OREGON STATE ITEMS OF INTEREST BOOM IN ORCHARD LANDS. Homeseekers Looking for Locations ' , on Hooe River. ' . Hood River That Hood River 1b getting its share of the colon iat traffic is indicated by the fact that ten fami lies have arrived here this week look ing for land. The newcomers are from Minnesota, North Dakota, Kansas and Missouri. They are anxious to go into applegrowing, and real estate men are busy showing them over the valley. Each day records several purchases of land which is now set to apple trees or will be cleared for that purpose, and indications are that there will be a still greater demand for fruit land. The homeseekers who have arrived eay many more will come as soon as spring opens in the Middle West, peo ple there being slow to believe that epring is so much earlier here. Real estate purchases are not confined to Eastern people, as Portland men are investing in apple lands, going as far as back of Mount Hood. They are re lying on the effect the Mount Hood railroad will have on land in the upper valley. This road is now nearing com pletion, and the first car of freight was shipped over it last week, consigned : to Moro. Much of the wood formerly .burned in clearing fruit lands will soon be marketable at a nominal expense, thus reducing the cost of clearing land. The warm wet weather of the past few days has Btarted plant lite into ac tivity and berry growers will soon com mence cultivating. Room for Settlers in Umatilla. Pendleton The rapid manner in which Umatilla county is being settled ' has drawn attention of late to the fact that there is much good wheat land left on what was once the Umatilla Indian reservation. A tract of this land was bought by the government in 1897 and sold in parcels at low prices to settlers. In many cases 80 acres out of a quarter section are to be found, on different parts of the reservation, wnich were then thought useless. With proper at tention this land may yet become as sood as the land that was sold. Some of the land Bold then, near Weston, Athena and Adams, at from $10 to $20 an acre, grows wheat of the finest qual ity. Goes to Brazil as Missionary. Pcaific University, Forest Grove Miss Grace 0. Wood, who has been an instructress in Tualatin academy for the past three years, having come to Pacific from Drury college, Mo., has left for Brazil to engage in missionary work, for which she will be peculiarly a lap ted. Her position will be filled immediately by Mr. Zimmerman, from Riverside academy, Portland. Before going to Brazil to commence her work, ehe will attend the missionary conven tion, which is held at Nashville, Tenn., and from there she will go di rect to Brazil. Return Money to Counties. Salem State Supenitendent of In struction J. H. Ackerman, one of the promoters of the Educational congress at the Lewis and Clark fair, has pre pared his report of receipts and expend itures of the committee. The money which Mr. Ackerman is accounting for was donated on his solicitaiton by the counties for expenses of the congress. There is a balance of $269.86, wLich will be returned to the counties in pro portion to the amount contributed. In all, $1,944.86 was received. Building Boom on at Baker. Baker City The excavation for a one tory stone building at First and Court treets, to cost about $6,000, marks the beginning of the building boom for which the architects have been prepar ing all winter. In the next six months more building will be done in Baker City than during any previous year in the history of the place. Plans have been made and contracts let for a large number of big . business blocks, and many fine residences and cottages will o be erected. School District of "First Class." Salem State Superintendent Acker man has gone to Hood River to assist in the campaign for the organization of a school district of the first class by consolidating six country districts. The object of the consolidation is to es tablish graded schools, and a district high school. Under the law a majority of voters in each district, ai they now exist, must vote in favor of the consoli dation It is thought all tbe Wasco districts are favorably inclined except one, and public sentiment favorable to consolidation is gaining ground there. Creamery at Wallowa. Wallowa The Wallowa Building association has begun, work on - the creamery to be installed by the Blue Mountain Creamery company, of La Grande. The ice house is to be fin ished by April 1. The same company will also have a plant at Enterprise. This will secure a profitable industry to the farmers of Wallowa valley, -which is perfect dairy country. . PRIMARY LAW CONSTRUED. Candidate May Run for Office on Two Different Tickets. Salem That one man may be the candidate of both political parties has been decided by Attorney . General Crawford in an opinion rendered in re sponse to an inquiry from W. J. Moore, district attorney at Lakeview. The hypothetical case submitted was that of a candidate who, In the primaries, was on both the Republican and the Democratic tickets and received a plur ality vote for the office in each instance. The ruling of the attorney general is that the office seeker thereby becomes the nominee of both parties, and his name must be so printed on the general ballot at the election in June. The same would be true if a man were an aspirant for a Republican nom ination and his name were written into the Democratic primary ballots, there by giving him a plurality of the Demo cratic votes. Catch Salmon in Closed Season. Grants Pass Fishermen on Rogue river, taking lessons irom tee cannery men on the Columbia, are doing a big business even if the season is closed. Last year they shipped from Grants Pass and Merlin over 200 tons of fish to Portland. This year the shipments will amount to considerable more, as thev are shipping more than a ton a day. A set net on the Illinois river, about 20 miles from where it empties into Rogue river, is daily making big catches of fine salmon. Fishermen on Rogue river are also doing a good busi ness. " Fruit Cannery at La Grande. La Grande An Eastern syndicate, through its special agent, George T. Powers, has purchased from the Oregon Produce company the large storage warehouse No. 2. In addition to the plant purchased, Mr. Powers left in structions with his agent here to select sites for a cannery, fruitdryer, a jelly, vinegar and cider factory. Tbe Oregon Produce company retains warehouse No. 1. and will buy and sell, but will not take fruit on storage or consign ment. It will give possession of ware house No. 2 June 1. Sheep Bring High Price Pendleton About 10,000 head : of yearling sheep have been purchased from Umatilla county stockmen within a few days by John Howard, of Dakota, the ruling price being $3 a head. Those from whom purchases were made are A. Knotts, Charles Johnson, Douglas Belts and Charles Matthews. None of the sheep were select stock. Inspecting the Sugar Plants La Grande H. T. Dyer, of Ogden, Utah, general manager of the Amalga mated sugar factories, is in tbe city on a tour of inspection. F. G. Taylor, of Logan, Utah, accompanied Mr. Dyer and will take the place of factory super intendent at Ia Grande, succeeding Charles Wood house, who has r PORTLAND MARKETS. Wheat Club, 6768c; bluestem, 68 7Dc; red, 6566c; valley, 7172c. Oats No. 1 white, feed, $2829 gray, 7.oo8.du per ton. Barley Feed, $23.50(824 per ton; brewing, $24(324.50; rolled, $2425. Buckwheat $2.25 percental. Hay Eastern Oregon timothy, $13 14perton; valley timothy, $89; clover, $7.508; cheat, $67; grain hay, $78. Fruits Apples, $12.50 per box; cranberries, $12.5014.60 per barrel. Vegetables Cabbage, ljc per pound; cauliflower, $2 per crate; cel ery, $4. 755 per crate; sprouts, 6J7c per pound; squash, 1H10 per pound; turnips, 90c$l a sack; car rots, 6575c per sack; beets, 85c$l per sack. Onions Oregon, No. 1, 6570c a sack ; No. 2, nominal. Potatotes Fancy graded Burbanks, 6070c per hundred; ordinary, nom inal; sweet potatoes, 22e per pound. Butter Fancy creamery, 2730c per pound. Eggs Oregon rancL, J6l6c per dozen. Poultry Average old hens, 1314c per pound; mixed chickens, 12 13c; broilers,2022c; young roosters,12c; old roosters, 10 10c; dressed chickena, 1415c; turkeys, live. 163 17c; turkeys, dressed, choice, 1820c; geese, live, ac; geese, dressed, 100 12c; ducks, 1618c. ' Hops Oregon, -1905, choice, 10 10c; prime, 8 9c; medium, 78c; olds, o7c. Wool Eastern Oregon average best, 1621c; valley, 2426c per, pound; mohair, choice, 30c per pound. . Beef Dressed bulls, 2 3c pound; cows, 3Jf,4jc per pound ' country steers, 4oc. - Mutton Dressed, fancy, ' 8)9c per pound; ordinary, 45c; lambs, 8 9c.v - , . Veal Dressed, 8&8o per pound. Pork Dressed, 69c per pound. CHILE'S' TRADE FALLS OFF. English Tonnage Exceeds by Far All Others Entering Those Ports. Wftdhlnirton. Feb. 27. Consul Gen eral Field, at Valparaiso, in a report to the State department, says that out of a total of 17,000,000 annual tonnage of vessels entering Chilean ports, those flying the American flag represented only, 185,000 tons. ; Great Britain's flag covered 8,000,000 tone, ana Her man ships aggregated 3,000,000 tons. The trade of tbe United States fell back from $11,000,000 in 1903 to $10,000, 000 In 1904, notwithstanding Chile greatly incraased her purchases. The Chilean government, tne consul says, is planning many new railroads and extensions. The trans-Andine railway, when completed, will shorten the time between Chile and Europe 10 or 12 days. Consul Leroy, at Durango, writes that Mexico will soon import wheat. Consul General Thackeray, at Ber lin, reports that the United States pur chased nearly $15,000,000 more mer chandise from the empire last year than in 1904, mostly manufactured goods, but that the sales of American manufactured goods to uermany, aside from lard and petroleum, in 1905, did not equal $15,000,000. TRADE WITH SCANDINAVIA. United States Sells $20,000,000 More That It Buys: Washington, Feb. 27. According to a bulletin issued by tbe department of Commerce and Labor, the trade of the United States with the Scandinavian countries, under which term are in eluded Sweden, Denmark and Norway, for the fiscal year 1905, amounted to $32,000,000, of which $6,000,000 is imports from and $26,000,000 export to those countries. In 1895 the total trade with these countries was $11,- 000,000, showing an increase of prac tically 200 per cent in the last decade, while our total foreign trade has in creased but about 70 per cent. The bulletin says that the Scandina vian population of the United States bears a larger ratio to tbe present pop ulation of their countries of nativity than any other class of our foreign born population. Imports from Sweden in 1905 aggre gated $2,935,581, and exports to that country, $7,197,171.1 Imports from Norway, $2,204,580, and exports. $4,420,469. Imports from Denmark, $1,008,750, and exports, $14,881,568. CHECK ON CHOLERA. Maritime Quarantine Found Effective at Manila. Washington, Feb. 27. A report of the public health and marine hospital service, which has just . been issued gives a summary of the quarantinable diseases reported for the city of Manila during the calendar year 1905, shows that there were 254 cases and 225 deaths from cholera, 45 cases and 43 deaths from plague, and 27 cases and two deaths from smallpox. The report, discussing the cholera situation in the provinces there, says that, while the number of cases has remained 'about the same for several weeks, their loca tion is constantly changing, and adds that cholera has practically described an entire circle of a radius of about 25 miles around the city of Manila, its course indicating, the report eays, that the maritime quarantine has been en tirely effective. In view of the very few, cases in the city of Manila and their sporadic char acter, the outgoing inter-island quar antine placed on vessels has been con Biderably modified. Ordered to Shoot Suspects. London, Feb. 27. The correspondent of the Tribune at Pekin says that since the reported appearance of the Chinese bandits in Tsinwantao, the Germans and French have been kept at arms at Shanhaikwan, Tsinwantao and Tongaban, -while the Germans are pa trolling the villages with orders to shoot all suspicious Chinese. The Ger man officers, who formerly dined at the hotel at Shanhaikwan, the correspond ent adds, are now confined to barracks after nightfall. Bids for Mexican Silver. Mexico City, Feb. 27. The exchange and currency commission has received bids from both New York and London bankers for another $1,000,000 silver money, in pursuance of the policy of exchanging silver for gold to expedite the work of p' icing tbe country on gold basis. Gold money is already en tering into circulation, though in some cases people who do not comprehend that tbe change is permanent are hoarding the yellow money. The gen eral financial situation is remarkably good. . 1 . i Dominion Loses Million. Ottawa, Ont., Feb. 27. The Do- minion government loss is from $1 000,000 to $1,500,000 by fire that raged in Moncton. N. B.. late last night and today, when the Inter-Colonial railway shops, with 100 cars and several build ings of different kinds, were destroyed One thousand workmen are thrown out of employment. There waa no insur ance. CONFIRMS ORCHARD Steve Adams Reveals Dark Se crets of Inner We. OMPLETE TO SMALLEST DETAIL Oregon Suspect Breaks Down Under Solitary Confinement and Tells of Steunenberg Murder. Boise, Idaho, March 3. Tbe States man says this morning: "The Statesman is authorized to an nounce that Steve Adams, arrested at Haines, Or., on February 20, in con nection with the Steunenberg assassi nation, has made a full and sweeping confession.. This second confession is far more important than that made by Harry Orchard." This is the statement made for pub lication last evening by James McPar land, the detective, in the presence of Governor Gooding and J. H. Hawley, who is in charge of the presocution. Mr. McParland added that Adams' confession fully and exactly corrobo rated that made by Orchard at every point touched upon by both. More over, Mr. McParland continued, Adams knows far more of tbe workings of the 'Inner Circle" than Orchard did and was able to give a mass oi detailed informatin that Orchard's confession did not cover. The confession of Adams, he said, corroborated that given by Orchard in every substantial point connected with the assassination of ex-Governor 8teu nenberg. Adams, however, was not at Caldwell at the time of the assassin tion. nor was Orchard at the time of the unsuccessful effort in November Tbe man who assisted Orchard on the latter occasion, as Bet forth in Or chard's confession, was Jack Simpkins. Still another statement made by the detective was that the Adams confes sion gave the details of a large number of murders that were not referred to -in any manner by Orchard. It was fur ther stated that the confession bad neen reduced to writing, signed and acknow ledeed. It was a voluminous docu ment. covering a greater field and in more detail than that made by Orchard RUN OUT AMERICAN SILVER. Canadian Banks Collect and Deport It at a Good Profit. New Westminster, B. C, March 3. A clean sweep of American silver from the Dominion of Canada has been de vised by the Dominion government, and the banks of Canada, on arrange ment with the government, put the law into force today. The banks are to collect all the American silver, in all about $600,000, and transmit the same to the agency for the Bank of Montreal at New York, receiving gold in ex change. This amount will then be re placed in circulation by Canadian coin, while on the $800,000 the banks will get three-eighths of one per cent, and also on all shipments made bereaiter the percentage will be the same. With the silver market in tbe present condition, the Dominion government should make about $400,000 on the deal, besides giving the bank a fair profit and also putting into circulation much Canadian silver that nas Deen held in check by the American money. On several occasions in former years the banks have endeavored to terminate the circulation of American silver by placing a discount on it, but it was found that, in spite of this, the coin was in circulation, but never went to the banks. However, there will now be no dis count on American silver, but the banks will not pay it out. Three quarters of the silver in circulation in Southern British Columbia is of Amer ican origin. The main point the gov ernment claims in putting this scheme into operation ia to get Canadian cur rency into circulation. Failure Again Threatens. Washington, March 3. While no immediate break in the conference at Algeciras is expected by tbe govern ment, the negotiations there have reached the Btage which, according to the renorts received here, threaten tbe failure of the conference unlosB there is a chance in the attitude of Germany. A long conference occurred at the State department today between Secretary Root and M. Jusserand, the French ambassador, during which the negotia tions at Algeciras were the main Bub' Ject under discussion. First Infantry at Malta. Valetta. Island of Malta, March 8.- The United States transport Eilpatrick and tbe transport McClellan, having the First Infantry on board, arrived here today from Gibraltar on their way to Manila. KILLS TIMBER BILL Repeal of Timber and Stone Act Laid on Table. NO HOPE NOW FOR ITS REVIVAL Three Northwestern Members of the House Oppose Measure Favored by President and Commission. Washington, March 1. By a vote of 9 to 4 the house public lands committee today voted to table the bill to repeal the timber and stone act and substitute therefor a law authorizing the sale of mature public timber at its appraised value. The action of the committee ia in line with its action taken in the last congress, and effectively kills the pend ing bill, which was endorsed by the president and the public lands com mission.. The committee's action makes it impossible to bring the bill up on the floor of the house, even for discussion. Mondell, Wyoming, French, Idaho, and Dixon, Montana, are among those against repeal. The public lands commission, after a careful study of the operation of the timber and stone law, condemned it, and recommended ita repeal and the substitution of a law which would per mit tbe governmnet to realize some thing like the real value of its timber. Such a law as recommended by the commission and favored by the senate committee would yield from $25 to $100 an acre for the choice timber lands of the West, where the govern ment now receives a beggarly $2.50. Moreover, a law such as proposed would tend to put a stop to the rank timber monopoly that has been under taken in the Pacific Coast states. In that it would require , lumbermen to pay a fair price for timber, instead of permitting them to get it for a merely nominal sum. The most vigorous opponent of repeal on tbe bouse committee is Mr. Mon dell, who believes in legislating to meet conditions in his own state, not withstanding the effect on the rest of the country. Mr. Mondell contends, probably very truly, that the timber and stone act has been beneficial to Wyoming. The timber of that state ia perhaps worth no more than $2.50 an acre, for the Wyoming forests cannot compare with those of the Northwest ern states, either in extent or in qual ity of timber. Mr. Mondell argues that, inasmuch as the act has benefited Wyoming and has lad to no fraud, therefore it must have benefited tbe entire West and Bhould not be repealed. KAISER GETS READY. Fortifies Kiaochou and Prepares His China Squadron for Action. Berlin, March 1. Admiral von Tir- pits stated in the reichstag Wednesday that the government had decided to fortify Kiao Chou in order that it may be made impregnable from both the land and water sides. He expressed the belief that German residents of the port were in danger from a threatened uprising in Chnia. This is the first admission officially that Germany is anxious as to the out come of tbe present anti-foreign agita tion throughout China, and is held here to mean that the situation is much more serious than formerly has been admired. The German warships, on the Chi nese station were recently overhauled, and are in readiness for any action that may become necessary to protect Ger man interests at any point on the Chinese coast; Arrangements have been completed by which tbe admiral in command is keepings touch with the German embassy at Pekin, and will act under orders from there. All vessels in the squadron, according to the latest advices, are well provisioned and coaled and ready for action at a moment's notice. Increased Postal Appropriation. Washington, March 1. The sub committee of the committee on post offices and postroads, which has been considering appropriations for the Post- office department, practically adopted the bill today, fixing the appropriation for the department at about $192,000, 000 or $10,000,000 more than the last appropriation. The bill provides for some changes in the department's methods and contains a provision to prevent the shipment of anything but actual mail matter through the mails of the government. Castro Not Aggressive. Washington, March 1. Senor Gar bieras, the newly appointed charge d'affaires of Venezuela, who arrived in this city last night, took charge of the legation today. When asked concern ing the condition of affairs between France and Venezuela, he stated that nothing new had developed. He de nied that President Castro had any ag gressive plans. ; y .