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1 iiii . VOL. XIX. ST. HELENS, OIlEGON, FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 1902. NO. 15. m . RALPH HARDELOT'S MEDIATION is !S is BY WILLIAM MINTO V 5? s S 5 Ok fc V tv fcv v CHAl'l'KK VI Continual. Ralph accordingly wa brought In between two uieii-at-arm, hi band boun'l behind Mm. ; "Welcome to Sturinore!' ulil the knight. Ralph, look hitz him Impassively In llio face, ituiilu a slight bow. "Ah, by my fulth, most conrtly, We have a high' spirit. We trust your reverence li not much Inconvenienced by this dolour. " "II It please you to play the buf foon, my good nir, " answered Ralph, "I am lit your power. "It grieve mo much to displease you Dut a poor knight must da hie humble duty. We are under strict order to question such a you." t ' "Order from whom? Produce your order, and I will answer any questions yon clioote to put. "Old you not wear yesterday differ ent dress from this In which I have now the honor to tee you?" ' - . "I did." " , "l'lifl ridiculous dreaa of the turbu lent fellow who call themsulve poor priests? lislnli made a gesture of aieent. "We have t!o drew here," aald Nicholas. "We found It In hi wal lut." "Ah!" cried tho knight. "Then It wa your purpose to wear it again? I wa in hoK that you had repented of your folly. I will aak next ou what treasonable errand you were bound?" "I wa bound on no treasonable er rand. Hut I deny your right to ques tion me." "I will answer for my right," laughed the knight, looking round to catch the anawering smile of bia retainer. "Do , you not know that you pour priest, aa you call yournolves, are under Inter dict?" . "I know the irm of the Interdict," eald Ralph coldly. "They give yon no right to seize me on the king' high way, or bring me here for till. mockery of examination." "You will And It no mockery, my mulnpert tir, if your answer do not atisfy me. With what purpose did you travel?" "Show me your autholty to put the queation." "Oh, ho! we atand on nice term of law, do we?" "We do," aald Ralph. The knight laughed mockingly. "My authority la that I have you here, and will keep yon here till you account for yourself in satisfactory manner." "That I authority undiaputable." "I am glad your reverence admit o much. Your reverence may be in a mora teulgn temper a few day hence. Meantime, we will conign you to audi iKxir accommodation a our humble castle ran furnish." "In thi not a mean revenge for knight of your prowee?" aaked Ralph, in a (oiitumptuoua tone. - "I will not bandy word with you. Are you afraid to meet me man to man? ' "Man to man, braggart!" Sir Rich ard' lare was contorted for an instant with paation. "Remn.nlier, I am not your prisoner, Will you dare to meet me alone, with' out your rabble to save you from con sequence beyond your own "atrongth to avert? ' 'The knight gave a coarse, uneasy laugh. "The priest la wondroua val iant. Nay, nay, we have another way of bringing such insolent clerk to or tier. Mcholas, conduct hi reverence to his lodgings." Nicholas stared in mute inquiry, pointing to the prisoner's leg. "Have you. not tongue, doll?" ahoiited the knight. "Shall we bind bis leg?" asked Nicholas, sulkily. "No; we will leave him the use of til leg. He may walk out If ha can." But" began Nicholas. "What means thl dog by his but? Will you take htm away?" Ralph followed his conductor with out a word. A mad impulse to de nounce the brutal tyrant, to spring at him and tear him with hia teeth, mounted for a moment to hla brain; but he was still sufficiently master of himself to keep it down. If all hope was gone, if he . must bear whatever came, butter bear it with foritude and dignity. The lodging to which he waa con ducted was the dungeon of the castle, a dump ground floor, or cellar, on level with the moat. Ralph walked a pace into the dark ness and stood still, while the door waa locked and the creaking bolt shot into their places. Hounds of coarse laughter and retreating footstep came faintly and more faintly through the thick door, and then all was still still and ' dark as the grave. He moved back till hia hands, ' still tied behind him, touched the door, arid lot himself sink down on the damp earth. There was no bitterness in hi re flections now. He frit like one en tombed and at peace, sunk deep be neath the wave after violent and distracting storm, enfolded but not op pressed by a great pall of restful sad ness. He sat for a time as in a trance, and then gradually hi thoughts began to wander back over the event of his past life. But memory 'brought back no poignant foellngs. The event of the last hour or two seemed aa remote and passionless aa the event ot year ago all separated from hi present life by a dark, silent, Impassable wall. Ue accepted hi lot with unqueatlon-1 .. - V " m f r a C 4S f ; E; v tv UV IV Hv w ,,v V' Hk ing faith iu the Eternal Justice. But hi thought ran upon the stirring scene irom whim) tne AU-oipoing power nun wunnrawn tilm. Would men con tinue to stumble on a they were doing. crowding and struggling through their several appointed courses? He had vowed with other to proclaim to a newness generation Christ's clear law of service and elf-sacriflce: would they triumph speedily? How many of them would be erinittod to fail aa he had done before tho great work wa sccom plished? That it would be accom plished In God' good time and way he believed with high and loyal assurance; but ah! how sad it wa to think of the slowness of fulfilment, el the many warm heart and fervent voice that might never be gladdened bv the cer tain consummation of their hopes! Bad, loo, still more profoundly sad, to think of the Iniquities of the world, and the mystery of God' Indulgence of His creature in the open defiance of His 8on' clear law. England a he had known it passed before him a in vision, and high above the crowd of shifting figures he aaw the (tern feature of hi master Wycliffe, and heard a in a dream the tone of hi strong, firm voice denounc ing the sin of the follower of anti christ, the pomp pf prelates, and the sensual vanity of worldly clerk. That voice took him back to the scene of hi first diacipleshfp, and he sat once more on lit bench In the lecture room, pen in band and ink horn at hi girdle, eager to catch words that thrilled in the ear of youth. He sighed to think of that enthurlasni now. Scene after scene of hi past life slow ly unfolded itself under the quickly shifting finger of Momory, all touched ith ineffable sadness. Hi life at Cavondiidi Hall came back, and a keen er thrill went through hla blood aa the riling figure of the girl whom he had worshipped flashed upon hi mental vision out of the dark nous of the past as vividly as if he saw her -with his bodily eye. Hi whole being wa flushed for a moment with wild rapt ure, and he half started from the ground. Rut he sank down again with sigh, and saw the tweet vision re treating, watched with a strange,' and resignation a it brightness became dimmer and dimmer in the distance, making no effort to detain it. For minute or two this tranquil mood lasted, hi heart stirring under ad memorie like a atrlnged instru ment under a gentle, wandering hand. Hut suddenly a harsher note was struck, and jarring vibrations took the place of soft music. What would become of her? How would she fare if ehe fell I again Into the hands of her brutal lord? Thi wa a more disturbing thought and he tried in vain to boat it back by saying to himself that she wis safe in her convent. Why should so fair life have been marred by a union so revolt Ing? A the thought took possession of him, it brought back with it all the in dignation and pity he had felt when first he beard of the ill assorted match, all the agitation in which he. had lived through the preparation for it cele bration. The shroud of resignation in which he had lain before restfully, as it charmed out of all desire to move, waa rent roughly asunder, and he tried in vain to retain his former mood. He could not baniHh from his mind the hideuo apparition of the ruffian knight. It cam between him and his visions of peace like some monstrous harpy, blotting out the sun, fluttering over him with its black wings, clutclv ing at him with oeak and claw. The question why God suffered such men to live forced itself upon his thoughts, and no satisfactory answer came to give peace to his troubled soul. - For moment he lost all (elf control, stamped with insensate fury on the ground, and struck at the door with his heel. CHAPTER VII. Wa it imagination, or did he really bear in the farther corner of the dun' goon, mingling with the heavy, niuflled sounds of his violence, a faint cry like suppressed scream? He caused, and looked and listened Intently, striving to control the wild beating of his heart. He stamped again with all hia force, but nothing wa audible except .the dull thud. He paused and listened, intently. Not a soud was heard; he could hear nothing but the violent beating of his own heart. lie made another stop, with expectation strained to the utmost. The sound of hi foot fell dead; the Hence waa otherwise unbroken. He advanced his foot again, and brought it down with a louder stamp. This time the rustling was distinctly audible: it sounded as if something were trying to pass him by the wall on the right. A horrible suspicion croi-aed his mind, and filled him for an instant with panic. He remembered Nicholas' words "rats and other 'scratching company." hat if he had been shut np with some wild beast! Abominable cruelties were practiced on prisoner in those day. To Incar cerate a man with a lenparJ or a tiger wa not considered tco barbarous a method of taking revenge on a hated enemy. Hucn thing were done. Ralph Hardelot had beard of them, and the suspicion that this might be his fate filled him with momentary horror and dismay. But it was only for a moment that bis heart teemed to stop. Another mo ment and he hurled himself with fierce resolution at the spot from which the rustling had proceeded. ' Ji encountered nothing bnl the wall. He impinged on thi with hi snoui'ler, having Instinctivoly turned hia right side to the unknown danirer. He could no longer doubt that there wa some living thing in the cell with him. A it rushed iwiftly out of hi way ne nad almost touched it. and he oould hear it taking refuge at the other and of the coll. liut having only the sound to guide hi judgment, be wa utterly at a loss to divine what it wa that fled from him. "My God! , my God!" he cried "would that my hand were free;" and saying this, and trying with alt hi might to break the cord, or wrench his hands out of them, he advanced again upon the mysterious companion oi ma imprisonment. The few ray of light that atruggled through the crooked aperture revealed no outline in the darkness of the don' geou. Rut the creature had now sta tioned itself at the tar end directly op posite the light, and a Ralnh ad vanced, straining hia vision to pene trate the gloom, he became aware of faint gleam from two eye in the dis tance. He wa now able to interpret the rustling. -"If you are human." he cried, in voice strangely unlike hi own, "if you are human, speak!" No answer was returned. "Hpeak!" be cried aguin, advancing. i win know what yon are.' It wa a woman' voice that anwer- ed, but the tone were deep and menac ing. "You dare not! I aca not human!" Then what are you? I will know." He advanced another stop I am a fiend! If you dare te come nearer I will tear yon in pieces! Yes, will tear yon in pieces!" There waa a touch of frenzied terror in the voice, which belied the ferocity of the word; and there wa telltale rustling too, as If the speaker were shifting ground and preparing again to rush paBt. "If you are a poor prisoner like my self." said Ralph, in a voice new re lieved from the distortion produced by the darknes and exciting mystery of the situation, "have no fear, I will not harm you. Rut tell me who it I that speaks to me? There Is something in that voice that I should know. But it cannot be! Oh, Ood, it can never be I' "Ralph!" gasped the voice ont of the darkness in an agony of astonishment. Is it you?" The answer was a groan. He (tag- gored heavily against the wall On, Ralph!? Is it youT I it you? Oh, the horror of this place! Hpeak again. I It you? Let me hear you again 1. Where are yon? Let me come to you, Ralph!" "Clara, my darling," he half sobbed In reply. "Ha heaven no pity? .It cannot be that she is in hi power. It is not possible. It is tome hideout mockery ot her voice, tent here te tor ture m. Cruelty ot belli bow can God nffer it? 'Ralph, Ralph" the voice anwsered "I am here, alas! In very truth. It is no mockery. My love, where are you? I cannot see you in thi horrible dark' ness! Oh, let me come near you! Ralph, speak again, where are yon?" "Here," he answered, in a calmer voice, making an effort to master the oppresson of the despair forced upon him by the frightful discovery that Clara was hia companion lit captivity The shock of the discovery, joined with his knowledge ot hia own utter helpless ness, was overwhelming at first. His own fate he could ler with resigna tion, but that she should be treated with uch barbarous inhumanity tore his heart with pity. And he was pow. erless to help her. (To t continued) Incoiuidustt Nthtr. "I think papa is just aa mean a he can be!" asserted the little one with indignation. "Why?" asked her mother, la ur prise. "Oh. he can never toll anything about the changes in the weather," waa the reply,. "Why doesn't he get the rheumatism, like Lucy Miler't father?" Wstch th HumoriiL "The features of 'the hntran face," said Mark Twain, the other day, "can readily be compelled Into a kaledoscope of contortions, running the gamut irom the expression of intense delight to the exnresison of excruciating agony. 100 will never wholly realize this, however, until you have the opportunity of watching a humorist in the throes ot turning out a 'side splitter.' " Seemed to Need It Mora. "What are you doing here?" nld the woman to the tramp that had got over the wall just in time to eacape'the bull dog. "Madam," he said, with dignity, I did intend to request somethin' to eat, but all I now ask is that, in the interest of humanity, you'll toed that dog." In Dog Dsy. "I notice you've got your summer pants on," remarked the dog fancier. "Yes," gas pea we exnausiea. terrier, "buttheyr'e not loud; certainly not as loud as some of this season' flan nels." . 'True. Nevertheless, what you need is muzxlin." Philadelphia Pres. Padrone In Philippine. All employment of natives in the Philippines in on the padrone system. No American can walk out and Dire a dozen Filipino to go to work for him ; he must instead arrange with a "bosa" and on a commission for so much labor. This it the Philippine tubstitute tea trade unionism. Preez Their Soups. ' Traveler in Eastern Siberia carry soup in sacks. They are frozen solid as stone and keep indeflntely. Milk also i frozen and, sold by the pound. EVENTS OF THE DAY FROM THE FOUR QUARTERS OF THE WORLD. 4 Compreheaslv Review of th Important Happenings of th Part Week, Prctentcd In a Candenjcd Form,' Which It Most Likely t Prove ef Interut to Our Many , Reader. The senate i working on the oleo margarine bill. An Alabama negro was lynched for the assault of little white girl. An agent of the Southern China reb el lias arrived in thi country to buy arms. Governor General Wood, of Cuba, is being talked of a a successor to Gen eral Mile. An ex-premier of Japan say hi country I not going to have any trouble with Russia. A Kansas postoffice robber ha been captured on the Pacific coast after a chase of over 5,000 miles. The in ineworkers association of Penn sylvania has issued an ultimatum, and if it is not accepted by the mine owners a repetition of the 1900 strike will oc cur in the anthracite region. A man ha been arrested in Wiscon sin tor burglary who confesses that he is an anarcbiflt and that he tied the handkerchief over the hand of Czoleosz just prior to the shooting of McKinley. Cholera ha broken out at Manila. A coal miners' strike in Virginia and West Virginia is probable. A hardware trust has been formed with a capital of $30,000,000. A combine is being formed in New York which, if completed, will control the entire nickel output of the world. The new Chinese exclusion bill con tains a clause which will prevent China from participating in the Bt. Louis fair. The Canadian Pacific freight sheds at Winnipeg were burned, together with all freight records for the past 22 year. losi, llou.UUU, The senate passed the war revenue repeal bill. The house ha passed the rivers and harbor bill. President Roosevelt will retire Gen. Mile in the near future. The bill for the protection of the president baa passed the senate. The anthracite coal miners of Penn sylvania have demanded an eight h"ur day. Another delay in the ratification of the Danish treaty by the Danish gov ernment hit been brought about by the opposition. Large holding in the Rock Island have been purchased by the Harriman interests and now that road will not be extended to the coast. An Inventory of Col lis P. Hunting ton's estate shows it to be worth about $2,000,000. William J. Bryan celebrated his 42d birthday by moving onto hi farm near Lincoln, Neb. Anthracite coal miners of Pennsyl vania are on the eve of another strike. The trouble ia over the wage scale. Governor Brady, of Alaska, has asked congress to appropriate $100,000 with which to represent Alaska at the Bt. Louis exposition. A resolution ha been Introduced in the senate .thanking Rear Admiral Kempff for refusing to join the allied forces in the bombardment of the forts atTaku, China. It is understood that the president is considering the appointment of ex-Senator Wolcott, ot Colorado, to succeed Secretary of the Interior Hitchcock, who will retire from the cabinet, Fire on the Hoboken, N. J., water front caused a loss of $1,000,000. Ex-President Cleveland celebrated his 66th birthday on the 18th inst. First Assistant Postmaster General Johnson has resigned onacconut of poor health. Joseph H. Manley has been offered the position of first assistant postmaster general. lhe senate is working on the meas ure for the protection of the president against anarchists. King Edward has made arrangements to feed 500,000 of the poor of London during coronation week. The state asylum for deaf and dumb at Jackson, Miss., was totally destroyed by fire. Los, $40,000. Prince Henry ha landed on German oil. The senate ha passed the ship sub sidy bill. The house is working on the rivers and harbor bill. In a collision at Milwaukee between passenger train and street car 10 per son were injured. Governor Taft, testifying before the house insular committee, denied reports that Filipinos are cowardly. The Pennsylvania management con templates a new union station tor Chi cago, to cost, with terminal facilities, $10,000,000 to $15,000,000. William Hoey, for many years' gen eral superintendent of the Adams Ex press Company, committed suicide at New York while temporarily insane from illneat. ARMISTICE 18 IN . EFFECT. No Fighting for Tim Between Britiih aad Boert Negotiation Under Way. London, March 26. The Daily Chronicle thi morning assert that an armistice ha been arranged pending the duration of Schalkberger' mission to General Dewet, and that offensive operations against Dewet, Delarey and Botha have been suspended. The three generals have agreed to observe the armistice honorably until the return of the envoys to the Boer line. It is be lieved, continue the Daily Chronicle, that the envoys, after acquainting Botha with the result of their mission. will again confer with Lord Kitchener, although no arrangement for a second con fei once ha actually been made. How Anuterdam Explains It, Amsterdam, March 20. It la believed in Boer circles here that the action of Acting President Schalkberger i the result oi a communication from the Boer representatives in Europe, An ex-member of the Transvaal govern ment said tonight; "Alter the exchange of the Dutch- English notes a conference was called for February 3. Thi conference was attended by Mr. Kruger, Dr. Leyds and tne delegates, and it was decided " to send six emissarie to South Africa bv different routes with, dispatches for Steyn and Schalkberger. givinu them a detailed account of the situation. One of these agents ought to have arrived about this time. Documents lately re ceived from Schalkberger Indicated that peace terms had been recently issued by the leaders in South Africa, but the leaders declared they could not accept anything less than the terms demanded at Middleburg by General Botha, Feb ruary's, 1901, and especially the point of complete amnesty for Cape rebels, because the greater part of the com mandos actually in arms are composed oi (jape insurgents. "' "The fact that the Boers in the field are inclined to compromise their de mands for absolute independence," .con. tinued the speaker, "seems to be indi cated by the plan Schalberger has out lined for the government of industrial centers. This consists of a British board of administration, with propor tional representation.",- . , PHILIPPINE MINERAL LANDS. Senate Committee Agrees on plan for Theb . Dbpoul. Washington, March 28. The senate committee on the Philippines today accepted the report of the subcommit tee, consisting of Senator McComas, Deitricb and Rawlins, appointed to pre pare a plan for disposing of the mineral lands -in the Philippine islands, and prescribing the conditions of mining in those islands, and the plans suggested will be adopted as a subntitute for the portion of Senator Lodge's bill dealing with this subject. The substitute adopts the British American system of not permitting the locator of a lode claim to go outside his boundaries vertically extended. The locator of a lode or vein is allowed to enter a tract ot land 1,000 feet square and he is required plainly to mark his claim with posts. Kec ml of claims is to be made with the secretary of the province in which they may be located Io one person is to be allowed to make more than one location on the same lode, and the surface land and the timber are to be used only for the de velopment of the lode. It is required that not less than $100 worth of work shall be done on a claim each year. To secure a patent on a claim $500 worth of work must -be done. Placer claim are to be limited to 20 acres of land for individuals, and 160 acres for associations, and authority is given to enter petroleum or building stone land under this provision. En tries of coal lands to the extent of 1C0 acres are authorized. PHILIPPINE COMMERCE. Latest Reports Show An Increase In Imports and Exports. Washington, March 26. The insular division of the war department has pre pared for publication a comparative statement showing tlie commerce of the Philippine islands for the nine months ended September 30, 1901, and 1900. The total value of merchandise im ported during the nine months ended September 30, 1901, was $21,818,212, against $17,187,991 for the correspond ing period of 1900; and the exports of merchandise amounted to $18,806,798, against $17,883,200 for 1900. These figures Bhow an increase of 27 per cent for the imports and 6 per cent for the exports during the nine months. Gold and silver were imported during the nine months of 1901, to the value of $2,082,644, for the same period of 1900, $2,363,291; exported during the 1901 period, $736,167; corresponding period of 1900, $2,222,087. The value of merchandise coming from the United States for the nine months ended September 30, 1901, was $2,712,190, an increase of $1,140,218 over the corresponding period of 1900, while the exports for the period of 1901 amounted to $2,737,059, an increase of $629,534. Trains Meet in a Fog. Youngstown, O., March 26. In a head-on collision between freight trains this morning on the Pittsburg, Youngs town & Ashtabula division of the Pitts burg, Fort Wayne & Chicago road, four men were killed and three injured. The trains crashed together in a heavy fog, completely wrecking both engines and piling the cars up. The cause of the wreck is not yet determined. The engineers on both train state that they bad orders to go ahead. NEWS OF THE STATL ITEMS OF INTEREST FROM ALL PART8 OF OREGON. . Commercial and Financial happening of La. portancc A Brief Review of th Growth and Improvement! of th Many Indtutrlc Throughout Our thriving OmsMflwtabh Uttst Market Report.. The Weston brickyard, the principal industry of the town, has again re sumed operation. The Columbia River Development Uompanv, of Arlington, ha filed arti cle of incorporation. Capital, $500, 000. . The settler rates given by the rail roads are bringing many new arrival from the East daily, who are buying homes in various part of the state. , The Baker City it Snake River rail road, with headquarters at Baker City. has filed article of incorporation. Its object ia to build a railroad from Baker City northeasterly to the mouth of Squaw creek, on the Snake river. Cap ital stock, $2,600,000. i Regarding the recent decision of the interior department vesting authority to grant grazing permits in the Cascade reseive in the ercutive committee of the Oregon Woolgrowers' association, satisfaction is generally expressed, and the move was considered a judicious one by the sheepmen who attended an informal meeting of the association in The Dalles last week. Republican county conventions and primaries were held in a number . of counties Saturday. In the Second con gressional district the fight between Moody and Williamson was the chief issue. Results seem to have left the contest in as great doubt aa ever. Moody appears to have the best of it in Baker county, and Williamson in Union. Wheeler and Gilliam are tor Williamson and Sherman for Moody Columbia county is said to be mostly for the Wasco county man. Clatsop will go for the man from Crook. For governor, Geer has carried a number of counties, and Furnish is in favor in Eastern Oregon. In many of the more important counties, however, the dele gations are noncommittal. Coca county Prohibitionist have placed a ticket in the field. The district convention of Christian Endeavor societies of Lane and Douglua counte will meet in Engene March 21 Of the 41 -delegate sent to the Wheeler connty Republican convention, 23 are for Moody and 18 for William eon. The Polk county Prohibitionist will hold a convention in Dalla April 5, for the purpose of placing a full county ticket in the field. The board of directors of the Florence school district have decided to extend the school term one month, making the closing of seven months of school on April 18. Continued heavy rain in Southern Uregon have kept an abundant snnnh of water in all the ditches, allowing the hydraulic placer mining operation t continue in full blast throughout the Josephine mining district. It is esti mated that the output will be 50 per cent greater this year than in any sea son past. PORTLAND MARKETS. Wheat Walla Walla. 63Xffl64c bluestem,66c; Valley, 6465c. Barley Feed. $20(321.: brewing. fzicszi.bu per ton. Oats No. 1 white, tl.1531.22X: gray, l.loi.Z0. Flour Beet grades. t2.80a3.40 per oarrei; graham, $2.5002.80. Millstuffs Bran. $18 per ton: mid dlings, $20; aborts, $20; chop, 10.00. Hay Timothy. $12ai3: clover. 1 7.ou8; Oregon wild hay, $56 per ion. - Potatoes Best Bnrbanks, $1.1001.30 per, cental ; ordinary. 7080c per cen tal, growers' prices jsweeta, $2.252.60 per cental. Buttei- Creamery, 26330c; dairy. ieigzzjsc; store, I3ai6. Eggs 14c for Oregon. Cheese Full cream, twins. 13(3 134c; Young America, 14315c: fac tory prices, ll)ic less. Poultry Chickens, mixed, $4.00(3 5.00; hens, $5.006.50 per dozen, 11 1Z4C per pound;springa.ll(311c per pound. $34X per dozen ; ducks, $56 per dozen; turkeys, live. 12(313c. dressed, 14 16c per pound; geese, $6X (S i per dozen. Mutton Grose, 4c per pound: dress ed, 77Xc per pound. Hogs Gross, 6c; dressed, GX7c per pound. Veal 88X for small; 77X for large. Beef Gross, cows, 3?i4c; steers, 44Xc; dressed, 6X7Xo per pound. Hops 12 13c per pound. Wool Valley, 13(3 16c; Eastern Ore gon, 812Xc; mohair, 2121X per pound. About 32,000,000 ton of water roll over the cliff at Niagara every hour. It takes the constant labor of 60,000 people to make matches for the world. From a twenty-year-old mulberry tree 218 pounds of leaves can be plucked yearly for feeding silkworms. - Hop growing has so greatly Increased in the United States that last year! z-u,uvju pickers were employed to strip 72,000,000 bop vines. j . REFORMERS BACK OF IT. - Revolution la Souther China is Serious and Spreading Rapidly. Victoria, B. C, March 25. Accord-'. ing to the advices received by the two Oriental inert which arrived here to day, the reformers are at the back ot ' the big revolution in South China,' which ia a widespread and terio-i movement. Coincidental ly, reports ceme from Kansu and Mongolia, in the northwest, of outbreak fomented by Tung Fu Hsien, an ex-Boxer, aided by Mongolian prince. The Nang corre spondent of the Shanghai Mercury says that 10,000 rebels have massed at that city to move on Kwang SI town. , From Shanghai come new of excite ment over the decision of Germany to maintain her garrison there, which means that France, Britain and Japan will also be obliged to have garrison there, and Shanghai will become aa in ternational garrison town. The Shanghai Mercury say that be fore bis death. Li Hum Chans nrvwn - dered full privileges to Russia in Man churia, and the negotiations now going en are said to be a blind to hoodwink lival powers. The Mercury say that . had Li not died, hia adhesion to Rna ia policy would have involved China in war. - - Anxiety at Waihingtaa. Washington, March 25 The situa tion in Southern China a attracting the anxiety of the state department offi cials, who are in no mood to become again involved in that quarter of th world. The latest advice to the Henart. ment from the seat of trouble were con tained in a cablegram received here from United State Consul McWade, at Canton, dated March: 18, saying: "Viceroy report rebellion in Kwang Si almost crushed." Thi ia not borne oot by the pre advice of later date, hence the anxiety of the officii. ChiiMM Rebel- Capture a Town, Hong Kong, March 25. The rebels have captured the prefectural town ot Kan Chou, in the province of Kwant? Tung, and have seized the arsenal and granaries. The Mandarins of the garri son fled and appealed to Canton for re inforcements. The viceroy of Cantor. replied that it was impossible further to deplete the Canton garrison, and urged General Ma to make the ntmmt effort to put down the rebellion. STRICKEN FROM THE BILL. Houh Committee Rejects Clans Prohibiting , - employment ef UiiaM Sailors, Washington, March 25. By an al most unanimous vote the house com mittee on foreign affairs struck out of the Mitchell-Kahn Chinese exclusion bill the paragraph prohibiting ships flying the American flag from employ ing Chinese sailors, under $2,000 pen alty for each offente. This provision has proved one of the chief sources ot controversy over the bill The senator and representatives ftom the Pacific coa.-t states regard this provision as the most important. The main argument leading to ttrik ing out the provision wa that the American ships on th Pacific comiete with Engli-h and Japanese lines, and that the latter ships would Indirectly receive a great advantage in continuing the employment of Chinese at $7.60 per month, whereas the "American ships would have to pav about $30 per month for white sailors. Representative Kahn. of California. has talked with Speaker Henderson aa to the exclusion bill when it reaches the house, and it is understood that while Mr. Kahn consider the sailor' clause most important, he will not in sist upon it to the extent of jeopardis ing the entire exclusion measure. Cholera in Manila. Manila, March 25. The board of health is making a strong effort to pre. vent the spread of cholera. There have been 16 cases and 15 death among the natives in two days, and other natives are suspecetd of having contracted the disease. The importation of vegetable matter from China is prohibited; in spection camps are being established in every district, and leaflets are pub lished advising the people to boil their drinking water before using it. Fi nally, every one is nrged to co-operate in the destruction of this' dangerous en emy. Will Ght Bozeman Library. Bozeman, Mont.. March 24. Word has been received from Andrew Carne gie, who wili furnish Boaeman with free public library, provided the city is willing to support the institution at not less than $1,500 a year. The library i to cost $15,000. Troops for Coronation. New York, March 25. It i atated. say a London dispatch to the Tribune, that there will be 2,500 colonial troop in London for the coronation. Practi cally every colony will be represented. Destroyer Barry Launched. Philadelphia, March 25 The Barry, tne third of the series of torpedo boat destroyers which have been built lor the United States government by Betie Jk Levay, has been launched. Mis Charlotte Barnes, a descendant of Com modore Barry, after whom the craft is named, chrixtened the boat. " The little fighter had Bteara op when the launch- ing toon place and took a short tpiq down the Delaware river.