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S. A. THOMAS, PublUher
NEWS OF THE WEEK
Id a Condensed Form for Oor
A Resume of the Less Important but
Not Less Interesting Events
of the Past Week.
Secretary Taft denies that the Philip
pinea will be sold to Japan.
The discovery of 25 new stars is an
nounced by Harvard observatory.
Thirty-seven persons were saved from
the wreck of the Valencia, making the
death roll 117.
A revolutionary agitation is now on
looking to the establishment of a re
public in China.
The president has made public evi
dence that the beef trust has bribed re
porters in Chicago.
The Cuban senate has passed a bill
appropriating $25,000 for the purchase
of a wedding gift for Miss Alice Roose
velt. The Canadian government will be
asked to provide a life saving station
near Cape Beale, where the Valencia
The largest telephone switchboard in
the United States outside of New York
and Chicago will soon be installed in
Chairman Shonts, of the Canal com
mission, has admitted that he still
holds his old position as president of
the Clover Leaf railroad and is drawing
$12,000 a year salary from that com
pany. The Wyoming Woolgrowerg' associa
tion has adopted resolutions against
the leasing of public lands, any reduc
tion in the tariff on wools and hides
and opposing the present charges for
grazing Btock. 1
. General Joseph Wheeler is dead.
The revolt of Letts in Russia is hard
The Chinese empress dowager is busy
selecting an heir to the throne.
Japan has adopted a plan which will
enable her to pay the war debt in a
comparatively short time.
Forty more Chinese commissioners
are coming to the United States to
study American life and customs.
Congress will be asked to pass a law
giving the secretary of the navy power
to dismiss midshipmen he finds guilty
President and Mrs. Roosevelt have
sent out the invitations to the wedding
of Miss Alice Roosevelt, which is to
take place at noon February 17.
A resolution has been introduced in
the senate authorizing the payment of
the funeral expenses, amounting to
$547, of the late senator Mitchell.
An earthquake has been felt in New
Mexico and Arizona. Not a great deal
of damage was done, although build
ings rocked and chimneys tumbled.
Castro says M. Taigny, the French
charge d'affaires, violated diplomatic
etiquette. He also claims Taigny was
not representative of France when ex
France is not quite ready to whip
The government has opened its case
in the trial of the packing trust at Chi
cago. Serious anti-Jewish rioting occurred
in Bessarabia during the celebration of
A shipment of 1,000,000 salmon eggs
to New Zealand has been made from
The Chinese commissioners in the
United States to learn our ways are
making many friends.
The prosecuting attorney of Missouri
is actively engaged in taking testimony
against the Standard Oil company.
Burton has renewed his pledge to do
all in his power to secure an appropria
tion for the mouth of the Columbia.
Physicains in attendance upon Gen
eral Joseph Wheeler say his attack of
pneumonia is slight and the; expect to
have him out soon.
The United Mineworkers of America
bas voted for an increase in wages.
A competitive examination will be
held at Whitman college, Walla Walla,,
February 10, for aspirants for appoint
ment as midshipmen.
A bomb was thrown into a crowd of
police at Odessa, Russia, injaing two
officers. Two bomb factories have been
discovered and many arrests lo 'lowed.
Fresh trouble has appeared in the
Rockefeller has given $1,450,000 to
SEARCH FOR LIFE.
Steamers Patrol Scene of Disaster to
Victoria. B. C, Jan. 25. The
wrecked steamer Valencia now lies sub'
merged and broken, but a portion of a
mast stands above water and the fleet
of steamers and tugs have today been
turning their attention to patrolling
the vicinity with the hope of finding
boats, rafts or wreckage Btill afloat with
survivors, though the chances are
Ashore, several parties have been
toiling over most arduous trails, some
carrying succor to those who were
washed ashore, others scouring the
rugged rocks of the shore line seeking
for any survivors that may have
reached shore and be lying hungry and
helpless, and others are engaged in the
melancholy duty of recovering bodies.
Of the total company of 154, but 33
have been definitely accounted for, and
three men, believed to be other sur
vivors, were seen on shore from the
whaling vessel Orion, near the wreck,
huddled about a fire. Six survivors
have been taken up on the Salvor ;
nine, most of them so badly cut up and
bruised, without food, and so overcome
that they could not stand, much less
walk, are still camped at Darling
Creek, a telegraph hut, and 18 others
were picked up by the City of Topeka.
With the three seen from tue Orion,
a mile and a half from the wreck, add
ed, the survivors total 36, leaving a
death list of 119 persons. Not a woman
or child is among the saved.
Scant hope is entertained by those
on board the patrolling steamers that
any others will be recovered, for the
doctors on rescuing tugs say the limit
of human endurance will have been
passed before that time.
WRECKAGE COMING ASHORE.
Undertow Snatches Nude Body From
Party of Searchers.
Victoria, B. C, Jan. 25. A dispatch
from Cape Beale says that Lightkeeper
Paterson has returned from the wreck
over the trail and reports that the
steamer Valencia is no more. Pieces
of the steamer and her cargo were scat
tered along the beach when he left.
The first thing seen by the party from
Cape Beale was a trunk, evidently that
of a foreigner named Frank Novak,
and papers and clothing were found
with that name.
A nude body was Been in the surf,
but before it could be reached the un
dertow took it out and it sank in deep
water. Two bodies were recovered from
the wreck, but neither could be identi
fied. The beaches near where the ship
went ashore are covered with broken
cases of canned fruit, butter, lemon a,
oranges and pineapples.
HEYBURN STRIKES SNAGS.
Arouses Antagonism That May Kill
Pure Food Bill.
Washington, Jan. 26. The pure food
bill, that had a lair prospect of passing
the senate a week or ten days ago, may
find rough sledding before - it gets
through . Senator Heyburn, who has
the bill in charge, made an able pre
sentation of his case when first he call
ed it up for consideration; he met all
objections and did it in a friendly way.
But several times since, when the sen
ator has brought the bill before the
senate, he has made unfortunate re
plies to criticisms, and has aroused an
tagonism. The senate cannot be driven;
no senator can compel the senate to act
in accordance with his wishes . It is a
case where more votes are caught by
sugar than by vinegar. This fact has
apparently escaped the attention of Mr.
Indeed, the junior Idaho senator, in
talking with his colleagues, has stated
boastfully that he does not propose to
bend to the managers of the Republi
can party in the senate; he will not
obliterate his individuality, but will
asaert himself, and by sheer force put
his pure food bill through. This is an
unfortunate attitude, for once the sen
ate becomes satisfied that Mr. Heyburn
proposes to ride over it rough-shod, and
drive bis colleagues into line, just that
soon the senate will demonstrate that
the power of a single senator in legis
lation is very small, particularly if he
be a comparatively new senator. Un
less Mr. Heyburn changes his attitude
and "stands in" with the leaders he
will not get his bill through.
McCall Sells Palace.
New York, Jan. 26. John A. Mc
Call, ex-president of the New York Life
Insurance company, has parted with
what he had often spoken of as his
most prized possession, the summer
palace he erected and furnished at
Long Branch at an expense of $500,
000. The purchase price was about
$350,000. Of this amount Mr. McCall
receives only about $100,000, as the
property is mortgaged for $250,000.
The principal encumbrance is a mort
gage for $150,000, given to the New
York liife Insurance company.
Give Isle of Pines to Cuba.
Washington, Jan. 26. The senate
committee on foreign relations today
voted to report the treaty with Cuba
ceding the Isle of Pines to that repub
lic. The treaty was not amended.
IN THE NATIONAL
Friday, dan. 26.
Washington, Jan. 26. The first at
tempt at filibustering during this ses
sion occurred in the house today on a
Democratic endeavor to defeat the pro
vision of the urgent deficiency bill
waiving the eight-hour law for foreign
laborers on the Panama canal. The
amendment was placed in the bill in
committee of the whole after the house
had divided many times on every pre
text which Williams could make the
cause for a vote. When the bill was
finally finished, late In the day, a de
mand for a separate vote and roll-call
on tnat amendment was made and or
dered, at which time the house ad
journed. The vote will occur tomor
row. The amendment was ruled out
of the bill on, a point of order on Tues
day, and its insertion today was effect
ed under the provisions of a special
rule brought in from the rules com
mittee for the purpose.
lhe only other controversy of the day
resulted from an attempt to increaae by
$115,000 the amount for meat inspec
tion by the department of Agriculture.
This increase was refused after an ani
Thursday, January 25
Washington, Jan. 25. The house
passed the statehood bill according to
schedule today. The Republican oppo
sition spent its entire force yesterday
and no effort was made to defeat the
bill on its final passage, only 33 of the
insurgents" voting against it. The
bill passed by the vote of 194 to 150.
The debate which preceded this vote
btgan at 11 o'clock and was practically
featureless so far as any hope was en
tertained of changing the measure in
the slightest degree.
The bill as passed provides that Ok
lahoma and the Indian Territory shall
consittute one state under the name of
Oklahoma, and that Arizona and New
Mexico shall constitute a state under
the name Arizona. Should the terms
of admission be ratified by the resi
dents of the two former territoritea,
their respective state constitutions
must contain clauses prohibiting the
sale of intoxicating liquors and plural
marriages. The constitution of Arizona
must prohibit the sale of liquor to In
dians forever and that of Oklahoma for
21 years. There are many other stipu
lations concerning schools, courts and
political subdivisions of the proposed
Washington, Jan. 25. The foreign
affairs of the United States continued
to hold the attention of the senate to
day, the Moroccan and Dominican mat
ters being immediately at issue. Money
was the principal speaker and ho talked
for over two hours in opposition to the
course of the administration with ref
erence to both Santo Domingo and Mo
rocco. He contended that there was
danger of becoming involved unneces
sarily in the affairs of other countries
by participation in the Algeciras con
ference and that this country was not
sufficiently concerned with the conduct
of affairs in Santo Domingo to justify
our course in that island. He also took
the position that the president had
transcended his authority there. Hey
burn spoke in support of the annexa
tion of Santo Domingo.
Wednesday, Jaunary 24.
Washington, Jan. 24. When the
smoke of the liveliest legislative battle
of the session had cleared up in the
house today, Speaker Cannon and his
organization were in complete control
and the joint statehood program of the
administration had been adopted.
Previous to the vote the debate on
the rule had proceeded under high ten
sion. The speeches were short but
the word uttered were hot and full of
The rule adopted provides that the
bill granting statehood to Oklahoma
and the Indian Territory as "Oklaho
ma," and Arizona and New Mexico as
"Arizona," should be debated until 3
o'clock tomorrow and then voted on
without opportunity for debate. The
house adjourned at 5 :30 oclock, after
agreeing to meet at 11 o'clock tomor
Washington, Jan. 24. Mr. Lodge
today presented in the senate the pol
icy of the administration in the matter
of the Algeciras conference over the
Morocco and also with reference to
Santo Domingo. He defended the
course of the president in Dotn in
stances, contending that oiir represent
ation at the Moroccan conference was
essential to the protection of American
commercial interests and that only by
Hague Delegates Chosen.
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can representatives to the approaching
eonference to be held at The Hague will
be Joseph H. Choate, formerly ambas
sador to England; Horace Porter, for
mer ambassador to France, and Judge
Rose, of Little Rock, Ark., ex-president
of the American Bar association.
Besides these delegates there may be
others, the number being conditional
npon the Russian representation, and
there will also be a number of secre
taries, stenographers and interpreters.
HALLS OF CONGRESS
the course pursued in Santo Domingo
could foreign nations be prevented from
soizing the custom houses of that coun
try and securing a poaition there which
might threaten the approaches to the
Tuesday, January 23.
Washington, Jan 23. For more than
three hours today Spooner occupied the
time of the senate in explanation and
defense of the course of the adminis
tration relative to the Moroccan con
ference at Algeciras, Spain, and in con
nection with Santo Domingo. The
speech was delivered to crowded gal
leries and to a well filled senate, ar.d
received careful attention throughout.
It was in the main a response to the
apeeches of Bacon and Tillman, and its
purpose was to justify the president's
acts in both the matters under discus
Washington, Jan. 23. The eight
hour law cannot be abrogated for work
on the Panama canal and canal com
missioners cannot receive additional
compensation beside their salaries as
commissioners. These two changes in
the urgent deficiency appropriation bill
now under consideration by the house
was the net result of today's session.
Innumrable amendments seeking to
perfect the bill as to canal ground, pur
chases, purchases of coal for the navy,
etc., consumed time in discussion, tut
met defeat when a vote was taken.
When the session ended, about half of
the bill had been considered. It will
be laid aside tomorrow, when the state
hood bill ft to be brought in and to
have the right of way until disposed of.
Monday, January 22.
Washington, Jan. 22. The question
of regulating railroad rates took prac
tically all of toe time of the senate to
day, notwithstanding that no bill with
that end in view has been reported
from the interstate commerce commit
tee. The discussion of thesubject was
in connection with Clary's speech, Al
drich, Foraker, Bailey and Newlands
being the principial participants in ad
dition to Clay himself.
Clay advocated the passage" of a bill
which would give the Interstate Com
merce commission power to regulate
rates, when complained of, and said
that, if there was no legislation along
that line, the country might count up
on agitation of the question of govern
ment ownership. In that connection,
he referred to the large vote given Mr.
Hearst in the late New York municipal
election as an indication of the poplari
ty of municipal ownership of public
Washington, Jan. 22. With a point
of order pending, the eight-hour claum
of the Panama canal item in the urgent
deficiency bill was buffeted about in
debate during the greater part of to
day's ses-don of the boue. The debate
was general and the point of order
which will be made by Hogg of Colo
rado, or by Williams, the minority
leader, can only be made when the sec
tion is considered for amendment. .
While the eight-hour provision of
the Panama part of the bill is what is
objected to most strenuously, speeches
were made for and against the adminis
tration's canal policy. Williams, the
minority leader, declared the work of
digging ought to be done by contract,
De Armond, of Missouri, immediately
contended that this could not be done
successfully, and Burton, of Ohio, urg
ed that congress should scrutinize ap
propriations. Hepburn, of Iowa, urged
the necessity of centralization in re
sponsibility, and wanted the president
held responsible for the work.
Saturday, January 20.
Washington, Jan. 20. The cry of
graft raised iu the houae of representa
tives this afternoon caused the defeat
of an amendment to an urgent deficien
cy bill apppropriating $10,000 to sup
ply an express deficiency in the fund
used for the payment of transporta
tion charges on silver from the sub
treasury to trade centers. The amend
ment was proposed by General Kiefer,
Rep., and was opposed by Reprsenta-
tives Tawney, Minn., Smith, la., and
Hill, Conn. Representative Hill raised
the point of "order against it. He lost.
Hill charged that the appropriation
was a species of graft for the express
company. Smith joined in the declar
ation that it was no longer necessary
for the Federal government to continue
the appropriation, and that if the
transportation of silver was not made
so profitable the coin would remain in
Wants Philippine Secretary.
Manila, Jan. 23. T. H. Pardo de
Tavera has resigned his position as a
member of the United States Philip
pine commision, . assigning as a reason
bis belief that the Filipinos should
have a portfolio. His resignation has
offered an opportunity for one of his
colleagues to express a desire that in
the future there be a Filipino delegate
in congress. Commissioner Ide is re
ceiving thousands of congratulations on
his appointment as governor, which is
universally approved, though many re
gret the transfer of ex-Governor Wright.
STEAMER VALENCIA WRECKED.
Strikes Rocks in Fog Off the Straits
Victoria, B. C, Jan. 23. Tke steam
er Valencia, which was en toute to Vic
toria from San Francisco with 94 pas
sengers and a crew of 00, went ashore
at midnight last night during a thick
fog, at Cloo Oae, near Curinanah point,
and a large number were drowned
when attempting to leave the ship.
The steamer is on the rocks against a
high cliff, and is likely to go to pieces
at any time.
One boat's crew reached Cape Beale
at 3 o'clock this afternoon, and nine
men got ashore near the telegraph
huts, about 15 miles from the light
house. When the boats were lowered, soon
after the vessel was driven into the
shore after she began to sink, there was
a great loss of life. The boats filled
with women and children were smashed
against the side of the steamer and t il
in them were lost.
The lights had gone out by this time,
and the crew could not see to work:
Seven boats and three life rafts were
lowered. Only two of them have been
There were thought to be about 100
persons still on the wreck, and the sur
vivors' who reached Cape Beale say at
least 60 were drowned alongside the
steamer before they Jeft. .
The boatswain and five seamen were
sent to secure assistance, and are the
only ones that reached Cape Beale, ar
riving there about 3 o'clock.
HUNDRED REPORTED LOST.
Lighthouse Keeper at Carmanah Files
Victoria, B. C, Jan. 23. A dis
patch from Cape Beale says the'steamer
lost is the Valencia of San Francisco,
which went ashore on the Vancouver
island coast near Cloo Ose. The light
bouse keeper says between 50 and 60-1
The news of the disaster on Vancou
ver island coast is meager, being con
fined to the message received by Cap
tain Gaudin, agent of marine, from
Lighthouse Keeper Peterson at Carma
nah, Baying as follows:
"Steamer wrecked between here and
Cloo Ose. About 100 drowned. Nine
reached telegraph hut. Will wire more
particulars as soon as possible."
Cloo Ose is about five or six miles
from Carmanah point, and 65 miles
from Victoria. Cape Beale is 125 miles
from Victoria, at the easterly enterance
to Barkley sound.
SEEKER FOR PEACE.
Ambassador White Tries to Reconcile
Germany and France.
Algeciras. Jan. 24. Ilenrv White .
the American ambassador to Italy andi
head of the American delegation to the
Moroccan conference, is makinir the
weight of the United States felt in
quietendeavors to bring France and
Germany nearer together before Jthe
disputed questions ariBe in the conven
tion. Tho questions cannot be long de
It has been impossible for the United
States to take the lead in seeking a wav
toward an agreement that shall guaran
tee to all the countries an equal footing
in Morocco and yet recognize in some
respects the special position of France.
It is a difficult task, but all the govern
ments, except those directly concerned,
are assisting in it, because of the dan
ger of the situation, should the confer
ence fail in settlement.
TREATS AFFAIR AS A JOKE.
Venezuelan Minister Refuses Explan
ation of Taigny Incident.
Willemstad, Jan. 23. Advices re
ceived here today say that the dean of
the diplomatic corps at Caracas, the
Belgian charge d'affaires, has conferred
with Senor Ybarra, the Venezuelan
Foreign minister, on the incident at
tending the embarkation of the ex
French charge d'affaires, M. Taigny, on
board the French steamer Martiniaue
off La Gnayra, January 14.
benor Ybarra evaded the request and
treated the Taigny incident lightly, re
marking that M. Taigny had "allowed
himself to be caught like a rat in a
Kin Peter's Throne Shaky.
London, Jan. 24. Special dispatches
from Vienna to the London papers are
inclined to attribute the strained rela
tions between Austria-Hungarv and
Servia partly to the waning influence
of King Peter. The king is reported as
being powerless to control the policy of
his cabinet owing to the growth of Rad
ical and Republican influences. The
correspondent of the Dailv Mail
"It is believed in Austria that the days
ot trie Jiarageorgevitch dynasty are
numbered and that King Peter and his
family will be expelled."
Asks $2,000,000 for Militia.
Washington. Jan. 24. The National
Guard association today reaffirmed its
approval ol the bill pending in the sen
ate and houae, carrying an annual ap
propriation of $2,000,000 to increase
the efficiency of the militia and to pro
mote rine practice.