ft PLAO iimi n Boers Schema to Sur round Eobexts. The Armj Needs Horses Very Much. The Qneen U Highly I'leased With Beeeptlon tendered IJer on Tli t In Ireland. ' t " IXJNDON, April (Thursday, 5 a. m.) It looks j today as though the Boers had conceived the audacious plan of attempting to invest Lord Rob ert at BJoemfonrein. or at least to endeavor to delay h northward ad vance by harrassmg the British lines of communication, j On his side Lord Roberts is concentrating his forces and preparing: to take every advantage of the bold, but risky tactics of the enemy, j He lis not likely to -strike at -any of their forces until he is certain of de-i livering crushing bkrw. There is lit tle doubt that Lord Roberts is ham pered by the necessity for remounts ami transports, and the los-3 of the con voy guns-and all of Colonel Broad- i wood's baggage; -wis serious matter.! The Boers are now trusting to what they believe to be their superior mob ility. The fcoers still liold Thabachua ami the wafer wcrles. The Daily (Mail j has the following from 4iro-emfon(?eiia: Co'xtc. Portfcr. who ninety carbineers and Scots Greys and two guns, preformed a brilliant deed Sunday. He charged a large body of iBoers, and rescued ninety edd Brit ish prisoners, including eleven officers who were captured the previous day. THE QUEEN'S VISIT. Dublin, Ireland, April 4. It is un ekrstood the queen expressed herself as tvornierfnlly p!eait?dE .with the reception tendered 1ier. and as yet has suffered X tt- l j:. loyal motto marked the line- of march, and the "popular enthusiasm buried, all political feeling! forj the time. .r.Btlcrc landing, the Queen, who . look? 1 n ittarknbiy well, asked for a bunch of fhrougjhout the day she wore tiicm pinned upon her breast. The Duke of .Vb-rcom, the premier peer of Ireland, who with most of the castle party went to the viceregal kxlgc , after the royal 'arrival, wrote his name in the visiting book, saying to the correspondent oi Che Associated 'Press: "It is the most jwonJerful and spon taneous exhibition. I have ever spcii, and I am immensely proud of being an Irishman." i The tlcmnn Orations show, despite all pVliueal differences, that Ireland: is a loyal portion of the empir;. HAVE RETURNED. Bloemfontein; 'Monday, . April 2. General Colville's division ami French's cavalry have returned ' here. Every thing is quiet, j I ; A VAIN ATTEM PT. London. Anrif I 4.-Gncral Colvillc and General French havc given up the movement against the Boers east ot Ilromkntein and have ioined the main army. It doubtless seemed to 'Lord Robcrts a vairi. attempt to send 12.000 of his best troops into the wilderness with a held transport in the direction at a right amr'e jwith his chosen line of advance. Thej'Bocrs have-; probably moved elsewhere ! a-nd if to the south west. General Colville could as cariiv strike them front Rloemfontcin as by fallowing them across the plains. These inferences still leave the situa tVon bewildering I for the 'time being. The enormously superior "British forces appear inactive .in; every part of th. war field, waiting yctj probacy for. the ac cumulation of material for a swift ad vance on the Transvaal. The London commentaries and the public to sene extent are irritated and corifused by the situation. 1 .' ! . . j - - Detail received from 'the -scenes of Green Market! "Square. t Cape Towm Tuesday, wheri Premier Schreiner en eon ntfcrctl an j English demonstiation. shw that the premier." fearing personal violence, sought refuge m a restaurant. He was hooted and tried to read the parliament house, protected ! by the police. 1 The peoole shouted "Traitor." I. . .....-,... 1 -A in rficArrr tht house 'it. iiv iv i ' ' Finally tilw people "Got! Save the Queen." when Ikt raised his hat. amid the-cheers, and -was heard to say. "Re serve vour judgment." t 1 Lord Roberts did not meet his wife at Cape Town, Cslic win proceed to Bloemfontein. I -!-. The pcrmahen bridge at the -Mcd-drr River Station has ! been finished. The first train passed over it Tnesday. The British ! garrison at Springfon tein was roused !at midniglrt Monday by the intimation that the , Boers in force were about! to attack, but not a burgher appeared. : IN" BATTLE ARRAY. I j"."- Republicans of Washington Siaic Meet vx coftvemion loaay. ElIens4Mire. 1 Wash.. April 4. The state Republican Iconvcntion, called for the purpose of electing: delegates to the nationai RcpiMicare convention- at 'nriladeiphra, will meet tomorrow. As now arranged.; 'El- M. -Guie. of Seanlc, will be temporary chairman, " and the temporary organizationr may be made permanent,- as , the intention :s to" have a short coaverstmn. Slates- hiye beeu lR3t!c and "broken! all day. ; At this time it 1 conceded the -west si !e will be awarded five national delegates. -nd the east de three. I Cooler hends predict that C. M. Hopkins wKl be one cf these, for. although a bitter fight has been rrmde all day in the caucuses against John L. Wilson, whose close representative tiopKins is, a strong lac tion is otiposnng a fight in this conven tioft. md they ifcc Jafter arrivals will """" . ! CCl-LfcJCiirstj - iftuir. -aw bc , tion was yesterday brought, in the jus- tke court, by i prominfnt saloon man, lorrthe recovery of $20 on a note, given abont ?5 - 1 rc - .l 1' !- in hh- t fc J iac aeierwant ZrltJ ? aa emfloye in one of c sttte itutrons. and an effort was wr farni5h said' employe's w arrant, for services, , in the bands of e secretary of state. Later, the em ploye appeared in the s-tate department Ivk-d -T warrant- b t was wnhK,d nntil Secretary Dunbar cotdd consult widt the attorney general. Up on investigation k was found that the cooe expressly provides that state of ficers cannot be garnieed. t When the attorneys for the plaintiff ascertain ed ait rhe secreuray would take this stand, they urged &im to come into court, anyway. they had not gar nisheed him in bis official, bat in his DPI v'n t rarwrjitv - h rr -i . . j , iui its u.a Vlili. Ml V Jf Tvantir Vw. U-.A. .U - t . but rhat,' after it was signed, he only e4d it as a private citizen until it was wruvcrca. ine secretary,- nowever, coukt not see k in that laghC, and it is bkely that the suit will prove, fruitless. The note, it was rumored, was origin- ditkn to the face of the note, tlie plain- uhs acmanoea- 15 attorney s tees. THE FRENCH WAY. Two TWcd GcntlcnKn Fight a Duel " J: with Swords. ? Paris, April 4. -The' first of a 'series of duels, arising from Count of Luber sac's letter to Baron Robert Rothschild took place this afternoon between Michael Ephriussian and the Count of Lubersac, on the . island? of Granada Jatte. At the fourth onslaught the baron was wounded in the breast, the count's sword triking a rib.' The tount received a slight scratch in the neck. ;.::. - FUSION IN LIXJ. Full County Ticket Placed in the Field Yesterday. Albany, Or.. April 4. A fusion coun ty ticket was nominated by the Demo crats and Populists, todary. as follows: County judge. II. iM.. Palmer: sher iff. Geo. M. Chargue; clerk, Wm. Ham mer; recorder. Kdward (Meeker: treas urer, R. B. -Miller; comnwssioner, II. B. Springer; school superintendent. N. L. Jacksonj surveyor, T. .A. Riggs; coroner, J. tj. Norman. A PIONEER DEAD. Was Prohibition Candidate for Presi dent Eight Years Ago. Chico, Cal., April 4. General Jtahn Didwell, the prohibition candidate for president in 180.2. died at his home near this city today from heart failure. Gen eral Bidiwell was a pioneer of 1841, and the founder of Chico. He was 80 years of age. a native of Chautauqua, county. New York. He leaves an- estate valued $1,000,000. NEWS IN STAYTON. Movements of the People of That Live Marion County Town. Stavton, Or.. April 4- E. C. Titus and jas. Fisher Sundayed with Linn conntv friends. Jake Missler and Ernest Long had business in the 'Capital Crty Monday. The Misses Edrt'h Capcll and LilHc Elder are spending a few days in Sa lem, the guest of iTicnds. : Rev. Toe WaWron is conlucting sne cial meetings at the Baptist church tiiis week: Rev. Granms. of halcm. addressed a lame 'audience Saturdav ever,nvr. at the Christian- church, on uSie merits of the ortrer of United Artisans. Rev. Touts, of Ashland, and Le Mas ters, of Turner, are holding a series of revival meetings at toe Christian church this week. ' Mr. and Mrs. J. 11. Howell, of Sa lem, drove over from that city' 'Monday, to attend the funeral of their aunt, Mrs M. A. Bartmess. The Misses Lena and Mayrae Mont- Botnerv moved into Slay-ton recently from their Fox Valley i home. The young ladies will superintend a home for their brother Rosir. Freda, the o-months-ol d danghtcr of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bauer, died at the Farmers hotel. this city, on Tuesday mornintr. April .vl, of spinal mViin- gitrs. Tlie sorrowing parents 'have the hcarticlt sympathy oi a large circle of friends. Interment w.Il' te hart in Lone Oak cemetery at 2 o'clock this afternoon. M"s. M. A. f Bartmess died at the farm home, four miles east of this city at 6:30 a. m., Monday. April 2d. aged 64 years. The deceased "has been tail ing in - heaffh for STOine time, but not until recently were her fricml'S alarmed ri'bout lier. Medical aid was sough, but to no avail. S'l grew rapidly worse until death claimed her. Mrs. Bartmess was well known; here, having lived on their old homestead lor many years. She was endeared to many by her kind, jovial and benevolent di: po sition, and will fre J sadly mrssod by neighbors and friends. She. leaves an aged husJwnd, and one sister. Mrs. M. NVlson, of Portland, to mourn her de mise. Interment wast had Tnesd-iy sn fhe Campbell graveyard ' northcJit of this city. PERSONAL AND PERTINENT. The empty vessel makes the greatest sound.- Shakespeare. ' . illoke Smith, who was Secretary of the Interior under President Cleve land, has sold his paper, the Atlanta Journal, to a syndicate headed by T. Jefferson Coolidge. of Bo5or (Mrs. Stcyn, wife of the late Pres ident of the Orange Free State, has been in Scotland since last summer. Her husband's private fortune is said to have been placed in a London bank before the war began, k " .. . . . The highest orice ever paid in this country for a book was secured at the sale of Ausmstin Dajy's library fn New York last Tuesday, where two volumes of sketches and autograph letters ; of Tliackeray. the main art of which rontituted the Brooklyn ccrrespond- enre, were sold fcr,$i6.2or fBryan s plan tor .leaving corasK and taking up his residence, m Texas if he is beaten fcr President and fads to get a seat in the United Staies is meeting with no opposition anywhere, though Texas has! not been heard from. It i not likely, however, that the Lone Star state wiU object to a relic or two. . f-;-." I n The Honorable Ella Scarlett, M. U . daughter of an American woman, is going to Corea from London as mrl kal officer of the Imoenal houseliold. The doctor mother is I-ady Aligner, lormeriy .iis ncic .. . ter of the late Commodore George, Allan 'Magruder, d the United ta.es navy. , - i . . WAR OF WORDS the Kentucky Trouble in Congress. , Two Eepresentatiyes of that State EDgtge In a Beatid Discussion Ke KrMuK Goebel Lw Peace In the Senate. WASHINGTON. April 4It was an exciting scene in the bouse today, as the climax of the discussion, of the Kentucky situation, iwhen Wheeler, a Kentucky democrat, and Pagh a Ken tucky republican, faced each other from opposite sides of the main aisle, and indulged in a wordy dueL Pugh charged Wheeler with misrepresentirrg certaii facts. He was laboring under fgreat excitement. 'Wheeler -showed admirable temper, and though quick to resent the fancied insult, awaited the explanation of Pugh, in which he dis claimed any- intention of imputing to him personally a desire to thsteVt facts. Throughout the debate, which was precipitated by a speech of Boering,' another republican member from Ken tucky, there was. an air of. suppressed excitement. It was the first time the subject had been broached in the house, and much interest was manHested. Laccy, of Iowa, concluded the debate with a general denunciation of the Goebel election law. This incident overshadowed the other speeches, to day, on the Hawaiian bill. PEACE RESTORED; Washington, April 4. Peace was re stored in the senate before that bodv convened, and during the proceedings of the session there was only one ' re minder of the harsh language urcd inst before -adjournment yesterday. The stssion opened with a lively and inter- "Sting discussion of the sratus of th-' Quay case in the course of which Wol-j cott apologized for the language he: had used yeserday, disclaiming any intention of being offensive to anybody The Colorado senator made a vehe ment and 'eloquent appeal for early ac tion upon the Quay case. It was de cided fimlly to take tip the case tomor row, under unanimous consent., und" the agreement made March i6th, Li accordance, also, with that agreement, the Spooner bill was made unfinisJied business, thereby bringing the Philip pine question1 to a direct issue , in the senate. ' , " i TILE CONSTITUTION. "Washington, April 4. Solicitor Ger eral Richard, of the Department justice, has filed a brief in the Supreme Court which, fixes the attitude ot tin government , on the question whethe the constitution extends to the new iiof sessions of the United States. - The Department of Justice says it. docs notj without an act of congress. BRYAN IN PORTLAND. HE T.VLKED BEFORE A LARGE CROWD LAST NIGHT. When Importuned for an- Interview oil Admiral Dewey's Candidacy, ! He Declined to Speak; ! PORTLAND. April 4 W. J. Bryji spoke to. an audience of 6000 people, in the exposition "building toright. Hb was in better voice than he has been for -scveial days and he spoke for over two hours. During the day he spokt; at McMinn-ville, Forest Grove an! Hillfboro. Tomorrow morning, hir will leave lor a tour through the Will lameWe valley and Southern Oregon When asked tonight for his opinio on the candidacy of Admiral , Dewey for lihe presidency, CoJoitcI Bryan saii; "I do not wish to discuss the. subject."1 CLISSflL IGNORANCE. DEWEY A STRANGER TO CON DITIONS AT HOME. Declines to Say What Pla'form He Will Stand On. but Thrnks the People Want Him. WASHINGTON. April 4 Admiral Gexirgc 'Dewey today confirmed the in terview published this morning in th; New York World to the effect that he will accept the Presidency of thi UriittJ States. shouW the American people de sire him to fill that office. He refused' to make any further statement. In his original statement on the sub ject, the admiral said: " ! '"Since studying this subject, I aas'i convinced t1;at the office of the Presi dent is not such a very difficult one tjo fill, his duties being mainly ty execute the laws of congress. Should I be chosen for this exalted positon, I would execute the laws of congress as fahh tuily as I have executed die orders 1fit WELL LAID PLAN. New York. April 4. .V Washngto dispatch to the Evening Telegram saji J "r. as devc-oped that the announce ment of Admiral Dewey's candidacy U a part of a well-laid ' plan of Eastern Democrats to head oft Bryaft s , nont- -The adm:ral will not adnit tta: there is anv orsrarw'z.iLron. behiivf feis candidacy, or state whether he wjahl like the Republican or DHnocratj: nomination. He low me today 'feat he was in the hands of American people, and was willing to obey the orders from them as lie has been from his tp- periors in the nary. ! He said: i 'hare cxry reason to betieve urat mere isia popular demand for my nominatku' I decline to say whetner 1 am a ucm- ocrat or a 'Kcpifbhcan. : tlx: people candidate." I want to be DEWEY ? V NOT WANTED. ? t ich.. April 4. Daniel R. Michigan msniber of hc - Detroit, Mich Campait, the rr3'.:onai LemMrra.ic commiiicc, wines th New York World today. mi ie- spouse to an inquiry whether Dewtyj wottlifiot he stronger candidate than Brjan, a fo2ows:' ' , . ;.: I-;-. . "Proud, as the Democrafs nay be that Dewev is amons-'thor .hi if- rr the downfall of imperialism, I think it would be a grave mistake not to place ttk nominatioa William J. Bryan, whose VOtS nt iJWVurs l.rcrfr hA -r before been required to elect, and whose INTEREST BEING PAID.- The first installment of semi-annual interest on Salem's ten ycar,'4 per cent, popu lar loan ct 505,000, negotiated last Oc tober, fell due April 1st and became payable on Monday, the 2d inst. The tout amount of interest to be disbursed is $t.v and the interest coupons are paid upttrt presentation at the Ladd & Bush tianking institution. 'Up to last evening, ' coupons represeritrng only about f joo of the $1300 had been re deemed, j The city s has. the funds on hand, with which to pay thSs interest. il"he next ' installmem of interest be comes due on October 1st. A MUSICLL EVENT.--The open ing of the mu sc department at the store of F. w. Wiggins, last night, was an unqualified success. A large crowd of Saicm's music-kning people, both ladies and gentlemen was present, the former, f ' course, predominating, and all enjoyed the excellent musical-pro gram, consisting of numbers by Ges ner' Orchestra, Mrs. Hallie Parrish Hinges. and some of Salem's leading pianists.!. So dense was the crowd that large numbers were unable to gain ad mittance to the store, and were com pelled to stand on the sidewalk in front. where, however, they thoroughly en joyed the sweet mnsic turmshed on the inside. ' BLS1WSS IS IKCEIASING. In Real Estate Circles.' as Shown by the County Records-Nunicrous : Deeds Are Filed. fFrom Dail. April sth.) 1 In;the department of records, at the Marion county court house, yesterday. Six deed were tiled for record, tr.c ag gregate consideration bcina $14.1 u. Otficr documents hied were five satis factions ! of mortgages aggregating $62i5. and four real estate mortgages ferf $3,546.72. The: deeds recorded were: Eskrkl Erntson and wife to August Pcttratz. the northeast quarter of section! I. t 6 s.. r t '., w d , ... .....,....$5-200 James Farley, administrator of the estate of Richard McNich olS, deceased, to George Schaap, 1145.65 acres in t 7 s., r c w administrators deed..., . .. 414- F. W. Durbin to Frank C. Baker j 51 1-3 acres in t 8 s., r 2 w., also ' block's 'No. 17. 8, and ig, in i Smith's addition to Aumsville. ! sherifTs-deed. 335o John N. TJavis to John F. Davis. ; 103 86 acres in- t 7 s., r 1 c., w f d ... ........ 750 (Charles II . iMoores to Christian : Siegfried 17.28 acres in t 7 ir I w.. -w d 2 i ....... . 300 Wm. M. Smith to John L. Milam : lot No. 21 in 'Bradley's addition to 'Woodburn. w d ........... . 6j Total.. .$i4,l4- THE MAN WHO FAILS. "All honot .to him who shall win the orue. Tlie world has cried for a thousand years; But to him who tries and falls and dies -J give great hohor and glory and tears. Give clory and honor and pitiful tears To all who, fail in their deeds sub lime. Their ghosts are many in the van , of years. ; . They were born in Time in advance pi lime. Oil. greaVis the hero who V"" a name, But greater, many and. many a time, Some pale-faced fellow who dies in shame. And lets God finish the thought sub lime. And great is the man with sword un drawn. And good is the man who refrains rom wine. But therrran who. fajls and. yet still - fights on. ; Lo! lie is the twin brother of mine. Joaquin Miller. Henry B. Reeves andMiss Sarah M. Riley, swho were engaged to be ma' ricd when they were teacher and pupil respectively in the state normal scliool at Trenton forty years ago, but who broke off the match because ot a lov ers', quarrel. ' were happily united at Bridgton, N. J., recently. In the in terim Mr. Reeves; has accumulated a fortune in the, West. a 'Methodist church in Baltimore, is making arrangements- for the perma nent publication there of a Christian daily paper to 4e called The Christian Citizen It will exclude liquor and theatrical advertising, news of prize fights and Sabbath desecration from its columns ' and will have no political leaning. Watts Yes, and he goes only once in about three years and you make me go every Sunday.? If you haven't for gotten ybqr arithmetic, just figure out the proportion, will you? Indianapo lis Press: Life's fairest, things are those which : feem.s . '" '"-- The best is that of which we dream. "' ; " Whittier. A willitrg heart adds feather to the heel. And makes the clown a winged Mer ' ' ' ' cury. " . i - -Joanna, Baillie. . A worthless dog Will consume, just as much feed as a good one. STUDENTS SOLICIT ALMS. It Is Part of TheirJ Initiation Into a ' V'jr -' -Law Fraiernity. "t , V- ": ' With rheir eyes blindrolded a dozen students of the Northwestern '-".w school were marched about . the down-town streets last night andwtd tj beg from passers-by, tell "hard-Suck", sto ries to ooUcetnrn and do ather nndig nified things. It was all a pirt their initiation into the Lambda Epsilon chapter of the Northwestern law fra ternity. Among the young men who solicited alms -on .the streets for the edification of the"? initiating; officers were J. M. Bryant, James Garrett, Sid ney Meyer. J. A1 CoJby, and P. A. North. Inter Ocean. v WASHINGTON 5 "CORRESPONDENCE, k ; WASHINGTON, D. C. April 1. It is, near the Presidential election that Democracy is looking: for campaign material and ready to pick up anything to howl a1x)ut, which (accounts for the howl as to the Puerto iRtco bill. They have only lately discovered where the Constitution is violated by tlie tariff and two years ago permitted, ll iwaii to be annexed, to pay the full tariff on all husincss with the United States, and now go frantic when ft is proposed to charge Puerto Rico fifteen- per cent, of the amount; that too. when all col lections go back o Puerto Rico ; to pay the expense of running the island, and the arrangeir f urv iriuror ary. ' "XTonsistency is 4 jewel" that De mocracy docs not take much stock in Representative Moody, although a new member, is working and getting results like a veteran! As a" member of the committee on Public Lands, .he has obtained favorable reports on two bills since the firstt of the month. On March 6th h reported Mr. Tongue's bill II. R. XJ76, to treate the Crater Lake park embracing 2) tquarc miles, and submitted jan exeellnt re port which has been, printed. He also secured a favorable report on Senator MeBridc's Double Milnimu.lt Land Bill, for the repayment of; $1,25 er cie to settlers on forfeited railroad land grants, who were required ip pay $2.50 jer acre for their lands. Mr. Moody iad introduced an identical bill in the House, but Senator MeBridc's b:ll hav ing passed the Senate was substituted for it.. A large proportion of the tr tiers of Oregon to be benfiltcd yVi is bill reside in ftlr. Mciody's district, and it is estimated that the amount to be paid to Oregon settlers under the bill, it it passes, will exceed $.250,000. Mr. Moody has also secured a favor able report from the Committee on Ways and Means oh MeBridc's till making Astoria a port of immrdiate transportation of dutiable god vhW-h means that such goods may i shipned in bond to and front Astoria, as they arc from: the principal ports of the United States. 'In addition to legisla tive work, Mr. 'Moddy has -bceri . busy about the departments in the interest of his constituents. At his re quest the second assistant postmaster general ;will hereafter in icrt in all star route contracts let. cr renewed, in -Moody s district, a praviso making it the duty 'of the mail carriets on star routes, to deliver, mail into boxes erected. along the lines of those routes to persons Who erect such boxes and request such delivery. This Js a sort of free rural jdclivery for ftoplc living a!oiig the-line of star rentes, where settlement H so sparse that the free delivery system cannot l-iwrilly be established. Thi? irrangement will be a great convenience to many settlers who will give due credit to their ener gctic representative for placing such additional mail facilities at their scrv ice. j . ' . ' Senator McBride has ocen working with his usual diligence, and since the date of my last Icttcr-J-jMarch 161I1 has oltained the passage of three of his bills through the senate, viz: Senate bill 373.'for the relief of Av err D. Bbcock ahd his wife, whose donation lind claim was used as a mil-; tary post, called Port Yamhill, and a5 part of the Grande Ronde Indian Res ervation, tor ten or. twelve years. Senate Bill 1400,5 granting a pension of twelve, dollars a month to VVilham Lyman Cflittendenl who served as member of Captain; L. J. Powell's Com pany m 1X50. Senate Bill 3107.1 granting a penion to Dr. Arthur 'I. Nicklin. late stirg-on of Benjamin. Hayden' conrijany. Cap tain B. I. Burch s corrmanr. and Can tain Marion GofT's company. Oregon volunteers, in the Indian Wars of 1856 and also surecon of the IT. S. Ai-mv n the Mofloc war. "Iie passage of these three bills makes a total of nine oi Mr. McBrides bills that have passed the Senate during the Vnonih of March, and a total of sixteen ff his bills that have pnsscd Ihc henatci diirine the ssi.n. .Although this cxcecls the average for an entire session ;of Congress. :t is evident that Mr. Mc Bride does not ?n- tcrd to sfp here. Jfor he has in the iast two weeks oltairtcd favorable rt ports jii wie two ouis notca below Senate Bill 374. ft or the relief of Win. A. Starkweather, ion account of mon eys paid out by him for clerk hire dur ing the years i86 and 1865. It seems that additional clerical aid was" made necessary during that -eriod, mainly on account of applications frr patents under the Donation Land It w. nd the government has never rep.iid Mr. Starkweather. ' 'Senate,. BUI 420 for the relief of. the legal representatives of ' Chauncy M. Lockwood, Mr. McBride got this bill through the Sen a tie in the last Congress as a., part of thel Omnibus Cla-m bill, bvt it was thrown out in comVrence, owing to the opposition of the House conferees. ' f Senator McBride has taken a great deal of interest Ma Tettigrew's Set.ate 'Bill 2746. to aid certain states o sup port &chools of manes. The bill pro vides that each state shall receive one hju of all money paid thr United States for mineral lands in ' tch states, provided the amount so paid :n anv year shall not exceed thc imwit an- nnaHy expended by the state for the support of a sc!h1 of mines. The Sen ator says this will' aid the University of Oregon, which now has a gooi school of mine, and which will b? entitled JO the money -coming to the :ate un ler the bHl. 'He supported the bill in the ci:;ni;'Ut on p'tblir laiuls, and ihirH it will pass the House. Within two weeks Represent a-lve Tongue has secured a favorable rcoort from the putlic lands cimmitre. of which he is a member. :nyfavor of his rtyotution to reserve 240 sonare mles oi the Cascade Range: as "The Crater Lake Reservation, where game und fish will be preserved and timber pro tected, and Oregon will have, or the United States will have. v one c f the most del ighfcl mountain parks in all the world. The committee! on public lands has also reported in favor of issut.ig patents to land, owned by deceased Indians on Suetz Reservation, a per tr.i Mr. Tonae introduced. Its passage will open considerable good Imd for ftttlc- ment, as many Jnmans have .'.ra thoie lands lie idle" and unoccupied. As pat ents do not issue for twenty yi.rs. they will remain as unoccupied ior many years to come, tiples ihey cari be put on sade and make hoiues or.nrw com ers., . In war time, long ago, Henry Jui!ge,, of Ashland, furnished sad Jlcs to Ore gon volnntters, at the reqjest -f.cy-oneL Maury, but was never p-tc. It. was claimed that Maury hid no author ity to make the request. At the sol.ci tatkin of Mr. Tongue, the H vie Com mittee of Claims will recomnian J rhat it be strbmitted to the Unhed States Court of Claims to investigate, aadi e.ec-de what is right and proper. So the claim will probably be paid, in due time. In a former letter I mentioned Sena tor Simon's introduction cf a bill to permit persons engaged in- mining m nMf Wacliiiiirtnn. and Caiifrrn'a. to. fell and'osc timber on the public land for mining purposes, as nas itr.i thorited by law in other mintng Mates. Since that time, Scnatar Simon has obtained a favorable rtiort ot hn biTl from the Committee on Mines ami Mining, of which he is a meiolx-r. and has also secured the passage of -he tu.I thiough the senate. As this b;'l sim ply secures to miners! in these thrte states tike privileges to those muted in other Mates, it is hoped it will not be objected to in the . Hmsc of Repre sentatives. ; .!".'' ' ;' . ; .L ' ; As n Oregonian, I tni, proud f th t'act that-Oregon his now. as it had m the past, an lixlustrious and infliuntial delegation in Congreisj.-nun who ac complish things. J- .f 1 S. A. CLARKii. DAVIS DODGED. I . LYDDITE aHtuo. United States Line of Official -Within Firing Spion Kop Fight. March 28. After a two New York. months trip tn South Africa, during which time he was ai-Mie ironi aim witnessed tfiej! battle j of Spion Kop. Webster Davts. Assistant Secretary of the Inferior, arrived here today on the North German Loyd steamshKp Aller While peaking very guardedly of his experiences -within both he Boer, and the British lines, for fear of dis pleasing the authorities at 'Washington. Sfr. Davis tells an interesting story of his adventures in the Transvaal. He denies the report that he went to South Africa as an emissary of the United States go-ernment on a very impor tant secret mission, and also that be wrote that the 'British neglected their dead 'and used dum-dum bullets. -I went to Soeithi Africa solely for my health," said Mr. Davis, whilp he looked latter his baggage on the pier in Hoboken: - After the Ohio cam paign I was very much broken' down, and I asked for leave to take a sea trip. The President; and Secretary of the Interior thought it would be the best for mc, and readily granted my request. ' 5 J . "I sailed to Southampton and from there to Cape Town South Africa, where I visited my okl friend, Coioncl J. G. Stowc, United States CchisuI General at that port. After remaining there a short tirne I took ship up the coast to Port Elizabeth and Delagoa bay an'd eventuall yarrived at the scat of operations between the 'Boers and the English in Natal. I visited many battlefields, I but my ! most exciting ex perience was at the battle pf Sion Kop. I .was within both the lWr and British lines, hut during the battle I remained -within the English lines. I had. never seen a battle before, and in my excitement I jvery foolishly got close to the firing! line.. 'Horses and men were killed all iroiind me and the bullets rHpipd uncomfortably close. A lyddite shell burst near me. but I es caped unhurt. 1 had no difficulty in passing the lines of either the liters or the British. -TIh? fact that I was an American cit'c,v ws sufficient. I did not even require a passport "I wish to say that I never dreamed of such bravery as wai . displayed by both the British and Boers at the bat tle of "Spion Kop. j The Boers fight -ery differently from the British, their fire being scattered over so wide ati arca that if seems, to come from all directions laf once', but they display just as .much 4ravery as' the British who fight in cloer order. "Before leaving Pretoria I met and talked witit , Presidctif - Kruger and found him a very interesting man.- He is of strong character, of great cour age and very shrewd. The president introduced I me to j Mrs. KrtiKcr. She reminded mc of manv old American mothers lof be fcxihd in many Ameri can homcsj especially in the West." NOT APPROVED. Rev. Mr Sheldon's orofit in li! week's venture in Christian journa'ism in Topeka 'are figured at between ten and twenty thousand dollars. It is sajd the reverend gentleman is (6 im prove the habitations of a negro icttle ment in Topcka, which is surrounded by the homes of aristocratic citizt-rs. ' The aristocratic citizens have tried to buy out the negroes but have been unable to ido so, andMr. Sheldon will picpt)se to abate the nuisance by beauti fying the houses of -the colored peoj:!e. They know a good deal aflKut negroes down South, or at least they think hey : do. Perhaps the negro in that sensu- . ous and lazy climate is different from ' his brother "up North." It is inter esting, however to note this comment upon Mr. Sheldon's proposed benefac tion, in the editorial columns of :he Mobile, Alabama, RegUtcr: "We tlo not quite grasp the ;ncaning of this -reform movement, that is to say. whether it i intended for the ncnefit of the negroes or of the white aristocrats. If it ii ion the nearocs it i misdirr-ied. for thef negroes clo not need r desire the beautifying' of their homos. They like to live in shacks, and awdna squakr akin to barbrrism. It is a harking back to comfortable arcentral conditions, and the"negrcH?s are rBfpp-f..t when left tindisturlKrd therjin. The im'proverncnt will, therefore, be but of temporary character, and uie iipr.-ved wi'd hardly be thankful for the Shtl donian benevolence. If he bcattii'ying is to be for the delectation of ore whites. there. is nofhing to Be said rigainst it, except that it will not last: still the wh'te ought, not to 'ook . t g:f t horse in the mouth, and, we believe, w:H not" NEW NIGHTMAN. D. C. Sullivan. of Colfax, Washington, arrived in this city last night, to temporarily a;sime the position of night operator in the local Western. Union Telegraph t.fficc. Dow Palmer, the regular opjra'.or. i coiifined to hi room with illness.. Knowledge is proud that he has learn'd so much; WisdOm is humble that he knows no -more. owper.