LEXIN6T0N WHEATFIELD S. A. THOMAS, PublUher LEXINGTON OREGON NEWS OF THE WEEK Id a Condensed Form for Oor Busy Readers. 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 went ashore. The largest telephone switchboard in the United States outside of New York and Chicago will soon be installed in San Francisco. 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 to suppress. 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 of hazing. 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 pelled. , France is not quite ready to whip Castro. 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 Red Sunday. A shipment of 1,000,000 salmon eggs to New Zealand has been made from Tehama, California. 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 Balkan states. Rockefeller has given $1,450,000 to Chicago university. SEARCH FOR LIFE. Steamers Patrol Scene of Disaster to Valencia. 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 small. 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. Heyburn. 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 mated debate. 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 new states. 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 sting. 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 row. 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. y aouiugion, jan. - Dcnemij' T5 i ,1 1 . 1 ... I 1a AY.ni 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 Panama canal. 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 sion. v 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 utilities. 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 circulation longer. 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 of Fuca. 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 heard from. 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 First Telegram. 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 were drowned. 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 layed. 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 trap." 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.