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ConsoUdated Feb. 1S99.
GAZU'l'IW miutnn. utn,
Ik Comprehensive Review of the Importaa,
Happenings of the Past Week Prese ied
In a Condensed Form Which Is Most
Likely to Prove of Interest to Our Many
Von Waltlersee has started for Ber
lin. -
Physicians give hope of Mrs Mc
Kinley's slow recovery. .
The policy of the United States
and Russia is identical.
The prune outlook in Oregon is
favorable for a good market. .
Senator McLaurin, of South Caro
lina, withdraws his resignation. -;
A new newspaper is expected to be
started in Seattle about October L
Several thousand dollars were found
tinder a sidewalk in Mineral Point,
Wis. , -,. '
A serious encounter occurred be
tween,French and British troops in
China. :--
Chicago employers agree not to try
to settle machinists' strike until after
June 11.
As a result of a colliison in West
Virginia two are dead and many oth
ers injured.
All railroads west of Mississippi
river to the Pacific coast are to be
consolidated. - -
There is great unseainess ' Eng
land on account of scarcity of South
African news. ..
A new explosive, called Maximite,
much more powerful than Lyddite,
has been adopted by the United States
government. - .
The president is considering' the
advisability of calling an extra ses
sion of congress to - legislate for the
Philippines. - :
Exports this year from the United
States to Spain will be larger than in
any preceding year, with a possible
single exception. - v ;
Intense heat prevails over Europe.
The birth of a royal princess causes
much joy in Italy.
General Chaffee's army has arrived
at Nagasaki from China.
London has a rumor of a severe
British defeat near Pretoria.
The duke of York's visit to Canada
has-been officially; announced. -
1?he' Philippine " commission has
begun its final provincial touf. . i
Mrs. McKinley 's condition causes
ther doctors, much apprehension.
Minister Conger expects to return
to jjia post in China about July 17.
A $10,000 frnit; packing house will
be established at Vancouver, Wash.
The Ohio state board of arbitration
prevented a street car strike at Day
ton. .
American exports to Scandinavia
have more than trebled in the. past
10 years.
James A. Heme, the well known
actor, passed away at his home in
New York. ....
All ' the volunteers cannot be
brought home from the Philippines
within the time limit.'
John D. Rockefeller . has given
$200,000 for the founding of an asso
ciation of medical research. . '
Laborers engaged in excavation for
a new building in Ottawa have un
earthed the long .lost stone which
marked the scene of the assassination
of T. d'Arcy McGee.
There is general regret throughout
the country that the irrigation con
gress, which was to have held a ses
sion 'at Colorado Springs in July, has
beetj postponed for a year.
The allied troops are preparing to
leave Chinese territory.
A plague case has been discovered
' in a suburb of London.
Another Negro fiend has
burned at the stake in Florida.
The battleships fired a salute
Grants' tomb on Memorial day.
Mrs. Eddy, the 'Christian Science
leader, has been sued for $150,000
damages.' u
Governor of Washington has been
asked to call a special session of the
legislature. -
Robbers blew an Ohio bank vault
and secured $4,000. They escaped.
Lieutenant Townley s connection
with the Manila frauds is being in
Colonel Michler, military secretary
to General Miles, died at his home in
"Washington. :
A rich strike of oil has been made
near OJypmia. It is said to be of first
class lubricating quality.
A commissary sergeant in Manila,
convicted" of stealing supplies, tias
" been sentenced to three years' im
It is understood in Rome that Pope
Leo XIII has made a will naming his
Northwestern Iowa has begun ship
ping choice butter' to , Porto Kico.
The first consignment left Sioux
Falls a few days ago.
The Austro Hungarian census just
completed shows the total population
to be .47,000,000, an increase since
1890 of 9 per cent. " The population of
Budapest has .increased 4a per cent.
Seven Persons Drowned in the Schuylkill
River. ;.
Philadelphia,- June 3. A rowboat
containing a party of eight young
people was swept over the Flat Bock
dam, in ' the Schuylkill" river, and
seven of them, five girls and two
boys, were drowned. One young man
was saved.
The party, with a large number of
others, organized a picnic. They em
barked in gaily . decorated wagons
early in the morning, and pitched
their camp at Rose Glen, along the
Schuylkill river, on the northern
outskirts of the -city. The party split
up after dinner for a row on the river.
Heavy rains during the past week
had' made the muddy stream quite
high, and the current was much
swifter than usual. However, the
unfortunate party immediately struck
out for midstream. All the girls
were huddled in the stern, one of the
bovs was rowing and the others, were
sitting in the bow of the boat. After
getting in the middle of the river,
and finding the current too swift for
comfort, the boat was -rowed in to
ward the shore. During this time it
was being carried slowly down stream.
The boy doing the rowing decided
to go through the locks, and as he
approached the dam he was warned
by the lockkeeper not to approach
any closer. The warning was not
heeded, and the young oarsman kept
on rowing until he found that the
lock was closed. He attempted to
turn the boat, which was .then about
50 feet from the dam and 25 feet
from the shore, ' but he turned the
wrong way. A moment later and the
boat was in the swiftly moving cur
rent. - Swiftly it was carried toward
the brink of the falling waters, and
just as it reached the breast of the
dam, - over which 30 inches of water
was pouring, the entire eight stood
up and the boat went over stern first.
The drop to the rocks below is ap
proximately 12 . feet. The boat
struck- the water bottom up, and as
it disappeared the whole party- was
under it. Nothing . more was seen
by the few persons - who saw the acci
dent for almost a minute, -when the
boat reappeared with one boy cling
ing to its keel. Then another young
man was seen to come, to the sur
face - and make a frantic effort tc
reach shore by swimimng. The six
girls never rose to the surface..
investigation of Charges of Bribery in th
Legislature. .
; Honolulu, May 26, via San - Fran
cisco, June 3. The special : grand
jury called to investigate the charges
of bribery in the legislature, has raised
the biggest sensation Honolulu has
had since .the days of revolution and
agitation for annexation. It has had
as witnesses Gov. Dole, Attorney Gen
eral Dole, Secretary of the Territory
Cooper and other high officials, and
on the refusal of some of them to
answer questions, tne grand jury
has had, them brought .into court" to
show . cause why they should not
testify. .'. -v.;-'
In the absence of S. B. Dole, who
is indisposed, Secretary Cooper is act
ing governor. The jury began its
investigation on a letter from the
governor to the legislature, refusing
to extend the session because he had
information that. bribery was taking
place. Governor Dole appeared be
fore the jury and it is said told all
that he knew.- The other heads of
departments were y summoned : to
testify, and all refused to tell what
they knew, on . the ground that the
information they had received was
in the nature of a "privileged com
munication," having been: given to
them as government olbcials.
Acting Governor Cooper, Attorney
General Dole and L. A. Thurston
president of the Gazette, publishing
company, were sumomned to appear
before Judge Humphreys and show
cause why they should not '- tell the
grand jury what they had learned re
garding bribery m the - legislature,
Judge Humphreys sustained Dole as
it was shown that he , bad told the
grand jury the names of the men
from horn he had received evidence.
Thurston had told the jury that h
had heard that legislators had ap
proached a corporation with- sol icita
tions jof bribes, but he declines to
give the name of the corporation on
the ground that as attorney he had
a right to . withhold it as given in
confidence by a client to an attorney,
Helen Gould's Health Failing.
Miss Helen Gould of New York,
overcome by the strain of her charita
ble work, has been ordered to take
long rest and is believed to be suffer
ing from nervous prostration. ''-:.;
. '' v Treasury Auditor Resigns, i ;
Washington, - " June 8. Colonel
Youngblood, of Alabama, auditor of
the treasury department, has tendered
his resignation, and it ' was accepted,
to take effect June 15. - The president
today appointed B. A. Pierson assist
ant auditor for the same department,
to succeed him. ' -.";'-,' '
, First Payment for Cruiser.'
, Philadelphia, ; June 3. A cable
message received by William Cramp
& Sons announced that the first pay
ment for the cruiser contracted for by
the government of Turkey' has been
paid by the Imperial Ottoman Bank.
Until now there has been an element
of ' doubt 7 as to whether the cruiser
would ever be built, but with the first
payment made, the work will be car
ried forward, V . . '
Commercial and Financial Happenings of lav
porUncc A Brief Review of of the
Growth and Improvements of the Many
Industries Throughout Onr Thriving Com.
monwealth Latest Market Report
Ground has been broken for the new
Patterson school building at Eugene.
About 100,000 pounds of wool was
sold at The Dalles the other day for
10 cents. -
Placer work in the Weatherby and
Durkee districts, Eastern Oregon, is
now in full progress. - . v
slugs and cutworms are doing no
small amount of damage to early gar
dens around Cottage Grove. -.-'
The Oregon Telephone Company
has a large force of men emptoyed at
Dallas making extensive repairs.
Preparations for the Eastern Ore
gon Fourth of July celebration, to be
held in Baker City, are being pushed
with vigor.
The hop yards in Lincoln county
are looking fine. The great trouble
is to get a sufficient number of men
to do necessary work. -
John A. Van Gross a student in th
University of Oregon, has iust re
ceived notice that he has been award'
ed a scholarship in Yale University.
Albany college commencement cal-
ender June 14 to 19 provides an elab
orate program of orations, sermons
receptions and reunions. ;The college
is just closing its 34th year,
A prominent minine enerineer from
Colorado is making a tour of the sev
eral mining districts of Eastern Ore-.
gon in the interest of a large syndi
cate of capitalists of that state.
Four whales in Yaauina bav were
reported one day last week.
Arraneemnets are beine- made for a,
Fourth of July celebration at Durkee.
The O. R. & N. Co. has a heavv
new switch engine in the Pendleton
yards.. :
The movement of cattle from Har
ney county . for the summer in now
under way.
A severe frost near Vale a few nierhta
ago is reported to have injured crops
considerably. - -
Two car loads of one and two - vear
old steers were shipped from Yaquina
bay last week. . .. .
The contract for can-vine- th mail
between Marshfield and North Bend
will be let July 1. - ;
Oliver P. Kaubb, aged 78, an old
pioneer, died at his home near Col-
burg the other day..-
Ihe new superintendent of the
Badger mine in Susanville district
has laid off a number of men, pend
ing the making of improvements.
The Lincoln' county court will
repair the bridge across the Big Elk
river at Elk City and will construct
bridge across the Yauina, river at
Pioneer. ::..-,-; .'.--.
The machinery- for the additional
five stamps for the Lucky Boy mill
in the Blue River district has arrived
at Springfield and will be hauled to
the mine as soon as possilbe. .
, Portland Markets.
:. Wheat Walla Walla,
60c. : val
ley, nominal ; . bluestem, 61 62c.
per bushel. ;
lour Best trades. $2.90(33.40 per
barrel ; graham, $2.60. -
Oats White. $1.32J1.35 percen
tal; gray, fi.dul,a24 percental.
Barley Deed, $1717.50: brewing
$1717.50 perton. -
Minstuffs Bran, $17 per ton ; midd
lings, $Z1.DU; shorts, $20.00; chop,
$16. - " ." ..
Hay Timothy, $12.5014; clover,
$79.50; -Oregon wild . hay, $67
per ton. - . " -..-' . . ' ,.
Hops 1214c per lbi ; v t ,
- Wool Valley, ll13c; Eastern
Oregon, 7llc; mohair, 2021c.
per pound. . ' ' - . '
Butter Fancy creamery, 15
17 Mc; dairy, 13 14c. j store, 10
12c. per pound." r f ,.
Eggs Oregon , ranch, " 1212)c
per dozen. . '." ., .
Cheese Full cream, twins," 12Jc;
Young America, - 13 3 14c. ; ' per
pound. ; - v -. ; -. - - . . ' - ' '.. .
r Poultry Chickehs,mixed,$3.504;
hens, $45.00; dressed, ll12c. per
pound; springs,' $1.503 per dozen;
ducks. $57 : geese, $67 ; turkeys,
live, 1012c; dressed, 14 16c. per
pound, t. -
Potatoes Old, 90c $ 1.10 per sack;
new, zc. per pound.
--Mutton Lambs' 45c. per
pound gross y best sheep, wethers,
with wool. $4.254r50; dressed, 67c
per pound.
Hogs Gross, heavy, $5.756;
light, $4.755; dressed, 7c. per
pound. . " ; -
Veal Large, 67c. per pound;
small, 78e. per pound.
Beef Gross, top steers, $5 5. 25;
cows and 'heifers, $4.50475 ; dressed
beef, 77e. per pound.
A Georgia coroner's jury brought
in the following - verdict ; recently :
"The deceased came to his death
from a railroad in the hands of a re
ceiver, and the same is manslaughter
in -the nrst degree.
Banana flour has lately begun to be
used in making cakes, bread and bis
cuits. - It is also used as a children's
food, and for. dyspeptics. . In the
making of beer, it is claimed that it
can be advantageously used in place
of barley. ' ,
L 1
Mrs. McKinley's Condition Causes Much
. Concern. " '
Washington June .4. Mrs. Mc-
Kinley continues very. weak. Her
condition is not greatly changed from
that of yesterday, but each day that
elapses without a gain in strength
lessens her power of recuperation.
The complaint which came near end
ing her life in Ban Francisco is still
present. It is in a., slightly less
aggravated form, but gives the phy
sicians and president much concern.
Mrs. McKinley has shown remarkable
vitality, but her illness has so re
duced her strength as to leave her
very feeble indeed. It is feared that
unless a change for the better soon
manifests itself, her strength may
become so - near exhausted as to
leave her without rallying power.
The news ? given out by the physi
cians in attendance ' today was -not
reassuring, though hope t of better
tihngs. still continues. After a con
sultation between the doctors the
following bulletin was issued : -
."Mrs. McKinley passed a comfort
able night, but her condition has not
materially changed since the report
of yesterday." , ; -
Government Will Be Asked to Restore Value
of Bonds Burned. -' '-
Washington, June 4. A most
unique claim will be presented at the
next congress, - ; It is that of- certain
heirs of Joseph L. Lewis,- who was a
millionaire of Trenton, N. J. ' Lewis
was a bachelor crank. His will pro
vided bequests of from $75,000 to
$100,000 , to various relatives and
directed' that after these bequests
should be. paid the residue of his
estate should be invested in govern
ment bonds, and as he expressed it,
"in order to reduce the public debt,"
the bonds should be burned. 1 His
wishes were carried out, $996,000 in
government bonds ' were purchased
and burned. ? This occurred 25 years
ago. 1 Now certain distant -relatives
who were not beneficiaries of the will
are seeking- to have the government
restore to the Lewis estate the value
of the bonds burned, and a, bill pro
viding that this shall be done will be
introduced-in the next congress.
Prominent American Confined Arbitrarily in
Neva Fortress.
. New York, June 3. The Press
this morning publishes a statement
tha L. James Gordon, sales and con
tracting agent in Russia of the ,' Bald:
win Locomotiv e Works,' disappear
ed in St. Petersburg, last.' Jandary
and that his disappearance was caused
by his arrest by the Russian author!
ties on charges unknown tb, the ' jpb;;
lie. On the day succeeding the arrest
a St. Petersburg paper contained' the
following notice : "Mr, L. J. G-- ,
a prominent business man, -was ar
rested yesterday." Those who know
Gordon knew that it referred to him,
but that ended the matter in Pte
ersburg. . It is: only - within a few
weeKS that it has become known that
he is confined arbitrarily in the fort
resa of the Neva. The American
ambassador has been asked to inter
est himself in the affair by a brother
and two sisters of Gordon, who are in
this city at the . present ' time, but
without result. -:. ." -. v..
- Fire Raged Ten Days.
- Oaxaca. Mexico, Juno 4. Details
of the great fire which - raged on the
isthmus -of Tehaun tepee for several
days have been received . here. Over
70 people were , unable to escape the
rapid progress of the flames and were
burned to -death. The. fire started
on a coffee plantation, and owing to
the dryness of ..the negation it was
soon , beyond " control and wrought
great destruction to growing crops.
Many thousands of acres of coffe
trees, bananas, orange trees and othei
tropical i pFjducts- were destroyed.
The fire ; burned for 10 days and was
finally quenched by a heavy tropical
rain. - ''.:: ..- - r. - ;.:., '- T- '
imports From Philippines.
Washington, May 31. A statement
prepared at the treasury department
shows that the receipts from customs
duties collected - -upon articles im
ported into the United States from
the Philippine islands from' April 1,
1899, to March 31. 1901, were $1,003,
917. Of this amount $866,942 came
for sugar, $119,539 for cigars, and
the remainder . for miscellaneous
articles. . - .
- Discoveries of Argentine Scientist -New
York June 3. A dispatch to
the Herald from Buenos Ay res says
Senor Ricaldoni, an engineer, has just
made experiments with an improved
system of wireless telegraphy. The
results of the experiment were very
satisfactory. He will soon try a sub
marine boat of his own invention,
... ;i-. .
wnicn ne oeiieves is superior to any
others. . - . r-
, Dominican Revolution Crushed. - -
Kingston Jamaica, June 4. It it-
reported that the revolution in Santo
Domingo has been competelly crushed
at its inception Tand a number of the
prominent rebels shot or imprisoned.
Among the latter is a son of the late
president. , . There is little cargo
.offering from - Colombian ports in
consequence of the heavy - export
duties imposed by the Colombian
government to meet expenses inci
dent to the revolution. - . ,
The British Lost 174 Killed and Wounded and
' the Boers Left 35 Dead on the Field
The South Africans Were Driven Back
Battle Was on Anniversary of Lord Rob
erts' Entry Into Johannesburg.
London, June 3. The war office
today gave out the following dispatch
from Lord- Kitchener, from Pretoria :
"General Dixon's force at -Vlad-fontein
was attacked yesterday by
Delarey's forces and there was - sevree
fighting. The enemy was eventually
driven off with heavy loss, leaving 35
dead. ' I regret that -our casualties
also were severed The killed and
wounded numbered . 174. Four offi
cers were killed. "
-. On the ' anniversary of Lord Rob
erts' entry into- Johannesburg the
country has been startled by the news
of desperate fighting and heavy Brit
ish losses within 40 miles of the gold
reef city. ' The battle at Vladfontein,
on the Durban-Johannesburg rail
road, is" the most serious engagement
since General Clement's reverse at
Nagaliesburg. It shows General De
larey is in no way daunted by the
capture of 11 of his guns by General
Babington six weeks ago. The gar
rison of Vladfontein was apparenlty
hxregly composed of yoemanry. That
their assailants . eame to close quar
ters and suffered heavy loss is shown
by the number - of dead left on the
Nicaragua Preparing to Keep Out the
-' Colombians.
San Francisco, June 3. The
steamer City of Sydney, which just
arrived here from Panama and other
Central American ports,' brings the
following budget of news :
' When the. City of Sydney was at
Corinto the people were expecting
an invasion from Colombia. The
government ; of Nicaragua, in order
to make sure that it would not be
caught napping, has stationed 500
men at Corinto. " . , '
General Bruise, who fled from Nic
aragua : some years ago, returned to
his . home on . one 'of the Central
American steamships' . last month.
As soon as he set foot on Nicaragua
soil; he was arrested on a criminal
charge. ; : , ' v V - -
- President Zeleya, of Nicaragua,
will probably . visit the Pan-American
exposition at Buffalo;, -i
. The Pacific Mail. Steamship Com
pariy.'s. coal yards, situated on JN oasis
island, in .Panama Bay, recently suf
fered severely from hre, which was
said to be still burning, but under
control, when the Sydney sailed,
having then burned for 15 days. -
--. San Salvador is to have a man ol
war. The government has purchased
from ' her ". British- owners the steam
ship Soy, and will transfer her into
a cruiser, renaming ' her , Salvador.
The new cruiser is now at Acajutla,
and will go into commission at once,
Doctors Say She Is Not Out of Danger-
Grave Features of the Case.
Washington, ' June 3. Mrs.; Mc
Kinley passed a veryj comfortable
night, and sat up for a while . this
morning.: The three physicians who
are in attendance, after a consulta
tion .this forenoon, issued ' the follow
ing statement of her condition : T '
Mrs, McKinley is recovering
from the fatigue of the trip. The
illness from which she was suffering
in '.San Francisco still continues,
though in less intense form. She is
still feeble, and cannot be considered
out of danger. Her- progress will no
doubt be: slow, but improvement is
looked for."
. Mrs. McKinley failed to show any
improvement during the day, - and
tonight her Condition is reported as
unchanged from the status given in
the - bulletin issued this morning!
One Of the grave features of the ' case
is the fact that ' she continues ex
tremely weak and fails to .gain in
strength. : She is very seriously ill,
but has had severe attacks of illness
heretofore, and this gives rise for hope
that she will yet show improvement.
Rate War at an End. . v
. Seattle, June 3. The Alaska steam
ship rate war is at an end, temporar
ily at. least. .,An agreement was
entered into by managers of the re
cently warring companies restoring
the former passenger rates of $25 first
class and $16 ' second class. The
agreement is to be in force ' for 60
days, , and - it is thought will then be
extended.. The .rate war 1 was
forced by Canadian lines, which in
sisted on American steamers keeping
away from Vancouver on north bound
ExXongressman Price.
Washington, ' June 3. - - - Hiram
Price, whe served many years in con
gress as a Republican representative
from Iowa, and-who was commission
er oi Indian affairs from 1881 to the
beginning of the first Cleveland ad
ministration died of heart
trouble. Mr. ' Price, who was 87
years of ; age, , was president of the
State Bank of Iowa for manyj years.
Our Exports to Spain This Year Promise U
Break all Records.
New York, June 5. A spceial from
Washington says :
.Commercial relations between
Spain and the United States seem to
be fully restored and it is not improb
able that American Exports to that
country in the fiscal year 1901 will
be greater, with possibly a single ex
ception, than in any preceding . year.
Exports from the United States to
Spain in., ihe nine months ending
with March, 1901, were valued at
$11,879,349, against $7,091,043 jn
the corresponding period, in the fiscal
year 1899. The figures for the year
up to this time indicate that the total
exports from the .United States to
Spam in the fiscal year 1901 will be
about $16,000,000.
On the import side the figures of
the present fiscal year are largely in
excess of those of 1899, though slight
ly less than those of 1900 which were
the largest since 1891.' The annual
imports from Spain into the United
States since 189i have ranged from
$3,500,000 to $6,000,000, averaging
about $4,500,000, while for the pres
ent fiscal year they seem likely to ex
ceed $5,000,000. - ,
Will Not Settle Machinists' Strike
June II. .
Chicago, June 5. There will be no
settlement of the machinists' strike
in Chicago until June 11. This was
the decision of the local manufactur
ers today, when the members of the
Chicago Association of Machinery
Manufacturers pledged allegiance to
the National Metal Trades Associa
tion, and agreed not to enter into ne
gotiations until with any of their em
ployes until after the great gathering
of employers in New York city June
11. " .'-'" ....;-'
While the manufacturers were dis
cussing their future actionTthe ma
chinists were not idle, a number of
machinists, leaving, the three plants
of the Crane Company to join the
strikers. Statements differ as .to
the number of men who left the
Crane plant. Besides these men, 80
workmen struck in three other places,
while agreements were signed with
five firms whose names would not be
given out. .
All Lines West of the Mississippi to the Pa.
' cific to Be United. .
New York. June 5. One tremen
dous consolidation of the railroads
operating between, the .Mississippi
river and the Pacific coast promises
to result from a settlement of the
differences wMch caused the North
ern Pacific corner. ' Not only have
the differences been settled between
the Morgan-Hill faction and the Har
riman party, regarding the Burling
ton deal, and the relations of that
road and the Northern Pacific and
Great Northern with the Union Pa
cific, but also that the St. Paul, the
Chicago & Northwestern and the
Chicago Great Western will be taken
care of in the great harmonizing
scheme in the trunK lines of the west.
Will Try to Get Non-Union Men in About
Sixty Days More.
Seattle, June 5. If the strike of
the metal working unions is not
settled within . 60 - days at the out
side, an effort will be made by the
manufacturers to operate their shops
with non-union workmen. A state
ment practically to this enect was
made today by a leading member of
the Washington branch of the Metal
Trades Association of the Pacific
coast. It is said by members of - the
Manufacturers' Association that there
are plenty of non union machinists
in the East, who would readily ac
cept work at the present scale of
wages in the Seattle shops.
- Filipinos Elected to Congress.
Madrid; June 5. Among those
who were recently elected to parlia
ment were three Filipinos, residents
in Spain ;- They propose during the
course of . the debate on the speeeh
from the throne to bring up, the
question of the Philippines, alleging
that the situation is worse than be
fore the war. ... - - , "-
-, Burglars Burned a Town. - ,
Beaumont,. Tex., ; June 5. The
town of Jaspar has been entirely
wiped out by hre. . seventeen bouses.
including every business house in the
place, and a number of residences,
were destroyed. The town has no fire
department. - Previous to the fire the
postoffice safe and the safe of the
county treasurer had been blown open
and robbed. . The conclusion is that
burglars blew open these safes and
then set are to the town to create ex
citement that would afford them an
opportunity to escape. -
Postal Orders. -
- Washington, June 5. The post-
office at St. Louis, Marion county,
Or.; will be discontinued on June 15
and its mail sent to Gervais. A post-
office has been established at Chisna,
Alaska, to be supplied by special
service from Valdes, 200 miles to the
south'. A postoffice has been estab
lished . at Austin, ' Island ' county,
Wash, to be supplied from Newell.
It Alt Depends Upon Whether the President
Has Power to Impose Customs Duties on
Trade Between the United Statu and the
Philippines Members of Congress tlavf
. Scattered for' the Summer.
New York, June 5. A special from
Washington says:
Officials of the administration for
the first time since the announce
ment of the decisions of the supreme
court in the insular cases, admit that
there is a possibility of an extra ses
sion Of congress in July. If Attorney
General Knox, after a careful review
of the decisions, 'concludes that the
president will 'not have power under
the Spooner amendment to the army
appropriation bill to impose duties
on goods going into the Philippines
from the United states or coming
into the United States from the Phil
ippines, the president will seriously
consider the advisability of issuing
an immediate call for an extra ses
sion of congress. This statement is
made on the authority of a member
of the cabinet.
Attorney General Knox and Secre
tary of War Root have spent consid
erable time discussing the legal
points involved.. Mr. Knox is work
ing hard on his opinion- in order to
have it fof the next cabinet meeting.
This meeting is - expected to be of
very great importance.
A call for an extra session would
play havoc with the summer plans
of senators and representatives.
They have scattered to the four corners
of the earth. Several are about to
start for the Philippines. Quite a
number are either in Europe or in
tending to go shortly. If congress
should be called back immediately,
the house of representatives would
have difficulty in finding a place in
which to meet. The hall is complete
ly torn up and an army of workmen
is. engaged in the alterations made
necessary by the increase in the mem
bership of the house provided for by
the reapportinoment law enacted last
winter. . If the work should be pushed
night and day it would require several
weeks to get the hall in condition.
The Strange Phenomenon Causes Alarm
Amoung the Citizens.
Butte, Mont., June 5, The strange
sliding movement of the .city of
Butte which has been noticeable at
intervals for several years has again
manifested itself by five large cracks
in the earth in different sections of
the city.' The largest crevice was 12
inches wide and of considerable,
length and depth. Three of the'open
ings occur on the west side of town
and two on the east side. There is no
caving, but a distinct parting of the
earth, and the granite walls can easily
be seen in them. The gas and water
companies have much trouble on ac
count of the strange movement, which
frequently breaks their underground
pipes. ' The city engineer says the
engineering department of the city
encounters the same trouble as "eleva
tions and bench marks in certain
parts of the city are constantly chang
ing. . The continuance of the strange
phenomenon is beginning to cause
some alarm among the citizens of
British Police Tried to Prevent French From
Tien Tsin, June 5. There was a
serious affray yesterday between inter
national troops. Some British fusil
eers, who were acting as police here,
sought to prevent French soldiers
from house breaking, when they were
attacked with bayonets and bricks.
The fusileers, in self defense, fired
into the air. This brought a num
ber of Germans to the aid of the
Frenchmen. They numbered alto- "
gether 300 men. : Five fusileers fired
again, killing one Frenchman and
wounding three others. In subse
quent fighting, four fusileers, five
Germans and one Japanese were
wounded. The arrival of a German
officer and a strong guard ended the
fray. -
Killed by Mistake.
'. Denver, June 5. J. C. Ayers, a
workman on a ranch near Fort Logan, .
was shot and killed this morning by
one of the provost guard of the mili
tary post, which was in pursuit of a
prisoner who had escaped from the
guardhouse. The guard says the kill- .
ing was accidental, as he intended to
fire over the head of Ayers, whom he
mistook for -the escaped prisoner, and
who did not obey an order to get out
of a ditch in which he was thought to .
be hiding. : An inquest will be held.
The soldier who did the shooting bears
a good reputation at the post.
Son-In-Law of Joubert Captured. '
London, June 5. A dispatch from
Pretoria announces that the constab
ulary has captured Abram Malan,
son-in-law of the late General Jou
bert. V Malan was an energetic, pro
gressive politician before the war, and
since it began he has been very active
against the British and has filled sev
eral important commands, including
that of Pietersburg, until th British .
occupied the place.