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vol. VII. NO. 14.
j[fS OF THE WEEK
r r om all Parts of the New
and Old World.
BEIIF AND INTERESTING ITEMS
rr , lfn «fr»- Review of th« Import
r l( w men were drowned at the Cliff
house in San Francisco. -
i dispatch from Honduras says the
.volution there has ended and th«
country is peaceful. .. "
Two blacksmiths of Brownsville, Or.,
h!lT e invented a new machine for pul
verizing clods. It has been tried, and
it Is said, works to perfection. They
have applied for a patent.
llIt ;, 114 Chinese who came on the
steamer Victoria to Tacoma, only fifty
I,]! be admitted. The other sixty-four
•11 be returned, orders from the secre
tar y of the treasury to that effect hav
ing been received.
Judge Day, of Ohio, qualified as as
extant secretary of state. Rockhill,
ffhoni he succeeded, will remain until
laietant Secretary Day becomes en
tirely familiar with pending negotia
tion?, when it is expected he will be
appointed to some foreign mission.
Harry Flynn was drowned in Lake
Michigan, near Chicago, and 1,500
people^aw him die and were unable to
aid him. During the excitement
which prevailed Albert Mattari, a spec
titor, dropped dead. It is supposed
that heart disease was the cause of the
TheO. H. & N. will send experts to
thn geren Devils mining district to
make estimates of the probable traffic
* that region. The company is figur
ing sb dividing the freight business
vita the Union Pacific. The construc
tion of a sawmill near Riparia is a part
of the company's plan.
The cabinet lias decided to send one
of the new gunboats now building on
the Ptcific coast to Sitka, Alaska,
aliom July 1. Great activity in Alas
ka, growing out of the gold discover
io, has made the president and cabi
■t deem this step advisable for safe
guarding American interests.
The recall of the forces from Crete
hi been received with resignation by
Ike Athens public. The Delyannis or
gans attack the government bitterly
br appealing to Europe, but most of
lie papers accept this as inevitable and
Tiolently attack the Ethnike Hetairia,
asking it to render an account of its
The steamer Rover, flying the Ameri
■ lag and plying between New Or
leans ar/i port? of Spanish Honduras,
*as fired on by a Niearaguan man-of
•at, while four miles from Puerto
"ttez, and narrowly escaped being hit
■udshipg. It is said the man-of-war
thought the Hover was aiding the Hon
The Brussels exposition has been
Bally opened. King Leopold and
s diplomatic corpa were present.
Prince Bismarck was honored at
niedncheruhe, Germany by a torch
light procession given by his townsmen.
Ie agricultural department crop re
w put? the condition of wheat at 80.2
«ainst 81.4 last month and 72 on May
1 last year.
The interests of United States ait*
sssat Puerto Cortez, the seat of the
Ration in Honduras, will be looked
*»er by the cruiser Marblehead. The
Te?sel is now on her way there.
A petition is now being circulated in
•eT York and signed by bankers and
"»»ess men, urging President McKin-
Jfno do all in his power to effect'a
Wy settlement of the Cuban insur-
lT*™ L McArthur, member of the
firm of Bronaugh, McArthur, Fen
*«Bronaugh, of Portland, Or., and
c « the prominent lawyers of me
«te. died in Walla Walla, Wash., of
J ne s »Preme court of the United
"whas decided the Berliner patent
J m favor of the Bell Telephone
rj*ny. The decision is against the
i ; ! mm nt and has been pending sinoe
g- According to the decision the
■' company will control the patent
rten years. :,:'"•:.
broth nk Ba«, his two eons and a
cr> Chris Barz, prosperous Ger
«nners of Redfield, S. D., were
ik 1? in a well on their farm'
**n b • Z Was overcome by gas while,
10 the welL The others de
itojL. One at a tinie in an attempt to
eDlm, and all met the same fate.
CL Bri!!. 8h phiP County of " Had-
W'tr ° h has Just arrived out a
«en t wh ? le3« sports a terrible acoi
'feta«K t ' haPPened last December, ■
i rvi 'e^ essel as getting away, from
e T\ * river' after letting 'go
*s t Jli1 hawser. Four seamen were
V, an l to 'turl the main topgallant
k\ 8 ? °"c of them named Edward
j^: -I'M and fell to the deck,' break-
Yin an both of his legs, death
kried tantaneo The l body was
lip unn T the same day, and the
fe:.^W° n her Way ' makiDg *1
Hecfi 17 was run over and killed
r *. '°Lthern Pacific yards at Salem,
Ik - ■ '':-;" '.' "':•-,.'
* »rriSf er Nicaragua, which has
!*i of 'e?. ln New York, brings the
*Ws O f 'il>;a>trous earthquake in the
%Uf. Uuadalo "Pc and Monteerrat,
S. 01 ~V rd grou in the Weat In-
N and t» <ired People losttheir
S. Tv i prop.ort damage is enor-
Se. am] cI. Ye briok houses in Qu«d*-
Wished Slf ln Mon tserrat were de-
Bc, ores of other* cracked
• ea »y the shock. ' 7-^
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THE CASE OF CHAPMAN.
Allen Brought It Up In the Senat«-A«
tagonised hy Hoar.
Washington, May 14—In the senate
today the sugar investigation of 1804
was recalled by the introduction of a
resolution by Allen reciting the circum
stances of the investigation, the refusal
Df Elverton R. Chapman to testify, his
conviction in the courts as a contuma
cious witness, and the present efforts
toward his pardon. The resolution
proposes that Chapman be brought to
the bar of the senate to purge himself
af contumacy as a prerequisite to par
don. Allen sought to secure immediate
action on the resolution, but it went
over on objection of Gallinger and
Hoar. The latter criticised the resolu
tion as giving away authority of the sen
ate, and said he would propose an
amendment with a view to having
Chapman punished unless he purged
himself of contempt without reference
to the quesiton of pardon. The con
sideration of the resolution will be in
Morgan made a statement relative to
his resolution on Cuba. He said the
committee on foreign relations had
considered the question of referring
the resolution to a committee, and had
not agreed. The committee desired,
however, that the resolution go over
till noon tomorrow, in order to have a
statement laid before the senate at
that time. On Morgan's suggestion the
resolution went over.
A resolution by Butler, requesting the
president for information relative to
the sale of the Union Pacific railroad,
was presented and went over.
The setnate bills for public buildings
at Dead wood, S. D., to cost $200,000,
The senate then took up the calendar
and passed bills as follows:
For the relief of certain citizens of
Montana, claiming the benefits of the
homestead laws: granting to Montana
50,000 acres of land in aid of an asy
lum for the blind; appropriating $174,
--000 to Charles P. Chouteau for extra
work on the ironclad Etlad.
The immigration and kinetoecope
bills were referred, but went over on
lTte Boundary to Be Fixed.
Washington, May 14.—The necessary
action for settling the vexatious dis
pute over the eastern boundary line of
the Southern Ute Indian reservation in
Colorado was taken today when Samuel
S. Gannett, of Maine, a topographer in
the geological survey, was designated
as special agent at $10 a day to fix the
line permanently. His instructions are
to locate the intersection of the 107 th
meridian with the new Mexican-Colo-
rado boundary line. The work will
begin immediately and upon its early
completion the exact location will be
proclaimed. The Utes claim the line
is too far west. The surplus of una
lottted lands on that part of the reser
vation lying east of range 14 have been
held up from the opening to settlement
pending the location for some time.
Some 48,000 acres of land valued at
$60,000 are involved in the variance
between the present and claimed boun
Minnesota Forest Fires.
White Earth, Minn., May 14.—
Heavy forest fires are raging in the
pine belt about 100 miles east of the
agency, and considerable damage is be
ine done to the timber. A party of
men was sent from here to save the
government saw mill twenty miles east
of here. They have returned, and re
port that the country is all on fire, and
that the government saw, shingle and
planing mills were destroyed by fire,
despite all efforts to save the property.
The men narrowly escaped with
their lives. The fire cut them off from
their horses and they were compelled
to run about eight miles to a lake to
save their lives. A number of lumber
camps were also burned, with outfits,
sleighs, etc. The Indians' sugar camps
are burned. A heavy wind is prevail
ing, and if a rainfall does not come
soon the whole country will be on fire.
The Fostel CongreM.
Washington, May 14.—The ways
and means committe of the universal
postal congress today practically com
pleted the preliminary consideration ol
the amendments which have been pro
posed to the international treaty. In
doing this they have followed the prac
tice common in many legislative bodies
of passing over informally the various
amendments which it was known would
give rise to any extended discussion,
and have acted on such as the delegates
were generally agreed on. The more
important questions remaning undis
posed of relate to the universal postage
stamp, the proposed estabishment of
all branches in postal rates, and the
proposition for a reduction in the pay
of mails in transit
'■"■"■■ "'-.7 Ups Down* of American*.
Havana, May 14.-Admiral Navarre
Eigned yesterday the legal document*
and records bearing on the cases of Ona
Melton and William Leavitt, the Amer
ican members of the Competitor crew,
and these will be forwarded, to Spam
on the 20th. Eduardo Garcia, corre
spondent for a New York newspaper,
has been arrested. . . . ;
Commluioner CmUtmxm at Hitm.
Havana, May 14.-William
houn.the special commissioner »ppomt-
President McKin ley to investigate
the death of Dr. Bicardo Bm«, arrived
today- .. .-r^-
New York, May 14.-A HeraW dta
patchfrom Havana n^J^ 9
evilly is said to have landed on May 9
wi ha large expedition •* *»'JS*
l A « Plavas It is is also said that Rolen,
Joan is teii leagues cart «f AfS^S
FRIDAY HARBOR, SAN JUAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, MAY 20, 1897.
FAITH IN SUGAR BEETS
Secretary Wilson Says In
dustry Has a Future.
THE FARMERS ARE INTERESTED
twenty Thousand of Them Supplied
With Seeds for Experiments—
Butter Export Industry.
Chicago, May 12.—A special to the
Times-Herald from Washington says:
A map of the United States, with a
broad red stripe running across it from
the Atlantic to the Pacific, will soon
ornament the walls of the office of the
secretary of agriculture. This map
particularly interests two great classes
of citizens of the United States—the
farmers and the capitalists.
"Having distributed sugar-beet seed
to about 20,000 farmers," said Secre
tary Wilson, "I want to take up the
practical end of this subject now and
show to the capitalists as well as the
farmers where they can afford to make
suoh business investments as are likely
to be a success financially and other
wise. We are going into the sugar
business in this country in dead
"You still have faith, then, in the
beet-sugar enterprise, from a practical
it and point?"
"Undoubtedly; and it is evident that
the people of the United States have
faith in it. We have supplied in the
last few weeks 20,000 farmers with
3ugar-beet seed for experiments during
the coming season. They are scattered
through practically every state north of
the extreme southern line of states.
The people as far south as the Caroli
nas, Tennessee and Texas believe that
they can grow sugar-beets successfully.
And we are quite willing to give them
full opportunity to make that test every
where. If they succeed in extending
the beet-sugar territory down to the
very line of the cane-sugar area, there
ought to be no difficulty in producing
in the United States all of the $100.
--000,000 worth of sugar for which we
are going abroad every year.
"The practical business end of the ex
periment," continued Secretary Wil
son, "is the next thing to be taken up.
We have supplied people in all parts of
the country with sugar-beet seed, and
they can now go on with their experi
ments in growing them."
"You think, then, that there in capi
tal in the country ready to go into the
beet-sugar manufacturing business?"
"Undoubtedly, and plenty of it. A
number of factories are already in pro
cess of erection, and people with capital
are willing and ready to establish many
more, as soon as they determine what
sections of the country are best adapted
for practical beet-sugar production. I
hope to have a broad line extending
across that map from the Atlantic to
the Pacific in a comparatively short
time, indicating the practical sugar
beet belt of the country in which cap
italists as well as farmers may safely
enter upon the work of supplying the
people of the country with sugar."
"Your other experiments in behalf
of the farmers, Mr. Secretary, are mak
ing good progress?"
"Yes; our first shipment of butter
to Europe in the experimental form is
going forward now. The butter has
reached New York, several tons of it,
from the best creameries in the United
States, and in various forms as to size
of package, method of production, salt
ing, method of packing, etc. Every
pound of butter is so recorded as to its
method of production and otherwise,
that we know its history and will be
able to judge by its reception and popu
larity what ought to be done in future
"There is now a gap between the
point where refrigerator cars stop in
New York and refrigerator vessels start
for Europe. We have men there now
seeing that the shipments of butter are
not exposed to the sun in their passage
from one refrigerator system to the
other, and have indicated to the rail
road people the necessity of covering
this gap in some way, which I feel as
sured they will do.
"Shipping our butter by American
vessels, as we are doing, I have been
able to arrange to have the refrigerator
apartments sat aside exclusively for the
butter, so that it shall not absorb odors
from meats, fruits or vegetables. In
this way I hope to put into the market
the best products of our best creameries
in the best possible condition. We
are going to hare our fair share of the
English butter market, or know the rea
Two Lerea Breaks.
Natchee, Miss., May 12.— Advices
today state that the Deer Park private
levee, some twenty miles below Nat
ohea, on the Mississippi side, has given
way, flooding several plantations.
Also, that the Spencer private levee,
near Jonesville, La., on the Cole river,
has crevassed, letting the water onto
eeveral thousand acres heretofore pro
teoted by this levee.
Viokslmrg, Miss., May 12.-A break
in the levee ooourred tonight at B»ton
Booge. a short distance below the mill
£3f. It was 150 feet wide at last
reports. A desperate effort is being
made to olose it, with prospects donbt
Tke Oregon Out of Dock.
Seattle May 13.—The battleship
Oregon wu taken oat of the dry dock
aYthTpuget sound naval atation, Sat
vday night, at 9 o'clock. She v now
taking on board coal and ammunition,
which she discharged before entering
!e dock, and on getting this on board
will come to Seattle. Here* short
i^ 7 W iu be made, and the O"W>* £"
then go to M^to^g^STZ
Mrrice to be preaented by the rtaU of
VOTED TO NONCONCUR.
The House Opposed to Revoking* the
Washington, May 13.—Considera
tion of the senate amendments to the
sundry civil appopriation bill was fin
ished by the house today and the bill
sent to conference. President Cleve
land's forest-reservation order was the
subject of much debate, and the house
voted not to concur in the senate amend
ment to annul the order, with the un
derstanding that the conferees should
arrange an amendment whioh would
have the same effect.
The debate on this subject followed
closely the lines of that of yesterday.
It was participated in almost exclusive
ly by Western members, who pointed
out the injury to present settlers that
would reautl if President Cleveland's
order sheuld become operative. Several
amendments were offered, but with
drawn. Short speeches criticising Pres
ident Cleveland's order were made by
Underwood, Enowles, Lacey, Brucker,
Devries, Ellis, Bailey and Hart.
Lacey remarked that Hartman
assumed that President McKinley
would repeal the mistakes of President
"I do not think there is any man on
earth such a blunderhead that he could
correct a thousandth part of the mis
takes made by President Cleveland,"
retorted Hartman. "I did not support
President McKinley, but, thank God,
he is an American president, the first
we have had in four years."
Lacey withdrew the amendment, pro
posed by him yesterday. Other pend
ing amendments were withdrawn, and
the house voted 100 to 89 to nonconcur
in the senate amendment, with the un
derstanding that instructions be made
to the conferees later.
The house voted not to concur in the
amendments appropriating $5,000 for
the continuation by the secretary of
war of an investigation of the beet
sugar industry, and another requiring
the secretary of war to appoint a super
intendent of the traffic through the
locks of the Monongahela river as soon
as the government comes into possession
of the works of the Monongahela Navi
Lewis made a plea for the senate
amendment for $10,000 for a survey of
the improvements proposed from Sal
mon bay to Smith's cove, explaining
that warships might be anchored in
Lakes Union and Washington when the
project was completed. The house
voted to nonconcur.
TEA WILL COME HIGHER.
Importers Have Advanced Prices Five
Cents a Pound.
New York, May 13.—The tea im
porters have not waited the passage of
the tariff bill with its proposed duty of
10 cents a pound upon that commodity,
but have adavneed all grades of tea from
3 to 5 cents a pound.
The condition of the market, which
was very sluggish a week ago, has been
changed into one of great activity.
Speculators have not been slow to take
advantage of the situation, and at the
rate prices are being pushed up whole
sale merchants will find themselves
com pel led to pay the full amount of
the proposed duty in the new tariff bill,
before the measure becomes a law.
The orders received at Yokohama and
other Japanese ports has caused an im
mediate advance there. This time of
the year, importers say. happens to be
between seasons, and the quantity of
tea that can be bought abroad is said to
be small. Had the proposed action of
congress been taken a month or two
later, when the bulk of the crop comes
forward, it woud have been possible for
importers to bring in sufficient to last
until 1900, when, under the bill, tea
will be free. Should the bill be de
layed by long debate in the senate, this
scheme may yet be carried out to some
extent, and thus defeat the object which
the tariff-makers had in view — the
obtaining of $10,000,000 additional
ELECTRICITY ON RAILROADS
A T«at Demonstrates Its Possibilities
aa a Motive Power.
New Haven.May 18.—An experiment
was made yesterday between Hartford
and New Britain on the New England
road, that, according to experts, will
revolutionize the motive power in rail
roading. It was an official test of the
third rail electric system, and was the
first application of this method of
using electricity instead of steam for a
long and heavy haul.
A run of ten miles was made in 18)£
minutes, and with less jar than is ex
perienced in an ordinary passenger rail
Briefly, this test means the attain
ment of a speed of sixty to seventy-five
miles an hour by using electricity as
the motive power. Financially it
means getting one horsepower out of
two tons of coal. With a steam engine
it takes from seven to eight tons of coal
to get one horsepower.
More Chines* for TenneiM*.
Washington, May 18.—The secretary
of the treasury is informed of the arriv
al of 878 Chinamen at San Francisco
to take part in the Nashville exposi
tion. Only twenty are needed to com
ply with the terms of the contracts en
tered into by the exposition company.
The remainder will be returned to
China. • ■
The Oaket' Master Indicted.
New York, May 18.—The grand jury
•f the United States court today indict
ed Captain Edward W. Reed, of the
ship T. F. Oakes, for maliciously and
without justifiable cause withholding
food from the crew on a voyage from
Hong Kong to this port
The two new engines constructed for
the Northern Pacific western mountain
service, the largest in the world, haw
tmebod Heloos, Moat.
THE TURKS AT VOLO
Found the Town Deserted
on Their Arrival.
SMOLENSKI'S ARM¥ OUT 15 TWO
Constantino's Army Occupies AH the
Defiles Through' Which the
Turkish Army Must Pass.
Athens, May 11.—The Turks have
completely occupied and burned Veles
At 7:30 o'clock Thursday evening,
the defeat of the Greeks was complete
and the pass to Volo open to the Turks.
The searchlights of the warships on
the bay flashing up the mountain sides
were of great assistance to the retreat
ing Greeks, as they showed the roads.
Over a dozen cannon were abandoned
and captured by the Turks. Two hun
dred wounded soldiers were brought to
Volo. The correspondent is of the
opinion that many Greek soldiers were
left on the field. It is impossible to
estimate the killed.
Advices received from the frontier at
3 o'clook this afternoon are that Gen
eral Smolenski's shattered army was
cut in two. The left wing retired to
Almyro. What was left of the right
wing came toward Volo, broken and
The retreat across the mountains was
almost as bad as the panic which re- j
suited in the change of base from Tyr
navos to Volo. »
The scene of the more recent panic
was wild and almost indescribable.
On Thursday and Friday, the populace
filled the streets of Volo with their
household goods. Peasants from Sur
rounding villages entered the town and
added to the confusion. Brigandage be
came common. Five steamers were
filled with refugee's. Scores of caiques
carried fugitives to the islands.
The correspondent succeeded in get
ting on the last steamer. On this boat
were 1,800 men, women and children,
packed thick as herrings. The press
representative landed at Chalus and
from that place drove to Athens.
Dispatches received from Domokos,
j the headquarters of the Greek army,
today say that Turkish cavalry, in
making a : reconnoisance, approached
within a few miles of Domokos, but re
treated on the approach of the Greeks,
who followed the Turkish cavalry to
the advance posts of the enemy's lines.
Prince Constantino's;forces occupy
all the defiles through which the Turk
ish troops must pass when they ad
vance, notably those of Agorani and
Tiamassi. The inhabitants of Domo
kos are going to the interior. ,
The admiral in command of the
Greek squadron at Volo telegraphed to
day saying that the French and British
consuls at Volo, accompanied by the '
commanders of the British, Italian and j
French warships, had a conference at '
Velestino with Edhem Pasha, the '
Turkish commander. The latter prom- j
ised to respect the inhabitants and
property at Volo, provided the Greek '
squadron agreed to refrain from hostil
ities and to retire beyond range. The
Greek admiral accepted these terms.
All foreigners at Volo have embarked j
| for other ports and the town is now
Turks Entered Tolo.
Velestino, May 11.—The Greeks -,
| have evacuated Volo. Detachments of .
marines have landed from British, Rus- |
sian, French,, Austrian and German
warships to guard the town.
The foreign consuls have arrived to
confer with Edhem Pasha, the Turkish
As this dispatch is being sent, the
Turkish troops are entering Volo. The 1]
Greeks, who fled to Almyros will re- '
join the main body of the Greek forces
Larissa, May 11.—The reports that
the Turks have occupied Volo is con
firmed. The Turkish troops entered
that place this morning. :
The Mississippi levees. . *
; New Orleans, : May 11.—The ■; river ,
gauge tonight is 19.5, and the water ii
3teadily. climbing higher. The south-i
crn section of the state enjoyed fine f
weather today, but the upper? portion |
had storms. ; The levees hold their own ;
in good - style, work being kept a up"
steadily when needed. - The Burton j
levee troubles are not over. v Saturday's !•
break was; about closed today, bat a |
new one has developed at the extreme ;
southern end, and the large quantity of t
water passing through is causing un
easiness. Both breaks, however, are :
3aid to be under |[ control. - Governor
Foster and Congressman; Robertsons s
addressed a meeting at ; Baton Rogue, j
arid the city > council • voted appropria
Historic College Hall Bnrned.
Mount Vernon, 0., May 11.—Rosso :
hall, at Eenyon college, burned this j;
morning. The loss on ; the 1 building, \
which was total, was only $10,000, but \
the hall hid a historic interest. It was j
built fifty years ago with : money raised
in Englandigbyr - Bishop Mcllvaine.
Lords Gambier and Kenyon «ad Lady ;
Rosso contributed most of the money,
and the hall was named in honor of \
■. Mayor Mid Council In Jail.
Omaha, May 11.— Bee special
from Auburn, Neb., says: The mayor ]
and city council are in jail, and are
likely to remain there. Judge Stull j j
had them cited to appear for contempt, j j
and sent them to jail for disregarding
the edict The city attorney sought; j
relief from the supreme court, which
was denied. Judge Stall today offered .
to release the officials en bail, but thsy !
declined to give it The trouble Of* i
iginated ia an effort to opts a Iroii. |
CUBA IN THE SENATE.
Some Opposition Shown to Senator
Washington, May 12.—The Morgan
Cuban resolutions was discueased at
considerable length in the senate. For
the first time since the debate began,
the opposition sentiment expressed it
self. The speeches were not ot a kind
to stimulate the galleries, being in the
main oalm and dispassionate reviews of
the situation in Cuba.
Hale maintained that it would be
most unwise to embraass the president
by the adoption of the resolution at a
time when he was investigating the
subject.. He intimated also that the
acceptance of the resolution would
lead to the withdrawal of the Spanish
minister, and a termination of diplo
matic relations between Spain and the
United States. The senator said few
real Americans were imprisoned in Cu
ba. He had never heard of a genuine
Yankee being among them. They
were all Sangnillys or Delgados or
Ruizs. Returning to his associates,
Hale said that no one ever heard of a
Jones or a Smith or a Frye as a victim
of one of these outrages. The senator
said the real motive for the Morgan
resolution was shown in the recent
statement of Morgan that the passage
of the resolution would prevent Spain
from making a loan, and thus prevent
her from putting down the insurrec
Gallinger dissented from this state
ment, showing the question of a loan
was but one ground on which the
friend of Cuba had favored the recogni
tion of Cuban belligerency. There
were, he said, other and higher grounds.
Morgan also dissented.
Referring to the reports that another
Spanish loan was being negotiated,
"Spain is now on its last legs finan
cially. Shall we fill up her treasuiy:
Are we charged with supporting and
maintaining the Spanish credit? It is
our duty to support the armies and
navies of Spain on land and sea in her
vain efforts to subject the patriots of
Cuba once more to the oppression of the
Spanish yoke? I think not But the
senator from Maine says that if we pass
the resolution, the Spanish minister
will ask for his passports, break up dip
lomatic relations and go home. Ido
not attach much importance to that
consequence. Ministers have hereto
fore received their passports and gone
away without destroying the political,
geographical or physical equilibrium of
the American hemisphere. Ido not
attach the slightest importance to the
fact that the Spanish minister may be
instructed to ask for his papers, sus
pend diplomatic relations and go home.
Vest secured an agreement to a reso
lution directing the committee on com
merce to inquire into the causes of the
recent floods on the Mississippi river
and report to the senate next December.
Among the favorable reports was one
for a public building at Aberdeen, S.
D., to cost $100,000.
Chandler, from the committee on
census, reported a bill for taking the
A resolution was agreed to reauest
ing the secretary of war for information
as to the steps to locate a deep-water
harbor at Port Los Angeles, or San
Pedro, Cal., in accordance with the
report of the commission.
In the House.
Washington, May 12. —The house
today resumed the transaction of public
business, which had been suspended
iince the Indian appropriation bill was
sent to conference, three weeks ago.
The consideration of the senate amend
ments to the sundry civil appropriation
bill was entered upon under a special
order providing for a recess each day
until disposed of.
Simpson pursued his tactics of the
last few weeks, attempting to harass
the majority with points of no quorum,
but without success. Nothing was
done except discuss the various amend
GREECE'S GREAT MISTAKE.
On the Eve of Victory, the Retreat ■
From Laxissa Was Ordered.
London, May 12.—The Athens corre- \
spondent of the Daily Chronicle says: j
The real and only cause of the Greek j
retreat to Pharsala was the blunder of j
one of who mistook the retreat of the |
enemy for a forward movement de- I
signed to outflank the Greeks, and
therefore ordered a hasty retreat
Crown Prince Constantino left Larissa
because he believed the exaggerated re
ports of danger to his forces. It is a
fact, however, that on the evening of
the retreat, Edhem Pasha, despairing
of breaking the Greek lines, had order
ed his army to retire to Elasaona. while
the sultan had dispatched a special
commissioner to the Greek government.
The state el the Turkish army at the
moment was simply pitiful, and terroi
reigned at the YiMiz kiosk.
The Archbishop at San Qventia.
San Francisco, May 12.—Arcbbisboi
Riordan visited San Quentin peniten
tiary today and, in the presence of
1,000 convicts, administered the sacra*
ment of communion and confirmation
to sixty-two, who constituted the tri
ennial class. Great interest was man
ifested by the prisoners, the majority
of whom were present to witness th<
ceremonies, and all devoutly followed
the service from beginning to end.
Plaffve on the Chinese Frontier.
Paris, May 12.—1t is reported thai
several cases of bubonic plague have
been discovered by the Token officials
on the Chinese frontier, and just with
in the boundaries of the colony. Spe
cial precautions are being taken to
prevent the spread of the disease.
Kxploalon la • Mine.
London, May IS.—An explosion has
oconrred at Shaffel lead mine, Isle of
Man. Twntr miners were killed.
PKICE 5 CENTS.
Evidence of Steady Growth
ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST
From All th» Cltlca and Town, of
th« Thriving SUter States
Stages have begun to run again be
tween Eugene and Foley Springs.
Strawberries along South Myrtle
creek, in Douglas county, are ripening.
The school fund apportioned in Coos
county during April amounted to
A Pendleton man shipped twelve car
loads of cattle to Council Bluffs, la.,
The woolen mill, broom-handle fao
tory and sawmill in Bandon are all run
ning full time.
The Klamath county Sunday school
convention will be held this year in
Klamath Falls, June 12 and 13.
The street lamps no longer burn in
The Dalles at night. The contract ex
pired and the council has had the lamps
Business for the month of April at
the Astoria custom-house footed up
$48,000, being the largest month's re
ceipts in the history of the office.
Bob Hinman, who was captured in
Yuma, Ariz., and who is wanted in
Roseburg, was working in a mine in
Arizona under the name of Robert
Stockmen in Harney county have
been busy moving their cattle to the
open ranges, to get them off the flat
lands subject to overflow, and to save
the expense of longer feeding hay.
The telephone line being built from
Heppner to Long Creek has been com
pleted to Hardman, and it is expected
that the line will reach Monument in
about a week, and Long Creek by the
20th of May.
There is great activity in the hop
yards in this vicinity, and also further
north, says the Rosebnrg Plaindealer.
The vines are being carefully trained,
and the yards cultivated, and the out
look is very favorable.
The Baker City Democrat says that
it is reported on what seems to be relia
ble authority the O. R. & N. will soon
put on a line of steamboats to ply be
tween the Huntington bridge and tial
lard landing. These boats, it is ex
pected, will transport ores from the
Seven Devils mines to the railroads.
Two men named Casey and Ott had
a thrilling experience in the Umatilla
rirer near the Mission one day last
week. Ott attempted to ford the river
with a four horse team, hitched to a.
load of hay. He miscalculated the
iord and was carried down stream about
100 yards, when Mr. Casey swam out
and cut the harness and rescued the
horses; then swam around the rack and
cut Mr. Ott loose. The wagon and
load of hay were lost.
The citizens of Snohomish have
secured the Dorrance academy build
ing, and fitted it up as a hospital.
The stockmen around Pasoo have
been gathering up saddle horses for the
last week, and making preparations fof
the spring round-up.
The eighth annual state convention
of the Washington State Union of
Cristian Endeavor, will be held in
Taeoma, July 1 to 4 inclusvie.
The school fund apportioned in Walla
Walla during April, amounted to $8,
--817, and the number of days' attend
ance in all of the districts was 367,071.
There are five sawmills in the neigh
borhood of Napavine, ■ Lewis county,
and all of them are running full time.
Common laborers there are paid $1.30
a day. «-.-'■ ./ '■ \V -;;' ".
A petition has been signed and for
warded to the Chehalis county commis
sioners requesting them to take steps to
repair the South Bay : roadway and 1
bridge between Ocosta and Laidlaw.
1 The horticultural commissioner for
Asotin county, says that j. the fruit crop
in the Asotin creek valley will be some
thing enormous. ; In. fact, this ,is the
report that comes from every fnrt sec
tion in the county. In some orchards,
it is said the winter apple crop will be
short, but this complaint is not general.
Gardens are thriving
•- Luke, who fought under the - famous
Nisqually Indian chief, Leschi, and
' who was one of the last of the follow
ers of the old warrior, died on the Nis
| qually river - last week. -: He was 80
I years - old. In his earlier days Luke
I was a V great ; fighter, a skillful marks
i man and good tillicum generally. The.
remains of the old brave were interred
! beside Leschi's bones, on the Nisqually
prairie. :^ ■\-i:'::.':--c:- ■. L-ki'&:l^?~-'-:'-<~~ "-
Spruce logs on Gray's harbor are
scarce, and the demand for them is
greater than the output. § The logs are
worth about $5 per 1,000. v The supply
of cedar logs on the harbor is also much
less than will Ibe consumed in filling
present orders fon band. The \ price of
cedar logs is firm at $4.60. The ; fir
logger has very little to brighten his
outlook. Most of the loggers say they
will oat no more fir than necessary at
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The city of Taooma has issued 1,874
bicycle I licenses. Last month 1,065
licenses wore taken oat. A comparison
with last year's record shows that on
May I; 1896, there were but 785 licenses
issued. • ; -mi
The Taooma warehouses of the Stand
ard Oil Company, which were last week
destroyed by fire, will be rebuilt on the
; wm lite on Center street, and it is ex
pected to have the main building com
pleted within the ensuing sixty days,
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