Corvallis gazette. (Corvallis, Benton County, Or.) 1900-1909, April 14, 1905, Image 7

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Hostile Fleets are Fast Approach
i log Each Other.
Russians Going in Direction of South
China Sea, Most Probable
Scene of Battle.
Pumping Problem for ' Irrigation
' Not Been Solved.
Washington, April 7. The attention
of the director of the geological sur
vey has been called to the fact that a
misapprehension ' exists on the part of
certain citizens of Idaho as to the plans
of the reclamation service in regard to
some important details relating to the SECRET POLICE WERE JN PLOT
Minidoka project. This, misunder
Imperial Palace.
Sineaoore. April 8. The belief is
general here that a desperate engage-
ment for the control of the seas is im-K
minent off here between the Japanese
defensive fleet, nnder command of Ad
miral Togo, and the Russian fleet com
manded by Vice Admiral Rojestvensky.
The two fleets are rapidly approaching
each other, and naval experts Here De
lieve that a battle which will decide
whether or not Japan is to retain su
premacy on the ocean as well as on
land will be fought within a. fortnight.
The captain' of a coasting steamer
which ias put into Penang reports hav
ing passed a fleet of 27 armorclads 70
miles to the southeast.- The fleet was
flying no colors, and ; when he altered
his conrse to inspect the warships a de
stroyer sailed up and admonished him
to turn back. The warning was
promptly heeded. . '
. Several Chinese junks that have ar-
rived here bring the news that the con
verted fast merchantmen, formerly in
the Yokohama-San Francisco trade, are
patrolling every avenue through which
the Russian fleet might pass in their
rush toward Vladivostok, and the hulk
of Admiral Togo's big fleet is kept in
position where it can be hurled against
the Russians as soon as sighted.
Accompanying the main body of the
fleet are two floating furnaces that were
built at Sasebo, and which are designed
to repair all damage that may result to
the fleet in its cruising operations. On
these ships are mounted huge floating
cranes, with which disabled guns can
be lifted and which are expected to
prove of great service, should the Jap
anese suffer at the hands of the Rus
battle will take place in the China sea,
and there is a diversity of opinion as to
the outcome. ' While it is admitted
that the Japanese fleet has the advant-
, age of seasoned men and experienced
commanders, it is also sure that the
- Russian admiral will enjoy the advant
age in weight of metal, and that he has
: improved the marksmanship of his
gunners in the long voyage across is
also sure. The battle is sure to be one
of the most desperately contested in the
history of naval warfare and the ele
ment of luck may play a large part in
its outcome.
standing has arisen, it is believed, by
leason of the efforts of many settlers to
anticipate the plans of the engineers
and secure choice holdings of land.
The government from the first has
warned intending settlers to go slow in
making entries on the lands embraced
in this project, and has called particu
lar attention to the fact that the plans
for irrigation, especially those involv
ing the pumping plant,, were merely
tentative, and could not be worked out
as quickly as those for the gravity sys
tem. While nothing has arisen to pre
vent the ultimate development of a
pumping plant, so many delicate en
gineering features are. involved ..that
careful consideration must be given to
these before any definite conclusions
are reached or the final plans are ap
Thus, apparently, while no reason
exists for believing that the pumping
features of the Minidoka project will
not "ultimately be utilised, the engineers
very wisely have concluded to give this
question more study and consideration
before recommending it for construc
tion. '
Twelve Members Arrested and Placed
in Dungeon Chance Leads to
Discovery of Explosive. .
Northern Pacific Making txtensive !m-
provements for Safety of Traffic.
' St. Paul, April 8. President Howad
i!.uiott nas authorized important im
provements tending to increase public
safety which wilt place the Northern
: Pacific system second on the list of
American railways in the installation
of the block system for the current
The new improvements will afford
continuous signal protection over all
the principal districts of heavy traffic
from the eastern terminus at St. Paul
through to the Pacific coast. Con
. struction has alreadv commenced and
will be rushed forward to completion
" The districts over which new block
signal protection will be afforded will
add 613.5 miles to that already in use
and are as follows :
Minneapolis to Staples, Minn.; Liv
ingston, Mont., to Logan, Mont.; Gar
rison to Dixon, Mont.; Spokane,
Wash., to Pasco, Wash.; Pasco to El
lensburg, Wash. ; and Seattle to Ta-
coma. ,. .. ;
The block system being installed
the' "telegraph block," a system found
satisfactory on all lines now using it
over long stretches.
Buy Out Colville Indians.
Washington, April 8. Representa
tive Jones today requested the secretary
of the interior to send an inspector to
Washington to negotiate an agreement
with the Colville Indians under which
bey will consent to the opening of the
unallotted lands of the south half ' of
. their reservation. - He urged that such
an agreement be made in time for sub
mission 10 congress next winter, it -is
probable that Inspector McLaughlin
will be sent to negotiate with the Col-
villes this Bummer. The north half
may aleo be purchased.
Plot Against the Republic.
j'aris, April 8. Much mystery sur
rounds the arrest of an ex-captain of
the army on the charge of conspiracy
agaii-Bt the public, security, and the
seizure in the same connection of
large number of cartridges and uni
forms. The parties concerned seek to
explain that it was intended, to use the
arms in a mission to the Ivory coast,
but the activity of the secret police
leads to reports of plots against the se
curity of the government.
Should Agree on Life-Saving.
Washington, April 8. The British
ambassador, Sir Mortimer " Durand,
called upon Acting Secretary of State
Loomis today to urge a reciprocal ar
rangement between America and Great
Britain respecting the equipment of
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- ocean going sieam vessels wnn me sav
ing devices. The proposition was re
ferred to the department of Commerce
and Labor.
St. Petersburg, April 6. At last the
terroristn have succeeded in penetrating
the cordon of guards about the csar,
and in smuggling high explosives- into
the palace itself, and as a result there
is a feeling of apprehension among all
of -the high officials and the guards
about his majesty have been trebled.
Late yesterday afternoon, as the
guard at the palace was being changed,
Democrat Carry in St. Louis, Chiea
w go, Colorado and Kansas.
Chicago.- Amil 5. A nolitical tor-
DynaiDlte IS FOlIDll Hidden In nado yesterday overwhelmed one of the
most ruggedly unique leaders in the
country. Incidentally the Republican
party met defeat in a memorable effort
to capture the mayoralty of Chicago.
As a direct result the city is officially
committed to the policy of the quickest
possible cessation of private franchises
for public utilities. Municipal owner
ship is especially threatening street car
lines valued high up in the millions.
After winning successively four re
markable biennial fights of independ
ents against the regular Republican or
ganization here, John Maynard Harlan,
son' of Associate Justice Harlan, of the
Supreme court of the' United States,
"was a loser as Republican candidate
for mayor. The defeat is attributed to
an extraordinary whirl of causes start
ing with political revenge and taking
in a wide sweep, embracing the, most
up-to-date Socialism as a factor. The
victor is Judge , Edward F. Dunne,
Democrat. .
Lieutenant Colonel Shiraupsky, who j
was . in command, noticed that one of j Wells Ahead in St. Louis.
the Cossacks who had been posted at st- Lonis, April 5. With 100
cincui missing oat ui a wuti ui
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Murder and pillage Mark Their Trail
Through Mexico.
El Paso, Tex., April 6. John St.
Clair, a well known ' prospector, whose
statements are considered reliable, has
returned from the Yaqui country near
Ures, Sonora, and reports that the In
dians are still on the warpath. He
says that Malpuche, the old chief, is
at the head of a band of over 50 and is
devastating the whole country, mur
dering, pillaging and burning. Grain
and cotton ranches are being abandoned
and the people are goiag into the towns
for protection.
The-whole country is in a state of
panic. Mail routes between the small
towns have been abandoned and pro
visions are getting scarce. Although
the country is overrun with soldiers,
he says, the Indians are fearless and
continue their depredations. St. Clair
does not believe it is safe for Americans
to go into the Yaqui country at this
time, as1 the Yaquis are very hostile to
wmie going from ures to his camp
in the mountains, St. Clair heard firing
and ran into what had been an Indian
ambuscade. He found two dead Mex
icans who had been killed only a few
minutes before he reached the place.
The Yaquis are armed with rifles and
are well supplied with cartridges, St.
Clair says.
the main door was wearing the sword
of an infantry officer, and not the sabre
of a Cossack. He thereupon called, a
corporal - and placed the man under ar
rest. He was at once searched and in
criminating documents were found on
his person. -
Search of the palace revealed two
packages of. dynamite, placed against
the main door of the imperial suite, in
a dark 'comer where they were not
likely to be noticed. .
A searching inquiry was at once in
stituted, with the result that 12 secret
police agents were arrested as accom-
plics, and all were hurried to the Peter
and . Paul fortress, where they were
interviewed by General Trepoff .
The fact that the terrorists have suc
ceeded in corrupting members of the
secret police and soldiers has caused
much alarm, and another attempt
against a high official is looked for.
Results of Earthquake in India Worse
Than First Reported.
Lahore, British India, April 7. As
the particulars filter in from the outly
ing districts, it is being revealed that
the casualties caused by the earthquake
of two days ago have been under, rather
than over-estimated. In one spot alone
at Dhamala, it is reported that fully
1,400 natives have been killed or in
jured. , Of the injured many will die.
Seven of the Europeans previously re
ported hurt have since died, and two
others are in a dying condition.
There is not a house left in the vicin
ity that does not show evidence of the
trembling of the earth.
This is the report from one district
alone, and as authentic information
comes in it seems certain that the mag
nitude of the disaster will be sufficient
to stir the entire world when fully re
vealed -
The Indian government is making
arrangements to relieve all distress as
soon as possible. ,
Next Question for Consideration Be
fore Beef Trust Grand Jury.'
Chicago, April 6. Prices paid for
livestock . by the packers, alleged re
bates granted the packers by the rail
roads for handling the same and the
private accounts of some of the packing
concerns are to be closely inquired into
within the next few days by the Feder
al grand jury which is investigating
the business affairs of the beef trust.
Another phase of the question of the al
leged combination of some of the pack
ers in violation of the Sherman anti
trust law and Judge Grosscup's injunc
tion which is to be inquired into is the
price paid by wholesale dealers to the
packers for meats.
Witnesses who can give the jurors
detailed and accurate information along
these lines have been subpoenaed and
appeared at the investigation today.
8ome of these witnesses testified and,
although they refused to make public
what they told the jury, it is said a
large amount of data valuable to the
government was secured from them.
More complaints of interference with
the witnesses reached United States
Attorney Bethea and Captain Porter, of
the secret service, during the day.' The
session today was devoted to .the exam
ination of men employed at the Chi
cago stockyards and packing houses.
With the exception of the Sunday
adjournments, the jury, it is said,' will
now pfoceed steadily to the end of the
inquiry. The United States attorney
has announced that May 15 will prob
ably see the close.
It is said the hearing of the plea and
demurrer of Thomas J. Connors, the
indicted superintendent of the Armour
company,, . will be disposed of before
the jury presents other true bills in
volving persons on charges of tamper
ing with witnesses. -
Mayor Rolla Wells, Democratic nomi
nee for re-election, is leading John A
Talty, Republican, by ,774. The re
turns for 305 precincts give Wells, 33,-
719; Talty, 32,945; Lee Memwether,
independent public ownership, 2,2d9.
The $9,000,000 bonds issue, the pro
ceeds of which were to have been used
for municipal improvements, generally
conceded to have been defeated .by
big majority.
Democrats Sweep Colorado.
Denver, April 5. A "Democratic
landslide struck Colorado, where mu
nicipal elections were held yesterday in
all cities and towns excepting Denver
In Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Lead
ville, normally Republican, the Demo
cratic tickets were successful, in the
latter case for the first time in 20 years
In' the smaller towns, where' party
lines were drawn, the Democrats won
the notable exceptions being Cripple
Creek, Victor, Golden and Central
City. A vigorous fight was made in
Northern Colorado towns and also in
towns on the western slope, against
saloons, and in only one instance, that
of Montrose, was the liquor element
victorious. Heavy roads, due to re
cent storms, caused a light vote to be
Democrats Win in Kansas.
Kansais City, Mo., April 5. Elec
tions were held in the larger cities
Kansas yesterday. The Democrats car
ried Kansas City and Leavenworth, this
being a revolution entirely unlooked
for in each case. In Topeka Davis,
Rep., is elected mayor by a majority of
at least 400
Cincinnati Post
Sitting- Bull, the Much Advertised
Sioux Warrior, Was a Coward.
According to Capt Jack Crawford,
formerly chief of scouts with the Unit
ed States forces In the West, and who
writes entertainingly In Munsey's Mag
azine on "The Last of the Indian
Chiefs," Sitting Bull, the once famous
Sioux and reputed a mighty warrior,
was a monumental fraud. He was a
mere medicine man, and became noto
rious simply because, with a few fol
lowers, he refused to come In and
accept the rations offered by Uncle
Sam. This fit him into .the outlaw
class, and he was regarded as en en
emy to the government. In 1875 he
took to the hills and adopted the tac
tics of the renegade.
In the Little Big Horn fight, where
Custer, the greatest of all Indian fight
ers, fell with his gallant 300 scattered
on the field of massacre. It was sup
nosed that Sitting Bull led the vlcto-
which six Indian police and eight of
Sitting Bull's braves were killed,, him
self among them. This closed the ca
reer of one of the most garrulous old
frauds with whom Uncle Sam has ever
had to deal.
Think All Americans are Thieves. .
St. Petersburg, April 7. A corres
pondent of the Journal de St. Peters
burg draws a rare picture of the dis
honesty which he says pervades the
highest American circles. The precau
tions taken by social leaders to prevent of the Standard Oil
their guests from being robbed by one gasoline and naphtha are not
Standard Sued for Inspection Fee
Chicago, April 6. The city of Chi
cago today filed suit for $40,000 against
the Standard Oil companv. The bill
is based upon the alleged non-payment
of inspection fees by the Standard Oil
company. It is claimed that the com
pany has for years refused to pay for
inspections made by the city under an
ordinance - regulating commerce in
naphtha and gasoline. Representatives
company hold that
another, and tells of the consternation of " petroleum and that the ordinance
produced at a white house reception by I does not apply.
a sudden failure of the lights, the re
illumination showing that the ladies
had hastily divested themselves of their
jewels and concealed ' them, the men
holding their pocketbooks.
Japanese Minister Will Rest.
Washington, April 7.- Minister Ta
kahira. of the Japanese legation, called
on Secretary Taft today and told him
that on account of the state of his
health he would be compelled to leave
Washington for a different climate.
He also states that there have been no
further developments toward a settle
ment of the war. t The secretary and
the minister arranged1 to communicate
with each other in case anything hap
pens to maKe it necessary.
Forest Fire on South Mountains,
Gettysburg, Pa., April 7. Forest
fires burning over an area of thousands
of acres have started in the South
mountains, the line of fire exendine a
distance of three miles.' The destruc
tion of valuable lumber is great. '
Peasants Loot and Burn.
St. Petersburg, April 6. Official ad
vices report con Untied- disorders in the
Caucauss. Within the past week peas
ants have looted and burned public
offices in many villages in the Gore dis
trict, sacked schools and private estates,
outting down trees and threatening to
kill the police if they interfered, and
forced priests to go with them and take
an oath of solidarity with their cause.
Similar disorders are reported in the
Tiflis district.
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Want To Be Paid Monthly.
Santo Domingo, April 6. The Bel
gian, creditors ot santo uomingo nave
presented a proposition to President
Morales andr. American Minister Daw
son for the monthly payment pf $25,000
to the Belgians, intimating that then
they would favor the debt arrangement
being concluded. It is expected that
the situation will remain unaltered un
til the United States takes final action
'regarding the' pending convention. ;
Russians Expect Change of Fortune
When Fleet Meets Togo.
St. Petersburg, April ' 5. The an
nouncement that President Roosevelt
has left Washington on a vacation trip
is accepted here as evidence . that the
efforts to draw Russia and Japan into
peace negotiations have come to grief
for the moment. No definite ' explana
tion of exactly what happened is forth
coming, but the general impression is
that Japan either declined to treat upon
the Russian basis or demanded a direct
avowal that there was a pacific disposi
tion. -
At any rate, the advocates of a con
tinuation of the war seem secure in
their position, and everything indicates
that the hope of an immediate change
of fortune is staked on Vice Admiral
Rojestvensky, whose squadron, accord
ing to the best information, .is now act
ually on its way to meet the Japanese.
The admiralty is greatly encouraged by
the prospects that Rojestvensky will be
able to defeat Admiral Togo, owing to
the splendid reports which have just
arrived here from Rojestvensky, dated
from the Island of Madagascar, recount
ing in detail the condition of the ships
and personnel and the results ' of the
target practice of the squadron and of
the maneuvers, in which the warships
have been drilling for three months.
New Canal Commission Acts.
Washington, April 5. The Panama
Canal commission today "ompleted its
organization by resolving to continue
the clerical force for the present and by
formally adopting . the orders of the
president and secretary of war as reso
lutions, in order to give them effect as
acts of the commission. A cablegram
was forwarded to General Davis author
izing him to continue to perform the
duties of governor of the zone until re
lieved. No definite time for the . new
governor's departure for his post has
been set.
Begin Investigation of Oil.
Washington, April 5. -Commissioner
James A. Garfield, of the Bureau of
Corporations, returned today from a
fishing trip on the Gulf of Mexico. In
his absence the preliminary work of
the inquiry into the production and
marketing of oil, which he instituted
before he left Washington, has. pro
gressed to such a stage that he is now
enabled to begin his personal work on
it. He will leave tomorrow for Kansas
to begin his inquiry there.
Linievitch Said To Be in Straits.
St." Petersburg, April 5. General
Linievitch's position has altered for the
worse. The general staff fears that the
Japanese will be in Harbin within a
month. There is a rumor that the rail
way has been cut near Tsitsihar. "-
rlous" Indians, and the world long point
ed to him as the Inspiring spirit of
Sioux vengeance. The truth Is that
Sitting Bull was not In the Custer fight
at all. He was looking for one of his
youngsters who had strayed away from
camp, and he did not put in am appear
ance until the historic fight was over.
Nevertheless, the tremendous and sen
sational self-advertiser was hauled all
over the United States and Europe,
lionized and paraded as the greatest
Indian general on earth.
To be pointed, to as "the chief who
wiped out Custer's command" meant
something to an Indian, and Sitting
Bull showed no reluctance about reap
ing the profits.:. He raised the price of
Sioux signatures from 10 cents to $1,
and nearly got writer's cramp at that.
But he discovered, like other American
heroes, "that popularity is short-lived.
His association with the palefaces had
taught him the importance" of being
earnest Therefore he Inaugurated the
famous Messiah craze among his peo
ple. He told them, with much beating
of the tomtom, that their forefathers
would soon return to earth, properly
decked in war paint, and would pro
ceed to wipe out the palefaces, yank
out the barbed wire fences, burn the
government posts, drive the United
States troops into the tall timber, and
return once again to the ' tepees and
the watch-fires of the old regime.
During the time Sitting Bull was set
ting the stage and rehearsing his ghost
dancers for the grand climax, he was
so much afraid to show his face at the
Indian agency that he sent one of his
sons to gather in the bi-weekly rations
supplied by Uncle Sam. The govern
ment authorities saw trouble ahead,
and, knowing the Sioux tendency- to
massdere, gave orders for the arrest of
rthe old medicine man. Thirty-nine In
dian police and four volunteers went
to the home of the great maker of sig
natures, and found him In the midst
of elaborate "preparations for flight He
submitted quietly to arrest, however,
until one of his sons, doubtless famil
iar with bis father's cowardly nature,
began to Jeer and Jibe him.. .
Sitting Bull,, true to his reputation,
called la a- loud voioe tor- rescue. . A
Three Hnntert Have Idvelx Experi
ence on Mount Hood.
Bhootlong a 400-pound black bear la
the darkness of a cave twenty feet
in the side of Mount Hood was the
experience last week of three Portland,
plumbers, says the Portland Orego
nian, who have returned to the city
with the pelt.
The hunters are Fred H. Schlndler.
Jesse S. Hayes and Roy G. Maxwell.
It was three days out from Portland
that the 'party stumbled upon the
bear's den. Just after lunch they saw,
behind a large rock, an opening about
six . feet deep. Maxwell dropped In
side, the others following. A candle
was lighted and fresh bear signs were
discovered. After going tn fifteen fee
they found that the cave widened out
and pitched downward. Hayes was
in the lead. :
"By this time the hunters were In
darkness, except for the flickering
light of the candle. Hayes was sure
he had heard a bear moving about; so
the trio proceeded with fear and trem
blind. They had come all the way from
Portland to hunt bear, but to steal
along In the semi-darkness of the in
terior of Mount Hood was not on the
program as arranged. -.
When the party (had walked 300 feet
from the entrance and were down la
the earth at least 200 feet at the same
Instant all three, heard the sound of
claws on the rocky floor and saw two
green eyes glaring at them, the bear
fearing to approach nearer to the light
Hayes fired Instantly. The report was
deafening, but as nitro-smokeless pow
der was used there was no suffocating
smoke. There was a half-stifled roar
from the bear, and the hair of each
man went straight up. Fearing an on
slaught, all fired a volley of three
shots each and awaited developments
on the part of bruin. But the bear
was dead. Half the shots-had been
Not .only the pelt was secured, but
twenty-five pounds of meat as well.
Bear meat at this season, however, la
almost useless for food.. No attempt
was made to explore the remainder of
the cavern. - . r ;
general melee- was , precipitated. In
The Value of Mew Ideas.
The recognition of the value of a
new idea in regard to a business point
is leading employers to encourage criti
cisms and suggestions from employes
in respect to the details of the busi
ness, thus utilizing their microscopic
view rather than depending solely on,
the birds'-eye view which is taken by
the manager. A friendly feeling re
sults from this attitude, and the em
ploye takes a deeper Interest in his
work, developing his own capacity and
helping the business. To see his idea
carried out by his superiors puts new
life Into him and adds new enthusiasm
to his efforts. Success.
All that Saved Him.
"Now," began the moralizer, "take
the life of your neighbor, for instance. :
Her" ' " -
"I'd do it in a minute," interrupted
the demoralizer, "if the law would tol
erate it He's learning to play the
cornet" - '
. Cynical.
"Which do you think counts for the
most in life, money or brains?"
"Well," answered Miss Cayenne,:"!
see so many people who manage to
get on with so little . of either that I
am beginning to lost my respect for
both." Washington Star. ,: 1
The Best Kind of Charity.
... The best .kind of charity is not that
which makes .a man easy in destitu
tion, but uneasy in It uneasy enough
to struggle out of ft by the aid of a
friendly hand. Eton's Herald.
You' can't "blame the man. who la
putting up a stove for hitting the pips.