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OREGON STATE ITEMS OF INTEREST
ADD TO RESERVES,
Government Will Soon to Take Action
on Oregon Forests.
Washington The present year is
likely to sue several million acrs added
to the forest reserve cf Oregon. Up to
this time (i, 072,550 acres have been
brought within permanent forest re
serves, and 6,908,3.'10 acres additional
have been temporarily withdrawn.
Just what part of this latter brea is to
become permanent forest reserve and
what part is to bo turned back to the
public domain has not been determined.
Out of the withdrawals, however,
2,130,400 acres set appart for the Blue
mountain reserve will be placed under
the forest adrninistratoin.
There has been an intimation that a
proclamation will soon issue creating
a Rogue river forest reserve in South
western Oregon, for which 1,192,320
acres have been withdrawn. This pro
posed reserve takes in fully half of
Curry and Josephine counties and small
portions of Coos and Douglas. When
originally mapped out, the Rogue river
reserve was deemed impracticable, be
cause the railroad land grant traverses
the area. Now that the lieu land law
is repealed and there is no danger of
lieu land frauds, this objection from
the government standpoint seems to
Lave been removed.
Various withdrawals of small areas
in Marion, Linn, Lane and Douglas
oounties, aggregating 250,040 acres,
have been made with a view to enlarg
ing the Cascade reserve along its west
boundary. It is quite probable that
these tracts will be permanent reserves
The same is true of the withdrawal of
12,000 acres in Clackamas county ad
joining the Cascade reserve.
In Morrow and Grant counties a
withdrawal has been made embracing
417,000 acres, which will eventually be
made into the Ileppner forest reserve
unless present plans are abandoned.
It has not yet been determined what
disposition shall be made of the Warner
mountain withdrawal, which embraces
2.839.810 acres in Klamath, Lake and
Crook counties. Much of this land,
upon examination, has been found un
fit for forest reserve purposes, and will
probably be turned back to the public
domain, but those portions wnich are
valuable for timber or as protection to
watersheds are likely to be permanent
iy reserved at some future time. In
addition to the foregoing, 1,280 acres
in Jackson county have been withdrawn
'with a view to enlarging the Ashland
reserve and 4.480 acres in Crook county
-withdrawn to enlarge Maury mountain
Initiative Petitions Filed.
Salem The secretary of state has
notified the governor that be has re
ceived and placed on file in his office
two initiative bills, one to abolish toll
roads and for the purchase of the Bar
low road over the Cascade mountains,
and the other for amending the local
option law. Both bills are accom
panied by petitions having the required
number of signatures to insure their
submission to a vote of the people
The governor must issue a proclama
tion for each bill, to be published in at
least one paper in each jidicial dis
trict. The publication of these" pro
clamations costs the state $275 each.
Look for Busy Season.
Baker City In spite of the heavy
enow, the past week has been lively in
mining circles, especially have the
placer men been active in preparation
for the coming season with the pros
pect of a plentiful supply of water.
George W. and Edward Borman have
just put 15 men at work cleaning out
their big ditch near the old Virtue
mine, seven miles east of Baker City.
In that vicinity there has been more
enow this winter than at any one season
in the 31 years the Brmans have been
Feed Cattle On Beet Pulp.
La Grande Grandy & Russell, the
butcher firm, are feeding 1,000 head of
cattle this winter, mostly for their own
use. A great deal of sugar beet pulp is
used, also a large quantitv of hay.
Ten men are employed steadily in feed
ing and caring for the stock. Five
teams are engaged in hauling beet pulp
and three wagons are used in hauling
To Prospect for Oil.
Eugene J. W. Zimmerman and C.
F. Mitchell, of this city, who are work
ing on a coal prospect ten miles south
west of Eugene, are preparing articles
of incorporation and will organize a
joint stock company immediately to
work the property. They have struck
a vein of coal which they say promises
well. They also announce that they
will bore 1,000 feet or more in hope of
striking oil. .
Minors Smoke Cigarettes.
Eugene The members of the Loyal
Temperance league, recently organized
here, have taken up the matter of en
forcing the law against giving and jell
ing tobacco to minors. They announce
that the first one caught violating the
law will be arrested and fined.
PROGRESS ON UMATILLA.
Water Users Sign Contract Is Best
Among Irrigation Plans.
Washington Officials of the recla
mation service are pleaced with the
progress being made by the landowners
the Umatilla irrigation project.
Late advices from the local engineer in
dicate strong interest on the part of the
water users, who have already pledged
13,000 out of the 18,000 acres included
in the project. As most of the legal
difficulties have been adjusted by the
secretary of the interior, it is believed
that no great delay will occur in sign
ing uu all the land embraced in this
Although Umatilla is one of
minor national works in point of
and acreage, its favorable climate.
altitude, fertile sou and adaptability to
a wide variety of products makes this
one of the most attractive projects un
dertaken. The land is suited for orch
ards and small fruits, and, when so
used, from 10 to 20 acres are ample for
tne support of a family. The fruit and
vegetables are the finest on the market
Transportation facilities are excellent,
the markets being Portland and bpo
The engineering works are simple,
and, while the cost of the water is $60
per acrs, it is relatively low, compared
with the values produced. Soil experts
who have thoroughly examined the
whole area are enthusiastic concerning
the future of this section when watered
and predict a populous and prosperous
community here at no distant day
Snow Is Heavy.
Burns With 24 inches of snow in
the Harney valley, and at places three
feet of it, with the mountain roads
almost impassable on account of the
still heavier snowfall there, stockmen
are anxious concerning the prospects of
getting their stock through the winter.
There is an abundance of bay in the
county, but stock, and especially sheep,
lose flesh after feeding any length of
time on the wild product of tbe valley.
In addition to this fact, there is the ap
prehension that a cold snap would prob
ably have an injurious effect.
Land Money Divided.
Salem Secretary of State Dunbar
has apportioned the 5 per cent land
sales fund among the several counties
of the state. This fund was received
from the United States government and
constitutes 5 per cent of the proceeds of
sales of government land in Oregon for
1905. Tbe apportionment is made
upon the basis of the acreage of the
several counties. The amount is $28,
212.37. Macadamize Milton Street.
Milton Arrangements are being
made to macadamize Main street as far
as the depot and on to connect with the
road that will be macadamized from
Walla Walla to Freewater and Milton.
This will be done in the early spring.
Wheat Club, 70c j bluestem,
red, 68c; valley, 73c.
Oata No. 1 white feed, $28 j
27 per ton.
Barley Feed, $2323.50 per
brewing, $23 5024j rolled, $2425.
Buckwheat $2.25 per cental
Hay Eastern Oregon timothv,
$13.B014 per ton; valley timothy,
$910; clover, $7.508; cheat, $78;
grain hay, $78.
Fruits Apples, common, 75c$l
per box; choice, $1.25 1.50; fancy,
$22.50; pears, $1.251.50 per box;
cranberries, $1313.50 per barrel
Vegetables Beans, 20c per pound;
cabbage, 22jc per pound; cauliflow
er, $1.85 crate; celery, $3.50 per. crate;
pease, 12V15c per pound; bell pep
pers, 35c per pound; pumpkins, lc
per pound: sprouts, 67c per pound;
squash, l3lc per pound; turnips,
Huc?i per sacK; carrots, booc per
sack; beets, 85c$l per sack.
Onions Oregon, No. 1, $1.101.25
per sack; No. 2, 70c$l.
Potatoes Fancy graded Burbanks,
65c per hundred; ordinary, 50c;
sweet potatoes, 22J4c per pound.
Butter Fancy creamerv, 2732
Eggs Oregon ranch, 23)24c per
Poultry Average old hens, ll12c
per pound', springs, ll12)c; mixed
chickens, 1010)c; broilers, 1517c;
dressed chickens, 1314c; turkeys,
live, 1617c; turkeys, dressed, choice,
I8auc; geese, live, HCfflioc; geese
dressed, 1214c; ducks, 1618c.
Hops Oregon, 1905, choice, 10llc
per pound; prime, 89c; medium,
78c; olds, 57c. '
Wool Eastern Oregon average best,
1621c per pound; valley, 2426c;
mohair, choice, 30c.
Peef Dressed bulls, 22c per
pound; cows, 3X4Jc; country
Veal Dressed, 38c per pound.
Mutton Dressed, fancy, "88)e
tier pound; ordinary, 45?j lambs,
Pork Dressed, 67fc'c per pound.
LOSS TO TRAINING STATION.
Apprentices In Irons Have a Narrow
Escape from Death.
Newport, E. I., Jan. 30. Seven
buildings, connected with the United
States naval training station at Coast
ers' Harbor island in this cily were
destroyed by fire tonight, causing an
estimated loss of $100,000. The build-
ings destroyed were the detention
building, machine shop, paint shop,
paymaster's storehouse, carpenter shop
and two small storehouses.
One of the burned buildings con
tained all of the Bmall boats and cut
ters used for practice purposes. All
were destroyed. Several apprentices in
single irons were confined in the de
tention building at the time the fire
broke out. Physical Instructor Joseph
Kirby liberated them by a heroic
effort. When be reached the deten
tion building be could not see the
voung prisoners on account of the
smoke, but they answered his call
Supported by a line of men Kirby
made his way to the spot where the
boys were in confinement and passed
them back one by one to the men be
hind him, and so out to the sea wall.
In passing over the sea wall two of the
manacled boys fell overboard, but were
For a time tbe famous old frigate
Constellation, which is used as a prac
tice ship at the station, was in danger
of destruction, but prompt work on the
part of the firemen saved the ship.
FRUIT RATE REDUCED.
Refrigerator Car Agents Reach Agree
ment on Reduction.
San Franchco, Jan. 30As a result j
of a conference between J. S. Leeds,
repesenting the refrigerator car Bervice
of the Santa Fe road, and Bobert Gra
ham, Pacific coast representative of
the Armour refrigerating service, re
duction of rates on deciduous fruits
from California to the Eastern markets
is agreed upon. The reduction will
take effect at the beginning of the com
ing season of the deciduous iruit ship
From Sacramento and Antioch to
Chicago a reduction of $10 per car is
made, and from the same California
points to New York a cut of $17.50 is
made. From San Joaquin valley
points, such as Stockton, Fresno, San
ford and Bakersfield, the rate to Cbi-
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cago is reduced 10 fu, ana to rtew
York from the same points to $82.50,
thus practically effecting an equaliza
tion of rates from points in the Sacra
mento and the San Joaquin valleys to
One of the most important features
of this new compact is a clause provm
ing that no rebates or other special
concessions shall be granted to any
fruit shipper in California, and that the
reduced rates shall be strictly main
RIOTING IN VLADIVOSTOK.
Loyal Troops Reported Far Outnunv
bered by Revolutionaries.
Shanghai, Jan. 30 Desperate riot
ing is going od in Vladivostok, wherr
the troops have again defied their offi
cers, and such regiments as remain
loyal , are trying to capture the city.
Meager details have sifted through, but
these indicate that the present riots far
eclipse in the number of men engaged
those of two months ago, when more
than 2,000 were killed and wounded
All the hospitals are filled with
wounded men, while many others are
flying uncared for in the snow covered
btreets. The rioters far outi umber the
loyal soldiers, and are well supplied
with arms and ammunition, but appar
ently lack' competent leadership, and
the latter are still in possession of the
fortresses. The last report from the
city places the number of killed and
wounded at 3,000, but these figures are
being added to momentarily as there is
no cessation of hostilities.
Five armored trains which were sent,
manned with troops, to take part in an
expedition to attack the mutineers in
the rear, were derailed by powerful ex
plosives and manv of tbe soldiers
killed and wounded.
Washington, Jan. 30. Washington
society and visitors to Washington this
season value nothing so highly as an
invitation to the Longworth-Roosevelt
wedding, and nothing is harder to ob
tain. There is a limited circle, the
friends and relatives of Miss Roosevelt
and Mr. Longworth and the recognized
leaders of Washington society, who
are certain to receive invitations, but
beyond this circle there is doubt. The
list of invited guests is not yet com
pleted, and it is not known who has
Finds Ancient City.
Mexico, City, Jan. 80 Count Mau
rice de Peregny, an old French arch
aeologist, has discovered in the Peten
district of Guatemala an immense an
cient city of the Mayais, which will
take months to investigate properly.
The explorer will return to this contin
ent next year to complete investigations
of the ancient city, whose ruins are of
the utmost archaeological interest.
TO FLEECE INDIANS
Lawyers Lobby to Get BiglFee
for Sale of Land.
HITCHCOCK STANDS IN THE WAY
Opening of South Half of
Reservation May Be Defeated
Washington, Feb. 3. An attempt of
certain lawyers to hold up the Colville
Indians for $150,000 cash is apt to de
feat the bill now pending in congress to
open the south half of their reservation
and pay the Colville Indians $1,500,
000 for the land which they relinquish
ed in the north half of the reservation
ten years ago. These lawyers have
been itching for many years to get a
large Blice of money which they believ
ed the government would pay the In
dians, but so far have not succeeded,
because congress has never made an ap
propriation to pay for the Colville land.
Back in 1894, Acting Secretary of the
Interior Simms approved a contract be
tween the Indians and Marsh & Gor
don, under which the latter were to se
cure the passage of a bill through con
gress paying the Indians $1,500,000,
tbe lawyers, in turn, to receive a fee
amounting to 10 per cent, but this con
tract expired in ten years, and, when
the lawyers sought to have it renewed,
Secretary Hitchcock put his foot down
and refused to permit the Indians to
become involved in any such deal.
Ex-Senator Marion Butler, of North
Carolina, and Hugh Gordon, of the old
law firm, are now lobbying before con'
grees in behalf of securing an appro
priation of $1,500,000, and then pull
ing dowii a fat fee of 10 percent of that
amount. Mr. Butler became an at
torney in the case by assignment, and
has been pusy on the Colville bill for
a year or two, though not invited to
take a hand by any member of the
Washington congressional delegation
Only last year Mr. Butler appeared
before the senate committe in advocacy
of this bill, ande," when questioned, as
to his rights in the premises, declared
that he and other lawyers were acting
under an approved contract with tbe
Indians. Yet at the same time he
made that statement, the contract had
been void for more than a year.
Mr. Butler, it is learned, takes the
position that the old contracts are still
in force, notwithstanding that they
have not been renewed by Mr. Hitch
SOON TO TRY FRAUDS.
Heney Says He Will Prosecute
mann Among the First.
San Francisco, Feb. 8. Francis J
Heney is engaged in mapping out
plans for the continuation of the land
fraud prosecuions in Portland. For
three days he has denied himself to
callers at his office, but today stated
that be had not completed his arrange
ments. He is confident, however, that
he will be able to reach all the offend
ers who have not yet been brought to
justice. The disappearance of 8. A. D
Puter, Horace McKinley, Marie Ware
McKinley and Emma L. Watson doeB
not worry him greatly.
"I can get along without the four
people mentioned in probably every
pending case except one," remarked
Mr. Heney today, "but I believe we
will locate most of them. I know
where Marie Ware McKinley is. She
is in San Francisco, and I have every
reason to believe does not intend to re
fuse to be a witness again. I under
stand Horace G. McKinley has gone to
the Orient, deserting his wife, Marie
Mr. Heney added that he will, in
dav or two. b9 able to announce his
plans. It is known that, while
Washington, he promised President
Roosevlt that the case against Con
gressman Binger Hermann would be
one of the first taken up.
Deficit Nearly Wiped Out.
Washington, Feb. 3. The monthly
statement of the government receipts
and expenditures issued today Bhows a
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condition of tne treasury wnicn is emr
nentlv satisfactory to the authorities
One year ago today there was a deficit
of over $28,500,000, which has now
been reduced to less than $3,400,000,
with the prospect that this amount will
be entirely wiped out within the next
30 days. This improved condition is
due almost entirely to a large increase
in customs and internal revenue re
ceipts. Military Reserves ih Hawaii.
Washington, Feb. 3. The president
by proclamation has set aside certain
lands at or near Diamond Head and at
Kupikipikio and at,Punchbowl Hill, in
the territory of Hawaii, for military
purposes, until it can be determined
bv actual survey what portions of the
land described will be required for
permanent military reservations.
PROPOSE LOCK CANAL.
Commission Favors Report of Minor
ity of Engineers.
Washington, Jan. 29. The Isthmian
Canal commission met today and con
cluded its consideration of the report of
the board of consulting engineers with
respect to the type of canal that should
be constructed. The commission has
before it the majority and minority re
ports of the consulting board.
The commission adopted a report to
the secretary of war. While no official
announcement is made with reference
to the commission's report, there is a
good reason to believe that it has sum
marized the two reports and has re
commended the construction of a lock
canal, with 183-foot level, practically
following the recomendations of the
minority of the consulting engineers.
The commission did not formally sign
the report. Governor Magoon is ex
pected to arrive from the Isthmus at
any moment, and will be with the com
mission at its next meeting. Chairman
Shonta will go to New York tonight.
is expected that a meeting of the
commission will be called shortly after
his return, when the report will be
finally put in shape for transmission to
There is reason to believe that the
members of the commission are in full
accord in their recomendations to the
secretary of war, with one possible ex
ception. One member of the commis
sion is said to have expressed a desire
to have read the commission's report,
but it is not known whether he may
desire to submit views on the type of
canal to be constructed.
TULES IN LIFE PRESERVERS.
Found by Government to Stand the
San Francisco, Jan. 29. When the
attention of Inspector of Hulls and Boil
ers Whitney waB called to the charge of
F. F. Bunker that the life preservers on
the steamer Valencia were of seaweed,
and were inferior, he said:
"The United States regulations allow
the use of the tule life preserver under
certain conditions, specified in the re
port of the supervising inspector.
There are two kinds mentioned that
come up to the requirements. One is
tbe Dunant s tule life preserver, made
in California, the other is the Le Due
life preserver, made m the East. These
preservers are inspected at the factories
and after they are placed on board ship.
We have a man visit the factory here
once a month or oftener. If the pre
servers do not show the required buoy
ancy they are rejected. Aboard ship
the test is also made. The tule pre
servers are required to have both ends
bound with copper wire.
"Unofficially I may say that the tule
life preserver stands the test better
than any of the others. We are requir
ed to try with 20 pounds, but to make
sure the test is generally tried with 25
pounds. We know nothing here of the
Valencia, because she was inspected at
Seattle. I am sure, however, that she
meets all requirements, because they
have a well equipped office there."
COREA IN GOOD HANDS.
Morgan Says Japan Intends to
tect Foreign Investors.
San Francisco, Jan. 29. Edwin
Morgan, former United States minister
to Corea, who arrived here from the
Orient en route to Cuba, as minister to
the republic, in an interview on Corean
"When I left Tokio Marquis Ito, the
newly appointed governor general, was
preparing to start for Seoul. He is in
no sense a military governor.
"The people have feared that Corea
was to be placed under harsh military
government. The contrary is the case.
Corea will have a better government
than it has ever had, and I think the
future of the country is very bright.
"In going over tbe foreign relations
of Corea, Japan gave assurance to all of
the treaty powers that existing foreign
treaties would not be disturbed. This
means that American interests in Corea
will not be affected, and that American
enterprise will continue to find a profit
able field of activity in that country.
"American goods find a big market
there, and mining enterprises conduct
ed by Americans are being successfully
Orders Mob Indicted.
Chattanooga, Tenn., Jan. 27. Ed
Johnson, the negro in search of whom
a mob stormed the jail on Thursday
night was today indicted by the grand
jury in special session. It was an
nounced by Judge McReynolds, of the
Criminal court, that the negro will be
tried immediately. According to the
plan", it is understood that he will be
tried on Monday, and, if he should be
convicted, the execution will probably
take place on Tuesday. The court also
instructed the grand jury to indict
every member of the mob.
Mortality Among Pensioners.
Washington, Jan. 29. In the past
six months tap3 have been sounded over
the graves of 26,006 pensioners of the
Civil war, according to a statement of
Pension Commissioner Warner just