75,000 for a
library to Davenport, la., and also to
Kirby ' Graves, Bill Johnson and
Henry Brooks, negroes, were hanged
at Richmond,. Ark., for murder.
The Pennsylvania house of repre
sentatives adopted a resolution favor
ing the .election of senators by the
Relatives of Oregon school direct
ors cannot be employed as teachers
without unanimous consent of the
A cloudburst In Maricopa county,
Arizona, carried away five miles of
track of the Maricopa & Phoenix
Oregon law which abolishes office
of fish commissioner, and creates a
similar one, involves question of
whether latter repeals former by im
Two highwaymen entered the vil
lage of Ilpe, near Emporia, Kan., and
held up a dozen people, the occu
pants of two stores.
Antonio Leonardodi, Antro Dimet
and Abram Sarturi, miners at the
Nellie mine. In Bear Creek, Colo.,
were caught by a snowslide.
Two men were killed outright and
three injured by a dynamite explosion
at a quarry near El Paso. All were
Mexicans except the foreman, Chas.
Navajo Indians, in New Mexico, are
becoming restless because of the at
sence of two or mree of their num
ber, who are attending a Chicago
County Judge Gregory, at Louis
ville, held that the Pullman Palace
Car Company is not a railroad and
that its rolling stock cannot be taxed
as railroad property.
The Colorado Stockgrowers' Asso
ciation adopted a -resolution request
ing the department of the interior to
send an inspector West to inquire
into local conditions and 'give settlers,
cattle-owners and others a hearing
relative to forest reserve regulations.
Li Hung Chang is again seriously
Willspoint, Tex., was wrecked by a
Ex-President Harrison is very se
DeweC with 400 Boers, has escaped
to the northward.
Russia assures the powers she will
not annex Chinese territory.
Japan has ordered new' battleship
from . England to Yokohama.
Megler's cannery, at Brookfield,
Wash., was damaged $15,000 by fire.
It is reported that Kitchener de
mands unconditional surrender from
England declines to modify the
canal treaty without a satisfactory
quid pro quo.
General Chaffee refuses to allow
the decapitation of several Boxer
chiefs condemned by a Chinese judge.
, Radical Cubans still hope for abso
lute independence, and that the
United States will not enforce Piatt
Lientenant General Miles, ' accom
panied by his staff, will leave for a
trip to Cuba, where he will make an
Inspection of the principal .military
The mill plant of the Centralia
Shingle Company, Centralia, Wash.,
was. destroyed Dy fire. The fire is
supposed to have originated from the
furnace. The loss is estimated at
about .5,000; insurance, $2,000.
The officials of the foreign office
at Copenhagen deny that the negotia
tions; with the United States for the
sale f the Danisn West Indies have
been discontinued, and they confirm
the statements irom Washington that
no peremptory note has been sent to
Denmark by the United States.
Orders have gone forward from the
navjt department for the return of
the 'battleship Oregon, which has been
so long a time on the Asiatic station,
to the United States. She will prob
ably sail for home about May 1, to
be replaced by the Wisconsin when
the ..vessel has finished her official
The . silk industry of China em
ploys, it Is estimated, from 4,000,000
to 6,000,000 people. v
A 'writer -on modern waterways
says that in the near future electric
traction will be universally adopted
on ' canals, i
. The great Salt Lake Is said to be in
Imminent danger of drying up, the
drain upon it being due to irrigation
Ha Been Completed by the Ministers'
Committee at Pekin.
PEKIN, March 11. The ministers'
committee has completed Its report,
and the general principles to be
adopted in cases of indemnities based
upon laws in harmony with the Roman
and English systems. This decision
ws.S not reached without considerable
discussion, some believing that the
claims of men of good reputation
should be paid in full without further
consideration. On the other hand,
a case was mentioned where a man
of high repute claims $10,000 each for
hin own, his wife's and her daughter's
nerves and $20,000 for property de
stroyed, whereas it is known that the
latter estimate is more than twice
the value of all.
The negotiations, Mr. Rockhill says,
are going on well and he sees no rea
son why they should not be completed
in two months, with the exception of
the commercial treaties, which will
probably take a long time.
General Chaffee replied to the copy
of General Yin Tschang's letter sent
htm by Count von Waldersee that he
had given instructions to the Amer
ican troops when any detachments
were sent against robbers and Boxers
to obtain to the fullest extent possible
the assistance of Chinese officials in
making arrests and punishing the
guilty. Regarding indemnity for
losses sustained by missionaries and
native Christians, General Chaffee
pointed out that his sentiments were
well known to the American mission
aries; that he was opposed to extor
tion in every form, and that he fa
vored strict justice in every case, and
that he would agree quickly to his ex
cellency's proposition .that the indem
nities Sir Robert Hart mentioned
should be settled by the diplomats.
Count von Waldersee will leave
soon for Tsin Tau the trip possibly
extending to Sharp-hai. He says he
expects to return to Pekin temporarily.
It is asserted that China has de
cided to delay her answer to Russia
regarding the Manchurian convention
for a fortnight.
The ministers of the powers have
resolved to modify the legation plans
so as to allow the five government
boards to remain in the ocenpation
of the Chinese.
RADICALS IN MAJORITY.
Not a Bright Outlook for the' Piatt
HAVANA, March 11. The commit
tee on relations of the Cuban consti
tutional convention, to which was re
ferred the Piatt amendment, is made
up of thr,ee radicals Silva, Villanuen
da and Gualberto Gomez and two
conservatives Tamayo and Quesada.
Tamayo, it is understood, is now in
favor of accepting the amendment in
its entirety. He intends taking a
firm stand on this position, and will
send a minority report to the con
vention, if necessary. His political
influence and position are expected to
have a good effect with the others.
Senor Tamayo is chairman of the
committee on foreign relations of the
convention. The committee held a
short secret session this afternoon
and appointed" Gomez secretary.
Political demonstrations have ceased,
and there is absolute quietness
throughout the island;
The strike has been settled, the
stevedores, lightermen and carmen re
turning to work this afternoon. The
stevedores agreed to compromise on
$2 50 American money for a day's
work, and $4 for night work. The
Ward line agent agrees to send home
the American longshoremen.
Struck Gold in Mindanao.
New York, March 11. Frank W.
Redding, formerly of Newark, who
was a member of the Astor battery
during the Spanish war, has, It Is
said, discovered a gold mine on the
island of Mindanao, in the Philip
pines. A quantity of the dust he has
forwarded to his brother, William F.
Redding, of Newark. The latter sent
it to the United States assay office In
New York, and he has received a re
port from the government assayer
that the dust proved to be 897 fine,
and that it is worth in Its crude state
$18 50 an ounce.
Exports of American Corn.
American exports of corn have aver
aged 173,000,000 bushels a year since
1895, an increase of 254 per cent over
the preceding five years. 1
8uicides In Germany.
The number of suicides in the Ger
man empire last year was 10,700.
Fiji 8unday Schools.
There are 40,000 native pupils In
the Sunday schools of the Fiji Islands.
An Unsolved Mystery.
Pittsburg, Pa., March 11. The mys
tery surrounding C. B. Howland, or
Harrison, the alleged English earl
who died in the Allegheny general hos
pital of typhoid fever yesterday, has
not been solved. The, claim that he
was "Earl of Wargrave" was based
on letters found among his effects, In
which- he was addressed as Cecil Sher
brooke Beaumont Howland, Earl ot
OKEdOU STATf news
Hems of Interest' From AH Parts
of the State.
COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL HAPPENINGS
A Brief Review of the Growth and Improve-
ments of the Many Industries Through
: out Our Thriving Commonwealth.
E UOft n A nav rinopfl Timioa la t n
built M Eugene.
Athena AthfUia baa aWaJ rr T
Pace School dirertoi- and T W Q1t.
Baker Citv The Ralter r.itv not.
office will have a stamp-cancelling
The -Dalles The Ttallea inonn.
had an available cash balance March
1 of $1,655.64.
Euaene A . In r?n elenti-in trinn.
former has arrived at Kn
Baker Citv Imnrovementn
$20,000 will be made in the Warshuer
i.oiei at uaKer (Jlty
Eaale Point Tt fa rannrtad frotm
Eagle Point that earlv fronts h
Injured growing wheat.
Pendleton water system have arrived
and are being sold for $10, $15 and
Gold H i 1 1 Tt la ronnrtod tlx,
three-foot vein of gold-bearing quartz
haS been 8trilClr On the olH CWnr-lr nlana
near Gold Hill.
Perrv ThA ftrnnfl l?on,1n T .lmv.
Company will start up its mill at Per
ry mis wees. ADOUt 4,000,000 feet
of logs are on hand.
Coauille Farmers on the north fort
of .the Coquille report hay scarce in
that part of the country; but stock
is in fine condition.
Henderson The waeron hririfre nt
Henderson station whir)i want nn
with the last freshet, is replaced and
opened for travel.
Foots Creek Several tons of
from the Dixie Queen mine, in the
Foots Creek district, are said to have
yielded over $100 a 'ton.
Lakeview The old elontri
for lighting the town of Lakeview has
been discontinued, and will be re
placed by the town plant.
Eaale Point There Is frniifHi
anxiety over the proposed ditch from
I'ish Lake to the valley, fears being
entertained that the company will
take SO .much water out. of the streams
that there will not be enough left
lor irrigating purposes and to- run
the grist mill.
Pilot Rock A painful accident oc
curred at the Warner sawmill, twelve
miles south of Pilot Rock. Will War
ner, while riding on a log carriage,
was struck on the head, and while
stunned leaned over in such a man
ner that a large pieceof" flesh was
cut out of his thigh by the saw
Unity It is reported from Unity,
on UDDer Burnt river that there woo
a disastrous fire in that burg. James
i-aytons. general merchandise store
was totally destroyed, including quite
a stock of goods The building was
practically new, two stories high,
the upper story being used as a dance
Ashland A netitton hna heen for.
warded to Washington for the pro-
puseu iree rural aeiivery route soutn
of Ashland. The route reaches from
Ashland elirht miles to W w Chen.
herd's place, and returns vra Emi
grant creeK. xne number or families
which would be served on this route
is 125, and the number of people
498, and one ' postofBce, Baron, would
Fort Klamath Melhase Bros., of
Fort Klamath weighed 184 head of
beef cattle last week at the Mitchell
ranch and delivered them to George
Kohlhagen of Roseburg. The average
weight was 1252 pounds, from which
was deducted four per cent, making
the selling weight 1201 pounds. The
price paid was 7 cents, an average
of $45.03. The total price paid for
all' was $8,286.90.
Wheat Walla Walla, 55 56c; Val
ley, nominal; bluestone, 67 c ' per
Flour Best grades, $2.80 $3.40 pre
barrel; graham, $2.60.
Millstuffs Bran, $16 per ton; mid
dlings, $21.50; shorts, $17.50; chop,
$16. ;-- .
Oats White, 4445c per bushel;
Hay Timothy, $1212.50; - clover,
$79.50; Oregon wild hay, $67 per
ton. ... ', ' -
Butter Fancy creamery, 225c;
Eggs Oregon . ranch, 1212c;
per dozen. . ,
Poultry Chickens,, mixed, $3.50
4; hens, $4.505; dressed, 11 12c
per pound; springs, $44.50 per doz
en; ducks, $56; geese, $56 per
Potatoes 45 60c per sack.
Dried fruits Apples, evaporated,
66c per pound; sun dried, sacks or
boxes,34c; pears, 89c; prunes,
Italian, 57c; silver, extra choice,
57. . " : .
MuttonGross, best sheep, wethers,
$4.75; ewes, $44.50; dressed, 6
7c . per pound.
Hogs Gross, choice heavy, -$55.25;
light, $4.75 5; dressed, 67c per
Veal Large, 77c per' pound;
small, 89c per pound., ,
Beef Gross, top steers, $4.50
4.75; cows, $44.50; dressed beef, 7
8c per pound. .
After careful and patient investi
gation the historical committee of the
Society of California Pioneers - has
learned that January 24, 1848, was
the exact date of the discovery of gold
in California by James W. Marshall.
Black walnut canes from a tree on
the farm formerly owned by Abraham
Lincoln in Harristown township, Ma
con county, 111., were given to the
members of the cabinet by the presi
dent to whom they had been sent from
Illinois. . ,
PROPOSED BY COLOMBIA.
Scheme for the United State to Ac
quire the Panama Canal.
NEW YORK, March 12. According
to a special to the Herald, Senor Silva,
the Colombian minister to the United
States, has already, informally sub
mitted proposals to Secretary Hay
for the acquisition of the Panama
canal by this government, and has
been invited to discuss them further.
Preliminary protocols were entered
into some time ago with Costa Rica
and Nicaragua, so that, these two
countries during the summer , .will
probably be merely interested spec
tators of the moves which the United
States, Great : Britain and Colombia
will make. -
It is understood that these are the
essential points which the Colombian
government will urge: A lease for a
term of years, so long as the United
States may desire, pot exceeding 200
years, of the territory across which
the Panama canal is being construct
ed; in return for such lease Colombia
is to receive either a percentage of
the tax on tonnage: passage through
the canal, or a lump compensation;
recognition of the rights of the
French company, which will sell Its
concession with Colombia's consent
to the United States. .
IS CLOSE TO DEATH.
Li Hung Chang's Life Hangs by a
PEKIN, March 12. LI Hung Chang
is again seriously ill, 'and his physic
ian says his life hangs by a thread.
Prince Ching and Earl LI seem to
think that by spreading rumors of the
court's unwillingness to return to Pe
kin, unless this or that thing is done,
they can influence the deliberations of
the ministers of the powers. As a
matter of -fact, according to reliable
reports from Sinan Fu, the imperial
personages are extremely uncomforta
ble at Sinan Fu, where they live In
the house of the governor, which is
only a small structure. French mis
sionaries who have just returned from
Sinan Fu believe that the empress
dowager would bring the court back
to Pekin on the nrst offer of the al
lies, having as a basis the removal of
the troops, except the legation guards.
HARRISON IS WORSE.
Ex-President's Condition Now Re
garded as Serious.
INDIANAPOLIS-,, IndMarch 12.
The condition of ex-President Harri
son is serious. Dr. Jameson stated
today that the upper part of General
Harrison's left lung was inflamed.
There is some danger of the conges
tion extending to the rest of the lung
and to the right lung. ' Until 3 o'clock
this afternoon, General Harrison was
resting easy, but at that time he be
came slightly worse and Dr. Jameson
was called. He said that he was cer
tain noining was to be apprehended
for the next 48 hours, but the age of
the patient renders all calculations
uncertain. At 8 o'clock this evening
General Harrison was suffering some
pain, but was resting comparatively
TO ORGANIZE GOVERNMENT.
Philippine Commission Leave for
MANILA, March 12. Judge Taft
and his associates of the United
States Philippine commission, accom
panied by their wives and a number
of prominent Filipinos, embarked to
day on the United States transport
Sumner and sailed for Lucena,- Prov
ince of Tayabas, Luzon, where they
will organize the provincial govern
ment. At the time of their departure
the pier was thronged with natives. '
The insurgents have surrendered
500 rifles In the "Province of Pam
panga, Bulacan and Bataan during the
last four weeks.;
, The Methodists report .120 converts
in Manila last week, and the Philip
pine Evangelical church claims to
have secured many new members.
Three Persons Killed by Tornado.
Forest City, Ark., March 12. Three
persons were killed and many injured
in ithis vicinity last night by a tor
nado, and 16 houses, and miles of
fences and many, trees were leveled
to the ground. Ten .miles -northeast
the tornado shattered the house of J.
A. Woody, killing Woody and seriously
injuring his wife and his stepson, Bob
Allen. The other victims were ne
groes. - ; -
German plantation- -experts claim
that the Samoan islands have a great
future in coffee, tea, tobacco, cotton,
etc:.'-. V :::f. "7
The Bell Telephone Company. has
bought for $500,000 a system of self
induction coils which makes . conver
sation between New York and Lon
don as easy as between near-by
Rich Strike in Republic Mine.
Spokane, March 12. A well-founded
report from Republic Is to the effect
that $1,400 ore has been struck In
the Morning Glory raise. A streak
of eight inches assayed that amount.
Assessments will cease, according to
the directors. The Butte & Boston
mine at Republic has 18 Inches or ore
worth over $200 per ton, according to
a statement of Superintendent Nick
erson. The strike Is at a depth of
FRIDAY, MARCH 15,
OffCRS to m
Prisoners Will Be Released for
ONE MAN FOR EACH WEAPON RETURNED
Carman Cue Will Be Referred to Washington
General Trias May Be Induced to
Give up the Fight.
Manila, March 9. Additional In
ducements have been made to the in
surgents to surrender their guns.
General MacArthur has directed all
department commanders to release
one. prisoner for every gun surren
dered. An insurgent who surrenders
his gun will be permitted ' to name
the prisoner to be released, provided
no exceptional circumstances require
this man's detention, in which case
another selection will be allowed.
The federalists report that as a re
sult of the negotiations with the in
surgent General Trias, who - is in
Southern Luzon. Trias probably will
The United States training-ship
Buffalo has completed . the exchange
of crews with the warships at Ca
vite, and has sailed to exchange 700
men recently from the United States
for members of the crews of several
American waFships at Hong Kong
and Shanghai. Meanwhile the navy
dispatch boat Zafiro has taken 200 men
to the navy vessels in Southern Phil
ippine waters for the same purpose.
The flagship Brooklyn goes to Pe
Chi LI gulf in April to conduct the
maneuvers. The Kentucky, the Ore
gon, the New Orleans, the Albany, the
Monterey and the Monadnock will par
ticipate in these maneuvers. The
American fleet on the Asiatic station
now numbers 64 vessels.
Deported to Guam.
Washington, March 9. General
MacArthur has notified the war de
partment by mail that in pursuance
of authority obtained from the depart
ment under date of December 27 last,
he has ordered the deportation of a
number of persons "whose overt acts
have clearly revealed them as in aid
or in sympathy with the insurrection
and the regular guerrilla warfare by
which it is being maintained, and
whose continued residence in the
Philippine islands is, in every essen
tial regard, Inimical to the pacifica
By direction of the commanding
general, the persons named were de
livered to Major Henry B. Orwlng,
Thirty-seventh infantry, on board a
transport for deportation to Guam,
where they will be held under sur
veillance or in actual custody as cir
cumstances may require during the
further progress of hostilities and until
such time as normal peace conditions
in the Philippines has resulted in a
public declaration of the cessation of
such hostilities. .
Subsequently, another batch of in
surgent sympathizers and agitators
were deported to Guam on the United
States steamship Solace, to be held
under the same condition as the
others. The party consisted of mem
bers of the Katipunan society.
REBEL CAMP SURPRISED.
Thirty - one : Filipinos Captured on
Island of Talim.
, MANILA, March 8. Lieutenant
West, with . the gunboat Laguna de
Bay, surprised an insurgent camp on
the island of Talim, on Lake bay, east
of Manila, capturing 31 insurgents. '
Many small detachments in various
localities are surrendering daily. It is
xeported that negotiations are in pro
gress for the surrender of all insur
gents on the Island of Cebu.
The United States Philippine com
mission is Investigating the. case ot
Senor Mamje, the native judge of the
court of first instance in Manila, who
Is accused of fraudulently aiding the
administrator of the Enriquez estate.
' A Threatening Note.
London, March : 9. "The United
States government has .addressed a
note to the Danish government al
most threatening In tone," says the
Copenhagen correspondent of th
Daily Mail, "to the effect that it would
not permit any transfer of the banish
West Indies to any foreign power, and
that, in the event of Denmark refusing
to. sell, the United States will require
that island and maritime neutrality
shall be properly guarded and the
United States sphere of influence be
Northwest Postal Orders.
. Washington, March 9. The postof
flce at Mishawaka, Clatsop county,
Or, will ; be : discontinued March 15,
mail going to Vinemaple. -
The name of the postofBce at Bos
ton, Clallam county. Wash., has been
changed to Mora. - ,
' The postofBce at Elk, Spokane coun
ty, Wash;, has been moved two miles
to the northwest, without change ot
postmaster. , ..
NEW COMPANY FORMED.
Ultimate Object Is to Operate Boats
and Cars From Spokane to Portland.
NORTH YAKIMA, Wash, March 3.
The Upper River Transportation
Company has been incorporated for
the purpose of controlling a line ot
steamers on the Columbia river. The
boats will make regular daily trips
from Priest Rapids to The Dalles and
carry the great wheat crop of Eastern
Washington to market. The incor
porators of the company are J. M.
Russell, Gccrge C. Blakely and T. A.
Hudson. In addition to operating on
the Columbia, they will, run a line of
steamers to Lewiston, Idaho, on the
In connection with the navigation
of the rive.rs a plan is under consid
eration to construct an -electric rail
way through the counties of Douglas
and Lincoln, In Eastern Washington,
and connect with Spokane. The road
will reach all of the wheat centers
and be used for hauling wheat to
Priest Rapids. There it will be loaded
on steel barges and hauled down the
river to The Dalles. A portage rail
way will be used to haul the barges
around the falls and into the Colum
bia below, when the boats will be
towed to Portland and the Pacific
coast points for shipment to the Ori
The steamer Billings, which has
been lying on a rocky bar 20 feet
above water a few miles below Pasco,
is" now being overhauled preparatory
to launching for the upper river traf
fic. A line of steamers will, be run
from the upper Columbia to Priest
Rapids and open up the trade from
the great mining districts in the Re
public and surrounding country.
MUTINY ON ALBANY.
Sailors on American Cruiser Rebelled
at Hong Kong.
TACOMA, Wash., March U. Ad
vices brought by the steamship Good
win state that 75 sailors mutinied on
board the cruiser Albany at Hong
Kong last month. The cause was lack
of money and liberty. The refractory
sailors were placed in irons and
taken to Cavite for trial.
The Mohammedan rebellion in Kan
Su has assumed such alarming pro
portions that the empress dowager
has commanded General Feng Tze
Sai to proceed northward from Can
ton with haste and undertake their
The gunboats Ball and Sugrib,
built at Hong Kong, for Siam, have
been turned over to that government,
with the object of striking terror to
the rebels at Canton. Fourteen bri
gands were executetd February 14.
Four other men are being starved to
death in cages exposed to public view.
DEPUTY SHERIFF KILLED.
Fought a Pitched Battle With Two
MILTON, Cal, March 13. News
has just . been received ; here . that
Deputy Sheriff Holman, of Calavesas
county, was shot and killed at Wal
lace, a small town near here, in a
pitched battle witn two highwaymeni
One of the latter is reported seriously
Two- prominent residents of Wal
lace were held up and robbed by the
bandits. The . men who were robbed
immediately reported the affair to the
county officials, and ' Deputy Sheriff
Holman, with a small posse, went to
Wallace to arrest the robbers with
the result above noted.
- General Young - Returning. ,
Washington, March 13. The quar
termaster general is informed that
the transport Logan left Nagasaki
Thursday for San Francisco with
Major General Young and the Thirty
third and Thirty-fourth Volunteer reg
iments. - General Young, on his ar
rival at San Francisco, will relieve
General Shatter of ; the command of
the department of California, and the
latter will be retired as a major
general. I . : .
EIGHT LIVJES LOST.
Forty-Two Persons Were Injured
and Several Are Missing.
CHICAGO, March 13. By the ex
plosion of a boiler in the Doremus
laundry, 458 West Madison street,
this .morning, eight persons were in
stantly killed, 42 were injured, and
several are missing.
The cause of the explosion has not
been determined . with accuracy as
yet, and it will probably require an
official, investigation to settle the
matter. '- ' .
Reports of the number of dead in
the ruins run all the way from six to
20. It is known that 36 employes of
the laundry . had entered the place
before the explosion occurred, be
cause the automatic timekeeper found
in the ruins showed that number Of
registered arrivals. Two or three
were entering .at the moment of the
explosion, making the approximate to
tal of 40 employes in and around the
It is reported that an offlcer of the
boiler' inspection- department warned
Mr. Doremus that the boiler was un
safe to use in its present condition.
Laundry employes, however, declare
that the boiler had not been inspect
ed, and therefore not condemned. -
The wreckage near the boiler and
in the east part of the building at
once took fire, and through the blind
ing clouds of dust and smoke and
escaping steam could be seen strug
gling men and women, some of them
half buried in wreckage, others feebly
endeavoring to climb to some place of
safety, while from various parts of
the ruins came cries for help. '
The fire department - soon extin
guished the flames and the work of
rescue began at once. One by one
the wounded and bleeding girls were
carried to near-by stores, where they
were given hasty - medical attention
and then taken to hospitals in am
bulances. Northwest Postal Orders.
Washington, March. 13. The post
office at Jett, Baker county, Or, will
be discontinued after March 15, when
mail for that point will be, delivered
at Lime. -
Tv name of the office ' at Victorj
Mascnv county, Wash, has been
changed to Allyn. ; . '. .- -i.- '..:- ... .
Power. From Niagara. ' I",".
About 12,000 horse power is trans
mitted In the form of electricity from
Niagara to Buffalo.
XXXVIII. NO. 12.
Declines to Accept the Amended
Canal Treaty. -
GREAT BRITAIN'S REPLY IS RECEIVED
No Counter Proposal Made If Negotiations
Are Resumed It Must Be on this Side
The Text Withheld.
Washington, March 13. The long
expected answer from the British
government to the Rtnte iiamrtiunt'.
communication reciting the action of
iuo BBuaie upon me May-Fauncefote
treaty was returned at noon today.
Lord Pauncefote, the British ambas
sador, had already acquainted Sec
retary Hay with the fact that he had
received a communication from his
government on the subject and it had
been in his possession for several
days. Secretary Hay had acquired
a general knowledge of the character
of the British response. Lord Paunce
fote came to the state department at
noon by appointment He brought
the answer with him and read it to
Secretary Hay. It was in the form of
instructions from Lord Lansdowne,
the British minister of foreign affairs,
to Lord Pauncefote, and he left a
copy of these instructions with Sec
retary Hay. At the conclusion of the -conference,
it was stated that the in
structions to Lord Pauncefote were to
notify the government of the United
States that the British government
did not see its way clear to accept
the senate amendments.
The amendments were treated In
detail at some length in argumenta
tive fashion, the purpose of the Brit
ish government being to show that
it had sound reason for declining to
accept them. After disposing of the
details, the note concludes with an
expression of regret that such a
course was forced upon the British
government. There was nothing in
the nature of a counter proposition,
nor was any opening left for further
action by the British government. It
was stated that if there is to be a
further attempt to amend the Clayton
Bulwer treaty, so as to authorize the
United States to construct a water
way across he isthmus, then It is for
the United States to make the overtures.-
The British government simp
ly drops the matter at this point.
The Hay-Pauncefote negotiationb
have been in progress for something
over two years, and owing to the
great interests involved, they have
constituted the leading international
question at issue before the state de
partment. The treaty was signed
prior to the opening of the 56th con-'
gress, and was submitted to the sen
ate in December, 1899. It at once ,
encounutered opposition in that body,
but after some delay -was finally rat
ified after several amendments ' had
been adopted. The chief issue was
made on what was known as the
Davis amendment. While in terms
this did not give the United States
a right to fortify the canal, yet in
general language it expressed the
right of this country to adopt such
measures in regard to the canal as
were deemed necessary for the proper
maintenance' of American authority.'
After extended debate in executive
session two other amendments were,
adopted, and the treaty was ratified
as -amended. The other two amend
ments abrogated the Clayton - Bulwer
treaty and struck out the provision
of the treaty which invited other for
eign governments to express their
approval of it. .
BOERS HELP BRITISH.
Two Thousand of Them Are Ready
BLOEMFONTEIN, March 13. Gen- '
eral Dewet is reported to be moving
northward steadily, at the rate of 25
miles a day, with a view of crossing
the railway-, to the eastward. . He
should now be west of Kroonstadt.
Several small commandoes are . In
possession of the southeastern por
tion of the Orange River colony, from
which the garrisons of Dewetsdorp,;
Weepner, Smithfield and Rouxville
have been withdrawn.
It Is impossible not' to he struck
with the fact that a great portion of
the former enemies of Great Britain
in South Africa now frankly throw in
their lot with the British. Brandfort,
Kroonstadt and Bloemfontein com
panies of ex-burghers are now bearing
arms against the Boers. They state
their object is not to operate against
their former comrades, but to defend
their homes and ' property against
marauding bands.' Every town in the
Free State occupied by the British
will soon become a center of British
Influence, extending a long distance
In their vicinity.. Over 13,000 refu
gees are now within the British lines,
and many of them demand arms and
permission to take the field. If their
requests are granted it will be easy
to get 2,000 ex-burghers enrolled on
the British side.
JAPS WITH BOGUS PAPERS.
VANCOUVER, B. C, March 13. It
is reported that a number of Japa
nese immigrants attempting to cross
the boundary line from British Colum
bia to Washington recently had in
their possession fraudulent British nat
uralization papers, the date of their
passports showing they had resided
in this province only a fraction of
the statutory period It was supposed
the traffic, in fraudulent papers had
been broken up when the. commis
sions of several notaries - -connected
with the practice were-canceled by ,
the government some months ago. :
Burglars Took $6,600 From' Bank.' '
'.' Argonia, Kan, March 13. The pri- ' ;
Tate ' bank of J. H. Springer - was
robbed, by three men, and $2,600 in
cash and $4,009 In registered govern- .
ment 3 per . cent bonds'- secured,.,' .
About $140 in gold and $8,000 in honds, .
were left untouched- The : robbers "J
secured their tools from the "Santa -Fe
section house near-by. The, vault. .
was entered through the brick wall, ',.
and the safe blown open with nltro-'
glycerine. . . .j .