CORVALLIS GAZETTE Oaaette Publishing Co. CORVALLIS. . . . : OREGON NEWS OF THE WEEK In a Condensed Form for Busy Readers. Our 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 surrender. "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 may contest. 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, of Boston.. 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 preme court. .Russian revolutionists predict an early outbreak. 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 tutional. 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 York. 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 sick. 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 ' sunk. 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 to it. Secretary Hay recommends that the naturalization 1 aws be amended so as to restrict many courts from granting papers. , Although orders have not been is sued, it is positive that the Russian Baltic squadron will return to Euro pean waters. 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 fifty-ninth congress. Thursday, Jan. The joint statehood bill again occu- pied the major portion of the day in the senate. 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 ern California. Senator Bailey submitted a proposed amendment to the constitution fixing the term of office of the president at six years and making him ineligible for re-election. 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 bill. . 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 adjourned. 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 iv"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 say. 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 LEGISLATURE MEETS. 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 Vari- 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 Judge Ryan. '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 tains. 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. PORTLAND MARKETS. 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 common, 6065c. 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 pound. : SHAH PAYS PRICE. Bountiful Indemnity for Murder of an American Missionary. 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 Kurds. 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 indemnity. 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 discriminated against. 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 semi-public. 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. of justice." 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 Roseburg. 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 fees. . 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 salvable.