f ' IFnnrr.nu otatp iTriio nr iirrriiroT oay yiiLuun oiul uuia ur imlkloi TEN MEASURES FILED. Questions To Ba Submitted to People for Their Decision. Salem The last day for filing initia tive measures in the office of the secre tary of fltate has passed and Biz mean urea were added to the four already on file. The bills and proposed amend ments to be voted upon are as follows: The $1,000,000 appropriation bill passed b the last legislature and held up by referendum petittions. The local option bill proposed by the Liquordealers' association as an amend ment to the present local option law. The bill filed by the owners of the Barlow road, requiring the state to buy the road for the Bum of $24,000. The proposed constitutional amend ment filed by the Equal Suffrageleague, extending the elective franchise to women. A bill by the People's Power league making it unlawful for public service corporations to give passes or free or reduced rate service to public officials. A bill by the State grange, levying a license tax upon the gross earnings of refrigerator and sleeping cara and oil companies. A constitutional amendment proposed by the Peoplo'a Power league to amend Bection 1 of article 12 so that the pub lic printing will be entirely within the control of the legislature, and may be let by contract, or a printer elected or appointed, upon a salary or other com pensation. An amendment propoped by the Peo ple's Power league to amend article 4 of the constitution so that the referend um may be demanded upon any item or section of a bill and extending the rights of initiative and referendum to municipalities. An amendment proposed by the Peo ple's Power league to amend sections 1 and 2 of article 17, so that one legisla tive assembly may submit constitution al amendments, and that when the vote upon an-amendmentbas been canvassed by the governor and a majority iounn in its favor he shall proclaim it adopt ed, and it shall then be a part of the constitution, bevond the power 'of the courts to pass upon ; also that no law for a constitutional convention shall be in force until approved by a vote of the peopla. ' An amendment proposed by the PeO' pie's Power league to amend section i of article 11, giving the legal voters of a municipality power to frame and adopt their own charters, and forbid , ding the legislature to create municipal corporations. Large Depot at Austin. Sumpter The Sumpter Valley Rail- Toad company has just finished an 80 foot depot at the terminus of the road now known as Austin station. Much freight is received at that point, neces sitating a larger depot than is generally found at other stations on the line of the road. A few other buildings have been erected at Austin and the place is beginning to assume the proportions of a village. There ia no authenticated report current as to whether the Sump' ter Valley intends to extend its line be yond that point during the coming sea eon or not, Klamath Horses Sell High. Merrill J. Frank Adama has just Bold 100 head of horses to Charles Stewart, of San Francisco, for prices Tanging from $100 to $150 each. Mr. Stewart purchased the horses to take to San Francisco and perhaps a large portion of them will go to Honolulu or be transorted for service in the United States army. Sixty head of the ani mals brought $100 each and 40 head were sold at $150 each. They averaged from 1,250 to 1,500 pounds each, and some of them were only halter broken. This ia considered a good price. Range Horses Die by Score. Eaker City It is reported here from the ranges of Baker county that scores of horses, turned out by their owners to feed themselves during the winter months, have starved to death, while many others are in a most pitiable con dition. This is caused by the unusual ly deep anows, which prevent the ani mals from reaching the dried grasses of the ranges, on which they usually de pend for their winter snbstenance. Buying Heavy Draft Horses. John Day J. D. Combs, a local buyer, has been picking up a "ood many horses during the past week for the Willamette valley trade. He pur chased, among other .heavy draft horsea, the fine te&m owned by Senator Lavcock. psyhig therefor the sunof $350. This team is generally thought to be the beBt in Grant county, and will probably be sold in Portland. PriceB generally are good. Money from State Land. 8a!em The State Land board haa re ceived from the sale of public lands and interest, on behalf of the public school, the Agricultural college and the uni versity, funda during January $74, 138.76. The money has all been turn d into the state treasury. ROAD TO BE REBUILT. Government Work and Immigration Stimulates Klamath Line. Klamath Falls Inf rmation received at Klancath Falls indicates that the Klamath - Lake railroad, connecting with the Southern Pacific at Thrall and extending to Pokogama, recently ac quired by the Weyerhaeuser Lumber company, will be practically recon structed during the present year, track laid better to enuble the line to com mad traffic of the Klamath Falls region for some time, while also better serving the purposes of its new owners in the development of lumber industries. Four new locomotives have been order ed, a new passenger coach and a num ber of cars are to be purchased, which is understood to be indicative of the in tentions witn reference to the railroad. No official information is had as ' to the intentions n the way of adding mileage, but it is known that investiga tions made before the acquisition of the property were with a view to determin ing the traffic assured by reason of the government work in constructing the canal for which Mason, Davis & Co., of Portland, now have the first contract. With absolute knowledge of the ton nage of traffic that was handled during 1005, and its great increase over the preceding year, and an additional ton nage for the next year that will surely double the commodity traffic of 1905, to say nothing of the immigration that will mean a great deal of business, the railroad officials feel more thn justi fied in large expenditures and will com plete their protected work at trie ear liest possible date. Operate Eugene Mill. Eugene Final papers have been made out in Salem for the Bale of the Eugene Woolen mill to a Salem organ ization, to be known as the Eugene Woolen Mill company. The Thomas Kay Woolen Mill company of Salem is the principal stockholder. John P Wilbur and Will Wright, of Union, Or., more than a year ago purchased the plant at a receiver's sale. The company which haB just bought it an nounces it will have the mill running within 60 days. The plant has been idle about three years. Use Sagebrush Fuel. Salem W. E. Burke, of Harney county, representing the.Portland Land company, was before the State Land board at its last meeting arranging to perfect proof of reclamation for about 9,000 acres, under the Carey act, in Harney county, near Burns. This com pany will obtain water from wells by pumping, using sagebrush or fuel to generate the steam power. For Experiment Station. Echo The United Statea government haa decided to establiah an experiment station of 46 acres on the East Umatilla irrigation project. ' Land will be Bet apart fur this purpose. PORTLAND MARKETS. Wheat Club, 70 71c; blue stem, 7273c; red, 6768c; valley 73c. Oats No-l white feed, $28; gray 27 Barley Feed, $2323.50 per ton brewing, $24; rolled,' $2425. Buckwheat $2.25 per cental. Hay Eastern Oregon timothy $13.5014; valley timothy, $910 clover, $7.508; cheat, $78; grain hay, I78 per ton. Fruits Apples, common, 75c$l per box; choice, $1.21.50j fancy, $23 pears, $1.251.50 per box; cranber ries, $1313.50 per barrel. Vegetables Cabbage, 22jc per pound, cauliflower, $1.85 per crate celery, $3.50 per crate; pumpkins, (gic per ponna; sprouts, o7c per pound; squash, llc per pound parsley, 25c; turnips, 90c$l per sack carrots, 6575c per sack; beets, 85c $l per Back. Onions Oregon, No. 1, $1.101.25 per sack; No. 2, 70r$l. Potatoes Fancy graded Burbanks 60c per hundred; ordinary, nominal sweet potatoes, 2J42Jc per pound Butter Fancy creamery, 2730c per pound. .tiggs uregon rancn, zaZ4c per dozen. Poultry Average old hena,ll12 per pound; mixed chickens, 1010c broilers, 1517c; young roosters, 10c old roosters, 89c; dressed chickens 1314c; turkeys, live, 1617c; tur keys, dressed, choice, 1820c; geese, live, 9c; geese, dressed, 1214c ducks, 1618c. Hops Oregon, 1905, choice 10(2)11 per pound; prime, 89cj medium 78c; olds, o7c. Wool Eastern Oregon average best, 1621c; valley, 2426c per pound; mohair, choice, 30c. Beef Dressed bulls, 22c per found; cows, 3 4)c; country steers, 45c. Mutton Dressed, fancy, 88c per pound; ordinary, 45c; lambs, 7 Veal Dresaed, 88)c per pound. Pork-rDresBed, 67c per pound. LEASE RANGE LAND. of Small Cattlemen Is Near at Hand in West. Washington, Feb. 6. The time ia unquestionably coming when congress will authorize the leasing of that part of the public domain suitable for graz- ng, but not at the present session. The tendency of the timea is to break down the large stockmen who have dominated the public range in times past and to protect and encourase the small stockowner. The cattle baron of the paat, like those of bis number who still survive, had little interest in the public welfare. His waa a war of ex termination on the email stockman; he had no care for the future; he looked only to the profits of today. The result has been, that, when allowed lull . . ll 1 ! swing, he has aemonsueu u competi tion, he has ruined the public range, and haa grown rich to some extent at public expense. But this order of things is coming to an end. The Roosevelt administration no lover of the wanton cattle baron. It perfers to see the West filled with small stock owners, for these men be- ... i i . it come citizens, ana goou citizens; mey have an interest in the public welfare; they exert an influence lor good, and it is the purpose of the administration to help them as far as possible. But the process of evolution must be slow; it cannot be accomplished in a day. One of the most effective means of pro tecting the small stockowner is to adopt a system of leasing the public grazing lands and exerting a government con trol which will preclude monopoly and give the settler and the small stock owner a "square deal" in tne parceling out of the public range. A bill for this purpose, which in general meetB the approval of the administration, was drawn and introduced b' Representa tive Lacey, of Iowa, chairman of the house committee on public lands. True, it stands little chance of passing the present congress, because there is a strong sentiment among certain West ern senators and representatives against the leasing of the publia domain. It is a new departure; it ia a radical move, and, while it is bound to come, the sentiment against it ia sufficiently strong at this time to defeat the Lacey bill. But the bill serves a good purpose it brings the leasing question before the public; it will lead to general dis- ussion throughout the West; it will be instrumental in Bbaping public sen timent, and in the end it, or some sim ilar bill, will go through, and a mater ial check will be placed upon the oper ations of the cattle baron. The bill is the basis of what in time will become a notorious fight in congress. PUBLIC WORKS IN HAWAII. Delegation Comes to Urge that Cus toms Money Be Used There. Washington, Feb. 6. A delegation of Hawaiian citizens arrived here today to appear before a committee of con' gresa to advocate legislation requiring three-foutba of the customa duties and internal revenues collected in the terri tory to be' expended on public worka there. It is said $1,200,000 a year, equal to $8 per capita of the population, is taken out of the territory, which the members of the delegation say consti tutes a heavy drain on its resour-es The members of the delegation include W. O. Smith, attorney general of the island before the annexation; George W. Smith, president of the board of supervisors of Oahu county, in which Honolulu ia situated; Mark B. Robin son, J. R. Gait, E. A. McQuerny, D H. Case and A. B. Loebenstein. W. O Smith, the chairman of the commiS' sion, in speaking of the visit of the delegation, tonight, said: "We ask nothing for the exclusive benefit of Hawai?. We are here to ask that 75 per cent of the customs duties. and internal revenue collected in the territory for the next twenty years be expended on public works. We. do not ask a dollar for our own current ex penses. The only benefit the people of the islandB will reap will be that the money spent for wages on the proposed public works will be kept in circulation in the islands instead of being shipped in gold to San Francisco. Italy Has Forest Fire. Milan, Feb. 6. A forest fire that started three days ago on the St. Goth ard railroad is still burning, and now covers 12 square miles. Several hun dred workmen are endeavoring to save the signal posts along the track and peaaants are working to preserve their homes from destruction. A number of factories and a' chapel have been destroyed. The big electric station at Ancasca, near Dommodisila ia aur rounded by fire, and several towns are without light, and many factories have abut down for want of motive power. Japan to Increase Navy, Tokio, Feb. 6. At a meeting of the aecional budget committee today dele' gates representing the government said that Japan expected to j increase the tonnage of her navy to 400 000 tons for the fiscal year 1906-7. ( RAILROADS GIVE UP Cannot Withstand Public Hostility on Rate Question. ATTACKS COME FROM ALL SIDES Denunciations of Pennsylvania Rail road Merger and of Coal Roads Cause Alarm. Washington, Feb. 10. It ia apparent that certain railroad interests have be come alarmed over the decided anti railroad agitation that ia manifesting itself in congress and in several states, and that their friends in the senate have been appealed to to settle upon the best rate bill they can get and get it before the senate for action. It said thai the railroad interests at large have become astounded over the oppo sition that has devloped to them throughout the country, and that many of them realize that graver problems than the fixing of a disputed rate con front them if something is not done to allay the spirit of hostility. Some of the magnates believe that if they can get the members of the com mittee on interstate commerce of the senate together on a bill at once it will stop the agitation that is each day growing stronger against what are char acterizea as "railroad lobbies ' in vari ous states. The denunciation of the railroad trust in West Virginia by Governor Dawson in a letter to the senate, the offering of a resolution in Pennsylvania to investigate coal-operating roads and the determination of many members of congress to secure an investigation of the alleged trust formed by the Penn sylvsnia, Baltimore & Ohio, Chesapeake & Ohio and Norvfolk & Western, have excited tear among the friends of rail roads that a remorseless crusade against them is about to begin. Chairman Elkins, of .tho interstate commerce committee of the senate, who favors the railroad interesta, and Sena tora Clapp and Dolliver, who have been fighting for action, held a private con ference of several hours this afternoon It is believed a basis of compromise is being considered. STILL RELY ON RFLIANCE. Will Be Converted to Suit Terms of Next Yacht Race. New York, Feb. 10. In discussing the possibilities of a challenge for the America's cup from Sir Thomas Lipton or any forefgn Bource, and the probable course of the New York Yacht club, on receipt of such a challenge, says to day's Times, the astonishing statement was made by a prominent member of the New York club yesterday that the Reliance would be used in all proba binty aa tne defender ot tee cup, even though tne challenge called lor a race with schooners, as has been suggested and that to meet these conditions eh would be converted, as it is a perfectly practical suggestion and meets Sir Thomas' and any other challenges every point. at If a 70-foot aloop, as suggested by Sir Thomas, is named as the chal lenger, the challenge will be accepted and the Reliance will be used as the challenge boat, in spite of the big al lowance she would have to give. If 110-foot schooner is named, the Reli ance will be converted and will be still the defender. If a 90-foot sloop is named, it will, of course, be the Reli ance which will cross the line aa the defender of America'a priceless trophy Under old rules or under new, the Ke liance is looked upon as capable of successfully defending the cup and will remain the club a Reliance. Poaching on Fund. Washington, Feb'. 10. To the sur prise of many senators, the Hansbrough bill setting apart $1,000,000 out of the reclamation fund for the drainage of swamp lands in North Dakota slipped through the senate today. Several WeBtern senators were vigorously op posed to taking any money out of the reclamation fund to drain swamp lands and it was their purpose to oppose this bill, but it was called up when the sen ate was virtually empty and went through without opposition. It will be fought in the house. Grain Trust Ordered Dissolved. Lincoln. Neb., Feb. 10. A decision adverse to the Nebraska Graindealers! association was handed down today by the Supreme court, which ordera the association dissolved. It had been al leged that the association fixed prices leaving the farmers to take wnat was offered. TEMPEST OF FLAME. Great Fire Devours Elevator, Wheat and Horses in St. Louis. St. Louis, Feb. 5. Fire, which orig inated in the Union Grain elevator in East St. Louis, IH., last night, after completely destroying that structure. spread to surrounding buildings and freight cars in the yards of the Termin al association, and caused damage esti mated at $1,250,000 before its progress was checked. At an early hour this morning the flames were still casting a ruddy glare, but it is believed that the re is well under control, and there ia little further danger of its spreading. A detailed estimate of the losses fol- Union elevator, $300,000; grain in elevator, $950,000; St. Louis Car company, barn, $15,000, horses, $16, 500, feed, $3,000; Waters-Pierce Oil company, $5,000; seven dwellings, $7,- 000; 20 box cara, $20,000; total, $1, 316,500. The fire originated in a brick engine house, 30 feet away from the elevator proper, and was discovered by the lght watchman. Before the arrival of the fire department, the flames had pread to the elevator. Assistance was sent from St. Louis, and the efforts of the firemen were principally directed toward preventing the fire from spread ing to adjoining elevators and ware houses, the Union elevator having been converted into a furnace within a few minutes alter it caught fire. The heavens were brightly illumi nated and it is estimated that 50,000 persona viewed the fire from both banks of the Mississippi river and the bridge. Seven dwellings were covered by burniDg oil by the explosion of four tank cars and entirely destroyed. The occupants, however, were either outside viewing the conflagration, or were able to escape before the flames consumed their homes. PICKING UP THE VICTIMS. United States Revenue Cutters Are Cruising Off the Straits. Victoria, B. C, Feb. 5. A special dispatch to the Associated Press from Bamfield tonight says the United Statea cutter Perry landed a party at Darling creek today and succeeded in getting nine bodies from the beach, and also took off Lieutenant Gromville and six men let there the previous night. The Perry also picked up one male body at sea, badly decomposed. The United States steamer Grant also found a male body badly decomposed and unrecognizable,, This is the 30th body recovered. '1 The 11 bodies have been landed at Bamfield and will be shipped to Victoria by a tug leaving to morrow morningi All the bodies have now been taken from the shore at Dar ling creek, but the searchers will re main in the hope that some others may come ashore, it is ienred, however, that those noW coming ashore will be in such bad condition that they will be unrecognizable. The tug Wyadda brought eight bod ies, nve that were picked up by the Perry on Friday and three taken from the beach at Darling creek, a landing having been effected from the Wyadda this morning in a dory. The majority are in a badly decomposed condition. some with parts of the head and skull missing. Both the revenue cutters Perry and Grant will remain cruising near the wreck in search of other bodies that may be found floating. BLIZZARD SWEEPS DAKOTAS. Mercury Falls 65 Degrees in 24 Hours Railroads Blockaded. Grand Forks, N. D., Feb. 5. Ono of the most severe blizzards of the winter is raging in this state. While there has been only a alight snowfall here, the western part of the state haa had a general and heavy snowfall. The win ! haa blown a gale all day and night, and no traina have arrived from the west since morning. At midnight the storm was unabated, and it promis es to tie up railroad traffic badly. Deadwood, S. D., Feb. 5. A high wind and driving snow all day haa broken the summer weather here, the mercury falling 65 degress in the last 24 hours. Tonight the thermometer registers 10 below zero. Many Burned in Mine. Genesee, N. Y., Feb. 5. Fifty men were burned, many of them seriously, in a fire at the Sterling company'a mine, near Schuyler today. The ex plosion waB caused by an accumulation of gas in the aindhouse near the sur face. The men were coming up the ehaft at the close of today's work when the gas waa ignited by one f their lampa. A blinding explosion followed. The men were all brought to the sur face by rescue parties. The most seri ously injured include Manager John B. Knox, Jr. Many New Rural Routes. Washington, Feb. 5. According to the report of Fourth Assistant Post master General De Graw, 271 rural de livery routes were established during January. Of the 3,468 applications for routes now pending, 22 have been assigned for establishment.