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CORVALLIS. . . . : OREGON
NEWS OF THE WEEK
Condensed Form for
A nesume of the Less Important but
Not Less Interesting Events
of the Past Week.
Edward Wallace Hock
is now gov-
emor of Kansas. '
A great socialist conspiracy Jhas been
discovered in Russia.
Charles S. Deneen has been inaugu
rated governor of Illinois.
Witte is to succeed Mirsky as min
ister of the interior in Russia.
The Dresident urges improvement of
the army medical andjordnance service.
The oath of office has been adminis
tered to Governor Douglas, of Massa
chusetts. Govenror Peabody announces that he
will contest the Colorado election and
unseat Adams if possible.
General Stoessel says he was led to
believe by Chinese spies that General
Kurokatpin was marching south to re
lieve him. He knew nothing about the
retreat from Liao Yang until after his
"W. J. Bryan attended the inaugura
tion of Governor Folk, of Missouri
On invitation he addressed the legis
lature and advocated municipial owner
ship of public institutions. He declar
ed that if Roosevelt is in earnest in his
desire to curb the power, of railroads he
will lead a strenuous life during the
next four years.
Russia plans to spend $200,000,000
on rebuilding her navy.
Missouri may appropriate $200,0,00
fo the Lewis and Clark fair.
The Colorado legislature has declared
Adams elected governor., but Peabody
Committees of Atlantic steamship
lines and railroatds met to take steps
against the rigid inspection of immi
grants by the government, which, they
say drives business from American to
Canadiaan steamer lines.
Andrew Carnegie has intimated to
the officials of the Franklin institute,
of New York, that if they can secure
the Franklin fund, amounting to $155,
000, he will duplicate the amount, as
he did in the case of Franklin onion,
All the railroads centering in Chi
cago will apply to the United States
district court January 17 for a perma
nent injunction restraining all local
brokers from dealjng in any form of
non-transferable transportation. The
scalpers propose to appeal to the United
States supreme court.
The beef trust case is before the su
.Russian revolutionists predict an
Several severe engagements have oc
curred near Mukden.
Russia's Third Pacific squadron will
be ready to sail February 14.
The movements of the Second Pacific
Russian squadron are still undecided.
The Nebraska supreme court has de
clared the sugar bounty law unconsti
A million dollars in gold has been
engaged in San Francisco for shipment
to Japan. .
Tne JNortn sea inquiry commission
has adjourned until February. When
it reconvenes Russia promises to have
some sensational testimony to offer.
One man was killed and half a dozen
persons seriously injured in a rear-end
collision in which three trains crashed
together on an elevated road in New
Fire damaged the cotton mill of the
Edwards Manufacturing company at
Augusta, Me., to the amount of $75,
000. Firemen had to fight not only
the flames but a temperature of 32 de
grees below zero.
Tne Japanese found 48,000 prisoners
in Port Arthu.r of whom one-third are
The czar has decided to send 200,000
more troops to Manchuria. ' .
The flagship of the Baltic squadron
is reported to have struck a rock and
The czar's decision to continue the
war causes great indignation and brings
a revolution near. . ,
The interstate commerce committee
of the . senate is working on a (bill to
regulate freight rates.
As a result of a collission on the
Lake Shore road near Angolsa, N. Y
eight passengers were injured. -
The continued internal strife in
Santo Domingo may necessitate the
United States to step in and put a btop
Secretary Hay recommends that the
naturalization 1 aws be amended so as
to restrict many courts from granting
, Although orders have not been is
sued, it is positive that the Russian
Baltic squadron will return to Euro
DOINGS IN CONGRESS.
Wednesday, Jan. 4.
Upon reconvening today after the
holiday recess, the senate plunged di
rectly into the consideration of the bill
for the admission of two states to be
composed of Arizona and New Mexico
and Oklahoma and Indian territory.
Hey burn introduced a bill for the
regulation of corporations, which was
refered to the committee on judiciary.
Senator Newlands introduced a joint
resolution providing for a commission
to frame . and . report to congress a
national incorporation act for the con
struction and consolidation of railroads
employed in interstate commerce.
In the house Representative Mann
intoduced a bill to abolish the isthmian
canal commission and providing that
the powers now invested in the presi
dent be extended until the end of the
The joint statehood bill
pied the major portion
of the day in
Senator Bard introduced two bills
intended to clear away obstacles that
threaten to interfere with the construc
tion of the Klamath reserve irrigation
project in Southern Oregon and North
Senator Bailey submitted a proposed
amendment to the constitution fixing
the term of office of the president at
six years and
making him ineligible
The house committee on fortifications
reported the fortifications bill, carrying
$6,747,893, which is $770,299 less than
appropriated last session. Representa
tive Adams, of Pennsylvania, intro
duced a bill providing for the establish
ment in the District of Columbia of a
whipping post for wife-beaters. ,
(- Friday, Jan. 6.
Arbitration treaties between the
United States and seven foreign coun
tries were made public today by order
of the senate. The countries making
the conventions are: Great Britain,
Portugal, France, Switzerland, Ger
many, Italy and Spain.
The nomination of W. B. Crum, a
negro, to be collector of customs for the
port of Charleston, S.C., was confirmed
by hte senate.
The house passed the fortifications
Both houses adjourned until Mon
day. Monday, January 9.
After the passage of the omnibus bill
and a few minor measures and the fix
ing of January 28 for the delivery of
addresses in memory of the late Senator
Hoar, the senate devoted its ' time to
the statehood bill. At 4 :23 the senate
The house spent the day in discussing
minor matters and at 4:23 adjourned
until tomorrow. . i
NOTHING FOR RIVERS.
Small Chance of Congress Passing a
Bill at This Session. ,
ashington, Jan. 7 . Members of
congress interested in securing river
and harbor appropriations are becom
ing uneasy over the repeated warnings
of Speaker Cannon and other Republi
can leaders that the strictest economy
must be observed from now until ad
journment. While talk of this sort is
always in evidence at the beginning of
each session, there is more seriousness
in the tones of the speaker and party
leaders than usual, and the fear is
spreading that they mean what they
So far as waterway appropriations
are concerned,, the fear is not alone
based on the attitude of the party lead
ers, but the further and very signifi
cant fact that the rivers and harbors
committee, though it has been in ses
sion more than a month, has accom
plished absolutely nothing. One of its
members declares that, notwithstand
ing almost daily meetings have been
held, not a single line of the bill has
been framed, not a single item agri
upon, lie declares that in past ses
sions, when bills were reported and
passed, the committee did more actual
work in two days than it has done this
winter in more than four weeks.
Asks Fee of $200,00O.
Newark, N. J., Jan. 7. A fee of
$200,000 for James Smith, Jr., for act
ing as. receiver for the United States
Shipbuilding company was asked of
Judge Lanning in the United States
District court here today. Cotfnsel for
the Sheldon reorganization committee
opposed the application, and said that
the sum demanded was exhorbitant.
He said all the money Mr. Smith' han
dled in the receivership was not more
than $1,125,000. The credit for the
resurrection of the company, he said,
is due to the reorganization committee
New Russian War Loan.
Berlin, Jan. 7. The prospectus of
the new Russian loan of $81,000,000
will be issued tomorrow. Subscription
lists will be opened in Germany, Rus
sia and Holland January 12. The price
of the issue in Germany ' will be 95
The bankers' syndicate has paid into
the Russian treasury 90 &. These
terms are considered here very favora
ble for Russia, inasmuch as the holders'
can demand redemption at par after
six years. -
. Another New Russian Loan.
1st. Petersburg, Jan. 7. Official -an
nouncement of the issue of a new loan
is published here for the - first time
The amount of the loan will be : $115,
7ou,uu bearing interest at 4 per
cent from January 1. The first call of
ttonas will not be made earlier . than
1917. The whole loan will be extin
guished in 1985. . , '
OREGON STATE ITEMS OF INTEREST
House Organizes, But Senate Does
Not Agree on President.
Salem, Jan. 10. The senate was
called to order by Brownell, of Clack
amas, who was president of the senate
at the session of 1903. He was made
temporary president and a committee
on credentials appointed. The senate
then adjourned until 2 p.m.
At the afternoon session the commit
tee on credentials reported and the
new members were sworn in. Amo
tion that the- senate proceed to elect a
president was carried. ' Kuykendall,
Miller and Carter were nominated. On
the first ballot the vote stood Kuyken
dall 14, Carter 9, Miller 4, Pierce 1,
blank 2. The vote remained practi
cally the same for 39 ballots, when, at
4:30, the senate adjourned until 7:30.
In the evening 16 ballots were taken
with no change except as the Demo
crats shifted their votes from one to
another. Adjournment was taken until
10 o'clock Tuesday morning.
The house is organized and ready for
business. - Mills, of Multnomah was
elected speaker over Kay of Marion,
the ballot standing 26 to 24.
Lane Wants Freight Rate Bill. '
Eugene The measure which seems
to be considered of most importance by
the Lane county members of the legis
lature is that of regulating freight
rates. All the members of the dele
gation will work for some bill in this
line, but just what bill it will be is yet
to be decided. Several bills are likely
to be proposed, and the members from
this county will select what appears to
be the best and push it vigorously
This county during the past two years
has felt the effect of heavy and mequit
able freight rates, and all realize that
it is time for something to be done in
the line of correction.
Help Pilot Rock Country.
Pendleton "Tne farmers and peo
ple, with a i few exceptions, are much
pleased over the, prospect of a railroad
out through Pilot Rock," said Theodore
Beeney, a farmer residing five miles
from Pilot Rock. "Of course there
are a .few mossbacks who can not be
come reconciled to the disappearance
of the crude methods of 50 years ago,
and wish the country to stand still. A
few of the merchants oppose the road,
saying trade will all go to Pendleton
Other towns on railroads live, and I
can not see why our little town will
not thrive as well as. they."
New Phone Line in Field.
Silverton An independent telephone
company has been formed to connect
Silverton , with the adiouurut. -towns
P. L. Brown is the companjrs local
representative. The old company is
working hard to keep the new one from
getting a start, but more than 20
phones have already been subscribed
for in Silverton. Many advantages
are claimed by the new company,
among which are large exchanges and
free service between towns. The new
company will be known as the lnter-
urban Telephone company.
Will Buy a Fair Site. v
Pendleton The Pendleton Fair asso
ciation was formally organized at
meeting of representative farmers and
stockmen of the city and county. It
has decided to purchase a tract of 50
acres located immediately south of the
city, the price to be paid for the prop
erty being $7,000. The directors are
planning to build a half mile track and
erect buildings to be used for the pur
pose of exhibiting the products of the
county. It will be their plan to hold
regular county fairs every fall.
Tillamook at Exposition.
Tillamook There was a public meet
ing at the opera house a few days ago
to take into consideration the matter of
an exhibit at the Lewis and Clark ex
position, and to ask the county court to
appropriate $2,000 toward the expenses
County Judge W. W. Conder presided
The sentiment of the meeting was in
favor of a county exhibit,' and the mo
tion to ask for $2,000 carried. Judge
Conder was authorized to appoint
committee to take charge.
May Extend to Tillamook.
Tillamook Mayor Cohn has received
a letter from the Oregon Traction com
pany offering to build an electric line
over the Wilson river, road, provided it
can secure the right of way and a sub
sidy. The mayor intends calling a
public meeting at an early date. This
is the same company that has been fig
uring on an electric road from Portland
to Forest Grove, and from there it can
be extended to Tillamook county.
" Ask for Better Roads.
Eugene Farmers in the vicinity of
Loraine have come here with a petition
signed by almost everybody in that sec
tion of the county asking for extensive
improvements on the public road be
tween Loraine and Cottage Grove.
They had a hearing before the county
court and it is probable an appropria
tion will be made for the purpose.
New Courthouse for Tillamook. ,
Tillamook The tax levy for Tilla
mook county was made by the county
court, it being placed at 27 mills. The
court decided to erect a new courthouse
to take the place of the one burned
down about 12 months ago. '
MORE CONTROL OVER ROADS
Purpose of Law Proposed by
County Courts of State.
Oregon City "The Clackamas coun
ty court, through the legislative dele
gation from this county, will seek to
have enacted at the present session of
the legislature laws that will prove of
material aid to the various county
courts of the state in the building and
repairing of roads," remarked County
'I have great faith in the eminent
domain theory which is being indorsed
by the different counties of the state,''
continued the Clackamas county judge
The enacting of such a law will give
to the county court of each county the
right to condemn property for the es-
tablishment of a new road, or the ap-
propriation of additional property for
the improvement of roads already es
tablished, the rights conferred being
identical to those already enjoyed by
railroad corporations." It is also the
purpose of the Clackamas county court
to have passed a law regulating the use
tofwmcn all roads snail be placed in
the matter of heavy traffic, and still
another measure that will place some
restrictions as to the use of automobiles
on the public highways.
Soon Open for Entry.
Grants Pass News has been received
here that the timber land in Southern
Oregon and Northern California which
the department of forestry announced
several weeks ago would be thrown
open for entry, is to be advertised at
:e. At the expiration of 90 days
from the time the advertising begins
the lands will be ready for entry. The
sections involved cover a large area of
fine sugar and yellow pine timber in
Josephine county and parts of the sur
rounding counties, as well as sections
in Del Norte and Siskiyou counties,
California. In a portion of the tract
in Curry county is considerable red
wood, the only redwood in Oregon, and
the giant trees compare very favorably
with the famous big trees" of Cali
fornia. The tract is valuable, in the
main, however, for the great amount
of yellow and sugar pine that it con
Douglas Men Demand Good Roads.
Roseburg A delegation of represen-
tativ men from a majority of the road
districts in Douglas county called upon
the county court in a body and present
ed their petition and resolutions asking
that the court take the necessary steps
to provide this county with three sets
of modern roadbuilding machinery, in
cluding that number of rock crushers,
rollers, engines, etc. Enthusiastic
good roads arguments were presented,
and the matter was then taken under
advisement by the court. It is believ
ed, however, that the court will act
favorably upon the matter and that
large amount of good road building will
be done in this county this year.
Prizes for Fair Exhibits.
Oregon City At a' regular meeting
the committee having in charge the
exhibit' from this county that is to
be shown at the Lewis and Clark fair at
Portland in 1905 adopted a schedule by
which will be distributed to the pro
ducers of Clackamas county the sum of
$150 for the best samples of agricul
tutal and other products of which the
exhibit will be composed. Three
prizes are offered for each sample, rang
ing from $5 for first prize to $1 for the
third. The contest is to. conclude
April 13. v
Surveying Ended for Season.
Pendleton The last surveying party,
which has been making further tests in
the Echo irrigation project during the
past year, suspended work January
and came in. This ends the work this
season. Engineer John T. Whistler
says work may be resumed again in the
spring. The party which has , been
conducting the drilling in the Malheur
project has been transferred to the
Washtucna district and is making tests
of the reservoir sites.
To Freeze Rogue River Fish.
Astoria The schooner Cheteo has
gone to Rogue river fitted with a cold
storage plant of a capacity of 225 tons
to collect Chinook salmon for German
shipment for delivery frozen. This is
the first of a fleet being equipped by
Captain E. B. Burns and a Seattle com
pany, and the first time fish frozen on
leaving water will be delivered fresh to
European breakfast tables.
Wheat Walla Walla, 85c; blue
stem,8890c; valley, 87c.
Oats No. 1 white, . $1.322.35
gray, $1.351.40 per cental. , .
Hay Timothy, $1416 per ton
clover, $1112; grain, $1112; cheat.
$1218. ' .
Potatoes Oregon fancy, : 75 85c
Apples Baldwins, $1.25; Spitzen-
bergs, $1.752 per box
Eggs Oregon ranch, 2728c
Butter Fancy creamery, 2527c
Hops Choice, 2930c; prime, 27
28c per pound. , . , , .
Wool Valley, 1920c; Eastern
Oregon, 1017c; mohair, 2526c per
SHAH PAYS PRICE.
Bountiful Indemnity for Murder of an
Washington, Jan. 11. Information
has reached the State department that,
complying with the insistent demands
of the United States, the Persian gov
ernment has made to the widow partial
reparation for the murder of the Rev.
Benjamin W. Labarree, an American
missionary, by a gang of fanatics, and
has promised that all the guilty per
sons involved in the crime will be pun
ished. The following statement re
garding the case was made by an offi
cial of the State department:
March 15th last the Department of
State received the telegraph intelli
gence of the murder of Rev. B. W. La
barree, an American missionary, near
Ouroma, in Persia, by a gang of fanatic
A demand was immediately made
for the arrest and trial of the murder
ers, whose leader, Beyd Mir Ghafar,
was looked upon as a lineal descendent
the prophet. This circumstance
and the fear of arousing religious dis
turbances evidently interfered with the
prompt and efficient action on the part
the local authorities. The most
pressing and earnest representations of
the American legation at Teheran re
mained fruitless until October 12, when
Mr. Ray instructed its minister by
cable to make known to the govern-
rment of the shah the president's con
cern in the adequate punishment of all
the criminals and his intention to lay
tne matter before congress with appro
priate recommendations, with his de
mands for full justice, were further de
layed. The murders were thereupon ar
rested, but , the Persian government,
holding the life of a descendant of the
prophet sacred, offered a pecuniary in
demnity in lieu tf the death penalty
for Beyd Mir Ghafar, and promised ex
ecution of the accomplices. After con
sultation with the widow of Rev. Mr
Labarree, the offer was accepted and an
indemnity of $30,000 greatly in excess
of the sum named by the widow was
paid to the American legation June 3.
Solemn assurance was given that the
guilty would receive effective and swift
punishment and that no special tax
would be leived on Christians in the
province to recover the amount of the
MAY BE ABANDONED.
New Mexico and Arizona Likely to be
Left Out of Statehood Bill.
Washington, Jan. 11. The joint
statehood bill will continue to be the
principal topic of discussion in the sen
ate during the present week, but other
measures will receive attention each
day during the morning hour, includ
ing the omnibus bill, for which Senator
Warren stands sponsor. The bill com
prises more than 200 pages, but the
senator already has succeeded in hav
ing it read by utilizing odd hours, and
this has put a large and important part
of the work of consideration to the
rear. . .
An effort will be made Wget through
the bill providing for the compensation
of American fishermen whose vessels
were seized previous to the arbitration
of 1893. This measure is in the hands
of Senator Fulton, who will press it as
an act of justice to men who have been
The pure food bill will remain m
the background for the present, not be
cause the friends of that measure have
abandoned it, but because they consider
that its chances will be improved by
not pressing for immediate considera
tion. They have been assured by the
Republican leaders that the bill shall
have first place on the calendar aside
from appropriation bills, after the
statehood bill is disposed of and there
fore they will not antagonize the state
hood bill for the present if at all.
The only real fight is against the
uniting of Arizona and New Mexico,
and there is talk of eliminating these
territories entirely from the statehood
proposal. It is believed if this were
done the bill for the consolidation of
Oklahoma and Indian Territory would
pass. Thus far there has been no con
ference of opposing factions on the sub
ject and probably little will be donesto
change the present status so long as
the leaders are anxious to keep other
matters in the background, as appears
to be the case at present. '
Krupp Gun Works Visited.
Berlin, Jan. 11. Extensive experi
ments are being made with new guns
and projectiles at Messrs. Krupp's
range at Meppen, on behalf of a com
mission of Japanese officers. Should
the trials prove satisfactory, large or
ders will be given by the Japanese gov
ernment. A deputation of Russian
officers has arrived at Essen for a sim
ilar, purpose. It is reported from Zu
rich that the Japanese government has
ordered large amounts of chocolate from
various Swiss manufacturers. Several
firms have had to decline the orders.
Naval Station at Arthur.
Tokio, Jan. 11. The Japanese in
tend to establish a naval station at Port
Arthur. Vice Admiral Shibayama will
probably be placed in charge of it.
The military administration at Port
Arthur will retain only a small garri
son as soon as the prisoners are with
drawn and order is restored. The fleet
is busily engaged in clearing mines, but
owing to their great number naviga
tion will be unsafe for a long time.
Only government craft enter the harbor
Fire Burned for Five Hours.'
Philadelphia, "Jan. 11. A fire which
burned for five hours occurred .tonight
at . the plant of the Atlantic refining
company in the southwestern section
of the city. The loss, it is estimated,
will reach $200,000.
JAPANESE AT HAND:
Squadron of Cruisers Ready to
Pounce on Baltic Fleet.
ARE SEEN AT MAURITIUS ISLAND
Russia Has Made No Provision for
Progress Eastward and Fleet
Must Return to Malta.
London, Jan. 11. The corresnond-.
ent of the London Daily Mail at Port
Louis, island of Mauritius, (Isle de
France), reports that the British cruiser
Forte, which was to have left that port
on Thursday last, is still there. The
correspondent claims to have learned,
that the Forte's wireless apparatus
copied a number of messages exchanged
between foreign warships, presumably
Japanese. Mauritius is located to the
east of Madagascar.
According to reliable advices received
vesterdav. one of the sauadrnns of th
Russian Baltic fleet is sheltering in
the vicinity of Comoro island, to the
northwest of Madagascar.
This dispatch contains the first inti
mation that the Japanese war vessels
sent to intercept the Baltic fleet might
have arrived in the vicinity of Mada
gascar. Movements of Fleet.
Paris, Jan. 11. The Temps corres
pondent at Copenhagen telegraphs that.
he is reliably informed that Admiral
Rojestvensky's squadron will return
from Madagascar and go to the island
of Malta, where it will await the third
Russian squadron, which will leave
Libau at the end of January, later pro
ceeding to the Far East with Admiral
Rojestvensky's ships. . ,
The admiralty, the Temps corres
pondent further announces, is prepar
ing a fourth squadron, which will de
part probably in May.
GETS DOWN TO WORK.
North Sea Commission Elects Presi
dent and Begins Sessions.
Paris, Jan. 10. The International
commission appointed to inquire into
the North sea incident resumed its ses
sions at the foreign office yesterday..
Admirals von Spaun (Austria) and
Doubasoff (Russia) were present. The
latter's appointment was officially an
nounced, thus making permanent Ad
miral Kazanoff's retirement on account
of illness. Admiral Fournier (France
was unanimously chosen permanent
president. - ,
In the course of his speech of accept
ance Admiral Fournier said he hoped
the commission would be inspired with .
the same moderation and wisdom which,
induced Emperor Nicholas and King
Edward to refer the question to arbitration.-
The admirals have decided that the
proceedings of the commission shall be
DRAWN INTO NET.
Land Officials at Roseburg, Oregon, .
Have Been Suspended.
Washington, Jan. 11. By direction
of the president, Secretary Hitchcock
has suspended Register J. T. Bridges
and Receiver J. H. Booth, of the Rose
burg land office, at the telegraphic re
quest of Mr. Heney. Heney reported
that Booth and Bridges by continuing-
in office, were able to thwart the ends.
He said an investigation of that" office
showed its affairs were- in bad shape,
and said that further investigation
should be had. The suspension of
Bridges and Booth virtually closes the
Roseburg land office, except for the fil
ing of papers.
This morning Secretary Hitchcock
took up the Roseburg case" with the
president, and it is by the president's
order that radical action was taken, as
recommended by Heney. It is Heney
who will direct further investigation at
Concession to Alaska.
Washington, Jan. 11. Representa
tive Qushman late this afternoon called
up and secured the passage of the sen
ate bill authorizing the expenditure of
all license moneys collected in Alaska
outside incorporated towns for three
distinct purposes : 25 per cent to be
used for public schools, 5 per cent for
the care of the insane, and the remain
ing 70 per cent to be diverted to build
ing roads. At present that portion of
Alaska outside of incorporated towns
receives but 50 per cent of its license
Must Act on Freight Rates.
Washington, Jan. 11. President
Roosevelt had another conference today
regarding pending legislation. He con
sulted Representatives Esch, ' of Wis
onsin, and Townsend, of Michigan,
both members of the house committee
on interstate and foreign commerce, re
garding proposed legislation respecting
railroad freight rates. They tolu the
president that the people they repre
sented wanted something definite done,
and wanted it done soon.
, Work Delayed by Storms.
Tokio, Jan. II. The work of remov
ing the mines and other obstructions at
the entrance to the harbor of Port
Arthur and of examining the Russian
war vessels is hampered by the storms
and cold weather. There ia every in
dication that some of the ships are