EVENTS OF THE DAY oppici sncmiTs our. GATHERED FROM ALL PARTS OP Tim TWO HEMISPHERES. Comprehensive RcWcw of the Import ant Happenings of the Past Week, Presented In Condensed Form. Most Likely to Proo Interesting to Our Many Render. Russia will endeavor to Join its fleets nnd nttngk Togo. Tho Japanese lmvo crossed tlio Ynlu nnd occupy several important posi tions. Kouropntkln hns now massed tlio force ho desired bofore bediming active operations. According to tlio census bureau but 22 states now lmvo lens than a million Inhabitants nnd 14 exceed two millions. Joint W. Kalna, United States judge ol tho Second ciicult, at Honolulu, hns been removed from olllco by tho presi dent. Ground hns been broken at the I.cwls and Clark exposition site (or tho tint building of importance, tho states building. A special car bearing 03 Indians en rou to to sco Roosevelt collided with n limit train in Illinois nnd threo braves were killed nnd SO injured. The census bureau hns issued n bul letin which gives tho estimated popula tion of tlio United States for 1003, ex clusive of Alnska nnd tho insular pos sessions, nt 7l),000,3S9. Of the cities of tho Northwest, Portland Is given 03.055; Seattle, 02,020; Tncoma, 46. 102; Spokane, 41,027; Butte, 33,127. Russians will not allow Servians to enter her army. Republicans elected mayor of Kan sas City, Mo, and will control tho coun cil. At Mlwlaukeo the Democrats elected their mayor and 24 out of 40 council- men. The Labor Union tickets carried in the towns of Colorado where elections were held. In Nebraska tho Rcbupltcan ticket has GOO to 1,100 majorities. High licence carried in most cities. Neither fleet Is to bo seen at Port Arthur and the only indication of war is tho ever active searchlight. Republicans carried Topeka, Law rence and Wichita, Kansas, and elected a majority of candidates at Kansas City and Leavenworth. Franco and Britain hove reached an agreement regarding Newfoundland, Egypt and Morocco. Newfoundland is to bo given up by France. Republcans elected 18 aldermen and Democrats 10 In tho Chicago city elec tions. Municipal ownership of street railways was favored by a largo ma Jorlty. The house has been aBked to see that Jews get better treatment in Russia. Tho Poit Arthur channel Is not so well closed as Adml'nl Togo reports. The Prohibitionists are likely to nominate Gnecral Nelson A. Miles for president. The house committee has decided on a lump appropriation of 3,000,000 for livers and harbors. Tho opening of tho Cuban congress waB attended by wild scenes of disorder. Fights were quite numerous. Russians will only harass Japoneso force in Corea, playing the waiting game decided upon by Kouropaikin. Secretary Hay will Intervono for the release of two American newspaper cor respondents held by tho Russians at Niu Chwang. Stenographer (lives Alleged Methods of Land llu)ers. San Francisco, April II, Sensational testimony was given today In tho hear ing bofoto United States Commissioner Hencock In tho Hyde nnd Dliuoml land conspiracy case. Mrs. Itulle A. Curtis, who was n stenographer for llydo fioin October, 1807, to November, 1800, was the chief witness, and her evidence went to show that allhluvlts Here man ufactutcd by wholesale in tlio olllco; also that Hydo nnd John A. Benson wero partners In the alleged conspiracy to defraud tho government. She de clared llydo nnd Benson employed "dummies" to make out applications for school lauds, and that tho colored janitor was frciiunutly Instructed to bring In his friends to apply far school lauds for their own use, and were then piloted to n neighboring notary to make nflldavits. She said that assign ments of these claims to llydo nnd Non son wero often made nt tho same time. She said tho plan of Hyde nnd Non- son was. to have thesu school lands in Oregon and California transferred tn forest reserves, with tho assistance of corrupt government olllcials. When the lands wero so transferred, the as signees of tho school laud scrip had tho privilege of exchanging their holdings for more valuable lands outside of tho reservation. Thomas McCuskcr, freight ngent of tho Southern Pacific, at Portland, Or., testified thnt he had secured many up-, plications of school Innds in Oregon for John II Schneider, who was Hyde's; ngent. Mr.McCusker said ho received pay for his services, but ho did not know that ho was engaged in an illegal business. Miss Marian Doyle, who succeeded Miss Curtis ns Hyde's stenographer, will testify at tho next hearing. HE IS SENT TO JAIL SENATOR 11URT0N, OP KANSAS, AC CEPTED A BRIBE. TO PRISON FOR LIFE. In Senator Gibson, of Montana, declares tho hue and cry about a land lobby urging the repeal of several laws to be largely baseless. Satisfactory negotiations are proceed ing rapidly for a settlement of tho strike in Colorado and it is believed tho trouble will soon be over. Japan will faco big odds on tho Yalu river as tho Russian forco is tho larg est. Russians believe that tho Chinese of Manchuria are secretly aiding the Jap anese. Wichita, Kan., women show their disapproval of Smoot by hanging him in efilgy. Officers have a bandit rifle for a clew in search for Oregon express robbers. Circulation of counterfeit Japaneso money in Corea is causing great an noyance. Japan expects a long war and urges all her citizens to come to tho defense of tho country. Russia will let China mako protests, if any are made, against tho British advance in Thibet. The Santa Fo is building stockades around the Topeka shops preparatory ffor the expected strike. Mrs. Dotkln Found fjullty of Murder the First Degree. San Ftnncisco, April 0. Mrs. Cor delia Botkin, accused of killing Mrs. John P. Dunning, of Dovei, Del., by sending her iwlsoned candy through the malls, was tonight convicted of murder in tho first degree, with the penalty fixed at life imprisonment. The jury was charged lato this nf ternoon, and nt 4:30 o'clock retired to deliberate. Later they were taken out for dlnnor nnd upon returning asked to lmvo somo testimony read to them. At 11:15 o'clock tho the Jury reported that an agreement had been reached. file omlnousness of tho announce ment was apparent in tho attitude of tho defendant, who buried her face in her hands and remained in that po sition until the foreman of tho jury had finished speaking. Tho court In quired if a verdict had lccn ai rived nt, and tho foreman handed him n slip of paper upon which was written : "We, the jury, find the defendant, Cordelia Botkin, guilty of murder in tho first degree, and fix tho punishment nt imprisonment for life." Mrs. Botkin looked up as the court was thanking the jtt'ors for their close attention to tho case, and presented a woe-stricken countenance to her coun sel, who spoko some comforting words to her. The court named April 10 foi formal ly pronouncing scntenco. Court Sentences Mini to Six Mohtlu' Im prisonment and I'lno of $2,500 Case Will Ho Appcatcd-lt Is Only by a Strong Uffort Ho Suppresses Ills Emotion When Sentenced. St. Louis, April 8. Senator Burton, of Kansas, was today dented a new trial and sentenced to six mouths In tlio Iron county jail and to pay a tine of U'.oOO. Senator Burton, accompanied by his lending attorney, Judge Chester II. K rum, came into eouit nt 12.30. A case was being tried, and Judge Adams granted a recess to tako up tho Nurtou case. Judge Adams summoned Senator Burton to stand up, and then spoko of tho motions that had been tiled for a now trial nnd for ntrest ol judgment. Tho court, niter briefly reviewing the motions, overruled them both, llio court then said to the defendant: "Ilnve you anything to say as to why sentence should not bo passed up on you?" Trembling ami evidently suppressing his emotions with a strong effort, Senator Burton stood leaning with Iwth hands on a chair back as he said' "Your Honor will please allow me respectfully to decline to say anything." Tho courtroom was almost ofupty and tho silence was almost oppressive as Judge Adams, in low, modulated tones, began delivering the scntenco to bu Imposed. At the conclusion of the sentence, Senator Nurtou, who had not taken his eyes from tho court, and who had scarcely moved ns he supported him self by tho chair lwick, turned and sat down, with his head bowed and his eyes on tho floor. Attorney Judge Krum immediately filed a bill of except loin in the enso and offetcd a bond of $10,000 which was accepted, and court took n recess until 2 o'clock to resume the previous ease. Senator Burton and Judco Krum then hurriedly departed from tho courtroom. Tho case will now 1ms appealed to the SURII IT IS SAI'll. Oreiionlnns Expect I00S Hill to Pass the Homo Soon. Washington, April 7, Tliorti l prospect thnt tho IaiwIb mill Clark ex position bill will bo passed by tint liinisu the hitter part of tho present week, niter being considered under spec ial rule. Chairman Tawney tislny In troduced n resolution authorising con sideration of the bill t any tlnut dur ing the remainder of tho session, and had his resolution referred to the com mittee on rules. Them Is oory usAir nneo that this committee will favorably report tho lesolutlou nt Its next meet lug, notwithstanding the fact that three uiomhcis of tho committee voted ngnlnat the Portland bill, The strong showing on both rollcnlls establishes Itoyoml question tho fact thnt the bill Is favored by a large ma jority of the members of the house, and It Is believed by those In touch with tho situation that the committee mi rules will iceognUo the wish of the majority, and consent to consideration of the hill. HTnwnoy'a resolution Is reported us expected, It will bo tiiuhn lint ton special rule, and will gUeniu pie opportunity (or dclxito on tho bill and permit Its passage by a majority vote. It Is now retarded as certain by Ore- gnnJnus hero that the bill will ho passed by the house and that the meas ure slimed by the president will appro priate at least tho amount catrled by tho house bill, namely, M"6.00O, The stiength of the bill, demon strated by the votes on Monday, testi fies to the effectiveness of the elforts of friends of that measure In woiklng up sentiment lit its behalf. VICTORY IN SIGH MAJORITY OP II0USU PAYORS I; HILL ON TEST VOTH. PANAMA STRIK1I OKOWS SERIOUS. America Warns Marines and Seamen to Take No Sides. Washington, April 7. The Inlmr troubles on tho Isthmus of Pnnnmn growing out of tho stilko of the em ployes of the Panama railroad couixuiy have taken a serious turn, ami llm facts have lieen icMrtcd (o the state depart ment by the United States charge nt Panama. The matter was deemed of sutlli'ient inixirtanco to warrant consid erable discussion nt the cabinet meet ing, nnd the unanimous opinion was United States. llstrlet court of ap.KH.ls, , ""1 " " . , u Z2 tho highest tribunal In tho matter. ., , -" "" " It is a coincidence that the amount ",,,,,"I,JP "' "'0"y- l ' of the lino 2600 imposed upon 'kmutor . wfl" '"'m 'l",1 tlw 1,mnml""t Burton Is identical with the nmoiiut , '' t withhold In any degree the pruieeiiuu ui me i million imironw, which It has assumed by treaty, and It was directed that the railroad projx-rty, BELIEVES TOOO WILL BLOCK IT. Military Expert Predicts Success of Move on Port Arthur. London, April 8. The naval expert of tho London Times, in an extended review of tho aspect of tho present situ ation, exprossos the Iwilof that Ad miral Togo will succeed eventually in attaining his object in blocking tho entrance to Port Arthur harbor. "If he does succeed," says tho cones pondeut, "tho Russian fleet cannot pre vent the lauding of Japanese troops in Manchuiia, or anywhere else, while the Japanese fleet will bo freed from the trying work of holding the harbor entrance, and will bo available for service elsewhere. It can then return to its original base, nnd after refitting, proceed in the search for tho Vladivo stok fleet." which according to the evidence ho re ceived from the Itlatto Grain A Securi ties company. Tho Iron county Jail to which Senator Burton was sentenced for six months, Is located in thu county seat nt fronton Mo., on tho Iron Moun tain railroad. Tho Jail is a two-story brick structure and in n poitlon of It Sheriff Polk makes his home with his family. According to tho rule of the jail which shot tens each year's sentence of a prisoner by three months for good le- fiavlor, Kenator Burton's period of in carceration there may bo reduced to four and one-half months. FOR PURE FOOD. Strict Censorship Prevails. London, April 0. Tho brief dis patches from the seat of war In the Far r.uiti appearing in tlio l-ondon news papers dining the last few days havo all been of a curiously stereotyped char acter, Indicating thatl an nctivo censor ship Is prevailing there, nnd lidding nothing to the information contained In tho dispatches of the Associated Press. This applies particularly to points under Japanese control, but from tho Russian side also it is evi dent that care is being exercised to prevent news of operations leaking out. Mcyburn, of Idaho, Uriel Senate to Take Some Action. Washington, April 8. After watting with much patience for many days, Hoybiirn of Idaho today found oppor tunity to seak to the senate on the subject of pure food. Technically, thu speech was in support of a resolution calling on the secretary of agriciiltuio to send to thu senate tho results of thu Investigations made by his dciHirtmont Into ndulteratod foods but In reality It was in supori of too puro-iooo inn. He burn contended that a very large proportion of foods, drugs and liquors wore ndulteratod, and many drugs were absolutely poisonous. The greater part of the remainder of tho day was devoted to Quartos' amend ment for grading the salaries of rural free delivery carriers. Finally It was declared out of order. Tho oommlttco amendment bearing on the salaries of carriers and regulating their service for private Individuals wiih accepted, Tho postolllce appropriation bill was still bofore the senato when it adjourned. rolllnir stock, track nnd terminal should Ikj protected by forces from the United States warships nt the isthmus If thnt liecnino necessary. There will, however, Ihi no compul sion exercised ngninst tho strikers to coniel them to return to work, If tho rnllrond management can secure a sulllclent force of men to operate tho road they will lo upheld In such nu at tempt. This will lie done with the full consent of thu Panama government, though under broad treaty provisions this is not absolutely necessary. Secretary Moody wos charged with tho duty of carrying out this decision and with Instructing Admirals Ola and Sigsbco ns to the (our so they shull pursue, lucre is ample force on the Isthmus for any emergency. BOLD DA3M FOR LttlERTY. Japan (Had Russians Dought It. Berlin, April 0. Mr. Inouye, tho Japanese minister here, docs not share tho vlow that the sale of the Hamburg-American lino steamship Found Bismark Is a breach of neutrality. "From one viewpoint," said the minis ter, "we aro glad to sco tho Russians buy good ships, Tlio Russians buy them and we capture them," Canal Deal Soon to fie Closed, Paris, April 8. After n conference between Ambassador Porter and W. A. Day und Charles W. Russell, the assis tant attorney generals, who came from Washington to assist In tho transfer of the Panama canal property, It has been arranged that the signing of tho con tract whereby the United States will acquire tho ownership of the Panama canal shall tako placo at the United States embassy, which Is now nominally American soil. Tho dato of tho sign ing is not yet fixed, hut probably it will be about April 25. Missouri Convicts Hold Up Guard, but Are Soon Overpowered. Jefferson City, Mo., April 7. Four convicts nt tho penitentiary today at tempted to escape by holding up the guard with revolvers. They were forced to surrender, nnd when searched several sticks of dynamite wuru found In their tosseslon. They had succeeded in cutting their way out of tlielr cells, and when Guard John Williams, in making his lounds, came upon them in tlio corridor, they called upon him to halt. Williams lied and gave tho alarm, and n corps of guards responded and soon overpowered the convicts und placed them in other cells. The convicts assert that they secured the revolvers and dynamite by express, hut thu prison authorities lie Hove th. weapons and explosives were smuggled to thorn by friends. Necessary Iwo-Thlrds to Suspend Rui Lacking Tawney Not Discount, and Will Try to Secure Special , and If Unsuccessful, Appruprlat) Can lie Placed on Sundry Civil lllll. Washington, April 0. Thu In nnd Clark uxosltlmi hill scored a grr victory In the house yistcrduy, s though the necessary two-thirds to pass tho measure was not secure On two separate votes, ll was thou that there was n very largo majority tho house III favor of an nppioprU It now remains to ho seen whether majority of the house, desiring to it n laudable undertaking, can lodiifn.f through lualillllyto bring tho bill!. fore the house. Tho llrst vote was on thu hill ditto and tho second mi n proposition i make It a privileged measure, so an make It mmmIiI to call It up at it time. Three mcmliers, or the luajfr ty, of tlio committee on rules opi. tint suspension of the rules on W votes. Home might take this to mt that It will lm Impossible to seeuu rule bringing the bill to a vote, jiqti Sputter Cannon Is undoubtedly In (.' of the appropriation, nnd General Ord enor, of Ohio, a member of the cue mitten on rules, Is with him, the prwi abilities nre that tho committee ft decide thnt the majority of the IiWi Is entitled to pass this legislation, ',' therefore n sptclnl rule will i) granted, Ihe Oregon delegation la ifi pi eared with the character of the hot who voted with them. Tho inaJwHJ was coiliNMied of the lending repretfsJi athes on Imth sides of the part sWij piouiliiuut llepnhllenns ami DmixrrtM both giving voire to tho Mm that ttj. exposition Might to he encouraged, t least to the extent of government pwj tlclpatlon. There Is another feature of this Mitt ositlou which Is encouraging to Orrro eoplo. If there Is any gieat delay t the matter of securing u siwclnt riWt consider the bill, Ihe aiiriiritti will Ihi put on the sundry civil bill it the senate, ami It Is certain lltat lift House will stipiicrt It, the vote rMttA ol today Mug inch a guarantee. Tkf sundry civil hill Is still In the lists) the senate committee on approwl.y tlons, hut More It Is rcjuirtn! tmk that committee, the Oregon men nj definitely ascertain whether there kip Ihi a special rule for the cousldrratiti' of tho bill In the house. If tho tk.jj members of ihe committee on nlf. who voted against the np;.roprltl? adhere to their position, then tho Hi' will lm cnrrlcd ns part of tho su&i civil hill. n TROOPS POURING INTO HAKMMg! at Nearly Every llouss In Town Is Occusit by Soldiers. " St. Petersburg, April 0. An Amtft ated Press corresiHiiidtmt on routs rjj the fnuit. writing from Harbin, Mir-d 13, describes the scene there ns hifu served it. Prom all sides soldiers f.l pouring Into Harbin. Tho minn', plotcd railroad station there had lWl transformed Into a barracks, aiilift most every house In the town wai sVj copied by soldiers. ,' Frisian, a short dlstanrnawav. wbkl iiiiiii recently nan isen a small villa, on thu hank of the huuunrl river. l become aellv Willi liumuiraiv LnllilK' which wero Inilng useil by the trrj and with stores, a hotel and reslaurjL Merchants ami lostniiranteiirs thoospi respondent adds, wero accused of mt?j Hon, but money was cheap. if. I.il has the Last of Russian Troops to do Soon. St. Petersburg, April 8. It 1h stated that thu manager of tho Trans-Siberian railway has been personally thanked by the czar for tho rapid work of trans porting tlio Russian troops to thu Far Kast. It Is stated that within n fort night all of tho men destined for ser vice will bo on tlielr wuy to Man- Ichuria. Russia Will Apreal the Cases. St. Poteishurg, April 7. Russia oomplotod arrangomootH throuuh French minister nt Toklo to appeal thu cases of the Russian merchantmen now lKiforu thu Japanesu prize com Is. Three Japanese lawyers huvo lieen en gaged to present tho cases. Appeals will bo made on various grounds. Most of tho ships were taken before the actual declurutlon of war, several of thorn wero captured on thu hleh in having left port lniforo the outbreak of hostilities, while othoru wero in neu tral ports. :"J. Uattleshlp Virginia Slides Into Action. JfowportNowB, Vtt., April 7. With bauds playing "The Star Spangled Hau lier" and "Dixie" and 30,000 people cheering Godspeed, thu battleship Vlr glnla was launched tislay at the yards of tho Newport News shipbuilding com puny. Miss Mlhluy Guy Montague, daughter of Oovenior Montuguo, wus sponsor. WILL SINK STONII t. At) I IN Slill'l , ' . ini Russians Hope to Thus Keep Japan. Out of Nlu Chwanc. ,!, Nlu Chwnng, Apill 0. In coiWQr tlou with thu Hiisslan plans for this "t lltlcatlon of Mu Chwnng, the RitSI'. port commander has prewired 'i Jusi indoii to water edge with stonos, srMc , will be settled on the first BpiKarWgoi ui uiu enemy in such n position ini' will bo Impossible for nnv oss.'s rW erio enter or lonui the luirlxr Tt'j river between hero und Ylnkov li "tlo" tromoly mined. j()' Railway Traffic Not Congested. St. Petersburg, April o. A Mt,rfl Hussion olllolal, who has Just return aj from n trip ovei the Trans HI!bIi,J railway, contradicts th rm.ort tbi..l there Is great congestion of trulllo. Ij& declares that ten trains dally trflVtfflrJ lite road In either direction as hi ' Irkutsk, and nlnu freight trains, ln'wt dltlon to many passenger trains, "nlcH run irom beyond Ijiko Ballknl to iu I bin. Ho says that there is no contf for tho safety of the line, Kvorjr l f, of it is strongly guardod, Thin li x.i jieoittlly so nt till bridges. " Again Shell Port Arthur. i8' Chofoo. Anrll (I ItiiHsian oi UMt huro admit that tliero wnsanotlicriji minimum oi rort Arthur by tlio (ally; wieso on nuiiuny, April i, cii thentio particulars of tho engage arc obtainable.