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NEWS NOTES OF
Resume of World's Important
Events Told in Brief.
Railways are making preparations
for immense business in 1913.
Standard Oil stock took a sharp ad
vance in the New York market.
A government attache says plenty
of fuel is the chief need of Alaska.
General Wood plans for a big mili
tary display at the inauguration of
A 3-year-old child was burned to
death in a Christmas tree fire at Rio
Both the Turks and the Balkan al
lies stand firm in the peace negotia
tions and no progress is made.
Chicago citizens have formed a law
enforcement league to "help" the po
lice enforce the existing laws.
Prune packers of Vancouver, Wash.,
are preparing a shipment of four car
loads to go direct to Germany.
Archduke Ferdinand, of Buglaria,
plans for a new Slav empi reminder the
rule of the Hapsburg royal family.
Admiral Dewey at 75 years of age
says he stays young by keeping regu
lar hours and avoiding midnight ban
The council of the city of Portland
has forbidden the use of firecrackers
by the Chinese in celebrating their
coming new year.
Two bodies of Mexican federals
fought each other for possession of a
village, each thinking the other was a
rebel force. Several were wounded
before the error was discovered.
A Kansas City burglar climbed a
fire escape six stories, then slid down
an elevator cable five stories, to rob a
jewelry store, escaping by the same
route with only $80 for his trouble.
The widow of Victor L. Mason, of
London, who was killed by a fall
from an aeroplane, has sued an acci
dent insurance company for the face
value of a policy held by her husband,
insuring him against violent death.
Turkish reinforcements are daily ar
riving from Syria and Kurdestan.
Balkan peace delegates are already
talking over the new boundaries of
Bulgarian forces around Adrianople
maintain strict censorship of press dis
The senate committee investigating
conditions in Mexico finds the Madero
government a failure and that a state
of anarchy exists.
A ' theater especially for. children
and their attendants has been opened
in New York City.
A Denver man committed suicide on
learning that his mother-in-law was
coming to visit him.
Twenty-two of the crew of 27, of
the steamer Florence, perished when
the ship was wrecked on the New
Professor James Israel, noted Ber
lin surgeon, denies having performed
any operation on the young son of the
Wheat—Bluestem, 83c per bushel;
forty-fold, 80c; club, 79c; fife, 78c;
red Russian, 78c.
Oats —$25.50 per ton.
Barley—s23 per ton.
Yellow corn—Sacked, $31 per ton;
mixed corn, sacked, $31.
The following prices are offered to
the producer by the local dealers for
delivery in round lots, f. o. b. Seattle:
Eggs—Select ranch, 32@35c per
Poultry—Live hens, 12@14c pound;
old roosters, 9c, turkeys, fat, live,
21c; do dry picked, 23#24c; geese,
fat, 13c; this year's chickens, 15@
16; old ducks, live, fat, 15c; duck
lings, 16c; squabs, $3 dozen.
Ranch butter—23<ir2sc pound.
Fresh fruits—Apples, new, 50c@
$1.50 box; cranberries, $10.50@1l
barrel; grapefruit, Florida, $firstname.lastname@example.org
crate; California, $3.50; grapes, im
ported Malagas, $6.25(6 7.25 barrel;
red emperor, in lugs, 9c pound; Far
rars, $1.25 box; huckleberries, 8@
10c pound; pears, fancy Eastern
Washington, $1.50@2 box; pineap
ples, $4 crate; pomegranates, $1.75@2
box; honey, new, $email@example.com per
Dressed Meats—Prime beef steers,
Ils(gl2c pound; cows, lie; heifers,
Nos. 1 and 2, lljc; veal, 13c pound;
pork, 12c pound; pork, 12c pound;
mutton, ewes, 9Jc; wethers, 10Jc;
spring lamb, 12c.
Vegetable — Almonds, 18c pound;
artichokes, $1.50 dozen; beets, $1
sacjc; bell peppers, 10c pound; Brus
sels sprouts, 7c; cabbage, lc; red, 2c;
carrots, 75c@$l sack; cauliflower,'
$firstname.lastname@example.org crate; celery, 40(rf60c
dozen; California golden heart, 75c*
$3.75 crate; cucumbers, Los Angeles]
hothouse, $1 dozen; local hothouse]
email@example.com; chestnuts, B@loc pound
eggplant, 8@10c; garlic, 8(210c;
horseradish, 8@10c; head lettuce, hot
house, 75c box; California, $2 per
case; Onions, California, 90c@$l
sack; Fanno, $1.25; parsley, 30c doz
en; potatoes, local, on track, $10@ll
per ton; Yakima, $14; sweet, Cali
fornia, 2k(a2sc pound; Hubbard
squash, 1(51 Je pound; string beans,
BRITISH SHIP BRINGS BODY
Late Ambassador to England Re-
ceives High Honors.
Portsmouth, England—The British
armored cruiser Natal sailed out of
Portsmouth harbor Saturday afternoon
with the body of Ambassador Reid
on board, amid a salute of 19 guna.
Full naval honors were paid to the
body of Ambassador Reid on its ar
rival at this port from London.
Admiral Sir Hedworth Meux, the
commander of the port, and all the
high naval officers stationed here were
present at the station when the train
drew in. As it halted at the platform
Nelson's flagship, the Victory, fired a
salute of 19 guns.
The coffin was borne across the jetty
on the shoulders of eight petty officers
of the British navy and taken on board
the armored cruiser Natal, from the
mainmast of which vessel the United
States ensign was immediately broken.
All the ships in the harbor and at
Spithead raised the Stars and Stripes
to their mastheads as the coffin was
taken on board the Natal and then
lowered them to half mast. The jetty
was carpeted with purple, while
guards of honor of marines and blue
jackets stood with reversed arms on
each side as the casket was taken
The petty officers bearing the casket
walked slowly to the mortuary chapel,
lined with purple, which had been
erected on the weather deck of the
Natal, and as they deposited it on the
catafalque, the ship's bugler sounded
the "Last Post," while the crews of
the warships lined the rails. The
wreaths sent by President Taft and
members of the royal family com
pletedly filled the little mortuary
chapel, which was so placed that it
could be lowered in case of heavy
By a coincidence, the hospital ship
Maine, presented to England by Amer
ican women, was moored just outside
the cruiser Natal.
There was no service on board the
Natal, which left port immediately on
schedule time, passing through the
lines of the other vessels, which all
had their flags at half mast, and their
crews standing at the salute.
SPEEP WOULD BE ECONOMY
Engineer Recommends Rapid Work
Done On Celilo Canal.
Washington, D. C—How $100,000
in cash and more than a year in time
can be saved on the construction of
the Celilo canal is fully set forth in a
report by " 4 Captain H. H. Roberts, of
the Army Engineer corps, recently
transmitted to congress. It remains
to be seen whether congress will be
willing to direct this economy by in
creasing the appropriations for the
canal, so the work can be completed
by January 1, 1915. The report of
Captain Roberts, heretofore reviewed
briefly, summarizes the appropriation
to date, showing a total of $3,150,000,
"The amount required to be appro
priated for completion of the existing
project is $1,808,392.64.
"The delay incurred since January
1, 1912, as compared with what would
have been the rate of progress had
ample funds been available, is esti
mated as at least six months, there
having been necessary reservation
made of a portion of the then avail
able funds to provide for the possi
bility of no funds becoming available
by the last river and harbor act. This
delay was made up of reduction of
force and partial suspension of work
for several months, total suspension of
work for about two months, together
with additional delays incident to de
livery of materials, collection of force,
etc., necessarily incurred in starting
the work again.
"After careful consideration of
present conditions, it is believed that
in view of the above-mentioned delays
already incurred, the canal cannot be
completed to best advantage before
January 1, 1915, even with ample
funds available for the work. The
canal can, however, with funds avail
able, be completed by that date, which
is one year and six months in advance
of June 25, 1916, the time orginally
proposed in the river and harbor act
of June 25, 1910.
Motive for Attack Mystry.
London—The motive for the attempt
on the life of Baron Hardinge, viceroy
of India, is a mystery on which it will
be impossible to hazard a guess until
it is known whether the miscreant is a
Hindu or a Mussulman. It is not
known whether the bomb-thrower has
been arrested. Intense indignation is
expressed in Calcutta and here over
the incident. Fears are expressed
that it may have been a manifestation
of Moslem resentment at the British
occupancy of the ancient Mohammedan
capital of India.
Death May Free Suspect.
New Westminster, B. C. —On Jan
uary 7 next Charles Dean, the only
Bank of Montreal robbery suspect now
held in this city, may regain his free
dom. The prisoner's solicitor was
granted an order calling upon the at
torney general to show cause why the
prisoner should not be discharged.
Since the preliminary trial one of the
principal witnesses, who claims to
have seen the accused in the automo
bile with four other men, has died.
Destroyer Balch Launched.
Philadelphia—The torpedo boat de
stroyer Balch was launched Saturday
from the Cramp shipyard. Miss Grace
Balch, of Washington, a descendant of
Commodore Balch, christened the ves
sel. The destroyer is a sister ship to
the Aylwin, launched from Cramps' a
month ago. The vessel is 300 feet
long and has 37 feet beam.
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Governor of Islands Reports
Progress and Prosperity.
Commerce, Homesteading, Trans
portation, Public Works,
Health, Etc., Improve.
Washington, D. C.—Hawaii has en
joyed greater prosperity and progress
during the last year than during any
other in its history, according to Gov
ernor Frear's annual report, submitted
to the Secretary of the Interior Fish
er. The preceding four years had
been notable for their prosperity, says
the governor, but this year witnessed
even greater strides forward.
In commerce, homesteading, im
provement in class of immigrants, bet
terment of transportation facilities,
construction of public works, public
health, administration and public
school facilities there had been
That the United States reclamation
act be exended to Hawaii is one of the
governor's recommendations. He
says there are large areas which
should be made available by irrigation
for settlement by Americans in colon
ies of considerable size.
Imports and exports of the islands
during the'year totalled $84,100,000,
an increase of $14,680,000 over the
preceding year. The increase was
chiefly in trade with the United
States, which constituted more than
nine-tenths of the total. The increase
in exports from the territory was 12
times as much as that in the imports,
being $13,500,000 against $1,180,000.
The exports totalled $55,400,000; the
Governor Frear reports that "the
percentage of homesteads taken by
Americans and other Caucasians has
been much larger this year than
During the last two years the de
parture of Japanese steerage passen
gers, exceeded the arrivals by 489.
PRICE-FIXING TO BE TESTED
Suit Is Begun Against Breakfast
Detroit—The Kellogg Toasted Com
Flake company is alleged to be violat
ing the Sherman law in a petition in
equity filed in the United States dis
trict court here by order of Attorney-
General Wickersham to setUe for all
time the extent to which a manufac
turer can control retail prices.
The company and its officers, en
gaged in the manufacture of Kellogg's
toasted corn flakes, are charged with
fixing prices at which the flakes are
Smallpox Under Control.
Washington, D. C.—Rigid steps by
the public health service have brought
under control a threatened serious out
break "of smallpox along the West
Virginia-Maryland border. Dr. B. S.
Warren, detailed to investigate the
situation, who has just returned to
Washington, reported 11 cases in the
vicinity of Martinsburg, W. Va.
These cases, all within from three to
ten miles of the city, are under proper
control. All suspected persons in the
region will be vaccinated and kept un
der observation for 15 days.
sold to retailer and consumer, prevent
ing competition which would reduce
the price to the public and creating a
monopoly by concentrating the entire
interstate traffic in this commodity in
the hands of jobbers and retailers who
abide by price agreements exacted by
the defendants. It is alleged that the
defendants have invoked the patent
laws through the use of a patented
carton in which the flakes are packed
as a mere "subterfuge and device" to
escape the provisions of the Sherman
The government asks for injunc
tions to prevent the company, its offi
cers and agents from controlling the
price of the breakfast food after it
leaves the hands of the manufacturer.
The suit is regarded by ,the govern
ment as of vast importance because of
its bearing on the right of a manufac
turer to control prices to the consum
er. It is alleged that the company
sells only to jobbers, refusing abso
lutely to deal directly with the con
sumers or with the retail trade. The
commodity, according to the petition,
is sold to jobbers at a uniform price,
under an agreement that the jobbers
will sell to retailers at a price fixed by
the defendants. The defendants are
charged with strictly enforcing the
agreement of sale by absolutely refus
ing to deal with any jobber who fails
to maintain the specified price.
MEXICAN SHOPMEN STRIKE
Higher Wages and Shorter Hours
Demanded by 7000.
Laredo, Tex.—Seven thousand shop
employes of the National Railway of
Mexico struck Friday because of the
refusal of the management to grant an
eight-hour day and an increase in
wages. The strike was called simul
taneously at Nuevo Laredo, San Luis
Potosi, Mexico City and Aquas Cal
ientes. At Nuevo Laredo 100 skilled
mechanics and 100 other employes
walked out. The shops are closed.
Because of the demoralized condi
tion along the line of the railway as
the result of the rebel activity the
strike has caused the greatest concern.
Railroad officials refuse to discuss the
situation beyond saying that the strike
will not cause a tieup of the lines and
that they believe regular train service
can be maintained.
At several points bridges and sta
tions have been burned by the revolu
tionists and long stretches of roadbed
The employes presented their de
mands some weeks ago with an ulti
matum that if they were not acceded
to, a strike would be called before the
end of the year. No intimation had
been given that Friday was selected as
the date of the walkout.
Soldier of Fortune Dead.
Reno, Nev.—With both hands cut
off and his skull fractured, Max Yon
Buelow, said to be a descendant of
Count Yon Buelow, the famous Ger
man general, was picked up on the
railroad track near the state line and
died two hours later in the railroad
hospital at Sparks. Yon Buelow was
a globetrotter and soldier of fortune.
Several years ago he married Miss
Christine Plummer, a wealthy wo
man of Pueblo, Colo., and they trav
eled through Europe in regal style.
Yon Buelow was highly educated.
Beef Cattle Are Scarce.
Chicago—Fewer cattle by 281,298
have been received at the Chicago
stockyards this year than in 1911, ac
cording to figures given out here.
Despite this fact, more money was
paid for beef in 1912 than in 1911 by
$3,282,735. The total paid out this
year was $183,488,909.
PRESIDENT-ELECT AT HOME
Staunton, Virginia, Gives Noisy
Welcome to Wilson.
Staunton, Va.—Virginia enthusias
tically welcomed home Governor Wil
son, the eighth of her native sons to
be chosen president of the United
States. From the moment the presi
dent-elect crossed the state line at
Alexandria in the afternoon, after he
had a ten-minute glimpse of the na
tional capital, until 9 o'clock, when he
reached the little parsonage where he
was born 56 years before, the recep
tion was one of great enthusiasm,
noisy demonstration and spectacular
Escorted by cavalry, militia com
panies and a torchlight procession, the
governor and Mrs. Wilson motored
through the streets of Staunton to the
home of Rev. A. N. Frazer, pastor of
the Presbyterian church. In this
home Rev. Joseph R. Wilson, father
of the president-elect, lived in 1856.
"It is fine to be back again," ex
claimed the president-elect, as he
Suffering from the effects of his
cold, he returned immediately to the
room in which he was born to rest.
Staunton was not alone in celebrat
ing the arrival of the distinguished
visitor. Fireworks shot across the
skies and red lights threw a festive
glare at all stations along the route.
Mrs. Wilson stood with her husband
on the rear platform of the train and
enjoyed the demonstration.
Red Hair Frightens Seal.
Los Angeles—Women with red hair
will have to be barred from the Venice
Aquarium, or the latter will have to
dispense with "Old Hundred," a re
cently captured seal. "Old Hundred,''
is extremely docile in ordinary cir
cumstances, but the moment a woman
appears whose hair has even a touch
of sunburn he seemingly becomes
panic-stricken. Dr. P. S. Barnhart,
instructor of biology at the University
of Southern California, who was at
tracted by reports of the seal's behav
ior, is unable to explain the matter.
Simple Ceremony Preferred.
Washington, D. C. -» Inauguration
ceremonies in the past have been too
spectacular and pretentious, in the
opinion of President-elect Woodrow
Wilson. Governor Wilson talked with
William Corcoran Eustis, recently
chosen chairman of the inauguration
committee. "The thing has been
overdone in the past," said the gover
nor to him. "I wish you would have
the ceremonies as simple as may be
consistent with dignity and order."
Gum Chewer Discredited.
Chicago—United States Judge Car
penter revealed one method he haa of
judging whether a person is testifying
truthfully. If the witness chews gum
and talks rapidly the chances are no
great weight should be attached to his
satetments, the court said. This de
veloped when the court told Joseph
Burns, a witness chewing gum while
on the witness stand: "The harder a
person chews gum the less responsibil
ity you can place in his testimony."
Schrank Model Patient.
Oshkosh, Wis.—John Schrank, who
attempted to assassinate Theodore
Roosevelt, is reported to be a model
patient at the Northern Hospital for
the insane. The superintendent says
he is faithful in his work and spends
much of his time reading and writing
and doing work around the criminal
ward as it is required of patients
there. -■ ,
COST OF LMNG
UP TO FARMER
Government Expert Says h
Depends on Size of Crops.
Soil Must Be Made to Yield More
Proportion of Fanners
Washington, D. C—The 'ever th
will break the backbone of high pric
of foodstuffs is Jmore intensive fan
ing, cultivation of unoccupied lan
near the large cities and more intel
gent methods of agriculture, in t
opinion expressed by Professor Milt
Whitney, chief of the bureau of soi
of the department of agriculture. E
Whitney is a leading authority on so
and their uses and his many public
tions on soils and their adaptation
crop production and their relation
food consumption have attract
Dr. Whitney is preparing a bullet
on soils of the country and their rel
tion to the nation's future food su
ply. He draws specil attention to tl
vast amount of uncultivated areas
land, the decline in the cultivati
areas compared with the rapid i
crease of the country's population.
"The country is advancing in eveij
line," said Dr. Whitney. "People a)
living better than ever before. As i
result we are stronger physically an
mentally. We are consuming mon
foodstuffs per capita than the populj
tion of the European countries andl
would not f©r a moment attempt ti
discourage less food consumption. 1
is plain that until we get a larger sup.
ply of foodstuffs, and if the period of
high salaries'continues, we can expec!
the present high cost of living to co&
"So let us touch the producing side
of the question. For instance, the
states north of the Potomac and east
of the Ohio river have a total area of
12,322,880 acres. The area under cul
tivation in this territory is estimated
at a little over 40,000,000 acres. Add
ed to this is 27,000,000 acres used for
forestry. So we have over 42,000,001)
acres of idle land in the territory lying
in the states.
"During the past 30 years the
amount of land in use has steadily de
creased until it is now about 20 pet
cent less than in 1880, while the coun
try as a whole has been growing at a
"The number of persons engaged is
agricultural pursuits in the states
above mentioned has also decreased
during the past 30 years, while the
total population has largely increased
"There are at present, mark you,
about 1,300,000 persons engaged in
agriculture in the area under consider
ation with a population of over 30,
---000,000 non-agricultural producers to
"The bureau of soils estimates that
the land under cultivation in the area
can be made to yield at least four
times as much as at present by more
intelligent and intensive methods of
farming. Moreover, the same up-to
date, methods used on the idle lands
will have a yielding capacity of over
eight times as much as at present.
"Careful investigations conducted
by the bureau prove that these lands
are well adapted to all classes of crops
from the early fruit, truck and vege
tables to the latest storage fruits and
vegetables for winter use, and to the
most intensive kind of dairy farming.
"The conditions in the eastern sec
tion of the country are similar to those
existing in other sections. So whether
the cost of living is to be reduced or
not, it is perfectly plain to even the
layman mind that to feed the present
and constantly-growing population of
the country a greater production of
foodstuffs must be raised.
"To do this more people have got to
return to the farms; it is necessary to
put more land under cultivation; more
improved methods of agriculture, and
more intensified farming must be fol
World's Crops Reported.
Washington, D. C. — The Interna
tional Institute of Agriculture at Rome
has reported to the department of ag
riculture on the year's crop figures.
According to the institute, the produc
tion in Germany was: Wheat, 160,
---227,000; rye, 456,608,000; oats, 965,
---999,000; barley, 159,927,000 bushels.
Austria produced in wheat 69,640,000;
rye, 117,114,000; oats, 167,423,000;
barley, 78,384,000 bushels. In W
European countries and Canada the
production of sugar beets was 136 per
cent of last year's production.
Taking: of Town Confirmed.
El Paso, Tex.—Despite the denial of
Minister Hernandez, the taking o:
Ascencion by the rebels is confirmed
officially at Juarez and reported by nu
merous "refugees coming from the
town. The taking of Casas Grandes
as reported by rebels, remains uncon
firmed. Railway reports say nothing
of the Casas Grandes attack. Tne
Seventh Federal cavalry is proceeding
slowly behind railroad work trains
Flying Santa Sheds Furs.
San Francisco—Santa Claus in a»
aeroplane flew over the heads o
thousands of persons gathered her
Christmas at the third internationaj
aviation meet of the Pacific Cost, an
dropped bags of candy and nuts m
the crowd. The warm weather, how
ever, made it uncomfortable for ban
and he" soon alighted, to shed his fl"*