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CORV ALUS GAZETTE
Gazette Publishing Co.
NEWS OF THE WEEK
Id a Condensed Form for Our
A Resume of the Less Important but
Not Less Interesting Events
of the Past Week.
Fire destroyed two
steamers at Boston.
Utah" will spend $30,000 at the
Lewis and Clark fair.
The Cody, Wyoming, bank robbers
have been caught in Utah.
Pennsylvania oil men will build a
large refining plant in Kansas.
All Panama canal commissioners took
fees as Panama railroad directors.
Russian university students have de
manded reforms and suspended study
The president promises a thorough
investigation of the Standard Oil com
Threatening letters sent to the czar
have caused, martial law to be pro
claimed at Tsarakoe-Selo.' "
The Indian appropriation bill, as re
ported to the senate, will contain no
provision for chureh shcools.
Russian cavalry made a raid around
the flank and rear of the Japanese
army and drove in all small parties
Four men were killed and 14 others
injured by an exploding boiler at the
Provident Coal company, St. Clairs-
ville, Ohio. -
The Oregon land fraud trials are to
be postponed until June. Attorney
' Henev expects more indictments when
the grand jury recovenes in April.
Nan Patterson is seriously ill with
The powers have refused to allow
Greece to annex Crete
A report from Colon says that city is
now free from yellow fever.
Three minor Russian officials have
been murdered or assaulted by terror
ists. Russian terrorists have threatened
the lives of nearly all of the imperial
The government has just contracted
for 60,000 tons of coal to be delivered
at Cavite, Philippine islands
New York society women intend to
build the Colony club on Madison ave
nue, New York, for women exclusively.
The United States Cotton Duck cor
poration in 1904 made a surplus of
? lbb.Uso, alter paying interest on
Two members of the Panama canal
commission are on their way home to
make recommendations to the canal
committee of congress for changes
Special Attorney Heney has arrived
in "Washington and will make a report
on the Oregon land fraud cases and as
sist in the Hyde-Dimond land fraud
cases in California before the supreme
court of the United States.
The czar is said to have decided to
Japan will not agree to peace
it is enduring.
The secdnd trial of Nan Patterson has
been set for March 6.
West Virfginia senators accuse Gov
ernor White of boodling.
North Dakota has appropriated
.money for the Lewis and Clark afir. .
A bill will be passed this session al
lowing Alaska a delegate-in congress.
France will build a.warship of the
largest type to take the place of the one
Women of Moscow have petitioned
the czarina to ask the czar to make
peace with Japan. -
The parcels post treaty with Great
Britain has been signed by the officials
of both countries and will take effect
Governor Hoch, of Kansas, has ap
proved the oil refinery bill and recom
mends other laws against the Standard
The president has asked congress to
increase the naval appropriation bill.
One woman was burned to death and
15 men and women narrowly escaped
in a fire which damaged the Winton
hotel, New York. 1 '
the great financier, is
General Lew Wallace, author of "Ben
Hur," is dead. He was 78 years.old.
annual weighing of mails on
is . now in progress on all rail-
The New York board of aldermen has
raised the fine for carrying concealed
weapons from $20 to $720.
It is now conceded that J. Edward
Addicks., of Delaware, cannot be
elected United States senator.
It is probable that a decisive battle
will be fought by the two great armies
in Manchuria before a thaw comes.
The president has appointed Governor
Brodie, of Arizona, to bo assistant chief
of the Record and Pension office
DOINGS IN CONGRESS. .
Tuesday February 14. . . .
Tfie usual three Hours were given by
the senate today td the Swayne.' im
peachment' tria. .Only two .witnesses
were examined. ; i r,l
;The senate. today'-passed' the agricul-
' tural appropriation bill and. took': up
Hil. Ti:.iii'l .1..n.t,;. anvnm-iiiinn
The sundry civil appropriation bill
was reported to the house and immedi
ately thereafter the naval appropriation
bill was taken- up, 5 with - the under-
itanding that eight hours shall be de
voted to general debate and that the
house shall convene at 11 a. m. each
day while the bill is under considera
Wednesday, February 15. -
The senate today continued but could
not conclude, consideration ottne ftin
making appropriations for the support
of the government of the District of
In the Swayne trial a number of wit-
nesses were examined ior xne purpose
of ascertaining if the judge was in the
habit of traveling on passes.
The question of what the policy of
the government should be with respect
to the upbuilding of the navy was again
threshed out in the house today. At
the time of. adjournment the navy ap
propriation bill was still under consid
Thursday, February 16. '
Aside from two hours spent in rou
tine business the senate today gave its
entire attention to the Swayne impeach
ment trial. : Two and a half hours of
the time given to that case was spent
behind closed doors.
Before taking up the naval bill,
which occupied the greater part of its
time, the house today entered an em
phatic protest against the action of the
senate in amending the agricultural
bill. After considering the naval bill
for the most of the day it was laid aside
and several bills of minor importance
Friday, February 17.
The house today rejected all changes
in the original statehood bill by send
ing it to conference without taking any
action on it.
The senate today passed a bill appro
priating $9,940,000 for the District of
Columbia, and the diplomatic and con
sular appropriation bill carrying $2,-
Only one hour was spent today on
the Swayne impeachment trial.
Saturday, February 18.
After an hour spent as a court of im
peachment the senate today took up the
appointment of a conference committee
on the statehood bill. The matter was
finally postponed until Monday, when
the special order of the day, the eu
logies upon the character of the late
Sentaor Quay, was entered upon.
The house passed the pension appro
priation bill, carrying $138,285,200
The District of Columbia appropriation
bill was sent to conference, a bill was
passed to prohibit interstate transpor
tation of insect pests, carrying with it a
fine and imprisonment.
Monday, February 20.
The House passed - the naval appro
priation bill carrying a total of $99,-
914,359. The provision for two battle
ships as reported by the committee on
naval affairs was retained.
. Whether the senate conferees on the
statehood bill shall represent the party
that defeated joint statehood for Ari
zona and New Mexico or the party that
fought for the retention of that provis
ion was debated at length today, but no
decision was reached.
s The Swayne trial was taken up at 2
0 clock. Two witnesses were exam
ined. After the provisions of the Flor
ida statutes relating to suits of eject
ment or disqualification of judges had
been read it was announced that the
b of the house managers was con
cluded. , The preliminary statement
for Swayne was not finished when the
court adjourned for the day.
Will Have Action on Rates.
- Washington, Feb. 17. Representa
tive Townsend, of Michigan, one of the
authors of the Esch-Townsend freight
rate bill, had a talk with the president
today regarding the prospects for the
enactment of the measure into law.
Townsend expressed the opinion that
there was a chance for the passage of
the bill. After his talk with the presi
dent, Mr. Townsend said that in the
event no legislation on the rate ques
tion was enacted at this session, an
extra session of congress would be
called by the president?
Mexicans Palmed Off as Indians.
El Paso, Feb, 17. H. B. Pears, agent
for the United States Indian Bureau,
is here investigating the report that
Mexican children have been sent to the
government Indian school from various
parts of the country on false affidavits
that they were of one-fourth Indian
blood. It is claimed that hundreds of
children have been rejected recently
from the Oklahoma school for this rea
son, while others, it is said, are to be
found in all the Indian schools.
Castro Defies Uncle Sam.
Paris, Feb. 17. A semi-official dis
patch from Caracas, Venezuela, says
that under the pressure of President
Castro, the court has ordered the se
questration of the landed property of
the American Asphalt company. The
decision in the case has caused excite
ment among Americans at Caracas.
Japanese Have School for Spies. '
. Mukden, Feb. 17. Seventeen Chi
nese have been arrested here, charged
with being Japanese spies. . Documents
were found in their possession showing
they were . trained in a school estab
lished by the Japanese to qualify them
as spies. They will be tried by court-
MANY MINERS D!
Over One Honored Enjobghn
EXPLOSION OF DUST THE CAUSE
Details of Cause of Explosion Will
Likely Never Be known Relief- -1
. - Hurried to Scene."
Birmingham, Ala., Feb. 21. By am
explosion in the Virginia mine, about
18 miles southwest of Birmingham, , at
4 o'clock this afternoon, between 110
and 135 union miners are entombed
and it is believed the entire number
suffered an awful death. Scores of
vigorous rescuers are at work - digging
into the-mine to relieve thei,r friends
and comrades in the inside,.
The explosion .is believed' to have
been caused, by ;an accumulation of
dust, although the mine has beretofore
been noted for being entirely free from
dust. It is also believeed that, as the
entire quota has probably been killed,
the details of the cause of the disaster
will never be known. .
The camp is almost isolated from the
jest of the world, there is no telephone
station at Virginia, and the only a
running to the place is a dispatcher's
wire of the Birmingham Mineral rail
way, on which Virginia is located.
Details of the disaster were slow to
The class of "miners employed was
the best m the district, and all be
longed to the United Mineworkers of
America. Since the strike has been on
in the Birmingham district, many of
the most industrious and thrifty miners
of Pratt City and other important min
ing points have removed to the Vir
ginia mines, so thatjthe mines were
being worked to their full capacity by
the most skilled miners in the commu
Relief trains with surgeons and
workmen were dispatched from both
Birmingham and Bessemer as, soon as
the .news of the disaster was . learned.
They began the work of succor in earn
est and at midnight had not dug half
way through the mass of debris. It is
thought it will be 10 o'clock tomor
row before the interior of the stope is
The stopes are well arranged and
there "has never been the least trouble
in the mines before. They are owned
by the Alabama Steel & Wire company,
but are leased and operated by Reid &
EXTRA SESSION ON RATE LAW.
Will Be Called in October, Earlier
Action Being Impossible.
Washington,.. Feb. ;i21. President
Roosevelt, who for weeks has been
hopeful that some definite action might
be taken at the present session of con
gress on the railroad rate question,
practially has relinquished the idea of
securing legislation on the subject this
winter. It is reasonably certain that
he will not call an extraordinary ses
sion of congress to meet in the spring,
but unless he changes his mind, he will
call congress together, probably next
Representatives Esch and Townsend,
joint authors of the rate bill which
passed the house, had a talk with- the
president today. They outlined the
rate situation and conditions as they
found it. They agreed with him that
the prospect for the enactment of rate
legislation at this session was remote.
They indicated that if no action was
taken at this session, the subject would
be considered ; thoroughly 'during . the
Coming summer with the idea of pre
senting a measure at the next session
which, very likely, 'would contain some
additional features. "
Will Confer on Irrigation.
Washington, Feb. 21. A conference
of reclamation engineers has been called
to meet at Klamath Falls, Arpil 1, to
consider plans and estimates for the
Klamath irrigation project. At that
meeting it is hoped final plans may he
made for buying out owners of the
small canals, including the rights of
the Klamath Canal company. The
government is willing to pay this com
pany $150,000 to get out of the
The company demands-more, but
believed will eventually accept
figure. v '
Will Issue Philippine Bonds.
Washington, Feb. 21. After consul
tation by cable with Governor- General
Wright, at Manila, Secretary Taft has
decided to avail himself immediately
of the provision of the Cooper bill au
thorizing the issue of bonds to defray
the cost of public works in the Philip
pines. It is the purpose to issue $2.-
500,000 of these bonds bearing four
per cent interest and they are to run
for 30 years with the option of redemp
tion at the end of ten years.
Can't Compel Judge to Act.
v Washington, Feb. 21. The case of
the Caledonian Coal company vs. Ben
jamin F. Baker, judge of the Supreme
court ot New Mexico, to, compel him to
take cognizance of an action against
the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe rail
road was decided by the Supreme court
of the United States today against the
JflAY LOSE HIS CROWN.
Czar is threatened by-the 'Autocracy
;g "- Mis Qwn fcmpire...:, ;
.vj5erlin,eh. 2lf." It is : a significant
fact that 'despite 'the news:from St.
Petersburg' about the probability of the
reviyaliOf the Ze'msky Sobor as a popu
lar .legislative assembly diplomatic cir
cles in Berlin insist that the assassina
tion of Grand Duke Sergiua will rather
have the effect of strengthening the au-
tucruuc puny man 10 weaxen us lnnu
ence at court.
Statements to this effect have been
made within the past 24 hours by per
sons who are' close both to the German
emperor's advisors and to the Russian
representatives in Berlin, and it. would
be unwise to treat their : views lightly
It is pointed out in this connection
that the, granting of concessions by
the czar at ,thia time would not be con
strued by ,the liberal and radical ele
ments as ; voluntary acts, but as the re
sult of fear that other members of the
imperial family may share the fate of
jSergius, hastened by the admission that
the terrorists 'must be reckoned with
A dark hint is contained in state
ments . by the pessimists in diplomatic
circles which indicate an entirely differ
ent reason why the czar, though per
haps personally inclined to do so, will
under no circumstances grant any of the
more' far-reaching demands beyond
i'those- as outlined in his manifesto of
last December. These persons say that
tlte grand ducal coterie will stop short
of nothing to preserve autocracy in its
full power, and that if the present czar
is-not willing to look out for his crown,
a regency will see to it that the infant
czarevitch is not deprived of it unless
it is taken from him by force.
- Plainly this means that the men who
have murdered by their counsel and
methods thousands of the workmen and
peasants in the many years of their
rule, will not shrink from having put
out of the way the ruler who, it is
strongly asserted they reverence in
public, while they hold his lack of de
cision, his desire -to placate all of the
factions and his evident leanings to
ward the moderate liberals in private
RESERVES BREAK UP A CROWD.
Russian Revolutionists were Blocking
Streets in New York.
New York, Feb. 21. Police reserves
were... called out tonight to disperse a
crowd said to be sympathizers with the
Russian revolutionary party. Eight
men were arrested, charged with parad
ing witnout a permit, collecting a
crowd and holding an unlawful meet
The trouble started when two police
men came upon a crowd cheering and
applauding a speech made by one of
their number. The police were unsuc
cessful in dispersing the people, and
called for the reserves: It was said
that a red flag was being waved and
later a sergeant of police, who assisted
in the raid, made the statement that
on one of the men arrested was "in
flammatory and revolutionary litera
ture." This man's name was Albert
Argentier, and the police found on him
a suDscription list lor tne .Russian rev
olutionists, said to have been issued by
the pro-revolution committee for Rus
sia. All the men arrested said they
were tailors and protested against being
taken into custody.
ANOTHER CABLE IN ATLANTIC,
Clarence Mackay Announces That
Bids Have Been Made for Laying.
New York, Feb. 21. Another Atlan
tic cable is to be laid and .bids . for its
laying have alreadv been made. It is
expected the new cable will be in oper
ation during the coming summer
Clarence Mackay said today that no
new stock would b issued on this ca
ble, but that the cost has been met by
the Mackay company, .because of a de
sire to keep the reserve fund of the
Commercial Cable company intact.
Mr. Mackay added that the first re
port of the Mackay company to the
shareholders would be adopted within
the next fortnight. The new cable will
embody the latest discoveries in this
branch of electricity. .
Investigators Complete Report.
Sacramento, Feb. 21. After deliber
ating from 8 o'clock until nearly mid
night the committee appointed to in
vestigate the bribery charges involving
State Senators Simmons, . French,
Wright and Bunkers completed their
report, wnicn will De nied at tomor
row's meeting of the senate. While the
members of the 'committee would not
give answers as to whether the report
will recommend the expulsion of the
accused men, Senator Simpson said :
The report will recommend that ac
tion be taken in the bribery cases."
Strike Results in Better Wages.
Warsaw, Feb. 21 . The chemists' as
sistants here have struck, demanding
shorter hours arid one free day each
week. A majority of the other strikers
have resumed noi, the only important
branch still out being the ironworkers.
The strike has resulted in a considera
ble general improvement in . the condi
tion of the men. They have secured
higher wages and shorter hours. In
the tanning districts the men secured
the first increase in "wages in 40 years.
Tokio, Feb. 21. The navy depart
ment, announces the seizure of the
British- steamer 'Silvania, bound for
Vladivostok with Cardiff coal. The
place where the seizure was made is
b OREGON STATEITPNTEREST
Salem, Feb. 14. Settlemier's bill
authorizing the attorney general to
assess property which has escaped
assessment in the past and to bring
suits to collect the taxes due upon
such assessments passed the house to
day. " ' . ...'..'
The house committee on salaries and
mileage reported this morning. Smith,
of Josephine, protested against some of
the items, but failed to get any support.
Supporters of the normal schools are
endeavoring to have the cut made in
the appropriation by the house restored
by the senate when the bill comes up
in that body tomorrow. Governor
Chamberlain has also declared himself
in favor of consolidation of the schools
and threatens to veto the measure when
it comes to him. The appropriation for
the normal schools is coupled with
those for the asylum, penitentiary, re
form school, deaf mute shcool, blind
school, state university and agricul
tural college, so it would be necessary
to veto all in order to reach the normal
The ways and means committee of
the house introduced a bill in the house
today appropriating $70,000 for new
buildings for the deaf mute school.
Four other appropriation bills were in
trpouced Dy tne committee carrying a
total of $113,542.13.
The senate committee will not at
tempt to please either side in regard to
the Jayne local option bill. The bill
will be reported without recommenda
Several votes are lacking of enough
to pass the Cascade county bill. Many
sorts of influences are being brought to
bear to secure the necessary number.
Salem, Feb. 15. The Cascade coun
ty bill is only a memory. The com
mittee having it in charge in the senate
reported favorably is thmorning and a
vote was called for. The result was 18
against and 11 for.
Employes of state institutions will
be paid monthly hereafter if the gov
ernor does not veto the bill passed by
The house bill providing for a com
mission to examine the subject of
assessment, taxation and collection ot
taxes was passed by the senate.
Wife beaters, are to receive punish
ment up to 20 lashes according to the
senate bill passed by the house
County and city boards of health are
created by a bill which has passed both
The committee having the Jayne lo
cal option M in hand is still wrest
ling with the measure and does not ex
pect to report before Friday.
It appears probable that the bill ap
propriating $70,000 for a new deaf
mute school building, passed by the
house this afternoon, will go through
the senate, as many in that body
According to joint resolution the leg
islature will adjourn Friday without
day. The work will be well cleared
off by that time, say President Kuyken
dall and Speaker Mills. No official
netice will be taken of the develop
ments in the case of Senator Mitchell
and - an adjourned session will not be
held next winter nor the present session
prolonged unless something unforeseen
should happen in the next two days.
Forty-eight bills were passed by the
house today and eight failed. In the
senate 16 bills were passed, besides 15
charter bills, and seven were indefi
nitely postponed. The governor today
signed 14 bills
16. The bill exempting
mining corporations producing less than
$1,000 a year from the corporation tax
was passed by the senate today.
A bill was passed tonight creating
the office of state engineer, to be ap
pointed by the governor. Commence
ment of suits are authorized to condemn
property where the government may
wish to begin const-ruction of irrigation
systems. An appropriation of $5,000
is also made by the bill.
Two hours' work are in sight in the
house for tomorrow, but 70 bills are
before the senate, besides the Jayne
local option bill, which 'will require
The bill taxing sheep driven in from
other states has been passed by both
houses. The yearly pasturage tax is
placed at 20 cents per head, and when
sheep are driven through the state
the tax is 5 cents per head for each
The bill prohibiting the sale of liquor
to females under 21 years, and forbid
ding proprietors of saloons to permit
Lane County Teachers' Results.
Eugene Out of a class of 85 appli
cants for teachers' certificates at the
recent examinations conducted by
County Superintendent Dillard, 61
were granted the papers, the superin
tendent and assistants having just com
pleted marking and grading the papers.
Of those who passed the examination,
13 were granted first-grade certificates,
26 second-grade, 46 third-grade and
one primary certificate. Eleven per
sons took the examination for state cer
tificates, and the papers have been sent
to State Superintendent Ackerman.
; Broom Factory to Resume.
: Roseburg The Roseburg broom fac
tory, destroyed by fire last month, will
resume business. R. S. Barker, man
ager of the company, has purchased the
old Great Central Headquarters build
ing, and the factor will be operated
there. Necessary machinery has been
ordered and several carloads of broom
corn are already on their way to this
city from Oklahoma. : As soon as the
machinery arrives the factory will start
on a larger scale than before.
such 'females in their establishments.
has passed both houses;5.
Both houses held sessions tonight-.
In the house 39 bills were passed..
and six were indefinitely postponed
The senate passed 22.
Salem, Feb. 17. At 8 o'clock to
night the 23d bienial session of the
Oregon legislature ended and" the" law
makers were adjourned without dav
after 40 days' labor.
The punishment of wife-beaters bv ,
whipping was authorized ; . small , min-,
ing corporations were exempted from
the corporation tax; railroads are com
pelled to make connections with each
other and transfer cars at reasonable
rates, and several fishing laws were
enacted for the purpose of guarding
against the taking of fish on spawning
The total appropriations of the legis
lature aggregate something over $2.-
000,000, of which $500,000 is for the
state insane asylum.
After six weeks.'of turmoil the Jayne
local option bill was indefinitely post
poned Dy tne senate.
Other measures defeated were to.-
make gambling -a felony; to abolish ri
parian rights; to amend census law so
as to make it more applicable to pres
ent needs, and to create a mining? bu
reau. Thirteen bills were on third
reading in the senate at the time of ad
journment and received no attention
from the upper house.
Governor Chamberlain will be kept
busy for the next four or five days scan
ning tne many bills which were passed
at the close of the session.
A compromise was effected by the
governor and the legislature whereby
the emergency clause was left off the
general appropriation bill and it was?
signed by the chief executive. He had
already written the veto when the
change was made.
The senate today passed 49 bills and
disposed of 19 otherwise. In the house-
four bills were passed and five killed or
indefinitely postponed. '
HEAVY DAMAGE TO FALL WHEAT"
Many Farmers Expect to Reseed the
Pendleton Farmers coming ill from
the north and northwestern part of the
county believe that the fall sown wheat
will be a total loss, as the snow has
been blown from the hills and piled in
the hollows and has left the fields bare.
Some are so sure of the freeze that they
are in the city buying drills to reseed
their fields as soon as the weather per
In the northwestern part of the coun
ty, west of Adams and north of Echo,,
in the low lands where the soil is light
very little snow fell and as the ground
was exceedingly dry the freeze will be
more severe. In the vicinity of Athena
and Weston, where the snow was deep
er and did not blow off, the wheat is
considered safe and will not have to be
Union Exhibit on Display.
La Grande The display pavilion for-
the exhibition of cereals, fruits, vegeta
bles and the products of the grist and
woolen mills jof Union and Wallowa
counties, as well as for specimens of
the various minerals, stone, marble
and brick produced, is now ready, and
M. L. Causey, president of the Eastern
Oregon Coloniaztion company, has on
exhibition a beautiful assortment of
cereals and grasses grown here, all ar
ranged in attractive and artistic man
ner. He has also a very fine and elab
orate assortment of yarious . fruits in.
jars that he will place ' .on exhibition,.
and when others bring their exhibits
and they are properly arranged La
Grande will have a display that will be
an honor to the state. e
Lost Mail Sack Found.
Grants Pass After remaining in the
mud and water at the bottom of Wil
liams creek for almost a year, a mail
pouch that was swept from the Grants?
Pass-Williams valley stage, during a
trip of the freshet of 11 months ago,
has been recovered. The pouch con
tained letters and parcels of the first
class, and has been forwarded by Post
master Harmon, of this city, to the
superintendent of the Pacific coast
mail service at San Francisco. The
pouch was still in good condition when,
Work for the Fair.
La Grande Much interest is being
taken in this section of the county in
the Lewis and Clark fair to be held in,
Portland this summer, and everybody
from Grande Ronde and Wallowa coun
ties that can by hook or crook attend
will be there, as the people ot this sec
tion of Oregon have the keenest desire
that both Oregon and Washington
should do their best to advertise their
respective states and show outsiders
here what lies west of the Rockie3.
Wheat Walla Walla, 87c; blue
stem, 94c; valley, 87c per bushel.-
Oats No. 1 white, $1.35 1.40;
gray, $1.401.45 percental.
Hay Timothy, ,$1416 per ton;
clover, $1112; grain, $ll12; cheat,
Eggs Oregon ranch, 2222c per
Butter Fancy creamery V!&&$2c
Potatoes Oregon fancy, .75 85c;
common, 6065c.; " "
Apples 4-tier Baldwins, $1.25;
Hops Choice, 2526c per pound.
Wool Valley, 199 20c per pound;
Eastern Oregon, 12 17c; mohair, 25
26c per pound for-choice. . - -"