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OREGON STATE ITEMS OF INTEREST
Boys' and Girls' Aid Society of Ore
gon In Good Condition.
Portland At the annual meeting of
the members ol the Boys' and Girls'
Aid Society, J. 0. Ainsworth, W. B.
Gilbert and Robert 8. Farrell were re
elected directors, and Miss Helen F.
Spalding was chosen to fill the vacancy
on the board caused by the resignation
of Mrs. W. A. Buchanan.
The annual reports of the officers
showed the institution in a flourishing
condition. Superintendent W. T.
Gardner's report gave a thorough re
sume of the work accomplished by the
society the past year. Under the sur
veillance of the society in Oregon,
Washington and Idaho there are 498
children. Of these there are 70 girls
who are in respectable homes in Port
land. Assistant Superintendent Gard
ner has been appointed to look after
the children who have been placed in
private families to sen that they are
doing well. In addition to this assist
ant the society now has county advis
ory boards to look after the children in
the different counties of the state.
OREGON STATE FAIR.
Prfcparatinns Under Way at Salem for
Greatest Ever Held.
Salem The State Fair Board has be
gun preparations for the greatest State
Fair ever held in Oregon. A portion
ol the money that would have been ex
pended for premiums last year, when
then was no State Fair, was used to
make numerous improvements on the
buildings and grounds in preparation
for this year's fair. All main build
ings have been repainted, stock sheds
and race horse barns extended and im
proved and the racetrack haB been re
graded. The board purchased a quantity of
park seats and chairs from the Lewis
and Clark fair, together with exhibit
cases, all ot which will be used this
year to make the State Fair more at
tractive and comfortable. Many strik
ing pieces of statuary and inside deco
rations have been removed from the
Lewis and Clark grounds to the State
Fair grounds, where they have been
Epidemic Attacks School.
Aurora A teacher at the public
echool recently discovered that one of
the pupils had what she thought was
chickenpox, and sent the boy home
with a note to his parents to quaran
tine him. It proved to be chickenpox,
but the pupil would .not stay quaran
tined, and went back to school. The
echool directors consulted a physician
The doctor advised that the pupil be
allowed to attend echool, on the ground
that he had already infected the schol
ars, and sure enough he had, and now
half the childern in town are affected
Will Sentence Meldrum.
Portland If Judge Wolverton iin
poses the maximum penalty on Henry
Me drum, former surveyor general lot
Oregon, he will go to lail with a sen
tence of 210 years of imprisonment
hanging over his head. If the court
imposes the heaviest fine the law al
lows, Meldrum will owe the govern
ment $21,000. Judge Wolverton set
Friday, June 8. as the day on which
Meldrum, will come before the court for
sentence. A motion for a new trial
is pending in the case.
Berry Pickers Scarce.
Portland Portland employment
agencies are not only besieged by rail
road contractors for laborers, but calls
are now coming in from Hood river
and White Salmon strawberry fields for
pickers. Thousands of men and women
are wanted for this work and the cry
for help adds to the embarrassment of
labor agents who are already trying
with all their might to secure laborers
for railroad and construction camps.
Ackerman Resolves to Retire.
Salem J. H. Ackerman, state super
intendent of public instruction, has
announced bis intention to retire from
politics at the end of his next term.
Mr. Ackerman has the distinction of
being the Republican and Democratic
nominee, although he only accepted the
Republican nomination, and his name
will appear on the official ballot only
as the Republican candidate.
Klamath Land Is Reopened.
Washington During 1904-5 1.500.-
O00 acres of public lands in the Klam
ath region of Oregon and California
were reserved, pending investigations
to determine the feasibility of reclaim
ing under the Klamath irrigation pro
ject. Half of this area is now restored
to entry, the balance being reserved as
lands reclaimable for reservoir sites or
rights ol way.
Hop Prospects Excellent.
' Aurora Hops in this section of the
valley, the banner hop-raising district
of Oregon, are further advanced this
year than in former seasons at this
time. There U a large acreage, and all
the yards are showing well.
MAY RETAIN LICENSE.
If Solvent, Insurance Companies Will
Not Be Ousted by State.
Salem Secretary of State Dunbar,
who is ex-ofllcio insurance commission
er of this state, when shown the state
ment that Cahfoma and Nevada insur
ance commissioners wouiu drive out
companies that quibble over the pay
ment of San Francisco fire losses, said
that so far as Oregon 1b concerned he
cannot take any note of what the vari
ous companies do in California or any
other state so long as they comply with
the Oregon law which entitles them to
do business in this state.
There is on deposit with the state
treasurer $3,100,000, in interest-bear
ing securities, which the 60 companies
doing business in this state have put
up to secure the payment of any loss
they may sustain and which has been
finally adjudicated against them.
Fifty-eight companies have put up
$50,000 each and two companies $100,
Only one company has notified the
commissioner that it cannot continue
to do business in Oregon on account of
California losses and that is the Trad
ers' Insurance company, of Chicago.
All agents have been notified to cease
writing insurance for that company.
The $50,000 on deposit will be held
to pay any losses sustained by Oregon
policyholders in that company, or until
all its policies have been legally can
celed, when the deposit may be with
Mr. Dunbar said that refusal or ina
bility of an insurance company doing
business in this state to pay any of its
California losses would not be sufficient
reason for him to cancel their Oregon
All he is authorized to do is to look
out for the interest of Oregon policy
holders, and if the companies comply
with the insurance statutes of this state
they can continue to do business, as
they are solvent. If any of them be
come insolvent they put themselves out
of business without any interference on
the part of the commissioner of Oregon.
Treasure Mine Sold.
Eugene A mining deal of import
ance haa been consummated in this
city. Charles Harding Park, residing
here, has sold the Treasure mine in the
Blue river district to J; Rowland Rags
dale, of Manchester, England. The
purchase price is not made public, but
is said to be the highest ever paid for a
mine in the district. The Treasure
mine has long been known to be one of
tbe richest properties at Blue river.
Mr. Park has spent much money in its
development, and in the erection of a
ten-stamp quartz mill on the property.
Cherries Ripening Rapidly.
Aurora Cherries are ripening fast
and all kinds of fruits are ahead of for
mer years. The severe cold snap of
two days in March had no appreciable
effect on fruit trees in northern Marion
Wheat Club, 73c J bluestem,
75c; red, 71c: vaUey, 7071c.
Oats No. 1 white feed, $29; gray,
$28.50 per ton.
Parley Feed, $23.5024 per ton;
brewing, $2424.60; rolled, $24.50
Hay Valley timothy, No. 1, $1213
oer ton ; clover, $7.508; cheat, $6
7: grain hay, $78; alfalfa, $12
Fruits Apples, $2.503 50 per box;
cherries, $1 .25(3 1 -40 per box; straw
berries, California, $1.2501.40; Ore
gon, 1016c per pound; gooseberries,
56c per pound.
Vegetables Asparagus, 75c$1.25
per box; beans, 89c per pound; cab
bage, $1.752 per 100; green corn, 60c
per dozen; onions, 1015c per dozen;
peas, 35c; radishes, 15c per dozen;
rhubarb, 3c pound; spinach, 90c per
box; turnips, $11.25 per sack; car
rots, 6575c per sack; beets, 85c$l
Onions Bermuda, 4c per pound.
Potatoes Fancy graded Burbanks,
60065c per hundred; ordinary, nom
inal; new California, 2c per pound.
Butter Fancy creamery, 17)20c
Jfiggs Oregon ranch, l20o per
Poultry Average old hens, 13
14c per pound, mixed chickens, 12
13c; broilers, 2022)C5 young roos
ters, 1 13c; eld roosters, 12
12c; dressed chickens, 15c; turkeys,
live, 1518c; turkeys, dressed, choice,
2023c; geese, live, 10llc; geeBe,
dressed, old 10c, young 12c; ducks, old
17c, young 20c.
HopF Oregon, 1905, ll12c.
Wool Eastern Oregon average best,
1621c; valley, coarse, 2223c; fine,
24 25c per pound; mohair, choice, 28
30c per pound.
Veal Dressed, 86c per pound.
Peef Dressed bulls, 3c per pound;
cows, 45c; country steer, 56c.
. Mutton Dressed fancy, 78o per
pound; ordinary, 66c; lambs, with
pelt on, 8c.
Pork Dressed, 79c per pound.
WILL ADJOURN EARLY.
Congress Not Likely to Continue in
Session After June 15.
Washington, May 22. Present indi
cations point to an adjournment of con
gress about the 15th of June. The
great debate of the session has been
brought to a close, the railroad rate
bill has been passed by tbe senate, and
the way is now' clear for the regular ap
propriation bills and other important
legislation that demands consideration.
In the house of representatives tue
work is up to date. All of the big ap
propriation bills, except the sundry
civil bill, have been passed by that
body, and this last bill will be reported
to the house just as soon as the house
is ready to receive it. At the outside
two weeks is ample to pass this bill
and two unimportant appropriation
bills yet to be considered, the general
deficiency and the diplomatic.
In the senate appropriation bills
have lagged behind on account of the
debate on the rate bill, yet in spite of
this protracted discussion the senate
haB found opportunity to pass the urgen
cy deficiency, pension, fortifications,
army and Indian appropriation bills,
and will make short work of those now
awaiting consideration, namely,' the
postoffice, agricultural, legislative, Dis
trict of Columbia and military academy
bills. The senate, in spite of its repu
tation for long debates, can dispose of
appropriation bills in remarkably short
periods when the tizie for adjournment
approaches. It always does. So the
legislative program, so far as the ap
propriation bills is concerned, may be
considered in such shape as to permit
adjournment by the middle of June.
It is tbe appropriation bills that deter
mine the length of the session after all,
for when the last of these bills is agreed
to congress always adjourns, unless it
happens to be in extra session, called
for some special purpose.
The conference committee having the
rate bill in charge is not likely to re
port inside of two weeks, but In tbe
end the house will probably accept the
essential senate amendments, including
that offered by Senator Allison. The
fact that the president approves this
amendment will be ample justification
for the house to give its assent, and the
further fact that practically all the
other amendments meet with the ap
proval of the president will insure their
EXPENSES CUT IN ZION.
Salaries of Overseers Reduced From
$300 to $60 Per Month.
Chicago, May 22 W. G. Voliva
the present head of the Christian Cath
olic Church, announced to his followers
in Zion City Sunday that between Jan
uary 15 and Mar 10 he had reduced the
expenses in the financial department
of the church from $9,800 per month
to $3,832 per month. This saving, he
said, had been brought about by a
duction of the working force and a cut
in the salaries of those retained.
In the same manner, said Voliva,
saving had been made in the ecclesias
tical department that would amount to
$70,000 annually. Oversers who had
oeen receiving $3ul) per month were
reduced to $60. The pay of others
was cut in proportion. His own com
pensation under the new adjustment
Voliva said, was $100 per month
These facts, he said, were some of the
details of a report which be made Sat
urday to a committee appointed
Federal Judge Landis to investigate the
condition of tbe industries in Zion City
Voliva announced the resignation of
John G. Excell, from tbe office of gen
eral ecclesiastical secretary, owing to
lack of sympathy with some of the
doctrines of the church.
The condition of John Alexander
Dowie today was said to be practically
Wo Gen Cannot Land.
Seattle, Wash., May 22. Wo Gen
manager of the Wa Chong company
one of the wealthiest Chinese merchants
of the NorthweBt, is to be deported
He made a trip to China recently to
patch up trade relations, and did
great deal toward alleviating conditions
caused by the boycott. When he re
turned a few days ago he was found to
have trachoma, the dread eye disease,
and was placed in the quarantine sta
tion at Port Townsend. Powerful in
fluences have been brought to bear to
nullify the order, but without avail.
Turks Killing and Plundering.
Vienna, May 22. Trouble in the
Balkans between the Turks and Bulgar
lans is again very serious, and the lat
est reports from Baritz and Prochter
districts are to the effect that continual
fighting is in progress. Turks are pres
ent in force, and are burning and pil
laging villages, ravishing women and
murdering men and boyi.
WAS NOT STEALING
Supreme Court Decides on Per
kins' Alleged Misdeeds.
AS NOT EVEN MORALLY WRONG
ew York Life Company Money Ap
propriated Openly and Avowedly
for Campaign Purposes.
New York, May 26. The appellate
division of the Supreme court today
handed down a decision discharging
from custody George W. Perkins, whom
the Supreme court bad held to await
action of the grand jury on a charge of
grand larceny in connection with the
campaign contributions of the New
York Life Insurance company to the
Republican national committee.
District Attorney Jerome, upon
hearing tbe court's decision discharg
ing Mr. Perkins, said:
"1 shall appeal this case to the court
of appeals and get a decision there."
Justice McLaughlin, who wrote the
prevailing opinion, said:
"If the facts set out in tho deposi
tions upon which the warrant here was
issued heConstrued in the most liberal
way consistent with a judicial deter
mination, I am of the opinion that such
facts do not establish that the crime of
grand larceny has been committed, as
the same is defined by the penal code.
The defendant had a right to give of
his own funds to the chairman of the
Republican national committee. Tbe
relator made the contribution at the
request of the president of the insur
ance company with the express under
landing that it would repay him. The
money belonging to the insurance com
pany waB appropriated openly and
avowedly by the relator, afterall the
facts had been stated to the finance
committee, to reimburse bim for the
monev which he had previously ad
Justice Patterson, while agreeing
that Mr. Perkins cannot be found
guilty of larceny, said that he may be
competed by a civil action to make
restitution, inasmuch as the officers of
the company had no power to make the
contribution. Justice Ingraham says it
must be understood the court is not
now concerned with the civil response
bility of Mr. Perkins to the company
He continues : .
"It was McCall who appropriated
the money of tbe corporation, and the
officers or employes of the company,
who obeyed his direction in making
that payment, without intent to do
more than carry out the instructions of
the president of the corporation, were
not, as I view it, responsible for the
Justice McLaughlin Bays:
"It cannot be said that Mr. Perkins
did not have a moral claim, even
though, owing to the fact that the pres
ident doubtless exceeded his authority
he mav have had no legal claim for
NEW E1LL OF EXCEPTIONS.
Defendants In Williamson Land Fraud
Case File Revision.
Portland. Mav 26. J. N. William
son, Van Gesner and Marion R. Biggs
flloH ventariUv. thronch Judge Bennett.
" j i j rT
their attorney, a revised bill of excep-
. . . ... i i
t ons with the ciers oi tne ieoer"i
nnmt.. The hill is a voluminous docu
ment of 1,050 trype written pages, and
mnrniiiicen in a large measure me mbu-
mony of the trial in which they were
convicted of conspiracy to' defraud the
A copy of the "bill 1 has been sent to
Judge Hunt, of Montana, who is ex
pected to come to Portland about June
10. Judge Hunt refused to receive a
former hill of exceptions presented by
tha dfifAndftnts. It is necessary for
such a bill to be accepted before the
case ran go to the higher court. Judge
Hunt will probably pass upon this lat
est filing soon.
Stir About Forest Reserves.
Washington, May 26. Considerable
stir was occasioned in the senate yes
terday over an amendment to the agri
cultural appropriation bill proposing to
give 10 per cent of the receipts from
forest reserves to the states in which
the reserves are located, for schools
und nublic roads. Senator Fulton pro
posed increasing the donation to 20 per
cent, in view of the fact that the crea
tion of reserves materially reduces the
taxah e area of counties, but this pro
volrnd considerable opposition, and
probably will be withdrawn.
Foreign Commerce in April.
Washington, May 26. The foreign
commerce of tbe United States for
Anril aggregated $251,000,000, of
which $107,000,000 was in imports and
$144,000,000 in exports. These figures
are given in a bulletin issued by the
bureau of statistics, which says that
only in one previous April in the his
tory of the country's export trade has
the total of imports and exports reach
ed aa much as $200,000,000.
STOCK FREE OF COST
ennsylvanla Railroad Ofiiciais
Acquire Coal Holdings.
OMMISSION MAKES DISCOVERY
Stock Paid for by Granting Rates and
Discrimination in Distribu
tion of Cars.
Philadelphia, May 24. Further rev
elations concerning stockholdings in
soft coal mining companies by officials
the Pennsylvania railroad were
made today when the Interstate Com
merce commission resumed its investi
gation into alleged discrimination by
railroads in the distribution of cars.
Three high officials of the railroad ser
vice, Vice-President John P. Green,
Third Vice-President Samuel Rea and
William A. Patton, assistant to the
president at Philadelphia, were the im
portant witnesses of the day.
Mr. Patton was under examination
the greater part of the morning and
was an unwilling witness. The per
sistent questioning of Mr. Glasgow, at
torney for the commission, however,
brought out the fact that he had ac
quired stock, the par value of which is
$307,000, in various coal companies
without cost. He explained, however,
that he had signed notes obligating
himself for his share of the losses and
declared, his belief that it was proper
for him to accept the stock under these
Mr. Rea read a statment to the com
mission, in which he explained all of
his stock transactions, stating that he
id not believe he was debarred from
ownership because of his connection
with the railroad company. Mr. Rea
said that most of his stock was acquired
through his associations with land pur
chasing syndicates, which took up the
coal properties for development.
Mr. Green said that 20 or 30 years
ago it was not considered improper for
an official of the road to own coal com
pany stock, but that conditions had
changed and such holdings might not
now be regarded in the same light as
formerly. He informed the commis
sion that the board of directors of the
Pennsylvania railroad, acting upon the
information that had been brought out
at the hearings, had today appointed a
committee of five directors to make an
investigation into the connection of its
officers with coal companies. Mr.
Green said he did not own a dollar's
worth of coal company stock.
Other witnesses testified to stock
ownership and discrimination in the
distribution of cars.
MAY CLASH ON CANAL.
Probable Disagreement Between Two
i Houses on Question.
Washington, May 24. A growing
sentiment in the senate in favor of
making the proposed canal appropria
tion applicable only to the construction
of a sea level canal acroBS the Isthmus
of Panama in accordance with tbe ma
jority report cf the senate committee
on interoceanic canals is proving em
barrassing to the administration, which
is committed to the lock type. Presi
dent Roosevelt today discussed tbe sub
ject with senate leaders who called at
the White House, and apparently he is
much concerned aa to the outcome.
As tbe result of the
be made today
qu:ry, an attempt win
to ascertain how the senate stands on
he question of canal type. There
were too many absentees to make an
effective poll, but it was learned that
several senators who had been counted
upon to support the administration
program will vote for a sea level canal.
Secretary Taft has informed the senate
that, if the type of canal , is not deter
mined by congress, the president will
aot hesitate to proceed with the plans
for a lock canal recommended by the
minority of the board of consulting en
Washington, May 24.4)An important
conference was held at the White House
late this afternoon? participated in by
the president. Attorney General Moody
and James R. Garfield, commissioner
of corporations. It is understood that,
in connection with some features of the
recent report on the oil industry by Mr.
Garfield, the question considered was
whether a legal remedy is to be applied
or whether the rate bill now pending,
when finally passed, will not furnish a
remedy for some of tbe matters com
New Dominican Revolt.
Washington, May 24. News of an
other outbreak in Santo Domingo
reached here today from a senior naval
officer on that station, to the following
effect: "News has been received of an
insurrection at Macoris, Santo Domin
go, in which prisoners were released,
the rebels withdrawing. No American