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SALEM, OREGON, FRIDAY, JANUARY 2G, 1900. ,
SECOND SECTION EIGHT PAGES
Buller Willi Attack the Key to
the Boer Defenses. '
TO ASSAILT SP10NK0P AT NIGHT
Will Not RUk III Infantry la ItajUfht
Chars (lMt the FormltUbl !
Work of th Enemy.
- LONDON, j Jan; 24. (Wednesday,
4 a. m.). General Butler's great turn
ing movement, of which so much was
expected, has 'come to a standstill.
His carefully Worded messages to the
war office telling this, after a silence
ot two days, reads like an apology and
explanation. j : j
General Warren holds -the ridges,
but the enemy's positions are higher.
The British artillery js playing on the
Boer positions and the Boers are replying-
The British infantry is separ
ated by only 1400 yards from the en
emy, Jut the approach to the steep
slopesacross the ! bare open would ex
pose the British to a j fatal rifle fire.
General Bullers plans have reached
their development - He declined to
tend his infantry across this 2one
against formidably, positions by day
light, and disclosed his purpose to as
sault the Spionkop heights during the
night. This appears to be the key to
the Boer defenses. If he takes it he
commands the j adjacent country, and
an important and probb!y deceive
step vill be accomplished.
It seems that General Buller's dis
patch reached the war office - rather
early in the night and was the sub
ject of a prolonged conference be
tween Lord Lansdowne and Mr. Bal
four and several staff" officials. A de
termination appears to have been
reached not to give out the message
during the night, but towards 2 a. m.
copies of the dispatch were made for
distribution among the ; newspaper off
fices. These arrived tool late for ex
tended comment. 1 ''. j
The Morning Post and the Stand
ard touch lightly upon the unpleasant
features of the dispatch, and take hope
from the projected night attack, ibut
altogether considered the dispatch
looks like a preparation for worse
news. f i I
Parliament will meet in five days.
The cabinet has been hoping for one
rallying British success to cheer the
country, and to command a generous
s'lppgrt for fresh revenue measures.
Among; these will probably be an in
crease of an income tax to a shilling
on the pound, but this would only pro
vide the cost of five weeks' histilities.
The duties on tobacco, alcohol, tea and
coffee are likely to be raised
Apparently ' Cord Roberts has noth--ing
whatever to do with General I But
ler's operation.! General4 Buller and
the war office communicate with each
other direct. ' jHuller's' scheme was
conceived before Lord Roberts arrived
at Cape Town,! and its; execution was
begun on the day he landed. The' fact
that the judgment of I Lord Roberts
has not, been brought to bear upon the
movement does not -add to public con
fidence. Special dispatches, hetio
graphed from Ladysmith on Monday,
say that the investment has not been
relaxed, and that the; garrison has
ceased to speculate regarding the pre
cise date of deliverance.
London, Jan.' 24. a:So ,a. m. Con
trary to the' announcement made
.shortly before midnight, by the war
office, that nothing further would be
issued before Wednesday forenoon,
the following dispatch ! from General
If You Weed
Don't wait 'till next fall to bay them. Wholesale prices are adranc
ing in every line of merchandise. You'll save money by buying
your supplies for the coming year, before we are compelled to pay
higher prices for our goods. Wd can fit you out in almost any line.
Shoes, clothing, hosiery, underwear, hatvshirts, duck coats,
slickers, and all kinds of ladies' and gents' furnishing goods.
Special Reductions on
That all wool tricot box coat at $2.25 is a mcr. Men's Jong
rubber boots, all sizes and all grades, reduced to .close out lms
does not apply to any other line of rubbers.
New York Racket
Buller. dated SoearmanV rtr T,
uary 23d, 6:50 p. m., has just been post
"Warren holds th nntltinn v, mm.
ed two days ago. In front of him, at
-uuui 1400 yaras, is the enemy's posi
tion, west of SnionWnn T !a t.;i.
er jground than , Warren's position, so
. i(ivi3ivicliu kc into 11 proper-
'7-'! ' : I :
It can be annroarhrrl rvnf nvr
bare, open .slopes, and the ridges, held
by Warren; are so steep that the guns
cannot be placed on them. ; But we
are shelling the enemy's position with
Huwiucrs ana new artillery placed on
lower ground behind the infantry.
The enemv is ren!vinr wild Prncnt
and other artillery. In this duel the
auvamages rest witn us, as we appear
to be search! ntr hi trr-nrh u:
' m- w mm & V-S n J
artillery fire is not causing us much
"An attempt will be made to seize
Spionkop, the salient point of which
forms the enemy's position facing the
trichards. and which divides it from
the position facing 'Potgieter's Drift.
It has considerable command over all
the enemy's entrenchments."
TUIBTV-0E KIN GHOSK1C : TO , AT
TEND COCKT NEXT TEB3L
From ThU Nnmber WUI Bo Takes tno Men
to Form th Ormnd and Petit'
- i Varies la February. -
Sheriff F. W. Durbin and County
Clerk W. W. Hall drew the -general
jury venire for, the February term of
the state circuit court for Marion coun
ty, at 9 o'clock yesterday morning, the
thirty-one men being select
ed .from amdnsr the names of the 203
chosen by the .Marion county commis
sioners' court at the "January term.
The men so selected, and from whose
member the. grand jury (if one is em
panelled) and the trial juries will be
taken at the next term of court, dre
given below, together with the occupa
tion and precinct of each':
James' 'Moores.. fanner. Silverton.
v.Arthur' AVood. armer. Turner
1M. R. Settlemier. farmer; Mt. Angel.
'W. A. Taylor, farmer, Macleay.
(Will Evans, clerk, Salem No. 4.
'Win. Staiger, merchant, Salem No. 1.
F. R. DuRette, farmer, Fairfield.
R. H. Kennedy farmer, Woodburn.
: -W. W. Zinn. merchant. Salem No. 4.
Roy Witzel. farmer. Turner.
George -D. Goodhue, ooultryman, Sa
lem , No- .4. ";
Fred Bents, farmer, "Butteville;
J. Ei Collard, tarmer. Brooks.
W. J. Hadley farmer, Marion.
Lee McGrew, merchant, Salem No.
J. J. Hall, farmer. Woodburn.
Gideon Steiner. merchant. Salem No.
C A. Fletcher, farmer. East Salem.
John 'Kennedy, farmer, St. Paul.
CL".'Li,Partmenter. carpenter. Prospect.
Widlard Martin, farmer.' Englewood.
W. II. -Humphrey, farmer, East Sa
lem. Peter , Curtwright. farmer, Engle
wood. -C. E. Hudlesort, farmerr Jefferson.
J. A. Shafer, "farmer. Turner.
T. S. Golden, larmer, Marion. '
J. R." Jackson, farmer, Hubbard.
A. Sauvine. farmer. South Silverton.
Bruce Cunningham, farmer, South
H. C Sonnerainn. merchant, Engle
wod. W. H. Cooper, harnessmaker, Stay
Sheriff F. W. Durbin and Deputy J.
O. Estest will today serve the men drawn
as jurors, . summoning them to appear
in courtn Monday, February 12th, at
I p. m., when the court will convene.
There are several criminal ' cases
awaiting the action of the court at that
term, and a number of civil cases, to
be tried before iuries are on the docket
awaiting the disposition.
A Louisiana Senator on the War
In the Philippines,
Will STAND BY THE GOVERNMENT
Aadrphold IU Hitdi Ymtll the Enemy
Is Broacnt Into SabjecUoa-A
i Olnclos; 8ttnBt.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23. Again
today the senate's session was devoted
entirely to speechmaking. Turner, of
Washington, concluded his address on
the Philippine question. McEnery,
democrat, of Louisiana, delivered a
speech, n the race question in the
South. v Referring to the "Filipino in
surrection in this connection, he said:
"I don't stop to inquire now, whether
my country in the Philippines is right
or not; I don't inquire which fired the
first, shot' which precipitated hostilities.
It is enough for me to know that my
government has been assailed, and I
will uphold! its hands until its enemies
are brought into subjection." ,
THE ROBERTS CASE
Washington, Jan.. 23.- Enormous
crowds, werie present in the house to
day to witness the opening of the de
bate in the Roberts case. Fully three
fourths of the spectators were women.
Roberts occupied a seat on the ex
treme right of the hall.
Chairman 'Taylor, of the committee,
presented the ' case for the .majority,
while Littlefield, on behalf of thf mi
nority, supported his plan of seating
and then expelling Roberts.
Roberts followed with intense Inter
est the points brought out tsy Little
field. After . reviewing the famous
Wilkes case before the British house
of commons, ' Littlefield declared that
the majority in the Roberts case were
resorting to the "same infamous in
strument of outrage and oppression.
He said: "It is a course then denounc
ed as damnable, and as subversive of
the rights of the people and a major
ity of this committee has the honor, if
such it can be called, of following such
a precedent." ; v
Roberts was given, one and ft half
hours to present his, side. f the case.
I find myself in the position, said
he, "where I might say with propriety,
'plague on both your houses since both
propose my undoing (laughter), but,"
he continued, "rhe situation was not
altogether without its advantages." .
Roberts gave notice that he should.
appropriate the arguments of the ma
jority against expulsion, and those of
the minority against exclusion. He
warned the house that nations fell be
cause they separated from their tradi
tions. If the nation indulged in "cortr
stitutional immorality" it did as did
the individual who was guilty, of phy
sical immorality. In defense of poly
gamy. Roberts referred to the words
of Martin Luther, when he , was in
formed that hts disciple, Carlstadt, was
teaching polygamy: "I indeed must
confess that. I cannot protest when one
takes many wives, for it dort not con
tradict the scriptures," and again in his
letter to Philip the Landgrave of Hes
se, remarking upon the fact that Philip
had taken a second wfe, his first wife
being stilt living, he said, "in the mat
ter of matrimony the laws of Moses are
not revoked or : contradicted by the
gospels." Roberts then explained the
Mormon belief in polygamy, and said
the church thought their creed on this
point came within the constitutional
inhibition against the laws prohibiting
the free exercise ol religious belief.
Wactifnertnn Tan ' i The nreiiHent
h cnt in thf nate in reitDonse to
a resolution of inquiry a report from
Secretary Hay as to the portion of the
$50,00000 . defense appropriation ex
pended by the state department. The
total amount was $40860. the princi
pal, items being:
Pans peace commission.. ....$155,102
Pfiitirmin ' rommiftion ....... la6.X20
Transportation of destitute ref
ugees from Cuba and f orto
Par of special laeents... ....... 10,328
Cablegrams.. .. . .. .. .. .. 8,624
tit tVidt .nif. (niliv PHtiffTM) nffrrrrf
a resolution calling on the president
in anrt th senate: the renort of Gen
eral Bates relating to the treaty with
the sultan ot aura. Among otner
things the resolution asks whether
the til tan and his' officials are nnder
the civil service.
Ross, of Vermont, r addressed the
senate on his resolution relating to
ON THE TUGELA.
Boers Report Heavy Loss to One of
Hr Psmn UflftM Tncela River.
Jan. 23. The British now occupy three
positions along the ; l ugeia river. -1 nor
naval guns have been tiring steel-point
ed armor-piercing sneus.
KeportS feing reccivcu - um u
British cavalry were attempting toout
Anir nt ilnnir the Drakenbnrff nver. ft
strong patrol was sent to reconnoiter.
f : i:n r. 4i cicmlc he sronts and
patrol proceeded to kopje, from which
Venly opened. ? The Beyers lost 14
killed and 20 wounded. ! The British
loss was prdbably insignificant.
The bombardment-of the "Boer posi
tions at Swarskopf .was resumed yes
terday, chiefly with, a hattery brought
across the river. ' Iii the afternoon can
nonading became excitingly brisk, and
underwits cover their infantry advanced
in three hnts to asceJnd a row of
bopjes, which they occupied at nightfall,
buf later they retired to their old posi
tion. . . i .' . ; -
During the night la scora. of shells
were fired by the British, and a balloon
was sent up to spy out the Boer posi
' The naval . guns resumed the i bom
bardment this morning from a new
position, but without results. ,
A GUARDSMAN PROMOTED.
London, Jan. 23. The war critic of
the Leader I writes in today's, issue:
"Not a word came from General Bul
ler yesterday, good or bad. We do
not think he would have refrained from
reporting Jast night bad f he " had any
good news', t One thing only , we know
-T-the enemy at length is outmatched in
artillery, but his supremacy in rifle fire
seems to remain. It is unnecessary to
make any remarks upon the composi
tion of the staff of thjeSeiithth division
Cthfr latest division organized) save
that another guardsman is pushed up
two steps by the victious bid system.
This rule commends itself to a .secre
tary of state for war. most of whose
relatives are in the household troops.
Lord Methuen for his command ;be
ca use he is a guardsman."
WILL BE RECEIVED.
. New York. Jan. 23. A special to the
Herald from Washington says: -Montagu
White will be received as the con
sular and diplomatic representative of
the South African republic. The state
department j has formally determined
upon such action, and Mr. White has
been given an intimation of this inten
tion. When he gets properly execut
ed credentials, which are expected with
in ten days, he will present them to
Secretary tlay and enter upon his of
ficial lsiness. Pending the receipt
of these" documents he wilt maintain a
diplomatic silence and make no repre
sentation in behalf of his government,
rnent. ,'. v
c The precedent for 1 receiving-',Mr.
White is found in the case of the
United States consular and" diplomatic
agent at Caro. Egypt, the only analo
gous case. Although Egypt is under
Turkish suzerainty and the United
States has a minister at Constantinople
a consular and diplomatic; agent is ac
credited to iEgypt. '
In his official capjacityi, Mr. White
will only have access to the secretary
of states Ambassadors alone have the
right oft direct communication with the
president. He will not even be intro
duced to IHe president, as newly ac
credited ministers, are. Mr. White
will have the privilege of submitting
to the state department not only com
mercial matters, but such diplomatic
propositions ! as do not require the ac
quiescence of Great Britain under the
suzerainty which she has claimed for
more than a decade, lie cannot ne
gotiate a treaty.
: In receiving Mr White the state de
partment completely reverses its pol
icy. General O'Bierne, of .New York,
who had proper credentials from Pres
ident Kruger, was refused recognition
on the ground that he was 4ft Ameri
can citizen. At the same time it was
made plain that bona fide citizens of
the Transvaal, -then temporarily in the
United States, would not be received
officially. It has been said at the state
department that no representative of
the Transvaal would be recognized.
Saturday we will offer a very good
, line of linen huck towels at
See them displayed in our second
window. Ve think them the best
and mdst substantial values ever
shown in fiatem. .
: . J ' - ';:
THIS PRICE WILL BE FOR
ONE DAY ONLY.
British and Boers race to face
near Ladysmith j
WARREN'S FORCE IN A HOT TIGHT
Bamor fram Brussels. That the Enrllsh
llmw Suffered Defeat, SUIT
i LONDON, Jan. 25. (Thursday.
4:15 a. m.) The assemblage in PH
Mall, outside the war office, and thce
privileged to wait: in the lobbies.' re
luctantly dispersed at -midnight after tie
final word that nothing would be an
nounced. The topography maps show
that Spionkop is the highest part oi tike
rocky plateau. Eastward about eight
miles are the Boer positions along tn
Tutrela river. General; Buller's infantry,
to reach the summit oi Soionkop. must
cross a natural glacis, (three-quarters Ojf
a mile wide, and climbing 500 feet up
steep slope. j - 1
Nobody here seems to know, no
even the war office, what Lord Roberts
has done with his large reinforcements.!
Six" thousand troops awaited his ar
rival at Cape TownJ and since then
6000 others have reached there. "The
military. critics are air hoping that' a
good share of these i 2.000 4rave: gdne
to help General BullerJ and they argue
that a few days waii niSy make laurt
strong enough to overcome the dead
lock, -j ! , . '"
There are 19.000 troops at sea. and
this heavy weight Sthe-British side ;
expected to destrov the equilibrirfm
now existioc on erv field of opera
tions. - ;' j.'..
The British loss up! to date, in killed,
wounded and captured according to
Buller's last list, totals 8,216 men.
i . . '
' DRIVING OUT BOERS.
London. Jan. 25.-iThe Daily Tele
graph publishes the following dispatch
from Spearman's farm dated. Tuesday,
Jan. 2td: .. "j ' . .
"On Monday. Sir Charles Warren's
force cannonaded aid fusitaded the
Boer position west of Spionkop, near
the Acton Homes road. -Certainly, the
fire was very heavy, causing the enemy
serious losses. The (.Boers, however,
duns: desperately toitheir works, from
which they are only Ibeinc very slowly
driven. Today the enemy- fired their
guns oftener. usinsr jalso the captured
15-pounder with shrat)cl. Our casual
ties today were less ihan those of yes
terday. The fighting began about 6 in
the morning and costinued until, dark.
but there has been nothing like a gen
eral eneafirement. The naval guns as
sisted from Potirieter's Drift in shell
ing the Boer position. ' -
REPORT FROM; BRUSSELS.
TCti;n r Tin 4 Tin Clrmtn nf-e.
tacticians are almost unanimously of
h nnininn tVi-it 1i cittittirvn tUr.
British forces around S Ladysmith is des
perate. The Berliriet Tafreblatt prints
. r 1- 1 t . , - -
a nnisscis special, -eiaiiriinsr inai mr
Charles . Warren has been signally - de
feated. The military writer - for the
KritT 7 i f 11 n tr cava nini.,m,nl r
relieve Iadvsmith has failed, rendering
the lintish line ot retreat endangered.
WAR OFFICE CLOSED. .
London, Jan. 25. (12:30 a. m.)-
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Shortly after 12 o'clock the war office
announced that nothin further in the
way of dispatches would be given out
durinsr the night 1
London, Jan.' 2C -A dispatch to
Times, front "Spearman's Camp, dated
Tuesday. 9:30 p. -, says:
"The Boers today had more guns ami
are preparing to fight almost intermin
ably, having entrenched their ridges
which stretch in an almost unbroken
Kne from the Drakensbursr many miles
eastward. Firinsr continued throughout
today. We have not advanced any fur
ther, but we threw up entrenchments
during the night, irom behind which
the musketry duel continued from ex
actly the. same position as yesterday."
. A .dispatch to the Uailt Mail, from
Lourenzo Marauez. dated Wednesday,
says : .'
"This morninur all asseneers book
ed for the Transvaal were stopped by
governnienf order, with the exception
of the members of the Russian, ambul
ance corps,! who proceeded by a special
train." - - j ' -
.GERMAN BARK FREE.
Berlin, Ian. 24. The German bark
Hans' Wanner, stooned December loth
in South African waters bv the British
Rtmboat Fearless, and ordered to Port
Elizabeth to unload, has been released.
MURDERED f OR MONEY
MATE OF A SHIP KILLED IN
TORTLAKCD HARBOR .
Boatswain of the A'esscl, Who Has
Disappeared. Is Charged with ,
committing the crime. f
f PORTLAND, Jan. 24 Wm. KirW.
mate of the ship C. S. Bennett was
found in his berth this morning un
conscious and a mass of blood issuing
from a wound on the head. He was
jtaken to the hospital, where he died
tonight. The boatswain ' of the ship,
kvho is said torrave been in company
kith Kirk last night, is missing; as is
also about $600 known to have been
weld by Kirk for the different ; mem
bers of the Icrcw. The police is vigor
ously working on the case. 6
The last man seen with the mate was
a 1 boat swain who has been "chumming"
w;ith him. For the past two weeks
the men have been constantly together
and a couple of times the boatswain
bunked with him. . None of the crew
knew much about this person, as he
w4s not shipped with the regular crew.
The mate .brought him aboard and a
few days since put him in charge of the
crew. He did this on his own respon
sibility, as the captain is in Fresno,
California, i . " J
i The last seen of theboatsWin was
when one of the' men saw him leave the
vessel about 8 o'clock last evening.
Important.! political Association irx
France Out of Existence.
Paris,- jkn. 24-Tlie trial of the
twelve Assumptionists fathers', before
the correctional tribunal,, resulted to
day in their sentence to 16 francs fine
each, and the '-.court decreed the disso
lution of the order. .
The main object of the prosecution
was not the punishment of the authors.
but the dissolution of the ordr. which
the government had long regarded as
a reactionary political association, and
an. trrtportant financial buttress of the
RevL Corner was called to Salem on
Thursday by the severe illness of his
sister.j Albany Ileral. j
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Men's blue derby rib
bed underwear, worth
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penders for 39c '