Lexington wheatfield. (Lexington, Or.) 1905-19??, March 15, 1906, Image 2

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S. A. THOMAS, Publisher
Id a Condensed Form for Our
Busy Readers.
A Resumo of the Lets Important but
Not Less Interesting Events
of the Past Week.
The Iowa senate has passed an anti
railroad pass bill.
American troops killed 600 native
outlaws in a battle in the Philippines.
Fire at San Francisco in a five-story
building caused a loss of over $750,000.
An agreement on Morocco is about to
be reached at Algeciras, the kaiser
backing down.
The Chinese government reassures
the nations that there will be no upris
ing against foreigners.
The Harimtn lines will be equipped
with the block signal system from
Omaha to Los Angeles.
The house committee on naval affairs
favors the appointment of not more
than SO dental surgeons in the navy.
President Roosevelt has been asked
to step in and attempt to settle the dif
feiences between the coal operators and
The house committee on elections
has favorably reported a bill providing
for the election of senators by direct
vote of the people.
The Port of Portland commission has
voted the Hill' company right to bridge
the Willamette below Portland accord
ing to the plans submitted by the rail:
road company.
Miss Susan B. Anthony is still very
The Algeciras conference is talking
of compromise.
The government has evidence of re
bates given the sugar trust.
No successor to Premier Rouvier has
yet been named in France.
Frantic efforts are being made to
save Zion City from bankrupty.
Frequent robberies have caused the.
closing of money order offices in Po
land. Three officers of the Mutual Reserve
Life Insurance company have been
indicted for stealing.
Two officials of the Standard Oil have
called on President Roosevelt and seem
anxious about investigation of trusts.
J. Ogden Armour, head of the Ar
mour Packing company, complains be.
cause of secret service men dogging
The house committee on msrehant
marine and fisheries has fixed March
22 as the date for considering what ac
tion shall be taken on the ship subsidy
Chinese crews on the Pacific Mail
steamer Manchuria have been caught
smuggling arms and ammunition out
of San Franciso for Boxers in China
It is not known how long this has been
going on.
France looks to America for a de
claration in her favor on the Moroccan
The War department says it will not
discontinue the purchasing agency at
Portland as has bten reported. .
The next steamer sailing for the is
land of Tahiti will carry relief for the
sufferers from the recent tidal wave.
The New York legislature will now
investigate state banks, as they are
through wtih the insurance business.
A son of John Bozuffi, an Italian
banker of New York, has been kidnap
ed and is being held for a random of
The Chinese bnycott is just being
felt in the United States. Exports for
January, 1900, show a falling off of
about $780,000.
The property of the rope trust, lo
cated at Boston, is to be sold by the
sheriff. Failure to pay interest on
bonds issued is the cause.
That a man who has made homestead
entry, paid the fees and actually lived
thereon about one year, and who enlists
in the United States army or navy,
serving four years, during which time
he is unable to visit his land, does not
necessarily forfeit his claim, is a de
cision ty the Washington land officials.
Japan has sent a warship to Chinese
waters to protect her subjects.
Rogers will answer questions at the
Missouri oil hearing without further
The French army is in readiness for
war should such an event come from
the Moroccan dispute.
The Steel trust is about to absorb all
the independent companies. The deal
will involve about $17,000,.
Provision is Made In Amendment te
Sundry Civil Bill.
Washington, March 9. The senate
committee on commerce today voted
unanimously to report favorably Sen'
ator Fulton 's amendment to the sun
dry civil bill, appropriating $400,000
for continuing the work on the Colum
bia river jetty, with a view to its pre
servation until congress shall hereafter
make provision for its completion. On
advice of Senator Frye, chairman of
the committee, Mr. Fulton did not at
tempt to amend his amendment, as
recommended by the secretary of war,
so as to authorize contracts to com
plete the jetty, to its full projected
length, because it was universally
agreed that any such change would
certainly defeat the entire amendment
and kill the $400,000 appropriation
which now seems within graip
Rather than run this risk, Mr. Fulton
aaked for a favorbale report merely on
his amendment as originally drawn.
The commerce committee, bpfore act
ing, gave a hearing to Mr. Fulton, who
at some length pointed out the neces
sity for the adoption of his amendment,
showing that, unless the money it pro
vided, more than a mile of uncom
pleted jetty will be entirely lost, be
caute of (he certain destruction of the
tramways, unless nis amendment
adopted, Mr. Fulton declared the tram
way would be utterly destroyed by
teredos during the coming season, and
once the tramway it gone, the half-
fipithed portion of the jetty will be ab
solutely lost, because it will be impo-
sible to build new trestles over unfin
ished rock work. This lots, he said
would cost the government fully $500,
000, and would set back work on the
jetty not less than two years. He
showed that good business principles
demand that the incomplete work be
protected, and this can only be done
by the immediate expenditure of $400,
uuu, as explained ny tne army engm
The committee was thoroughly con
vinced of the advisability of making
Ibis appropriation, and assured Mr
Fulton that it would individually and
collectively aid him in securing the
adopt.on of bis amendments
While the committee is not favorable
to making appropriation! for new river
and harbor work at this session, it re
gardn this project as an extreme erner
gency. To increase the chances cf get
ting this appropriation, the committee
authorized a favorable rep rt on an
original bill identical in terms with
Mr. Fulton's amendmnet. and. in case
one plan fails, the other will be pressed
Senator Piles, of Washington, woo is
a member of the commerce committee
and extremely friendly to Columbia
river improvement, is an enthusiastic
supporter of Mr. Fulton's amendment
He, like other members of the commit
tee, believes the action of the commit
tee today makes it absolutely certain
that the senate will attach the amend
ment to the sundry civil bill, but real
lzes that a fight will come when the
bill goes back to the house.
Profestor Burr Sayt It Can Be Dug
in Ten Yeart.
Washington, March 9. Professor W
A. H. Burr, of New York, a member of
the board of consulting engineers, ap
peared before tbe senate committee on
interoceanic canals to discuss tbe type
of canal to be constructed across the
Isthmus of Panama. He said that
since the report wis prepared, his re
neciions convince mm more tban ever
that a sea-level canal was more feasible
than a lock canal.
The witness was examined at length
concerning the control of the Cbagres
river, and declared that the solution
of the problem presented was entirely
feasible. He declared he could see no
reason why a sea-level canal should not
be constructed in ten years, as no
doubtful engineering feats were con
templated in the majority plan.
The committee adjourned until 10:30
o'clock tomorrow, when it is under-
stood Professor Burr will attack the
wisdom of constructing a canal of tbe
lock type provided for in the minority
Oppose Alaska Fishery Bill.
Washington, March 9. Representa
tives of Alaskan canners and fishermen
appeared before tbe house committee
on territories today to oppose the Cush
man billl. C. W. Dorr, Captain D. H.
Jarvis, Representative Humphries and
Fred Stimson, of Seattle, addressed the
committee. The Cushman bill gives
the department of Commerce and Labor
practically a free hand in regulating
Alaskan fisheries and the measure was
criticized chiefly on the ground that it
centers too great a power in the depart
ment. Two-Cent Fares for Virginia.
Richmond, Va., March 9. The
Churchman bill fixing railway passen
ger rates at 2 cents per mile for 500
and 1,000 mile tickets passed the house
today. It has previously passed tbe
senate and now goes to the governor.
Friday, March 9.
Washington, March 9, A resolution
and a bill designed to cure the delects
President Roosevelt pointed out in the
Tillman-Gillespie resolution for the in
vestigation by the Interstate Commerce
commission of railroad discrimination
and monopolies were introduced today
in the house. Tbe resolution was in
troduced by Representative Townsend,
of Michigan, and the bill by Represent
ative Gillespie, of Texas. Townsend't
resolution provides an appropriation of
$50,000 to cam on the investigation,
and the Gillespie bill makes an appro
priation of $100,000 for tbe same pur
Washington, March 9. Today at
5:45 p. m. tbe senate passed a bill for
the admission. ef a new state to be
called Oklahoma and to be composed of
the Territory of Oklahoma and Indian
Territory. It was the houte joint
statehood bill with all the provisions
relating to Ariiona and New Mexico
stricken out. The motion to strike out
was made by Burrows, and it was car
ried by the close rote of 37 to 35, after
hating been lost by the still closer vote
of 35 to 36.
Immediately after the disposal of
the statehood bill the house railroad
rate bill was made the unfinished busi
ness, but, as the senate adjouned over
Saturday and Sunday, the actual for
mal consideration of the measure will
not begin until Monday.
Thursday, March 8.
Washington, March 8. Today af
fordid the last opportunity for general
debate on the statehood bill, and the
session was devoted to that order of
business. Starting with a speech by
McCumber, which began a few minutes
after 11 o'clock, there was no cessation
in the' spebking until adjournment.
The whole time wis occupied by three
senators, Beveridge, McCumber and
Patterson, the former supporting and
the latter two opposing it. Beveridge
contended, that, while Arizona and
New Mexico were unprepared for sep
arate statehood, it was unjust to keep
them out of the Union as one state
He took the ground against the Foraker
amendment, which allows each tern
tory to vote separately on the question
of jointure. McCumber opposed even
the joining of Oklahoma and Indian
Territory, and Patterson held that Ari
zona and New Mexico should be ad
mitted as separate states.
The senate will begin voting on the
amendments to the bill at 4 p. m. to
morrow, and the final vote will be
taken beiore adjournment 'or the day
Beveridge will have the hour between
11 and 12 o'clock in which to conclude
his speech.
Washington, March 8. The house
today passed the Indian appropriation
bill and then proceeded to tangle itself
up over the bill to abolish the grade of
lieutenant general in the army. The
result was an adjournment for lack of a
quorum after members had been locked
in the hall for half an hour and tbe
sergeant-at-arms had been scurrying to
the various hotels in search of mem
bers. The vote to consider the bill
showed an overwhelming sentiment in
its favor, and, as it it the pending bnsi
ness under call of committee, it will
probably be reached and passed in due
Wednesday, March 7.
Washington, March 7. President
Roosevelt today sent a message to con
gress announcing bis signature to tbe
oint resolution recently passed in
structing the Interstate Commerce
commission to make examination into
the subject of railroad discriminations
and monopolies in coal and oil. He
says frankly that he hai signed it with
hesitation, because it may achieve lit
tle or nothing.
Washington, March 7. With six set
speeches and permission to print two
others in the Record, none of which
were on the same subject, the house
today closed general debate on the In
dian appropriation bill, and tomorrow
will take that measure up for amend
ment. Before the house took up the Indian
bill, Capron (Rep., R. I ) secured the
passage of a joint resolution permitting
the sale of government coal at Fort
Davis, Alaska, to the citizens of Nome.
The situation in Alaska prompting tbe
legislation was indicated by Secretary
Taft recently that there is an absolute
coal famine in Nome. The cold weath
er closed navigation before the coal
ships arrived, and the government's
Hermann as a Plagiarist.
Washington, March 7. Represents-
tive Hermann, probably in a fit of ab
sentmindedness, today introducd an
other joint resolution proposing an
amenmdent to the constitution provid
ing for the election of United States
senators by direct vote of the people.
This is the second time this session he
as introduced this resolution, and in
each instance he' offered resolutions
that had previously been introduced by
other members, running his pen
through the name of the original au
thor and writing his own.
supply at Fort Davis is the only avail
able supply.
Washington, March 7. The Issues
involved in the controverpy over the
pending railroad rate bill were squarely
presented to the sedate today in the
speech of Clapp, one of the Republi
cans supporting tbe measure without
amendment, and by resultant remarks
from Bailey and Tillman, who are sup
posed to represent the views of the
Aldrich, Foraker, Crane and other
Republicans, who are seeking to amend
the bill so as to provide for judicial
review of orders of the Interstate Com
merce commission, took the position
that the discussion of the situation
demonstrated that the friends of the
measure are divided and that the bill
should not be accepted in its present
lorm. ' .
Tuesday, March 0.
Washington, March 6. The house
began its session today by passing with
out discussion or opposition a bill for
tbe rlief of tobacco growers by permit
ting them to sell leaf tobacco without
paying the tax of 6 cents a pouad here.
tofore charged. The rest of the day
was devoted to tariff discassion, the In
dian appropriation bill being the ve
hicle to carry the debate.
Washington, March 6. The question
of the enlargement of the medical de
partment of the army occupied the ma
jor portion of the time of the senate
today. The question arose in connec
tion with the consideration of a bill for
the displacement of contract turgons by
physician! who shall be given the rank
of army officers in the reorganization of
the medical corpt. Hale criticized tbe
bill as an entering wedge for an in
crease of tbe army, and at a part of a
general plan of the general staff, which
ne cbarged with a purpose to increase
the army's importance, In his remarks
the senaotr said the general staff was
disposed to encourage an invasion of
China. Carter and Gallinger spoke in
somewhat tbe same vein of objection,
while the bill was defended by Warren,
Blackburn and other senators. The bill
was not disposed of.
Monday, March 5.
Washington, March 5. President
Roosevelt sent a message to congress
today, accompanying plans for coast
defense prepared by a joint board of
army and navy officers, in which he
emphasizes the necessity for further de
fenses rand reviews the history of tbe
defensive works in this country. The
president calls special attention to the
recommendation of the board that the
entrance to Chesapeake bay be added
to the list of places in tbe United
States to be defended. He says the
insular possessions cannot be longer
neglected if the United States desires
to hold them. Defenses are recom
mended for Manila bay, Pearl baibor.
Guantanamso, Guam, San Juan and
Honolulu, because of their strategic
situation. Defenses are recommended
for the entrances to the Panama canal.
Washington, March 5. In tbe sen
ate today, Nelson continued the discus
sion of the statehood bill, urging the
passage of the measure as reported
from tbe committee on territories. Tbe
remainder of the session wat devoted
to the passage of the bills on tbe calen
dar, among them being one providing
for compulsory education in tbe Die
trict of Columbia and another regarding
the selection of officers in the revenue
cutter service. Two others of import
ance to the West were :
Providing for the issuance of patents
for lands to Indians on the Colville
reservation, state of Washington, un
der the Moses agreement of July 7,
To confer jurisdiction upon the Cir
cuit court for the Ninth circuit to de
termine in equity the rights of Amer
ican citizens under the award of the
Behring tea arbitration at Paris, and
to render judgment thereon.
Washington, March 5. Legislation
by unanimous consent and under sus
pension of the rules occupied the atten
tion of the house and resulted in the
passage of several bills, some of consid
erable importance. The adoption of a
resulotion of inquiry as to whether
any criminal prosecutions have been
begun against individuals in the North
ern becunties company furnished the
text for a speech of criticism by Will
iams, the Democratic leader, directed
against the administration. Brief an
swers were made by Jenkin, of Wis
consin, and Grosvenor, of Ohio.
Test Vote on Philippines.
Washington, March 6. Senator
Lodge, chairman of the committtee on
Philippines, has decided to make a mo
tion tbat the senate discharge the com
mittee from further consideration of
the tariff bill and it be taken up for
consideration. Under the rules a mo
tion of this character is debatable. Tbe
senator proposes to make ari argument
in favor of the bill and ask tbat action
he taken by the senate concerning it.
He does not intend, however, to preci
pate a continuation until after the
statehood bill has been disposed of.
Federation Officials Are Charged with
Complicity In Murder.
Caldwell, Idaho,. March 7. It took
an evening session of the grand jury
which has been hearing the evidence
against Charles Moyer, president of the
Wstern Federation of Miners, William
Hey wood, secretary; George Pettibone,
a member of the executive board; Jack
Simpklns, a member of the association;
Harry Orchard and Steve Adams, be
fore indictments were returned against
them for the assassination of ex-Governor
While not a member of the prosecu
tion will give a reason for the failure of
the indictment of St, John, it is under
stood all along that the state had little
direct information against St. John.
Just why he was arrested the prosecu
tion hat never teen fit to make public.
It wat rumored that bis arreBt waa
made at the request of the Mineowners
association, because they considered
him a dangerous man.
St. John's reputation as an organizer
makes his name a to conjure with iu
Colorado, and in fact wherever a min
ers' union exists. The ttory goes that
the mineowners wanted to get Simpkina
out of the country and were only too
glad to have him arrested along with
the officials of the Federation.
Now that the indictments have been
returned, tbe next thing will be the ap
pearance of the prisoners in court. The
prosecution limply will not tell when
they are going to bring tbe prisoners
hero, but tbe fact that several deputy
sheriffs left here tonight for Boise indi
cates that the arraignment! will take
place tomorrow.
Alarmed by War Preparations, China
Orders Foreigners Protected.
Pekin, March 7. The Chinese gov
ernment is greatly perturbed by the re
ports of anti-foreign movements printed
in the American and European papers
and particularly by dispatches announc
ing preparations for a military expedi
tion in case of need. TheBe reports, it
is alleged, tend to embarrass the foreign
ministers and create strained relations
between them and the officials here.
A long edict published in the Official
Gazette today, after referring to the
warlike reports, declares they are cir
culated by traitors who wish to sepa
rate China from her friends. The
edict points out the ereat difficulties.
which confront China at present, and
the strong need for maintaining friend
ly relations with the powers. It re
proves the Chinese students for med
dling with politics and charges the offi
cials, high and low, thoroughly to pro
tect too lives and property of foreign
ers, ipecifying the missions, under pain
of the most severe punishment.
A strong force of the troops of Yuan
Shi Kai has been sent to the southern
part of the province of Chili, where'
the people have been threatening the
Wants Same Favored Nation Treat
ment as Other Nations.
London, March 7 Communications
have passed between Great Britain and
the United States respecting the for
mer's contention tbat she should par
ticipate in the privileges granted to
other nations under the Dingley act, in
return for the reciprocal concessions
which Great Britain has obtained on
similar representations to other coun
tries granting the most favored nation
treatment. Great Britain also takes the
ground that, having no tariff, she, of
all countries, should, be favorably
treated commercially. It was stated
in tbe house today that negotiations on
this point had been opened with Amer
ica. This is incorrect. Thus far only
communications have passed.
The United States has no commercial
arrangement with Great Britain as with
other countries, by which the presi
dent is enabled to extend the benefits
of certain concessions in matters affect
ing the customs duties.
Ready to Back Mineworkers.
Pittsburg, March 7. -- Representa
tives of the American Federation of
Labor in this city received notice today
that the executive council had been
called to meet in Washington on Mon
day, March 19. A this is the day on.
which the operators will be in session
at Indianapolis and during the time of
the Mineworkers' convention at the
same place, it i- pointed out that Sam
uel Gompers, president of the Federa
tion, will be ready to give them the
moral and financial assistance of the
Boycott Labels for Impure Food.
Chicago, March 7. K commit.tpn
from the Federation of Labor which
t'al led on the state pure food commis
sioner announced that union litho
graphers would refuse to print label
for food products unless they told the-truth.