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S,zKVStSi.eira. ConsoUdateiFeD. 1899.
COEVALLIS, , BENTON COUNTY, OREGON, FEIDAY, APEIL 19, 1301.
VOL. XXXVIII. NO. 17.
fl A 'ZTi
nres onnE week
From AH Parts of the New World
and the Old.
OF INTEREST TO OUR MANY READERS
Comprehensive Review of the Important Haf
puiing of the Past Week In
Two transports are overdue from
Archbishop Martinelli becomes a
Kitchener will soon resume active
Minister Wu wants the Chinese ne
Morgan is not seeking control of
the British iron market.
Dr. Kinyoun has been transferred
from San Francisco to St. Paul.
There are sensational developments
in the army scandal at Manila.
The territory of Hawaii is made a
part of the ninth Judicial circuit.
A man was murdered while walk
ing up main street of Gem, Idaho.
President Schurman says the Cu
bans should have civil government.
A strong flow of natural gas has
been located near Colorado Springs,
The trans-e- ts Logan and Thyra
sailed from ban Francisco for Ma
nila. There is an unconfirmed rumor In
London that the Boers captured
A banquet was tendered President
Tucker, of Dartmouth college, at San
About 200 boiler makers, helpers
and heaters struck in Buffalo for
There is grave doubt as to the con
stitutionality of Oregon's new direct
The British ship Monterey cleared
from New Orleans- for Cape Town
with 1100 mules.
. Fishing season on Columbia opened
with more gear in water than ever
before on first day.
China has thanked Japan, for what
aid that country has already rendered
and . asks for further assistance.
- A house was raided in Sioux Falls,
a. u., ana a counterfeiter arrested.
The officers secured a complete coun
Daniel C. French, a sculptor, of
jriiuaueipma, wiu receive a commis
sion from the Lawton Monument As
sociation to construct a memorial to
General Lawton, who died in the
There will be no strike on the Jer
' sey Central.
The allotment of Chinese indemnity
has been fixed.
An American party was almost en
trapped in Leyte.
All arrangements are complete for
the president's trip.
It is evident that Japanese will ex
pect war with Russia.
The trial of an army scandal case
has opened in Manila.
The crown prince of Germany will
visit the Austrian court.
Moral crusade in Seattle is a per
sonal war on Mayor Humes.
Twelve cents per pound has been
offered for hops at Salem, Or.
Japan demands to know whether
emperor will return to capital.
The uurning of the negro Alexander
at Leavenworth is being Investigated.
Mrs. Nation was arrested for ob
structing streets of Kansas City, Mo.
Many natives flocked to Capiz to
near form or provincial government
Twelve thousand dpth In Tlmida.
county, Or., are to be prospected foi
oil and coal.
jo-operauve -memoa or marKetmg
fruit was dealt a severe blow by Cal
Three Pennsylvania people were rur
down by a train and killed, and an
Conduct of ministers of powers in
postponing meetings causes much ad
Ann Arbor university dean of med
Icine acknowledges Student Hare has
The stolen gold bars were founf
during the cleaning of the Kaiser Wil
helm der Grosse.
..' Captain J. G. Griffin, a Columbia
(S. C.) railroad man, was shot, prob
ably by Major B. B. Evans.
Commissioner Young, of 1905 cen
tennial, would call on the Orient foi
both funds and attractions.
The Taft commission is in Western
Washington pan-American fair com
mission turned down honorary mem
bers of woman board of managers.
One of three. Idaho men who fired
' on deputy sheriffs from ambush was
killed. Trouble probably due to abol
ition of martial law.
Charles M. Pepper and Professor
Edward M. Ross were speakers at the
convention of the Academy of Polit
ical and Social Science.
Anton Pfanner, Forest Grove, Or.,
banker, who failed for $40,000, and
then mysteriously disappeared,' haa
turned up in Switzerland.
bouse, situated in. the Strand, London,
is to be hauled down, and the London
county council has to pay 22,500 as
Probably -the smallest monarch in
the world reigns over the Hindu vas
sal state of BhopauL and governs a
people of more than a million souls.
This dwarf is a woman, Djihan-Be-
gum by name, but although he is
about 60 years old, she does not ap
pear larger than a child of 10.
M'KINLEY ON WHEELS.
Tour to Be Made by President and
President McKinley's tour to the Pa
cific coast and thence eastward to
Buffalo, whence the return to Wash
ington will be made, will be one of
splendor. TJie train upon which he
will travel will be most gorgeous and
President McKinley will travel
across the continent surrounded by
his cabinet, with the exception of Sec
retary Gage, who remains in Wash
ington. It is proposed to transact im
portant business while en route. The
cabinet officers will keep in close
touch with the heads of bureaus of
the respective departments. The pres
ident will transact all of the vast
routine which the chief executive
must look after while in Washington.
A corps of expert telegraph operators.
representing the two big telegraph
companies, will accompany the train
to handle official messages, and every
telegraph station along the lines of
the railroads which are to be tra
versed will be subject to their orders
to the exclusion of all commercial and
newspaper business. Cabinet .meet
ings are to be held on Tuesdays and
Fridays, just as they are now held in
Washington. The questions pertain
ing to domestic and foreign policies
will be discussed. Cipher dispatches
from all over the world will be laid
before the president, experts from the
state department being in attendance
to reduce them to English. The con
clusions reached upon all public ques
tions will be conveyed to the acting
heads of the departments in this city,
and will by them be disseminated to
all those concerned.
Trip for Recreation.
As this is to be a trip for recrea
tion and pleasure, the president wants
it understood that he will avoid formal
receptions wherever possible and
make speeches only where he cannot
escape doing so. They want to see
everything that will serve to give
them an idea of the progress and ad
vancement of the country, and its
commercial growth and mercantile
stability. They will pay a special
visit to the great cotton wharves of
New Orleans to witness the loading
of steamers of all nations with the
staple product of the fields of the
South. The party is due in San Fran
cisco, May 8, and will participate in
the launching of the battleship Ohio,
and will remain five days. The coast
is to be followed north to Salem, Port
land, Seattle and Spokane, and thence
the party will move eastward into
Montana, where, after an inspection
of the vast copper mines, they will
pay a flying visit to the Yellowstone.
Thence they will go to Ogden and
Salt Lake and then eastward through
Colorado, stopping at Denver for a
protracted visit. From Denver the
train goes to Topeka, Leavenworth
and Kansas City. St. Louis will be
honored by a visit of two days. The
Mississippi valley will be traversed
from that city to St, Paul, with stops
at Keokuk, Burlington and Dubuque.
From Train to Steamer.
From St. Paul the - party goes to
Minneapolis and then to Duluth, where
a steamer of the Great Northern line
will be waiting to convey them
through Lake Superior, the famous
Sault canal, with its wonderful locks,
the Straits of Mackinaw, Lake Huron,
the St. Clair and Detroit rivers, and
Lake Erie to Buffalo. The trip down
the lakes will possess novelty and
interest for every member of the
party, even for those who" have al
ready made it, and at the same time
will constitute a recreation after
nearly five weeks of travel by rail
through plain and prairie, desert and
mountain and valley.
The president will visit the Pan
American exposition at Buffalo. Then
he is to go to Niagara Falls and make
a trip down the American rapids.
After be has done that he and his
party will embark on a new special
train for Washington, arriving there
President McKinley will travel
about 13,000 miles on the fastest,
safest, most comfortable and best
equipped train America can produce.
He will visit 25 states and territor
ies, and touch the southern, western
and northern boundaries of the coun
try. Mr. McKinley and the members of
his cabinet are to be accompanied by
their wives and several other ladies,
well known in Washington society,
will accompany the party.
A3K FOR RECEIVER.
Depositors Will Wait on Bank Which
Failed No Longer.
NEW WHATCOM, Wash., April 15.
After waiting 45 days at the request
of the bank officers to enable them to
raise funds with which to reopen the
Scandinavian-American bank in this
city, which failed February 27, the de
positors today unanimously requested
the court to appoint Robert Muir per
manent receiver, and he was request
ed, if appointed, to take immediate
steps to punish those responsible for
the failure of the Institution. Presi
dent H. St.' John, of the institution, is
said to be in London to secure funds
from his family with which to pay de
positors. His legal adviser is in New
York trying to dispose of some pic
tures belonging to me St.' John fam
ily, with the same object in view.
St. John was also president of the
Bank of Blaine, of Blaine, Wash.,
which failed the same time as the
Scandinavian-American. The liabili
ties of the two institutions are said
to be about $50,000. It is believed the
assets are practically valuelses.
The London Times was first printed
by steam power on the morning of No
vember 29, 1814.
Four Counterfeiters Sentenced.
Spokane, Wash., April 15.- Four
counterfeiters were sentenced by
Judge Hanford this morning in the
federal court. James Moriarity was
given 10 years, while Mike Williams
and Mack McCleary got off with eight
years each at hard labor in the United
States penitentiary. Mrs. Ethel Wal
lace, the last member of the gang, was
sentenced to one year. Moriarity and
McCleary were partners of Arthur
Spencer, the bogus Chinese inspector,
in the darins jailbrsak a few weeks
Items of Interest From AH Parts
of the State.
COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL HAPPENINGS
K Brief Review of the Growth and Improve.
ments of the Many Industries Through,
out Our Thriving Commonwealth.
Lawton The Lawton Townsite
Company has been reorganized.
Grants Pass The Josephine coun
ty court has extended time for pay
ment of taxes to June 3.
Grants Pass The Southern Pacific
Company had its repair crew working
on the bridge across Rogue river last
Pilot Rock A Pilot Tlfwk corre
spondent writes that it is feared the
recent cold weather Rerlmislv inlni-eH
the fruit crop in that section.
Island Citv Williams Tiros. sn1d 13K
head of hogs to Kidle Bros., of Island
Citv. at 15.40 ner 100 nnunda This
is the highest rate reached for some
Weston W. J. Willrinsrm at Woo.
ton. DUrchaSfil1 from A lev Wallrer fnr
the Pacific Elevator Company, 5200
uusneis or wneat, wnicn is stored at
Downing Station. He paid 46 cents
Pendleton John Ttrsdhni-n tnnV tn
Pendleton two wagon loads or 22
sacks of wool from Charles Cunning
ham's home ranch ahnvo Tnt pi.
The wool was from thoroughbred
ewes ana me zz sacks weighed 8600
Salem Orpprm fhi-fatinn VniiaavA..
ers are looking forward with much
enthusiasm to the 14th annual con
vention. Which will he held ot Salem
May 16-19. The convention will open
wim me evening session, Thursday
evening, closing Sunday evening.
Toledo A Committee nf iho Tnleln
fire department is investigating the
inuua.uiB cosi or. a system of water
works and a storage reservoir on the
hill eaSt Of the Citv AlinfhAr Mlmmi'f.
iee is figuring on the cost of fire en-
siiiea ,aaa a mira is investigating
hooks and ladders.
Hudson A 110.000 sawmill ia tn he
established near the mouth ot Rock
crees just north of Hudson. .
Cable Cove Work has been re
sumed at the Onllihlip- mine In rahlo
Cove district. Two shifts ' are em
Grants Pass Prospects are favora
ble for the resumption of active work
at the Pacific pine needle factory at
Paisley The Lake County Tele
phone & Telegraph Company is the
name of a new company just organ
ized at Paisley.
Coos City The shaft at the Coos
City mine is now down over 300 feet,
and it is expected coal will be found
in the next 100 feet.
Coos County Work has stopped in
one of the tunnels in the Beaver hill
mine, Coos county, pending installa
tion of new machinery.
Baker City The Bonanza mine, in
Baker county, is making preparations
to install considerable new machinery.
Some of the buildings will be re
modeled. Arlington The Arlington Ware
house Comnanv has marie the mm
chase of about 7000 sacks of wheat
stored on the Heppner branch at
prices ranging from 43 to 45 cents
Grants Pass The Grants Pass
Water, Light & Power Company has
received 700 feet of seventeen-inch
Steel Dine, for an eTtenalnn tA o nntnt
above the place where the water is
now laKen out of the river.
Wheat Walla Walla. 56S)57c:
Valley, nominal; bluestem, 59c per
Flour Best grades, $2 703 40 per
Darrei; granam, $z su.
Oats White, $1 25 per cental;
gray, $1 201 22 per cental.
Barley Feed, $16 5017; brewing,
$16 5017 per ton.
Millstuifs Bran, $16 per ton; mid
dlings, ?zi 50; shorts, $17 50; chop,
Hay Timothy, $1212 50; clover,
$79 50; Oregon wild hay, $67 per
Hops 12 14c per pound; 1899 crop,
Wool Valley, 13 14c; Eastern Ore
gon, 912c; mohair,-. 2021c per
Butter Fancy creamery, 2022c
dairy, 1518c; store, 1012c per
Eggs Oregon ranch, 1313c per
Poultry Chickens, mixed, $404 50:
hens. $55 50; dressed, ll12c per
pound; springs, $3)5 . per dozen-;
ducks, $5(6; geese, $67 per dozen;
turkeys, live, 10 12c; dressed,, 13
15c per pound.
Cheese Full cream, twins, 13
13c; Young America, 13 14c per
Potatoes Old, 50 60c per sack;
new, 22c per pound. ..
Mutton Lambs, 10llc per pound
gross; best sheep, $8; wethers, $5;
ewes, $4 50; dressed, 77c per
Hogs Gross, heavy, $5 7506; light,
$4 755; dressed, 7c per pound.
Veal Large, 7c per pound; small,
88c per pound.
Beef Gross, top steers, $55 25;
cows and heifers, $4 504 75; dressed
beef, 78c per pound.
Granite The- Climax group of
quartz claims, three miles north of
Granite, was purchased last week by
C. R. Aldrin, The property was for
merly owned by John Hardle, E. J.
Cross and Adam Christie. The Cli
max vein is about 10 feet wide.
The .Egyptian reed, which was used
for making the pens found in Egyp
tian tombs, is a hard variety growing
to about the diameter of an ordinary
goose quilL Pens made from it are
said to last for a day or two and do
Russia Heads the List With Ninety
BERLIN, April 16. The correspond
ent of the Press hears tonight from an
authoritative source that the Chinese
Indemnities for war expenses, exclu
sive of claims of' private individuals
and missions, have Been fixed as fol
Russia. 360.000.000 marks fabont
$90,000,000) ; France, 260.000,000 marks
(aoout $ t5,ooo,000) : Germany 240.-
000,000 marks (about $60,000,0000);
England, 90,000,000 marks (about $22,
000,000). France will also present
claims for the indemnity of the Italian
The Amount Tod High.
Washington. April 16. The last art.
vices to the state department from Mr.
Rockhill contain further details re
specting the amount of indemnities
claimed from China by the powers. It
appears that these claims have been
much exaggerated in some statements
although the sum total is still far In
excess or the amount of money it is
believed here that China can raise. It
the belief of the state denartment
that the total claims should not be
allowed to exceed $150,000,000 or $200,
000,000. According to the information
received here, the British claim, so
iar as formulated, is reasonable in
amount, as compared with other!
claims, in iact, tne United States and
Japan represent, In these negotiations,
tne moderate element, whose desire
is to prevent the imposition of charges
mat shall dstroy the Chinese govern
ment and result in the division of the
empire. None of the .claims exceeds
$100,000,000, and even the largest is
something less than this amount. This
is believed to be the Russian claim.
which is fixed at $90,000,000. The Ger
man claim is flexible, ranging between
$60,000,000 and $80,000,000, but is near
er the former mark at present, though
it, doubtless, will grow. As already
stated, the claim of the United States
is $25,000,000, and, with these few to
tals, it will be seen that if the remain
ing powers are to be allowed a nrn-
portionate share, the aggregate will be
Deyond China's ability to pay, which
has been tentatively placed at $300,
000,000. Nothing has yet been deter
mined respecting the method of rais
ing the indemnity fund, even after an
agreement is reached.
VERMONT BANK WRECKED.
Cashier of a Vergennes Institution De
ceived the Officers,
VERGENNES. VL. Aoril 16 Th
Farmers' National bank went into the
hands, of John P. .Sullivan asrecefver
at the close of business this afternoon.
The exact amount of the shortage is
not made public: here, but it is inti
mated that the entire stock will he
wiped out and in addition the stock
holders will be heavily assessed. It is
not thought likely the dennsitnrs will
lose. Special Examiner Cunningham
was asked for particulars tonight, but
he declined to say a great deal, merelv
remarking that Cashier Lewis had de
ceived me officers of the bank and
that ke alone was responsible for the
wreck. Mr. Lewis is very well known
throughout the state, has been a mem
ber of both branches of the state leg
islature, and In 1886 was a candidate
for state treasurer. , He remains at
home and has turned over to the of
ficers of the bank his entire hnldine-s
of stock and negotiable DroDertv. His
sureties are equal to $30,000, and the
men who have signed his bond are
believed to be good for the full amount
$350,000 Fire in Blower Works.
Boston, April 16. The main build
ing Of the extensive blower wnrlrs nf
the B. F. Stertevant Company, in the
Jamaica Plain district, was burned
early this morning, causing a. loss of
$350,000. The concern manufactured
various kinds of machinery and elec
tric goods, as well as blowers. All pat
terns and plans were destroyed. The
company had recently added $75,000
worth of tools and machinery, and had
a large amount of electrical work
ready for shipment. It also had a
big number nf engines snH hinwara f...
the government for use on battleships
and cruisers in course of construction,
all of which were destroyed.
Russia Laying Mines.
London, April 16. Joseph Chamber
lain's organ, the Birmingham Post
learns that the Russian ministers of
war and marine have issued joint or
ders for the laying of an extensive
system of submarine mines at Port-
Arthur, Vladivostock and elsewhere in
those seas. The apparatus leaves
Odessa early in May.
Run Down by a Train.
Wilkesbarre, Pa., April 16. A party
oi rour people, while crossing the
tracks of the Lehigh Valley railroad at
South Wilkesbarre early this morning,
were run down by the BnfTaln nn
going north. Three of the party were
im . ..
amea, ana one injured
Missionary Statements Exaggerated.
Telr1n A 1 1 C T:
m. aViu xu. jri-mue filing says
all his reports go to show that the
missionary statements regarding a re
bellion in Mongolia are not supported
by the facts. Neither does he believe
that the rebellion of General Tun
Fuh Siang amounts to much. "It is
tne ODject of certain elements," he
asserts, "to make it seem that China
ib iu b vajuuiuun oi constant oroil, ren
dering It Unsafe fnr the fnralcni
a " - - .. w i", uuujin
to be withdrawn. Those who have
this in view will magnify a village
England Wants China Opened
WOULD GREATLY BENEFIT BOTH NATIONS
Better Than Demanding a Cash Indemnity fo
Boxer Outrages Japan Satisfied with
Russia's Backdown. -
LONDON, April 15. Great Britain
has not yet defintely estimated the
money indemnity she desires China
to pay. The government adheres to
the belief that little can be gained by
insisting upon cash payment from
China, and though the government re
grets this will possibly be a cause for
delay, it continues to instruct Sir Er
nest Satow to try to. induce the pow
ers to argee to a demand for greater
trading privileges instead of money.
The government is of the opinion that
the opening of those rich provinces
hitherto closed to foreign commerce
would result in much greater benefit
to the nations concerned and to China
herself than the extraction of lump
sums of money.
Regarding Janan's attitude
Russia, opinion in Downing street in
clines to the belief that Japan, in
common with the other powers, is sat-
lsnea witn what is termed as Rus
sia's backdown, but that Japan will
continue to keep a sharp eye on Corea
and have no hesitation in threatenino
hostilities should Russia menace that
Pekin, April 15. The committee oi
ministers which is considering China's
financial resources has reported the
conclusion, based on what information
is thus far obtainable, that $300,000,
000 in gold can be raised without in
juring China's resources. The exami
nation by the committee into the sub
ject is thus far Incomplete, and it will
probably subsequently learn that
other Chinese resources for indemni
ties are available.
The discussion of politics has this
week given place to amusejnent, com
mencing with the German races at the
Hunting Park, Monday last. The re
mainder of the week was devoted to
international races, an assault at arms
and tent pegging at the Temple of
Heaven. The Russians particularly
are celebrating the Easter holidays.
The, ministers openly express their
desire that the foreign troops leave
Pekin. . They are seemingly as anx
ious for the departure as were the be
sieged ministers anxious for the arri
val of the troops. X
THE FLOW REDUCED.
Current in the Chicago River Is Too
CHICAGO, April 15. The Post to
"Federal authorities have ordered
the flow in the Chicago river reduced
from 300,000 to 200,000 cubic feet a
minute. , Word to this effect came
from Washington to the sanitary board
today. The board will act immediately
upon receipt of the official order, and
the current will not be increased, as
the channel . has been widened and
deepened and existing obstructions to
navigation have been removed. Ac
tion on the part of the war department
was brought about by the protest oi
local river interests and the Lake Car
riers' Association, which, since the
opening of the big canal, have com
plained that 300,000 cubic feet pro
vided by law was dangerous to navi
gation under present conditions. Lo
cal authorities are apprehensive of the
effect it may have upon the St. Louis
litigation. With the full flow to dilute
the sewage carried down the canal
from the Chicago river, the board had
no fear of the charge that Chicago
was polluting the water supply of St
Louis. In view of the action of the
war department, the outcome of the
St. Louis appeal to the courts is doubt
ful. If the legislature passes the bill
authorizing the commission to collect
one-half of 1 per cent tax to be used
for the Improvement of the river, it is
believed the current can be increased
gradually after September, as the
work of widening and deepening the
channel progresses. Otherwise it will
be four or five years before relief can
A Mystery Cleared.
Sedalia, Mo., April 13. -The mystery
surrounding the theft of $10,009 in
greenbacks from the Bank of Com
merce, 6rthis city, August 1, 1898,
has. been cleared by a convict named
Freeman, now in the Michigan City,
Ind., penitentiary. According to Free
man, the theft was committed by
Irwin Gamble, who entered the vault
of the Bank of Commerce at the noon
hour, and got away with the money
while he watched outside.
Radicals on Top.
Havana, April 15. The CuDan con
stitutional convention placed itself
upon record today against the Piatt
amendment by a vote of 18 to 10 on
a resolution that the convention should
declare itself opposed to the amend
ment "on account of the terms of some
of its clauses and the way in which
mey are drawn, and also on the con
tents of the others, especially clauses
3, 6 and 7." The conservatives assert
that this action is embarrassing, in
asmuch as it practically ties the hands
of any commission that might be sent
George Q. Cannon Dead.
Monterey, Cal., April 15. George Q.
Cannon is dead. The end came early
this morning. The patient breathed
his last without a struggle. He slept
considerably yesterday and the fore
part of last night. A bulletin was is
sued near midnight stating that he
rested easy, and the change for the
worse came apparently without fore
warning. The body was shipped to
San Francisco to be embalmed and
reshipped to Salt Lake City, where
the Interment will take place.
IN NINTH CIRCUIT.
Decisions of Hawaiian Courts Are Not
WASHINGTON. April 17. The
United States supreme court, through
Chief Justice Fuller, today issued an
order granting leave to file a motion
tor a rule against the circuit court of
appeals for the ninth circuit to permit
tne nung of an appeal in that court
from a decision of the supreme court
of Hawaii in the Wilder Steamshio
Company case. The rule was made
returnable May 13. Previous to this
action, a rule was promulgated at
taching the territory of Hawaii to the
ninth circuit with headquarters at
The action Of the enilrt- fn a.olrm.
ing Hawaii to the ninth circuit and
at the same time issuing a rule to
the circuit court of appeals to show
cause why it should not take jurisdic
tion of an admiralty case originating
m nawaii, involves an interesting
general question relating to our new
territorial acnuiRltinna The nnnii...
tion in this case was made by Duane
n. e ox, in Dehalf of the Wilder Steam
ship . Company, of Hawaii, against
Hind. Snreokels et at TTndei the
of 1891, organizing the circuit court
ui appeals, u was given Jurisdiction
in appeals from the supreme court of
territories and the supreme court
was given authority to assign the ter
ritories to the several circuits. But
the courts In the territory of Hawajl
were organized hv the ant nf An.n
30. 1900, on a different basis from
other territories, and the same dis
tinction was made as in courts of a
state as to writs of error and appeals,
and the supreme court of the United
States made no order assigning the
territory. The act also provided that
cases nenriiner at the dte nf dm m
ganization of the territory should be
cameu on to nnai judgment and ex
ecution in the corresponding courts
of the territory. It also established
a district court, having the jurisdic
tion of United States circuit and dis
trict courts. The supreme court of
me territory rendered judgment for
$55,000 against the Wilder Steamship
Company, and, when the company at
tempted to appeal, the circuit court
of appeals on April 1, 1900, refused to
entertain the appeal, holding that the
judgment of the territorial court was
CONFERENCE OF TAXATION.
Several Governors Have Named Dele
gates Object of Meeting.
CHICAGO, April 17. The govern
ors of the various states are beginning
to announce their appointments of
delegates to attend the conference of
taxation, called to meet at Buffalo,
May 23 and 24, by the National Civic
Federation. At the headquarters, no
tice of the appointment of the delega
tions has been received from the gov
ernors of Missouri, Maine and Mon
tana. The call for the conference is
signed by leading economists, tax ex
perts and public men representing all
portions of the country and all inter
ests. The letter of invitation says:
"For many decades the states have
been building up independent sys
tems of taxation without reference to
each other, until now we have a state
of affairs bordering on chaos, where
each state is practically fighting near
ly every other state. Some property
is taxed three or four times, while
other property is not taxed at all.
Corporate activity has largely changed
the character of individual invest
ments. Industry has overstepped the
boundaries of any. one state, and com
mercial interests are no longer con
fined to mere local limits. This con
ference will be the first attempt in
this country to work out some uni
form principles. It is not expected
to settle any of the problems in the
two days' discussion, but it will be a
beginning, and may result in the ap
pointment of a permanent committee
to work out some basis for future
Inspection of Philippine Craft.
Washington, April 17. The inferior
condition of many of the craft sailing
In Philippine waters has led to ar
rangements for an examination in any
city of the United States having pos
tal free delivery of candidates for
appointment as inspector of boilers
in the office of the captain of the port
of Manila. The examination will be
held May 21 by the civil service com
mission, at the request of the Philip
pine civil service board. Back of the
plans for establishing this office lies
an official desire ,to avoid any serious
accidents, for which the Philippine
government might be held responsi
ble. Is Rightfully Theirs.
Washington, April 17. The millions
and tens of millions of dollars which
the government has received from the
West through the -sale of its public
lands, give that half of the continent
the right to expect liberal assistance
from Uncle Sam in the reclamation
of its remaining arid lands which
only require the building of storage
reservoirs to make fertile and pop
Transport for Manila.
San Francisco, April 17. Two
transports sailed for Manila today
the Logan and the Thyra. The Logan
took a battalion of the Ninth cavalry,
a battalion of the Tenth cavalry, com
panies I and M, First infantry, and
the First battalion of the Eleventh
The Thyra was to have taken the
horses of the Ninth cavalry, but it
was found at tue last minute that
glanders had broken out among the
horses of the Ninth at the Presidio,
and horses of the Sixth cavalry, which
were brought back by the disabled
Arab, were substituted.
Proceeds of Arid Land Sales.
Wasmngton, April 17. The propo
sition to devote the proceeds from
the sale of the arid public lands to the
construction of irrigation works is one
which should commend itself to every
interest. ; The West should of course
support it as a unit, and there can
certainly be no reasonable opposition
in the East to allowing the West the
use of its own funds in the improve
ment of its property. , -
Captain Read, Formerly Depot
OTHER OFFICERS ARE ALSO IMPLICATED
Manager of a Firm of Government Contractors
Is in Jail How Uncle Sam's Money
MANILA. Aoril 17. The trial" nt
Commissary Sergeant John Meston,
cnarged with complicity in the com
missary frauds, is finished. No ver
dict is announced and Meston's con
viction is uncertain. Other trials of
those implicated with follow.
Captain J. C. Reed, formerly depot
commissary at Manila, has been ar
rested. It is alleged that entries upon
the books of Evans & Company, gov
ernment contractors, indicate that the
commi?sary officers received the fol
lowing sums: Major George B. Davis,
upwards of $1000; Captain J. C. Read,
$1000; Captain Frank H. Lawton,
$750; B. L. Tremaine, Colonel Wood
ruff's chief clerk, $700. It also ap
pears that Evans & Company fur
nished the handsome residence of Col
Harold M. Pitt, manager of Evans
& Company, who is now under arrest,
is notoriously lavish in entertaining
commissary oftlcers, while the depot
commissary, a frequenter of the ten
derloin district, occasionally spent
days at Pitt's house in questionable
society. Pitt's house is a bacchan
alian rendezvous and prominent of
ficers frequently visited it, drinking
champagne and playing poker. Women
of doubtful reputation are known to
have often been there. It is alleged
that Pitt had the inside track in
securing government contracts and it
is also asserted that he was the prime
mover in the scheme to re-establish
cockpits in Manila, Mrs. Lara being
subsidized in securing a cockpit.
It is asserted that the commissary
department made unauthorized pur
chases of quantities of champagne.
Pitt sold some. In addition to what
the transports brought, the commis
sary imported 200 gallons in Febru
ary and a like amount in March. The
commissary and the commissary ser
geant kept private carriages and in
dulged in other extravagances. j
THE WINTER CAMPAIGN.
Kitchener Will Soon Resume Active
LONDON, April 17. The British
newspapers and .magazines comment
ing upon the alternating periods of
hope and apprehension which char
acterize the latest stages of the South
African campaign, compare these
with the latter stages of the Amer
ican war of independence as though
to emphasize these fluctuations.
While the letters of responsible cor
respondents in Pretoria depict the sit
uation in a rather despairing mood,
the Pretoria representative of the
Daily Mail sends today a dispatch of
the most hopeful character.
"The next six weeks," says he,
"will see a resumption of active cam
paigning. Lord Kitchener will renew
his sweeping movements. He has an
army of 250,000 efficient troops, in
cluding 60,000 mounted men with a
good supply of horses, 40,000 having
been secured in Cape Colony alone.
The army is in good spirits and Lord
Kitchener is satisfied with the prog
ress of events, slow though it seems."
The war office 'has received the fol
lowing dispatch from Lord Kitchener
dated Pretoria, April 15:
"Colonel Henry Rawlinson's column
rushed the South laager, northwest
of Kerksdorp at daylight. Six Boers
were killed, 10 wounded and 23 taken
prisoner. He captured a 12-pounder,
one pompom complete and two ammu
nition wagons with ammunition. Our
casualties were three wounded. Col
onel Plumer captured a field cor
net and seven men with 10 wagons
and rifles. During Colonel Pilcher's
operations in the Orange River col
ony, seven Boers were killed."
It is said that a private telegram
has been received here to the effect
that General French, with 500 Brit
ish troops, has been captured by the
Boers, while his force was envel
oped in a mist on the hills. No con
firmation of the report can be ob
tained. The war office here knows
nothing about the rumored capture
and entirely discredits the report.
Phoenix, Ariz.. April 17 The death
lere of Mrs. Robin Iche reveals the
fact that unconcealed and unguarded
in her house was gTeat wealth In
jewels and precious stones. The hus
band of the woman is in jail await
ing trial for insanity, and the sheriff
nas taken charge of the jewelry, the
estimated value of which is not less
than $50,000. . kirs. Iche has a sister
in Birmingham, England, the wife of
a great coal operator.
Salem, Or., April 17. Chief of Po--ice
Gibson received a telephone mes
sage from Turner this afternoon, say--ng
that the postoffice at that place
was robbed at noon today, while the
postmaster was at dinner. The bur
glars secured $300 in cash and stamps.
At last reports there was no clew to
the guilty parties. This bold piece
of work, taken in connection with the
robberies at McCoy and Lincoln last
Wednesday and Thursday, leads to
the conclusion that this section of
the valley is being worked by a gang
c professional crooks.
Washington, April 17. The secre
tary of the interior has . announced
his intention of turning over the ad
ministration of the national forest re
serves to the forester ot the depart
ment of agriculture. This great body
of lands embraces some 48,000,000
acres, and its scientific and practical
administration is a matter ot na
tional importance, since the area in
cludes the sources of hundreds of
rivers and streams.
uuorrei mm a Dig reoeinon.