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NEWS OF THE WEEK
h a Condensed Fcrrn Icr Cur
A Resume of the Lest Important but
Not Lass Interesting Events
of the Past Week.
Southern Morocco natives bare re
belled against the sultan.
In a battle between British troops
and Zulus, 70 of the Utter vera killed.
Senator Burton has announced that
be will resign II a rehearing is denied.
More than 60,000 people took part in
the Memorial day parade at New York.
Two tnousand marines hare just
been arrested at Odessa, Russia, for
The government will establish a
number of wireless telegraph stations
on the Northwest coast.
Customs officials at Tacoma bare
seized So pounds of opium which was
being smuggled to Portland.
The Binger Hermann trial has been
set for June 18 by the judge before
whom the bearing will come.
A Norwalk, Ohio, ccurt has fined
even bridge companies $300 eacn and
costs for Illegal restraint ot trade.
Insurance rates in Portland are like
ly to be increased 25 per cent on ac
cocnt of the San Francisco disaster.
The Hawaiian government band has
arrived in this country for a tour of
four months. AH the larger cities will
be visited. The organisation has been
increased to 60 members.
A revolution is on in Guatemala.
Henrann'a trial may be postponed
Nine persons were killed in a train
wreck at Louisville, Kentucky.
A change is probable in the Russian
cabinet. Shipoff is to be premier.
Floods drowned five persons in Ne
vada and did great damage to property
Mayor Schmiiz has sent a letter of
thanks to President Roosevelt for his
aid to San Francisco. '
China has not yet given any definite
answer to Great Britain regarding the
change in her customs administration.
English papers strongly advocate
King Edward visiting Canada and
while there also spend some time in the
Rockefeller will give $1,000,000 with
which to build reformatories through
out the country. The money is intend
ed for use by juvenile courts as well.
Heavy rains have raised the streams
in Kern county, California, to such an
extent that the flood gates of several
large irrigating systems sre threatened
with destruction. Should these gates
go out the destruction to property
would be enormous.
Root is preparing for reform in the
Ambassador Wright received a royal
reception in Jspan.
Odell proposes Horace Porter for
governor of New York.
The Northern Pacific will add a new
transcontinental train each way.
Each day's investigations into the
methods of the Standard Oil shows
them to be blacker.
North Dakota has just experienced a
severe snow storm while a heavy frost
visited the lake Btates.
Presbyterian general assembly hai
given its doctrines a liberal interpreta
tion to induce more mergers.
A crank has been arrested in Wash
ington armed with a walnut shell with
which, he said, he intended to kill the
The Russian cabinet has refused the
demands of the douma. Leaders of all
parties denounce the action and a revo
lution is threatend.
By the middle of June San Francisco
will have two theaters running, both
under canvas. One of them will have
a seating capacity of 7,000.
A general striks threatens Russia.
Graft exposures are injuring Ameri
can trade abroad.
The Russian premier will refuse the
demands of parliament.
A number of aged Chinese made des
titute by the San Francisco fire will be
sent home by their countrymen.
A severe wind and rain storm which
has swept Texas resulted in seven
deaths and great loss to wheat, oats,
corn and other crops.
The Standard Oil investigation at
Cleveland, Ohio, show) that independ
ent oil companies were driven to the
wall with the help of railroads.
Two men have been convicted in
Kansas City of giving freight rebates.
Georg H. Crosby, traffic manager of
the Burlington, tried at the same time,
The Interstate'Commerce commission
investigation at Philadelphia into al
leged discriminations by railroads
shows that those companies refusing to
give stock to the railway officials had
been practically ruined.
Rival factions in RusBia are brewing
MUCH TO BE DONE.
Many Measures to Come B store the
Senate and House.
Washington, May 19. The senate Is
counting on a busy week and the pros
pect is favorable to long work days and
tew Interruption. There & Uo ap
propriation bills ready tor considera
tion, and the sea level canal bill, hav
ing been made the unfinished business,
will be pressed as steadily as circum
stances will permit. In addition, con
ferees will be appointed on the railroad
rate bill; the nomination ot Mr. Barnes
to be postmaster ot the city ot Wash
ington will receive attention, and tbe
bill declaring a policy in the matter ot
the purchase of Panama canal supplies
will be considered.
Tbe senate manifests a disposition to
devote serious consideration to the ca
nal type bill.
The general plan Is to press the con
sideration of the appropriation bills as
speedily as possible. The poetoffice and
naval bills will be ready for considera
tion earty in the week, but it is not yet
decided which will be given preference.
Both will present features that will
arouse debate, and it is a foregone con
clusion that especial attention will be
given to the provision in the naval bill
for a new monster warship.
Conference reports on the agricul
tural and legislative appropriation bills
will probably be made before tbe close
ot the week.
The canal supply bill will be debated
at some length, and Senator Rayner
will be among those to be bard on that
Work on the sundry civil appropria
tion bill will begin in the house this
week. This bill is larger and carries
more money than any preceding sundry
civil act. The aggregate will be in the
neighborhood of $90,000,000. There
will be a great demand on the part o!
members to make speeches rslating to
items affecting their particular borne
districts, and Chairman Tawney esti
mates that it will require fully a week
to consider and pass the bill.
The controversy between the pure
food and immigration bills will follow
the disposition of tbe naturalisation
It is planned that no adjournment
will be taken for the observation ol
Decoration day, Wednesday.
The Democratic filibuster to empha
sise to the country thst no progress is
apparent, on the statehood agreement
is consuming considerable time in tbe
house. Rollcalls to determine the
presence of a quorum have begun each
day's session, with few exceptions, and
Minority Leader Williams announces
his intention, encouraged by a "round
robin" from his colleagues, to continue
these methods. The statehood con
ferees snnonnce that an agreement on
that measure is in sight and may be
reached during the week.
ALL PULL TOGETHER.
Oregon, Washington and Idaho Form
Interstate Development League.
Spokane, Wash., May 29. An Inter
state Development League, embracing
the representative organizations of Ore
gon, Washington and Idaho, and work
ing harmoniously for the good of the
entire Northwest, is tbe project thst
was launched at the conclusion of the
elaborate banquet in honor of the Port
land visitors at Spokane. It was de
cided to leave the working out of the
details to comittees to be appointed by
the Portland Commercial club, tbe
Spokane Chamber of Commerce and
the Lewiston Commercial club.
It is expected to have the organiza
tion perfected in time to have tbe first
meeting of the new Interstate Develop
ment league held at some point in
Washington early next fall.
Mr. Wilcox's plea for aid for an open
river met with a most cordial response
from all the speakers who followed
him. President J. J. Browne, of the
Spokane Investment company, and a
former resident of Portland, made an
exceptionally strong plea for aid.
Mr. Wilcox very cleverly stated that
the mouth of the Columbia was also
the month of the Spokane, tbe Snake
and every. other river draining tbe Co
lumbia basin. In aeking the aid of
Spokane in placing the work on the
south jetty on a continuing contract
basis, as be expressed it, "so some of
us will live long enough to see it fin
ished." Fight of Independents.
Cleveland, May 29. Tbe Leader
says: "Independent oil men will call
upon tbe railroads this week to correct
tbe rate discrimination disclosed at last
week's session of the Interstate Com
merce commission in this city. It will
be the first formal notice of th inde
pendent nil men's determination tp get
a 'square deal' from the railroads. The
fight in Ohio and the eaa'ern part of
tbe country will be carried on through
the National Petroleum Association,
while a similar association will attend
to the western end."
Dewey Sailing Fast.
Washington, May 29. Computations
mae by the bureau of navigation of
the Navy department on tbe shipping
reports of tbe location of tbe Dewey
drydock in the Indian ocean May 22,
indicate that the Dewey has made an
average of 100 miles per day since
leavin the Straits of Babel Mandeb.
This is regarded as particularly good
time, especially in the Indian ocean, as
heavy weather was expected, which
would delay tbe progress of tbe Dewey.
Black Sea Ports Blocked.
Odessa, May 29. - On account of a
strike of seamen, 15 steamers ara un
able to leave port, and conditions are
becoming serious. Stevedores threaten
to join in tbe strike if they are com
pelled to do all the work. Shipping is
practically suspended at all ports of the
t lack sea.
OREGON STATE 1TBIS OF INTEREST
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SCHOOLS GET THE BENEFIT.
Library Commission Issues a List ot
Books Rsady for Purchase.
Salem The State Library commis
sion has just issued a pamphlet con
taining the list ot books for school li
braries for the state. The list includes
737 stendard books by tbe best authors,
from which the school boards may
choose books tor tbe school libraries.
In accordance with the state law, ths
library commission recently called tor
bids to supply about $15,000 worth of
books to the schools of the stste, this
amount being the sum total ot the li
brary tax for the entire state.
The bid accepted reduced the price ot
ail books from 15 to 30 per cent. The
schools get the benefit ot this reduction
by ordering from tbe list prepared by
the commission. Books treating on all
subjects suitable for pupils in the pub
lic schools are Included in the list. By
the terms ot the contract the books are
delivered to the county seat of each
county at the price named In the list.
Each school district In tbe state will
select books such as they desire accord
ing to the amount ot money they have
to expend. Some ol the districts sre
raising money by private subscription
and entertainments, in addition to the
library tax money, with which to pur
chase books.' A very respectable li
brary of 80 or 90 volumes can be pur
chased. Injunction Is Dissolved.
Albany The temporary Injunction
against the Home Telephone company,
granted three weeks ago at the instance
of the Pacific States Telephone com
pany, has been dissolved by Jude Wil
liam Galloway, and the Home company
is again at work installing its system in
this city. Judge Galloway held that
the Pacific 8tates company bad no right
to attack its rival in regard to its fran
chise, for thst was a matter entirely
between the Heme company and the
city officials, and that the plaintiff
company did not substantiate its other
clsims in its complaint.
Lane County Farmers Protest.
Eugene The Southern Pacific com
pany's new trestle across the county
road west of Springfield is still engross
ing the attention of the farmers ot tbe
county and the business men of Eugene
and calling forth protests from them.
One row of piling wss driven squarely
in the middle of the road, leaving two
passageways with only a width ol IS
feet each. This will not permit of self
binders and other farm machinery pass
ing through, and in order to go from
Eugene to Springfield or vice versa
they are compelled to go several ni)bs
out of the wsy.
Open-Air Treatment at Chemawa.
Chemawa Dr. C. P. Fryer, the
school physician of the Indian school,
has established in connection with the
school's hospital an outdoor sanitarium
for the care of pupils who may be in
clined toward tuberculosis. Several
tents havs been located in tbe school
orchard, near the hospital buildings,
and more will be set np as soon as
tbey can be obtained. This outdoor
treatment will be watched closel) by
the school management, who hope that
it will result in great good and in head
ing off those inclined to contract this
Defines Term Freeholder.
Salem Attorney General Crawford,
in reply to a query from tbe county
clerk as to the meaning of tbe term
freeholder, as used in tbe Oregon stat
utes, says that it means a person who
is the owner of an estate in fee in land.
Tbe question arose in regard to th
swearing in of voters on election day.
The law says that tbe affidavit of the
applicant must be supported by the
sworn statement of six freeholders,
which the attorney general construes to
be six landowners, not property own
ers, as tbe law is generally construed.
Dredge Makes New Reservoir.
Salem Tbe government dredge,
which has been working on the gravel
bar near this city, dredging for a new
filtering reservoir in the river bottom
for the 8alem water works, has com
pleted the work. The secretary of the
treasury allowed the dredge to come
and do tbe work on condition that tbe
water company pay the expense of ope
rating tbe dredge and the salaries of all
the officers and men connected with
the operation of it.
Wants All Bands in State.
Salem The Fourth of July commit
tee has completed all arrangements for
the big celebration to be held in Salem.
In addition to tbe usual Fourth of July
features, the committee decided to
make arrangements to secure all the
bands in tbe state that can be induced
to come to the capital on that day.
Not less than 10, and probably 20 brans
hands will furnish music during tbe
day and night.
Salem Miss Msrvin, secretary of
the State Library commission, has just
sent out four new circulating libraries.
They go to Woodville, Jackson county;
Buckskin, Washington county; Riddle,
Douglas county; and Lake Creek,
Mosessohn is Named.
Salem Governor Chamberlain has
appointed Davis N. Mosessohn, of Port
land, a delegate to the Lake Mohawk
conference on arbitration, which meets
VALUABLE COAL DEPOSIT.
Three Veins of High Grade Bituminous
Uncovered Near Eugene.
Portland Three veins ot the highest
grade of bituminous coal, two ot which
are 10 and six feet thick, respectively,
will soon be worked on Spencer creek,
10.mil southwest ot Eugene. J. W.
Zimmerman, secretary and manager ot
the company organised to work the
mine, is in Portland buying coal cars.
"The outcropping are very promis
ing," declare Mr. Zimmerman. "We
are convinced that we have one ot the
richest col mines In Oregon, it not in
the Northwest. The discovery ot this
coal was made many years ago, but the
owner ot the property refused all offers
for it nntil I secured it Isst year. Since
March 1 we have had sli men at work
sinking a shsft. Within 60 days we
will-be in a position to work the mine.
"Business men ot Eugene have Bp
pointed committees to visit the ground
and esamine it, and they are enthusi
astic over the prospect. Samples as
sayed prove the coal to be ot the beet
quality. Funds tor working the mine
have been supplied by meichantsof
Eugene. We are assured that the
Southern Pacific will aid us as soon as
we demonstrate that the property is
valusble. There will be no difficulty
getting tbe coal to Kugeue, or the main
track of the Southern Pciflc, as there
is almost a level grade from the mine."
Booth-Kelly Company Ralsss Wagss.
Eugene The Booth-Kelly Lumber
company has announced a general ad
vance in the wages ot its employes In
the mills. Hereafter the base ot the
wsges will be $2.25 a dsy instead of
$2, ss heretofore. This is the- second
advance within a few weeks, the first
having been made in March. The ad
vance applies to all mills and to hoth
the night and day crews. Scarcity of
labor is given as the cause lor the ad
vance. Speaking of the 'bor situa
tions, Manager R. A. Booth stated that
a Urge number ot men coming to the
mills are looking for permanent loca
tions, and are, in a wsy, the pioneers
of others to follow.
The Dalles Invites Neighbors.
The Dalles Citiiens ot The Dalles
are preparing a celebration for tbe
Fourth of July, which they plan to
make a rouser of its kind. The 3d and
4th will be given over to celebration in
tbe old fashioned way, all nearby towns
and suburban communities being invit
ed to come and psrticipats. Funds for
carrying out an elaborate two days'
program have already been raited and
committees appointed to take charge ot
tbe reception and entertainment ol vis
itors and the general details ot the cele
bration whicb are not yet completed.
Refusss to Ssll Lambs.
Arlington William Kpltb, one of
the leading sheepmen of Gilliam coun
ty, has disposed of his clip ot wool
from 8,600 sheep. Tbe clip from esch
sheep brought him an average of $2 60,
or $21,250 for the lot. Mr Smith has
refuted to contract this year's lamb
crop, to be delivered by May 1, 1007,
be to reserve the wool from the same,
at $3 per head. This is a good indica
tion thst iLeep will bring a good price
for several months yet.
Pests Threaten Valley Wheat.
Salem Since tbe last crop report
from this county a complaint has come
from several localities that wheat has
been seriously attacked by aphis and
tbe He-eian fly, which are beginning to
threaten the crop by their ravages. It
is not yet known how widespread this
attack is, but several farmers are com
plaining. PORTLAND MARKETS.
Wheat Club, 73c; bluestem, 76c;
red, 71c; valley, 72c.
Oats No. 1 white feed, $30; gray,
$29 per ton.
Barley Feed, $24 per ton; brewing,
$2424.60; rolled, $24.60025 60.
Hay Valley timothy, No. 1. $12
13 per ton; clover, $7.6008; cheat,
$607; grain hay, $7(38; alfalfa, $13.
Fruits Apples, $2.6003.50 per box;
apricots; $2.60 per crate; cherries,
$ 1.26 1.60 per box; strawberries, 7(3
12c per pound; gooseberries, 6 6c per
Vegetables Beans, 10c; cabbage,
$11.25 per 100; green corn, 40050c
doz.; onions, 8 10c per dozen; peas,
6c; radishes, 10c per dozen; rhubarb,
3c per pound; spinach, 90c per box;
parsley, 25c; squash, $2 per crate;
turnips, $101.25 per sack; carrots, 65
075c per sack; beets, 86cO$l per tack.
Onions Bermuda, 4c per pound.
Potatoes Fancy graded Burbanks,
60065c per hundred; ordinary, nomi
nal; new California, 2c per pound.
Butter Fancy creamery, 17 20c
Eggs Oregon ranch, 1919)o per
Poultry Averase old bens, 12013c
per pound; mixed chickens, 12012)c;
broilers. 17018c; roosters, 10c; dress
ed chickens, 13014c; turkeys, live,
15018c; turkeys, dressed, choice, 20O
23c; geese, live, 910c; geese, dressed,
old, 10c; young, 12c; ducks, old, 140
15c; young, 16017c.
Hops Oregon, 1905, 1012c.
Wool Eastern Oregon average best,
18021c; valley, coarse, 2323c
fine, 24025c; mohair, choice, 28030c
Veal Dressed, 36o per pound
Beef Dressed bulls, 3o per pound
cows, 45c; country steers, 66r
Mutton Dressed fancy, 78c pound
ordinary, 506c; lambs, with pelt on,
Pork Dressed, 79c
TAKES FIRM STAND.
Presldsnt Will Allow No Changsi In
Washington, May 23. Representa
tives Lorlmer and MsdJen and Speaker
Cannon and Senator Cullom called at
the White Home today to ascertain to
what extent the president would permit
the Beverldge meat Inspection bill to
be amended in conference. Represent
ative M;Jden and Lorlmer did most of
the talking and before they left the
White House were given to understand
while the president does not insist up
on the dotting of i's and the crossing ot
t's in the bill as It stands, It It is
amsnded materially in a manner not to
his liking, he will consider thst the
packers went a fight arid will give It to
Several points in the controversy
over sanitation have roused the presi
dent to unusual activity. One Is the
hesitancy with which the packers bavo
submitted to regulations that will re
quire therit to furnish donfVstlc mests
of a standard ot excellence required for
their foreign shipments.
The eipllclt laws govsrnlng ths peck
Ing industry bsve not been abolished
by the Beverldge bill tor the resson
thsy are already satisfactory to foreign
nations. The Biyeridge bill requires
that meats and meat products (or do
mestic consumption shsll have the
same standard, and while the law Is ad
mitted to be somewhat s'ringent, it Is
raid that it is no more so than would
be the esse if ordinary sanitation pre
cautions without government inspection
were required at all times.
The investigation ot their sanitary
arrangements was conducted bv two
eipert appointed by the president
with secret Instructions to visit the
Chicago stockyards and report to him.
When they arrived in Chicago on April
9 one ot them said they tound conster
nation reigning and an army engaged
in wielding the washrag and polisher.
The president, therefore, is not dis
posed to give sn inch on the Beverldge
bill. All the influence ot the adminis
tration will be thrown to pass It at this
On leaving the White House today
Senator Cullom said that while be re
garded the Beverldge bill somewhat
strong in some lines, at the same time
he thought a measure on these lines
should be n ade Into law.
RATES WILL INCREASE.
Underwriters of the Pacific Coast
Take Definite Action.
Osklaod, May 28. The board of un
derwriters ol tb Pad do coast, which
o'ganlsatlon fixes the insurance rates
for the states of California, Nevada,
Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Utah and
tbe territories ot Alaska and Arizona,
has decided to increase rates and tbe
6,000 insurance agents ol the board
companies in California will be notified
Tbe rules existing before tbe catas
trophe of April 18, under which a
board company was allowed permission
in certain cases to meet the cut rate
made by a nonboard company, have
been abrogated, and no board company
will, until further notice, be permitted
to vary from the rates to be flied by
the board ol underwriters.
The mstter ol fixing increased and
special rates for San Francisco has i t en
diweusred by the board ol underwriters,
but so far no schedule hss been adopt
ed. The insurance men ssy that the
crippled condition ol the San Francisco
fire department and tbe lack of water
supply makes the risks mo.e hazardous
and Justifies them in raising tbe rste.
Tbe return of II. F. At wood, chair
man of the general adjusting commit
tee from the east, is awaited with in
terest. At wood, who came here from
Rochester, N. Y., was summoned east
two weeks ago to lay before the borne
offices of the big United States com
panies the conditions as he found them
in San Francisco.
Upon the report thst he makes to
the home office, will depend in a great
measure, it is said, the course to be
followed by the insurance companies
iu settling the claims in San Francisco
and other places that suffered from
fire following the earthquake.
Navy Bill Ready for Senate.
Washington, May 28. The naval ap
propriation hill will be reported to the
senate on Tuesday, the committee hav
ing practically corapfeted consideration.
The appropriation for a battleship of
the type of the Dreadnaught, now be
ing conetructed for the British navy,
was accepted by the senate committee
as it passed the house. The battleship
will carry as heavy armor and aa pow
erful armament as any warship afloat.
One million dollars was appropriated
for the purchase of submarine topedo
boats. Prepares for Another War.
Victoria, B. 0., May 28.-M. D. Alg
neaux, who arrived here this morning
by the steamer Monteagle, after a tour
in Siberia, said in an interview that
Russia is making preparations in Sibe
ria for another war. While troops are
being sent home, others are being
transported from Russia over the
Trans-Siberian line. Tbe garrisons are
being strengthened, particularly Harbin
and Khabarovsk. The defense of Vlad
ivostok was recently strengthened.
Heyburn Now Improving.
Washington, May 23. Senator Hey
burn ia improving rapidly today. His
lketite is returning, and he has been
nnt on an egg and toast diet. When
'ufllclently strong be will go to Atlan
ic City. Heyburn will not be able ac
Ivelv to participate in the work of the
senate this session, though ha hopes to
io back to hit seat before adjournment.
CASH FOR SECRECY
Chicago Packers Oiler Bribe to
Investigators ol Conditions.
PRESIDENT SECURES EVIDENCE
Meat Condsmned by Inspectors aa
Unfit for Eapoet Trad Is
Retailed In Chicago.
Washington, May 29. Meat con
demned ou the boot as unfit for espor
tation Is retailed In Chlcsgo and con
sometl there by the unsuspecting pub
lic. This Is one of the most sensstlonsl
features ol the report which Commis
sioner of labor Neill and Mr. Rey
nolds, a New York phllanthroplit.'have
made to the president of their (nerva
tions of the packing industry. They
assert that meat from condemned live
stock denied Interstate and foreign
transportation, because the government
inspectors hae pronounced it nnwhole
sorus, Is carted about Chicago, and, be
cause ot the negligence of the health,
oftlciala there, is sold openly for human
To meet this condition, the president
Insists thst the health of the people
shall be guarded, and not only those
living in Chlcsgo, but also those living
in ths neighborhood ot packing estab
lishments located elsewhere be protect
ed from such practices by requiring in
the Beverldge bill that the government
Inspectors shall personally supervise
the destruction of such unwholesome
Mr. Sinclair confirmed today that
Mr. Neill and Mr. Keynohls, the presi
dent's Investigators, bsd len ap
proached by a representative ot the
packers on the day they left Chicago
and that they had been told that, if
they would eliminate from the report
the damaging facts they had obtained,
the pat kers would pledge themselves to
remedy the evils discovered.
"O. K. Dyson, the $5,000 a yesr lob
byist ol the beet trust," ssid Mr. Bin
clalr, "was the man who approached
Reynolds and Neill and who attempted
to have them kill the report they were
to make to the preeident. He did thla
sn bour before they left Chicago and
alter having come directly from a con
sultation of tbe packers affected by the
Mr. Sinclair said that an employe of
the Armours in Chicago bad been
bought off after having offered to tell
him for $2,(00 documents and letter
dealing with the conditions in Packing
ton. "I learned," said Mr. Sinclair, "that
be bad been paid eiaclly $11,000 for
the data he offered to me for $2,600.'
OPEN IRRIGATED TOWNSITES.
Ankeny's Bill for Minidoka and Tc
Relieve Dessrt Claimants.
Washington, May 29. Senator An
keny today favorably reported to the
senate the bill opening the Minidoka
townslte in Idaho. Several features
were added, one permitting the secre
tary ot the interior to fit farm units ss
low as 20 acres, another permitting
"sooners" on government land at Ru
pert, Idaho, to acquire the lota they
now occupy at tbe apprslsed vslne.
The third ia for ths relief ot desert
land entrymen in Kuteru Washington
whose land was brought within t lie
limits of the withdrawal made for the
Pa louse project, since abandoned. A
to these settlers, the bill provides thst,
when any bona tide derert entry may
be embraced within the limits of a
withdrawal for irrigation purposes and
the entryman has been hindered from
making Improvements or- reclaiming;
the land, because of its withdrawal,
the time during whlth ho has been
hindered shall not be computed in de
termining the time within which ba
rn us t make improvements. If, as in
the case of the Palonoe, the project is
abandoned, tho time lor compliant-
with the desert land law shall begin t
run from the date of notice of such
Marines Arrive at Colon.
Washington, May 20. The cruiser
Columbia, with 400 marines, arrived
at Colon today. The Marblehead also
is on its way to the Isthmus of Panama
and should arrive at Psnama today, a
the Navy department is advised of tho
sailing of the cruiser from Punta Are
nas, Costa Rica, for Panama, on Satur
day. Although the Marblehead carries
only a small squad of marines and can
not add material strength to a laud '
movement against any revolutionary
demonstration in Panama; the vessel
will afford protection to the harbor.
Powder Mill Blows Up.
Santa Cruz, Cal., May 29. A ter
rific explosion occurred at the Califor
nia powder works, three miles north of
this place, t6day, a short time before
the employes quit work for the day.
Michael Michaelson was instantly
killed and Patrick Ryan was so badly
burned that he is expected to die before
morning. Both were workmen. The
explosion occurred in a blasting powder'
mill. The cause of the explosion i
Cement for Irrigation Work.
Washington, May 29 The secretary
of the interior today accepted the bid .
ot the Pacific Portland Cement com
pany of San Francisco, for furnishing
8,000 barrels of Portland cement for
use In tbe construction of the Okanogan
and Umatilla irrigation projects. The
bid was $1.66 per barrel f. o. b. cars at;