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    Bohemia Nugget
COTTAGE GROVK. . . OREGON.
WEEK'S DOINGS
General Review of Important Happen
pcnlgs Presented In a Drlef and
Condensed Corm.
Ezpcrti find many ballots In a Den
vcr precinct to be Illegal.
Senator Dacon, ot Georgia, favors
disfranchising ill tiegroei.
Now that the captuie ol 203-Meter
hill it Toit Arthur haa been confirmed
the Russians declare It to bo an unim
portant position.
The supervising architect will IC'
commend appropriations ol $100 000
and 185,000 respectively lor federal
buildings at Oregon Cltr and Baker
Cty.
Representative James A. Itemenway
ot Indiana. Is mre ot Senator Fair
banks' eeat In tlio senate, is all the
other candidates for the place have
withdrawn
Russians at Fort Arthur are engaged
in dealing the harbor ot mines, which
would seem to indicate that the ram
nant of the ileot Intends to make
other eflort to escape.
The Russian supreme prlie court up
- holds the seizuie ot 6,000 eacxa ol flour
on boaid the Portland and Aalatis line
steamer Araia, seized by the VldWoatok
squadron, July 23.
The Russian supreme court in the-
appeal of tbo German steamer Thea
which was sunk off the Japanese coast
by tho Vladivostok squadron, haa de
cided that the act was unjustinabie.
Bristnw urges that the postage rate
on packages bo leduced along rural
Denver ballot boxes have been open
ed and fewer votes found than were
given in the returns.
Tho merchant marine commission
will nrge a bill to give Panama bus I
ness to American shipowners.
The Russian press urges that the
Black sea and Baltic fleets be com
bined. Great Britain would object
General Rennenskampff is vigorously
imitulne the Japanese In Manchuria
who are retreating. St. Petersburg is
fearful lest he (all into a trap.
St. Peteisburg has almost given up
hope for Port Artbur. Tbe Kussians
have made several unsuccessful at
tempts tj retake 203 Meter bill.
Fire which is believed to have been
of incendiary origin, destroyed three
of the St. Louis fair buildings and
many valuable paintings. Tbe loss is
placed at $75,000.
There has been tremendous rains
throughout Chile, such as have seldom
been equalled at this season of the
year. The crops have been damaged
fully 60 per cent.
Talts mission to Panama will be a
success.
The Japanese expect the fall of Port
Artbur December 12.
Queen Alexandra, of England, has
just celebrated her 60th birthday.
Reports have reached the state de
railment of a very unsettled state of
affairs in Venezuela.
The Northern Pacific and Great
Northern railroads are considering
plan to electrify the roads through the
Cascade mountain district.
Tbe last monthly report of the chief
of surgeons of tbe Philippines shows
that the health of the troops in the is
lands is exceptionally good.
James R. Young, of Philadelphia,
has been appointed superintendent of
the dead letter department ol tbe pos
1 service, to fill the vacancy caused
by the death of D. P. Mibhait.
Tbe annual report of tbe general
superintendent of tbe life saving service
hows that daring the year assistance
was rendered to 1,001 vessels, involv
ing the lives of more than 3,400 persons
and proveity to tba value ol $7,ouo,
000.
Admiral Dewey has declined to be
come a member ot tbe North sea com
mission.
Roosevelt is likely to visit the South
and make It a point to meet the
masses,
Governor Pardee is working for a
California state building at the Lewis
and Clark fair.
Whites in German Southwest Africa
are teported to be in great danger of
being massacred.
The Slat national convention of tbe
W. 0. T. (J. is In session In Pblladel
phia. Five hundred delegates, repre
senting every state and territory, are
in attendance.
Tbe New York state court of appeals
baa declared unconstitutional tbe labor
law which prohibits a contractor fiom
employing his men more than eight
hours a day on city, county or state
work.
All exhibitors from foreign countries
may now send their wares to Portland
for the 1805 fair without paying any
duty.
David M. Parry, president of tbe
Citizens' Indostiial association, says
tbe "open shop" movement Is gaining,
as is also his organization.
Paul Morton, now secretary of the
navy, may succeed Secretary Shaw, of
the treasury department, if the latter
does not remain In the cabinet.
Japanese are making progcea in the
assault on Fort Arthur.
Russia hue accepted the Invitation of
America to negotiate for an arbitration
treaty,
Russia and Britain bctb want an
American officer cf high rank on tbe
North sea commission
Ten American fiBhlng craft bavobeen
solted by Canadian officers and fined
for Uehii.g in Canadian waters,
General Kuropatkin lias an automo
bllo In which to travel from one part
to another of his line. He wants 20
more In which to carry ammunition. ,
TASK IS CNoro.
A Complete Agreement Is Reached
With Panama.
Panama, Dec. 0. Thodlffctencea bo
(ween tbe United Stales and Panama
which made necessary the visit of Set
rotary ol War Talt to the Isthmus were
settled today by the issuance of an ex
ecu live order algned by Secretary Talt
fqr President Roosevelt and assented to
In a letter by Frealaent Amador ol
Panama. The order provides that no
trade (or the canal zone or tho republic
of Panama can enter tho poits estab
lished br the Unltei! states at either
end ol the canal, supplies for tho con.
structlon ot the canal and articles In
transit being excepted. This turns the
customs receipts of those ports over to
the government of Panama.
Panama agrees to reduce her tariff
fiom 15 per cent ad valorem to 10 per
cent. This reduction applies to all
goods except wines, llqours, alcohol
and opium. Panama also agrees to re
duce her consular fees and port charges
to CO per cent ot the rates at present
charged.
Absolute free trade is to appply be
tween the canal zone and the republic
of Panama. eesels entering tho (anal
ports are granted tree entry to the poits
ol Colon and Panama, and vessels en
tering the latter porta are extended the
same privllrase In tbe canal porta.
Complete Jurisdiction is granted the
United States In the harbors of Colon
and Panama as to sanitation and quar
antine regulations.
Panama reduces her rate of postage
to - cents and is to furnish all stamps
in the republic and in the canal zone.
The zone authorities are to purchase
stamps from Panama at 40 per cent of
their face value.
The order ol Secreary Taft is to be
ineffective unless Panama shall put In
to effect the gold standard, according
to the currency agreement of June 20,
1904. It also makes a stipulation re
garding citizenship rights to Panama
lana in the canal zone and provisions is
also made in the order for maintenance
by the United States of important
highways, partly in and partly out ol
the canal zone, and also lor the build
ing of a hospital. Tbe order is made
effective December 12, 1004.
EDUCATION IN PHILIPPINES.
System Introduced by Americans Is
eminently Successful.
Washington, Dec 6, The Bureau of
Insular Affairs, War department, is in
receipt of a number of bulletins pub
lished by the Buieau of Education,
Manila, which show that the system of
public instruction introduced into the
islands is eminently practical.
The purpose of those who are direct
ing the course of studies is to exalt the
dignity of labor. Eflort is made to
tiain tbe eye and tbe hand aa well as
the head. In the provincial secondary
schools two-year courses in mechanical
drawing, woodworking and ironwork-
ing are prescribed Jor students in arts
and crafts, and give tbe students a fair
knowledge of mechanical drawings,
blacksmithing and toolmaking. A
more advanced course includes arch!
lecture, cabinetmaklng, carriagebuild-
ing, woodturninR and pattern making.
There are also ionises for machinists
and steam engineering.
Tools and equipment bave been re
cured for eight different schools with
woodworking machinery and for tbiee
schools for ironworklng outfits. Par
ticular attention is given to the care of
instruments and tools.
Particular attention has been given
to normal school work in order to train
up a class of native teachers tor tbe
puolic schools of the islands and this
course has been pursued with eagerness
by hundreds of natives, but at present
there is no institution in the Philip-
pines in which instruction is given in
English of a sufficiently advanced char
acter to fit students to enter American
colleges. It is therefore proposed to
offer in tbe normal school preparatory
courses of an advanced nature adequate
for tbe attainment of this purpose.
Alaskan Judge Is Named.
Washington, Dec. 6. Again Piesi
dent Roosevelt has utterly disregarded
tbo recommendations of senators and
representatives, and has appointed
man of his own choice to a responsible
office. Ro;al A. Gunnison, of Bing
hampton, K. Y., was today appointed
United States Judge for the First divi
sion in Alaska, to succeed Melville C.
Brown, whose resignation has been dc
manded. He was offered the place by
tbe president Bevel al days ago because
of his known fitness and high char
acter.
Not One Killed.
Holden, Mo., Dec. 6. Missouri Fr
clfic passenger train No. 1, westbound
from St. Louis to Kansas City, due
here at 4 o'clock this afternoon, was
wrecked at the waterworks bridge, two
milea east of here, resulting in the in-
Jury of about 45 passengers, ten eeri
osuly. The accident was caused by a
broken rail, which projected from the
track, catching the first coach behind
the mail :ar, throwing it from tie
track down a 20-foot embankment, and
causing two other coaches, a Pullman
and the diner to follow it.
Knotty Tariff Problem.
Washington, Dec. 0, President
Roosevelt was called upon today to con
sider an important question in connec
tion with the present tariff law. Sec
retary Shaw and Senator Hansborough,
of North Dakota, talked to him regard
ing the payment of a drawback on flour
manufactured in this country from im
ported wheat and then exported. Sen-
tor llansboiougli presented the views
of the wheat raisers ol the West, but
he declined to go into detaila.
To fix Status of Hospital Ships.
The Hague, Dec. 0, An Interna
tional conference concerning the status
of hospital ships in war time will be
held here December 13, A maioritv of
tho powers will he represented by their
respective ministers, Russia sending
Professor de Martens, professor of In
ternational law at the University of St.
Petersburg, who will be accompanied
by a naval officer.
OREGON NEWS
LIBRARIES TOR PUBLIC SCIIOOLSi
Light Tax Not Burdensome In Ore
gonConvention of Officers,
Salem Two departures In public
school work aie proving very successful
wherever tiled and promise to become
permanent features of the public school
system. They aro the common school
library, supported by special taxation
and the convention of school officers.
Four counties havo levied the library
tax, amounting to 10 cents per capita
upon tho school population, and It
found that by this means the country
schools aro provided with boots as good
as those accessible to the pupils of town
schools.
"Tho tax, being one-tenth ot 1 mill,
Is not felt," says Superintendent Alder
man, of Yamhill county, "and it puts
the best books where they do the most
good. The library law has now been
in operation two years and haa given
completo satisfaction. While the
amount that some ol the small districts
get is small, yet It is In proportion to
the number of pupils. 1 consider the
law a boon to the country boy and girl
and I think it ought to be made man'
datory on the county couils."
Conventions of school officers have
been held this year at Baker City,
Dallas and McMinnville, at each of
which there was a very full attendance
of school directors and clerks. Ad
dresses were made by Superintendent
Ackernian, by the county superintend
ent and outside educational woikers,
and those present held discussions of
topics ot genera) Interest to school o01
cers.
Consolidation of schools and school
distiicts was one of tbe principal topics
discussed at these conventions and the
members of school boards leained the
plan and purpose of this latest move tor
tbe improvement ol the rural schools
Drlggs Strikes It Rich Again.
Grants Pass David Briggs and boys,
who were made rich in a day by thi
fabulous surface wealth of the Wound
ed Buck claim, on Upper Sucker creek,
bave located a claim on Upper Chetco,
away up in the mountains near the
Curry county line, and will work the
rich ledge they bave found there.
They have had samples from this claim
recently assayed here, and, wbtle tbey
do not give the returns the Wounded
Buck quartz bas given, tbe proposition
appears very promising, and the lucky
family will move their scene of opera
tions from the Upper Sucker to the
Chetco. The Wounded Buck is under
bond to a company for a considerstlon
of $100,000.
Government Gets Site.
Baker City A deed has been filed
with the county recorder from W. A
Houston to tbe United States for 100
feet square on the corner of Main street
and Auburn avenue. This was the site
selected for tho government building
soon to be erected in this city. Tbe
deed calls for $4,800, the amount ap
propriated for the purcbate of a site,
while, aB a matter of fact, the property
brought over double that amount, the
balance having been raised by adjacent
property owners.
Electric Companies Consolidated.
La Grande The La Grande electric
company baa consolidated with the
Cove Power company, and they bave
incorporated tinder the name of the
Grand Ronde electric company. The
directors are Walter Fierce, J. A.
Thomson. T. II. and Clarence Craw
ford and T. R. Berry. The consolida
tion was effected because tbe La Grande
plant needed more power. The power
from Cove will have a fall of 890 feet
and will require 3,700 feet of pipe to
convey it to the power station. The
force will create 800 horse power.
Hopes to Irrigate Umatilla.
Pendleton John T. Whistler, gov
ernment engineer in charge of the re
clamation work in Oregon, with head
quarters at Pendleton says that the
Umatilla proposition la not yet aband
oned and that the outlook is not bad
for finding another reservoir site. The
esidenta of the county, have hopes of
interesting the government in building I
ditches for winter Irrigation even if
they do not secure reservoir sites, Mr.
Whistler says that they will be built if
the people can show how it will re
claim properly the land.
Wind Puts Crops In Danger.
Weston "Ibe grain is in a safe
condition yet, but if the high winds
continue blowing it will diy out what
moisture there is in the soil, and, un
less rain comes soon, would seriously
interfere with the grain that Is sown,"
says James Klrkpatrlck. "There ia
alwaya a tendency to raiee a cry ot dis
tress as to tbe future outlook of the
crops, and, in truth, we have never
seen it seriously injured yet. providence
always providing at tho needful time."
Great Stacks of Cordwood.
La Grande At Kamela, 25 miles
west of here, there are 3,000 cords of
wood stacked up In the yards awaiting
shipment to dlffeient wood dealers In
towns west of there. At Meacham,
near by, almost as much more ia piled
up. Wood Is now felling on board tbe
cars in the mountains at from $2,50 to
$3.25 per cord, and it is said theie Is
scarcely a cord left In the timber.
When cars are available, big shipments
will be made by the dealers.
Oregon Supreme Court Reports.
Salem Volume 44 of the Oiegon su
preme court reports la out of the bind
ery and the hooka have been delivered
at the office of Secretary ot Slate Dun
bar lor distribution to the Judges and
district attorneys and to he placed on
sale to those who wish to buy. The
state sells the reports at cost, $3,50,
and those who get tbe volumes by mail
must inclose 27 cents for postage.
OF INTEREST
PLAN TO RAISE PORTAGE fUND.
Prominent Umatilla Men on Commit
tec to Canvass the County.
Pendleton At a mass meeting ot
business men and prominent farmers
the subject ot raising $6,000 as Umatll
la county's portion asked by the Open
Iliver association for the portage road
was discussed and plans decided upon
A conunittpo was appointed to take
active charge ol tho work and is com
posed ot the following: Georgo Per
Inger, M. M. Wyrlck, W. P. Temple,
T, J. Kirck, extensive wheat raisers.
and County Commissioner Horace
Walker.
Tho committee will make a thorougli
canvass ot tho county. It will ho the
plan to divide the county into district
and each member ol tho committee
have charge of the district he may
choose. In this manner It Is believed
the entire county can be coveied In
lew days and the desired amount raised
without difficulty. A large portion ot
the amount asked tor haa already been
donated.
Timber for Land Hunters.
Grants Pass It Is quite evident that
(hero will be a grand rush for the
woods when the final announcement Is
made of the release ot the forest land
ol Southern Oregon, which were with
held Ironi entry several years ago, but
which are soon to bo thrown open to
buyers, settlers and squatters. Whll
the lands are not the regular forest re
serves, they cover a large portion ol
tho well-timbered sections of Josephine
Jackson and Curry counties, Southern
Oregon, and parts of Siskiyou and Del
Norto counties, California. A great
portion of them ia covered with fir and
pine, with considerable sugar pine.
Hammond Company's Title Clear,
Astoria A deed has been filed for
record whereby the Seaside Spruce
Lumber company sells to tbe Hammond
Lumber company 2,184.07 acres of tlm
her lands In the Necanlcum river dis
trict. The price Is not made public
and the consideration named In the
deed la $1. The transfer Is understood
to bave been made in connection witb
tbe settlement of the claima held by
numerous persons and firms against the
Seaside company. These claims have
all been settled and the mill property
leased, so that it can resume operations
at once, alter a shut down lasting foi
several months.
Trapplst Colony In Linn.
Albany A colony ot Trapplst Fath
ers haa been founded in Jordan valley,
in tbe noithern part of Linn county
Having been forced to leave their
homes in France, because of religions
persecution, a number of these Trapplst
Fathers have come to the United States,
and six of them located in Jordan val
ley, about three months ago, with thi
ultimate object in view of founding
Trapplst colony there. They recently
purchased considerable land, and are
preparing to make extensive improve
ments, in anticipation of the arrival of
more than 50 of the same order from
France next spring.
Heavy Rains Loggers' Doon.
Astoria The severe storms recently,
with the accompanying large rainfall
haa bad benefits that many do not real
ize. It baa been a boon for the log
gera, and loga have been floated out of
some Btreams that have been on their
banks for a couple of years. How
many feet of logs havo come out of
theso streams lo tidewater cannot yet
be estimated with any definlteness, hut
It Is fully 20,000,000 feet, and it may
be double this amount In the Lower
Columbia river district.
Epidemic Among the Chickens.
Albany Several different citizens
of Albany and vicinity have lost a
number of chickens recently, they hav
ing died suddenly from some unknown
cause. One Albany citizen lost all hie
chickens in a few hours, and a farmer
named Cary living near this city, a few
weeks ago loet 90 chickens in a short
time. The fact that only a few flocks
belonging to citizens living far apart
mve died, and that wliero any died
almost all the flock died, leads to the
supposition that death was caused by
poisoned wheat.
Eating Spring Vegetables,
Pendleton The markets of Pendle
ton and Walla Walla are being supplied
with all the vegetables to be had early
In the spring. Because ot the excep
tionally good weather of tho fall and
the few rains at tbe right time, gard
eners have been able lo produce all of
the early vegetable!. The good wcath
ei has been Ideal for these growers, but
the farmers are somewhat worried as to
the effect trie dry weather will have
upon next season's grain. The ex
treme dryness has again neceseltated
the use of the street sprinklers,
Only few Sales or Cattle.
Susanville The sale ot beef cattle
has been light in this vicinity this
season. A Portland buyer picked 107
head from a round up of several hun
dred, paying from $2.10 to $2.60 per
hundredweight, the-former figure being
for cows. Jew cattle will be wintered
here, no more than to supply the local
market. Some are being driven to
Prairie City, but the greater number
will be taken to various places down
the river.
Power Plant Almost Ready.
Milton The flume for tho Milton
city power plant has been completed
and workmen are finishing the powei
house. The plant will be completed
about December 15,
Northwest Wheat Markets.
Foitland Walla Wa)la, 83oj blue
stem, 88c; valley, 87Kc.
Tacoma Bluestem, 85c; club, 88c.
CZAR TOR PEACE.
Is Ready to Receive Such Proposal
Prom Japan,
St, Petersburg, Dec. 3. A report
which comes (mm an unimpeachable
source has reached the Puhllshoia'
Press correspondent that Kuiwln la not
only leady to receive any pence piu
pos Is Japan may have to make, but
that with tho tall of Port Arthui ahe
will be icady to sun tor pvaco, That la
the situation today, notwithstanding
tho swashbuckling attitude ol thorn
who profess to (mine tho empire's pol
icy, and will bo the situation right
along, oven It this and subsequent
statements lo this effect were nlllclally
denied. Before the world at large litis
sia cannot afford Just now to appear
tired ol tho itrugglo and skeptical' aa
to its outcome, but diplmatle clieles
aro permitted to know tho tliith, and
ltussia's lepresentatlves all tho civil
ized world over havo received strong
Intimations that sincere and authori
tative often of mediation must not bo
treated lightly In the future.
It Is therefore to bo assumed that
ltussla considers that the conflict is en
tirely hopeless. There aie sure to bo
sumo llusalan victories In Manchuria
and tho general belief Is Hut they will
conic soon, owing to the fact that Heh!
Marshal tho Marquis Oyama has been
compelled to part with laigo budle
hls men In order to hasten the fall
Port Arthur. But ltussla haa Far
Eastern Interests ot much greater Im
portauce than even the posaesalon of
Port Arthur, and aa theso Interests
havo been attacked In the past by
Uieat Britain and China alike, she
in dito need ot an ally. That ally will
bo Japan, it the plans ot today do not
miscarry. Ilia battles of Unlay are to
bo loilowed by clone, ties ol commercial
and political union tomorrow.
RECEIPTS ADOIIT i lO.OOO.OOO.
Concessionaries Dellevcd lo Have
taken In Equal Amount.
St. Louis, Dec. 3. While it will lie
impossible to obtain tho actual receipts
and expenditures ot the Louisiana Pur
chaso exposition company bcfoiu the
middle of.uecomber, t-cerctary Walter
II. Slovens, ol tho World's fair, made
the following statement to the As;oclat
ed Press tonight:
"From reports that have been sub
mitted of the admissions to the grounds
we estlmato that the attendance on
"Fiancia day" will be a few thousand
In excess ot 200.000, an. I that the at
tendance lor the Exposition period will
be In the neighborhood ol 18,800,000
In round numbers the l-.xpositlon
company has expended $22,000,000
since the Inception ol the World's lair
project, and the expenditures of the
several states and trrritoiles haw
reached a total of $9,000,000. The
receipts slnco the opening day, Apri
30, have amounted to about $10,000,
000, consisting ot admissions and con
cession royalties. In addition to these
receipts were the tunds, amounting to
about $12,000,000, raised by suhscrip
tton and appropriations to build the ex
position."
INTERNAL REVENUE RECEIPTS.
Commissioner Ycrkcs Reports an In.
crease or $2,103,070 per Year.
Washington, Doc 3. The annual re'
port of Commissioner erkes, ot the
Internal Itevenuo bureau, shows that
for the fiscal year ending June 30,
1904, the receipts ol the bureau were
$232,904,004, an increase ot $2,103,070
over the collections for the next year
preceeding. The cost of collections
was 1.98 per cent, as against 2 07 foi
the year 1903, and 2.83 pel cent, the
average coat ol collection since the
formation ot the bureau.
TLe estimated receipts from all
sources of Internal revenue for the fiscal
year ending June 30, 1006, are $230,.
000.000. In 1003 the total production
of distilled spirits was 148,200,876 gal
Ions; in 1904, 139.605,214 gallons. In
1903, in round numbers, 114,000 000
gallons of tax-paid spirits Mere with
drawn; In 1004, 117,000,000. There
ias been a decraeeu in the amount cl
tobacco manufactured and an increase
n snuff. The.a was an Increase in tho
production ot beer.
President Did Not Say It.
Washington, Dec. 3. It was author
itatively stated nt the bite house to
day that the president had no rccollec
tlon ot a visit Irnrn John lleattiu, the
representative of the Master Painters'
and Decorators' association, who, at
the convention of tho Citizens' Indus.
trial association in New York today
Ice I a red that the president had indors'
ed a proposition to put upon lalior un
ions the responsibility fur paralyzing
business by lockouts. It was also an
nounced that the president did not
make the remark.
Cockrell to Choose.
Washington, Dec 3. Senator Cock
rell, of Missouri, called today on Presi
dent Roosevelt and had an extended
conference with him. The president
n formed Senator Cockrell that he
would appoint him as a member either.
the Isthmian canal commission or
of the Interstate enrnmorco commlslon,
as the senator night elect. Senator
Cockrell did not indicate to tbo preal-
lent what he might do regarding the
proffer, and said ho would not announco
Ills decision perhaps for several weeks
yet.
To Expedite Ratification of Treaties
Washington, Dec. 3. That the rati
fication by tho American senate of the
arbitral Ion treaties recently signed, and
ot those now being negotiated, may be
expedited, the stato department In en
deavoring to have all tho treaties iden
tical In form. Belgium and several
other powers have suggested a new
lorm ol treaty, and should any power
iiHist on this the negotiation of tho
tieaty neconearlly would be delayed
thereby. '
fearful Conditions In Mexico,
Mazatlan, Mexico, Dec, 3. Late
reports from the nortliorn part of this
stato say that fearful conditions exist
there. Deaths range from 20 to 40 por
day, owing to starvation and rnnrlarin.
In many Instances the dead aro not
given burial, it Is said, but aro thrown
into open ditches and canals. The au
thorities are unable to copo with the
situation.
PLENTY TO DO
Congress Will Have a Very
Uusy Session.
PEW NEW LAWS AIM! PIIOUABLE
Appropriation Measures Will Take
Up Much of the Time Rivers
and Harbors arc Sufc.
Washington, Dec. 6. On tho alrokn
ot 12 today the second session ol the
58th congress will he called tooidei by
President Pro Tun Fry In the senate,
and by Speaker Cannon In the house.
When the gavels of the presiding offi
cers summon the senators and lepre
sentatlves to duty nearly every member
will bo In his seat, hut only routine
business will ho transacted.
Tho president's message generally is
received and read the first day, hut
the senate Is punctilious In eeitaln
matters, and Is almost suro to adjourn
as a tribute of respect lo tho late Hen
ntor Hoar, of Massachusetts, and the
late Senator Quay, ot Pennsylvania.
The message, therefore, probably villi
not bo lead until Tuesday,
Alter the opening day, when the
niecsago ol the piesldent la lead, the
regular business of the session will lie
gin and tho legislative wheels will
grind stradlly until March, 1006.
Thero la plenty to do. The calendars
of both houses aro loaded with hills of
all kinds; hundreds of now hilts will
be Introduced, and committees aie
ready to report enough to Keep congress
busy for 12 mouths, but In the three
months congress probably will do little
more than pass tho regular animal
appropriation bills.
There has liee.n some talk nt a post I
bio extra session. Tho only reason
why such a session should Ihi called is
because there Is a demand In certain
quarters for a revision of the tariff, bu
many of the Incoming congressmen
during the past two weeks have made
It plain they do not want tariff revirion
and further say that they do nut want
an extra session.
There Is ono feature of the tariff re
vision talk that has somo substance
More revenue must lie had, or there
mint lie a curtailment ot expenditures
itli the Increasing annual approprla
tions, a river and harbor bill, Increase
ot the navy, the Panama canal mid
other feaiuns of extraordinary dla
bursemeut, there will lie need ol more
money than present customs and Inter'
ual revenue provide. An Intimation
has been made that curtailment will
satisfy many congressional leaders, but
the majority may determine otherwise,
in which event some revenue leglsla
tlon may he necessary, and an extra
session for that purpose mar bo called
But this Is said to lie a remote con.
tlngency, and the probabilities, accord
ing to tho leaders who are here, are
that thero will bo neither tarill leglsla.
tlon nor an extia session.
WILL WORK TOR SII1SLAW RIVER
-V
Hermann Will Co-operate Willi San
frantlsco Delectation.
Washington, Dec. 6. Itepicscnla
the Hermann appeared today before
the rivers and harbois committee with
tho exiectatlon of having a hearing, so
that he might piesent Ibe needs ol
vaiioua river and haibor Improvements
along tho Oregon coast, hut was in
formed that tho committee is giving no
hearings. An anangement haa been
made, however, for a healing before
the subcommittee, at which time Mr
Hermann wilt appfai with tho delega
tlon from Sari Francisco, now en route
to Washington to urge n lll-oial appro
priation fur tho Improvement of the
(Miislaw river. Mr. codling, a large
shipowner of ban I' rand wo, who li
deeply Interested In the Siuslaw trade
will head Ibe committee. It permitted
to do so, Mr. Hermann will also urge
the subcommittee to make liberal ai
propria) ions for other rivers and har
bors along tho Oregon coast.
TaM's Mission a Success.
Panama, Dec. o, .Negotiations are
till in progress between Secretary of
War Tuft, representing tho United
States, and the Panama government,
looking to the settlement of points in
dispute regarding the government of
the canal zone, and un agreement may
lie said to bo in sight. In order that
possible complications may be avoided
tho conferences are nulng conducted In
secret, and nothing will ho given out
until both sides aro agreed. President
Amador tonight gavu a banquet in
honor of Secretary Tuft.
Health Good in Islands.
Washington, Dec. 5, The lust
monthly report of the chlel of sin
geons ol tho Philippines, covering the
year ending (Jctoher 10, Just received
by Surgeon General u'ltellly, shows tho
percentage ot sick out of a total
strength of 17,004 soldiers, to have
been less than (I per cunt, The sur
goon general regards this as a splendid
showing for the tropica. Hut six deaths
occurred diirng that month from dis
ease. Tho chief surgeon reported an
entile absence ot smallpox among the
troops,
Will Walt on Russia.
Washington, Deo. 5. Olllclal an
nouncement was made at tho State de
partment ot Russia's conditional accep
tance of tho Amorican government's
invitation to Join the other powers nt
The Hague for u second peace confer
ence, Russia's suggestion for a post
ponement of the congress until tho
uloso of tho war must neceee.irlly delay
further steps for the present, for tho
rear on that It is desired that Russia
shall participate in this conference.
New Russian Loan Soon.
Paris, Dee. 5 Tin bankers here ex
pect that tho now Russian loan of $20,
000.000 will bo Issued this or next
month. A syi.dlcnto of French hanks
will take approximately $100,000,000,
and tho German hanks $100,000,000,
It is helloved that tho new loan will be
reality taken up at neatly par, or ubovo
084.
AT AWrtlL COST.
Japanese Continue Their Altiitk on
Port Arthur.
bunion, Dec, 1. According to n
Tuklo dispatch to the Htnudaid, there'
Is an official rumor Unit I bo Japanese
have hauled large caliber guna to tho
top of 'JOfl-Melcr hill, whence their Urn
lias a sweep of the whole harbor. Thin
report doubt less goon beyond tho facts;
but various dispatches Indicate tho
progress: the Japanese am making In
the reduction of Port Arthur. Japan
ese heie explain tho great Importuned
ot the capture ol SOS-Meter hill, which,
besides giving command ol the harbor,
will serve as a wldo breach made ny
the wedge the Japanese bad piovlously
driven in between the Eta group ami
the Itusnlans' last retreat In the ravines
of ljiotlo mountain. They declare that
retreat to l.aotln will tin effectually cut
off, and It is not unlikely that l.aotlo
will he simultaneously attacked In tbo
final afsHiilt.
Ileimott Itnrlelgh wiles to tbe Dally
Telrgraph from Chefoo that In the lust
attack tho Japanese lost 400 men In
one hour's lighting. They claim lo
have captured two more, ol the north
eastern forlaund a Iblnl, which is part
ot the West Krkwan furl. They assert,
Mr. llilllelgh add", to have effected a
lodgment at Plgruii hay, thus turning
the hut on JOll-Motor hill, and that
they are now tunneling (rum the gorge
below l.aotlo hill, which they hope
first to daniago and then tush. Tho
dispatch continues:
"Desperate lighting is proceeding
lally. and lha losses are admitted to hit
excessive, hut the Japanern Insist that
Pott Arthur must fall wllliln 21 days."
The Morning Post's correspondent
ai Shanghai telegraphs that wireless
communication has been re-established
between the Itiiaslau consulate at Clio
too and the Port Arthur garrison.
PLANS (J It EAT tlRITISH ARMY.
Kitchener's llcoruanlzalloii .Scheme
tircully Euhirucd.
London, Dec. 1- Tho warolllro Is In
possession of the full details of Lord
Kitchener's army reorganization
scheme. No rcciet Is made of the fart
that puitlcillar mention bus been paid
to points which world offer coincident
centers of Itiisslnn invaiton In tho
event of hostilities and in view ot tho
recent imbroglio the original plan wan
considerably extended.
Tho keynote ot the reorganisation,
which will entail ez endltures to tlm
amount nt $60,000,000, Is to secure)
through war training a great army In
tmea of peace, ami to place the troop
not only where they run obtain such
Instructions, hut where their presence
will be of permanent strategic value.
With this object in view Northern
India haa bten divided by parallel
lines Into a number of a lens wltu their
tipier points converging on the fron
tier, and their respective bases well
down in India. Were the order to mo
bilize given seven or eight fluid forces,
each from 16.000 lo 20,000 strong,
could, In a lew hours, bo concentrated
on the borderland from east to west.
rtRE ON TOWN.
Strikers at Zelqler, Illinois, Send In
5(10 Shots.
llenton, III., Dec. 1. Zelgler wan
tired upon last night from sundown to
daylight. It Is Intimated that no leu
than 600 shots wert tired at the town.
The town was completely surrounded,
and the tiring came fiom every quarter.
llespouso to this lusllauo was tiiadn by
foul Galling guns placed at various
points about tho mine buildings. As
sistant Adjutant General Itceco and tho
Carhnndato militia company arrived at
Zelgler today, and General Iteeco will
remain several days lo investigate tho
situation. It ia thought that atlll
morn troops will bo brought.
Joseph Letter reached .clgler today
with more minora from Chicago. Ex
amination of the ground this morning
showed that the men who were firing
havo powerful guns. They were sta
tioned from one-half to three-quarters
I n mile from tho town. Almost u
bushel of empty shells of every size
wore found in the woods.
A trail of blood was found on a rail
fei.ro, and from this it Is suppoied at
least one person was wounded. Fur
ther trouble is anticipated.
Russia fears Crisis Is AI Hand.
St. Petersburg, Deo. 1. Foreign
reports ol tho lighting at Port Arthur
aro accepted here very rorlously. If
the Japanese, havo taken 203..Meter
hill, ns reported, commanding tho
whole harbor, It ia believed that the
situation is critical. Experts on Pint
Aithur topography asstirt, however,
that It is moru likely that the Japan
ese have occupied some positions at tlm
base of tho hill, and bollevo Hint ow
ing to tho concentrated lire of tho cov
ered forts tho Japanese will find tho
top of tbo hill untenable, If taken.
Troops Rushed to Arthur.
St. Poteiehurg, Dec. 1. According
to information which has reached tho
war office, Field Marshal Oyama's
stiength Is much smaller than hereto
foio believed, tending to confirm tho
theoiy that a largo force has been with
drawn to assist in stoiuilng Port Ar
thur. This Information is to the effect
that not much more than 160,000 men
aro now confronting General Kuropat
kin, hut that tho Japanese lines nio
heavily fortified In ordor to check any
aggressive movement which Kuropatkin.
might undertake,'
Coast Shlpplna Considered.
Washlngtn, Doc, 1, The Merchant
Marine commission today made fiirthei
progress toward completion ot Its report
to congress. Some attention was given
to the difficult problems presented by
tho conditions on the Paciflu coast.
Tho commission regards American ship.
ring relatively stronger on the Paclfio
than on the Atlantic coast at tho present
tlmo, yet tho Amorican ships, it la
stated, aro being severely pressed by
foreign competition.
Calls Witnesses In Smool Case.
Washington, Duo. 1. Senator llur-
rows, chairman of tho committee on
privileges and elections, has lusuod
subpoenas for 20 witnossos In tho Hmoot
Investlgaton and flxod Monday, Decem
ber 12, as the date for their appearance
before the committee Nearly all theso
witnesses are In Utah,