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QaaatU PuNlblng Co.
NEWS OF THE WEEK
Condensed Form for
A Resume of the Less Important but
Not Less Interesting Events
of the Past Week.
The senate will not increase the Co
lumbia river appropriatons.
Joseph W. J. Lee has been named
for consul general at Panama.
The Panama canal commissioners
have violated the law in buying sup-
plies without advertisements public for
George S.Boutwell, of Massachusetts,
formerly secretary of the treasury, is
Peisants are joining in the strike
movement in Poland and are burning
The Russian officers who broke their
parole have been ordered back to San
The final settlement of the Klamath
irrigation scheme has been postponed
until April. . : 1
The Russian government has adopted
strong measures to keep the railways
The Russian Third Pacific squadron
has passed Cherbourg, France, on its
way to the Far East.
Gorky, the priest strike leader, has
been released and re-arrested, to be ex
iled from St. Petersburg.
Eleven persons were killed and more
than 50 others injured, some probably
fatally, by the collapse ot a floor in
New York colored church.
V Tuesday, February 21.
The house today passed the Philip
pine tariff bill, practically as ' it came
from the committee. The river and
harbor appropriation "bill "was then
taken tip but it was soon laid aside and
several measures were passed, the most
important of which was the authoriza
tion given the secretary of war to return
to the several states the Union and Con
The senate committee today reported
that it would be impossible to act on
the railroad rate bill at this session
without ignoring the railroads. Con
sideration of the Indian appropriatoin
bill was begun. A short time was
given to the defense of Judge Swayne,
and the senate began the consideration
of the bill for the government of the
isthmian canal zone.
Wednesday. February 22.
Government ownership of railroads
as discussed by the senate today in
connection with the purchase of the
Panama railroad, while the bill for the
government of the canal zone was under
consideration. Consideration of the
bill was not completed when the senate
A number of witnesses were exam
ined in behalf of Judge Swayne in the
impeachment proceedings against him.
After a brief but spirited debate the
house today sent back to conference
the army appropriation bill. All sen
ate amendments were again disagreed
to, excepting one appropriating $95,-
000 for continuing the cable from
Valdez to Seward, Alaska.
Thursday, February 23. .
Without a dollar being added or sub
tracted the river and harbor, appropria
tion bill passed the house today,, after
the session had run well into the even
ing. The total amount carried by the
bill is $17,234,657. It was impeded
by the offering of amendments, but
only those presented by the committee
The last testimony in the interest of
Judge Swayne in the impeachment
against him , was today presented to
The bill providing a form of govern
ment for the Panama canal zone was
passed early in the day.
Secretary Taft will speak at the Lewis
and Clark fair.
Oil men of several states have united
to fight the Standard Oil company.
Northwest senators have asked an in
crease in river and harbor appropria-
Automobiles are to race from the At
alntic coast to Portland for the Lewis
and Clark fair.
A big ice gorge has carried out
Union Pacific railroad bridge on Loup
river, at Columbus, Nebraska.
St. Louis financiers are interesting
capital for the construction of an elec
trie road from St. Louis to Kaansas
What is believed to have been Paul
Jones' body has been found by the
searchers in the old St. Louis cemetery.
The secretary of state has received
for presentation to President Roosevelt
a large photorgaph of the empress dow
ager, of Chin.
The Japanese have captured a Rus
sian position of importance after an
awful battle. The losses of both sides
will reach into the thousands, but it is
believed the Japanese lost the most
It is believed that Judge Swayne will
John D. Long says the Monroe doc
trine is carried too far.
The blockade of Vladivostok is now
complete, but food is not scarce.
King Edward favors Irish liberty as
a step to Anglo-American alliance.
The cazr has yielded to the railroad
strikers and traffic will be resumed,
Norway threatens to dissolve her
union with Sweden and establish a re
The greatest battle of the war has
begun in Manchuria, the Japanese out
flanking the Russians.
The bill dividing Oregon into two
judicial districts has been killed and
similar Washington bill passed.
Dr. Louis Wilcoxson, who was
charged with having a United States
bond, stolen 20 years ago from the
Manhattan bank, has been released on
$10,000 bail, and will now seek for S
W. Millecr, from whom he obtained
Fire broke out in the New York ju
venile asylum, but all the 1,200 child
ren were taken out in 15 minutes and
the flames were soon extinguished.
Riots at Baku, Russia, have caused
1,000 deaths, and twice as many were
Railroad strikes have cut off Poland
and all southwestern Russia from the
rest of the world.
Following an operation for appendi
citis, Sidney Dillon Ripley, the finan
cier, is critically ill at his home in
New York. ,
The state assembly of Wisconsin has
passed a bill prohibiting the sale of
giant firecrackers and other dangerous
Twenty-one buildings in the heart of
Cape May Courthouse, the county seat
of Cape May county, N. J.f were de
stroyed by fire. .
It - seems that .the decision of the
North sea commission will let both
nations down easily, not being a de
cided report either way.
DOINGS IN CONGRESS.
AIMING AT MUKDEN
Japanese Strike Decisive Blow
at Main Position.
AT LEVEL OF SEA.
OYAMA ORDERED TO ADVANCE
Must Act Before Snow Melts May
Attempt to Isolate Vladivostok
At Same Time.
Friday, February 24.
The time of the senate today was
divided between the Swayne impeach
ment trial and the motion of Beveridge'
to appoint conferees on the joint state
hood bill. It is the expectation that a
vote on the Swayne . matter will be
reached Monday. No agreement was
reached in the appointment of state
A resolution was introduced in the
house directing the attorney general to
proceed against the armor plate trust.
A number of pension bills from the
senate were considered, altogether 125
being passed. Four hours was given
to the sundry civil appropriation bill
Tokio, Feb. 28. .following the cus
tom of the Japanese government, the
officials at the war office refuse to dis
cuss the present movements in Man
churia, but there is a general air of
confidence among the higher officers,
who are absolutely posted on the situa
tion, which is believed to indicate that
General Kuroki has again scored a com
plete success and that official announce'
ment may be expected very soon.
Up to midnight Monday no particu
lars of the fighting had been given out,
but it was stated that, so tar as was
known, only the right and center of
Marshal Oyama's army had been engag
ed and that the conditions on the left
It is the general opinion among the
best informed experts in the Japanese
capital that the present movement, be
fore it ends, will result in the capture
of Mukden. - It is known that orders
have been sent to Field Marshal Oyama,
telling him that the time is ripe for
taking the Russian main position, as,
if action is postponed much longer, the
spring thaws with their resultant floods
will be upon him and it will be im
possible to do any fighting until the
roads dry up.
There is, of course,a possibility that
the present movement may have for its
object, as well as the capture of Muk
den, the isolation of Vladivostok. In
view of the recent, reports that the port
was being blockaded by sea by a Japan
ese squadron of torpedo boats and pro
tected cruisers, there can be , little
doubt that, if Kuroki crushes the Rus
sian left, such troops as can be spared
will be assigned to a special campaign
against the Siberian stronghold.
FOR PHILIPPINE FREE TRADE
Saturday, February 25.
The house today divided its time be
tween legislation and patriotic exer
cises. An hour and a half was spent
in passing minor bills. The same
period was devoted to the sundry ap
propriation bill, without reaching
conclusion. Legislation then gave way
to speeches by several members honor
ing the memory of Houston and Aus
tin ; when the marble statues of each,
given by the state of Texas, were accepted.
borne sharp criticisms of the presi
dent's policy towads Santo Domingo and
in enlarging the navy was indulged in
today by senators on both sides during
the debate on the naval appropriation
A vote on the Swayne impeachment
case will be taken Monday. '
Panama Canal Commission's Plans for
. : ' i' Isthmian Waterway.
Washington, Feb. 28. The first defi
nite enigneering plans for the construc
tion of the Panama canal have just
been laid before the Isthmian canal
commission by the engineering comit
tee of that body, consisting of Com
missioners Burr, Parsons and Davis.
The principal recommendations are
summed up in this resolution:
Resolved, That this committee ap
prove and recommend for adoption by
the commission a plan for a sea-level
canal, with a bottom width of 150 feet
and a minimum depth of water of 35
feet, and with twin tidal locks at Mira-
nores, whose usable dimensions shall
be 1,000 feet long and 100 feet wide, at
a total estimated cost of $230,500,000.
"Such estimates include an allow
ance for administration, engineering,
sanitation and contingencies, amount
ing to $38,450,000, but without allow
ance for interest during construction,
expense of zone government and collat
eral costs and water supply sewers or
paving of Panama or Colon, which last
items are to be repaid by the inhabi
tants of those cities."
The committee estimates that a sea-
level canal can be completed within 10
or 12 years from the present time. .
These recommendations are the con
clusion of a report to the committee
prepared in the canal zone under date
of Febraury 1 last, and based on com
plete engineering reports on all of. the
The committee decided that, under
no circumstances, should the surface of
the canal be more than 60 feet above
the sea, and estimates that this level
the cost would be $178,013,06. A 30-
foot level is estimated to cost $19,213,-406.
MINERS LOSE LIVES.
OREGON STATE ITElfOF INTEREST
NO' STATE FAIR THIS YEAR.
Attorney General Says State Funds
Cannot be Used for Race Meet.
Salem "No state fair can be held in
1905," declares Attorney General
Crawford, in anwser to an inquiry from
the state fair board. The legislature at
its recent session passed an act author
izing and directing the state fair board
to expend the annual appropriation of
$10,000 for improvements in 1905, and
relieving the board from holding an ex
hibit in that year.
The fair board, however, was anxious
to hold a fair this year and sought to
find authority therefor in section 4138
of the code, making it the duty of the
board to hold "an annual fair or exhi
bition," which section has not been repealed.
The attorney general holds that, al
though this section has not been re
pealed, expressly or by implication,
the legislature has suspended the hold
ing of the fair for one year. He also
holds that the annual appropriation of
$10,000, together with the additional
$5,000 appropriated by the legislature,
must be used for improvements at the
fair grounds during the year 1905, and
that any sum not so used will revert to
the general fund. In conclusion Attor
ney Vieneral Urawlord says there is
nothing "to prevent the board from
holding a race meet in lauo, but none
of the state appropriation can be used
for that purpose.
House Committee Reports in Favor of
Curtis' Tariff Bill.
Washington, Feb. 28. Chairman
Paine, of the house ways and means
committee, today filed a report favor
ing the passage of the Curtis bill .pro
viding for the free entry of products
from the Philippine islands, except
sugar and tobacco, on which. 25 per
cent of the Dingley tariff is to be col
lected. The report declares that ' the
enly logical result of our possession" of
the islands is free trade.
It has been definitely settled, it says,
that we will retain the islands until
their population is fitted for self-government,
and he repeats Secretary
Taft' s suggestion that this will be at
least one generation. Until the treaty
stipulation between the United States
and Spain shall expire in 1909, all
tariff advantages given by the islands
to the United States must be given to
Spain, and for that reason reciprocal
free trade is not feasible. The present
bill, says the report, goes as far as is
practicable under ' these consditions
FOUR SENATORS EXPELLED.
Twenty-Three Killed in West Virginia
Bluefield, W. Va., Feb. 28. As a
result of an explosion in shaft No. 1
of the United States Coal and Coke
company, at Wilcoe, today, 23 miners
are supposed to have losx their lives,
and it is possible that the number will
Up to 8 p. m. 15 bodies had been
taken horn the shafts. A large rescu
ing party is in the mines tonight. It
is barely possisible, but not likely, that
some of the remaining entombed min
ers will be rescued alive.
The explosion was of terrific force,
and shattered windows a mile, distant
Immediately after the shock great num
bers of miners, who were, off duty,
rushed to the shaft to find great clouds
of smoke and dust gushing from its
mouth. Mothers, children and other
relatives soon were weeping and plead
ing for the rescue of those dear to them
entombed in the mine. The officials
of the mine were soon on the scene.
,f The company usually work in this
shaft about 75 miners, but today the
men were not all in, and the small loss
of life can be attributed only to this
VICTORY IS BARREN.
Monday. February 27.
Charles Swayne, district judge of the
Northern district of Florida, was today
acquitted by the senate of all-12 ar
ticles of impeachment against him.
President Roosevelt's policy of build
ing up a great navy came in for more
criticism today in the senate when the
naval appropriation bill was under con
sideration. The bill was passed, carry
ing appropriations of $100,300,000.
The house agreed to the conference
report on the army appropriation bill.
The sundry civil appropriation bill
was passed, carrying $45,272,280.
Warships Bombard Rebels.'
Constantinople, Feb. 24. Extremely
alarming reports are current , here con
cerning the situation at Batoum and
Poti. It is alleged that some vessels
of the Black sea squadron (Russian)
have bombarded Poti. An English
merchant who has just arrived " here
says he was obliged to flee from Ba
toum, where his life was menaced by
strikers and his office destroyed. This
merchant says the authorities of Ba
toum are powerless. The strikers are
all Georgians, and are estimated to
Result of Bribery Investigation in the
Sacramento, Cal., Feb. 28. C-owded
galleries and lobbies this afternoon
watched a dramatic scene when Senat
ors Bunkers, French, Wright and Em
mons were expelled from the state sen
ate of Ualilornia by a vote which con
tained no dissenting voice. Bunkers',
case was first to be considered. Thirty-
four brother senators supported the re
port of the investigating committee that
he be put out. No one-voted for him
He was not present.
The report ot the committee recom
mending expulsion ot all lour was
adopted by 35 votes to 0, the four
cused sentaors and Senator Walch
voting. .Expulsion balltots then
Rumors of Great Events.
St. Petersburg, Feb. 24. A second
day has passed without dispatches hav
ing been given out from General Kuro-
patkin, which is interpreted to support
the rumors that great events are in
progress in Manchuria. The war office,
however, steadfastly maintains that
there is no important news and that
there have been no developments since
the last dispatches made public, in
which the commander-in-chief re
ported all quiet.
Extra Session of Senate.
Washington, Feb. 24. The president
today issued a proclamation convening
the senate in special session at 12
o'clock noon on March 4 next, to "re
ceive such communications as may be
made by the executive.
GRAIN OUTLOOK GOOD.
No Damage Done by Cold in Grand
Ronde and Acreage Large.
La Grande Up to the present pros
pects for the ' largest grain crop ever
raised east of the Blue mountains are
most flattering in the Grand Ronde.
The late cold spell did not do the
slightest damage to any of the fall sown
grain, which is looking excellent
Since the passing of the cold wave the
Grand Ronde has been having ideal
weather. Farmers in the valley are
overhauling their agricultural imple
ments with the intention of doing a.
greater amount of. plowing than ever.
Ground both in the Grand Ronde and
Wallowa valleys is in excellent condi
tion, owing to the abundant rainfall
during the winter months, the acreage
in 1905 will far exceed that of any pre
Not only in cereals, but also in sugar
beet cultivation will the acreage be increased.
G. W. Buckman, one of the prosper
ous farmers in this valley, will plant
200 acres in beets. He will also put
in 2,000 acres in wheat, and will do all
his plowing by steam this season.
Anti-Trust Law Sustained.
Washington, eb. 28. The supreme
court of the United States has decided
the case of the National Cotton Oil
company vs. the state of Texas, involv
ing the Texas anti-trust law. The state
court found the company guilty under
that law and held that it had forfeited
its right to do business in the state,
The case was appealed to the supreme
court on constitutional grounds. That
court, however, in its opinion today,
held that the claim was un
tenable and sustained the verdict of
the court below.
Russians Were Able to Retire from
Position in Good Order.
Tokio, Feb. 28. The reports that are
arriving from the front indicate that
the severe engagements of the last few
days are the prelude of what now seems
will prove one of the bloodiest battles
of the war. A large portion of General
Kuroki s army has been engaged since
Thursday, and the latest reports indi
cate that the fighting still continues
with the advantage on the side of the
The capture of Beresneff by the Jap
anese, while a brilliant exploit, was
practically barren of results, in that
the Russians were enabled to retire in
good order, and concentrate at Tzenti
pass, which is now being attacked.
According to the latest reports from
the front that the public is permitted
to have access to General Kuroki's col
umn has been heavily reinforced, es
pecially with artillery, and many of
the siege guns of heavy caliber which
were used by the Russians at Port Ar
thur, and fell into the hands of General
Nogi's men after the fall of the Gib
raltar of the East," are now being
trained against General Kuropatkin's
Troops Moving Slowly.
London, Feb. 28. The correspondent
at St. Petersburg of the Times says that
the government is making concessions
to the railway men and placing the
railways under martial law with a view
to expediting the transportation of
troops to the Far East. The South
rifle brigade, which left Odessa two
months ago, is still near Omsk. The
latest units ordered for service include
some 25,000 men and 48 guns from
Caucasian garrisons. They cannot
reach General Kuropatkin before April,
at the earliest.
SNOW COVERED WASCO FIELDS
Only Damage to Wheat is Along the
The Dalles From reports farmers
make, Wasco county has withstood the
recent cold better than almost any oth
er section of Eastern Oregon. During
the cold weather snow covered all grain
fields, with the exception of those in
the extreme north part of the county,
hence very little,.. it any, damage, was
done fall grain in the principal wheat
section of the county. Along the Co
lumbia river the snow had melted be
fore the freeze came, and in that section
grain has been more or less injured,
and reseeding will be necessary. On
Tygh ridge and about Dufur, the most
extensive grain growing section, the
damage is nominal, and only isolated
instances will reseeding be required
Where the snow has gone off since the
freeze grain is of good color and thrifty
and bids fair to make an excellent crop
New Grants Pass Iron Foundry,
Grants Pass Two carloads of ma
chinery have arrived here for the new
Grants Pass Iron and Steel works, the
enterprise that has become a necessity
by the rapid growth of the mines and
the demand for mining machinery and
castings. Local people are backing the
enterprise, and it will be the largest
foundry and machine shop in the state
south of Portland. The huge planing
machine, turning lathes and drill press.
capable of handling the largest -castings
or shaftings, are among the consign
ment and are being unloaded. A five-
ton and three-ton cupola will handle
the casting for the foundry.
Contracts to Sell Wool.
Pendleton Kil Kenney, who resides
southwest of here, has contracted his
wool for this year to Zack Brown, the
hide dealer of this city, receiving 13
cents a pound for the clip. The wool
comes from the Sandy district, and, al
though the price seems small for this
year's crop, it is an advance of 3 cents
over last year and is a good figure
Mr. Kenney is one of the few of the
county who have contracted, as the
greater number of the sheepmen desire
to hold, believing that the price will ad
vance even more than it has.
Passes Taken by Japanese.
Mukden, Feb. 28. The Russians re
port that the Japanese are m posses
sion of Taling, and also the pass be
tween Taling and Katouling. The pos
session of Taling threatens Fusharnk,
Tieplmg and Hiegesway. Taling is re
garded as of the same consequence to
the Japanese in their operations
against Mukden as was Motienling in
relation to Liao Yang. In case the
Japanese push on to the southeast,
their operations will be in the hills,
Prince of Wales to Visit India.
London, Feb. 28. It has been offi
cially arranged that the prince and
princess of Wales shall visit India in
November. and stay until March, mak
ing a tour of the principal cities and
native states, receiving the chiefs and
princes on behalf of King Edward,
who, after consultation with the vice
roy, has directed that for - this occasion
the exchange of ceremonial presents
shall be dispensed with. Consequently
no presents will be accpted.
Deacons Await Their Prophet.
Mexico City, Feb. 28. Prophet
Dowie, of Zion City, is expected to ar
rive here tomorrow from Cuba. His
Anti-Salt Trust Measure Killed
Tope&a, JeD. 28. a house concur
rent resolution calling for an investiga- five deacons now here refuse to talk on
tion of the salt trust was defeated by a the Zionist's plans, but it is understood
vote of 57 to 19. It was necessary for a Zionist colony will be settled in the
the resolution to receive a two-thirds hot country, and devote itself to raising
vote, or 63 votes. - I sugar cane, coffee and other products
Cougars Destroying Stock.
Cottage Grove Cougars are quite
numerous in the mils west oi this
place. A few farmers have reported
combined loss of $140 in the last few
months and numerous goats and sheep
have been disappearing for the past
month. Several cougars have been
killed this winter, and if there was
bounty for the killing this part of Lane
would furnish its share of the beasts
Where a cougar turns his attention
to goats, he often "gets away" with
about two a day.
RICHER THAN FIRST REPORTED,
Strike in Bohemia Mine Improves on
Cottage Grove The strike in the
Crystal Consolidated mine in Bohemia, .
made over a month ago, of six feet of
ore, partly free milling and partly base,
has greatly improved since then. The
drift has been extended some 25 feet
and the ledge now shows seven feet of
solid ore. The ore is high grade. Test
were made on the ore at the time of
the strike and assayed $54 per ton, car
rying copper, lead and zinc.
One of the miners just arrived from
there reports that the ore is now much;
better than it was given when the test
was made. The company is getting;
everything ready to start its stampmill
as soon as the weather will permit,,
probably April 1. The object of mill
ing this ore is to reduce it to concen
trates, whioh will probably be 4 to 1,
and separate the copper, lead and zinc
on their concentrators. The concen
trates will then be shipped to smelters
where that class of mineral is treated.
Another Independent Line.
Chemawa Poles have been set and
wires strung for the Chemawa farmers'
telephone line. A stock company has
been formed and incorporated and the
members of the association have done
the construction . work among them
selves. An agreement has been entered
into with the Pacific States telephone
company on terms that will assure the
subscribers of the system very reasona-
be rates. They now have about 30
phones on the system, which taps one
of the best suburban districts of the
capital city, and will mean an increase
of business for several Salem firms.
New Telephone Line March 5.
Pendleton The change from the old
style telephone system to the central
energy system will be completed by the
5th of March, when the "cut over will
be made. Under present circumstances
the old telephones may be used with
the new board, which has been planed
in position, but the new instruments
will not work with the old board. The
new instruments are a great improveent
over the old ones in appearance, being:
much smaller. The battery box is dis
pensed with and the electricity generat
ed at the central office. x
Peach Crop Injured by Cold.
Milton S. . Shields, commission
merchant here, says that on his inves
tigation and inquiry from others the
peach crop for the coming year has been
seriously injured by the recent severe
cold snap. He estimates that there
will be half a crop or better. The va
rieties most injured are' the Elberta,
Solway and the late Crawford. Other
varieties seem to have fared better.
Other kinds of fruits seem to have es
caped. Almond Trees in Bloom.
Grants Pass Almond trees are in
bloom in Grants Pass, the warm weath
er of the past month having brought
them out several weeks earlier than
usual. Peach trees are also ready to
burst into bloom, and will be in full
blossom within the next ten days. The
bloom is very heavy on the ' almond
trees, and if no't nipped by late frosts,
the crop of almonds from Southern Ore
gon will be good this season.
Will Open Seed House.
' Pendleton S. H. Forshaw, the flor
ist, has leased the Despain building on
Alta street, formerly occupied by , D.
Kemler with a grocery store, and will
open a seed room, handling also cut
flowers and nursery stock.-
Purchases Large Sheep Ranch.
Pendleton Joseph Dougherty ha
sold his interest in the firm of Dough
erty Brothers to his brother Patrick,
and has purchased Cass Matlock's farm
over the Morrow county line, together
with his sheep. The farm consists of
several thousand acres, and the price
paid was $15,000, including 2,200
shee. Patrick Dougherty will con
tinue the raising of sheep on the
ranch formerly held in joint partner
ship. To Enlarge Mill at Weston.
Weston J. J. Morton, of Weiser,
Idaho, has purchased the flouring mill .
of Frank Blair, Sr., Mr. Morton is
going to enlarge and remodel the mill,
which, when completed, will have a ca
pacity of 50 barrels a day. He will
have it in shape to commence on the
new crop. The power will be steam,
with water when Pine creek affords a
Grand Ronde Farm Sold.
La Grande John S. Killan has pur
chased a 240-acre farm west of Sum
merville from J. F. Westover, paying
$12,000, or $52.20 per acre. It is con
sidered one of the first-class farms in.
the Grand Ronde.
Wheat Walla Walla, 85c; bluestem,
92c; valley, 87c per bushel.
Oats Noil white, $1.351.40; gray,
$1.401.45 per cental.
Hay Timothy, $1416 per ton;
'over, $1112; grain, $1112; cheat,
Eggs Oregon ranch, 1617c per
Butter-Fancy creamery,27 )324c.
Potatoes Oregon fancy, 7690c;
Apples 4-tier Baldwins, $1 .251 .50 ;
Hops 1904, 2426c per pound.
, Wool Valley, 1920c per pound;
Eastern Oregon,. 1217c; mohair, 25
26eper pound for choice.