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A riU)K A OKECJON, THURSDAY; .JUXi: 1, i)os.
"NO. G.
Nmy Items Gathered froa All Tarts
cf tb Worli.
Qanersvl Review of Important Hap
pening. Presented In a Brief end
Comprehensive Manner for Busy
Raadert National, PolltfoeJ, Hi
terteal and ComoaerclaL
Representative Huff, of Pennsyl
vania, is seriously ill.
Rockefeller has Riven another $500,-
000 to the Rockefeller institute.
Chinese of San Francisco are or
ganizing a boycott against the Jap
anese. Trustees of Stanfiad university have
set aside $500,000 for the purchase of
The employment 6f union men a
itiMK-ctors makes railroad manager
An earthquake lasting 20 seconds
was felt at Marysville, Cal. No dam
age was done.
A runaway Brooklyn boy has just
returned home after 20 years' absence,
lie is a millionaire.
Ice in Bering S'raits has broken up
and steamer tratbc to the north will
be more regular now.
The largest balloon ever constructed
has just been finished at Danville, 111.
When inflated it is 150 feet high.
A German has just been arrested
who, it is believed, was attempting to
reach the kaiser to assassinate him.
Samuel Gompers, president of the
American Federation of Labor, bitter
ly denounces congress for not passing
the bills demanded by the laboring
A false alarm of a dynamste. plot
caused a panic in ono of Chicago's
Arizona democrats have Indorsed
1 try an and approved Foriiker's stand
on ntfituhood.
West Virginia's democratic dele-gates-at-lnrge
hive been instructed to
v to for Bryan.
The Arkansas river is over it banks
at several places in Arkansas and flood
ing bottom lands.
A severe wind storm has swept over
Clay county, Kansas, but very little
damage was done.
Tornadoes that swept Oklahoma
Dui tlivxai, u Gutiirio brought great
damage to crops and farm property.
A gale of wind at Chicago preceded
an electrical storm which did consid-c-ral
Ie damage in all parts of the city
Dallas, Tex., is without lights or
drinkable water. Residences in the de
vastated district have been robbed by
1 iters.
Butto members of the 0. A. R. have
been aroused because ono of the
churches has been tendered to Emma
t;.)l lruan for her lectures.
Dynamiters wrecked the big pipe
line that conveys water from Rnnita
Mountains. New Mexico, to Carriz.oz.o,
N. M. Repairs am being made. This
pipe line cost $1,000,000.
Rear-Admiral Crowninahicld, retired,
is dead.
France and Germany have agreed on
a plan for the pacification of Morocco.
Hearst is gaining in the recount of
New York mayoralty ballots of the
1505 election.
A typhoon at Hankow, China, cost
more than 1,000 lives and wrecked 600
A Columbus, Ohio, boy invented a
machine with which he has made sev
eral successful flights.
San Francisco supervisors are check
ing up the city treasurer's accounts. He
is sllcged to be short $37,500.
J Vinson's managers predict his nom
ination for democratic presidential can
didi:te on the second or third ballot.
A tornado which swept Alfalfa coun
ty, Okla., killed 14 people and injured
mary others, besides doing much dam
age to property.
The Relgian consular agent at Rabat,
Morocco, has been maltreated by na
tivei and his home government is likely
to take energetic action.
J. C. Stubbs says our Oriental trade
is threatened if the ruling ot the inter
state commerce commission regarding
freight rates on western roads holds.
Mrs. Carrie Nation has been arrested
at Pittsburg.
Chesccr, Pa., is having trouble with
i.trect car men.
Two cruisers and five torpedo-boats
have left San Francisco for Portland.
A company of militia is to be cean
ired at Honolulu, the first for the isl
Senator Bailey, of Texas, will go to
the democratic national convention as
a delegate.
Two Utah, mining companies are
fighting over a silver mine said to be
worth $1,450,000.
Senator Foraker is favoring R"se
elt f ir another term, as he dislikes
him less than Taft.
Frenchman Beats All Records With
Aeroplane in Italy.
Rome. June 1. Leo. dc la Grange,
the French aeroplanist, made a new
experiment with his aeroplane here
this morning, which was so successful
that it filled the spectators with ad
miration. He surpassed his own rec
ord by flying for 15 minutes and 30
seconds, only then coming down be
caue he received a signal to do so,
and also because the motor of his ma
chine cannot' hold sufficient gasoline
to operate it much longer than that.
During that space of time M. de la
Grange made nine and three-fourths
rounds of an established course in the
military field, namely six kilometers, a
little over nine and nine-tenths of a
mile, at a velocity of tio kilometers, or
37.2 miles an hour.
The aeroplane was first pushed for
ward by M. ile la Grange's associates,
and as soon as the motor was put into
action the machine rose without dif
ficulty, keeping from seven to ten feet
above the ground. It moved smooth
ly and turned easily, the rounds of
the course following each other with
out interruption, and not once did the
aeroplane touch the ground. It was a
marvelops exhibition, which would
have won De La Grange a prize of
$5000 had it occurred iti France. It at
least confirms his possession of the
Archdeacon cup.
Great Northern Passenger Train Held
Up at Great Falls.
P.utte, Mont , June 1 A Miner spe
cial from Great Falls, Mont., says:
The north bound Great Northern
passenger train was held up this even
ing about one mile and a half from
this city by seven masked nun at 12:30
o'clock, the train being run onto a sid
ing by the robbers, who fired a fusil
lade of shopts up and down the train.
Wm, Dempsey,' an Augusta rancher,
was shot through the leg in attempt
ing to escape from the train after it
had stopped, and Conductor Hayes
was compelled by the robbers to pre
cede them in passing through the cars,
he carrying a hat in which the passen
gers were invited to dump what cash
they had about them. Most of them
deposited from $1 to $10, and the
booty of the desperadoes is not be
lieved to be greater than several hun
dred dollars.
While the passengers were being
robbed, several of the highwaymen
stood guard at the doors of the cars
to prevent the passengers from leav
ing The robbers finally jumped off the
coaches and disappeared in the dark
ness. Rain is falling heavily, and the
ght is so dark that trace of the
robbers could be found, although
posses were in pursuit within 20 min
utes after the outlaws had left the
train. N
Great Area in Montana is Stripped
Bare of Timber.
Butte, Mont., June 1. A federal sur
vey corps is engaged in running sur
vey lines in the mountains near Phil
ipsburg, Mont., to determine the
amount of cordwood cut for the mines
of Granite county, and the location of
the ground from which the timber
was taken. This wood was cut, it is
claimed, from land belonging to the
government, and it is intimated that
suits may be begun to recover for
about 700,000 cords of wood cut, ap
proximating in value about $1,000,000
The bu!k of this wood was cut about
10 or 12 years ago, during the boom
days of silver, and was used at the
Rimetallic and Granite Mountain
mines, owned by Charles D McClure
and his a ssociates, of M. Louis, to
ucther with a few Montanans. The
area of timber land stripped clean is
10 miles wide and 12 long.
Still Vigorous at 128.
St. Petersburg, June 1. A veteran
soldier, with the record of so years'
military service, and whose age is de
clared to be 12", has been visiting St
Petersburg from the Tver district
This wonderful old man, Michael Hud
nikov. traveled to the capital to draw
a prize of $25oo in the lottery, and the
czar had him at Lzarskoe eio as :
feature of the festivities for the Swe
dish royal wedding.
Budnikov. whose breast is adorned
with many medals for bravery and dis
tinguished service, joined the Russian
army in 1797.
Cholera It Spreading.
Manila, June 1. The cholera at
Dagupan. 120 miles from Manila, is
worse, iwentynine deaths are toiay
reported, due to eating infected f ol.
The people are loath to clean up their projects rear Vale and will errare in
surroundings. fJepiTc strenuous efforts farming number of nmnarncd wo
cri the part of the bureau of health, (nieii teachers are in the number.
State Railroad Commission Has Fancy
Figures to Start With.
Salem, Or., May 20. An investigation
has been started by the railroad com
mission regarding express rates en
forced by the Wells, Fargo and the
Pacific express companies in Oregon.
Some startling revelations have been
brought to light that will likely de
mand the attention of the commission
in the near future.
Comparisons have been made show
ing the relative charges on lines-in Or
egon and the charges in other states for
similar distances and for the same class
of goods. From Portland to Siskiyou,
a distance of 3ss miles, the Wells
Fargo express company charges a mer
chandise rate, of $2.75 for 100 pounds,
while for the same distance in Missouri
a rate has been established by the Mis
souri railroad commission, which is
now in force, of $2 for loo pounds. The
merchandise rate in Texas for a sim
ilar distance is $2.05f
The rates charged by the Pacific ex
press company arc even more exorbi
tant according to the figures given out
by the railroad commission. ' The Pa
cific express company operates out of
Portland cast over the O. R. & N. For
MO miles over the O. R. & N., from
Portland to Huntington, the general
merchandise rate for 100 pounds is $4.
For 35S miles, or the same distance for
which the Wells-Fargo charges $2.75
in Western Oregon, the Pacific express
company in Eastern Oregon charges
Compared with similar distances in
Missouri and Texas, the rates of the
Pacific express company are extreme.
For 4 40 miles in Missouri the general
merchandise express rale is $2.10 and
in Texas it is $2.30. In both these
states the rates have been fixed by
railroad commissions and have been ac
cepted by the express companies and
are now in force. The rates given are
for the same classes of goods in every
instance. f
Secretary of State Shows Growth and
Present Status of Business.
Salem. Frank Benson, secretary of
state, as cx officio insurance commis
sioner, has completed his annual re
port. It is now being printed and will
be available within a few weeks. The
report includes a statement of the to
tal risks written by all insurance com
panies doing business within the state
of Oregon, the gross premiums received,
premiums returned, losses paid and the
net premium' for taxation of all au
thorized companies and associations for
the year ending December 31, 1107.
nesuies inucii omtr vaiuaoie inior-
mation the report shows the aggregate
justness transacted within the state
since 105; the amount of licenses and
taxes paid into the state treasury since
iss7, and gives a list of all the insur
ance Companies authorized to transact
business in Oregon on May 8, 1908. A
statement of tie business of the sev
eral Oregon mutual fire relief associa
tions for the year ending December 31,
l!r7, is also included.
Complete Elgin-Joseph Line.
In the Portland mail from the East
to General Manager J. P. O'Brien, of
the O. R. & N. company, he has received
the long-expected instructions frrm
New York to proceed with construction
of the Elgin Joseph branch. About
$.'.00,000, the amount necessary to com
plete the line, has been provided. From
mo to 400 men will be put on at once.
For the last two months the authoriza-
ion from Mr. Harriman for this work
has been expected daily. As soon as
the effects of last years money strin
gency began to wane Mr. O'Brien made
abdication for the necessary funds to
complete the road to Joseph.
Nevada's Governor an Oregonian.
Ontario. Den S. Dickenson, who is
now Governor of Nevada, vice John
Sparks, deceased, is a Malheur Coun
ty boy. aged 34 years. His parents
reside on a farm five miles west of
Vale. He left this section seven years
aeo for Nevada and joined the Miners
I'nion in White Pine County, and
when the union asked recognition on
the state ticket he was named as lieutenant-governor.
He served in the
Philippine war, enlisting in Portland
Fruit Crop Will be Heavy.
Baker City. Unless exceptionally
cold weather should overtake this part
of the country there will be a large
fruit crop, according to men who are
heavily interested in fruit lands and or
chards. In the immediate vicinity of
Baker City fruit is necessarily slower
on account of the altitude, but over
in Pine and Eagle valleys it is far
advanced. Recent eld spells have not
d. imaged the crop materially.
Scouring Mills to Reopen.
Pendleton. It was announced a few
days ago that the wheels of the Pen
dleton scouring mills would be started
turning about June 1. The uncertain
condition of the wool market is re
spf ii ible for the late start, but it
will not shorten the season's run. Sev
eral thousand pounds of wool are
now on hand and more is arriving
d ily. .
Teachers Turn Homesteaders.
Ontario About 30 teachers of the
I fii.,t on homesteads under irrigation
If Choppers Can't Sell to Trust They
Will to Consumers.
Pendleton. After futile efforts to
sell their 'wood to Pendleton and
Walla Walla woodyards, ten wood
choppers of Kamela have pooled their
output and have placed an agent in
this city and will sell direct to the
consumer. They have 5.0(H) cords in
the pool and will fill this territory
with cheap wood, they declare. The
woodyards have large supplies on
hand, owing to the fact that the mild
weather of the past winter restricted
the sale, and have refused to buy the
Camela pool, which is now being mar
keted here. Already several cars
have been ordered from the pool and
it promises to demoralize the wood
market iit the inland empire.
Keep Salmon Ouf of Alfalfa.
Pendleton. Thousands of salmon
fry from six to eight inches in length
are now running out into the canal
of the Irrigon irrigation project and
many of them are being stranded on
the bars, where they are perishing
Deputy Game and Fish Warden O. F.
Turner will take immediate steps to
have proper f is h screens placed at the
dam to prevent this destruction id
the young fish. The' dam of the Irri
gon project is in the Umatilla River
two miles cast of the town of Uma
tilla. Thousands of fine salmon fry
are now to be found in the river and
every effort will be made to prevent
them from running into the irrigation
canals. Other canals on the river arc
properly protected with screens and
Wells-Fargo to Build.
Eugene. The Wells-Fargo Express
Company has begun the erection of a
fine brick building on the Southern
Pacific depot grounds tr which to
ha.idle its business in this city. The
architecture of the new building will
be in keeping with that of the new
passenger depot, now in course ot
construction and to be completed be
fore July 1. The Wells-Fargo build
ing will be of brick and stone an '
will cost $4,000 to $5,000. It is prob
-lkfc-- the downtown office of the com
oany will be clone away with when
the new building is finished as the
location is convenient to the business
section of the city.
Rare Species of Duck.
Klamath Falls. Hunters on the
Klamath river near Tetcrs landing
rrr.r K finilinnr nf rir of reil
ducks nesting among the tules. The
birds are small and supposed to be
cinnamon teal, a species of duck rarely
ccn in this section. The pelicans
have returned in great numbers this
spring. I he rapid growth of the city
ind the settlement of the bills be
tween Lake Ewauna and the Upper
Klamath lake seemed for several years
past to have driven the pelicans to
other fields. However, they are here
in great numbers this year.
Stocked With Fish.
Baker City. Thomas H. Parker, of
the state fish commission, received at
Vorth Powder the other day B 1.000
trout, which have been placed in the
lakes at the hejid of North Powder
river and in other streams near by.
Wheat Club, HOc per bushel; red
Russian, 87c; bluestem, 02c; Valley,
Barley Feed, $25.50 per ton; rolled,
f27.50tfi2S.50; brewing, $20.
Oats No. 1 white, $27.50 per ton;
gray, $27.
Hay Timothy, Willamette Valley,
ft 7 per ton; Willamette Valley, or
dinary, $15; Eastern Oregon, $is.5n;
mixed, $16; clover, $14; alfalfa, $12;
ilfalfa meal. $20.
Dressed Meats Hogs, fancy, 8c per
pound; ordinary, 7c; large, Cc; veal,
extra 7c; ordinary, Cc; heavy, 5c; mut
ton, fancy, stf?9c.
Butter Extras, 25c per pound;
fancy, 24c -choice, 20c; store, 10c.
Ecg Candled, IWiSoc per dozen;
unrandled. li'c per dozen.
Poultry Mixed chickens, 12Krnc
per pound; fancy hens. 13K"Hc;
rooters. He; fryers. Z?.)r"1'c; broilers,
20i22)c; ducks, old. 10i 17c; spring,
22'V 25c; grese. S'JrOc; turkeys, alive.
10i 18c for hens, 1Vj Kc for gobblers;
dressed, 17'a 1c.
Apples Select, $2 50 per box: fancy.
$2; choice. $t 50; ordinary, $1 25.
Potatoes Old Oregons. choice, 70
n 0c per hundred; sweet, 5jc per
Strawberries Oregon, 107 17lc per
Vegetables Turnips. $1 50 per sack;
carrots, $150175; beets. $1.2,5;
parsnips. 5125; cabhnce, $175T2 per
rwt ; hems. wax. 7'i c per pound:
head lettuce, 12jv?i:c per dozen; cel
ery, R5c per dozen; asparagus, $1 50
per box; egg plant, 20c per pound;
parsley, 25c per dojjcn; pens. oTif,c
per pound; peppers, 20c per pound;
radishes. 15e per dozen; rhubarb. V
per round; nir.nrh, 3c per pound;
cauliflower. $2 50 per crate.
Hops 1 007. prime and choice, f!?
6-" ner ptind; oi ls. 3c per pound
Wool Eastern Oregon, average
bet. ll?l.r per p'Mind, according to
shrink ssr; Val'ey, I07l2e.
Mohair Choice. 1 7 1 I c per pound
Cascara Bark 3iTi4c per pound.
Taft and Bryan Favor Passage of
Such a Law by Congress.
Washington, May 2tf The first big
sensation of the presidential campaign
came touay when William Jennings
Bryan aont a telegram to William How
ard Taft suggesting that they join in
urging congress to pass a bill making
compulsory the publication of campaign
This move by Bryan is looked upon
as one of great wisdom by the demo
cratic leaders, who say it shows his
sincere determination to conduct his
campaign without the aid of great cor
porate influence.
Bryan's message reads as follows:
Hon. William 1 toward Taft, secretary
of war, Washington:
"I tx-g to suggest that as the leading
candidaies of our respective parties, we
join in asking congress to pass the bill
requiring the publication of campaign
ontributions prior to elections. If you
think U'st we can ask other candidates
to unite with us in the request.
Secretary Taft replied to William J.
Bryan's telegram, suggesting that they
mite in p.skms congress to pass a 'bill
providing for the publication ol cam
paign contributions, as follows:
'William J. Bryan: lour telegram
received. On April 30, last. I sent the
following Utter to Senator Burrows,
chairman of the committee on privileges
uul elections:
" 'I sincerely talicve that it would
greatly tend toward the absence of cor
ruption from politics if all the expendi
tures for the nominations and elections
of all candidates and all contiibutions
received and expenditures made by po
litical committees could be made public,
lioih in respect to state and national
politics. For that reason, I strongly fa
vor the passage of the bill now pend-
Property Loss Estimated $10,000,000
Eight Lives Lost.
Guthrie, Okla., Mav 27. The sun is
shining in Oklahoma today, and the
flood waters are fast receding. No ad
di'ional loss of life is reported, and the
homeless are beginning Kiadually to
return to their homes. The death roll
remains at eight.
With miles of tracks washed out and
bridges damaged or destroyed, the rail
roads are still demoralized: train scrv
ice on many lines must remain annulled
for several days yet, while on others
mly a partial service is possible. The
damage to crops and railroads can, of
course, be only roughly estimated, but
i conservative figure places the aggre
gate at close to $10,000,000. It marks
the costliest disaster ever sustained eith
er in Oklahoma or the Indian Terri
tory or by the new State of Oklahoma.
At Muskogee the Arkansas river con
tinned to rise up to last night, but this
morning began gradually to lower. At
that point 2,500 consumers are still
without gas as a result of the princi
pal main breaking.
In West Guthrie, where more than
500 houses were submerged, the water
dnined off fast today, and conditions
began to assume a normal aspect.
Around Shawnee, Sapulpa, Tulsa,
Jenks and other points hundreds of
railroad laliorcrs are at work repairing
tracks and bridges. At Stiglcr the Ca
nadian river has made a complete
change of course, and railroad bridges
that formerly spanned that stream arc
rendered useless.
Recent Storm In Texas Cost at Least
100 Lives.
Dallas, Tex., May 27. As the hours
pass the horrors of the flood in this
section increase. It is believed the
complete list of dead, when compiled,
will show at least 100 lives to have
been lost. It is estimated that 10,000
people are homeless, having been driv
en from their houses by the raging wa
ters. The property loss is estimated to be
at least $25.0110,000 over the entire
stricken district.
The Trinity river h! surpassed all
reccrds. night it was believed the
crest of the flood had been reached here,
l;t more rains in the north have sent
the waters down with increased fuiy
and (oday the floods were greater than
yesterday and continually increasing.
Busings is suspended, and Mayor
Hay has orginized a relief and rc-cne
corps, the memlM-rs of which have been
doing most heroic work.
Big Clock Started.
New York, May 27. When Mayor
Wittpen. of Jersey City, pressed a tiny
button he set in motion the mechan
istn of the largest clock in the world.
As the giant minute hand begin to
move the boats on the river and the
factories on l.ird joined in a chotns of
whistles The dial of tl: clock is visi
Me f -Y mites along the IIudon river.
Ir is 3S feet in diameter, with an area
of I.I'm s'i'i.-ire feet. TVe minute hand
is 20 feet long and weighs a third of .a
ton. and the weight of the entire clock
is close to six tons.
Hearst Wins His Fight.
New York, Mar 27 William !L
Hr.irt won an tmivortant victory to
day in his long fipht for a recount ot
the bsll ts cast in the mayoralty elec
tion in 110'.. when George B. MeCbl
lin was d'rlared elected, and at last the
boxes are to be opened.
Blow Up Houses Ovuied by Ex-Super4-l$or
Supposed to be Move to Intimidate
Star Witness Against Grafters
Ex-President of Board of Super
visors Had Just Closed $26,000
Real Estate Deal.
Oakland. Cal., May 2. Three large
dwelling houses, built by James L. Gal
lagher, ex-president of the board of
supervisors and the prosecution's star
witness in the bribery-graft cases, at '
Perkins and Belmont streets, this city,
were wrecked by dynamite tonight
shortly before midnight. The houses
were not yet occupied.
A heavy charge of dynamite, placed
in the kitchen of the largest of the
three houses, threw the building off the
foundations and almost completely
wrecked it. The bouses were shat
tered, while many windows in the
neighborhood were broken by the
John Rollins, a watchman employed
by the contractor building the houses
for Gallagher, was sitting in a small
shack near the houses at the time, and
was thrown to the ground. He said
to Captain of Detectives Peterson that
he was through the three buildings
shortly before the explosion occurred.
It is said that Gallagher was negotiat
ing a deal today for the sale of the
houses for $25,(MH). Several weeks ago
Gallagher's home in Oakland was blown
up and badly wrecked at night while he
and bis wife and several friends were
in the house and narrowly escaped se
rious injury.
Trinity River Rises Again and Condi
tions Are. Serious.
Fort Worth. Tex.. May 28. With the
waters of the Trinity river still near
the summit of the banks another great
volume of water began pouring from
the west fork of that stream toward
this city late last night. Early today
the river is rising nt a rate of six inches
an hour, and with such conditions as
already prevail, the outcome when the
crest of this second rush of waters
reaches this ritv cannot be foretold.
That considerable additional property.
loss and suffering will result is consid
ered certain.
A serious situation has developed
here in regard to the city water supply.
The mains are filled with black, muddy
water, unfit for drinking even after
being lioilcd. The city authorities de
clare it may le a week before they can
restore the normal water supply. Mcan-
wime, uiose w no can anom it are duv
ing water from private artesian wells,
and those who cannot are drinking the
water that comes out of the mains.
Thirteen men, women and children
were caught in the overflow in the Den
ton river. Their condition became so
precarious that they were forced to
hold the children upon their shoulders
to keep them from drowning. They
stood in water almost up to their necks
for ten hours until rescued.
Prohibition Sweeps State From End
to End at Elections.
Raleigh. N. C. M.1y 28. North Car
olina was carried fo state-wide prohi
bition Tuesday by a majority estimated
at 40,000 to 42,000 on reports received
ip to midnight.
The prohibition ticket carried 78 out
of the H counties by overwhelming ma
jorities. The prohibition ticket has car
ried 20 counties by majorities approxi
mating 5,ooo. This calculation is partly
based upon estimates ami the prohibi
tion leaders say that it is possible for
the prohibition majority to reach 50,000.
The election passed olf very quietly,
no disturbances of any importance being
renortcd. '
The total vote cast in the state was
alKitit 175.000.
Every large town in the state except
Wilmington ami Duiham went prohi
bition. Under the regulations of the prohibi
tion bill submitted to the people there
will lie no manufacture or sale of intox
icating liquors in the state after Janu
ary, I'JOtf.
Refugees Swept Away.
Oklahoma City. Okla, May 28. A
special from Collier, Okla., near the
Texas line, says that 14 persons who
had taken refuge on an island formed
between the new and old channels of
Red river, were drowned late today,
when the flood waters covered the place
where they had taken refuge. Although
weighted down with l train cf ballast,
the "Katy" railroad bridge went out at
0 o'clock hst tn'g'it. The river is over
three miles wide and is cutting a new
channel around the town.
More Plague Appears.
Willemstad, Curacao, May-2 The
report that the Port of La Guavra
would be reonened in the immediate fu
ture eonidcrrd here to be prema
ture, as it is unofficially stated that an
other ease of bulionic plague has oc
curred there since the issuance of Pres
ident Castro's decree. '