The Yamhill County reporter. (McMinnville, Or.) 1886-1904, November 26, 1897, Image 3

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Competitor Prisoners
leased From Jail.
There Are Four of Them—General Sat«
iwfuctioii Kxpreased in Madrid
Washington, Nov. 22. — Minister
Woodfold Jias telegraphed the state ile-
|«vtment that the Spanish cabinet has
notified him that the queen lias par­
doned tlie Competitor prisoners. The
state department announces that the
Competitor prisoners were turned over
to Consul-General Lee last Monday,
and will lie sent by him direct to New
Y’ork today.
It is not doubted here that the prison­
ers are liberated on such conditions
as were imposed in the case of former
prisoners, that is, that they will not re­
turn to Cuba. It is singular that the
men should have been for days in cus­
tody of General Lee without the fact
having become generally known, but
it is supposed that secrecy was observed
in order to secure departure from Ha­
vana without exciting trouble from the
extreme conservative Spanish faction.
There were four prisoners, namely,
Alfredo Laborde, the captain of the
Competitor, a native of New Orleans;
William Gildea, the mate, a natural­
ized citizen, Ona Melton, who claims
Kansas as his native state, and who
went on the Competitor in thecapacitv
newspaper correspondent, and
Charles Barnett, of British birth, but
who claimed the protection of the
United States government by virtue of
his sailing on an American vessel.
The conditions under which the Com­
petitor was captured off the Cuban
coast, while engaged in landing arms
for the insurgents, have been often de­
scribed. The defense of the men was
that they were forced into the expedi­
tion against their will by the insurgent
party on board. They were tried by a
naval court-martial, before which they
could make only a poor showing, prin­
cipally because of their ignorance of
the Spanish language, in which the pro­
ceedings were conducted, and their
eonivction and the imposition of the
death sentence was not a matter of sur­
At that point, however, the case as­
sumed diplomatic importance.
government, through its consul-general
at Havana, Ramon Williams, and
through Minister Taylor, at Madrid,
interposed an energetic protest against
the execution of the men, claiming
they were improperly tried, in view of
the guarantees held out in the famous
Cushing protocol. This protest caused
the removal of the case to the higher
judicial authorities at Madrid, by
whom a new trial was ordered. The
Spanish government, however, did not,
and has not yet, conceded that the
Cushing protocol applies to such cases.
To admit that would, in the opinion of
the Spanish authorities, greatly stimu­
late the fitting out of filibustering par­
ties in the United States.
The new trial had been ordered by
the Madrid supreme court, on the
ground of irregularities in the original
trial, and by concession of the sound­
ness of the objections interposed by the
United States. It was to have begun
last Monday, and it is thought would
have resulted in the imposition of the
death sentence again. This, however,
would have provoked an explosion in
this country, according to the anticipa­
tions of the department officials, that
would have been hardly less violent
than the feeling caused by the famous
Virginius episode, so to them it is a
matter of satisfaction that the Spanish
queen has cut the diplomatic tangle by
the pardon of the men before the sec­
ond trial.
Senor Dupny de Lome had a long con­
ference with Assistant Secretary Day
today, and it is believe! the Spanish
government is about to voluntarily re­
move another troublesome factor from
the field of negotiations, in revoking
the decree made by Weyler, prohibit­
ing the exportation of tobacco from
Cuba. Ibis prohibition has worked
hardships on American cigar-makers,
and up to this time all efforts of the
state department to secure an amelior­
ation of the harsh conditions of the de­
cree have been unavailing. The rea­
son set up by General Weyler for the
order was the necessity of keeping in
Havana the supply of tobacco necessary
to run the domestic cigar factories,
and thus, by giving employment to
workmen, keep them from drifting
away into the insurgent ranks.
was a matter of common rejiort, how­
ever, that another potent reason was a
desire to cripple the Cuban cigar-mak­
ers in the United States, from which
the insurgents drew funds.
Re|s>rts that come from AVashington
are to the effect that the new crop of
tobacco that will be ripe in February
next is of excellent quality, and
amounts to four-fifths of an average
Motermen Killed and
Others Injured.
Baltimore, Nov. 23.—Because Theo­
dore R. Myrick, a motorman in the
employ of thq Baltimore & Northern
railway, disobeyed orders, the officers
of that road say, there was a frightful
head-end collision this morning on the
line, in which Mvriek was killed and
W. F. Horner, motorman on the car
which was going in the opposite direc­
tion, received injuries from whichalm
died about half an iiour later. Th '
two conductors and passengers who
were on both cars were more or less in­
jured, although the injuries of none < f
them are supposed to be dangerous.
Those seriously hurt are:
Conductor Thomas Ewing, aged 83,
and Charles Snowden, colored, aged 29
Ewing is suffering from a
slight concussion of the brain, ami is
badly bruised on the head, face and
body. Snowden’s cheek was lacerated
by broken glass, and’he received several
cuts on the head. Hie chin was cut to
the bone, and there is a deep gash in
his neck. Both of these men are at the
hospital, and both will recover, unless
complications develop.
Mins Emma Hart \cting Temporarily at
Edmonston, N. B.
Washington, Nov. 23.—For what is
believed to be the first time in the his­
tory of this government, a woman is
acting as one of its representatives
abroad. Secretary Sherman has ap­
proved the request of .1. Adolph Guy,
consular agent of the United States at
Edmonston, N. B., for two weeks’ leave
of absence, and appointed Emma Hart
to act as consular agent during his ab­
Miss Hart will probably have little
business to do during her term of office.
It is said at the state department that
if she takes in more tliwn $20 the offi­
cials will believe the natural gallantry
of New Brunswiokians Las caused them
to abandon other agencies and consul­
ates and secure the service of Miss
Hart in transacting their business.
Collision oil a Mexican Roail.
Denver, Nov. 23.—A special to the
News from Nogales, Ariz., says: Last
night, near Casita, a station on the
Señora railroad, in Mexico, a passen­
ger train collided with three oars which
had got away from a freight train
ahead and were running down a heavy
grade with great velocity. The engi­
neer of the passenger train, George
Parker, was instantly killed, the fire­
man was so severely injured that he
has since died, and the express messen­
ger, J. D. Milton, was injured, but not
seriously. Four care loaded with or­
anges were demolished and a locomo­
tive was wrecked.
The Urbana Fiend's Work.
Urbana, O., Nov. 23.—This city was
thrown into a fever of excitement to
night by the report of another attempt­
ed assault.
The victim is Emma
Groves, an elderly maiden lady, who
lives with her sister in West Ward
street. About 6 o’clock this evening,
as Miss Groves stepped out of the back
door, she was seized by a man, who
threw his arm around her neck and
held her firmly. Miss Groves was bad­
ly treated and painfully injured. The
assault was committed at about the
same hour and in the same manner as
that perpetrated Friday, and it is be­
lieved by the same person.
Austrians to Be Deported.
Baltimore, Nov. 23. — Forty-eight
men from the interior of Austria, who
were arrested last week in the swamps
of Mississippi by United States inspect­
ors, on the charge of violating the alien
labor contract law, were brought here
with their leader, Jahan Pokje, and
locked up in the immigrant house of
detention at Locust point. They will
be sent back to Bremen on the steam­
ship München, of the North German
Lloyd line, in a few days. The men
arrived here September 8, and were en­
gaged in cutting barrel staves.
No Sign of Andree.
Tromsoe, Tromsoe Island, Norway,
Nov. 23.—The steamer Victoria, which
was fitted out by the governor of Trom­
soe, under instructions from King Os­
car, to search for Professor Andree, tho
missing aeronaut, and his party, which
left here November 5, has returned
from Spitzbergen. She brings no news
as to the whereabouts or movements of
Professor Andree, although exploring
parties landed 10 miles at various
points on Danmand’s isle.
Mother and Daughter Perished.
Topeka, Kan., Nov. 23.—Mrs. M. A.
Trigg, aged 52, and her 10-year-o)d
daughter Ethel lost their lives in a fiix
that destroyed their residence in West
Eleventh street this morning. A son
escaped with a broken leg, jumping
from a second-story window.
Trigg had escaped, but returned to save
her daughter, and fell exhausted at her
bedside. Her body was burned to a
crisp. The girl was suffocated.
General Ordway Dead.
New York, Nov. 23.—General Albert
Ordway died tonight at the Hoffman
Signaled for Assistance«
house. General Ordway and his wife
New York, Nov. 22.—The steamer returned from Europe last Wednesday.
Megantic, from London November 4 for Next day, the general was taken sick,
this port, anchored outside the bar this and continued to grow weaker and
forenoon, signalling that she was dis­ weaker, until 7:15 this evening, when
abled and in need of assistance.
he passed away.
SpvfMi Chinese Deported.
San Francisco, Nov. 22.—The steam-
ehip Coptic, which sailed today for the
Orient, carried nearly 800 Chinese, in­
cluding seven who were dejiorted.
These men came here about a month
ago with certificates to the effect that
they were merchants, members of a
well-known firm in Chinatown. The
firms, however, repudiated the claim.
Blockade of Constantinople.
London, Nov. 23.—The Constanti­
nople corrspondent of the Daily News
says: “I am able to assert on the best
authority that the powers are discuss­
ing the advisability of a naval demon­
stration in the Dardanelles or a block­
ade of Constantinople^ if the sultan
does not yield to the demands of the
powers with respect to autonomy for
In Meriden, Warwickshire, a stone the island of Crete, and especially in
cross on the village green marks the the matter of withdrawing the Turkish
geographical center of England.
Fifteen Million Dollar»* Worth of Prop­
erty Destroyed.
London, Nov. 22.—One of the most
disastrous tires in London’s history
since the great tire of 1666, broke out
in a large block of. buildings lying east
of Aldergate street and between that
thoroughfare and Red Cross street, just
after 1 o’clock this atternoon.
flames were fanned by a strong wind
and fed by highly inflammable stocks
of Christmas fancy goods ami flimsy
dress materials of every description, |
that tilled every floor of the six-story i
building in the old street. Conse-
quently, the conflagration gained head­
way with surprising rapidity, and was
soon far beyond the possibility of being
checked on the spot.
For four liqurs and a half the flames
had their own way, and it was only
after more than 100 engines had
worked an hour that the chief of the
fire brigade sent out the signal that the
tire was under control.
At 11 o’clock tonight the fire is still
the scene of great excitement. Fifty
engines are playing upon the ruins;
wagons are hurrying up, and tons of
water are pouring into the fiery debris.
Thousands of people are trying to pene- '
trate the cordon maintained by 1,000
policemen, reinforcements for whom
were sent up when at 5 o’clock an in- |
crease in the outbreak led Commander
Wells to make a requisition for more
engines upon the outlying stations.
The scene must occupy the fire brig­
ade for several days, especially in view
of the grave danger of the collaps» of
the shells of buildings, which fall now !
and then with a loud crash.
The latest advices indicate that
nearly 100 warehouses have been de­
stroyed, while the loss will probably I
exceed £3,000,000.
The historic church of St. Giles has
been much damaged, the principal
damage being to the roof, the old win- ‘
flows, the baptismal font and Milton's
Uncle Sain’s Belief Fund Feeds Thou­
sands of Cubans.
[Office of Downing, Hopkin* A Co., Chicago
B< >ar< i of Trad« Brokers, 711714 in amber of Coui-
lueree Building, Cortland, Oregon.]
Evidence of Steady Growth
and Enterprise.
tlie Thriving
Sister States
Several thousand boxes of apples were
shipped from Coos bay early last week.
The real estate transfers in Umatilla
county for one day last week amounted
to $7,000.
An Astoria paper says that Clatsop
county warrants are likely to be at a
premium within 30 days.
This year over 700 cords of wood
have been shipped from Brown’s spur,
north of Dallas, to Portland.
A number of settlers bound for the
Coos bay country passed through Rose­
burg last week, in covered wagons.
Wallowa county cattle have been
nearly all bought up, but there are a
good many hogs left in the county.
Lincoln county’s outstanding war­
rants and the interest thereon amount­
ed to $25,979, on September 30 last.
Stock in Baker county is reported to
be in excellent condition, and the I osb
this winter promises to be unusually
Travelers over the McKenzie road, in
Lane county, report from two to seven
feet of snow on the summit of the
A band of 1,000 head of cattle was
driven through Vale last week on the
way to Ontario, whence they will be
shipped East.
Harry Watters killed a bald-headed
eagle in the sandhills near Marshfield
last week The eagle measured nine
feet from tip to tip.
The financial statement of Gilliam
county shows that on September 30 last
there were outstanding warrants and
interest amounting to $24,201.
Several elk were seen in the vicinity
of Emigrant Springs, in Umatilla
county, recently, but as it was the
closed season, they were not molested.
Fishermen in the vicinity of Rainier
are of the opinion that the light run of
salmon in that section is caused by the
heavy blasting along the shore, where
the Astoria railroad is being built.
The treasurer of Coos county has ad­
vertised that he will pay all county
warrants indorsed prior to November
4, 1891.
Interest on such warrants
ceased November 15.
This call will
reduce the couunty’s indebtedness
about $3,000..
The 800 Angora goats recently shipped
from Boise, Idaho, to Pendleton, will
be wintered near Pendleton. It is said
to be the intention to ship them to the
Klondike in the spring to make mutton
for the miners. They are hardy and
nimble animals, and can more easily
be driven over the mountain passes
than sheep.
The work of taking spawn is now go­
ing on at the Mapleton hatchery. Over
500,000 eggs have already been placed
in the hatching troughs. The sura ap­
propriated for operating the hatchery
this year is not nearly so large as it
should be, but the work has been at­
tended to closely, and considering the
expenditure a great number of salmon
fry will no doubt be turned out next
There will be 12 miles of American
rails laid on the Astoria & Columbia
river railroad begining at Goble. The
English rails were not sufficient to com­
plete the track. This new consignment
is on its way from the East. The rails
■re of the same weight and size as
those laid, 75 pounds to the yard,
5-inch base, 5 inches high and 2'j-inch
ball. Tracklaying at the Goble end of
the line will begin when the new rails
New York, Nov. 22.—A special to
the Herald from Havana says: In every |
town in Cuba where there are American '
citizens, groups of starving islanders
gather every day in frontlif the houses
of those Americans and beg for the
crumbs that fall from the tables.
That Americans have anything on 1
their tables from which crumbs could
fall is due to the relief fund of $50,000
appropriated last spring by congress.
Consul-General Lee has drawn so far
about $25,000 of the total amount and
has distributed it to the consuls in
Matanzas, Cienfuegos, Sagna, Santiago
and elsewhere.
These consuls buy
provisionsand distribute weekly rations
to distressed Americans.
There are 1,400 Americans on the re­
lief fund list. Of these about 250 are
American-born. The others are natur
alized citizens and their families, who,
having their citizenship papers properly
registered at the different United States
consulates, are entitled, if in distress, j
to the same relief as American-born ’
According to a statement made by
Consul Baker, who is stationed at
Sagua, about 10.000 people are being !
kept alive in Cuba by these rations!
distributed for the support of 1,400.
Neighbors gather around the front door I
of the houses of American citizens and
beg a share of the food that comes from
the consulates.
Consul Brice, of Matanzas, reports
that since July 1, 27,000 persons have
died in hie district. As he was cross,
ing the public square one evening late­
ly he saw a man fall to the ground
within a few feet of him, ami, hasten-
sing to his side, found he was dead.
His body was nothing more than a
skeleton. Such incidents occur daily
all over the island where ¡>eople are
herded together.
General Blanco’s orders to allow the
pacificos to cultivate land outside the
military lines would diminish suffer­
ing if tlie people bail the strength and
the implements with which to work,
A carload of apples grown on Orcas
but they havlv neither and Wevler’s
scheme to exterminate the Cuban peo­ island was shipped from Seattle to
Omaha last week.
ple is rapidly proving successful.
The state road commission has fin­
ished its work for the winter, and the
working crew has been discharged.
Later Reports of the Great Storm—Dam-
The Hon D. P. Thompson, ex-min­
age Wan Great.
ister to Turkey, delivered a lecture on
Portland, Or., Nov. 22.—The fall in Turkey in Walla Walla, last week.
temperature has been the salvation of
M. L. Weston has 5,500 head of
many sections of Oregon and Washing­ sheep in Prosser, Yakima county, and
ton, as it turned the heavy rain to he expects to winter them on Snijie’s
snow, and it soon ceased.
All reports agree that the storm
The six salmon canneries of What­
which has just blown over was the com county will all be more or less ex­
worst in years. Rivers are swollen and tensively improved and enlarged dur­
are overflowing their banks, doing ing the next five months.
great damage to property.
The clerical force in the land com­
traffic is impeded. Telegraph wires
were blown down and business serious­ missioner’s office, in Olympia, has 200
leases of school lands to be made out
ly interfered with in some places.
The greatest damage is reported in on returns from county au liters.
Government surveyors sav that with
Washington, though Oregon is not far
behind. The Chehalis and Newaukum a little work the Snake river will be
rivers are higher than for years. A navigable from Pasco to Riparia, to
considerable portion of Chehalis is which latter point floats are now run­
under water. In Oregon Newjiort and ning on the Upper Snake.
Yaquina suffered mostly.
Suit has been commenced in the
At Newport, fences and outbuildings superior oonrt of Chehalis county by
were blown down, a portion of J. K. the Northern Pacific Railway Company
Weatherford's cottage unroofed, allow­ against Chehalis county for the purpose
ing the rain to damage the interior, of having the taxes against the lands
and the heavy seas injured the bulk­ of the company in that county declared
head along the water front. •
not a valid lien.
Lightship 67, which was anchored off
Richard Brown, a logger of Jefferson
the mouth ot the Columbia river, went county, has just finished cutting a
adrift and was only saved by the heroio! cargo of spars, valued at $13,000,which
work of her crew.
will lie shipped to New York on the
At Yaquina, besides the wrecking of bark Olympic.
the custom-house and the blowing away ,
Three cars of stock cattle and one of
of the records, the wind slightly dam­ beef cattle were shipped from Chehalis
aged the Oregon Central & Eastern I last week.
The stock cattle went to
Railroad Company's warehouse, ripped Yakima.
Another carload was driven
the shingles off the depot, workshops in from the Salkum country.
and roundhouse. The cribbing along say that stock cattie are becoming
the O. C. & E. hay track was badly j scarce. The hog qiarket has slipped
washed by the rough tide.
1 down a little, $3.75 lieing offered now,
Part of Salem is under water.
and farmers are bolding.
No decided changes have occurred in
wheat values during the week. The
market has been principally noted for
tlie alisenee of general speculation and
the presence of several arguments that
apparently warrant an advance. Crop
advices in America, while showing an
improvement in condition of the grow­
ing crop, most certainly indicate a de­
creased area seeded. The news from
the Argentine crop has been sensation­
al. General frosts have occurred, but
the extent of the damage, if any, is
only a matter of conjecture. The exact
facts cannot be ascertained for some
time yet. Reports from Russia assert
the rye crop to be very short and the
oat crop poor. The export demand con­
tinues unabated, and in excess of our
weekly surplus. It is a matter of re­
cent history that export countries are
liable to sell more than their available
surplus of breadstuffs and be forced to
become importers. T^is is evidenced
in the ease of Australia and the Argen­
tine during the past year, and should
our export clearances continue at the
present rate it is entirely possible that
American supplies may be likewise ex­
hausted. Receipts at primary points
are large, compared with last year, and
visible stocks continue to increase.
When the high values are taken into
consideration together with the large
crop produced last year, it is a matter
of surprise that the primary receipts
are not much larger. Advices from
the northwest indicate that the move­
ment from first hands is decreasing.
Export clearances of wheat and flour
for the week were 6,653,791 bushels.
Large sales for export have been made
during the week, partly the result of
apprehended damage to the Argentine
The local speculative condition of the
wheat market is very unsatisfactory.
There is an absence of. general specula­
tive interest due partly to high values,
but more particularly to the small
stocks and the presence of more or less
manipulation in the market A large
short interest exists entirely out of pro­
portion to existing stocks. There is
nothing in the general situation to war­
rant any decline. The result of the
Argentine crop seems to be the determ­
ining factor regarding future values.
Until the result is definitely known it
seems that present values will be fully
maintained and probably advanced.
There has been a decided improve­
ment in the cash demand for corn,
both for Eastern account and for ex­
port. The government report, estimat­
ing the crop yield at 1,892,000,000
bushels, is not credited by the trade
and entirely unwarranted according to
private advices.
Portland Market.
Wheat—Walla Walla, 74c; Val­
ley and Bluestem, 76® 77c per bushel.
Four—Best grades, $4.25; graham,
$3. 50; superfine, $2.25 per barrel.
Oats—Choice white, 34 @ 35c; choice
gray, 32 @33c per bushel.
Barley—Feed barley, $19@20; brew­
ing, $20 per ton.
Millstiffs—Bran, $15 per ton; mid­
dlings, $21; shorts, $15.50.
Hay—Timothy, $12(<812.50; clover,
$10@ll; California wheat, $10; do
oat, $11; Oregon wild hay, $9®10 per
Eggs—22l^@25c per dozen.
Butter—Fancy creamery, 50@55c;
fair to good, 40@46c; dairy, 30@40c
per roll.
Cheese — Oregon,
America, 12*^c; California, 9@10c
per pound.
Poultry—Chickens, mixed, $1.75®
2.50 per doezn; broilers, $2.00682.50;
$5 @6:
ducks, $3.00 ® 4.00
per dozen; turkeys, live, 10@llcper
Potatoes—Oregon Burbanks, 35@40c
per sack; sweets. $1.40 per cental.
Onions—Oregon, new, red, 90c; yel­
low, 80o per cental.
Hops—8® 13c per pound for new
crop; 1896 crop, 6®7o.
Woo)—Valley, 14® 16c per pound;
Eastern Oregon, 7@12c; mohair, 20
@22c per pound.
Mutton—Gross, best sheep, wethers
and ewes, $2.50® 2.60; dressed mutton,
5c; spring lambs, 5,*^c per pound.
Hogs—Gross, choice heavy, $4.50;
lightand feeders, $3.00® 4.00; dressed,
$4.50®5.00 per 100 pounds.
Beef—Gross, top steers, $2.75®8.00;
cows, $2.25; dressed beef, 4@5t£c per
Veal—Large, 4!^@5o; small, 5*^®
6c per |K>und.
Seattl« Market.
Butter — Fancy native creamery,
brick. 27c; ranch, 16® 18c.
Cheese—Native Washington, 12'ac;
California, 9L,c.
Eggs—Fresh ranch, 30c.
Poultry—Chickens, live, per pound,
liens, 10c; spring chickens, $2.50®
3 00; ducks, $3.5O®3.75.
Wheat—Feed wheat, $23 per ton.
Oats—Choice, per ton, $19®20.
Corn—Whole, $22; cracked, per ton,
$22; feed meal. $22 per ton.
Barley—Rolled or ground, per ton,
$22; whole, $22.
Fresh Meats—Choice dressed beef,
iteers, 6c; cows, 5!2c; mutton sheep,
6c; pork, 7c; veal, small, 7.
Fresh Fish—Halibut, 4®5c: salmon,
8M4c; salmon trout, 7® 10c; flounders
and sole, 3®4; ling cod, 4® 5; rock cod,
5c; smelt, 2'5® 4c.
Fresh Fruit—Apples, 50®75c per
box; js-aches, 75®80c; prunes, 85®40c;
pears, 75c®$l per box.
Man Francisco Market.
Wool—Nevada 11 ® 13c; Oregon, 13
®14c; Northern 11® 14c per pound.
Hops—10® 14c per pound.
Millstuffs—Middlings, $2O®22; Cal­
ifornia bran, $16.00® 16.50 per ton.
Onions—New red. 70®80c; do new
lilverskin, $1.35® 1.50 per cental.
Eggs—Store, 18®26c; ranch, 41®
43c; Eastern, 27®28; duck, 25c per
Kelsay Porter Died on the («allows at
Union« Oregon.
Union, Or., Nov. 22.—In the gray
lawn of an approaching day, while-
most of the citizens of Union were still
.sleep, Kelsay Porter, murderer of the
Maehe family in Pine valley, January
1, 1896, expiated his crime on the gal­
lows. Including the sheriff’s jury of
12 men, about 50 people witnessed the
•xecution. It was carried out with dis­
patch. Seventeen minutes after Por­
ter left the jail door to mount the scaf­
fold, his body was in the coffin, which
was waiting to receive it beneath the
It was about 5 o'clock this morning
when Porter was aroused and told to
prepare for the trying ordeal before
him. Realizing his last moments had
really come, he displayed nervousness.
After dressing in a suit of black
clothes provided for him, he ate a light
breakfast, the first meal for several
days. The appearance of hi* religious
adviser had a reassuring effect. Rer.
Mr. Shields passed an hour in the cell,
preparing Porter for his death, reading
Scriptural passages to him, and closing
with a fervent prayer for the con­
demned man.
Porter, in refusing to see press rep­
resentatives, stated that all he had to
lay would be spoken on the gallows,
but before leaving the jail, he changed
his mind, and from the time he passed
out of the door of his cell, mounted
the scaffold and was hurled into eter­
nity, he did not speak a word. He
was assisted to the platform of the
scaffold by Sheriff Phy and Deputy
McLaughlin, who helped him up the
steps. Rev. Mr. Shields and Deputy
Sheriff Giffen were also on the scaffold.
Porter was placed directly over the
trap, his legs and arms pinioned and
his wrists handcuffed. While this was
going on he became slightly unsteady.
Tho black cap was placed over his
head, the rope adjusted about his neck
by Sheriff Phy, and at 6:55 the trap
was sprung and the body shot down­
ward, dangling at the end of the rope.
Death was instantaneous, the neck be­
ing broken by the fall. Twelve min­
utes later three attending physician«
pronounced Porter dead, and the body
was cut down and placed in the wait­
ing coffin.
The crime for which Kelsay Porter
Buffered the death penalty was the
killing of the Mache family— Benja­
min Maehe, his wife and 17-year-old
son, Benjamin—in Pine valley, Union
county, January 1, 1896.
Government Ha« Abandoned the Boat-
Hallway Scheme.
Washington, Nov. 22.—The probabil­
ities are that a boat railway will never
be constructed at The Dalles.
man Hooker, of the river and harbor
committee, has made an examination
of the rapids, and has interested him­
self more or less in several matter«
which will require appropriations com­
ing from his committee.
Mr. Hooker
is very reticent alwut expressing his
views, but there were other members of
the river and harbor committee with
him on his Western trip, and the press
corres|K>ndent has been able to learn
that the boat railway plan will not be
approved in the next session of con­
gress, and that the committee on river
and harbors will not taken favorable
action for any improvement there that
does not have for its object a different
plan than either a boat railway or a
portage railway.
It is very probabl«
that what will bedone is the authoriza­
tion of a survey to be made for con­
struction of a canal and locks, and
which will secure the passage of boat!
of about four feet draft. It ib asserted
that boats of greater draft than this
cannot operate successfully above ths
dalles, and that boats of thia.draft can
go far up the Columbia river, the Snake
and the Clearwater.
If these boat«
could ply between Portland and the
farthest points on the rivers named, a
great deal would lie accomplished,
freight rates would be regulated, and
the wheat of Eastern Oregon and
Washington and Idaho could be trans­
ported to tidewater at a small cost. It
is the genera) belief that a canal and
locks of the kind contemplated could be
built at an expenditure of less than
$1,000,000, and also that they could ba
pushed to completion at an early day.
It is not known whether the Oregon
delegation will accept such a plan as
this, but the general understanding is
that it will lie offered by the members
of the river and harbor committee whs
visited the Columbia during the past
Three Men Are Drowned
Horse Kapid*.
Port Townsend, Nov. 32. — News
reached here tonight of the drowning
of two men belonging to the party ol
Colonel Will E. Fisher, of San Fran­
cisco, in the White Horse rapids No­
vember 4. No details of the accident
were received. Neither could tho names
of the drowned men lie learned.
Accompanying this news was the in­
formation that Frank Anthony, ol
Seattle, was drowned at the same place
October 29.
Anthony’s boat capsized.
His two companions, Murphy and Hep­
burn, were rescued by the Canadian
mounted police.
Heavy snows are reported on the sum­
mits of the passes leading into the in­
Travel is becoming difficult
and dangerons, yet people are still go­
ing back and forth over the mountains.
The lakes and rivers in the interior are
more or less frozen. On the Skaguay
trail the snow is fully three feet deep.
It is five or siz feet deep on the Dyee
A Hog-Killing Seeratary.
Lincoln, Neb., Nov. 22.—Secretary
of State Porter was fined $6.20 in the
police court today for violating the
health ordinance by butchering hogs
within the city limits.