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01 1 ATI Kit XX.
Hanknla to tliu W 1 1 en I.
Captain lliidlnng nml the shnrlH lipid
a conlercnco wltli Hnnknln. Tim nlrl
hud much to It'll them Hint win ol In
Ion nt to llii'lr mission.
HIik luul heard nil o tlm plans u( tint
noil 1 linlitt-1 nml hint watched (or tlm
ipprniiili ol tlm Ixmt tlmt aim might
lnturi'i'it II nml Inform tlm otllciirn of
tlm Imicheiy ol lliu pilot nml tlm pur
poses ol tlm In w bunking gllluellors.
Hhi luul hoard tliuin, loin; Imlorti
midnight, agree to piwlpiuti tlm ntlni'k
liion tlm soilllrldem until daylight on
account ol tlm de-lay ol miimi ol lluur
ridnlorieinenln ninl luul nlao heard
them iilnti- Hint (Ulm Jnrvl, tlm pilot
on tlm I icnt to bring thitauldlora, would
keep away Irom tlii'tn until they had
flnlahul wltli llm noriluldii fishermen.
Il hnd la-en agreed by Onbo Hint Im
would run nbout tlm river until day
Unlit, pirleudltig to Ih) hunting (or the
fishermen, when In (net ho would lie
studiously avoiding them. Ill tlm
laukurss ot III trmchcry Im had piom
laed to take tlm liont na nonr llm bar na
lio (Urul to nppronrli whor tlm
waa roii)ili nnd .ould upset tlm atom
acha ol tlm citizen aoldlrra.
Hanknla luul cscnpid' Irom tlm old
flunk while tlm men worn out on the
Ix-ncli nrinnglng (or tlm nltark nml Imd
wntrhod for tlm coming ol tlm bont.
Hlui knew tlmt It Mould no on tlm soulh
nliht ol tlm Island In older to nvold an
encounter with tlm fishermen who weie
lined up on tlm north aldn, mid when
alio m tlm Unlit ol tlm vtwcl (nr up
tlm river aim launched n bont which
wna aonm dlstnncn from tlm plotting
fishermen nml struck out to iuturrrpt
tlm big emit Hint a In- n lulit Inlorui tlm
olllcers. Him liad lieeii successful, na
tlm render knoa, hut n dilemma now
coiitiniilcd tlm olllcorn tlmt wus difficult
Neither ol tlm olfirera knew anything
nlioul tlm river mid noun ol tlm men
liad Hie alightcst Idea about navlt;n
t Ion. Hnukuln told tliom Hint tlm liont
waa heading atialght (or tlm ocean ami
that they liad passed nil ol tlm fisher
men, who were lined il nt tlm head ol
tlm lalnnd lor tlm rsirly morning attack.
"Dila (idlow Jnrvl la wry mean
limn," raid Haukaln. "Iln la now
under bond lor tlm murder ol It la nged
lather nml la auld to Ihi Hm niii-1 lirutal
ol tlm Ignorant Philanders on tlm loutli
lila ol Hie river. 1 do not believe lie
would atop nt even miming Hila bout
out over tlm bai where It would auroly
"Wlmt shall wo do?" Inquired
Captain Iludloiig ol tlm sheriff.
"Arrest him nnd put liim In Irona,"
replied tlm county ollklal.
"Hut who Mould tane mm ol the
bontT" Inquired tlm captain.
Tlm two men went out on deck. Han
kala lollonrd llmm. Tliey could so
the lirrakera now leaping high In tlm
Ir far away to tlm front of tlm vessel,
ml knew Hint Hila waa where the river
met the wavea ol tlm ocean.
"Tlm acoundrvl seema to l carrying
da straight to our death," sold tlm cup
tnln. " Wn will go to liim nnd remonatrnto,"
tuld the almrlfl.
"Ami i'(iiniel him nt tlm inuiam ol n
t!itn to turn tlm cnurw) ol tlm ol,"
lepllixl tlm cnptnln ol the in II t In .
Tlm ollicvra clliulx-l the iiurnm stair
vny nxaiu nnd upproiu-liiil Hie pilot
liouae. Jnrvl dlnreKardiid their coining
In aullenneM. lie held on to the wheel
nml kept tlm mwo o( tlm M-u'el point
Inn toward tlm hieakera. riunknln had
followinl tlm olllceia nml atood Im-Ii iml
tlm aniokeatnek whuru alio nvnlled her
tell ol Itawaimth nml nt tlm amim time
could llatvn to the Interview with the
"You have lirouiiht ua paat the (lsh
ormen mid nru tnklnu ua toward tkt
ocean," anid Captain Iludlonx.
Tlm pilot Ignored him In tho nccun
touii'd iimnner ol atenmboat men.
"Wo want nn oxplunutloii," demand
"Yea, nnd wownntltnt onco," apoke
tho eheilft, who win n innn ol pernoiinl
cotirnKo nml nccuatomed to tho nature
ol tlm rough men nt tho mouth ol tho
"I am running this boat," roplled
"Hut you nro limning her In the
wrong direction," anid tlm captain.
"You had better run her youraell
then, nlncu you know no much nbout
It," retorted tho pilot rcornltilly.
"Wo undmatnml nothing about
nteamlioatliiK) out wo do know that
you nre going In tho wrong direction,"
replied the aherift.
"Well, II you know nothing about
running a boat you hnd bettor go
lown atalra," aald Jarvl.
"We will do nothing ol tho kind,"
said Ilmllong who waa nlao n nplrltcd
follow. "I, na commander ol tho forces
loi wlilcli this veesol was chartered, de
mand that you turn back mid proceed
to tho head ol the Island."
"I can't do It," roplled Jnrvl.
"Why" aaked tlm cnptnln.
"I mil in the south channel mid will
now bo compelled to round tho went
point ot tho island nnd return on the
north tldo," said tho pilot.
"Why did you como bo far out ol tho
way'" asked tho sheriff.
"swept into tho old couth channel
by accident nnd couldn't got out," re
plied Jnrvl, doggedly.
Tho boat continued to bond for tho
lirrakera. Jarvl looked coolly out Into
tho dark ocean, now and then lit up by
n dasli of spray, while tho olllcora look
ed on In doubt. They did not bollovo
tho man. Hut still they did not bo
llovo that ho would tako them Into n
Ooath which would carry liim with
Tho point ol tho Island butting out
toward tho bar was now cloeo nt hand.
While tho broakors from tho ocean
cbmo nearly to Its Bhoros, tho men bo
lloved that tho Island could bo passed
by tho Hat bottomed river boat,
Iiut Jarvl headed straight on,
"Why do you not turn to tho right?"
asked Captain Budlong.
"W would run her Into llm sand,"
replied tlm pilot.
"Hut you am running Imr into tlm
breakers," replied Hm sharlff.
"It la hotter for her them," coolly
replied tlm treacherous limn nt the
Tlm boat began to rock and leap like
a wild animal which found Itaoll ami
denly In tlm clutvhra ol nn enemy. It
una but n shell, on y Intended for the
ainooth wntern of tho liver, nnd could
not lie exHieted to live on thiiorenn nml
especially mi the river bar, one ol the
roughen! plan a known to seamen. 'J'hn
mini down atnlra lull nlioiit tlm deck
like drunkards nml while sumo bocnlne
deathly sick, olhoia were tilnrinitd.
Hanknla could conceal her dura no
longer. "That man," alio anid, "la
taking ua to our doom. Tin bont can
not live In this aea. lie could have
passed the point ol the lilnud without
coming Into tlm breakers. Tlm water
la deep there.
Him had come from her place ol con
cealment mid apoko with all ol the
earneitimaa ol a woman, nnd tho cool
nes ol a man.
Jarvl looked around nt her with n
ghostly smile ol contempt, but did not
tiuilgii Hm wheel.
"Consider youraelf a prlaoner," aald
"All right." replied tlm pilot.' Then
he released the wheel and walked out
ol tlm pilot house. The boat leaped
and reeled. Tlm propelling wheel al
ternately rnao nlxivn nod sank deep into
the water revolving na lifelessly na
n llutler-mill. 'I ho vessel was ielt to
the mercy ol tlm breakers.
The last rxtrrmlty hnd been reached.
The sherlfl drew Ills revolver, and,
pointing It at Jarvl, said:
"(io hack to that wheel and tnke ua
out ol this or I shall shoot you like a
"All right," replied Jnrvl In a con
Then tho man atarted aa If bo would
enter the door of the pilot houso, but
be turned quickly nnd leaped Into the
foaming hieakera below.
Hanknla, keenly nlive to the Impend
mg'trlsls, bale headed nnd bare armod
sprang to tlm wheel. Hho glanced
down Into the nngry pea, and hurriedly
examined the shore line to the north-,
then wltli distended mueclea aim born
dim u mi the lever that governed the
miller, nnd rang tho engineer to turn
on tho steam.
Old Beadog Wounded.
"la that a bont or light on shore?"
"It la boat, you eeo dm la to tho
right ol Chinook I'olnt nml them la a
wide channel ol river there."
"Him may bring the aoldlrra."
"I hops to Ood alio will. Thoae
fellows are reinforcing their strength
and we can't hold out much longer
Thus apoke Old Beadog. A hand to
hand right had juot taken place on the
water nnd while tlm encounter waa a
draw the northildera knew that Ihoir
strength waa being exhausted while
that ot their enemy waa being in
cieaied by lorco ol numbers.
llm only Iioh ol tlm n-irthslderB wne
tho arrival ol the etate troopa. The
militia una not ordered out lor tho pur
mxo ol taking pnit in the tight, if it
could be avoided, but to patrol the
river nnd prevent bloodshed.
Tlm statu maintained tlm right of Its
cltitena to fish to the middle ol the
stream wherever that might bo determ
ined to be, and claimed tho right to
protect their lite and property north ol
It waa n question ol boundary line
nml as la usual whero therenredisputea
nbout such matters, each aide constant
ly encroached on the rights ol the oth
er. Tho first bloodshed hnd brought
out the woiat element ot the aouthalde
and they determined to drive back or
destroy, even to the line o( the north
The loat enmo alowly down thn river.
The bolllgerent llahermen watched It
with intense Interest on both aidea.
"I hopo to (iod bIio brings tho sol
dlfors," repeated Old Headogaait enmo
nearer and ncaior. "Oabo Jarvl will
tnke cnio of them," casually remarked
a aoutbslde leader to his companion.
It did contain the soldiers, and tho
reader already known of its movements,
and the treachery of Ita pilot.
After tlm hint passed away to tho
south ot the Island, tho northslders re
laxed Into n feeling almost hopeless.
The nlglit was cool and calm, but nn
unusual darkness rettlod down upon
tho waters. I'ho stars shown out and
gave forth shadows that darkened the
surtaco ot tho water. A black veil
hung above it like a mantle. The
contending llahermen lay upon their
oar a and nrma. Tho first blush ol
dawn would bring tho soutbslders up
on their enemy. Tho noithsldera wore
counseling one another to stand Arm to
tho end, It thoy could only Btay the
destruction1 ol their traps until tho ar
rival ot tho soldiers they cared no
With the first Hash ot the red in the
east the southsldors moved out to tho
north. Thoy did not apprehend any
danger of interferenco from the sol
diers, They left that to Gabo Jnivl.
Their purpose was to make tho light
thiol tills morning. They knew that
thoy possessed tho numbers nnd should
thoy succeed In destroying tho north
elders' traps nnd roturn to their homes
on the southsldo tho victory they bad
eo long sought would bo complete.
When once nt their homes tho enormi
ty ot tholr crlmo would bo lost sight ol
In n measuio and the future would
find them masters ot tho rlvor.
Wbon tho traps Tore onco destroyed
It would bo dilllcult to rebuild thom,
and through tho prejudice thoy expect
ed to cioate against tho traps, thoy
hoped to Interest their own state and
tho United States congress against tho
construction ot flshtraps In tho Colum
bia river, They had already Bont a
long petition to tholr congressman, not
only showing that llm traps were de
structive to tho fish Industry but wore
also detrimental and hazardous to nav
igation, Aii-s, drags, anna mid dynnmlto had
been provided by tho southslilers.
They did not wish upon llm wholo to
resort to bloodshed. They came, how
ever, determined to win. They ex
pec ted to do this through Intimidation
nnd overwhelming numbers.
Hut them wro those among them
who nm nlwnya loiiud In n mob organ
ization, Hint preferred hliKlshid to any
other feature of tlm fight between the
The southslders moved along Ilka so
many shadows to the attack. A cou
ple of launches used lor towing In tho
Hilling boats on other occasions hnd
been secured, mid sailboats bad been
converted Into rowboiils for the morn
ing nttack. Thesit were manned by
largo forces and formed a lino (or the
Old Heailng had assembled his men
near the center of the largest group ol
traps and took active command nt this
point. It meant more foi him than
for nil tho other northslders combined
and ho lutereated hlmsell accordingly.
lie possessed an lion nerve and this
win wrought up to the highest tension.
It was the critical point of tho long
struggle and should Im lose, thousands
ol dollars worth ot property would pass
from bla hands. Willi his traps de
stroyed Ills cannroy would bo useless;
with traps and cannery both out of use
the men would be out ol employment
and could not pay tholr bills at his
atom; neither could they pay their
rent. Tho traps were tho llfo of the
town and tho town waa owned by Sea
dog. Ilia dark flotilla rose nnd fell with
the awella of tho bay llko a school ol
whales lying at rest, and old Euadog
waa aa silent and watchful as the bull
leader of such an ngrgegatlon. Ho was
as rugged as a water god and feared the
wave no more than did oid Neptune,
who ruled them.
The suspense was finally relieved.
In tlm shadows ot the slowly approcah-
Ing morn could bo seen the boats of the
aou.haldera stretching up and down
tlm river like a great black wavo.
Their nutnbera looked as ominous ns
did their dark line ot advance.
"Men, to your arms and oars!"
hitsod old Hoadog. And this command
was taken up nnd pawed down the line.
The arms consisted principally ol
long polea. These hnd been cut for the
double purpose ol keeping back His
ImioIs ol the enemy nnd at the same
time to bo used aa cudgela In case o!
distance and hand to hand conllict.
While It waa a Justifiable case for
employing firearms, the fishermen
found that they were not nccistoincd to
their use and limy leallxed further that
the lens bloodshed on tho occasion the
better it Mould be lor their cause In
tho long run. This was the sentiment
on both aides though many had brought
along rifles and levolvera to use in the
(To le rou!liiU(i
"Tho Whim Man's lltinlcn."
lie had won his KUiel after a pro
tracted courtship, and now, although
ho waa tilled with a sense of delighted
ocurlty, he thought It wise to ask one
or two questions.
"I nm ure you are not the sort of
(rlrl who would tell of domestic trou
blei before a man has eaten his din
ner," he said, with confidence, hut
No, Indeed," aald KtlieL
"And when I aeein a trlllo ruffled or
worried you'd bo the very one to aay
soothing things. Now, wouldn t your
"Certnlnly. I should." aald Kthel,
"and you'd like to do It, too, I know."
"llo what?" naked Henry, with a
sudden fall to earth.
"The soothing and comforting, and
putting me in good humor when the
cook had been called to her aunt's
funeral for the third time, and your
bunlnvfM friends were coming to din
ner." aald i:thel, gently.
"Ye-e.s, of course 1 should try to,"
"And when you'd lioen bored at the
ottlco with your cousins from the coun
try you'd never apeak of It till dinner
wns nil over, would you, dear Henry?"
aald tho trusting Ktliel. "I know the
sort of man you are, who wants to
carry Ids atiuro of the burdens, don't
"I I hope you do," aald Henry. In n
disheartened tone. "Let us apeak of
the new magazines, IHhel. and why
not go out on the piazza, whero It II
cooler?" Youth's Companion.
Opal Fossil of n Hhnrk.
Since they were llrst dlieovereil the
frtinout opal fields at White CHITs, N.
S. V., have yielded many curious fos
bIIs, particularly thoio of prehistoric
marine life, ltut the latest discovery
is a most extraordinary one, and will
provo of tho deepest Interest to tho
It Is that of a fossilized, or rather
opallzed, member of the shark family,
which was found on block Na 0, at a
dtjith of thirty-llvo feet from tho aur
face. The Sydney press says that tiie
apeclment measures ;i feet 0 Inches
from the snout to the Up of tho tall.
Tho body is In seven sections, tho cir
cumference of tho largest of which
(tho bend and shoulder iwrtlon) Is
eighteen Inches; each section Is six
Inches In length.
Tho deeply Indented eyo-sockets
show plainly, "and thin veins of pur
ple opal encircle tho fish from tip to
tip." At tlio mouth these veins make
nn oblong and clearly defined course,
though the continuity Is occasionally
broken. No particulars ns to weight
nro given, but ns the fossil has been
sent to London these ond other mat
ters ot Interest will soon be deter
mined, It was purchased from the
llndcrs by an opal buyer.
AVorso nml AVorao.
"My wife and I went to call on tht
I) urn leys last night. I can't Imagiui
anything moro tiresome than spending an
evening with them."
"You cnu'tV Walt till tliey come to
spend an evening with you." Philadel
"Madam, your husband has been mur
dered and robbed."
"Just my luck I I forgot to go through
bis pockets last night." Town Topics.
It Is generally more profitable to reck
on up our defects than to boast of our at
Newsy Items GiiHiered from All
Paris of flie World.
OP INTEREST TO OUK READERS
General llcvlew of Important Happen-pcnlfj-i
Presented In a llrlcf and
A Itusslnn captain has been anestod
for criticising tho admiralty.
Washington lias four aspirants for
tho olllco of fish commissioner.
Tho Southern states are flooding
Koosevolt with Invitations to visit
The remains ol Kruger, Ilia ex-presl
dent ol tho Transvaal, have arrived nt
Hevern skirmishes have occurred on
llm Hhahlrn river 111 which the Hus
sions were defeated.
A Japanese cruiser stiuck a mine at
the entrance to the i'ort Arthur Harbor
and sunk. Ot tho crew enly 30 were
A number ot piomincnt llusslan of!)
cials have resigned on the czar declar
ing ho will stand by the new mlnistet
ol tho interior.
Twenty years ago, when both were
stationed at I'arls, General Kuropatkin
and General Teruchl, now Japanese
minister of war, met and bccaina fast
friends. On the eve of tho present war
mi exchange ol swords as presents took
place between them.
Tho first snow ot the season has fall
en In Eastern Oregon.
Kt. Petersburg authorities deny that
a (amino exists in Southern Itussia.
The torpedo boats at I'oit Aithur
have not been sunk, and they may try
It Is reported that tho czar has order
ed the Halite fleet not to proceed to the
Secretary Hay will ask congiees lo
Increase the salaries of a number ot
Governor elect Douglas will appoint
General Miles as adjutant general ot
the Masachusetts militia.
The School' coal mine, near Peoria,
lllnols, is on fire. There were 100
men at work nt tne time the flames
were discovered, but all escaped. The
property loss will be heavy.
The bouse committee on rivers and
harbors has decided to send for some of
the ill'trlct eng neers, as ibey deiire to
hear from them on the needs ot rivers
and harbors in their respective dls
tilcts. Many shells sent to the Russians at
Mukden have proved detective.
A son ot Geneial Nogl was killed In
the attack on 203-Meter hill at Port
Tho Japanese have sunk all the Rus
aian battleships and cruisers at Port
Japan has signified her willingness
to participate In a second Hague peace
So far In the Far Eastern war Rus
to bus Inst 2.1 warshlns ot all classes
and tho Japanese four.
Ilnn.at'ull liaa tthnnilntlMl flip tdpn nf
a speciul session ot congrcsB in the
spring to consider tarin revision.
A 1,111 will lm ntrndnrpd In rnnprpsa
to connect the canal zone on the isth
mus with tho United states ny cauie.
Secretary Shaw will urge congress to
inciease the appropriation for the Tn
coma public building from $400,000 to
The handwriting experts in the Den
ver election frauds found evidences of
repeating for both the Democratic nnd
Senator Mitchell has a fight on his
hands tosecurethechairmanship ot the
canal committee, mado vacant by the
death ol Hanna. The stand he took
for tho Nicaraguan route two years ago
is tho cause.
Liberal appropriations (or Columbia
river jetty nre assured.
Russians have lost 3,000 men trying
to tetake SOS-Meter hill.
Cooos county will spend (100,00 on
Lewis und Clark fair exhibit.
.TananpsA frnm 203 Meter hill are
shelling Russian fleet and have sunk
one battleship anil set a number 01
other ships on Hie.
A i.rnnd Inrv lias been empanelled to
investigate tho Denver election frauds.
Tnft neknmvledres he made a 111 in
l.iliB In nxtendlni! Dlnclev tariff to ca
nal zone at Panama celebration.
A prominent cannsryman says greed
and defiance of tho law are ruining the
Balmon Industry of the Columbia rlter.
The lurr In the land fraud cases
lound five ot tho defendants guilty as
charged, hut cleared Miss Maiie Waie.
Rpnnlnp Plntl rclll Introdncfl a bill tn
reduce the representation of several
Btates, particularly In the South.
OA.in.nv la ilnilllltni- llPr mllltATV
V.V..IIM..J " " O V
Btrength at Klaouchou, tho German
nnrt nn t b Slinn Tuiiir KeiiliiBula. and
sending theio an experienced officer
Irom the Admiralty stan.
Elcliteeon persons wero Injured, some
ot them seriously, in a New York lire.
Simon l.ako. an inventor, is building
a submarine torpedo boat at Newport
News in which ho expects to cross the
Atlantic. Tho now vessel is to bo 83
leet long nnd proportionately large,
Sho will carry four topedo tubes.
It Is asld tho large shipment of beef
Irom Omaha for the Russian nimy will
go by way ot tho l'uget sound Instead
James M. Tyner, postmaster genoral
under President Grant nnd assistant
attornely general until forced to resign
under the iccent postal (rand investiga
tion, is dead.
A Kanta Vn train wfln hnld tin nnd
robbed between Ludlow and Dggett,
Jal nnd the express messenger wound
ed. Drafts and money to the amount
ot (0,000 was Becuted.
TO PUSH LAND rRAUD CASC5.
Nation Asks Appeals of Hyde, Den
son and Dlinond lie Heard.
Washington, Dec. 13. Solicitor Gen
crnl lloyt, on bebaltol thegovornmcnl,
today filed a motion asking the su
preme court to advanco (or hearing the
appeal taken by Frederick A. Hyde and
Henry P. Dlmond from the decision of
Judge Morrow, ot Han Francisco, who
directed that they he brought to Wash
ington for trial on Indictments for con
spiracy to defraud the government out
of large tracts of public lands. In Ills
(million the solicitor general states that
tho appeals were "taken (or purposes
of delay and to prevent the appellants
fmm being removed to the District ot
Columbia lor trial."
A similar motion was also filed In re
gard to the appeal of John A. Denson,
nlao alleged to bo n member of the Kan
Francisco land ring, who was arrested
In New York on a Washington indict
ment charging him with bribing offi
cials In the general land office.
licnaon Is out on (10,000 hall and
trying to escae trial in Washington.
The solicitor general exects to bo
given a hearing belay in support ol his
motion, and If the couit advances the
cases there Is every prospect that tho
famous San Francisco land ring will ho
placed on trial in this city during the
DECREASE IN WHEAT ACREAGE.
Department ol Agriculture Also Re
ports on Condition of Crops.
Washington, Dec. 13. The crop re
port Issued today by the department ol
Returns to the chief of the boreaa ot
Statistics of the department ot Agricul
ture Indicate that the newly seeded area
ol winter wheat Is about 31,105,000
acres, a decrease nf 1.0 per cent from
the area sown in the fall of 1003, as
finally es'imated. The condition ot
winter wheat on December 1 was A2 9,
as compared with 80.0 in 1903, 99.8 in
1902, and a 10 year average of 92.1.
The acreage as compared with last year
la 98.4 per cent. The newly seeded
aret ol winter rye is provisionally esti
mated at 90 7 per cent of the area sown
in the fall of 1903. The condition of
winter rye on December 1 was 90.0, as
compared with 92.7 on December 1,
1903, 93.1 at the corresponding date in
1902, and 90.2 the mean ot December
nverages of the last ten years.
The percentage of acreage sown to
winter rve this fall as comapred with
that sown laBt year Is 80.7, tbe average
condition December 1, 1904, was 90.5.
Corresponding averages for 1903 nnd
19(12 were 02.7 and 98 1, respectively,
and the mean of the December average
ol the last ten years 90.2.
The final estimates of the total acre
age production and farm values of the
principal crops for 1904 will be issued
on Decembei 28 at 4 o'clock P. M.
WAR CRAFT TO CO ON LINER.
Torpedo Boats for Russia Shipped
from New Jersey Yard.
New York, Dec. 13. Nine torpedo
boats, built at Perth Am boy, N. J., for
tbe Russian government, have been
completed, and lett tbe yards today
They were loaded on a barge and towed
toNew lork. They will be shipped as
merchandise on a liner.
The tenth boat will cross the ocean
under its own power. Two six-cylinder
gasoline engines have been installed.
Each Is expected to develop a 300
hoisepower, and drive the little boat at
a speed of 20 knots. The crew of eight
men is already aboard the boat, which
is 80 feet long. Below deck it is not
possible to stand elect, for there is only
a five foot bpace. Should tbe passage
be stormy, the crew will be almost as
effectually bottled up as It In a sub
marine. Tho only entrance to the
compartments below deck is through a
conning tower, from which the boat ib
Each boat will carry one torpedo
tube. One ot the five watertight com
partments into which the hull la di
vided will contain the spare torpedoes.
School to Teach Socialism.
New York, Dec. 13. Insplied by tbe
national vote ot 600,000 for Debs at the
last election, tbe New lork sectirn of
the Socialist party Issued a statement
today to the effect that It has laid
plans for establishing a school of social
ism. A board of Instructors has been
appointed, consisting of Morris IIII
quist, A'gernon Leo, Henry L. Slobo
dan and John bpurge. The school term
is to extend Irom tne first week In Jan
uary to the Inst week in May, and there
will be one lesfon each week, or 21
lessons in all.
Men Blown to Atoms.
Cattletsburg, Ky., Dec. 13. An ex
plosion of a tank of glycerine blew to
atoms three men, totally demolished
three boats, splintered a big rait of
logs, smashed windows along Front
street and did much damage to prop
erty along the river front today. The
explosion occuried on the river below
the wharf, Irom causes which will
never be known. Three men were tak
ing 200 quartB ot explosive to Mays
ville, where It was to have been used In
Kuropatkin Reports Encounters.
St. Petersburg, Deo. 13. Ueneral
Kuiopatkln reports some unimportant
eicounteis during tho night of Decem
ber 8. Russian sharpshooters recoil-
uolteiing south ot llentslapn, attacked
a Japanese post, bayoneted nnumb.'r ot
Japanese und took 11 prisonous, ot
whom only four wore wounded. Tho
samo night a number ot Japanese at
tacks weie mado on Russian advanced
intienchmentB near the railroad. They
were all repulsed.
May Have Sunk Own Ships.
St. Petersburg, Deo. 13. Tho state
ment that the ItUBsian warships at Port
Arthur were Bunk by the Russians as a
protection from the Japanese gun fire
is regarded at the admiralty as being
quite possible. If true, It is Interpret
ed as a sign that General Btoessel be
lieves tbe fortress can bold out until
the arrival ot the second Pacific squad
ron. The supposition is that the gar
rison, as a last resort, will rotiro to the
Liuo 11 forts.
OREGON NEWS 0E INTEREST
WATER ECHO LAND,
Coming Season will See Rapid Ad
vance In Irrigation.
Echo The coming season will mark
more Improvements and enterprises In
irrigation (or Echo and the vicinity
tributary than ever heloie experienced,
Not only aie there Immense extensions
planned for old ditches, but new ones
are being constructed, and land lying
under both old ditches and proposed
ditches Is prepared for cultivation for
the coming year.
With the hope of having more fav
orable irrigation laws passed In the
coming legislature, those who have
been planning projects are beginning
activities. Heretofore the present laws
or the lack of laws pertaining to water
rights have Interfered with tho devel
opment ol tho country. Water has
been in dispute. Land has been In
litigation, and those who have been
anxious to see tbe betterment of Echo
and ita splendid lands have hesitated
In risking their all in projects that
might at any time be taken Into court.
The Hatter creek water company has
purchased an elevating grader and has
commenced widening and strengthen
ing their ditch. The Cold spring Irri
gation company Is preparing to extend
the company's ditch acrcss to their
lands on the north side of the Umatilla
river, and a company has been formed
to build a small dltcb to water a tract
of land of 160 acres adjoining Echo,
now in sagebrush. The Maxwell ditch
people are Improving and enlarging
their ditch until it will reclaim nearly
8,000 acres ot land.
Besides these ditches smaller ones
are constantly being bnilt, and in a
few years the entire section of waste
land will be homes for faimers. This
season a large number ot land holders
aie clearing laige tiacts of land vary
ing In size from 20 to GO acres, and
will sow to alfalfa.
Turns Out Many Bricks.
Weston Clark Nelson, manager of
the Weeton brickyaid, has returned
from The Dalles, where he has been on
business connected with his yard. The
new I. O. O. F. temple, for which be
furnished brick, has just been complet
ed and will be dedicated at an early
date. Four hundred thousand bricks
were nsed in its construction. 'While
in The Dalles Mr. Nelson closed a con
tract for the sale of 300.000 brick to be
used in tbe construction of the new
bank to be erected at Condon. The
brick will not be delivered until the
railroad, which runs from Arlington,
to Condon, is completed, which will
be early in the spring.
Land Sales fallen Off.
Salem The 5 'per cent land sales
fnnd in Oregon this year is (04,602.24,
as compared with (90,135.24 last year,
Tills fund is received from the United
Btates and la 5 per cent of the receipts
from tin sales ot government land In
Oregon. The.year 1903 was a bumper
one in public land business In Oiegon,
dne in a large degree no doubt to tbe
activity of men who were securing tlm
ber land through the medlnmship of
people who bought It and soon there
after transferred it to tbe men who
furnished tbe money for tbe deal.
Needs of the Station.
Astoria To complete the construc
tion of the government quarantine sta
tion at tbe mouth of the Columbia river
an additional appropiiation of about
(S5.000 is necessary. Tbe plans for
tbe station were made a long time ago,
but only about half the construction
woik has been done, owing to lack of
funds, although tbe department has
requested several times that the money
be sent aside for the purpose. While
several improvements ore needed at the
station, the most Important is a reten
Sold Half Interest in Ranch.
La Grande An Important real estate
deal.bas oeen perfected at Elgin, 35
miles from here. H. Towner has eoli
one-half Interest in the property known
as Hlndman & Towner's Indian creex
taim to J. L. Hlndman, the considera
tion for the half interest in the land
and livestock being (90,000. This
farm is about two miles from Elgin,
andjcontalns 1,160 acres, and is one of
the best agricultural properties In
War on Scabby Sheep.
Eugene County Stock Inspector A.
G. Mathews Is now engaged in an at
tempt at purifying the sheep of the
county, reports having been received
fiom some sections that scab lias oeen
observed. Mathews went out to the
district northwest ot Junction to Inves
tigate reports of stockmen driving dis
eased sheep on the county road in vio
lation of tho law, and expects to make
some arrests. One ariest and convic
tion for this offense has been made.
Will Chop the Alfalfa.
Echo Robert Stanfleld, who resides
on Butter creek, 10 miles west of here,
has received a large hay cutter to chop
alfalfa hay for winter feeding. A gas
oline engine supplies tho power. In
feeding tbe hay unchopped tho large
stems remain uneaten and are wasted,
but by chopping the stock eat the hay
up clean, saving a large per cent ot the
New Shipping Point for Coal Nine
Cooullle Tho Coquille Coal Jc Luni-
bei company has rented part of the
Beavei hill bunker at Marsbfield and is
now shipping coal by rail to Coos bay
wheio It coes to San Francisco. John
Tawso. manager for the company, is
working a five-foot vein of coal ol good
quality. A large contract for machin
ery has been let. Delivery will occur
in the spring.
Eugene to Springfield.
Eugene A prolcet Is on foot to con
nect Eugene with the bustling little
city ot Bprlngfield by a Blx-foot sldo
walk. The distance between tbe two
cities is three miles, but only a little
over a mile ot sidewalk will have to be
built to connect them. This walk, it
built, will be a great convenience to
bicyclists and pedestrians.
SIUSLAW WORK UNflNISIICD.
Congress to be Asked lo Make Use
of Plant Already Installed.
Eugene In view ot the uncompleted
condition ol the bar Improvement at
mo moiitn ot too Hluslaw river, prom
inent citizens ot this county are now
Interested In bringing tho matter bo
fore the river aand harbor committee
ol congress, hoping to make It clear to
that body that the continuation of
work on that harbor would tie wleo.
Many yeara ago the government be
gan the Improvement ot the titualaw
harbor, alter abundant reports had
been secured from engineers regarding;
the proper method ol deepening tho
water on the bar. The pla.i adopted
was the Jetty system. Small appro
priations wero made and tho work
progressed to the extent ot tho funds
available. Then all would rest until
another small appropriation would bo
made. The Jetty was only fairly under
way and Just beginning to show what
might bo done, when appropriations
ceased to come.
The business of the harbor has been
increasing and now amounts to consid
erable, and business men ot Florence
and Eugene hope to prevail upon con
gress to go ahead and finish the work
now well begun. The government has
a plant with which to work and could
In a abort time deepen the channel
several feet by tbe confining ol tho
water to tbe channel.
QUIT WOOD rOR COAL.
Wood for fuel is Getting Scarce
Pendleton Fnel dealers of the In
land empire are of the opinion that the
day ot wood burning is soon doomed,
as coal is rapidly replacing It. Tho
best of coal from the Wyoming beds is
sold at this place for (8.60 a ton, and
tbe coal from British Columbia and
Washington beds Is fast becoming gen
erally used, both In Oregon and Wash
At Kamela and Meacham, from
where Walla Walla and Pendleton draw
the greater part of their wood, tnere
seems to be Immense quantities stacked;
In ricks for shipment, bat competent
jndges ot fuel say that bat about 25
per cent of It Is clear, dry, grccn-cnt
wood, such as commands tbe high
prices. So closely has tbe timber sup
ply been cut away that two trips a day
hauls are being made from back in the
mountains sli and eight miles. Al
though spurs from the main line back
in tne mountains might easily bo built,
tbey will probably never be built, as
coal wilt be much cheaper than the
construction of a road.
Safe Cracked at Hood River.
Hood River Robbers cracked the
sate in the Hood River postoffice and
got away with (227 in stamps and (173
In money. There Is no clew as to the
thieves, except that a crowbar and oth
er tools need In effecting an entrants
came from the railroad shops here. On
discovering his loes Postmaster Yates
immediately wired the postal inspect
ors at Portland, who will make efforts
to apprehend tbe culprits. Common
black powder waa used in cracking the
safe dooi . One or two persons sleeping;
near by claim to have beard a slight
explosion during the night, bat paid.
no attention to tne noise.
Big Business by Sugar Plant.
La Grande Tbe whistle of the beet
sugar factory here has sounded the last
call for its employes, and has shut
down after one of the most successful
runs It has made since establishment
in this valley, it having consumed
something over 21,000 tons of beets,
which yielded over 55,100 pounds of
sugar. The entire season's run was
made without a hitch, much to the sat
isfaction ol all concerned, and the many
persons who embarked In tbe raising
of Bugar beets expiess themselves as
well satisfied with their venture.
Sets fire to School.
Albany A fire that came near cost
ing Albany tbe central school building;
waa narrowly averted by tbo active
work ot tbe fire brigade. Incendiaries
undoubtedly did the woik. Just a few
minutes before 6 o'clock an alaim waa
turned in, when the basement ot the
public school building was discovered
In flames. Someone bad built a fire
against tbe cold air shaft, which would
distribute tho flames to all parts ot the
structure, and when the department
arrived the basement was inflames and.
tho air shaft almost eaten through.
Insures a Good Crop.
Pendleton Tbe rains that have fall
en the past few days have proved ot In
estimable benefit to tbe wheat growers
of the country, although not a great
amount of water has fallen. What
rain has fallen hag dampened the
ground sufficiently to insure the sprout
ing of the grains and heavy rains later
will Insure a good crop for the coming
season. Some ot the grain sown sev
eral weeks ago is still lying In tho
Indians In Better Health.
Tendleton Dr. T. M. Henderson,
who has been In attendance upon the
cases ot diphtheria among the. Indians
at the mission on tbe reservation, re
ports that no others have taken the dis
ease, and that those affected are rapid
ly recovering. Only one ot the patients
has died, tbe others having been inoc
ulated with toxine In tbe early stages
of tho malady.
Toultry allows Salem, December 15
17; Portland, December 20-20; New
nerg, January 10-13; Albany, January
Oregon Good Roads convention,
Salem, December 13-15,
Oregon State Dairymen's association,
Inland Empire Sunday School insti
tute, Pendleton, January 30.
Northwest Wheat Markets.
Poi Hand Walla Walla, 83o; blue
atem, 88a; valley, 87Kc
Tacoma Blueatem, 89o; club, 80o.