EVENTS OF THE DAY -( (Newsy Hems Gnlhcrod from All Parts o! tlio World. PHEPARED FOR THE MOT READER Less Important) but Not Less Inter tiling Happenings from Points Outside (ho Slate. IlkiirnHil uffl. InI unit wllrliinttn lil eimf ileum In HI. I'nlll. Vain if I lie lliirriman natal In miw- tinned lv kimIu In tlm ikuI. Ilrtaii uiri'fliitf from pneumonia ' Hint in loo III to miike a tpeccli. .Utierl I lit clowned kltiif of lln. Cumin mill prondae ritform In Congo, Mi'hler , demand tlitii 1'i'nry nUu mill Imit lilt reroriU to Kin Danish unlver- itv f' The Northern- Pacific linn Iwmirlit 14 Mitofkn for li'tinliiHl itroiimlii In North I'milHiKl . l'rnlllllll Xrlnyil lllia fled from IMrutagus mi J taken refuge on a Mrl- tiin gunboat. IMgbt nil killed nml hundreds have iimioM i'Mitiii fruin eijilmlon In llll' linn nml mini' fierce aliirin awonl llip L'orcan ail, dctUuylng t1tilntc. fleets ami l.lniwnmit '.'.noO. Hitfrlory Kimx bn notified 1'rf t -.li-nt Madrlt, Zrlayw'a uiii'iMr. that Mill If tirltl Ji-lHiiali fur llll? fe- li v iff American In liU country. (.lorn ft ml Ibiil lli UriiMirra of i lie Uland uf Tlliiirun, lu the (lulf of I niifornu, ore mythical, tint I lie (aland III ume with ileer mnl wllil pigeon. Mark Twain baa returned noma with- I out benefit to hit braltb from bit ocean WIJ.. It It definitely known that II Mr oat perished In a department store grits in IODilon. A monster benefit wss uiven In New 5drk ellv lo heln the cauao of Lome Iru'e fur Ireland. I. ook a flrt prUe waa 8,000 from ' wo lead.ng newuHipvri for hla .' i.jiivr atory of hi trip to the 1'ole. Ali.tmallnn nf tlm klni nt flrn It conaiJered Inevitable and the crown I fJ'IIB'W "n't lint IViVtl WMWVVM VJ INU .. m aA at tia. Kjiiin alimaH ! lliaa .Military priy. Ltoi-uld' legal wife will not at i tempi to put her ton on the Itelglan throne, but will tight for hi fortune l-o f many million. K rne toeeewrui upriiingortne .oung rLiV,y,B ?t"'y. .?' , l.Vml -Mine ..re .or mo urai nine amco me thritlian era began. The eoinmltteo from the Uolvenity l inuagen report that UUok'a re- rd are wholly Inaiifllclent to ettabllah I B 'nt cUtu that he wa at the l'ole. i John II. llradley, who fitted out tbe ook expedition to thn l'ole, say be i thoroughly dltguttcd with tbe whole Vtiutineat. Oregon contervatlonltt declare that two or three varlrtle of Inicctt do mote harm to tbe forett wetl than forett llrci do, m w-w r v . w . v w virauH ua m i fiai nnrnniti riniiri nr iirtiitnn rtai Enlerd that the l'urtland llallwav I Lf - - . " I ... I eompany muat reuuee larea to Mllwau-1 io m o trui., nun w. uruTo io tv ,,u,, 1'wenlyteven pertoii were drowned n me rolimnn or a wooileu lir ilae Ini"'""' " e uiiiieiiiiir. Itunia Two negroe ami onn white man wore hilled ana lx nrgroe wounded In a """""" ",II.' ''"Krapner in n.e em race war In Uulalana. I ',or ?f 'J"' ,'" ,",r, nttnax romplelml tonight, J , I, Dermnily. fourth vice nrea- i lie pronaiion omcer or inn nigni Ment of tho Order of Knllwny Telegrn ,irt In New York y tho white alave pbera, aiimniiiteil that t(0 per cent uf ou trade it on the Inereate. ta . i I ek.tl.A. . a. ail M, ausua. baa riueatel orilclul reoV. I rinv imnii rneiiiifinv r.iirniiri r ' union irom me state department. i ' .. " -. - . : - i MIm Anna Mori;an,,ilaiiKhter of J. V, Morgan, nnd Mr. O. II. I'. Itelmcnt k ii waian. eonvicien uanaer, na iieen ; made to tbe United States supreme court. leader nf the American Kederctlon of Labor urge Secretary Nagrl to make a thorough investigation Into the varl out phates of Industrial education. Dr Hrathear, a noted astronomer of the unlyeralty of l'ittaliurg, aya lie ice not believe either look or r e not believe either Cook or 1'eary ii furnlah nny good proof of having tii furnlah nny good proof of having reached tbo pole, Havanla of the Djnlah unlvorlty are deeply embarrasaeil by their former I chaiiipioii.lilp of Dr. Cook, as thev nro ft minlilc to M nny acceptable proof that he reuched tho pole, A party of American explorer re iiorled to have been devoured by canni bal on tho Inland of Tlburon, In the gulf of California, -hnvo arrived af at a iinnll towu on the Mexlcnn const. Grand Duke Michael, of Itunln. I dead. The T. W, W. of Spokane tins given up the fight for freo speech, A sliver loving eup has been present ed to Peary by New York friend. i.i,,-. ml.H it,. .,... e ii.. .1.11.1. ..iwiiu omciaia nr inn nig birtwnitv worker uf New York City, "i""'' rejected all demand, but ald Itbe qurttlon of a ttrlke wa now up to A flnnl appeal In tbe eate of John tlm roininltti of seven, whleh, with the MONHY TltUKT IN HIOIIT, Ooulil Cripple Oovernmoiit by Uefuilnir to Buy liomU, New York, Dec 31. flo clow linvn licrmne Hut nllluiieo nml amalgamations of lending financial Intercuts In Wall street during tlm lint I lire" mouth Hint nliuont tlm nbidluto control of tlm coun try 'n flnntielnl affair In now eeiitriillreil In tlm hands of n few men, who urn nellng In concert. A money trutt tin Mine Into existence, with J. J'. Morgan nt Hi head, tlio most gigantic rouiblrin tlon.of eapllnl In tlio world, Them I no concrete definite organlan linn to till latest t runt i mi loaiiilncor- jHirntlon, no dueled dlrixitor, no lltof stockholder, Jo " tlm descriptive phrnte. of tlm financial world, It I slm- piy n "community of Interpat." Itepreaenlnttvo member nf tliln com munity of Interest, men wlm would Iip director of mi inenrmirated rmiiimny nrei J. I'lernont Morirnu. itrivnin tinnkpr, It unquestioned lenders George I' linker, chairman of tlm hoard of director of the Tint National hnnk; Jnme Hllllnmn, chairman of thn liourd of dlrrctora of the National City bnnkt U'IIIU. tr,..L.rll-. ..I.. ,'.... ; if iiimiii vbitfiii'iirr, Ticvrrriifirni 01 tlm iStandard Oil rompanyj Umry O, I'rlck, capltallitt William K. Vnndpr bill, at rpiirrtpiitatlvn of tilt fmnllv Inlprpxt. It Would be Imnoiiibln lo fltrnrn lh total of illrptt ami Indlrrct eapllnl now eentralirrd In tblt money trutt. To be gin with, the banking firm of J. Her pont Morgan k Co., bring n private co tiarthprihlp, inake no nubile rrnortn. yrt report itinera Ita drpmlta nt DlflO. (K)0,OOr), whleh Iti dlreelora can utlllre to advantage In flnnneial opemtlona. The aaaeta of the three Inmiranre torn pnnlea controlled b the group, Inveatrd largely In )onda bf railroad nnd Indua trial eompanlp.. aggregMtn eonalderably more than 11,000.000,000. Here are tome of the thloga tlio trut fnulil dot It could call (20d.o00.000 of loana orer night and ruin any adveraary. It could reduen eredlta to aurh n de gree aa to eaute eatrrinn money ttrln. gene and great commercial illtrr, It could tie up the caah holdings of New York bank by demanding cerllll atlon of check for euormoua amount. It could deplete bank reiervr In New York by muting alilpmcntt of entb lo any part of the country. It could make money rate of Interett almoat ni It rhone, from S per rent to 100 per cent on call loana. It could cripple the flnanrlnl opera tion uf the government lir rrfatiHg ti bmxi... ...u i.i i ' -.,,,, M1V. )t0r,,i lMHe. w fM,,, ; h flBallc,, nB, n( th0t Ktfitt Mwy ,,,t eiiera torn and JOaHlllNff InJuilflll fOHlrn. - IIAILIIOADCRS DUMAND INORCAHU l'rom 3 to 40 Ter Cent Ha I to Atked by 75.000 Men. ritttburg. Dee. 81. The llrntherhood of Itallwny Trainmen Monday will ,prvp -, , fomJvallrI t '' Mlllppl river that an !,. ,n WBR W,1C ,, ,,miu,rte( 0f rom c , 4ft (fn, w ,r 'national pretident nf the brotherhood, lionigiit reruteii to intimate wnnt nrtlon would lie taken In ene the demand It'ln tk 'iliir trtinVarniiirotlntreaafla tefiiaed. It I anld the recent refer I en.ium vole of the trainmen regarding re,u thit woud UrKj to the Pa Lhi:':ri:r,lff'"n,J!:"T"V"V.rJ,Anelflc Ocean. "Ithaa been discovered ,fCkiriIT MltHHllllUU- iur III 11 IH vor. About 7S.000 member of tbo bintherhood are employed on the rail roada affected. s of the north-1 1Jf,r Vork- N''- 2'- The action of ;whlch was a former United States cus ). ih" brotherhood ef Hallway Trainmen, ton,, ofllclal, who made his headquar- ,f Oreoon ha ,!.".nn.,!,n?.'' t1." """''"W. ",'r- "", tr In Pari, and who has since died." r uregon ha not unexpected In New ork. c , j '..v. i,.-. ... .,. . u.a nm i n n i nee kii in .- ar i nrv i--.i' - .i.' . .i.. ',' ' i... ..... iw 'nil siifsa i- iriririiMMin tur w lrnK tken, mllrnsul bead are pre paring to meet the altiintlon. and aev- ernl rnnfereneea have been held within '' I"'1 week, looking to a mi! tie rinrlnnnll. Dec. 21 Wllk a refer endum vote of telegrapher tn Ihe em- the members had voted for a atrlke. llAI-titiiili Mml. I tkit-1ilflin . wu. m"i sreetta mihi nuiir tit- iiiiii nw prnetlenlly unanlmoua. the result did . ... ... not neeraarlly menu there would be a atrlke. He admitted that thero win little probability of future conference with nfiiclnla nf thn illg In lir, who have national body of ly of the union, would settle the matter. About 1000 men are In volved. Elks' Club, Called Bar. Tteno, Nev.,,Dec. 21. Thero I much comment concerning the trlnl of tho Klka, whleh will occur tomorrow after noon. Every lawyer In thl cltv who "" K,k,hn" tcmtlrrrtl hla tervlee to tlm KIks lodge. More thnn M lawyer will appear to defend the Elka, who I Imvn !i(-n nrrateil nn thi. elmrtvA nt ,An. ,u!jn, n J,,, wt,out license. One luWyrr ,ad today that the dlpenslng of ,)UOr n tll0 K)ks. club do , nmmlt ,0 ,aie, nH nl ,), Klk owu thn liquor, and whnt thev nny for tho liquor served to them, Is lined In ro plonlih stock. Liners Swept by aides. London, Doc. 21. Incoming trans Atlantic liners report torrlflo weather. Tho Ciirmnnln, New York nml Amcrlkn, arriving at Qiiccuitown nnd Plymouth retpectlvcly, today, woro nil greatly do lnycd, Four days out they mot hurrl cune from tho eastward, with moun tainous seas, whloh contlnuod until Sat urday ulght, PROCEEDINGS OF CONGRESS IN BRIEF Tiicmtay, December 21, W'Htlilnglmi, Dee. 21. Itoprctentn-lii-ci lliimiT, Mntidoll nnd Martin to ihiv held n ciiufcrmicft and ngroed to iinllii In preaalng for coiialderatlon the bill rvlliiviug homcateador In the mirlliwoNt front tlio necrtilty of rctld ing on their hind through the winter, Jtnporti Imlleatd that the weather I uiitiwMlly anvern and many rs'jucita fur till relief tire bolng reevlved, It U uiMurtod tliul now aottlor are finillHg It impoaaihlo to remniii on their In lid. The nnl today eonflnne'l the nom iiintinn of llolxirt Ilaeon w York to be ninlmwxulur to I'rntire. I'reatilent Tnft aent to the annate the NoinluntluiiM of Cloneral Ueorgo Utone of (.'ullforulii lo bo naval ofllccr of eiitiouia at Han I'rnncltco, and Howard (', Hhober of Koutb Dakota to be audi tor for tho interior department. In thl elly. The Mmiiii "while tluvo t radio" bill wua favorably reported to tbe houte today by Chairman Mann of that committee. The report accompanying the iirrwntntlou of the meaaure dla tlnelly itlaclalm any purpote to uturp In any way the police power of the ttntca, llecommendatlon for change In tbe pretent law regulating trantportatlon coimianlea nro contained In too twen ty third annual report of tbe inter atatn rommerru commlaalon trantmltted today to rongreaa. The report, however, I notable rath er for recominendatlona it doe not contain. Five of tho luggettlort made by the aiireiai committee eicctej by 1'reildent Taft to draft change In tbe exittlng Interatato commerce act aro offered In the re-urf, C'ongreaa-adjourned early thla after noon lu TburaUay, January 4, Monday, December 20. Wnnbinglon. Dee. 20. Doth tenatu and houae concluded their labor by " o'clock today. Tomorrow a holiday ad Joiirhment fur two week will bo tnkeu. Aaiile from the confirmation of the nomination of Horace II. I.urton, of Trnneme. to be an natoclnta juatlce uf the tHjireme court, thn principal feature of the annate procccdinga war a pck laden with optlmltm and good eheer for the Clirintnint aeaton by Hen alor Dej rt. The aildreM of the New Ynrkrr waa ealled forth by what he edNrarter-sml aa the ncMlmUtlr prclie tio In Senator I.a Folletlt)' uiagannp and Ih mnny Newtpapen n to the ef fe1 of the tariff upon prleea and nt to the watle ef natural rrwHirce. AVnthlnglon. Dec 20. "We will re port a ceneral river nnd harbor bill aliOHt 1'ebrwary 1." aald Chairman Aletander. of tbe bnutei committee on, rlvem and harbor, today. Mr. Alexan der aald hl bill would carry much more than 30,000.000. Think Frauds Reach Pacific New York, Dec. 2C Collector of tbe Pnrt f-fh has doelared the arrrata hare ware but the brcrlnnlnir of a series of I., . A. i that tbe Importation of costly goods through this port without payment of duty," Mr. Loeb said, "was the result of a far-reaching plot, the head of (Several dressmakers have been ar irc,Mro nere' a a Henate Confirms Many Diplomats. Wnalilnglnn. Dee 24. The aenato eon flrtiu'il tin- iioinlnntton nf ltnbert llacnn. nf New Yoii . aa nmbaaaador lo I'rnnce, n aiilimllli'il by 1'reatdent Tnft Twenty alx other dlplomntl-' iiiimlnn tiona, iiieludiiig thixe nf diehard C Kenma. nf Mimiri, ninlnaauditr to Vila trla lluugnry; Henry Kiue Wllaon. nf Vnahlii;tnii, niiibaa4.idor tn Moxlro, William .Ininoa CVilhouii, of Illlnoi. minltter to China; nnd Henry T. (Inge. . .. . . . a ""'WT! I.?..",",,,,, WCr" uln roiillrnied by the tennte. Labor leader Confer With Nagel Wiithliiglnn, Dec. 21. A enmmlt'eo repreaeiiting tho Ainerlcnn Kedetiition of Labor ealled upon Secretary of Po.n mo re e and labor Nngel nnd iirged iquin him the ndvlaabllity nf hi dcpattnu'iu innklng a thorough inyeatigntinn Into the various phuao nf linliitlrl.il p.lin-n lion. The committee, which wna np pointed for the purpote by the recent Torn nlo convention nf tlm federation, emulated nf I'realdent Samuel (lomprt, .lame O 'Council, .lolin Mitchell nnd I'm nk Morrison, Appeal' Advance I Asked Washington, Dec. 21 Application is to be made to the Supreme court early In January by the department of justice to advance for hearing the i appeal of the government from the decision of Judge Holt at New York, ' practically exempting from prosecu, tlon certain officials of the sugar trust because their acts are barred by the , statutes of limitations. Assistant Weigher Indicted, New York, Dec 25, -Another Fed eral grand jury Indictment In connec tion with the sugar underwelghlng frauds waa found today against Thom as Doyle, assistant superintendent of the Arbucklo Sugar Refinery in Brook lyn. CON0I1E88 HAS DLEN ACTIVE. Proplincle of Lazy Seidon Not Ful filled Oy Home. WBahlngllton, Dec. 23Far betUr progrca la being made with lleglsatlon In the homo than wan anticipated. Uofore congrew convened, llttlo or no activity prior to the holday adjourn ment waa expected and that the dl- poaltlon to do but a small) amount of buitlticM woud probably characterize the entlm aeadon waa niscrttd openly. Since the houto convened, December C, many vi ry Important bill and rco luttona hav bet ii introduced, two Im portant meaaure havo pared, while othen have been reported and many aro under consideration In Itbe home. In all a total of 1,006 houte bllle, 188 bouie rctolutlon, 06 bouie joint reaolutlcm and 2C concurrent reeolu lion have been Introduced. Two meaiure for railroad regulation bea ring the name of Representative Each, of Wiacontln, have paned tbe home. Two omnibui pension bill, carrying a total of 4 07 claims, also have passed. Two Important piece of legislation are now pending, the District of Col umbia appropriation bill and tbo Pan ama government reorganlratlon meas ure. The arfy appropriation, carrying upwards of one hundred million dollar is out of tbe military committee, while I the Immigration commtltce is prepar , Ing to report Ita bill regulating the white slave traffic FOOD LAW MORE DRASTIC Department to Add Laboratories for Stricter Enforcement Washington, Dec 21. A compre hensive enlargement of the activities of the department of agriculture in ad ministering the pure food act Is con templated In order Issued today. The object Is to Inaugurate for porta where the department has no chemical labo ratory a systematic Inspection of foods, as Is done at ports where such facllitica exist. A complete chain of laboratory dis tricts has been established, with head quarters at the principal porta, to which will be sent samplt a of import ed goods when found necessary. All imports, regarding the right to enter which under the pure food law any doubt may exist in the minds of the customs Inspectors at the smaller places will bs referred to these chem ists. Official! aay that the method will tend to do aay with any tendency to Import goods in violation of law at the smaller porta, where there are no laboratories, Instead of at the larger porta, although their ultimate destin ation is the tame. Headquarters are to be located, among other places, at Galveston, Denver, San Francisco and Seattle. Harmony Between Mexico and U. S. Washington, Dec 23. Tempor arily, at least, the relations between M exlco and tbe United States grow ing out of the former's friendly offer of her frlendl offices In the affairs with Nicaragua havo been forced to the front. Whatever the purpose of Mexico may have been at the begin ning, however, she may have desired to rescue Zelaya, give him a safe con duct and assist the United States in restoring peace, it Is quite evident from a statement Issued this afternoon by Senor Creel, special envoy of Pres ident Dlax, that Mexico is prepared now to give at least a passive acquiea enca to allof the plans of the admini stration with regard to Zelaya and his fallen government M'Veagh Favors Postoffice. Washington, Dec 21 The secre tary of the treasury haa reported fav orably upon Bourne's bill for a new poatofflco building In Portland. The report recites that an adequate post office building will require an expend iture of (1,600,000. The report haa gone to the aenato public buildings committee and Bourne will try to se cure an early report from tbe commit tee, and the passage of his bill through the senate, making it eligible for In clusion in tbe omnibus public build ing bill, if one is paseed this season. Loeb Walts for Automatics. Washington, Dec. 2-1. Collector William Loeb, Jr., of New York, said here today he was looking for the ar rival of tho first automatic scales which It is proposed to place on the 1 docks in New York for sugar weigh ing purposes. If found satisfactory 1 20 of the scales will be installed. Bootleggers Stand Convicted. Washington, Dec. 24. The United States supremo court yesterday reversed tho decision of tbe circuit court of Washington In the eases of Harvey Sut ton nnd ltobert Miller, chnrged "wlthi tnking liquor to the Yuklmn Ttulluu reservation. The contention of thui goverumout was upheld. ( BOADfl BEBET BY TROUBLE. Worst Winter In Yoars Cannes Many Wrecks and Delays. Chicago, Dec. 20, Ibillroads In the Wett, northwest, nnd In the central tle are experiencing tho greateat dlfllculty of year In operating their train. Conditions which cxlt now have not been equaltod during any winter for the paat decade, Tbo trouble of tho oncrntlnir men teem provalunt everywhere. In Chicago liataonger train from nil directions ar rive ttom five hour to one-half day aie, ami in a lew mmnee train be rnme o Inte they were abandoned be torn reaching tho terminal. To make matter worae, the dlffiriilt operating condition whleh have arlaen imvo been accompanied by n long torie nf wreek on the various railroad. which have retultod in arnutlng appre hension everywhere. For moat of these wreck the Hidden cold snap I being held reanonalble by tho railroad men, na tho marked drop lu temperature eauae the rail to become brittle. Within the territory limit of Chicago the operation of train I made exceed ingly difficult by reason of tbe cold and the moke. Early In. the morning su burban trains are compelled to crawl into the station, the engine crew un able to ice the (ignal at times on ac count of the low-banging imoke. Throughout the weat freight traffic I more or lea paralyzed. In an effort to get passenger trains over tbe road the operating men have been compelled to sidetrack freight everywhere for a long period. Tbe result I tbat all the aid Ing are full of delayed freight and the terminal yard are congetted to an equal degree. In ir.sny lection thn audden extreme cold has been followed by a heavy fall of anow, which ha drifted and thui blocked traffic in man.r-jilate for hour. In Chicago tbe operating men- on the variou roid have been working day and night in the hope of clearing up the line and getting traffic moving nor mally. Passenger train cannot get out of Chicago on time, beeauae of tbe non arrival of Pullman equipment, wblch I in ue o delayed train. Itailroad men itr one of the irfMlml eaute of delay ! the difficulty of team ing engine during evere cold. Another eaute It tbe dlfllculty of operating coal chute, trains often being delayed from 20 minute to one-half hour in securing coal or water. BIO WEDDINO CAKE TOR KINO. Monarch of Tonga, In New Zealand. Orders 600-Pounder. Tape Town, Dec. 20. Hy command of King George of Tonga, a baker of Auckland, New Zealand, has deilned and built a cake for tbo coming nuptial or inai potentate, in It splendor ami Imposing proportion the eakej to quote tbe local pre, "ha never had nn equal in tbe annal of Auttralaiian confectionery." It weigh 500 pound and stands eight feet high. Decorating various panel are tbe Tongan coat of arm, tbe Tongan royal crown and the initials of the king and hla bride. Curioutly enough, the lady' initial are concealed from the gaze of the crowd who admire the eake in the baker' hop window. Tbe identity of the future queen is in tttt a mystery, and one of the condition imposed on the baker wa to complete the secrecy regarding ber Initiala. It i understood tbat theie ha been tome competition am;s the ladle of the Tongan eourt for the kingly bridegroom, and tbat In order to defer the disappointment of the untucceuful ones till the latt po vlble moment hi majenty will not ro ral tbe name of the bride until tbe day of the ceremony. . CANNOT SHUT OUT TID3 STORK. Chicago Landlords Lose Test Cue In Court. Chicago, Dec. 20. Hard-hearted Illi nois landlords nnd :1st ngents must not shoo tho stork away from their prem tie. The law hud ita first test today, and was upheld. This bode ill for landlord who refuse apartments to par ents, actual or prospective. Holla It. Lougcneckor, father of a boy of 3 nnd a girl of 3. brouuht mil agninat W, L, Boylaton, an owner, and iinbert r. schencH, as agent, for re futing to renew his lease. They made it clear that the reason was that he had children. Lonccnccker. who 1 a lawyer and son of the famous lawyer and judge, Immediately began a tet of the law passed latt winter covering uch cases, and Municipal Judge Hlme decided that children nnd their parent, under tbe constitution, are entitled to 'fa and reasonable liberty. Bank Guaranty Attacked, Oklahoma City, Okla., Dee. 20. He (training order agaiust State Bank Commissioner Young were asked in a suit argued in the district court today. The United States Fidelity Guaranty company and the Southern Surety com pany, sureties for the state school land commission In the protection of funds deposited with the Columbia Bank & Trnst company, asked the court to pre vent the bank commissioner from mak ing tho state guaranty fund and state banks preferred creditors in closing up tho bank's affairs, Judgo Clark reserved decision, Flax Reaches Record Price. Minneapolis, Dee. 20. Flax went to $2 a bushel on the grain market here today, a record prlco. According to the government's cstiinnto, Minnesota and thn Dakotas raised 25,000,000 bushels of this grain this year. TOGETFMPRY Talt Grants Demand sf Secretary for Investigation ACCUSED OFFICIAL'S ULTIMATUM Joint Committee to Be Appointed Im mediately After Holidays Party Leaders Give Consent Washington, Dec. 21. President Taft today yielded to tbo demands of both Secretary Uallinger and bis critics for a public investigation of the wholo sub ject matter underlying the to called llallingcr-Pinebot controversy. Mr. Itelllngcr thl afternoon served upon the preddent virtually aa ulti matum to tbe effect that such aa In vestigation wa Indeed tbe price of his remaining in tbe cabinet. He made it clear tbat he was no longer willing to sit silent and wait for the thing "to blow over." Mr. Taft, it is said, reluctantly ad mitted the disappointment of hi hope tbat tbe country at large would accept at1 final hi own vindication of Mr. Uallinger in hlr dlimina of charges brought against tbe secretary of the interior by L. It. Ulavis, ex-special agent of the land office, and hla con clusion tbat the investigation demanded by Loth sides wa Inevitable. Mr. Balllnger's attitude has the sup port of the leading Republicans In con gress senator and representatives who feel that, entirely apart from the merits of the controversy itself, a fes tering sore of thl character must poison tbe whole system of the party la power, and that it is high time tu resort to the lance. Tbee leaders, determined that a cleansing of this wound is necessary, have not hesitated to go to tbe White House and impress their view upon Mr. Taft. Conferences of a confidential character, in which members of the cabinet, party leaders in both house of congress- and the president himself havo participated, have been held in the last few days. Tbey culminated to day, when Mr. liallingvr, Attorney Gen eral Wiekcrsban and Postmaster Gen eral Hitchcock met in Mr. Wieker sham's office and proceeded thence to the White House, where tbe matter was laid before the president. The president was given to under stand that Mr. Uallinger 'a demand car ried with It tbe indorsement of both Mr. Wiekersbam and Mr. Hitchcock. It is known tonight tbat be ba the V"1 patby also of other members of th cab inet. Mr. Ilallingcr told tbe president, it is said, tbat tbe situation bad become- in tolerable to him, and that, though tbe constant charges against him hnl come from irresponsible persons, be wonld not loner sit supinely by, and. ,n justice to blmaelf, be felt compelled lo inaiat upo,t an Investigation. STATISTICS IN DRAIN YIELD. Oregon, Washington and Idaho Have Wheat Crops of Enormona Stse. Washington. Dec. 21. The depart ment of agriculture today made public it statistics of the winter and spring wheat crop of variou states for the pat year. This report show that 11, 233.000 bnsbrls of winter wheat were produced in Oregon, an average of 21 bushel to the acre. The total farm value of tho crop of December 1 was t0.44fl,000. or P3 cents per bushel. The apriug wlirat crop of Oregon is givea at 3,142,000 bushels, or 18.7 bushels to the acre. Its value December 1 was J4.7S2.0OO. or 0.1 cent per bushel. Tho winter wheat crop of Washing ton was reported as 20,124,000 bushels, worth $18,713,000. This It a production of 23.8 bushels per aere, valued at 03 cents per bushel. Washington' spring wheat crop is 13,030,000 bushel, valued at 14,360,000, being 20.0 bushels per acre, and tbe same value as winter wheat. The Idaho winter wheat erop was 0.133,000 bushels, valued at $7,947,000. The yield was 29 bushels per aere, and the value as below that of other states, being only 85 cents per bushel. Spring wheat In Idaho was reported at 5,330, 000 bushel, which, at 87 cents per bushel, represents a farm value of !. ft.17.000. The yield per acre is 26 bushels, Wreck of Maine Ouarded. Havitnn, Dee. 24. Port Captain Aguirro said tonight thnt tbe report that the anchor chain of the old battle ship Maine was Included in the cargo of so rap Iron in the hold of the Cairn loch, which arrived n few days otro at Philadelphia, was absurd. Tho wreck of the Maine, Captain Agulrro said, wat carefully guarded to prevent depreda tions by rcllc-seekcrs. , Wrights Voted Medals. Paris, Dee. 21, The Academy of ecienco announced today mat gom mea nt for aeronautic achievements would be awarded to Wilbur and Orville Wright, Blerlot, Farman, Couut d Lambert, Latham, Santos Duraoat, D .la Yaulx, YoUln and Count Zf pella.