PROCEEDINGS OF OREGON LEGISLATURE 8aturday, February 10. HhIciii, 1VI. ln,Jly a practically iinniiliiiiiiiH vnln dill rcuiiirinir olil line life Inauranr roinpniiii-ii to create n reserve fund from ii certain percent age nf the r -m i u tn m received fur pol icies niNNfi tlii limine lliln morning. Tin' house fuiliiy iiikci n liill to en able Hit' liuslmml or wife to transfer property llmi whs acquired iilNciicnt to tin' time the other was eiiniiiiittcd to tlit insane asylum. Tin- hntiNii nilnlc. tlii Semite rcsnlu t Ion proposing an aini'nliiuiit tn tlm consl ll ul inn by wliirli tin number of Justice of thfi supreme court shall Im incrrnxi'il from three ti five. Tlm pen pin will vote on the proposed amcinl Went III tlu ItMIH gcncrnl election. Tlm house xl miiii'. Hit ion on tlm Mil rcgtihit ing practice of osteopath tl V M i I' I U fl M. 'I'lin house pnsscil tlm Mil creating Ncsmith Comity from tlint piirt of Waacii County antith of t Im llcarliutea river iiinl tlm north pnrt of Crook count v. urn per mem ami uncage silowanrn .f tlm m.Mnl...ra of tlm house for tl, acsslun linn been mfuli' up. 1 lie totiil IM li,7ft.M. King, of Harney nn, Mb1. l...r r......iv.. t. .,r..ni..t ., f ' per ihi'iii mill flili.ni mili'iiic. uogrra iiml Kcvnoliln, of Marion, rcccivo t)m hiii it 1 1 -n t nuioiinta, rncli getting $IJ() per tlli-m aiiil .'W) rriila mili-agi. Friday, Fabruary IS. Hiilom, Ki'h. li. Tlm acnatp, hy a vutf of 1H to 1 1 , pai-Miil the niipiHir tionmciit hill of Senator Hart. There will prolml ly be no hnnking Iculclt tinn thla nifieluii. One hill wav reports! lathe aenate today, but it la . ceitAUl to he killed and moet of the . otlicrii will die for lark ol time. The fenate bill eomK'lling the Ibioi nce of pamtea bi atat olllcera wiia pHUfM'd by the houae tmlay and aent to the governor. ' The irrigation and water rode hill . waa alaln In the houae thla afternoon. The wnatfl voted to buy the half block lietwen tlio capltol building and (lie rMiuineru i acme u timiiieie mo Capitol grounda. An appropriation of $110, IMK) ia made for the punhaxe. The aenate linle(lnit-ly pitonel IhxlHn'a hill making the AHaoclated I'rrM a common carrier. The houae joint resolution favoiing live puprenm couri juogea wm aoopiw I.y the mMiMte. Iloth houm-a jaipal the juvenile court Mil over the veto of the governor and . the meiiAure la now a law. The bill creating the I'ort of Colurn-' lila for control of pilotage and towage j at the mouth of the Columbia jauim-d the houae. I The houae paaael the Joima bill for the pun-haae and malntenanoo of the Oregon City liM-ka in conjunction with .. .. i.. i . . i i the Federal government. The aeniite today puaaed 32 hilla and the houae 11. Thursday. February 14 Salem, Feb. H. The houae today adopted a leaolution fixing 12:01 a. in., J fhruary 24, aa the time for adjourn ment of the legialnlure. It waa also voted that no more hilla should lie re ceived except by the atanding commit teea. There are 440 hilla on the culen lar and cMnaideration of aenute lueaa uriw hiia not yet comniencil. The aen lite ia laHMiiiing anxioim and ia dipcuna Ing meana of forcing the houi-e to art u j yon renato bills. Tho houae paaad the hill appropri ating $150,000 to the Agricultural col lege. The houae bill creating the office of inaKctor of mines pussed tliat body without oppoaition Hmlth'a bill to almliah two of the four normal schools pawed the house tonight by a vote of 38 to Ifl, six ah-j sent. Only one alight amendment was made from the way it passed the sen- ate, changing the time of the meeting of the new Ixiard from the third Wed- iicaday In June to tho third Wednesday in May. A houae reaolution provides for the printing of 5,000 copies of the railroad commission hill for distribution to thfae who desire coplea. The houae imaxed seven billa and the senate nine. Eleven new bills were In- troduced In the house thla morning lie- fore the resolution checking the llocal appeared. Wednesday, February 13. Kalem, Feb. 13. With only one dissenting vote the senate today took I Onions Oregon, $11.35 per hun the Chapin railroad commission hill dred. from the table. It is now ready for Potatoes Oregfin liurbanks, fancy, the governor's signature and It is said $1.401. 60; common, $1S1.25. he will sign it. It was also reported , Wheat Club, 670c; bluestem, 71 tonight that he and the aecretary of 72c; valley, 70c; red, fl7H8c. Blato and state treasurer had already j Outs No. 1 white, $29; gray, conferred on tho appointment of the $28.50. commission. Barley Feed, $22.50 per ton; brew- Representative Newell proposed a ing, $23; rolled, $23.60(a)24.60. constitutional amendment providing! Kye $1 .45(3 1 .50 per cwt. the recall of public olllcials. The idea Corn Whole, $24.50; cracked, Is that where an ollieer Is not serving $22.50 per ton. the people the way he should, a petl-j Hay Valley timothy, No. 1, $14 tion containing the names of 25 per 15 per ton; Eastern Oregon timothy, cent of the voters In his district may be $1718; clover, $9; cheat, $9; grain filed asking his resignation. Hhould hay, $910; alfalfa, $14. this not bo forthcoming, a special elec Veal Dressed, 5fuflo per pound. tion la called to elect a successor. At Ileef Preised bulls, 23)c per the special election the officer whose pound; cows, 41,' 6,c; country resignation is asked Is also a candidate, stores, tc. and should he not be re-elected ho 1 Mutton Dressed, fancy, 80o per must vacate the olllce to the successful pound; ordinary, fl(7c. candidate. Pork Dressed, 0(2)8 c per pound. Post Habltuals' Names. Grants Pass (iranta Pass has solved the habitual drunkard problem in a novel way that is satisfactory to all concerned. When a man logins to make a nuisance of hiiiuelf by drink ing, the city attorney drafts aa ordi nance enacting that John Jones is a habitual drunkard, the city council pusses It, and John Jones' name is forthwith poHted In all the saloons, which are forbidden under penalty of losing their license to cell him liquor. I Among tho other hilla ihmI liv llm enul are: Liouor licenses not to Im granted jmthoiih who violato liquor laws; appropriating f 12ft, 000 annually for tlm HI k( (i university; authorising railroad bridge iwtohh tho Willamette nifir Oswego. In the house llir general appropria tion hill, carrying $2,2(17,070, was kuhhI hiuI tlm $1 M1I Ini law was also rrealfd. Tlm scnata iu4kih 35 bills ami tlm ItoiiNtt 1(1. The larger part of thoso were of a local iiaturu. Tuesday, February 12. Halem, Fell. 12. The senate Indefinitely iiost twined Ilnllcy'a blay l.llis changing the primary law. Tlm vote wiia ho decisive na t) make it clear tliut tlm law will remain a It la. Tlm senate ulso voted down the enn atltutloiial amendment to lie submitted to tlm ople granting woman suffrage Willi lint utiu ilUtuin tints vot tlm jloUH ,,a,.(1 t,,p ,,, W)ln,H,n(? the Ht 2 M HCrft ,,Mand Kram,l , . . ,, ... ,, , tin, Uh l!ay Waon Itavl ,miHny Cording to tlm term of tlm grant. I Mil A I ... II ini' senate nan cur. ui allowance inr tlm Agricultural college to $.17,000, a r.ilnctloii of $12,500. Tlm lialiitnal criminal Mil jautsed the house today. It provides that on aec ond Conviction ol a crime equal to fel iiiy tlm piinlHhumiit fhall Imi double the iitnce provlilivl hy utatute. Tlm ai'iiate jkuuhx! the ItitiKham rnll nwl (-ommlcHlon Mil and tahlril Cha- ln a ininMiire. The ISIiiKham hill pro videa for appointment by the governor The hoime tabled thi hill. Kimil for the method of chooaing memlivrN the two Mlla are alike. The bourn ixuuuxl the bill providing for tlio aUte buying ground and erect ing armoriea for the National Guard in dleml of paying rent aa at preaent. A hill appropriating $2rt,(K)U for the Biipxirt of orphan, foundlinKa and wayward girls was paaeed by the houae. Monday, February II. Salem, Feb. 11. I!y unainioua vote the Chapin railroad commiaaion bill paaael the houae today. At the June election in 1U0H two of the three com mimionerii u lll Im eleeLnd hv the nno- pB T,,e t,,f(1 wjn lw elects , 1U10. Until then the governor, BeorcUry of buu, and atate treaaurer will appoint n,,.,,,,,,,. it is prolble Uie houre wl RCt.ej)t tho biM M it froiu ti,e jloBC1 The' houae paane.1 the bill providing for a chw,e Bri(1 ,lairy jn.pector and a crmmery and dairy commiagioner. The ap,M,int( aro to reive Balarha of $i,00 mch and exiienee allowances of $1 ooo ra-r year. Jne juvenile court Mil la now in tne hands of tho governor. lie may veto it as he conaidera too much expense would be attached to it as a law. Mult nomah county would be put to an an nual expenae of $10,020. The houae panned a bill to tax timber land in proportion to the amount of timber it contains. The bill providing "no acat, half fare" waa voted down by the houae. The meaaure giving the state uni versity $125,000 a year was passed by the houae. The senate panned a bill providing $00,000 for extensions to the portage ' road. PORTLAND MARKETS. Ihitter Fancy creamery, 3235c per pound. Dutter Fat First grade cream, 3fic 'per pound; second grade cream, 2c leas per pound. Kgga Oregon ranch, 2325c per doxen. Poultry Average old hens, 13, 14c per pound; mixed chickens, 11 312c; apring,13KHc; old rooat- era, ()10c; dreaawl chickens, 1416c; turkeys, live, 1717c; turkeya, dreaaed, choice, 20(22c; geese, live, 10(S)12cj duoka, 1018c. Fruits Apples, common, 6075c per box; choice, $Ut2.60. Veretables Turnipa, $11 25 per 'sack; carrots, $ll.J5 per sack; beets, $1.25 1.50 per sack; horseradish, 7 8o iwr pound; sweet potato 3l4' 34c per pound; cauliflower, $Z.6t jht doten; celery, $J(o)3.25 er crate; onions, 10120 per doxen; sprouts, 9c ner round. Secretary Loses Perquisites. Salem One of the perquisites which the secretary of state has enjoyed for years was cut off by the senate when that body passed 8. K. 19, by Kay. This measure provides that all fees is sued for notary public commissions shall go into the suite treasury, instead of into the pocket of the secretary of state, as heretofore. The proposed law authorixes a charge of $5 a year for a commission, or $10 for two years. Formerly the foe was $2. OPERATORS DEFIANT. Western Union Employes at Chicago Favor a Strike. Chicago, Feb. 12. Opm defiance of the Wtern Union Telegraph company 1 waa voiced at a mass minting of its em ploye held in Musicians' hall, 134 Van I llnreii street, thla afternoon. More IhitnHOO operators were packed Into I the hall, and many of them favored tailing an Immediate strikeon the com pimy unless the men who have recently fawn discharged for joining the union are at on 1:0 reinstated. Resolutions practically announcing their memlairahip in the Commercial Telegraphers' Union of America were adopted hy the ojaTator, and the exec utive committee of the union waa in striKTtod to notify the company that a continuation of lta allege discriminat ing attitude will tie resented. President 8. J. Hmall and Hecretary Wen ley Kuaaell of the national organ i-1 ration attended the meeting and urged the men Inthe local oflice of the West- j ernJUnlon company not to take hasty I action until the union is ready to act in . all large cities. President Hmall said after the meeting that the operators in 22 cities had joined In the movement and that if a strike were declared it would not m confined to Chicago. The men have leeii secretly organis ing for alatut two years, and President Hmall asserts that recently nine old ' employes of the company have been discharged in the local office because of their activity in union affairs. FINDS SECRET OF PORCELAIN. Director of Sevres Rediscovers Pro cess of Making "Tendre" Were. Paris, Feb. 12. M. George Vogt, di rector of tho artistic department of the national factory of porcelain, at Hevres, lias just made a discovery which will entirely change the present art of por celain manufacture. There are two kinds of porcelain, the hard and the "tendre." The secret of the manufacture of the latter was first dis-ovcrcd by tho Chinese and occupied the attention of the chemists of all Europe during the sixteenth, seven teenth anl eighteenth centuries. At first all attempts to discover the formu la were without result, but at last suc cess waa attained, the "tendre" porce lain waa discovered and perfected. This delicate porcelain reigned su preme until in 1710 a new porcelain was invented in Saxony. This Saxon porcelain, if lees delicate and less rich in decoration, had the advantage over the "tendre" of being stronger and more pliable. large objects could be made in it which were not possible in the "tendre." Little by little the man ufacture of the "tendre" was abandoned and with it disappeared all the charm ing little objects which could not be made in hard porcelain. At last the secret was lout and for over a century ceramists sought to rediscover it, but without success. Now M. Vogt has discovered the sec ret of making it and also how to make it more durable and pliable, which will enable him to overcome all the difficul ties which beset the manufacture of the "tendre" in former times. RIOTERS BEAT ITALIANS. Assault on Motorman Enrages Pas- sengers on Streetcar. Ran Francisco, Feb. 12. Police re serves were called out tonight to quell a streetcar riot on Sutter street between Fillmore and Deriaadero ttreets. The motorman of an outbound Sutter street car, ola?ying an order recently issued by the United Railroads, stopped his car because four Italians persisted in hang ing onto the running board on the locked side of the car. They were finally induced by angry passengers to come Inside, and the motorman threw on the current. One of the Italians then stepped up behind the motorman and knocked him senseless with a blow of his fist. A quickwitted passenger succeeded in bringing the car to a stop within the block, and the passengers, about 100 in number, proceeded to give the Ital ians a fearful beating. The police re serves were called out, and they had to use their clubs to restore order. Chehalis Creamery Sold. Chehalis, Wash., Feb. 12. Nelson A Justesen have said the Chehalis cream ery to O. Brewer, who recently came here from the northern part of the state. The creamery here lias been a success ever since it waa started, the business having grown with the development of dairying in the Chehalis and Newau kum valleys. During 1006 over 25,000 pounds more butter was made here than during the previous year. The Chehal is milk condensing plant is now receiv ing almost an even 2,000 pounds of milk daily. Women Enter a Protest. Chattanooga, Tenn., Feb. 12. Wo men of this city met today and protest ed against the printing of the details of the Thaw murder case and simil ir coin t proceedings. The protest was nmdo "in the Interest of the sanctity of our homes and the purity of our children, ' and to protest against the minute and detailed accounts given in these daily papers ol the sensational and scan dalous proceedings of the criminal court." Cut the Tariff on Wheat. City of Mexico, Feb. 12. Fearing a wheat famine In the country in conse quence of the bad ciops, the Finance department has considerably decreased the customary duties on wheat import ed from the United States. The duty that wheat will have to pay from Feb- ruary 15 to June 1 will be $1.60 for. 100 kilograms. MAKE SHIPPERS PAY Railroads VIII Raise Honey by Raising Rates. CANNOT FIND SALE FOR BONDS Committees Working on New Tariffs Which Abolish Commodity Rates and Make Advances. Chiiago, Feb. 14. Railroads of the entire country are preparing to make general increases in freight raUs which will bring them several hundred mil lions added revenue annually. In Chicago conferences are being held between the highest traffic men of both Fa? tern and Western roads with a view to eliminating hundreds of rates which are known as "commodity rates" and to compel shippers to submit every thing to classification rates, ' which are substantially higher. The preliminary work is lieing done by committees rep resenting both sections of the country and the real magnitude of the increases and of the general move for more reve nue will not be known until thece com mittees make their report, which may not come before June. The plan for a general increase in rates is due to the alarm which is felt in Wall street and among the stock holders and directors of all railroads over the growing difficulty in securing money with which to make needed im provements, build extensions and pro vide equipment and facilities for carry ing the traffic of the country. It was stated today that more than $1,800,000,000 had been appropriated by the railroads for these purposes, but that it is impossible to float the securi ties in any of the markets of the world. Accordingly the railway president and the men who control the transportation facilities of the country have come to the conclusion that the only way to raise the necessary money is to increase the price of what they have to sell, which is transportation. In some way it is expectedjthat many hundred articles which are now trans ported on "commodity rates" will be restored to the classification, which will operate to increase the rates from three to fifty, and in some cases even 100 per cent. In connection with the elimina tion of many commodity rates, it is stated that all of the lines have agreed that uniform classification would be a good thing, as the shippers, desire it. When this is finally obtained, it may be found that the classification rates on many articles have been increased. At present fully 75 per cent of the tonnage of the country is carried on "commmodity rates," which are very much under the 001 responding classifi cation rates. All of the heavy tonnage, such as flour, grain, iron, steel, coal, are moved on the lower rate . TURNS DOWN LEASING PLAN. House Committee Proposes a Slight Change in Coal Land Law. Washington, Feb. 14. A compro mise of the coal land bill was finally agreed upon today by the house com mittee on public lands and recommend ed for a favorable report. It falls far short of the program President Roose velt outlined for the withdrawal of all coal land from entry and the leasing of such land, instead of selling it. In the bill agreed upon the coal land is reserved under the same restrictions aa land entered under laws other than coal land laws, with the exception of homesteads, the patents for which are issued without commutation. To encourage the development of coal land in the Rocky Mountain states, the bill largely increases the amount of coal land which may be taken by one corporation. It provides that an asso ciation of four persons may be granted patents on 2,560 acres of coal land after having expended $10,000 for improve ments. The bill permits an association of four persons to receive patents for 1,280 acres after $5, ouo lias been ex pended in improvements. Concession on Land Order. Washington, Feb. 14. President Roosevelt today told Representative Stevenson, of Minnesota, that he had made a modification of his suspension order of January $5, relating to entries on public land, which would except from the operations of the order all homestead proofs on ceiled Indian land where there are deferred payments. The exceptions made by the president do not, in the opinion of the represent" at Ives of the Northwest, go far enough and they will continue in their effoits to obtain further concessions. Blsbee Miners Locked Out. Bisbee, Arlx., Feb. 14. Seven hun dred miners were laid off In Bisbee to day. The reason given was that there was a shortage in fuel and lumber, and that, in order to make some necessary repairs, it was decided to close down some of the shafts. There is a general belief that the situation is directly due to the attempt being made by organizers of the Western Federation of Miners to make Bisbee a union camp Olliials of the company refuse to admit this. Eight-hour Day for Dispatchers. Jefferson, City, Mo., Feb. 14. The house today passed the bill applying the eight-hour law to all train dispatch- en and telegraphers who handle the I runnina of railroad trains. AMERICA'S COTTON CHOP. Urn) faatrr la Which l ael San Ifvada tha World. America occupies the premier pol tlon with regard to the production of cotton, and not only haa the Industry Itself Increaaed to a gigantic Boale but the financial aide haa also developed Into an highly complex organism. In New York the Cotton Kxchange Is a striking sight "A hundred men, more or leas, are maaaed around a braae-ralled ring, all ahoutlng figures. You who stand In the visitors' gallery, looking down and listening, hear the battle cry of tlie New York Cotton Exchange. The ahoutlng dealurs and brokers on the floor are warriors of the field of the cloth of cotton. They are soldiers of King Cotton, and cot ton It la that they are buying and sell ing. Every few minutes a hell rings, ratling attention thus to a blackboard on which la posted the lateat quota tion, or cotton price, from Liverpool. In such matter It Is as If the Liver pool and New York cotton exchanges were on opposite sides of the same street such Is the magic of the oceau RKW MECHANICAL COTTOX-PICKEa. cable. With each ring of the bell there la more shouting, then friendly smiles,, and a scribbling on little pads. Such la life five and a half days a week a round, that brass rail the cotton 'pit' " In the Southern States every cotton townahlp haa Its local cotton exchange fitted with numerous telephones ao that cotton farmers can 'follow the move ments of the market. The actual cot ton crop for the year ended Aug. 31, 1003, aggregated 13,041.471 bales, wblch was a large advance on the 10.0&4.057 bales for a similar period la 1003-4; 00 per cent of this enormous harvest Is shipped to Europe. Numerous devices have been Invent ed to take the place of hand labor In gathering the cotton crop; with one. ex ception, however, all of these hare proved failures. The principal defect has been that the machines would bar rest the Immature as well as mature xitton as the cotton doee not ripen with any uniformity. During the last har vesting season, however, a machine was employed In several of the Southern States which proved to be a decided Im provement over the ordinary hand method; by Its means only the ripe cotton was picked, the other plants be ing untouched. The machine Is driven and propelled by an ordinary gasoline engine of eight horse-power. The cot ton Is gathered by an endless series of teeth fixed to revolving bands working Inside the square cases (eight In num ber), which are shown being directed by the operators. Any leaves or Im purities are blown away by fans, and the cotton Is stored In the four bags banging from the upper part of the mechanism. A by-product of cotton-growing Is Just now enjoying a boom. Europe has become an enormous cotton-seed oil con sumer, and export sales have been re cently progressing In New York at the r-?. v--'; r? 8HIPP1.N0 COTTON AT UaoOKLYN. rate of 2,000 barrels per day. Cotton seed oil Is now recognised as an Im portant article of food, replacing olive oil, lard, and butter In many forms of cooking and table use. Its consump tion equals and the demand exceeds the entire production of the Southern States, where cotton Is grown. At the cotton-seed mills In the South the seed Is scraped by machinery and the lint baled for the market The shells are made into potash. A CraleaJ View. "What are the tormentors' on the stager "That dependa To stage hands they are the first scenes on the alde of the stage; to the audience they are often the people In the middle of it" Bal timore American. A Falsa Alarm. Dechard's tailor (forcing his way In to the house) Sir, I want my money. Dechard You relieve me; I thought It was mine you were after. L IVIe Mele. A young girl whose face Is chalky with powder, looks as bad as a young boy who haa a cigarette In his mouth. Oentus Is said to be a certain form of madneaa, but the madness of moat people Is more or less uncertain. I A : V 1 promise: wont do Presldsnt and: Delegation- From Sao Francisco In Deadlock. NO CONCESSION ON SCHOOLS Exclusion of Japanese Coolies Only Will Bring Agreement Presi dent' Canaot Guarantee. Washington, Feb. 12. A complete deadlock haa- developed in the diaema aion between President Roosevelt and the educational authorities of the city of Han Francisco relative to the exclu sion from tii public schools of that city of Japanese children. There ia no present indication that this deadlock will be brokaa or a satisfactory solu tion of the perplexing problem will be reached. The- blame for preaent conditions rests largely on the president. lie was) forced to an admission yesterday that he could ge no further than t promise the exerxiiee of his utmost exertions in negotiating a treaty with Japan for the exclusion of coolies. This- was not sufficient lor the Coast delegation. The members desired an assurance that Japan, it willing in good faith to enter upon negotiation of such a treaty, and that tt will be followed by drastic leg islat'con. The president could not give bh assurance requested and bluntly said that the legislation) feature is im practicable. At the conclusion of the conference the president informed the delegation that he would present the entire matter ander consideration to the cabinet at its meeting today and later call the delegation to the White House again. LONG ARRAY OF LEGAL TALENT Able Lawyers Gathered From Far and Near to Assist in the Case. Spokane, Feb. 12. The legal battle for the life of Steve Adams began yes terday in the mining town of Wallace, Idaho. On one side are the forces of the state, seeking Adams' conviction as the first step toward convicting the leaders of the Western Federation of Miners, who are charged with the as sassination of ex-Governor Frank Steun enberg, of Idaho; on the other, is the powerful Federation, with all the re sources at its command, declaring the charges are false and an attempt by the mine owners to break up the union. The crime against Steve Adams is the murder of Fred Tyler, a settler who disappeared from his timber claim on Marble creek about August 10, 1904, and whose body was found later. II is murder remained a mystery till after the assassination of ex-Governor Steu nenberg. Harry Orchard's graphic confession is said not only to have im plicated Steve Adams and other Federa tion men in the governro's murder, but declared that Adams and Jack Simp- kins also killed Tyler. Si napkins has never been found. OREGON APPLES IN LONDON. Rogue River Newtowns Net Grower S2.38 F. O. B. Medford, Or., Feb. 12. The high character of the yellow Newtown apples produced in the Rogue river valley is illustrated by the. returns which are coming in from the numerous cars con signed to the London dealers by the ' growers of this valley the present sea son. Fred II. Hopkins received a cable . today from the first car of his product placed upon the market this year, the same having been consigned to Dennis & Sons, of Coven t Garden, who report the sale of the carload, consisting of 450 boxes of four-tier and 150 boxes of four and one-half tier apples, at an average net figure f. o. b. shipping point, of ! $2.38 per box. The importarce of the apple situation j impresses one the more when it is Known tnat tne Kogue river vauey nas no less that 10,000 acres of the yellow Newtown variety of apples, either now in bearing or nearing the beaiing age. Trade Treaty With Germany, Washington, Feb. 12. S. D. N. North, the director of the census, who was a member of the tariff commission which went to Germany to confer with a similar commission appointed by the German government with a view to ar riving at a basis upon which the tariff of the two countries might be satisfac torily arranged, had a conference today with Secretary Root. While no state menat on the subject can be had, it is believed that the draft of a treaty in process looks toward a correction of complaints made by Germany. Inquiries Into Omaha Grain Rate. Omaha, Feb. 12. The Interstate Commerce commission here today be gan an investigation of the recent raise in grain rates put into effect by the Union Pacific railroad. The complain ant charges that the Union Iacifio raised carload rates on grain across the Missouri river bridge at Omaha from $2 per car to $8 per car. The railroad in its answer admitted all the claims except that it is denied that the in creaaed rates are exorbitant. Mexico City Is Shivering. Mexico City, Feb. 12. For the first time In many years, snow fell upon the streets of Mexico City today. The unusual conditions have caused suffer ing among the poor, who habitually go about clad in light garments and with bare feet. The government is provid ing food and shelter tonight to hundreds.