I OREGON STATE ITEMS OF INTEREST IRRIGATION ASSOCIATION. Annual Meeting at Hood River Octo ber II and 12 Promises Well. The fourth annual meeting of the Oregon Irrigation association wilt be held at Hood River in connection with the Hood River Valley Fruit fair, Oc tober 11 and 12, 1900, and all who are interested in furthering the irrigation movement which at this time means bo much to the development of the state, are invited to be present and partici pate in the work of this organization. The appointment of delegates will be as follows: All state officials, includ ing members of the legislative assem bly, senators and members of congress, including memberB of congress elect and senators nominated, the mayor of all cities, the presidents of the state university, state agricultural college and Btate normal schools, shall be con sidered ex-ofncio memberB of the asso ciation, and delegates shall be appoint ed as follows: Fifteen by the governor of the state, ten by the mayor of the city of Portland, five by the mayor of each other city in the state, five by the county judge of each county and five by each chamber of commerce, board of trade or other commercial body or reg ularly organized irriation, agricultural, horticultural or engineering society within the state. It is respectfully urged that in the appointment of delegates, persons shall be selected who are sincerely interested in the subject and who are likely to at tend the convention, and that appoint ments shall be made as early as possible. The appointing powers will please have the full na.ne and postoffice ad dress of their appointees mailed to the secretary, A. King Wilson, at his office in the Chamber of Commerce building, Portland, immediately upon appoint ment being made. Information of every character rela tive to this meeting will be furnished by the secretary. A partial program has already been arranged at follows: "Irrigation Under the Carey Act in the Deschutes Valley," Jesse 8tearns, attorney for D. I. & P. Co.; "Need of Legislation in Oregon on the Subject of Waters," John II. Lewis, state engineer; "Irrigation for Humid Regions," (Oct. 12) Prof. F. L. Kent, dairy instructor, O. A. C; "Irrigation Conditions in Malheur County, Oregon," F. W. Met calf, manager famous Arcadia farm; "Fruit Growing on Irrigated Lands," Judd Geer, of Cove, Oregon; "Some Legal Phases of Irrigation," John H. Lawrey, attorney, Pendleton; "Irriga tion in the Willamette Valley," Grant B. Dimick, county judge, Clackamas county; "Irrigation iu the Rogue River Valley," J. W. Perkins, member of legislature, Jackson county. Working Old Hammersley Mine. Grants Pass The old Hammersly mine, in the Jump Off-Joe district, is again the scene of active mining opera' tions, after lying id'e for a number of years. R. G. Smith, of this city, has a force of men at work, and the stamps of the old mill are again dropping on good ore. The old pile of tailings, of whic h there are in the neighborhood of 350 tons is being run through a cyan ide plant which has been erected. The tailings, according to assays, carry $11 in gold, and as the expense of working them is small, a handsome profit will be realized. O. A. C. Starts Well. Corvallis In spite of the fact that the O. A. C. opened early this year, the first two days showed the largest enrollment for a similar, time in the history of the institution, 498 being en Tolled and many are still coming. This enrollment is an increaee of 58 over last year. At this rate an enrollment of more than 900 will be reached this year. With an expectation of this four new professors and assistant professors have been added to the faculty. Very noticeable among the new students is the increase in the number of high school students, several coming from the Portland high school. Teach Spanish in University, Eugene The University of Oregon las established a new department, that of romance languages, which will be under the charge of Dr. Timothy Clo ran, who has just returned from a year's travel in France and Spain. Heretofore the university has offered courses in French, with the instructor under the direction of Professor F. G. G. Schmidt, professor of modern lan guages and literatures. But with the coming of Dr. Cloran Spanish will be added to the university curriculum, and there will be opportunity for broad er work in the department of Germanic language and literature under Professor Schmidt. -- Offers Big Ranch for Sale. Athena J. J. Raulstone has placed ,tris large ranch on the market. He has 1,100 acres of the very best wheat lands in Umatilla county, has farmed it for many years and reaped a fortune. The price asked is 175 an aore. COBALT IN GRANT. Is To Be Found In No Other Section of United States. Salem According to the statistical information furnished Labor Commis sioner Iloff, by the United States geo logical survey bureau, at Washington, D. C, there are 2,170 mines of differ ent kinds in the Btate of Oregon, under development, the greater number of which are gold and copper, while in some portions of the state deposits of some kinds of mineral are found which do not exist elsewhere in the United States. Notable among these latter are the cobalt mines of Grant county, paid to be the only discovery of this valua ble mineral to have been found in the country. Cobalt is used extensively and is of great value for coloring purposes and in the arts. It is found in combination with copper, carrying a large per cent of gold. In his forthcoming biennial report, Labor Commissioner Hoff will comment upon this statistical data as follows: "A large number of the mines given in the table are not operated, some having been abandoned, and many are in the first stages of development, on account of the lack of capital to carry on the work. Considerable harm has been done the mining intereBst of the state by unscrupulous promoters who, by wildcatting,' have succeeded in swindling many unsuspecting investors and are responsible for retarding the development ol the industry generally. "The principal mining counties in the order of the number of miners em ployed are: Baker, Josephine, Jack- pon, brant, Lane, Douglas and Uoos. Other counties have extensive mining interests, and the industry, already of some magnitude, will continue to grow. At present there are about 3,370 min ers in the state who draw an average wage of $3 per day. Estimating that they work, on an average, two-thirds of the time, the amount paid them annually in wages is $2,022,000." Farmers Catch Salmon. Arlington The John Day river, few miles west of Arlington, is simply alive with fine big salmon, and farmers a;e catching them there each day by the wagon load. It is expected tnat at least 10,000 of these fish will be cap tured in that Btream within the next two weeks. PORTLAND MARKETS. Wheat Club, 6465c; bluestem, 67 68c; valley, 6768c; red, 6162c. Oats No. 1 white, $2424 50; gray, $2223 per ton. Barley Feed, $2021 per ton; brew ing, $21.5022, rolled, $22. Rve $1.36 per cwt. Corn Whole, $27; cracked, $28 per ton. , Hay Valley timothy, No. 1, $10 11 per ton; Eastern Oregon timothy, 1214, clover, $77.50; cheat, $7 7.50; gram hay, $7; alfalfa, $10; vetch bay, $77.50. Fruits Apples, common to choice, 25 76c per box; choice to fancy, 75c $1.25; grapes, Oregon, 5075c per crate; peaches, 76c$l: pears, 75c $1.25; crab apples, $1 1. 25 per box prunes, 2550c per box Melons cantaloupes, $ll.25 per crate; watermelons c per pound casabas, $2.50 per crate. . Vegetables Beans, 57c; cabbage, l2cper pound; cauliflower, $1 1.25 per dozen; celery, 50 90c per dozen; cucumbers, 15c per dozen; egg plant, 10c per pound; lettuce, head zuc per dozen; onions, iuizc per dozen; peas, 45c; bell peppers, 5c pumpkins, lc per pound; Bpinach 45c per p und; tomatoes, 40 50c per box; parsley, 1015c; sprouts, 8c per pound; squash, 134c per pound turnips, 90c$l per sack; carrots, $1 1.25 per sack; beets, $1.251.50 per Back; horseradish, 10c per pound. Onions Oregon, $11.25 per hun dred. Potatoes Oregon Burbanks, deliv' ered, 8090c; in carlots f. o. b. coun iry, o8uc; sweet potatoes, 2c per pound. Butter Fancy creamery, 2730c per pound. Eggs Oregon ranch, 29c per dozen Poultry Average old hens, 14 14)c per pound; mixed chickens, 13 14c; spring, 15c; old roosters, 10c; dressed chickens, 1415c; tur keyB, live, 1621c; turkeys, dressed choice, 2122)c; geese, live, 910c ducks, 1415c. Hops 1906, 1517c per pound 191)5, nominal; 1904, nominal. Wool Eastern Oregon average best 1519c per pound, according to shrink age; valley, 2022c, according to fineness. Mohair Choice, 2'30c per pound. veal Dressed, 58o per pound. Beef Dressed bulls, 3o per pound; cows, 45c; country steers. 56c. Mutton Dressed fancy, 78o per pound; ordinary, 5 6c; lambs, fancy, 88c. Pork Dressed, 78Jc per pound. FAIR AT SAN FRANCiSCO. Citizens Desire to Show That Me tropolis Has Not Lost Grip. San Francisco, Sept. 25. A very ambitious scheme has been put forward here this week in the form of a pro posal that San Francisco bold a world's fair in 1911. The idea had been sug gested early in the year, but nothing was beard of it following the fire until this week, when W. H. Mills, of the Southern Pacific, in a letter to James D. Phelan, revived the plan. It was originally intended that the exposition should be commemorative of the dis covery of the Paciflo ocean by Balboa in 1513. The date 1911 has been suggest ed for the exposition, as it follows so closely on the world's fair to be held in Paris in 1910, and would enable San Francisco to have the exhibits trans ferred as they were from St. Louis to Portland. The suggestion of Mr. Mills has been well received. Mr. Phelan in a cordial reply suggested that Mr. Mills consult with others who are known to be inter ested in tuch a project. If sentiment warrants, it is understood that prelim inary' steps will then be taken to form a corporation t? finarJce the undertak ing. It is the general opinion fiat such an exposition morn than anything else would contribute to the future welfare of San Francisco. It is not intended to operate on any such scale as the St. Louis fair, but to use the Portland ex position as a model and build on lines unique and artistic. As a Bite for the necessary buildings, the burned area and Golden Gate park have been sug gested. - MANY ASSETS OVERLOOKED. Illinois Bank Examiner May Be Asked to Resign. Chicago, Sept. 25. Depositors in the looted Milwaukee Avenue Savings bank, of which Paul O. Stensland was nt-tsident, will make a demand on Gov ernor Deneen this week for the removal of Bank Examiner C. C. Jones. How the state examiner overlooked for 10 years such gross frauds as those con tin ually perpetrated in the Stensland bank was a subject ol comment among the members of the depositors' commit tee immediately after the failure. This oversight may have been over looked, however, had it not been dis covered yesterday tbat $340,000 in as sets passed unnoticed when the exam iner made his last investigation into the institution's condition. Of this sum, $81,000 is nn actual cash, and perhaps the most startling feature o! the case is the fact tnat cad any one cared to pocket this money no one would have been the wiser. Receiver Fetzer will report the dis covery to Judge Brentano tomorrow, and the report will be followed by a re quest from the depositors for an ex planation or a resignation from Exam iner Jones. TWENTY BODIES EXHUMED. More Victims of the San Francisco Disaster Found. San Francisco, Sept. 25. Another tragedy has been brought to light through the finding of the remains of a score or more of bodies in the ruins of a lodging house at the corner of Fifth and Mina streets. J. R. Armstrong, a contractor, made the grewsome find while clering - away debris which choked the thoroughTare The lodging house, which was a four story frame building, was tossed bodi lv into Minna street in a heap bv the earthquake anil immediately took fire It is said that the fire south of Market street originated here. Fifty people were in the place at the time of the shake, only seven of whom have been accounted for. Mrs. Mur ray, the landlady, has never been Been or heard from and it is thought that her remains are among those found She is said to have a wealthy daughter residing in New York city and a broth er-in-law in Vallejo. Armstrong positively identified one body as being that of a young man named Woods who was employed by the Risdon lion works. Standard Oil Plant Besieged. Chicago, Sept. 25. Angered by report that further demonstrations of force by pickets which the Firemen' union has thrown around the Standard Oil company's plant at Whiting, Ind will bring militia, martial law and practical cessation of business, mer chants of that town have come out boldly in the strikers' favor. The Standard Oil plant is practically under siege by the strikers and it is feared that the management's threat to im port men will be followed by riot and bloodshed. Up in the Billions. Washington, Sept. 25 The foreign commerce of the United States has crossed the $3,000,000,000 mark. In the 12 months ending with August the imports were $1,254,399,735 and the exports $1,759,417,898. a total for the 12 months of $3,101,817,633. These figures are supplied by the bureau of statistics of the department of Com merce and Labor. ALK WITH REBELS Mediators Agree With One Side and Submit Plans to Other. MILLING TO SWALLOW DOSE Taft and Bacon Tell Government of Terms Arranged With Lead ers of Liberal Party. Havana, Sept. 25. An unsatisfacto ry conierence was held at the palace last night by President Palma, Secre tary of the Treasury Fontsy Sterling, Secretary of State O'Farrill, Freyre Andrade, speaker of the lower house, Secretary of War Taft and Mr. Bacon, Consul General Steinhart and Captain McCoy, when the mediators called the attention of the Cuban administration to the status of the peace negotiations with the Libert s ind insurgents. The conference adjourned at 11 o'clock to be resumed today. The peace terms proposed are known to be against the government. The visit to the palace of the American commissioners was therefore not par ticularly pleasant. On departing, Mr. Taft announced that the conference had resulted only in exchange of opinions and that another meeting was neces sary. The big doors of the palace clos ed as usual at 11 o'clock, but the presi dent and memberB of the cabinet re mained in conference long after that hour. At the conclusion of a long conference between a committee of the insurgents of eight members and the American peace commissioners, the insurgent committee announced that there was practically no difference remaining be tween it and Messrs. Taft and Bacon, and that they would receive a draft of the peace terms today. These probab ly would be agreed to at a meeting to be held in Ue Presidio, where the pns oner members of the committee are confined. Mr. Taft said he could give no de tails of what transpired at the confer ence, for the reason that it was neces sary to treat with the government lead ers and that the publication of the peace proposals might interfere with their prompt acceptance. The absence of a definite statement from the commissioners makes it im possible to say whether the plans carry the resignations of the present admin istration and, the congressmen elected last year or not. There is a strong im preesion that Mr. Palma will remain and re-organize the cabinet, but that new elections will be held for half the senators and representatives, in other words those who were elected last year, and postibly also for provincial officers LUMBER TRUST ALARMED. Federal Investigation Expected to Re suit In Reduction of Prices. San Francisco. Sept. 25. The Fed eral grand jury will commence its in vestigation of the lumber trust October United States District Attorney Devlin has completed his investigation of the great combine and its methods and he is satisfied that a trust does ex ist. All the information in the pos session of the government prosecutor will be turned over to the jury. There are many witnesses to be examined in the case, and these will be subpenaed to appear before the body during the course of tbe investigation. Lumbermen state that the price of timber has reached its highest mark and the action of the government will probably cause a decline. An author! ty on the situation this morning stated that lumber prices will drop November 1. and the succeeding months will see a gradual decline in ail grades of build ing material. This lumberman states that the decrease is partially due to the settlement of the sailors' strike. He says that timber can now be, brought into San Francisco at much lower rates than heretofore, and can also be hand led much more rapidly. New Route for Chinese. St. John, N. F., Sept. 25 AnAmer ican yacht, claiming to hail from New York, left Placeptia Sunday having aboard 42 Chinese, whom it is supposed she is trying to smuggle into Canadian or American ports. Tbe Colonial cruiser Neptune has been dispatched in quest of ber, and has been instructed to seize her for alleged violation of the Colonial laws in embarking passengers without a permit. This is the third yacht in these waters during the pres ent summer to be suspected of this practice. Soldiers Induced to Desert. San Francisco, Sept. 25. A grave problem is said to be facing the mili tary authorities in this city. Soldiers are reported to be deserting in large numbers, and the reason given for the increase in abandoning the colors is said to be due to the fact that employ ment agents are luring men from the service by offers of big pay for small service in civil life. STANDARD EMPLOYES STRIKE. Conflict at Whiting, Ind , May Spread Throughout Middle West. Chicago, Sept. 24. Warfare be- ween tbe Standard Oil company and the labor unions of the country was begun last night, when the Whiting, Ind., emplo-es of the company quit work to force their demand for an in crease in wages. The strike, which al ready threatens to tie up the business of the big corporation in the Middle West, is likely to assume gigantic pro portions before it is ended. It was pre dicted last night it might involve all the employes of the company in the country. Already the Chicago labor unions are preparing to seize the opportunity pre served by the Whiting strike to make more trouble for the company. They were wholly unprepared, because the employjs there were not members of a union, but after a hasty conference last night it was said that they would sup port the men who went out and that no one from Chicago would take their places. Three hundred firemen em ployed by the Standard Oil company left their places yesterday. More than 5,000 employes who are working with trie Bremen are scheduled to leave their places today. These include engineers, skilled mechanci, laborers and others, the officials of whom said last night that they would refuse members of the organization work when new memberB might be put to work in place of the strikers. The firemen were called out because tbe representatives of the Standard Oil company refused to advance wages from cents an hour to 25 cents an hour, and agree to grant all the workmen tbe eight hour day. They also refused to recognize the u&ion. RUSSIAN CAMPAIGN BEGUN. Parties Hold Muzzled Conventions Reaction in TrepotT's Favor. St. Petersburg, -Sept. 24. Active work in the autumn electoral campaign was inaugurated by tbe Octoberists. who today opened the Kazan congress with delegates from 12 of the Volga provinces and the vast central districts of Russia in attendance. Alexander Guchkoff, tbe Octoberist leader, was present, laboring tooth and nail. Owing to failure of the Octoberists to obtain official sanction, the congress was held behind closed doors and mem bers of the press were excluded. In pursuance of the decision of the government to permit the national con gress of the Constitutional Democratic party anywhere except in St. Peters burg, the administration has permitted the reopening of Constitutional Demo cratic clubs in Moscow and elsewhere, but persists in its determination to suppress political agitation in tbe capi tal. The most remarkable development of the week has been the change in sen timent concerning the late General Trepoff. The universal chorus of mal ediction and condemnation has given place since his death to a non-partisan appreciation of his real merits and de fects, and his career has been the sub ject of fair and even laudatory criti cisms in nearly a'l c'rc.es. M. Mem chinski, a prominent writer and pub lisher, who was recently suppressed, but who is now a contributor to Here lorn, gives the following verdict on the basis of lifelong acquaintance with the dead man : "General Trepoff was an excellent man and a good official, though ; be sometimes violated his own convictions because of a false notion ol soldierly obedience. He would have made a splendid soldier, but lacked a thorough education and, above all, the prepara tion necessary (or the political activity thrust upon him. He possessed, how ever, one great asset, lacking in all con temporary Russian statesmen charac ter." . ' Will Pay No Blood Money. St. Petersburg, Sept. 24. In re sponse to representations with regard to tbe murder at Riga September 15 of Herr Busch, a partner in the Busch Hinge company and a leader of the German colony at Riga, the Foreign office today informed Dr. von Mique, first secretary of tbe German embassy, that, while Russia made every effort to discover and punish murders, it cannot consider the question of paying a cash indemnity and the laying down of a general rule applicable to all foreign ers in Russia. Newfoundland Angry at Parent. St. Johns, N. F., Sept. 24. The re ported determination of the Imperial government to override the colonial au thorities and concede to the American commission a more liberal construction of the herring fishery laws asked on be half of American fishermen, has evoked much criticism here. Canada, it is said, may be a factor in the dispute, as she has for years enforced against Americans tbe laws that Newfoundland now seeks to make effective. Monster Meteor Seen. Stockton, Sept. 24. At 6 o'clock last evening a great meteor fell in the north western heavens, and many persons de clare that an explosion occurred which was felt in this city. A monster tall of smoke followed the falling body, which seemed to go in a zigzag course.