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OREGON STATE ITEMS OF INTEREST
PORTAGE ROAD WILL PAY.
Low Water In River Ha Interfered
With Its Traffic.
Balem 'That the Portage railway
will be self sustaining when regular
traffic has been established, there is no
doubt," said Superintendent L. 8.
Cook, of the Celilo Portage railway,
when in Salem to attend a meeting of
the Portage commission. "For various
reasons we have not been getting the
business we should have had at the
start, but present difficulties will be re
moved and avoided in the future.
"Low water has made it impossible
for the boats on the upper river to take
on wheat at some placet to bring it
down to Celilo. For example, at
Quentin there was 12,000 sacks of
wheat piled up on the shore, but the
water was so low the boats could not
: get near enough to load. Some 160,000
acks of grain along the Upper Colum
bia have been shipped out by rail, when
under normal conditions of water, it
would have come down by boat and the
"I cannot, give exact figures at pres
ent concerning the expenditure and in
come, because we have not made settle
ments with transportation companies
when the charges are collected by one
line and the amount apportioned. In
round numbers I should say that it
costs us $800 a month to operate the
road and our income is about $000 a
month. If we were getting all the
traffic that is available and naturally
tributary to the portage road, we would
have an income of $1,900 a month and
an expense of perhapB $1,000. We
have handled 10,000 to 15,000 sacks of
wheat this month, whereas we would
have handled much more if the boats
could havo reached it."
WAN T WATER FOR CANAL.
Deschutes Irrigation & Power Com
pany Files on Water Rights.
Salem The Deschutes Irrigation &
. Power company has made two water
filings to secure new sources of water
supply for its extensive irrigation sys
tem near Bend. The present source of
supply is about two miles above the
town of Bend, hut it is understood that
the land upon which the headgate is
located is owned or controlled by A. M
Drake. The Deschutes con pany has
now made a filing for 1,000 cubic feet
of water per second about three miles
further up the stream. The filing is
for the purpose of securing water for
the Central Oregon canal. The other
filing is for 1,500 cubic inches per
second at a point about 10 miles above
Bend, at Beham falls. The filing is
for the purpose of securing water for
the Benham falls canal, which will ex
tend eastward and northward a distance
of SO to 40 miles, bringing the water
to Prineville and irrigating large areas
of land north of the canal.
The Portland Irrigation company,
Tepresented by Edwin Mays, of Port
land, has filed on 15,000 inches of
water in Chewaucan creek, Lake coun
ty, the point of diversion being in sec
tion 84, township S3 south, range 18
Fruit Drier Closes Down.
Freewater J. P. McMinn, proprie
tor of the large fruit drier north of
Freewater, has closed for the season,
after a very short run, owing to the
scacrity of prune and the active de
mand and high price paid forthe green
fruit, 75,000 pounds being the output
this year as compared with 200,000
pounds last year. Heretofore he has
shipped his .prunes east, disposing of
the same in the large cities at prices
from S to 3a cent a pound. He has
sold half of this year's output at 6
cents a pound to Pendleton and Walla
Sandlaka May Talk.
Cloverdale The Cloverdale Tele
phone company this week completed
ten miles of new telephone line to
Sandlake. The company has also late
ly completed its line to Dolph. This
gives Tillamook City telephone connec
tion with every voting precinct in the
south part of the county. There is
' hardly a farm house from Tillamook to
Blab creek that has not telephone , son
nection, and it iB hoped next year will
see the system extended to the valley
by way of Willamina. The system now
embraces over 60 miles of wire. s
Winter Irrigation a Success.
Milton W. T. Shaw, the well known
Hudson bay rancher, was in the city
recently and reports that irrigation on
the line of -the Hudson Bay ditch is
increasing. This ditch uses the sur
plus water of the Walla Walla river,
and as a result it can only irrigate when
the ordinary irrigation season ends.
Car Shortage Felt.
Freewater Owing to the scarcity of
cars on this division the Peacock apd
Eagle mills are working at a great dis
advantage on account of storage capaci
" ty being blocked with millstuffs ready
to ship. Manager J. H. Hall advises
he has 20 cars of flour and feed ready
to move and can get but one car a day.
NEED NOT VACCINATE.
Children Cannot Be Forced to Take
Salem In answer to an inquiry from
State Health Officer Robert C. Yenney,
of Portland, Attorney General Craw-
lord has rendered a decision holding
that the State Board of Health has no
authority to require that children shall
be vaccinated before gaining admission
to the public schools.
The attorney general quotes from the
law ci eating the board of health, show
ing that the board has general super
vision of the health of the state and
power to establish quarantines. The
vaccination rule would not be in the
nature of a quarantine; hence' the
board cannot find its authority in that
Neither does Mr. Crawford think the
clause giving the board general super
vision will authorize them to establish
a new qualification for admission to the
public schools unlesB there is apparent
danger of an epidemic of smallpox.
AIDS THE CATALOGUE HOUSES.
Baker City Merchants Protest Against
Numbering of Rural Boxes.
Baker City The merchants of Baker
City are circulating a petition asking
the postmaster general to withdraw his
order to the effect that all rural mail
boxes must be numbered in consecutive
order. In thn work they have asked
the aid of all the merchants from Boise
to Spokane, and petitions have been
sent to these towns for circulation.
The merchants allege that the num
bering of the mail boxes on the rural
free delivery routes would give the cat
alogue houses in the large cities like
New York, Chicago and St. Louis a
great advantage, as these big concerns
would be enabled to send out their cat
alogues and other literature to every
patron along every rural free delivery
route without knowing the names of
the parties, as the literature could be
addressed to Box 24, or any number,
and reach its destination.
'Start Free Library.
Baker City Baker City now has a
free public li orary, the council having
ratified the appointment of the library
commission as named by Mayor C. A.
Johns. A special library tax will be
voted on the the next June election,
and in the meantime Andrew Carnegie
will be asked to renew the offer of
$1,000 made about a year ago for the
establishment of a library in this city.
The present library was instituted by
a private library association and con
ducted for the benefit of the public at
a small membership fee.
Nucleus of Permanent Exhibit.
Ontario The Malheur county exhib
it returned from the fair at Portland is
being installed in the office of Don
Carlos Boyd. It is to be made the nu
cleus of a permanent exhibit of the
products of the county.
Wheat Club, 73c per bushel; blue
stem, 75c; valley, 7475c; red, 69c.
Oats No. 1 white feed, $26; gray,
$26 per ton. (
Barley Feed, $21.5022 per ton;
brewing, $2222.50; rolled, $22.50
Rye $1.501.60 per cental.
Hay Eastern Oregon timothy, $15
16 per ton; valley timothy, $1112;
clover, $89; grain, $89.
Fruits Apples, $11.50 per box;
huckleberries, 7c per pound; pears,
$1.251.50 per box; grapes, $1.50
1.75 per box; Concord, 15o per basket;
quinces, $1 per box.
Vegetables BeanB, wax, 1012c per
pound; cabbage, lljc per pound;
cauliflower, $1.752.25 per dozen; cel
ery, 75c per dozen ; cucumbers, 5060c
per dozen; pumpkins, Mlc per
pound ; tomatoes, $1 per crate ; sprouts,
7cper pound; squash, lc per
pound; turnips, 90c$l per sack; car
rots, 6575c per sack; beets, 85c$l
Onions Oregon yellow Danvers,
$1.25 per sack.
Potatoes Fancy graded Burbanks,
75 80c per sack; ordinary, 5560c;
Merced sweets, sacks, $190; crates,
Butter Fancy creamery, 2527)c
Eggs Oregon ranch, 3235c per
Poultry Average old hens, ll12c
per pound; young roosters, 910c;
springs, 11 12c; dressed chickens,
1214c; turkeys, live, 17(1 18c; geese,
live, 810c; ducks, 1415c.
HopB Oregon, 1905, choice, 9llc;
Wool Eastern Oregon average best,
1921c; lower grades down to 15c, ac
cording to shrinkage; valley, 2527c
per pound; mohair, choicej 30c.
Beef Dressed bulls,' l2c- per
pouni; cowb, S4c; country steers,
Veal Dressed, 87c per pound.
Mutton Dressed, fancy, 77c per
pound; ordinary, 45c: lambs, 78c.
Pork Dressed, 67Jc per pound.
SELL ADULTERATED SEED.
Agricultural Department Blacklists a
Long List of Dealers.
Washington, Nov. 14. While the air
in full of talk about graft, Secretary
Wilson, of the department of Agricul
ture, is going ahead quietly puncturing
one form of graft that is imposed upon
the farmers of the country that oper
ated by the fraudulent seed men. Un
der a special act of congress Mr. Wil
son's department makes an examina
tion and analysis of seed sent in by
farmers who are suspicious that dealers
are selling them adulterated goods. As
a result of investigations recently
made, the Agricultural department has
issued a warning to farmers against
buying red clover or alfalfa seed from
a number of dealers who have been
found disposing of adulterated seed.
The dealers named on the list are:
W. W. Bawson & Co., Boston; Ross
Bros., Worcester Mass.; W. H. Small
& Co., Evansville, Ind.; The W. E.
Barrett Company, Providence, E. I.;
Barteldes & Co., Denver, Colo; Cross-
man Bros., Rochester, N. Y.; W. E.
Dailwig, Milwaukee; J. A. Everett,
Indianapolis; James Gregory & Son,
Marblehead, Mass.; W. Crossman, Pe
tersburg, Va.; Hamilton Bros., Cedar
Rapids, la. ; Huntington & Paige, In-
dianapoliB; Jacob F. Kirchner, Pitts-
field, Mass.; McMillan Seed Company,
Atlanta, Ga.; B. E. Martin, Salem,
111.; L. L. May & Son, St. Paul,
Minn; National Seed Company, Louis
ville, Ky.; The Frank S. Piatt Co.,
New Haven ; Rush Park Seed Com
pany, Independence, la. ; Steckler Seed
Company, New Orleans, and Young &
Halstead, Troy, N. Y.
The names of these dealers are pub
licly posted by the department, in
reality they are blacklisted. This note
is a warning to farmers who are in the
market for red clover or alfalfa need.
ITS WORK A FIASCO.
Committee on Public Printing Does
Not Fix Blame for Waste.
Washington, Nov. 14. Judging by
results so far obtained by the "joint
committee on printing," the public
printing graft is not going to be checked
by congress this winter, aa President
Roosevelt had hoped. After giving
hearings to officials of the government
printing office, officials in charge of
senate and house documents and some
of the men in charge of publications in
the various departments, the committee
arrives at the conclusion that there has
been waste. It iB not able to analyze
the waste; it iB not able to point out
the manner in which the waste can be
checked ; it is not able to fix the re
sponsibility. In short, the committee
has brought to light nothing new. And
now it has taken an indefinite recess.
But this class of investigation iB typ
ical. It iB about as effective as' the
average congressional inquiry. It is
parallel to the inquiry held in, the last
congress for the purpose of clearing
senators and representatives of charges
made against them in the famous Bris
tow postal report.
NO BILL, SAYS BURION.
Congressional Appropriations Must Be
Kept at Lowest Figure.
Washington, Nov. 14. The Post
tomorrow will say:
No general river and harbor bill will
be passed by congress at the approach
ing session. This forecast was made by
Representative Burton, of Ohio, chair
man of the river and harbor committee,
before he left Washington for Hot
Springs, Va., for a short vacation.
There are two cogent reasons for not
enacting such legislation next winter,
according to Representative Burton
first, because a large bill passed last
session carried appropriations for all
projects deserving of immediate atten
tion from congress ; second, the neces
sity of holding down appropriations to
the lowset figure to prevent, if possible,
another deficit in the treasury.
Boycott is a Bugaboo.
Washington, Nov. 14. "The Chi
nese boycott on American goods cer
tainly cannot be carried to the extent
of seriously affecting our commerce in
the Orient," d clared Charles Denby,
the new chief clerk in the State depart
ment, today. He recently completed
a 20-year official residence in China,
and has arrived in Washington to as
sume his new duties. "When I left
Pekin last Marh, there was no apparent
dissatisfaction over the exclusion law,
and there was no talk of a boyott,"
Buy Mountain of Iron.
El Paso, Tex., Nov. 14. News has
come from Mexico tnt the United
States Steel company has purchased the
famous Solid Iron mountain, the rich
est of its kind in the world, at Du-
POINTS OF MESSAGE
Measures President Will Recom
mend to Congress.
RATE QUESTION FIRST ON LIST
Will Be the Longest and Most Re
markable of President Roose
velt's State Papers.
Washington, Nov. 14. The proofs of
the message that President Roosevelt
will send to congress on the first Mon
day in December are now in his hands
for final revision. It is said by those
members of bis cabinet who have heaid
portions of it read that it will be the
longest and most remarkable document
that has been written by President
Roosevelt. Among other topics that
have been treated in a striking manner
are the following:
Correction of the rebate evil and the
regulation of railroad rates
Telling what has been done toward
building tLe Panama canal and advo
eating legislation that will expedite the
Urging the reorganization of the dip
lomatic and consular service.
Advocating moderation in Chinese
Suggesting methods for cementing up
the cracks in the immigration laws.
r.eeommenaing administrative re
forms in governmental departments and
the adoption of business methods in
operating the government.
Urging the ratification of the Santo
Recommending better tariff relations
with the Philippines and'Porto Rico.
Explaining the government's right to
inquire into corporations engaged in
Pointing to the benefits of a greater
Preservation of Niagara Falls from
the encroachments of commerce.
Statehood for territories.
Federal supervision of insurance
companies greatly desired.
Other topics touched upon are :
Treaty of Portsmouth, trade in the
Orient, treasury deficiencies, public
lands, forest reservations, rights of la
bor, Venezuela and economy in govern
AGAINST THE RAILROADS.
Washington State Commission Up
holds All Complaints.
Colfax, Wash., Nov. 14. "Found
guilty as charged on each count of the
indictment." This is the verdict of
the State Railroad commission rendered
yesterday evening in the State Railroad
commission vs. the O. R. & N. Co.,
the Great Northern Railroad company
and the Northern Pacific Railroad com'
Shipments from Puget sound for
points on the O. R. & N. in Eastern
Washington must not be routed via
Portland unless requested by the ship
per. Coal rates from Roslyn to points
on the O. K. & N. in Eastern Washing
con must be lowered to that existing
before the cancellation of the joint
rates January 1, 1902, and joint rates
must be re-established between all the
railroads of Washington. In fact, the
railroads have lost every point, and the
commission has arbitrarily announced
its intent to fix the rates to favor Puget
sound at the expense of Portland.
The O. R. & N. Co., by its attorney
James Wilson, announced just before
adjournment of the commission, after
all the testimony had been taken, that
it would grant a rate of $2.55 on Ros
lyn coal from Wallula to Colfax, mak
ing the total rate on both roads of
$4.45, thus placing Roslyn coal on an
equal basis with Wyoming coal.
Commissioner McMillan asked if the
O. R. & N. and Northern Pacific would
make the same rate on Roslyn coal to
Colfax that the Northern Pacific makes
to Garfield ani Pullman. Mr. Wilson
stated he has no authority to make such
Concessions to Peasants.
St. Petersburg, Nov. 14. The gov
ernment has decided to make an appeal
to the peasants. With the workmen
of the cities completely estranged and
Liberals refusing to aid the authorities,
there iB nothing left but to turn to the
peasants, and the emperor has approved
a ukase informing them that measures
for the amelioration of their condition
will receive immediate consideration.
The discontent of the peasants and the
danger of the spread of the agrarian
movement largely contributed to the
Reviving a Dead Scheme.
Mexico City, Nov. 14. The Mexican
Herald p-ints a story claiming it has
information that the governments of
Great Britain and Japan have practical
ly decided to construct a ship canal of
their own across Nicaragua, practically
on the lines of the plan rejected by the
American government, Great Britain
to furnish the capital and Japan the
BLOW AT IRRIGATION.
litchcock Refuses to Approve Pro
jects in the Northwest.
Washington, Nov. 13. Following
close upon Secretary Taft's refusal to
recommend an appropriation for con
tinuing the improvement of the mouth
of the Columbia river comes Secretary
Hitchcock's refusal to approve the
Umatilla irrigation project in Oregon,
and the Okanogan and Tietan projects,
in Washington, all of which bare been
pronounced feasible by the reclamation
engineers, and all of which were re
cently submitted to Mr. Hitchcock for
hia approval. Lack of funds is given
as his reason for turning down all three
Mr. Hitchcock finds that he has al
lotted all the money in the reclamation
fund and about $3,000,000 in excess.
He concludes that it is time to check
these allotments, and is determined to
accumulate a surplus before more work
is undertaken. He therefore intends
to hold back on new projects until July
1, at which time, it is estimated, there
will be a surplus on hand of about $3,
000,000. Mr. Hitchcock finds nothing
wrong with the engineering features of
these projects, but he is entering upon
a new policy of distributing money out
of the reclamation fund, and his reform
is put in force just at the time when
Oregon and Washington were in line
Another thing that develops in con
nection with the refusal to approve the
Umatilla, Okanogan and Tietan projects
is the determination of the secretary to
hereafter confine allotments of reclama
tion funds to 51 per cent of the amount
contributed by the various states and
territories. It is unfortunate for Ore
gon and Washington that this rule is
adopted at this late day, but, if it be
lived up to strictly, the secretary
should at once expend $2,500,000 in
Oregon and more than $1,500,000 in
Washington. As a matter of fact, not
a dollar of the reclamation fund has
been expended on any irrigation work
in Washington, and the only benefit
Oregon seems likely to receive for some
time is her share of the $1,000,000
which has been set aside for Klamath.
ONLY HERRICK IS BEATEN.
Republicans Carry Most of Ohio Elec
tion Legislature Doubtful.
Columbus, O., Nov. 13. Today's
developments have cleared up the post
election situation in Ohio considerably.
Practically complete returns on the en
tire state ticket show that all the Re
publican candidates except for governor
have been elected by substantial plu
ralities. The figures given out by
Chairman Dick, of the Republican
State committee, show a range from
27,000 plurality on lieuteuant governor
to 39,000 on state treasurer. Leads
Houck, Democratic candidate, for lieu
tenant governor, before leaving for his
home at Mount Vernon tonight, ad
mitted his defeat. Chairman Garber,
of the Democratic State committee,
was expected to give out a etatement
tonight, but did not.
Both parties continue to claim a ma
jority in both branches of the legis
lature. The majority in either branch
will be small, possibly not more than
two or three for the party that controls.
LET ROOT MANAGE BIG CANAL.
Plan to Relieve Taft of Panama Mat
ters Again Discussed.
Washington, Nov. 13. An echo of
the suggestion that the Isthmian canal
should be placed under the State de
partment has been heard in a rumor of
the possibility that the Insular bureau,
which grew up under the direction of
Secretary Root when he was at the
head of the War department, may be
transferred to the State department.
The discussion of the matter has not
taken any concrete form, but it is one
of the suggestions made to relieve the
secretary of war of heavy responsibili
ties which now rest upon him in ad
ministering not only the affairs of the
army, but the Philippines, the Panama
canal and other island interests.
It would take legislation to bring
about the change, as the Insular bureau
was legislated into the War depart
ment when the Philippine government
act was passed.
Extra Session In Pennsylvania.
Harrisburg, Pa., Nov. 13. Governor
Pennyacker issued a roclamation today
calling an extra session of the legisla
ture for January 15 to consider reform
legislation. Bills to enable contiguous
cities in the same counties to be united
into one municipality; to reapportion
the state into senatorial and represent
ative districts; to provide for the per
sonal registration of voters, and for the
government of cities' first class, and the
proper distribution of the power exer
cised by such municipalities are to be
considered at the extra session.
Dunne Will Return to Charge.
Chicago, Nov. 13 Mayor Dunne
announced today that he will present
another message and ordinance to the
city council, in which the purchase of
the present street car lines and the
ownership by the citv of all the present
system of lines will bo Bought.