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EARTHQUAKE IN MEXICO.
OREGON STATE ITEMS OF INTEREST
SAYS ESTIMATE IS TOO HIGH
U'Ren Compiles Cost of Submitting
Legislation to People.
Oregon City William S. U'Ren, the
father of the initiative and referendum,
takes iHHiie with the statements that
Lave been published regarding the coot
of voting under that law! Mr. U'Ren
has carefully compiled the Cost of in it i
atlng'and referring legislative measures
to the peoplo under the act of 1907,
which repealed the act of 1903. lie
admits that the pontage expense in
sending printed matter all over the
state to 100,000 'voters will be $3,000,
but he says that the cost of printing
would be $3,036 for 120 pages of meas
ures, figuring on 100,000 copies, which
is one-third more than have ever been
printed. He says the binding will cost
$3,000 and the paper $1,503.
The experience of Mr. U'Ren stands
him in good stead in figuring on this
matter. He bases the cost of address
ing and Oiling 100,000 envelopes at $4
per thousand, totaling $400. The en
velopes can be supplied and printed for
$5 per thousand, or $500, and he be
lieves that the cost of securing the
names and postoflice addresses of 100,
000 voters will not exceed $1,500.
The publication of proclamations is
not required by the new law of 1907,
and the item of $5,000 for that pur
pose must be eliminated from the
cost. Mr. U'Ren believes that his es
timate is conservative.
Marion Fruit Prospects.
Salem Fruitgrowers of this section
of the Willamette valley are looking
forward to splendid crops in all varie
ties of fruits, especially in quality, and
in consequence of the destruction being
wrought to the crops in parts of the
East by the recent severe frosts and
other detrimental conditions of weath
er, there is also a fine prospect for good
prices for Oregon fruits, both green and
evaporated. Although the spurs on
the prune trees are not so thickly set
as last year, growers are pleased be
caused what is lacking in quantity will
' be more than made up in quafity and
the price basis will be increased in pro
portion, Adopt Interstate Regulations.
Salem With the exception that the
period of posting notices is fixed at ten
days instead of 30, the Railroad com
mission has adopted the rules of the
Interstate Commerce commission bod
ily, regulating the serving of notice
upon the commission and posting of
same in waiting rooms of railway sta.
tiohs when it is proposed tc make a
change in the regular schedule of rates,
mileage, commutation, party, excursion
.and round-trip rales. Notice of the
adoption of this rule has been forward
ed to all railroad companies in the
The Dalles Fruit Possibilities.
The Dalles This place is waking up
to the fact that the soil and climatic
conditions are perfectly fitted for the
production of first class fruits, and es
pecially for the raising of cherries and
peaches. Men every day are turning
their attention to the fruitraising in
lustry, many investing in tracts of land
varying in size from nvn to 4U acres,
upon which they have planted orchards,
with the prospect of splendid results.
Nowhere can finer cherries and peaches
be raised, and this season bids fair to
be an exceptional one for a fruit crop
Medford Road Buys Option.
Medford Right of way agents of the
of Butte Falls & Western railway are
purchasing options on land through
which the contemplated survey will
dbeb. The incorporators of the Butte
Falls & Western haVe large timbwhold
ings in the vicinity of Butte Falls, and
contracts for the delivery of $1,800,000
worth of sawed timber to the California
Box company, whioh must be partially
filled within the current jear.
More Interest In Farming.
Prairie City The upper part of the
John Day valley, in which Frame Uity
is situated, is fast coming to the front
as an agricultural district. It is usual
Iv considered and spoken of as a stock
country, but of late years grain
and fruit raising have given it the char
Aoter of a farmlne section. Citizens
have come to understand this, and are
:vstematicallv takinn up the various
. To Bridge McKenzie River.
Eueene The county court has decid
ed to build a good bridge across the
McKenzie river at Hendricks Ferry.
For years the cost of maintaining the
ferry at this point has been considera
ble of an expense to the county, and
the high water has often put the ferry
temporarily out of commission.
Buy Timber Tract.
Eugene The Armstrong timber tract
has just been conveyed to the Monrce
Mill company. The land consists of
1,443 acres in the Lake creek district
and the price paid, according to the
deed, was $27,500 or about $19 an acre.
The land is in township 17,- ranges 7
INSPECTION MAY BE CHEAP.
State Sheep Commission Inclined to
Make Burden Light as Possible.
Salorn One of the most serious prob
lems the Oregon Sheep commission will
have to solve is the schedule of 'rates to
be charged by county inspectors for the
inspection of flocks for scab or other
contagious infectious disease. It is
probable the solution determined on
will be to turn the duty of inspetcion
over to the government inspectoiS, es
pecially east oMhe Cascades, and con
fine the duties of the deputy state in
spectors to supervise the dipping, with
their compensation fixed on the basis
of $5 per day and expenses.
In order to make the expense as light
as possible upon the sheepmen the com
mission first decided upon a minimum
charge of 25 cents and a maximum of 1
cent per head per flock, where the
number did not exceed 1,000 head.
Then it was thought a maxamum
charge of $1 per flock would be suffi
cient, inasmuch as there was not much
work connected with the inspection,
which consists principally of taking a
birdseye view of the flock and looking
for outward symptoms of scab and
ticks, and requires only a few minutes'
work. ' , .
Must Put Up Time Tables.
One of the rules of the state railroad
commission is that bulletins giving the
hours of the arrival and departure of
all trains, be posted in every station
Practically all stations have for years
been supplied with these bulletin boards
but because of the carelessness or indir
ference of agents, time cards have not
been posted for the information of the
public. Newly painted bulletin boards
are being sent tc station agents for the
O. R. & N. and the Southern Pacific,
accompanied by a letter from the office
of General Manager J. P. O'Brien, in
which the attention of agents is called
to the posting of bulletins.
Train Service Bad.
Members of the Etate railroad com
mission have addressed a letter to Wil
liam McMurray general passenger
agent for the O. R. & N., informing
him that the local train service be
tween Biggs and Pendleton is inade
quate. In the absence of a necessary
local service between these points, the
commission argues that the, heavy
transcontinental trains have been
obliged to look after this traffic with
the result that these trains are fre
quently several hours late reaching
Grain Crop Will Be Large.
Elgin There is every prospect of a
bumper grain ciop in Union county this
season, a large snowfall together with
unusually large rainfalls the past few
weeks, insures sufficient moisture for
large crop. Thousands of acres were
sown to fall grain last fall and unless
unknown conditions arise the crop will
in all probabilities be a record breaker
Wheat Club, 75c j bluestem,
valley, 72c; red, 74c.
Oats No. 1 white, $29.50; gray, $28
Rye $1.45 1.50 per cwt.
Barley Feed, $22.60 per ton j brew
ing, $25; rolled, $23.5024.50
Corn Whole, $25; cracked, $26 per
Hay Valley timothy, No. 1, $1516
per ton ; Eastern Oregon timothy, $17
18; clover, $9; cheat, $9; grain hay,
Apples Common, 75c$1.25 per
box; choice, $l.ou(a)2. .
vegetames Turnips, fii.2o per
sack; carrots,. $11.25; beets, $1.25
1.50; horseiadish, 78c per pound;
cauliflower, 5(g$1.25 per dozen; let
tuce, head, 3545o per dozen; onions,
1012c per dozen; radishes 20c per
dozen; asparagus 15c per pound; rhu
barb 45c per pound. "
, Onions Oregon $3.504 per cwt
Potatoes Oregon Burbanks fancy
fl .4001.65; extra fancy, $1.752
No'. 1 choice, $1.25 1.40.
Butter Fancy creamery, 25'
27 o per pound.
Butter Fat First grade cream 26c
per pound ; second grade cream 2o less
Poultry Average old hens, 1516c
per pound; -mixed chickens, 1515c
spring fryers and broilers, 2225c
old roosters, 1012c; dressed chick
ens,.1617c; turkeys, live, '1315c
turkeys, dressed, choice, 18)20c
geese live, 8c; ducks, 1618c..i
Eggs 19o per dozen. ?
Veal Dressed, b84c per pound,
Tieei uressea nuns, 336c per
pound; cows, o6c; country' steers
Mutton Dressed, fancy, 1010e
per pound; ordinary, 89o; spring
lambs, with pelt, 12l3c.
Pork Dressed, 69c per pound
Hops 710o per pound, according
Wool Eastern Oregon average best,
1318c per pound, according to shrink
age; valley, 2022o according to fine
ness; mohair, choice, 2929o,
Shock Lasts More Than Four Min
utes Over Large Territory.
City of Mexico, April 16. An earth
quake lasting four and a half minutes
startled this city' Sunday night. The
earth rocked in a long, swinging mo
tion, terrifying the inhabitants but do
ing no damage so far as can be learned
at this city. Clocks stopped at 11:34
m. (Mexican time), and the percep
tible motion of the earth ceased at
11:28). The telegraph wires were
put out of commission and for a short
time the city was In darkness owing to
the failure of the electric lights. The
asphalt on one of the principal business
streets of the city was cracked open for
distance of 10 yards. People fled
from their houses into the streets.
Representatives of the Associated
Press made rapid searches over the city
but nothing beyond cracked walls and
small flssureB in the pavements could
be found. At the pence stations no
deaths had been reported. A wall on
Santiago street collapsed, killing a num
ber of horses and wounding five men.
No reports have yet come from the
American colony, but it iB not believed
that serious damage was sustained
there, although the houses, unlike those
in the old section of the city, are not
built to withstand earthquake shocks.
Telegraphic communication as far
south as the cities of Oaxaca and San
Juan Bautista has been established, but
beyond the report that the shock was
very heavy in that region and along the
gulf coast nothing more was learned.
ROUTE OF LONG RIDE.
Lieutenant McCabe Selects Course of
3,000-Mile Trip. .
Washington, April 16. Lieutenant
E. Warner McCabe, of the Sixth caval
ry, who has been picked by General
Bell to ride froru'Silverton, Ore., across
the continent on an Arab stallion, has
asked that Quartermaster Sergeant
Samuel Peterson, troop K, Sixth caval
ry, be detailed as his orderly to accom
pany him on his long trip. .
McCabe has also indicated that he
will lay his route along the Oregon
Short Line and the Union Pacific road
from Silverton to Umatilla, Or
thence to Boise Barracks, Idaho; Fort
D. A. Russell, Wyo. ; Omaha, Neb.;
Fort Des Moines, la. ; Fort Benjamin
Harrison, Ind. ; Columbus Barracks,
Ohio; Pittsburg and Harrisburg, Pa.,
to New York City.
General Bell said today that he
thought the trip,' which will embrace
more than 3,000 miles, might be made
in 100 days, and even less if the horse
had the necessary endurance. Com
plete statistics of the condition of the
horse and rider, amount of food con
sumed and other details will be kept
from day to day.
Pick Flaws in Douma.
London, April 16. In a long letter
to the London Times, the Russian jur
ist, Professor DeMartens, expresses the
conviction that the second Russian par
liament Is absolutely unfit tc work sue'
cessfully for the benefit of Russia and
cannot advance the nation in the direc
tion of a constitutional system of gov
ernment. Professor DeMartens bases
his belief on the ground that legislative
assembly find not a single word to -dis
approve of assassinations and murder
only enjoys speeches of discontent and
unlimited hate and is quite unfit to dis
cuss needful reforms, and cannot possi
bly construct new order In the state
He believes dissolution is absolutely
inevitable and only a question of time,
Brazil at Peace Meeting
Rio de Janeiro, April 16. Brazil has
received official information from the
government of the Netherlands that she
is to participate in the approaching
peace conference at The Hague. The
Brazilian government has denounced
the existing commercial treaty with
France, and it has been decided to de
nounce also the agreements with
France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and
Switzerland under which the consular
representatives of the specified countries
are allowed to intervene in the collec
tion and settlement of inheritances.
Fruit Damage Is Heavy.
Kansas City, April 16. There were
killing frosts again last night in the
fruit district of Kansas and Western
Missouri, adding to the damage already
done. All reports agree that heavy loss
has been caused millions of dollars,
according to Secretary LaGoodman, of
the Missouri Valley Horticultural asso
ciation. Several days may elapse be
fore, the full extent of the injury can be
estimated accurately. The weather
tonight Is cloudy and warmer and fur
ther frost is not expected.
Floods Do Great Damage.
Constantinople, Apri 16. Continu
ous heavy rains have caused' the rivers
to overflow, seriously flooding Mace
donia "and Asia Minor. The plains of
Brusa, Adabazar, Kutuahia, Adin and
almost all the villages are submerged
and there have been heavy loss of life
and destruction of cattle and property
NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL CAPITAL
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GRAFT IS DENIED.
Secretary Garfield Says Idaho Re
clamation Service Is Clean.
Washington, April 16. Secretary
Garfield today exploded the charges of
graft in the reclamation service in Ida
ho by officially notifying Director Newell
that the accusations against Engineer
W. Ross and his assistant secretary
iad been found to be without founda
tion and had been dismissed, following
this announcement by promoting Mr.
Ross from $3,600 to $4,000, and Mr.
Horn from $3,300 to $3,600.
The report against Ross and Horn
was made by Special Inspector A. R.
Green, who spent some time in Idaho
making investigations and who gleaned
his information from government con
tractors. Green based his charges on
statements made by the contractors on
the Boise-Payette project. His conclu
sions were utterly disapproved by Sec
WILL CONFER ON GUNBOAT.
Zelaya and Figueroa to Meet Joint
Guarantee of Peace.
Washington, April 18. Naval move'
ments today show that the gunboat Bos-
ton has started from Amapala, Hon
duras, for Corino, Nicaragua, to convey
President Belaya to Amapala for the
conference he will have there with
President Figueroa. The Chicago will
be used to convey President Figueroa to
the conference, which will beheld eith
er at Amapala or on board one of the
American vessels to be anchored n
At the State department today it was
admitted that an agreement between
the United States and Mexico had been
entered into, by which a guaranty has
been given that there shall be no hos
tile demonstrations between the forces
of Guatemala and Salvador upon the
frontier during the conference.
Foreign Crop Good.
Washington, April 17. The Euro
pean crop report of the Agricultural
department, covering conditions abroad
up to April 1, says that the heavy
snow which fell last winter over the
greater part of Europe, has, excepting
in parts of Russia and the Balkan
states, almost everywhere disappeared
That the protection afforded to winter
cereals has been generally efficacious is
being demonstrated by the vigor with
which the plants in most countries
seem to be responding to the quicken
ing influences of spring.
Northwest Postal Affairs.
Washington, April 18. Postmasters
Oregon Antone, George C. Glover,
vice E. L. Knox, resigned; Kingsley,
Theodore Buehkul, vice W. L. Smith,
resigned; Lamont, Millard T. Cowan,
vice J. C. Rush, resigned.
Washington Cascade, Thomas Mof
fett, vice Minnie Stevenson, resigned.
Rural free delivery route No. 1 has
been ordered established June 17 at
New Kamilthie, Mason county, Wash.,
serving 410 people and 86 families.
Charges In Forest Service.
Washington., April 18. Forest in
spector F. E. Ames has been placed
temporarily in charge of the Tillamook
and Umpqua forest reserves in Oregon.
Acting Supervisor Anderson, ef Grant's
Pass, takes charge of the Ashland re
serve! D. B. Shellar, formerly in
charge of the Heppner reserve, has been
transferred to the Yakima reserve, in
Washington, being succeeded by T. R.
Chidsey. William Cryder is promoted
from manager to acting supervisor in
charge of the Colville reserve, in Wash
ington. 500,000 in Six Months.
Washington; April 17. According to
a statement issued today by the bureau
of immigration, the total immigration
to the United States from all countries
for the six months ending Maich last
aggregated 539,137 persons, which is
an increase of 75,821 over a like period
in 1906. The total number of immi
grants from Russia for the six months
ending March last was 103,364, being
an increase of 21,631 over the corres
ponding period of 1906.
Exult Over Exoneration.
; Washington, April 18. The recla
mation service, from Director Newell
dewn to the lesser officers, held a jubi
lation today at the official exoneration
of Eneineer Ross of Idaho by Secretary
Garfield. They claim the exoneration
will iinvest the service with renewed
confidence in the minds of the people,
re-establishing it everywhere where
charges by Special Agent Greene has
called it in question.
Wants Clerks to Weigh Malls
Washington, April 17. The Civil
Service commission has been called
upon by the Postoflice department to
furnish a list of clerks for temporary
work, beginning July 1, who will be
employed in making arithmetical com
putations in connection with the weigh
ing of the mais. '
TEXAS VALUATION OF ROADS
Cowan Tells President How Capital
Washington, April 20. Some inte
resting information on the operation of
the Texas stock and bond law of 1903,
under which a valuation of railroad
properties of the state was made in
1895, was given to the president today
by Judge S. II. Cowan, of Texas, a spe
cial employe of the Interstate Com
merce commission and attorney for the
Southwestern Cattlegiowers' associa
tion. Mr. Cowan told the president that
the Texas law had proven a success. It
had not been put upon the statute
books for the purpose of becoming the
us for rate-making, he said, but to
fix a line beyond which the roads could
not go in issuing stocks and bonds. He
added that, the valuation put upon the
roads by the Texas commission having
charge of the matter exceeded the cost
of construction by 15 to 20 per cent,
and the cost of the ascertainment of
the facts had been comparatively small.
So far as he was aware, Judge Cowan
said, none of the railroads had contest
ed a valuation made under the law.
BORAH GOESVTO ROOSEVELT
Idaho Senator Asks to Have Action
On His Case Postponed.
Washington, April 17. President
Roosevelt has been appealed to by Sen
ator Borah, of Idaho, to review his in
dictment by the Federal grand jury
with a view to postponing action until
after the trial of Moyer, Haywood and
Pettibone, the men accused of murder
ing Governor Steunenberg, of Idaho.
Senator Borah is the special counsel
engaged by the state to prosecute these
officials of the Western Federation of
Miners. The appeal of Senator Borah
places the president in a rather embar
In the event the president withholda
the action against Senator Borah, it
will be charged that he is showing fa
vors to those who are prosecuting the
miners, and if he. does not, Senator
Borah will be seriously embarrassed in
the prosecution of the miners charged
with the murder of Steunenberg.
Civil Service in the South.
Washington, April 16. Civil Service
Commissioner' Mcllheny, who is a
Southerner and a Democrat, is entering
on what he terms a campaign of educa
tion in the South in regard to the func
tion and character of the commission.
He found that one of the greatest diffi
culties in securing efficient service for
the government in the South was the
fact that the whites have conceived the
idea that the service is meant especial
ly for the negroes, and as a consqeuence
when an examination for positions is
held it is generally attended largely by
negroes, the proportion often being ten
to one. '
Heyburn Slowly Gairs.
Washington, April 19. Senator
Heyburn, of Idaho, who has been very
ill in Philadelphia, was brought to this
city today. He is improving slowly,
though still very weak, and there is
much ground to be gained before his
condition will permit him to attend to
any official business. He was accom
panied here by Mrs. Heyburn, W. B.
Sams, his privae secretary, and a
trained nurse. Today was the first
time Mr. Heyburn was able to be
moved since the inception of his attack
of acute indigestion .s ,
Will Relieve Congestion.
Washington, April 18. After a con
ference with and upon the recommenda
tion of Senator Bourne, Land Commis
sioner Bal linger has ordered Special In
spector O'Brien, of Denver, to proceed
to Roseburg and assist the local land
officers in clearing up the accumulation
of business in their office. Work has
fallen behind to such an extent that
there are now pending about 700 land
cases and contests awaiting aotion.
When the Roseburg office is straighten
ed out, similar work is to be done else
where in Oregon.
Would Be "Cadet" or "Middy "
Washington, April 16. The State
department has received an inquiry
from Hamilton King, American minis
ter to Siam, asking whether it would be
possible to admit to the Naval or Mili
tary academy a nephew of the king of
Siam. ' i .
McLaren Pension Examiner.
Washington, April 19. On there-
commendation of Congressman Ellis,
Dr. A- P. McLaren has been appointed
by the pension bureau as examining
surgeon at St. Helens, Or., vice Dr. J.
E. Hall, who recently resigned.
Cuba Accepts Taft's Program.
Washington, April 16. The War de
partment today received a dispatch from
Governor Magoon, of Cuba, saying that
the plans for the elections in the island,
which were made by Secretary Taft, are
satisfactory to everybody. "