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S,rSStSui:,&if9JL2. 1 ConsoIidatedPeb. 1899.
COEVAIiLIS, BENTON" COUNTY, OBEGOiN, FRIDAY, AUGUST. 23, 1S01.
rIII. NO. 35.
EVENTS OF THE DAY
FROM THE FOUR QUARTERS
A Comprehensive Review of the Important
Happenings of the Past Week Presented
In a Condensed Form Which Is Most
Likely to Prove of Interest to Our Many
.' Chinese officials are much dissatis
fied with terms of the treaty.
Ohio river steamer overturned in a
squall and 16 passengers wen
.Rebels in Colombia and Venezuela
continue operations in hopes of get
ting help. .
Latest passengers from Nome bring
stories of threatened destitution there,
this winter. ' -
Constitution-Columbia race was de
clared off temporarily on account of
heavy winds. i
Latest estimate of visible wheat in
the United States shows a decrease of
Steel trust has started Up several
plants, but strikers contend that they
have lost no ground. . '
.-Colombian minister assures Secre
tary Hay that traffic is , entirely, un
disturbed in that country. . '
uBritish surprised two Boer laagers
and killed 23 men, but were unable
to follow up their success.
. England demands . prompt punish
ment of authors of Chinese massacre
- or she will not withdraw her troops.
Geryera,'.the Spanish admiral, is to
be presented with a loving cup ' for
kindness shown American prisoners
during the Spanish-American war.
Germany, will soon establish a colonial-army.',
'"the United States - may send more
warships to Colon. -
.n Ecuadorean force is preparing
to invade Colombia.
Von . Waldersee -hopes to become
chancellor of Germany.
General MacArthur has arrived at
San Francisco from Manila, "
.jjfhe results of the gujf storm were
not so baa as at nrst reported.
,-:-Hayden,-.the embezzling , treasurer
pLSwift & Co., cannot be found.
Venezuela,,. but were driven back.
- -TT-San Francisco retailers have made
amove towards ending the strike.
1 "..Kruger urges the British National
ists to continue their efforts to secure
. peage.. , . , , .':.
Venezuelan officials blame the Co
lombian government for the preseat
trouble. ; - ,y ' .
Mho steel trust is landing non
union men at Monessen and will start
ur the mills there.
A Chicago trolley car colided with
a- passenger train, killing four and
injuring 11 people. ..
' Explosion bf two cars of powder
wrecked an entire train on the
Southern Paefiic near Glendale, Or,
; Tb:Alaska steamer Islander struck
an iceberg and sank immediately.
carrying down about 60 of the passen
gers and crew and $250,000 in gold,
Both sides are making gains in the
steel strike. "
The Shamrock II is being put in
oroer for racing. v
There "; is little change in the San
Jijrancisco strike situation, ..
:'Crispi's remains were taken by a
warsnip irom napies to Palermo.
-A.iJ. Montague was nominated " for
governor by Virginia Democrats.
. VTbe ?gunboatr Machias y has-" been
, ordered to Panama immediately.
,.wTherGermaft. Grown Prince .. .may be
: ensged to the: Princess of : Batten-
Wruiriti . $ -.:; tCWA.
iK i'iie-iisiiing season ron trje4olumbia
K'aa lv,,,J J' iL-.-l. lit I 1 i.
d&IjWQ cases it i fe.v,,; ; ,,;
Over a dozen lives were lost by the
burning of the waterworks crib in.
tfeelak.ft6Ctevelandir Ohio. MA
JGhago tstee,l workers j who . would
littfe; obeyujjthe strike, order were put
out ot the Amalgamated Association."
River and harbor ' reccommenda
tKjO iJfoF hfev;Coming year are about
tsjaWjiii -the bill that failed to
. rftss last winter, .
Burglars who ..attempted tq rob an
Qhjo, -.bank were frightened away be-
lore tney secured anything ana are
now surrounded in-the woods' near
th'toi-n.,.,.: " '.,, "
The Union Pacific Railroad . has
notified' its empoyes that habitual
drinking or even the mere frequent
ing of Saloons will in future be consid
ered cause for discharge.
A coal famine in San Francisco is
imminent because of the strike.
Two men" were asphyxiated and
others nearly so in a Montana mine.
An advance of from one to two dol
lars a ton has been made in all fin
ished steel products. j v -
Krupp, the German gun maker,
has a fortune of nearly $50,000,000,
an income of nearly $14,000,000 and a
pay roll of 80,000 persons.
Mrs. William E. English presented
to the state museum a dead Jersey
pig with one head and two bodies
joined at the shoulders.
SERIOUS BATTLE IN COLOMBIA.
Engagement of July 21 Resulted In Heavy
Loss on Both Sides,
New York, Aug. 17. Details regard
ing the Venezuelan-Colombian conflict
of July 28th have been received, and
convey the first intimation that the
battle was a serious one. The en
gagement was ' fought at Las Pllas,
La Parada and PirlnoS, and lasted 26
hours. The Colombian forces ' were
compelled to retire, but not before
1100 men on both sides had been kill
ed and wounded. Among tnese .were
General Resendo Medina, of the. Ven
ezuelan side, and four Colonels. The
army of 6000 invaders was divided into
28 regiments, some of which were of
the regular Colombian army, com
manded by " government officers and
using the army artillery. - .
Because of the strict postal, press
and cable censorship exercised, the
victories won by the rebels in several
battles were until now given as mere
rumors. A list of these battles was
among the advices received by Dr.
Resrepo. July 10, according to insur
gent advices. General M. Jose Castillo
defeated the government troops un
der General Luis Velez at Palmira,
taking many prisoners, arms and sup
plies. General Clodomira Castillo won
a battle over a reginyent that attempt'
ed to intercept his command in its
march to Rio Haca. General Marin's
troops have won several engagements'
and now practically control the De
partment of Tollma. . " ' '
Two other battles with favorable re
sults for the rebels took place at Can
azas and Gatun, Department of Pan
ama. Four battles have been fought
during the last month in the south of
Cauca which were also government
defeats, though details are lacking.
Strength of Insurgents.
New York, Aug. 17. According to
the latest bulletin of the Colombian
insurrectionists, a copy of which has
just been received here, the rebels
have a fighting strength of 28,000 men.
English Warships at Panama.
Victoria, B. C, Aug. 17. H. M. S.
Icarus, sloop-of-war, which has been
ordered to England, will leave Friday
morning. She will call at San Diego
and at Panama, remaining at the lat
ter point until the trouble there has
been settled. H. M. S. Phaeton is now
at Panama; H. M. S. Warsplte, flag
ship of the Pacific station, ' whose
commission concludes in January, will
be 'succeeded by the first-class cruiser
Grafton.. , . "
The government is concentrating
troops from the more remote prov
inces. - Telegraph communication
with coast points is interrupted, and
hence nothing is known here regard
ing the situation at Cartagenla and
Barranqullla. General Alban has. not
yet returned to Colon, but is expected
at any moment with reinforcements.
Troops continue to patrol both ends
of the Isthmus line at night.
Liberials Chances Good. .
Kingston, Jamaica, Aug. 17. A large
number of wounded men,, belonging to
the government troops, were taken to
Colon Monday. This is regarded as an
indication of the persistence of the
rebel attacks.' ..
The converted cruiser Namouna has
been found to be practically useless,
owing to the bungling attempt to
mount heavy guns on board of her.
The Colombian government - is now
negotiating for the purchase of the
steamer Bernard Hall, of the West
India & Pacific Steamship Company,
Limited, of Liverpool
The Darlen brought 40 passengers,
who were obliged to leave Colon in
order to avoid conscription. They
say the chances of the Liberals'' suc
cess seem better than ever since the
commencement of the.revblutlon. The
British consul at Colon has entered
a protest against Jamaicans .. being
compelled by the Colombian govern
ment to fight against the rebels,
Guards are still kept on board the
trains running between Panama and
Colon. - . ...
; Roth sides are committing atrocit
ies. "In the attack made on the gov
ernment troops, Sunday, a few mile
out of Colon, the rebels defeatd the
government force,'and one of the lat
ter was afterwards found shot in the
abdomen, with hoth legs amputated.
This was a reprisal for - the torture
.by the government of political pris
oners. v . .". .' ' '" " . :
- ' - Raids Along Panama Road. ; i
i Colon! Colombia, - Aug. '. 17. Raids
continue almost' daily or nightly along
the line, owing to the entire absence
of military protection. Last night
Matachin was again raided and cattle
belonging ' to sympathizers with the
government were stolen. Two wo
men were kidnaped at Gorgon station
Sunday night and the Chinese there
were pillaged. Oh most occasions of
this character,1 the Chinese are - the
chief sufferers. v ; Consequently ; they
are daily transferring provisions and
merchandise to Panama, thus Inten
sifying, want and suffering all along
the line. Armed guards consisting of
about SO men still accom'pany each
Sheriff Stood Off a Mob.
Tuscaloosa, Ala., Aug. 17.-A mob
of about 50 men entered the Jail be
fore daylight this ; morning, deter
mined to lynch Henry Pratt, colored
charged with attempted assault on
Sallie Dice, a uttie wmte gin. Aner
some parleying, Sheriff Kyle worked
his way to a closet, seized a loaded
ehoteun and told the mob that they
must kill him before ther could get
the prisoner. In. the face of the load
ed eun the mob left the jail and dis
persed. It is rumored that th mob
was also after a negro who - va
brought here from Coaling last night
$120,000 Fire at Berkley.
Berkeley, Cal., Aug. 19. Fire late
last night in the engine room of Nie-
haus Bros, company's planing mills
a(i West Berkeley destroyed ; three
acres of buildings, lumber piles and
finished products of the mills, John
Everding's starch works, Hare & Co. 's
Eldorado ' Oil works, T. Haywood
lumber yards and partially destroyed
Everding's grist mill and his resi
dence. The loss reaches $120,000.
NEWS OF THE STATE
ITEMS OF INTEREST FROM ALL
PARTS OF OREGON.
Commercial and Financial Happenings of Im
portance A Brief Review' of the Growth,
and Improvements of the Many Industries
Throughout Our Thriving Commonwealth
Latest Market Report. "J ''
The water agate crop at Newport is
of good size and quality. ;
The fruit driers around Albany will
have their hands full this season.
A 30 foot steel tower has been
ordered for the 400-pound ' firebell
which was presented to the Athena
hose company. .,
Jake Smith, who lives near Laylock
jreek, in Grant county, recently killed-
two rattle snakes, one three and one
half feet and the other three feet long.'
Big forest fires are reported in the
Flounce Bock, Trail creek and Big
Butte sections,- of Josephine county.
borne damage is being done to the
timber. ' . .-. , .-,.;'
The Owl and Elephant mines, in
the Cable Cove district, have been
sold to a Maryland syndicate for $11,
000. The new owners are going to
run a tunnel in 500 feet on the vein:
The La Grande-Cove motor line is
now assured and will ,be under con
struction this fall. It will extend
through Island City, down the Grand
Kounde river, direct to Cove." .Its ob
ject is to further the interests of beet
growing in a section believed . to be
specially adapted to it.
The new 90 horse power boiler is in-i
place at the plant of the Athena
Flouring Mill Company. It is a
huge affair, made entirely o steel,
and is composed of two plates,; tubes
and ends. . It is encased in brick and
will add materially to . the value of
the plant, which is up-to-date in every
respect. , ; ' : " -
Threshing is now well under way
throughout the Bogue river valley,
and from all information that can be
gathered the product of this year
will be about one half a crop. The
lightness of the yield this" year . is at
tributed to the lack of rain early in
the season, considerable of the acreage
having been cut lor gram hay. "
This is the ' dryest season- the Blue
mountains have r experienced ; for
many seasons. : An unusually heavy
snow fell during the past winter,
and it was hoped . the t water : supply
would be ample ; ! but T the intense
heat of - early July melted it all very
radidly, and now the mountain
streams are fed by springs alone.
A case . of smallpox has been re
ported at Howell, in Marion county.
Panthers attacked a band of sheep
on the North Coos river and killed
over 20. . T " ' ... --. -
A good sized porcupine, which had
been killing numerous : chickens, was
slain m:Moro, Sherman county.
Owing to the great number of build
ings being constructed in Pendleton,
contractors are having difficulty in
securing enough carpenters to do the
work. - -.- -"- " -, "; :-:
As an example of bow the old dona
tion land claims in Polk county are
being divided into small farms, the
Grant 640 acre claim," which for
many years - yielded a living for a
family of " only five, now affords
homes for over bo people, and there is
yet much waste land in the tract. .
; Portland Marketv
Wheat---Wala Walla, export value,
5556c per bushel jbluestem, 5758c;
valley, nominal.: - '
Flour best grades, $2. 90 3. 40 per
barrel; graham; $2.60. :
Oats $1.151.20 per cental.
Barleys-Feed, $1616.50: brewing,
$16. 50 17 per ton. . . - : -
Millstuns Bran, $27 per ton '"mid
dlings, $21.50; shorts, $20; chop, $16.
Hay Timothy, y $1113 ; clover.
$79.50; Oregon wild hay, $56 per
ton. . ."-.,--- .-
Butter Fancv creamery,17320c;
dairy, 1415c; store, ll12c per
Eggs rl7c per dozen. ....
Cheeser Full creamy twins, .11
11 Kc; Young America, 1212c' per
pound. ' '
Poultry Chickens, mixed, $d.u0
3.75 ; hens, $3.754.75 ; dressed, 10
lie per pound; springs, $2.5T)4.00
per dozen ; ducks, $3 for old ; ; $2. 50
3.50 for young ; geese, $44 50 per
dozen ; turkeys, live, 810c; dressed,
lU12c per pound. : r
, Mutton Lambs, 3c, gross;
dressed, 67c per pound; sheep,
$3.25, gross; dressed,- 66c per lb.
- Hogs Gross, '- heavy, ' $5.756;
light, $4755; dressed, 6W"7c per
pound. - - . - - 1
Veal Small. 85te; iarge, - 7
7c per pound.
Beef Gross top steers, $3.504.00;
cows and heifers, $3. 25 3. 50; dressed
beef, 67c per pound. - -
.Hops 12 14c per pound.
Wool Valley, ll13ic: Eastern
Oregon, 812c; mohair, 2021c per
pound. . . -...-Potatoes
90c$1.00 per sack, r
: The present Kansas wheat crop
the highest grade ever known, '
A ship load of Filipinos are to be
tried on Hawaiian sugar fields.
" The average net consumption - of
'tea per -head of population ..is 1.11
pounds ; in England, , 6 pounds per
neaa. - " v.-
A woman has just published a - di
rectory and gazetteer of the Yukon
valley, Alaska, showing 16,000 names
of residents. -
WRECKED BY WAR.
MacArthur Says Philippines Are Pacified but
Chicago, Aug. 21. The following is
a statement of General MacArthur,
as regards the Philippines: -"War
has jwrecked the Philippines
and laid waste whole distriats. The
people in many districts have relapsed
into barbarism. The best conditions
prevail in Northern ! Luzon. You
may say that the whole territory is
pacified, but not tranquilized, but it
will not be many months before law
and order are observed everywhere.
; "While the conditions are not per-"
fect, they ' are gratifying. A few
groups -of armed insurgents are still
at large, but they will soon surrender,
as their power is broken and they are
not being aided by the natives. These
natives have come to see that surren
der does not mean death and they are
coming '"in every week with their
rifles. -' ; -.
- "Throughout Northern Luzon the
insurrection has been dead for some
time, and there is freedom of move-'
ment. Still, a large criminal class
there commits depredations on Amer
icans and natives, though the latter
suffer the most severely. ; The natives
are earnestly ' seeking; the establish
ment of civil government that they
may root out these bands of criminals.
There is every reason to believe that
the. whole country will soon be per
fectly safe for travelers. .
i "At present there - is some trouble
in Samar, but General Hughes, with
a large and effective force, has gone
after them and will soon bring the in
surgents to their senses. - That is the
worst place, but it is not interfering
with the coast business. In Cebu and
Bohul, and occasionally in Southern
Luzon, there is a slight outbreak, but
it is caused by the criminal element,
"The civil commission was about
to put into force some; excellent ideas
for the municipal government of the
City of Manila when-1 left. The city
is in excellent ' condition, especially
in its sanitary 'department, and its
growth in business has . been enorm
ous." f ' ' - .'
CHINA WILL NOT RATIFY IT:
Earl Li Says the Pre posed Manchurian Treaty
' v I Not Acceptable.
" London, Aug. 21. According to a
dispatch from Pekin, Li Hung Chang
recently . called upon i M. de Giers,
the - Russian minister and ' urged a
settlement of ' the" Manchurian ques
tion. The Bussian minister replied
that the . indemnity . had been settled
and all were rejdyJtO.TJign the. proto-;
col. The two governments,.;" he said,
ought to determine the question in
the interests of . permanent harmony,
Li Hung Chang asked - that Bussia
give the matter immediate considera
tion in order, to avoid exciting suspi
cion on the part ot the other powers
and thus hindeirng other important
M. de Giers said that the Chinese
minister at St. Petersburg had already
arranged the terms ot a treaty which,
out of consideration ' for the long
friendly relations between the two
governments, Bussia was satisfied to
accept, but China was not satisfied
with it. This, he added, was not
Russia's fault. Li Hung Chang said
it was certain that China would not
ratify the treaty that "was previosly
proposed, to- which other nations
made strenuous' objections.. Mutual
consultation and a radical , change in
the terms of the treaty were necessary.
.y,.' ; Pioneer, Train Dispatcher. -.
New York, 1 Aug. " 21. Samuel J,
Gifford, " who was the Jirst telegraph
operator on the Lake chore & Mich
igan Southern Kail way and despatched
the first train ever run over it on tel
egraph orders," isdead at his home in
Dunkirk, N. Y. ; Alter tilling posi
tions': on the Erie & Lake Shore as
operator and despatcher, be became
a partner in the firm-lof - Skinner A
Gifford, which built large : shops in
Dunkirk . tor; constructing ; engines
and railroad fixtures and also built
in 1875 and 1876 the Texas fc New
Orleans Railroad, now the Southern
Pacific. -. - .
- Iowa Is Ready to Sail - y
San Francisco, Aug.. 21. The bat
tleship Iowa has taken on coal and
ammunition and is expected to sail
at once direct for Panama. " The
Hanger is now en route to the same
port, but on account of her slowness,
she will not reach Panama until after
the Iowa arrives there, y These vessels
will protect American' -interests on
the western side of the isthmus.
. Killed While Fighting a Fire.
; : Little Fallsj N. Y., Aug. 21. The
Mohawk and Malone roundhouse at
Herkimer was discovered toy be on
fire at 10:30 tonight, k Watchman
Gilbert " and an engine tender named
Deck, ..assisted by" Residents of the
vicinity and members bi the bridge
building - gang," attempted to extin
guish the dames, w niie tney - were
battling with the fire, a large quan
tity-'of dynamite stored in the build'
ine exploded with ternhc lorce, kill
ing "Gilbert "and Deck and four others,
- Shells in 1WaiI WentFrom Panama.
Colon, Aug. zi. ine postal au
thorities' ; here say regarding the' ex,
plosion on board the German steam'
ship ' Croatia that the mail bag con
taining the two gun shells was mailed
in y Panama, and that the bag was
admitted, in view or the formal de
claration of German merchants that
there- were no . explosives therein.
No one was injured by the explosion
but considerable mail was destroyed.
BIG STORM ON GULF
WIND BLEW SEVENTY MILES AN
- HOUR AT MOBILE.
Various Reports of Drowning in the Bay-
Communication Destroyed in All Direc
tions No Report From Fort Morgan,
Where Two Companies of Coast Artillery
Mobile, Aug. 19. The -tropical
storm, which has been raging for sev
eral days past, is believed to have been
the severest in the vicinity of Mobile.
The wind blew at the rate of 70 miles
an hour for some time. . Various re
ports of the drowning of men in the
bay have reached here, but it is im
possible to confirm them, owing to
the complete demolition of- commu
nication. The yacht Ariel, bound
for Fish river with a party of Mobile
people on board, is reported to have
pounded to pieces on the wharf at
Battles, on the eastern shore - of the
Day. Nothing has been heard of the
crew, ylhe pleasure yacht Mayflower,
of this city with a party of prominent
people on board, reported as lost this
morning, has been heard from. All
on board found refuge on Cat island,
but the boat was wrecked.
Nothing has been heard from Fort
Morgan. Two companies of coast
artillery are - stationed there. The 1
barracks undoubtedly received the
full force of the blow. No communi
cation . can be . had with any of the
islands in Mississippi Sound,; just
outside the bay, 40 miles below here.
All the news concerning the fate of
the islanders must come by boat, and
this is anxiously awaited.
Logging camps and mills have suf
fered considerable loss' by the break
ing of boomlj. Sawlogs and squared
timber drifted . into Mobile all day,
much of.it coming up onRoyal
street, three blocks from the watey
front. Much damage was done in
Mobile in the "way of uprooting trees.
"unroofing houses and topping over
chimneys, ihe power houses of the
electric railway were flooded, and elec
tric car Service was shut down for sev
eral hours. All business in the whole
sale district:1 was suspended. Care
had been taken to elevate lower floor
goods upon temporary platforms and
the grocer suffered little loss. The
grain men were caught to some extent.
Ihe tracks " ot the .Louisville &
Nashville Southern, and Mobile &
Ohio pass through Commerce street.
and were unde&y water, traffic being
stopped entirety. The . Mobile &
Ohio is operating trains from: Whist
ler, 10 miles out, and the Louisivlle
& Nashville .received one train during
the atternoon. A small schooner
laden with resin for New Orleans over
turned at the resin; wharf.
THREE NEW DESTROYERS.
The Whipple, Truxton and Worden Success.
: fully Launched at Baltimore.
Baltimore, Aug 17. Three additions
to the United States Navy were chris
tened and launched at the shipyards
cf the Maryland Steel Company here
this- afternoon. They are torpedo-boat
destroyers, and will be known here
after by the names of Whipple, Trux
ton and Worden. .
The ceremonies attendant upon the
launching took place in the presence
of a large assemblage of handsome
women and distinguished men, includ
ing government, state and city offi
cials, officers in both army and navy,
and civilians of prominence. - When
all was in readiness for the launching.
Miss Isabella. Truxton, of Norfolk, Va.,
took her place at the bow of the boat
of that name; Miss Elsie Pope, of St.-
Paul, Minn., at the bow of the Whip
ple, and Miss Millie R. Worden at the
bow of the Worden. As each boat in
Its turn slid from the ways into the
waters ; of the . Patapsco, the bottles
were broken over the bows, the names
were lspoken by the sponsors and the
usual' cheering and handclapping ana
waving of , hats : and " handkerchiefs
took place: accompanied by the din of
steam whistles of the factories in the
vicinity. . y"
. War Department Uneasy,
Washington, Aug. 19. Some un
easiness is felt at the war department
concerning the military y posts !" at
Mobile bayj especially at. Fort" Mor
gan, where the Eighth and Ninth
companies of coast artillery a-e sta
tioned, y Fort. Morgan and the mili
tary posts are. oil a sand spit about 13
feet ajwve tide. "No reports have been
received at. the department: concern
ing thesg-posts. , The ; two - batteries
consist of about 106 men each.
y The Floods in Arizona.
. Tucson, Ariz., Aug. 17 The Santa
Cruz River hasyreached . the foot of
Congress street, overflowing the val
ley for . mile. Severe storms, have
visited Southern Arizona almost dally
for the past 10 days. Railroads from
Sonoraand Bisbee connecting with,
the Southern Pacific are paralyzed.
A large b:idge-was : washed away
near Fairbank. on the Arizona & New
Mexico Railroad. y A body was seen
floating down the river, followed by a
buggy. . A storm which was almost a
eyclone visited Tucson this week,
tearing oft several roofs and demolish;
ing the gas works. -
' Germany Will Send Warships.
Berlin, Aug,; 19. The South Amer
ican difficulty is attracting much at
tention here.. The' German cruiser
Vineta left Bahia, Brazil, August 12
for Trinidad, - where she will await
orders. The Tageblatt says the Gerr
man cruiser Niobe is going to. Carri-
bean waters after the. autumn man-
oeuvers, and will remain there perm
anently. It is also expected that the
German cruiser Geier vW go to the
Carribean sea . ..
Census Work Being Rushed Further Reduc
tion in Philippine Military- Forces.
Owing to the necessity of complet
ing a large part' of the ceusus work
before congress meets, Director Mer
riman has been compelled to employ
over 3,000 clerks, and to prevent
waste of time certain clerks in some
of the divisions have been detailed as
- Only a few of the letter carriers of
the country have availed themselves
of the privilege"granted by the post
master general, after several years of
petitonng, to wear shirt waists during
the summer season while on duty.
The huge lottery that Uncle Sam
has conducted in Oklahoma for land
taken from the Indians has brought
to light a peculiar phase of the home
stead law. Judge Ryan, first assist
ant secretary of the interior, said
that under the homestead law a mar
ried woman could not make entry for
a homestead because she is not the
bead of a family. A single woman,'
however, can make an entry.
The second largest claim yet pre
sented with the Spanish treaty claims
commission was filed the - other day
on behalf of Francis Zeiglie, of
Havana. He was owner of a sugar
estate of 2,970 acres, worth $1,000,
000, which was laid waste by Spanish
troops in May, 1896. For . this he
The postoffice department has is
sued an order that is designed to be ol
special advantage to business men.
Those firms and business houses that
have been in the habit of sending
money order blanks to their custom
ers free of cost with the special money
order blanks in which the name of
the payee or firm sending them out
will be conspicuously printed in red
ink. . ..
Preparations are being made by the
war department to make a further
reduction in the military force in the
Philippine islands. It has been de
cided to. bring back the remaining
artillery organizations in the Philip
pines, i -
TURNED OVER IN A SQUALL.
Ohio River Boat Lost With Sixteen Passen
gers Happened Without Warning. -
Paducah, Ky., Aug. 21. The
steamer City of Golconda, plying be
tween this city and Elizabeth town, !
111.,-was struck by a squall during a
storm about 1 o'clock last night, as
she" was en route to J Paducah, and
turned over in 10 feet of water, six
miles above the city, as she was go
ing into Cromwell's Landing. Six
teen people are reported drowned.
- The disaster . happened as supper
was being served, and many of the 75
passengers were in the cabin. The
wind struck the boat without warn
ing, and there was no time for those
on the inside to escape.- Captain
Jesse Bauer and Pilot E. E. Peck
were the last to leave the boat and
swim ashore. They saved several per
sons struggling in the water, left the
survivors in a house near the river
bank and came to the city. - Captain
Bauer, who arrived here two hours
after the accident, said: ...
"The boat was getting ready to
land, when the squall struck her and
she listed. "Several passengers who
were inside " jumped overboard and
were caught by the boat. The women,
all Of whom were in the cabin, -could
not be reached. ? The T)oat settled
down in 10 feet of water over, a reef
and. two of the men who were in the
cabin broke through the .' glass and
were sayed. ; The colored deck hands
saved a woman, and I do not-think
she was the only woman . saved, A
yawl which had broken ; loose, was
caught -. by some men--' struggling
in the water and rowed to shore. We
returned to the : boat -cd " this, but
could find no signs of life and return
ed t shore. ... i ; '.
The boat was valued at $25,000
There is. no way to determine the
number or names of the dead until
the boats books are. fourid.'"' Captain
Peck places ihe number at 16.;
... General Joseph F. Knipe Dead.
Harrsburg, Pa.Aug. 2.L General
Joseph F. Knipe, a hero of two wars,
is dead "at his home in this city.' He
fought through the Mexican war with
General Scott, and in the Uivil war
he participated in all the battles in
which the Twelfth "corps took part,
from Chattanooga to Atlanta.. ; He
afterward served as I'hiet. of 'cavalry
in the army of the Tennessee. He
was postmaster ofHarrisburg during
the Johnson administration and at
the time of his . death was connected
with the state department "
y - Successful Wireless Telegraphy. ; -Nantucket
Mass., Aug." 17. Com
munication by wireless telegraph has
been -established - between this island
and S-.u h Shoal lightship, and the
system is working to the satisfaction
of Commander J. D. J. Kelly, who has
btun In charge of the installation.
Numerous -messages have been ex
changed between Flasconset and the
Large Cigar Plant Burned.
Bichmond. " Va., Aug. 21. Fire
todav destroyed what is locally known
as the J. Wright. .Company plant of
the American Cigar Company. , There
were about 400,000 pounds of leaf
tobacco in the building, owned by the
American Cigar Company, and this,
with the machinery, it is estimated
was worth $115,000. The building,
an immense five story structure cover
ing 15,200 square feet, was entirely
destroyed. ' y " .
Islander Went Down Hear
SIXTY PEOPLE LOST
IN GOLD DUST ALSO
TO THE BOTTOM.
The St.amer Struck An Iceberg at 2 O'clock "
A M., and Sank Immediately Boilers
Exploded by the Shock Captain Was
Last to Leave, and Was. Afterwards Lost
From the LiferafL
Victoria, B. C, Aug. 20. The
steamer Islander, the crack passenger
steamer of the Alaskan route, operat
ed by the Canadian Pacific Naviga
tion Company, of this city, struck an
iceberg off Douglas island at 2 A. M.
on the morning of Thursday last and
went to the bottom, carrying 55 to
60 souls, including passengers and '
members of the crew.
. Some of the.survivbrs arrived here
this evening by the steamer Queen.
They report that as the Islander
went down her boilers exploded, caus
ing the death of many who might
have escaped. : Captain Foote went
down with his steamer.
There was $275,000 in gold on the
steamer, $100,000 of which was carried
by passengers. .
- The description of the disaster by
the survivors is heartrending. They
say that the Islander struck an ice
berg, and so severe was the shock that
every door was jammed fast in the
staterooms, and the ill-fated passen
gers, numbering 107, and the crew ol
71 were forced to break through the
windows to reach the deck.
Steward Simpson lost 10 in his de
partment, and his description of the
wreck is clearly given. He wa3 awak
ened by the shock, and could not get
out of his . stateroom until he broke
Out a window. He : reached the
bridge, where the pilot was on watch,
and, with the mate, ordered out the
lifeboats. The vessel was then taking
water fast, and the chief engineer re
ported the pumps unable to take care
of the water. He also went below
with an ax, broke down the lower
stateroom doors, and stayed at this
work until the water forced him to
go to the upper deck.
By this time the ship's boats were
loaded and had got away, and, while
the officers were getting out the last
life raft, Captain Foote called to all
hands to clear the ship, as she was
about to go down. This was the cap
tain's last order, as at that moment
the ship sank, and the captain, leap
ing clear of the wreck, was picked up
by a life boat, which in some manner
was overturned. . The day was very
misty, and all hands were forced to
shift for themselves. The officers
state that had the passengers not
rushed the boats, the loss of life would
have been small, if indeed, any at all,
had been lost.
TRAIN BLOWN TO BITS.
Two Cars of Powder Exploded in Tunnel
Set Fire to the Forest.
Ashland, Aug. 19. What is re
garded as one of the worst wrecks in '
the history of the Southern Pacific
Company's lines in Oregon took
place at tunnel No. 7, six and one
hall miles north of Glendale, this
afternoon about 4 :30 o'clock.; Extra
freight No. 2192, east, which left here
at 9:30 this morning, composed of 26
cars, with three, engines, was just
emerging from tunnel No.. 7, which is
a short une oh . a sharp curve in the
track; and about 100 feet long, when
the train parted, the air .hose break
ing. The sudden jar caused two rear
cars loaded with dynamite to explode.
The entire train was demolished,
except the engine, and it was injured
somewhat.' ; There were 10 cars of
melons, two of powder,' two , of fruit
and the remainder of . miscellaneous
freight. - All but three - cars of the
melons were totally demolished by the
force of the explosion which was felt,
for miles, around the surrounding
country. - A car filled with acid took
fire, and the flames spread to the dry
brush and timber, . causing a fierce
conflagration. - 1 Cow cjeek, which
runs along the side of the track at
burning wreckage. ' , -
A number of tramps who were rid
ing in a half closed car, escaped, so
far as is known at the present time,
but until the debris is cleared the
loss of life and limb cannot be known,
and from the nature of . the disaster
there may " be " nothing left of the re
mains of the unfortunates to tell the
tale: - ; - ' -- ;; "'"-' . - .- :-y.
, Molten IKetal Exploded. , .
Youngatown, O.j Aug. 20. An ex-
i r , A i T j. l "
plosion oi xu nua ui muiwu menu in
the . blast furnace department at the
Ohio plant of the National ' Steel
Company resulted in the death of
three ; workingmen and the injury of
11 others. The machinery which
connected the; ladle containing the
molten metal broke, and allowed the
metal to drop into a vat containing