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M nn VOL. XIV. ST. HELENS, OliEtt ON, FRIDAY, OCTOHEIt 1, 1897. NO. 41. nn NEWS OF THE WEEK From all Parts of the New and Old World. BRIEF AND INTERESTING ITEMS Comprehensive Itevlew of the Import til Happening of tha Cur rent YYk. Commander Booth-Tucker linn ar rived in Denver to complete tlia ar rangement (or eatabliahinga Salvation Army colony in the Arkansas valley. In Joeph Hayward' raw mill, near Macon, Mi),; large bollur exploded and ki) l.'tl three workmen, Charles Heater, Walter Ferguraon and Albert Yost The mill wa blown to frag ment. The graduate! of the deaf, dumb and blind asylum at Berkley, 01., have organized a novo) toeiaty. It purpoa li to Influence won I thy people, and, if poselble, tb federal and atute govern ment, in establishing achnlurahip for the blind In loading tduoatioanal initi tutlona. The United State tteaimlilp Pan Franoiaeo, tlia fhigablp of the European aqnadron, baa arrived at Tttngiur, Moroooo, in order to inveatlgtite and obtain redre, II ntwasacy, (or the re ported flogging of Amerii-aii citizen at Mogadon and also to enfurco the prom 'aod nettlemeiit ol former claim of the United Statea agalnat Morocco. The inexorable discriminating law of China, which condemn a paraoide to death by the tlicing prncc, whether ha be the perpetrator of a wilful orim? or the victim of an accident, la terribly illustrated by a ease now vexing the people of Shanghai. A boy of 1 1 wm twinging aome article about hit head in play, when it hapined to atrike bit mother, who died from the effect of the blow. lie waa condemned to be elired to death, and, though effort have ben made to aave him from thi fear ful end, ao far they have not been uo coastal. A dlapatoh from Vienna faya tliat the lmer Ika, with a crew of 10, and carrying 60 Auatralian paaaengora, waa entering the port at Fihme, on the river Flumara, while the bora waa blowing bard, when the collided with the English ttoaraer Tira, which waa leaving. The bowt of the Ika were Ktove in and ahe sank in two minute. Iloau haatilr put off and aaved the raptain and teven others, but moat of j the pasaenirer perished. The casually took place in full view of thousands who crowded the pier in the greatest excitement and alarm. According to E, Baldwin, the well- J known authority on polar expeditions, there are many reaaont for believing Andrea, the Swedish aeronaut, ia now On hit return trip from the radar re gion, and may toon be heard from. Mayor Phelan, of Ban i ranclaco, naa, iu a very pointed way, wamd the board ' Of education that if it doea not keep strictly within the lettei of the law in j the matter of appropriationa It may be ousted from office, aa waa the board of eupervitora. I Ti.nui lUimhtara of PrMlon Howard were burned to death in their home at on Seventh and Oak streets, where they I'ort Alma, Ont. The rent of the fam-j took up their quarters on arriving in ily escaped from the burning building, j the city, and whence tliev returned The girl were aged 18, 10 and 8 yeara. ; after their crime. They give the pre. One of them bad escaped, but met her aumably fictitious name of George death in returning to assist her sisters. ' Jackson and Char Iks Williams. No Acting upon the request of the secre-' livet were lost in the oaptnre, nor wa tary of agriculture the treasury depart-1 any time wasted. The men when ar inentha requested the eecretaty of rested gave every evidence of being des slate to instruct all the consular oftlcera ' perate characters, but before uau could of tbe United States to refuse authenti- j be made of their numerous weapons, cation of invoice of hidea of meat the two were covered with revolvers, cattle from district ia which anthrax ' precluding any attempt at resistance, Uinta. I Jck"on 8,,' Williams, the former The unclaimed Jewel and ouiioa to being about 60 yeara of age and the .t.. ..i., f air.n non M,-h were found ' latter not more than S3, came to this in the ruin after the Are at the charity j bazaar tn the Kue ueuoujon, nave Deen old at auction. The money realized will remain bonded for 80 year, after which alt the money unclaimed goe to the (tale. ... Uongres will be asked at Its coming etsion to make a large appropriation fur the manufacture of modern high- power guns to be installed for service on board auxiliary oruisort of the " T fatted States navy in time or war. Captain Charles O'Noil, chief of the bureau of ordnance, proposes to make a recommendation in hit fortooming an- ; nuul report that at leaat 1500,000 ba appropriated for thlt purpose. It it ea-' timated that 8,000.000 will be re-j quired to equip with modern batteriea the 88 ateamer now enrolled in the government service aa auxiliary cruiser. Fire wat ditcovered In the mala slope of mine No. 8, at Btookton, Ala.! About 100 men were employed in the mine. At once an alarm wat given, A panio followed among the workmen and hundred gatnored at the main en- trance of the amoking mine, while' rescue parties were at onoe formed to relieve the miners. More than 60 were ' gotten out from the various entranoea without harm. Othere were overcome by tmoke and fell by the wayside. Five ' men, who were working about th elopes beyoud where tbe fire originated, could not be readied, and it ha been L regarded aa certain that they are dead. Cairo, IS! Aanar, meaning mo r,p,Bn t. i. .i k. .u. . . ait,., n,a .n,i " Inn clear records datum as far It ia thought three or four other! may be in the mine. Arthur Jordan, a Scotch explorer, who olalmt to be familiar with the conntry between Spokane and the Klon dike, will leave Spokane with six men, October 10, for the Yukon country. J. J. Browne it at the head of the syn dicate wbloh it outfitting the party to prospect on . Stewart river. Mr. Browne' ton, Guy, will be a member of the party. They will go via Ash croft, taking the Hudson bay trail there to Lake Teslin, down the lake to the Uootalinqua river, down that stream to the ?, thence to Stewart river. O, R. & N, TRAIN HELD UP. Engineer and Fireman Roblied-lilgh. waynian Captured. . Portland, Or., Sept. 88. One of the boldest attempt to liold np a train re ported here for yeara occurred Hominy evening at Hi25 o'clock on the O. K. & N. truck jiitt Ave mi lit beyond the city limiti. While the regular East ern train, No. S, was leaving the city, two masked men succeeded in (topping the engine by tome aignal, and after taking the enlgneor and fireman into the brnnh beside the track, fobbed thorn of their watche and about (10 in money. The brakeinan went forward aa toon at the train stopped, and taking in the aitimtion, crawled under the mail car and opened fire on the rob bera, who got into the brualt with their two prisoner. Tlien he mounted the cab, and, amidst a volley of pinto! Hhnto, miooceded In backing the train out of danger. No one waa Injured, and noth ing waa loat except what waa taken from the engineer and fireman while tlmlr captora had them under guard In the bruah by the track. Conductor All iaon was niuile aware of the trouble by tbuNluckenad Speed of the train. The brakeinan waa ahead of him In going forward, and bad en gaged In the combat with the highway men before lie reuohed the upper end. He waa approaching the bo. -tie of the ehooting, carrying hit lantern, when a ahot from one of the robbert broke the globe. Realizing that something scri out waa in progrraa, he retired hnatily to the interior of one of the coaches. At toon at the conductor found that the train wal backed far enough to be ont of danger he had it stopped, and him aelf armed, with the brakeinan and aome of the paseengera who could mut ter a firearm, a hostile array waa form ed to receive the onslaught of the high waymen. ' ' The attack did not come, however, hot instead of the robbers there came walking down the track the engineer and fireman. They wcro received with joy, and told their ttory after it became apparent that the robbert intended no further demonstration against the pas senger. ' When the train halted, the engineer and fireman were covered by the revolv er of the highwaymen and ordered to got out of the cab, Aa the two had the drop on the engineer and fireman, they thought there wat no other alternative, and obeyed. Aa soon aa they reached the ground they were ordered In front of the engine a short distance from where it stood. Following the mandate of the robbert, they walked in the direc tion indicated until ordered to stop, Moth were searched for valuables. From the engineer a gold watch and chain were secured, and about 97 in money. The fireman waa also relieved of $i. This accomplished, the two priaonera were permitted to return down the track to where the brukemnn had run the train, while the robbert took their departure In another direction. ltoubera Captured. The two highwaymen who held np tbe O. K. N. train were arrcHted within 15 hour of the hold-up, anil are securely lodged in the city jail. The bungling clumsiness with which they conducted the robbery .'characterised their movement! from the time they laid their firtt plans. Thar were arrested In a loduiiis! house city Wednesday, on the California ateamer, stopping the first night in a hotel, and the next day taking a room in the lodging house at tii) Seventh street. In their room, when captured, were found two flue double-barreled thot-gunt, bearing evidence of having been recently fired, and two large re volver. Some time prior to Saturday night the housemaid, in cleaning their room, observed a ' fair-siaed packet, marked "Handle with oare." Satur- day night tint disappeared from their room, and found near where the train wat held up, containing 18 aticka of a heavy high explosive, designated as Hercules, No. 1, powder, Tbe two men also went to a livery table Sunday, took a horse and single bnggy at about 5 o'clock, and did not return it until 11 o'clock, that night, In thi buggy was found next morning a purse that Engineer O. II. Kvant Identified aa being the one taken from him by the highwaymen at the time of the hold-up. In the purso wat a $5 gold piece, whloh it also contained at the time of itt departure from Mr. Kvana, but he it unable to identify the piece of money aa the one he possessed, The story of their capture ia brief, yet revealt careful and efficient work by the officers, and a determined effort on the part of the O. 11. & N. official to bring the desperadoes to Justice. ' , ' , ' The great Mohammedan schoo at did." ha clear back as 875, Ftt Ronawnjr Aceldent. Hartford, Conn., Sept. 28. F. W. Valentine, a well-to-do lawyer, of Brooklyn, wat instantly killed in a runaway aooident in the town of Pom fort today. Henry L. Burt, a promin ent druggist of Putnam, who was with him, was probably fatally hurt. The wivea of both , men were severely bruised. - '. " ' About forty-five thousand eovcrois;n8 past over the Bunk of England oouutqra everyday. IF SPUN REJECTS IT What Will Follow Refusal to Accept Our Mediation. WAR MAY NOT BE DECLARED tint Diplomatic Uetntlnn Will Da ua paudad, and Mlnl.tor Woodford Will He lUcatUd. Madrid, Sept. 28. The arrival of United States Minister Woodford from Han Sebastian has caused a sensation. The programme of the Unitd States hat been ascertained. This doet not con template a declaration of war, if Spain rejects mediation, but, according to re ports, an "ostentatious proclamation to the world of disapproval of the Cuban regime by .nspeiiding diplomatic rela tion! with Spain, and withdrawinujtbe United States minister." Ueneral Woodford iiaa declined to be interviewed on the subject, further than to say that bis conference with tiie Dubke of Tetuau, the foreign minister, waa of the most satisfactory character. The unexpected bitterness of the press and of public opinion has pain fully impressed him, but he hopes it will soon be allayed. . lie believe hi mission ia favorable to Spanish inter ests, and oonnot comprehend that Spain could reject mediation designed to end an impoverishing war. v He haa not named a time at which the war mutt be terminated, but he hopes, as shown by the rest of his tenders, it will be ended quickly. He believes that war it inflicting incal culable lost upon tiie United Staea, and that it it impossible to prevent tbe or ganization of filibustering expeditions. Untuual measures were taken to protect Minister Woodford on hi journey from San Sebastian to thi city, but the trip wa quite uneventful. A party of gen darmes, commanded by a sublieutenant, guarded the Southern express, on which he was a passenger. Secret police were posted at the station, and the prefect of police was in waiting to escort him to bia hotel. The drive through the ttreett waa marked by no special inci dent, though several people saluted him, receiving a bow in return. Some comment has been caused by the fact that Minister Woodford's fam ily has not accompanied him, bnt re mains behind on the French frontier. Minister Woodford explains that bit party la a large one, requiring a com modious home, and prefer spending a pleasant October at Biarritz until a suitable residence can be secured here. General Woodford has al ready engaged a box at the Koral opera house, and has purchased hoises. General Woodford has taken apart ments at the Hotel Koine, but received official visitt at the legation, where he passed the entire morning. : Ht Ne Faith tn Austria, London, Sept. 28. A Madrid special tays: The rumor of Austrian mediation between Spain and the United States, in the event of hostilities, has created surprise, mingled with much incredul ity. The Spaniards fail to tee what Austria could do, tiniest by naval powers, or at least by the combined pacific action of several governments, - Waylur Call for Mora Offlolala. Madrid, 8ept. 88. Captain-General Weyler hat cabled a request to the gov ernment to send lis additional admin istrative officials to Cuba. The declar ation ia being made here and generally circulated that the Spanish troops in Cuba have recaptured Victoria de las Loans, which was taken by the tunsur gents under Garcia, on August 25. Web.tor Convicted. Spokane, Wash., Sept. 28. The Webster murder trial ended in a tensa- timtal rlMnntiinnnr. tnnii?1it The tnrv. 1 after having been out for more than 80 hours, came in with a verdict of mu: : der in the first degree, and wa dis charged, but two of the jurors, B. J. I Frasier and O. Thomas, Immediately ' delivered a signed statement to the attorneys for the defense that the ver dict was against their convictions, and they only yielded after physical and mental exhaustion from the long strain in the jury room. Frasier it 66 year of age and Thomas 72. It is thought that thia will undoubtedly lead to a new trial. ' ' ';'';'" Miner Burled Alive. El Paso, Sept. 28. News waa re oeived here tonight that the San Pedro mine, in the Cartillitoa group, 12 miles from this bity, In Mexico, caved in today, killing 17 men who were at work on thejmine at the time. The un fortunates were buried alive under 60 feet of rocks and dirt. The San Pedro ia one of the oldest mine in the group. and rioh in silver. It ia the property of the wealthy Cartillioa Company, the principal stockholder of whioh reside in New York. If the mine wa not timbered, the Mexican government will impose a heavy fine on the oompany on account of tbe wholesale killing. , Boy Accidentally Shot. New Whatcom. Wash., Sept. 28. Reuben Smith, a yonng boy who waa out hunting with a companion near Ten-Mile, thi oounty, waa accidentally shot in the neck and probably fatally injured thi afternoon, while taking hi gun across a fence. Port Townsend, Sept. 28. The bark rigged British ahip Cape York, Captain Mitohell, arrived this morning, 84 days from Panama While lying at the latter port there were several CBtea of yellow fever and two deaths aboard the ship. She cleared for thi port without being disinfected or even fumi gated. On arrival this morning ahe was ordered to Diamond point, the United States quarantine station, where the ship and crew will be detained two weekt for fumigation and disinfection. THE MORTGAGE LAW. Declared Vaeonatltutlonal ' prein Court. bjr th So- Olympia, Wash., Sept. 27. The su preme court today affirmed judgment in the case of Nathaniel it. Swinburne, respondent, vs. the Sheriff of Pierce county, appellant a case that involved the legality or application of the act passed by the last legislature relating to the sale of property under exeoution and decree, and the confirmation of sheriffs' tales. The case waa appealed from the su perior court of Pierce county, when a peremptory writ of mandamue wat granted against the sheriff, command ing him to proceed with the tale under a special execution and order, issued on June 24, 1807, in the case of Swinburne vs. Oelane, and to advertise certain mortgaged property for aale to satisfy the judgment in the said cause, with out appraisement or without requiring either the judgment creditor or debtor to fix a value upon the mortgaged prop erty at a minimum price for sale, and to proceed at once under the old law regarding such sales, without regard to the recent act of the leigslature regulat ing such matters. The respondent contended: First That neither the title nor tbe body of the act sustained the conten tion that the law applies to foreclosure of mortgages. Second That it was not the intent of the legislature to make the law retro active! and ', Third That, if the law doe apply to mortgage and It was intended to be retroactive, that portion relating to a year' Btay of sale and the provision for fixing a valuation are unconstitutional, because obnoxious to section 10 of ar ticle I of the constitution of the United State regarding impairment of con tracts. .. Regarding the first contention, the supreme court hold that it waa evi dently the intent to include mortgages a well aa mortgage sold under execu tion. Also, that it waa the intention of the legislature to make the provi sions o' this act retroactive. In holding the act unconstitutional in- it application to contract made prior to the passage of the act, the court devotes some attention to the prlnoiplo of the inviolability of con tract, which i founded upon honesty and good faith, supported in ethics aa Well as law. It the value of a contract is deteriorated or lessened hy the pas sage of an act, the obligation of tbe act is most certainly impaired.. It is a principle of law that the law which ia in existence at the time a contract ia made becomes a part of the contract. In thia case it waa expressly atipulated in the mortgage that the law in force at the time the contract was made should become a part of the contract, but in the absence of such stipulation the effect would be the same. Under the law, when the contract wa made, the mortgagee had a right to the sale of thia land at once upon the issuance of hia exeoution, subject only to re demption. Thia waa a valuable right, and was no doubt taken into consider ation by the judgment creditor, or in this case the mortgagee. The law now compels him to wait more than a year after judgment before he can have the s;ime made, and, says the court, it seems beyond controversy that, as to antecedent contraota, thia provision of the law ia void. ' , . . - Defenees at the Golden Oat. San Franoisco, Sept. 27. The Unit ed States engineers in charge of tbe harbor fortifications of San Francsico have directed that a survey be made on tbe shore line on the south aide of the bay, and the Golden Gate, from Black point to Point Loboa. The pur pose of the survey, which hat just be gun and will be -completed a week hence, is to accurately locate the forts for the Information of the war depart ment.' ' Army and nary officers here think the harbor defenses are now sufficient ly well advanced to atand off any fleet that Spain or Japan could put into ac tion here, and they are strong enough with the assistance of the batteriea of the Monterey and Monadnock type and with the aid of torpedoes to make a splendid fight against the best fleet England would be likely to jgend here. I'uuiahment of Kins of Benin. Lagos, West Coast of Africa, Sept. 27. Drunami, the king of Benin, who has been on trial at Benin City since August last, with a number of bis lead ins chiefs, charged with being concern ed in the maasaore of the unarmed ex pedition under Birtish Consul Pbiltipa, has been condemned to be transported to Calabar, a slave settlement of Brit ish West Africa. Three of the king' chief were previously sentenced. Two of them were ahot and their bodies dis played hanging in the streets for 21 hours. The third of these ohiefs es caped a similar fate by committing fili cide.' .. " Typhoid Wlplnc Out a Family. Oreensburs. Ind.. Sept. 27. An un- naiiallv ntoniiar caae of family afflio- tion is reported from Forest Hill. Two weeks ago the eldest Drotner oi jura. Finley Sanderson died of typhoid fever A taw ituva later her mother passed away from the same disease, and the fever claimed her husband last Satur day. Yesterday she herself succumbed to the malady, and now two of Her children are lying at the point of death. Wheeling Carries Diapatchee. Ann Franoisoo. SeDt. 27. The eun- boat Wheeling tailed for Honolulu to- ight. She was obliged to fill vacan cies in her orew by drafting 40 men from the monitor Monadnock. The Wheeling carried dispatches to Hono lulu in advance of the rouglar mail steamer. -' - ' '' Greensburg, Ind., Sept. 27. Charles Gallagher, an aged flagman at a Big Four crossing in this city, waa atruok by an engine and killed. DECISION BY M'KIMEY Mortgage on the Union Pacific to Be Foreclosed. THE COMPANY WILL REOttGASIZE fho Government Will Lose 8omethln( Like Twenty-Five Million In the Transaction. Chicago, Sept. 27 A special to the fribune from Washington says; The Union Pacific reorganization :ommittee proposition for tbe settle ment of the company's debt to the United State . will be accepted, the government mortgage will be fore closed, the road sold and the company reorganized. This statement is made n the highest authority. For aeveral day past the president has bad conferences with the represen tatives of the company and with the tttorney-g neral, and before he left Washington he agreed to the tale of the road and its reorganization upon the basis which the reorganization commit tee suggested. The announcement of the decision may be looked for at an early date. It will come in an order for foreclosure issued by the president to the secretary of the treasury. The agreement to which President McKinley has agreed to give hia sanc tion i the same which was submitted to congress by President Cleveland last January. Under thia agreement the reorganization committee will bid for the road under a foreclosure aale, the sum of $45,000,000. In order to give an intelligible state ment of what this bid will mean to the United States, it ia necessary to enter briefly into the history of the Union Paoiflo obligation to the government The principal debt of the Union Pacific to the United States was ?35, 689,612. A portion of this haa not yet been advanced by the United States. The interest paid . by the governmeat amounts to $86,954,898. The whole indebtedness on the 1st day of July, 1897, was $70,494,405. The sinking fund of the Union Pacific in tbe handB of the treasurer of tbe United States on the same day waa $17,738,209. After deduoting the sinking fund, which ia an asset of the company in the hands of the United States for the puprose of paying the debt of the Union Pacific Company to the government, the sum of $28,015,850 remains to be paid. That i the only turn which the Fitz gerald reorganization committee, as it is known, will be required to pay the government , . The loss to the government is the dif erence between $53,000,000, which is the net amount due the government in round numbers, and the $28,000,000, making a loss of nearly $25,000,000 in round numbers, according to the figur ing of the opponents of the agreement. The agreement for the foreclosure sale also contains a provision for the reorganization of the Union Pacific Bailroad Company and its Kansas Pa cific branch. The reorganization com mittee consists of Louis Fitzgerald, Jacob H. Sehieff, T. Jefferson Coo lidge, jr., Cbauncey M. Depew, Marvin Hughitt and Oliver Ames. The cap italization of the new company under the Fitzgerald plan will be $100,000, 000, 4 per cent bonds, $75,000,000 ol preferred stock and $61,000,000 of com mon stock. FOOD SHORTAGE INEVITABLE. Captain Tuttle'a Report on Condition In the North. Washington, Sept. 27. Captain Tuttle, in command of the cutter Bear, of tbe Behring aea patrol, in a report to the seoretary of the treasury, gives an official account of the rescue of Cap tain Wbitesidea, his wife and a number of the' crew of the steamer Nevarch, which was caught in the ice pack off Icy Cape, July 80, and also reports aa to the condition of affairs at St. Michaels. Tbe Bear reached' St. Michaels Au gust 28, where about 800 miners were found camping on the beach. On ar rival Captain Tuttle received requests from the Alaska Commercial Company and the North American Trading Com pany to remain wtih his command at St. Michael until some means could be devised to maintain law and order. He was Informed that among the Bud den influx of people were many bad characters, and previous to the arrival of tbe Bear, open threats had been made aa to what they would do if the transportation oompany failed to get them up tbe Yukon. This waa impos sible with the means at hand. Captain Tuttle say that navigation would close in a few days and that 12 vessels were then on the way to St. Michaels, the most of them with pas sengers, and he thought if they did not return on the vessels whioh brought them, muoh suffering must result. - The captain decided to comply with the requests which had been made un til Captain Hooper, of the command of the Behring aea fleet, could be com municated with. : ; r In concluding hia report Captain Tutlte saya that in bis opinion the situ ation on the Yukon this winter will be a very serious matter, and in his judg ment the limited supply of food will result in starvation. Taooma, Sept. 27. The ateamship Willamette sailed from Tacoma tonight for Skaguay and way ports. She will carry to the north all tbe freight that can be stored in her hold and piled upon her deck. The deckload com prises 800,000 feet of . lumber. The cargo will amount to 3,900 tons. The tteamer haa 80 head of live stock, com prising cattle, hogs and Bheep. The passenger list from the Sound will number 100 people, moat of whom are tradtrt or tpeculatora. DEATH IN DYEA PASS. Eighteen Packer Barled Under a Mon- ater A.valanohe Port Townsend, Sept. 27. The steam er Pioneer, which left the Sound Sep tember 12 with the bark Shirley in tow for Skaguay, returned at 1 o'clock thia morning, having made the run down in Ko hours. The Pioneer brings down a atory of a mow or landslide between Sheep Camp and Chilkoot pas last Sunday morning in which 18 men are supposed to have lost thier lives; only one body hod been found, that of a man named Choyniki, cousin of JoeChojnski, the prizefighter. Tiie 16 or 18 men suppoed to be lost were packers on the Byea trail, and tbey bad upwards of $30,000 In their possession. V There are many here who do not be lieve the story, as it is very early in the season for snow slide. Officers of the Pioneer say the story was brought to Skaguay Sunday evening by three men, who told it in suoh a thrilling manner as to leave no doubt a to its truthful ness. They described the avalanche aa consisting of rocks, ice and dirt, the mas having been loosened by the re cent unprecedented hard rain which baa been fallling continuously for the past month. All tbe bridges on the Skaguay river have been washed out and tiie river ia raging torrent. : W. W. Sprague, of Tacoma, who started eight week ago with a three years' outfit, returned from Skaguay on the Pioneer. - The steamer Al-Ki, a week overdue from Alaska, arrived this morning at 4 o'clock. She carried a large list of men returning from Skaguay, who were unable to orosa the pass. The snow is rix inches deep at Lake Bennett, and i three inches fell on tbe summit of Chil koot pass last Saturday. -- ... The Story Corroborated. . Port Townsend, Wash., Sept. 27. Captain Keilson, master of tbe tug Pioneer, corroborates the story of the gnowslide, or more appropriately, land slide, in tbe neighborhood of Sheep Camp. Captain Nelson says: "Three men came to Skaguay beach Sunday night with a story that at Sheep Camp that morning at 8:30 o'clock a peculiar aound from the south west side of the mountain was heard, and before the resident of tbe camp could fully dress they found themselves being rapidly borne down the canyon on a mass of moving debris from the mountain aide. Tbe majority of the residents of Sheep Camp escaped, al though the entire town was almost wholly destroyed. : "The slide struck the town in the northern part, where nearly all the packers were quartered in tents and Bleeping the sleep of hard, overworked men. The main part of the slide from the mountain missed Sheep Camp proper, although from the report very little of the town remains. Packers amp was wholly carried away, and it is impossible to learn the full names of the unfortunates, aa they were all known by surnames such as Jack, Jim, Dick, etc. " "The cause of the slide wa reported to be the action of heavy rains on tbe hills where a sort of reservoir waa formed, which body of water forced the land down into the basin below. Never before have such heavy rains been ex perienced by old Indians in the neigh borhood of Chilkoot pass." ' "Yf. W. Sprague, of Taooma, return ing from Skaguay pass, verifies the above report THE UMPIRE CHOSEN. Fifth Arbitrator of the Britlah-Vene-uela Benndary. Washington, Sept. 27. A final de cision has been reached by the arbitra tor who are to determine the Britiah Vei.c?ila boundary line as to the fifth arbitrator, or umpire, who ia to act with him. His name is for the present withheld. It is not Baron Courcel. whose name has been mentioned in this connection, nor King Oscar of Sweden, who was to name the umpire only in case the arbitrators failed to agree. An agreement was reached without the necessity of calling on the Swedish sov ereign. The umpire is an European, but thi i said to be without signifi cance, since no question involving the Monroe doctrine is to be submitted to the tribunal. The arbitrators on behalf of Venezuela are Chief Justice Fuller and Justice Brewer, of the supreme court. . '" -' ' .; A Lltnteck Trant. '.-,' Washington, Sept 24. Assistant At- torney-General Boyd, of the depart-' ment of justice, in charge of the case against the South Omaha Livestock J Exchange, gays he is satisfied the South Omaha exchange was organized on lines similar to those of the Kansas City exchange, which was a few days ago declared a trust by Judge Foster of the United States district court. The suits agalnat Wetsern livestock exchanges begun under Attorney-Gen-, eral Harmon, of the Cleveland admin- i istration, but the present administra tion ia prosecuting them with all pos-' aible vigor. Killed by a Landslide. ' j London, Sept. 27. A private die- i patoh from Rome says that about 40 persons were killed and many others injured by an earth slip at the sulphur minea near Girgentt. Train Plunged Into a Klver. Madras, Sept. 27. Floods have washed away a bridge on the Benga-lore-Mysore railroad nearMaddur. An engine and five oars filled with passen ger were precipitated into the river, causing great loss of life. Gasoline Store Exploded. Chicago, Sept. 27.r-One man was fatally burned and six others persons injured laat night by an explosion of a gasoline stove on Wett Adaoii (treat. NORTHWEST BREVITIES Evidence of Steady Growth and Enterprise. ITEMS OF GENERAL IHTEBEST Cram All the Cities and Town ef the Thriving ftuter (tatoa '.Oregon. Patrick Gibson, a farmer, waa killed by a train near Oregon City. Vale expects to be lighted by electri city by November 15 next. The tmoke from burning forest i again obscuring the atmosphere all along the coast. W. D. Huffman, of Diamond, haa just made a aale of 70,000 pounds of wool at 12 cents. Malheur river farmers are putting up their third crop of alfalfa, and have it mostly in the stack. , s The next reunion of the soldiers and sailors of Southern Oregon will be held in Med ford during September, 1898. The 10th semi-annual meeting of the Oregon State Association of Nursery men will be held in Salem, on Wednes day, October 6. Quail have never been known to be to thick in the vicinity of Ashland for many years, and offer aome good sport for local gunners. . ' Junction City haa a new fire engine, for which it recently paid $1,100. The engine was tested anUthrew a I inch stream 216 feet, and two : 7-8-iuch streams 140 feet each. The enrollment at the deaf-mute school at Salem ia now 80. Of thia number, seven are new pupils. Super intendent Knight expects a total of 60 or more within the next few yeara. The burglar who broke into tbe post office at Echo got $40 in money and aome postage stamps. The money and stamps have been recovered. , They were rolled np by the burglar in au old stocking. The Umatilla county court ha com menced legal proceedings to recover on 28 notes tint were turned over to the county court by the receiver of the de funct Pendleton National bank in set tlement of the county's claim against the bank. ; About the largest yield of wheat yet reported comes from the old Daw place, on the Long Tom. It was Deflanoe wheat and was grown by Frank Bum gardner. Six acres made an aggregate yield of 290 bushels, or 48) bushels per acre. Klamath county farmers are busy harvesting and threshing, and crops are turning out better than waa antici pated. Some crops have yielded enor mously. It ia reported that Shook Bros.' crop of oats in Alkali valley went 766 bushels to tbe acre. ' ; ' Five persons were seriously injured in a .collision at Eagle Point Some miscreant bad picked the switch lock, which let a special go in on the siding, which held a train of loaded logging trucks. The special had been sent with two doctors to attend P. L. Phelan, who had been thrown from a buggy and was seriously injured. " 3. W. Stamper, one of the pioneer of Umatilla connty, ia in hia 73d year, but notwithstanding ho raised 13,000 bush els of wheat this year with the aid of a coy, who worked for him three months only. Mr. Stamper disposed of his wheat at 76 cents a bushel and find himself in very good shape physically as well as financially. Mr. Stamper haa resided for 26 years near Athena. . Washington. The Tacoma school have adopted the vertical system of writing. , . The diphtheria scare in Oakdale ia over, and the two patient are both re covering. Workmen have commenced to stretch the telephone wire from The Dalles to Goldendale. ; . The policemen of Tacoma are circu lating a petition asking the city council for an increase in pay. During August the Whatcom cream sry paid $489.46 for cream and made 8,246 pound of butter. .. The drug store in Elberton, which contain the postoffice, waa burglarized, the safe blown open, and $200 in money and $200 in itamps taken. The robbers left no trace. , ; Sportsmen are shooting Bob White quail, near Walla Walla, contrary to law, and the gun club of Walla Walla will try to put a stop to tbe unlawful destruction of the birds. Press day In Spokane brought over 80 editora of the Inland Empire to Spo kane, the guests of the Fruit Fair As sociation. The Spokane Press Club joined in the entertaining of the visit ors, and showed them the city in all its glory. , Four companies of the Sixteenth in fantry from Fort Sherman, together with tbe regimental heudquarter and band, are soon to take their annual practice march, The march will be by easy stage from Fort Sherman to Deep creek, 15 milea west of 8pokane, and re turn. Passing through Spokane, the troop will go into camp for perhaps a day or two. , "': The North Pacific German mission conference, which was in session in Spokane, waa presided over by Bishop C. D. Foss, of Philadelphia. Tacoma waa chosen as the place for holding next year' conference. President 8. T. Gate has made a thorough inspection of all the minea along the Monte Cristo road. A a re sult, another roaster will be erected beside the two now in use and the one building, and other extensive improve ment will be made at the Everett tmelter.