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Toilers of the Columbia
By PAUL DE L7INEY
I author ot "Lord of the Desert;" I- Oregon Sketches."
author of "Lord of the Desert." "Oregon Sketches."
and other Pacific Coast Stories
Sankalu to the Wheel.
Captain Budlong and the sheriff held
I con ft'it nee with Sankalu. The girl
bad much to tell them that was of in- :
wrPS t to their mission.
She had heard all of the plans of the
lonthsulers and had watched for the
approach of the boat that she might
intercept it and inform the oflicera of
t he treachery of the pilot and the pur- \
poieß of the law breaking gillnetters.
She had heard them, long before
midnight, agree to postpone the attack
upon the southniders until daylight on
account of the delay of some of their ;
reinforcements and had also heard
them state that (iabe Jarvi, the pilot j
on the boat to bring the soldiers, would j
keep away from them until they had
finished with the north-ide fishermen, j
It had been agreed by Gabe that he ;
would run about the river until day- J
light, pretending to be hunting for the J
fishermen, when In fact he would be
studiously avoiding them. In the I
rankness of his treachery he had piom
iseil to take the boat as near the bar as ■
he dared to approach where the sea
was rough and «ould upset the stom
«cha oi the citizen soldiers.
Sankala had escaped from the old
ehack while the men were out on the
beach arranging for the attack and had
watched for the coming of the boat.
She knew that it would go on the south
side of the island in order to avoid an
encounter with the fishermen who nere
lined up on the north side, and when
she saw the light of the vessel far up
the river she launched a boat which
wae some distance from the plotting i
fishermen and struck out to intercept
the big craft that she night inform the
officers. She had been successful, as
the reader knows, but a dilemma mow
confronted the officers that was difficult
Neither of the ofikera knew anything
about the river and none of the men
had the slightest idea about naviga
tion. Sankala told them that the boat
was heading straight for the ocean and
that they had passed all of the fisher
men, who were lined up at the head of
&c inland for the early morning attack.
"This fellow Jarvi il a very mean
man," said Sankala. "He is now
under bond for the murder of his aged
father and is said to be the most brutal
of the ignorant Finlanders on the fouUi
ride of the river. Ido not believe lie i
would stop at even tunning this boat
out over the bar where it would surely
"What shall we do?" inquired
Captain Budlong of the sheriff.
"Arrest him and put him in irons,"
replied the county official.
"But who would tate care of the!
boat?" inquired the captain.
The two men went out on deck. San
kala followed them. They could see
the breakers now leaping high in the
air far away to the front of the vessel,
and knew that this was where the river
met the waves of the ocean.
"The scoundrel seems to be carrying
ns straight to our death," said the cap
"We will goto him and remonstrate,"
eaid the sheriff.
"And compel him at the muzzie of a
gnn to turn the course of the vessel,"
replied the captain of the militia.
The officers climbed the narrow stair
way again and approached the pilot
house. Jarvi disregarded their coming
in sullenncss. He held on to the wheel
and kept the nose oi the vessel point
ing toward the breakers. Sankala had
followed the officers and stood behind
the smokestack where Hhe availed her
felf of its warmth and at the same time
could listen to the interview with the
"You have brought us past the fish
«rmen and are taking us to" d the
ocean," said Captain Budlong.
The pilot ignored him in the accus
tomed manner of steamboat men.
"We want an explanation," demand
"Yes, and we want it at once," spoke
toe sheriff, who was a man of personal
courage and accustomed to the nature
°' the rough men at the mouth of the
"I am running this boat," replied
fc"But you are mnning her in the
frrong direction," said the captain.
"You had better run her yourself
fhen, since you know bo much about
V' retorted the pilot scornfully.
'«fe understand nothing about
t*a™boating, but we do know that
y°Q are going in the wrong direction,"
'•Plied the sheriff.
"Well, if you know nothing about
"^ning a boat you had better go
•in stairs," said Jarvi.
W« will do nothing of the kind,"
"to Budlong who was also a spirited
fellow. "I, as commander of the forces
' Ol which this vessel was chartered.de
<&a'**l that you turn back and proceed |
to the head of the island."
"I can't do it," r«pli«d .larvi.
"Why" uked the captain.
"I am in the south channel and will
DOW be compelled to round the west
point of the island and r«tUIQ on the
north Hide," said the pilot.
"Why did you come so far out of the
way?" asked the sheriff.
"jwept into the old south channel
by act (dent and couldn't get out," re
plied Jarvi, doggedly.
The boat continued to head for the
breakers. Jarvi looked coolly out into
the dark ocean, now and then*lit up by
a dash of spray, while the officers look
ed on in doubt. They did not believe
the man. But still they did not be
lieve that he would take them into a
death which would carry him with
The point of the island butting out
toward the bar was now close at hand.
While the breakers from the ocean
come nearly to its shores, the men be
lieved that the island could be passed
by the Hat bottomed river boat.
But Jarvi headed straight on.
"Why do you not turn to the right?"
asked Captain Budlong.
"We would run her into the sand,"
replied the pilot.
"But you aie running her into the
breakers," replied the sheriff.
''It is better for hei there," coolly
replied the treacherous niau at the
The boat began to rock and leap like
a wild animal which found itself sud
denly in the clutches of an enemy. It
was but a shell, only intended for the
smooth waters of the liver, and could
not be expected to live on the ocean and
especially on the river bar, one of the
roughest places known to seamen. The
men down stairs fell about the deck
like drunkards and while Home became
deathly sick, others were alarmed.
Sankala could conceal her fears no
longer. "That man," she said, "is
taking as to our doom. The boat can
not live in this sea. He could have
passed the point of the island without
coming into the breakers. The watei
is deep there.
She had come from her place of con
cealment and spoke with all of the
earnestness of a woman, and the cool
ness of a man.
,larvi looked around ;it her with a
ghostly smile of contempt, but did not
budge the wheel.
"Coueider yourself a prisoner," said
"All right," replied the pilot. Then
he released the wheel and walked out
of the pilot bouse. The boat leaped
and reeled. The propelling wheel al
ternately rose above and sank deep into
the water revolving as uselessly as
a flutter-mill. The vessel was left to
the mercy of the breakers.
The last extremity had been reached.
The sheriff drew his revolvei, and,
pointing it at Jarvi, said:
"(Jo back to that wheel and take us
out of this or I shall shoot you like a
■ "All right," replied Jarvi in a con
Then the man started as if he would
enter the door of the pilot house, but
he turned quickly and leaped into the
foaming bteakers below.
Sankala, keenly alive to the impend
ing < risis, bare headed and hare armed
sprang to the wheel. She glanced
down into the angry sea, and hurriedly
examined the shore line to the north;
then with distended muscles she bore
down on the lever that, governed the
rudder, and rang the engineer to turn
on the at earn.
Old Seadog Wounded.
"la that a boat or light on shore?"
"It is a boat, you see she is to the
right of Chinook Point and theie is a
wide channel of river there."
'She may bring the soldiers."
"I hope to (iod she will. Those
fellows are reinforcing their strength
and we can't hold out much longer
Thus spoke Old Seadog. A hand to
hand fight had just taken place on the
water and while the encounter was a
draw the northsiders knew that their
strength was being exhausted while
that of their enemy was being in
creased by force of numbers.
The only hope of the northsiders was
the arrival of the state troops. The
militia was not ordered out for the pur
pose of taking part in the fight, if it
could be avoided, but to patrol the
river and prevent bloodshed.
The Btate maintained the right of its
citizens to fish to the middle of the
stream wherever that might be determ
ined to be, and claimed the right to
protect their life and property north of
It was a question of boundary line
and as is usual where there are disputes
about such matters, each side constant
ly encroached on the rights of the oth
er. The first bloodshed had bronght
out the woiat element of the southside
and they determined to drive back or
destroy, even to the line ot the north
The boat came slowly down the river.
The belligerent fishermen watched it
with intense interest M both sides.
j*'l hope to (J.kl she brings the sol
di*ers." repeated Old Seadog as it came
nearer and neaier. "Uahe Jarvi will
take care of thorn," capually remarked
a southside leader to his companion.
It did contain the soldiers, and the
reader already knowH of its movements,
and the treachery of its pilot.
After the bout passed away to the
South ol the inland, the northsidors re
laxed into a feeling almost bopeleM.
The night was cool and calm, but an
unusual darknett nettled down upon
the wateri. l'he stars Hhown out and
gave forth shadows that darkened the
surface of the water. A black veil
bung above it like a mantle. The
contending fishermen lay upon then
oars and amis. The first bluih of
dawn would biing the SOUthsideri up
on their enemy. The notthsiders were
counseling one another to stand tirm to
the end. If they could only stay the
destruction of their traps until the ar
rival uf the soldiers they feared no
With the first flash of the red in the
east the southsiders moved out to the
north. They did not apprehend any
danger of interference from the sol
diers. They left that to (Jabe Jaivi.
Their purpose was to make the fight
final this morning. They knew that
■ they possessed the numbers and should
; they succeed in destroying the north*
aiders' traps and return to their home*
lon the southside the victory they had
so long lought would be complete.
When once at their homes the enormi
ty of their crime would be lont sight of
in a meaeuie ami the future would
find them masters of the river.
When the traps vere once destroyed
it would be difficult to rebuild them,
and through the prejudice they expect
ed to 01 eate against the traps, they
i hoped to interest their own state and
;the United States congress against the
construction of rinlitrapn in the Colum
bia river. They had already Bent a
! long petition to their congressman, not
only showing thai the traps were de
structive to the fish industry but were
also detrimental and hazardous to nav
Axes, drags, arms and dynamite had
been provided by the southsiders.
They did not wish upon the whole to
i resort to bloodshed. They came, how
ever, determined to win. They ex
pected to do this through intimidation
; and overwhelming numbers.
Hut thete were those among them
who are always found in a mob organ*
ization, that preferred bloodshed to any
other feature of the tight between the
The eouthsiders moved along like co
many shadows to the attack. A cou
ple of launches used for towing in the
fishing boats on other occasions had
been secured, and sailboats had been
j converted into row boats for the mom*
j ing attack. These were manned by
: large forces and formed a line for the
Old Beadog had assembled his men
; near the center of the largeßt group of
traps and took active command at thie
point. It meant more foi him than
for all the other northsiders combined
and he inteiested himself accordingly.
He possessed an iion nerve and thi«
was wrought up to the highest tension.
It was the critical point of the long
struggle and should he lose, thousand;
of dollars worth of property would pass
from his hands. With his traps de
stroyed his cannrey would he useless:
I with traps and cannery both out of us«
| the men would he out of employment
! and could not pay their bills at hie
store; neither could they pay their
rent. The traps were the life of the
town and the town was owned by Sea
II is dark flotilla rose and fell with
the swells of the hay like a school oi
i whales lying at rest, and old Btadog
was as silent and watchful as the bull
| leader of such an agrgegatinn. He wat
j as rugged as a water god and feared the
: waves no more than did oid Neptune,
I who ruled them.
The suspense was finally relieved.
In the shadows of the slowly approcah
ing morn could be seen the boats of the
Houthsiders stretching up and down
the river like a great black wave.
Their numbers looked as ominous at
did their daik line of advance.
"Men, to your arms and oare!"
hissed old Seadog. And this command
was taken up and passed down the line.
The amis consisted principally ol
long poles. These had been cut for the
double purpose of keeping back the
boats of the enemy and at the same
time to be used as cudgels in cage of
lesifttance and hand to hand conflict.
While it was a justifiable case foi
employing firearms, the fishermen
found that they were not accustomed to
their use and they realized further that
the less bloodshed on the occasion the
better it would be for their cause in
the long run. This was the sentiment
on both sides though many had brought
along rifles and revolvers to use in the
(To te continued)
It is generally more profitable to reck
on up our defects tbaa to boflit of oar •£?
itS IN MOSCOW. RUSSIA
OVER 5000 PEOPLE ACTUALLY
Agitators Were Not Successful in
Getting Workmen From Factory—
Police Firing Blank Volleys Suc
ceeded in Dispercing the Mob—Dis
turbance Lasted All Day.
Moscow, Dec. I.• This city was the
II- of a revolutionary demonstra
tion today from noon U. nearly o\en
ing on Sunday. Probably 6000 per
sous actually participated, fortun
ately the agitators did not succeed In
drawing the workingmen from the fac
tories Into the disturbances, and after
many collisions, the police, tiring blank
voiic> s and charging with their sab
ers, the crowds finally were dispersed,
Many were wounded and more were
arrested. As far as known rone ol
tli«< rioters was killed. One police
man is reported fatally Injured. Many
On both sides were roughly handled
The authorities knew in advance
thai trouble was impending, and many
houses along the Tvorskaiu street
were specially guarded. Several squad
rons of mounted gendarmes were cen
tered In the courtyards of bouses,
ready for an emergency,
The crowds began to collect at mid
day in Tverskaia, students and young
men mixing with the general public.
The thoroughfare was soon congested
with a mass of humanity, which con
verged <>n Strastnla square. There
were 3000 persons assembled, many
armed with clubs and carrying flags.
The crowd, singing, moved toward the
palace of Qrand nuke Sergius, the gov
ernor (if Moscow.
The police attempted to block the
street, whereupon the trouble began
in earnest. The crowd broke through
the cordon and one policeman was
knocked down, and. it is thought, fa
tally hurt. Battalions Of police were
brought up at double quick to rein
force their comrades, sticks and
stones were freely used by the mob,
and the police, under orders of their
chiefs, fired several blank volleys,
while mounted men charged With their
swords. The men fought stubbornly,
but finally broke and sought shelter
in the side streets.
Many of the demonstrators paraded
in the side streets in smaller groups,
waving flags and singing. A crowd of
5000 collected In front of the theater,
where revolutionary Bags were hoisted
amid shouts of "Long live freedom."
The police were not prepared at this
point and the crowd, gathering in vol
ume. moved from the square to Neg
Una street and Koominestkl bridge,
the chief street (,c m.iscow, where the
police met them. Another stubborn
I ensued, ending with three blank
volleys and saber chacges.
The disturbance continued at isn
lated spots throughout the afternoon,
Many shops were turned Into hos
pitals, where the wounded were tem
porarily eared for.
Tim workmen held aloof from dem
onstration, employers having given
warning that any who participated
would be dismissed.
Get to Port Arthur
London, Dec' 2!t.— The Daily Tele*
g aph's Chefoo correspondent .says that
t le, steamer Lxdy Mitchell, which
Silled form Tsingtau withsupplies.am
mention and rivnamite, reaohed Port
Arthur during a snowstorm four nights
«p>. He also said It is rumored that
ud Japantwe wen; compelled to evacu
>te their i position on Else mountain
owing to a Hanking lire I'rom other
forts and the explosion of Russian
Dines from which they lout heavily.
The .Tai'Rnew, the correspondent
adds, are employing thousands of eool
ie.R in making strong forts at Dalny and
troand Port Arthur. They express a
determination to capture Port Arthur
before the Chinese new yea*-. An at
tack is now preparing what will be on
a hitherto unequaled scale, and it will
mean either sueess or terrible disaster
to |the. bepeigers. The correspondent
concludes by saying that it is Stated
that (ieneral Nogi has asked for (tO.OOO
reinforcements fiom Japan.
Several newspapers at Copenhagen
charge War Minister ofadsen with per
mitting Danish gun factories to manu
facture arms for Jfussia. It is expected
hat the incident will cause a strouj in
$129,064 FOR WASHINGTON.
Sum Asked for This Internal Revenue
Secretary Shaw, in his estimate of
appropriations for the next fiscal year,
asks for $129,004 for salaries and ex
peßMf f>f officers and employes of
the Washington internal revenue dis
trict. Bixty-one thousand one hundred
and eleven dollars Is asked for Ore
gon service, while |28,860 Is estimated
for the Montana-Idaho district.
Danger of catching "craw craw"
from kissing? Pshaw pshaw!
Had Stolen Goods
Aberdeen, Wash., Deo. 20.—There
was oonsidreablo excitement thin morn
ing over the arrest of Gnu Lemke
freight clerk in the Northern Pacific"
frieght office here and Kd Hendy, a
driver for Hudson's transfer company,
the specific charge being the theft of
clothes valued at |4.58 from a tailor
by tlio name of A. Karjula. The men
have boon suspooted for some time'of
purloiuiug Hi.d secerting goods shipped
heie, and Northern Pacillo detectives
have been quietly working on th« case.
Sufficient evddenoe had aeonmulatod
to justify a soaroh of tho rooms which
wan occupied together and tho Beaieh
was well rewarded, us goods to tho
valuo of several thousand dollars were
In Heudry's trunk was also found a
shotgun which had bean stolen from
his landlord a year ago. Shortages la
shipments bars been frequent for seve
ral weeks past, all of them traceablo to
Hendy. hen arrested and confronted
with evidence of his guilt he broke
down and made a full confession.
Uedny was formerly an offlcer on the
Seattle polioe force. Tho men were
put under *450() bonds appear before
the superior court. Being unable to
furnish bonds they wero taken to jail
WASHINGTON NEW 3.
The now opera house at Harrington
has been completed.
The recent farmers' institute hcs
siona at Kennewick were largely at
A new mail route is to be established
between Ritzville and l.antz. 'JO miles
William Jlbblns, a fanner living nine,
miles north of Dayton, wai robbed of
An Irrigation law for the stato of
Washington is being framed by the
piato irrigation commission.
The superior court for Franklin
county has adjourned, after deciding
the county Heat content in favor of
Frank Griffin was sandbagged and
robbed within a block of his residence
in Taooma. Only a few dollars was
it. P. Berry, residing ir> mllea ■oath
cast of i.nid. threshed 45.000 sacks <>r
wheat this season and made one sale
amounting to $57,000.
Brigadier Alexander McMillan an
nounces that the Salvation army is
planning to feed WOO people this
Christinas, at Spokane.
Charles Oreer, an old man recently
of Spokane, ihoi and killed himnHf
al the farm of bla aon in law in
Egypt, 20 mii<s north of Davenport
Representative Jones has Bled peti
tions and his recommendation for the
establishment of a rural free delivery
route out <>r Latah, Whitman county
The secretary of the interior has
giv<n authority to sheepmen to gi
14,000 bead of sheep in the Mount Rai
nier forest reserve during the season
The Seattle Athletic dub team do
feated Multnomah Athletic club at foot
ball Saturday afternoon by a KON
of r. to o. The Oregonlans were out
classed at every stage of the game.
Warden P. A. Dryden of the state
penitentiary announces that he will
band in his resignation to Governor
Mcßride about January 1, to take ef
feel M soon as he can be rel
from bin duties.
The bid of Ooldie Brof, of Portland
for the construction of two double
brick barracks at Fort Walla Walla,
to take the place of the old frame
buildings, erected nearly BO years ago,
has been accepted.
Barley growers are of the opinion
that not. more than 75 per cent of
the usual barley acreage will be sown
I lie coming season around Dayton. Sev
eral of the largest growers of the coun
ty are sowing their land with wheat
Instead of the usual crop.
The annual convention of the Wash
ington Educational association, which
occur* in Spokane December 28, 29
and 30, promises to be the largest and
most Important edncational convention
ever held in the state. An excellent
program has been prepared.
Chris Gray died at his home In El
lensburß recently, after a month's
struggle with typhoid pneumonia, aged
about i"0 years. He had been a resi
dent of Kittetas valley 20 years and
was one of the best known stockmen
of central Washington.
Two measures of importance to the
banks and bankers will be pushed by
the State Hankers 1 association when
the legislature meets this winter. One
will be a bill for the regulation of
foreign banks, and the other will be
one for the regulation of state banks.
B. M. Woydt, ex-chief of police of
Spokane, accidentally shot himself
Saturday afternoon while fishing. In
stooping over to get bait for his hook,
his revolver, which he carried In a
holster under his coat, fell on the
rocks and the hammer striking the
ground first, exploded the gun. The
bullet passed through the upper part
of the left lung, above the aorta and
just below the eubclavian artery. The
bullet also cut several small arteries,
which caused internal bleeding and
caused the ex-chief to spit blood pro