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OREGON T. vol. xxii r. HT. HE LION 8, OlllSMON, Fit 1 1) A V, MIS NEWS OF JE WEEK n a Condensed Form lor Our Busy Readers. HAPPENINGS OF TWO CONTINENTS A Rewros) of the Lest Important but Nut Leu lntrtlng Events of the Pat W..k. Tlia Moroccan conference la rapidly ipproechlng mi agreement. New York Republicans will ark Charles K. Hughes Ui tun (or gover nor. ' The senate committee nn public lamia ha had a new limber law referred to tlirlll, Talt ays tha government iaii Ilia cost ul General Wood's trip around tha wurld. Standard Oil official are giving At torney General Hadley, ot Missouri, all tha evidence ha ask. fun? Nnw York firemen lust thair live wlilla attempting la tava Uvea (ioiii a burning lartory. t'liumilwiloner of Corporation Gar Held ha agent at work In Kn ruruiK liiloriiatliin relative to the working ul tha (ill trust. Governor Curry, who wa he.leved to hare Inn raptured by Pulajsne in tha Philippine, I alive anil say ha will belli eiteriiiliiate tha Imaehrrou native. An explosion In tha powder room o( nna ul tha taritmt " ml lira at Cilpple Crw'k wrecked lha mine bulbil igs Two bundled man had narrow e,w (rum death. A ronslrucllon train on tha Chicago A NirthwMtrn railroad want through a bridge 20 wile weal ol Casper, Wy. inn in it. Nina man ara kiviwn to have lost their live and St other were in jurd, aiinia fatally. J. I'. Morgan ha Hod Italy In lear ol esevslimtion. Carnegie (avora a reform In tha pell lug of tha Kngllsh language. Tha rtar'l aaid to t paving tha way lor a constitutional monarchy. Representative l-amlls, of Indiana, ha a plan fr raform in government printing. ItuMia haa openly dectared (or France In lha Moroccan dispute and Germany In. raised a protect. lliary wind atormi along tha Atlant ic hava damaged (hipping and lessened tli chances ol saving vessel which want aahura during receul atorui. C. K. Grunsky, ronsnslllng engineer of Ilia Reclamation service, ha mada an adverse report on lha I'alotiaa trrt gatlnn project, aaylng lha coal la to ex-t-reaiva. John D. RorkeMlet lia given II to a. New Jersey hospital In tha name ol hi grandson. Tha ama mail contain ed a gilt Irom Mr. Marahall Field, Jr., (or 1100. Capital!! hava purchased tha .ila and huilding of the lwl and Clark 'air and.wlll aava tha building from further dmtrticlionh for turn in housing large mannfacturing plant. Governor I'attlaon, of Ohio, I Im proving, An alliance of Rrllaln, Franca and jjusaia i proposed, Tha I mine in Japan grows a one and die follow hunger. Anthracite coal oeitor hava split on tha wags scale to ha paid miner. Ileney aaya lritol charge ara base lea nd Itriatol will retain hi office. Twenty-six miner perished In the Century coal rnliie disaster in Weal Virginia, The Interstate Commerce commission is invest irallng underbllllng fraud by hipper. It I claimed that only the detail nf the Algttcirs conference remain to ha settled. Roosevelt I ciedlled with solving tha problam. Attorney General llailley, ol Mi ourl,ha railed a truce on Rockefeller whilo the latter insy visit hi new grandson, Hadley y h cn get all tha evidence he need without John I), anyway. The government ha given Hermann a bill of particular concerning the bit ter book destroyed, but hi lawyer continue to delay the trial. The German army I reported ready lor war, RusrIr Ii on the eve of another rebel outbreak. Roosevelt hai proposed a compromise In the Moroo-an question which doe not please France. Jmia A. Fee may be appointed United State district attorney lor Ore gon II Bristol lose out. The condition of Governor rattlson, of Ohio, Is grave. A Rnnwslida killed six miners near Grmilte, Colorado, It la now generally admitted that he tweeu 40 and 60 persons lost their live In the recent Denver & Rio Grand wreck In Colorado. Tho sldewhrel steamef Olympian, wliluh whs being towed Irom Ban Fran cUco to New York, was wrecked In the btraits of Magellan. OUR TRADE WITH CANADA. Qrowth Has Been Enormous, Despite Attempted Reduction. "A'ashliigton, March 27. Trsds ol the United Hlate. with Canada In the fiscal year 1006 aggregated 1202.8411.. 21.1, glnt HU,42,0ue in 1806, ac cording to a bulletin Issued by the de partment of C!omraen snd Labor. It shows that In tha years from 1876 to IM116 our trade with Canada Increased $07,000,000, and from IMU6 to 1006 it Increased I M. 000,000. The larger portion of this growth has been on the eiport side. The Import Increased from 127,807,815 In 1876 to tl2,4Mtl,4.12 In 1005, and esport ad- vancml from 134,547,210 In 1875 to $M0,62U,AH1 In 1006. "Tills rapid growth In trade relation with Canada," aay the bulletin, "is vle-ially Interesting in view of the varying conditions to which commerce with ('snails has been snbjected. Dur ing the period from 1H66 to 1808 a re ciprocity treaty was in force between ('snail and the United Htatea. but in the the latter year It wa determined, so that commerce between the two countries was unaffected by special trade airaiiaemenla until Aoril. 1SHK. lien the United Hlate wa placed at a sbglit disadvantage compared with the United Kingdom, product Irom that country entering tha Dominion of Canada being admitted, by pecial ar rangement, al a reduction ol 12S per rent ol the tariff levied oo Import Irom other countries. "August 1, 1808, th redaction of British products was increased to 26 per cent, and on July 1, 1000, wa still further increaaml to S3H per cent. IVsplte three advantegee In favor of good entering Canada from the United kin-dum, eiporta to Csnada from that country grew Irom 120.743,712 In 18 7 to I.Mi.t',(KI,&Ml In 1004, while ei ports Irom the I'nlud Htates grew from l'4,028,NJ5 In IH07 to 1140,620,681 io lOttS." The errentage of Imports to Canada from the United Htates in 1006 wa nil h and from the United Kingdom 24 per cent. MISERY OF STARVING. Japanese Live on Flour Mixed With Straw and Weeds. Tokio, March 27. The misery and ittfinriiig iu the famine district ha liven slightly relieved by the prompt and liberal aid from foreign source ml the abatement of the rigots ol winter. The local authorities are try ing to provide work tor the ablebodied, hut the extent ol the work is inade- t'ite, and tens ol thousands ara still on the verge of starvation. Manv parents are parting with their children, sending them to the already crowded Okararna orphanage. Heveral children ate quartered at the Ueyno railaay station tn Hits city. Among tlimi waa a uirl 6 veers old. who wa found treasuring a package of dirty old newspaper, (in elimination tha pack age ass found to contain a (Hiatal card, vith Ihe sildrm ol the narenla of th child, whohadbfwu told to mail the card upon her arrival at her destina tion. The severity of the suffering un dergone by the children I clearly de nlcinl in the facea of those who are compelled to part from their borne, where the food consists ot Hour nniisi with straw and went. Th mixture Is beaten flue, forming a pasU, which contains only 25 per cent actual food value. The envernment has remitted the losmt ! in the famine district, but this wilt not afford Immediate relief. The liherel contributions from Ameri can are already effective, snd the re lief in the form ol mod ami doming is commanding the heartleit apprecia tion. for aid I nresenterd hy the sufferer Irom the earthquake In Forjnosa, hundred of whom are The local government it busy providing lood, caring lor the In ..I nnvrini and removing corpse, several hundred ol which are b tried under the debris. San Jacinto In Danger. March 27. A dispatch to the Times Irom Han Jacinto, Ca)., a: liaglng down Its course in the maddest fury known In 25 years, the Hun Jacinto river threaten great dam age to the town of Kan Jacinto, to ihe extensive ramih'ng region near by and to many other placea oown me veuey. Itridge have boon washed away, lands have I sen Hooded, and it hi been only -.iti. ti,. unittmit difflcnltv that the water have been prevented Irom sweeping; through the main street ol Hun Jacinto and entailing Heavy toss. Ship Afire Hits Rocks. a, T..l.. K V Mart-h 97 After being In peril from Are at sea and man aging by desperate efforts to reach this port in the midst of a k' nd bllml i ........ II, Itritish fraiirht 1 II K BIIOW ' " steamer Titania struck a submerged rock In entering the naroor laie iasv ...i., iwila torn in her hull, and today' He on tha beach, where she was put to prevent stnaing. ine.nro ... cargo of the midship hold I Hill burn ing florttely. Fir Detroyed Eleven Buildings. ,.- ......m V ft.. March 27. A i.. -.1.1.. i, .i.ri.l in tha Frank Thorn- ton Dry Goods company's store lat nii,t. In the center of the city, de stroyed 11 buildings. Loss, 1300,000. No one was ktlieu, uui ..-.-were Injured. OREGON STATE ITEMS OF INTEREST 8TUPIDITY OF CANDIDATES. Aspirants for 8tata Leglslatlv Honors Show Great Density. Balern Men who seek to be lawmak ers or Judges have the 'greatest trouble in preparing their primary petitions In such maimer as to comply with th provisions of th direct primary law. If It wore not cruel unkindnesa to those who aspire to these high and Im portant ofllce, many stories could be told of the great dltlicolty some of them have bad In understanding the law and complying with its terms. One candidate for the circuit bench has propounded a simple queation con cerning the requirement nf the law. and has volunteered his own opinion ss to its meaning, whereas the law itself contains a plain and unequivocal pro vision directly at variance with his views. Hhould he have as gieat diffi culty in understanding the law after he secured a place on the circuit bench, there will be plenty ol cause for ap peal to the Hupreme court. Heven time Hecretary of State Dun bar ha been compelled to write to one man regarding the manner of preparing hi )Ut!on, arl, that man want to come to Halem and help make law lor tha Hate of Oregon. There 1 (till a possibility that bs will not get hi paper drawn in lubitantial compli- snc with the law and will be abut out ol the privilege of being a candidate In the primaries. Petitions are now being rushed to the cilice of the secretary of Htate and lh clerk in that department are being kept busy early and late checking up the papers, to see that they contain the required number of names, from the pecifled number of counties and pre cincts. March 80 Is' the last day upon which nominating petitions can be filed for places on tne primary billot. Demo crats expres the (ear tint some of their candidate will not get their petitions completed hy that time. Roads Over Umatilla Reierve. Pendleton Agitation continued for years for public roads acroe the Uma tilla reservation will at last be success ful. Under an act of congress, public roads may lie laid out across a reserva tion in Ihe same manner a elsewhere, except that the road haa to be approved hy the department. In the past it has been held that the county had no rights upon the reservation, and consequently the use of the roads has been at the pleasure ot the Indiana. For several years the taking of sheep across the re serve has been prohibited. Favorable Weather Follows Freeze. The lallea Weather conditions are tha most favorable since the recent freexe, and farmers generally believe that their grain that was froxen will come out all right. In a few places, directly exposed to the east winds, the grain will have to tie reeown, bnt It is believed that a very great percentage of the fall sown grain will make an aver age crop, or belter, as the weather since the thaw haa been cloudy and light rains have prevailed. Abandon Cascade Road. Albany Charles AHschul, represent ing the Willsmette Valley & Coast Cat cade Mountain Wagon Koad company, ba untitled comity clerk B.M.Payne that the company will abandon the road serosa the Cascade mountains and will not be responsible hereafter for repairs or lor accidents on the road. As a result, a number of men here are taking steps to file nn some of the lands of the company's land grant under the timber and stone act. The road was built a third of a century ago. Josephine Farmers Talk. Grants Pass Farmers living in the Applegate valley hava formed a tele phone company to ba known as the Applegate Valley Te'ephone company. Arrangements have been made with the Pacific States Telephone company by whlcli the can connect with the latter company's lines in Grants Pass. Farm ers living around Merlin, down Kogne river and on Jump-off-Joe will have a meeting In few days to form a com pany to run a line from those sections to Giants Pass. Old Deed is Filed. A A dH.l haa been recently filed (or record here that was made be fore Oregon was a state. It wa signed lor T,,K Pnsnll and Anna Powell. No vember 25, 18fi8, and acknowledged be fore Jacotr Bnoilerly, a justice oi ue peace. It wa written with a quill on turn sheet ot tianer. now yellow and dimmed. Powell was pioneer minis- ter, and has many aascenuams in uuu county. Material for Central Rrilway. La Grande A carload of plows, ..,.., n,t otlmr tools tor sradlus have been received at Union for use in woik for the Central railway ol Oregon. Some of the Eastern partie Interested tn iii wtrin rallwav enterprise have also arrived at Union and their pres ence Is accepted as tne signal ior ine commencement of sctlve operations. Oregon Horses for Japan. John Day Henry Trowbridge and 0. 1. Oilloer, stockmen of the Ixee conn try, have purchased a band of 100 horses for a contract of Seattle shippers with the Japanese government. The horses are all young gelding, Irom 15 to 15 X hands high, and without blem ish. From $40 to (60 per head was paid. POPULATION DECREASES. Inaocurata Work by Assessors In Tak ing Census. Salem According to county assess ors' returns already examined the total population ol Oregon wilt be less than that given by the Federal census of 1000. In many Instance the returns show on their face that no attempt was made at accuracy, and this lack of care Is of ucb a nature that Secretary of State Dunbar will hardly be able to cossplete the tabulation of the state census of 1006 until some time this fall, possibly not before next winter. There was no appropriation made to provide extra help to do this work, con sequently it must be done by the regu lar ofllce force. The primary and gen eral elections furnish all the watk the employe of the ollice can handle for soma time to come. It will bs neces sary to work overtime to tabulate the returns ol the primary election, and to get the oflicial ballot out for the June election. The census returns In many instan ce were not properly extended. It will be necessary to go over all the papers and check them np, a slow and tedious process. With the present help, it will require weeks, and possibly months, to tabulate the returns properly. Buy!ng Timber for Speculation. Kugene One ol the largest timber land transactions in this vicinity is re ported to have been consummated, wherein the Olean Land company, of Olean, N. Y., lias secured 15.000 acres of timber in the vicinity of Gate creek. Beside this large tract, the same com pany is negotiating for several other bodies of good timber along the Mc Kenxie river, aggregating probably 26, 000 acres or more. It is satd the pur chasing company has no Intention ol cutting the tin; lie r from these lands, but is buying for purposes of specula tion and will hold for an advance in price. Electric Line in Six Months. Astoria W. L. Dudley, promoter of ttiA momiM.fl nlM-tiie linn tw.tvMn this city and Seaside, ass here a few days ago ana says me line win De compieiea and in operation within six month if the material is delivered within the specified time. He rays permission from the government to build the hrlfttm mmmm YnmiiFa liftv hum rieon an cured and the contract for the steel draw, as well as for 1,600 tons of 60 pound itee! rail have been awarded The rail are to be delivered within 00 day. Find Indian Burying Ground. The Dalle Workmen clearing off a lot In tha southern part of the city, belonging to M. J. Anderson uncovered an old Indian burying ground, and ex humed the skeleton ol seven braves, together with trinkets that had been buried with them, including s large number ol elks' teeth. Mr. Anderson will have the bones and trinkets col lected and placed in a suitable burial place, to be selected by survivors of the dead whose graves were disturbed. Small Force at Woolen Mill. Fugeue The Kugene woolen mill has started operations on a limited scale. The new company which recent ly purchased Ihe property has been making improvements, and intends putting the mill into full operation as soon as possible. PORTLAND MARKETS. Wheat Club, f8c; bluestem, 60c; red, Otic; valley, 69o. Oats No. 1 white feed, $27.50; gray, $27 per ton. Barley Feed, $23.5024 per ton; brewing, $-.'424.60; rolled, $24.60 25.50. Hay Faetern Oregon timothy, choice, $1718 per too; common, $13 314; valley .imolhy, $8(39; clover, $7 50)8; cheat, $0(7; grain bay, $78; alfalfa, $12. Apples $1.60(42.75 per box. Vegetables Asparagns.Hc per pound ; cabbage, l'alc per pound; cauli tlower, $22 25 per crate; celery, 75 90c per doxen ; onions, 50c per dos en; rhubarb, $1.50 per box; spinach, $1.25(9)2.60 per box; parsley, 25c; turnips, $ 1 1 .25 per sack; carrots, 65 75c per sack; beets, 85cl per sack. Onions No. 1, 75c(jj!90c perWkj No. 2, nominal. Potatoes Fancy graded Iturbanks, 50(i55cper hundred; ordinary, nom inal; sweet potatoes, 2.l42j'c per pound. Butter Fancy creamery, 27X9 30c per pound. Eggs Oregon ranch, 16o per dozen. Poultry Average old hens, 14 1 4 Vb-c per pound; mixed chickens, 13 13c; broilers, 28020c; young roosters, lSoilSc; old roosters, 11c; dressed chickens, 1516u; turkeys, live, 1017c; turkeys, dresced, choice, 18(i420c; geese, live, 8c; geese, di eased, lQyillc; ducks, lt)18c. Hops Oregon, 1905, choice, 109 lOc: prime, 8)39c-, medium, 7 8c; olds, 67c. Wool Eastern Oregon average beet, l21e; valley, 24(2Po per pound; mohair, choice, 25(8280. Veal Dressed, 8)8c per pound. . feet Dressed bulls, 2)i3c per pound; enws, 3)o4sc; country steers, 45o. . Mutton Dressed, fancy, 8(9e per pound; ordinary, 45c; lambs, 8(3 90. Pork Dressed, 68q per pound. ROGERS ANSWER8 QUERIES. Admit Standard Ownership of Sup posed Independent Concerns. New York, March 26. II. II. Roger Saturday answered the question put to him by Attorney General Hadley, of Missouri, in the proceedings to oust tbe Standard Oil company, tbe Waters Pierce Oil company, and the Republic Oil company from Missouri, and tbe Standard Oil lawyer admitted that tbe Standard owns a majority of tha stock cf tha otber two companies. Thus Mr. Hadley bas overcome bis most recalci trant witness and baa proved tbe main point of bi contention. Today be will go further and prove by documentary and other evidence tbat tbe three com panies are all managed by tha Standard oflicial at 28 Broadway. Tfcere wa a decided change in Mr. Roger' manner Under examination, bnt ba still pleaded (apse of memory or ignorance on several important points. W. G. Rockefeller also testified and bis memory failed on several questions. Mr. Rogers ad-nitted that he wa a stockholder in tbe Standard Oil com pany of Indiana, but said be did not know in detail of the conditions of tbe sale of oil in Missouri, nor did be know about the division ol tbat state between the Waters-Pierce and Republic Oil companies. PORTLAND MAY GET TIME BALL Navy Department Favorably Consider Board of Trade's Request. Washington, March 26. Senator Fulton was assured today by tbe secre tary ol the navy tbat tbe Equipment bureau bad been nivestigating the ne cessity of installing at Portland tbe lime ball system for tbe aid of mari ners. Mr. Fulton bad presented tbe request of tbe Portland board of trade, with an urgent appeal tbat tbia nana! feature of maritime cities be part of the government equipment ot Portland. The matter seems to have tbe favor of tbe bead ot tbe department, and, un less unforeseen d'fBculties intervene, orders for the work are expected to be issued in tbe near future. In presenting tbe request of Port land's mariners and merchants, tbe board of trade emphasised tbe troubles now experienced by captains in check ing the variations of tbeir chronome ters, and brnugbt to the attention of tbe senstor the large number of vessels visiting Portlsnd annually. These facta have been placed before tbe de partment. BARS JAPANESE FISHERMEN. Fulton's Alaska Bill Will Pass House Without Difficulty. Washington, March 26. Japanese encroachment in tbe fishing waters ol Alaska will be brought to a close this year. Senator Fulton's bill prohibit ing aliens from taking fish in tbe wa ters of thst district is on tbe bouse calendar and is assured of final enact ment there. For some time, especially last year, the Japanese have been press ing tbeir fishing operations fnrtber and further on the American side of Ber ing sea and tbe North Pacific ocean. United States vessels found them last year far in the Alaska fisheries catching salmon in large quantities and pickling fish for return ti Japan. No seizures were made, but most of tbe Japanese vessels took to flight when observed. FALLS INTO REBEL TRAP. Governor Curry, of Samar, May Be Captive of Pulajanes. Manila, March 26. In tbe recent recent fight at Magtaon in tbe center of Samar between the constabulary and a force ot Pulajanes two constabulary officers and several privates were wounded. The loss of tbe Pulajanes is unknown. Governor Curry is miss ing. ' Governor Curry, Judge Lobiner and Superintendent of Schools Hoover pro ceeded to a town expecting to receive in surrender a large band of Pulajanes. It is now suspected tbat the offer by the Pulajanes to surrender waa treacherous ruse. Reinforcements of constabulary have been ordered to proceed to the district and Provincial Treasurer Whittier, ot Simar, has recommended tbat Federal troops be held in readiness. Seven Killed by Train. 8unbnry, Pa., March 28. Seven people met death here this afternoon when the Philadelphia & Reading No. 6 ran into a farmer's covered wagon at a grade crossing near here. Only one in the wagon escaped death. The party were retunring to their homes in Rap paho township irom this place. Wash ington Neldig, who drove, did not see the engine, which struck the wagon squarely In the middle. The bodies were carried along for several hundred yards and were horribly mutilated, those killed were all of one family. Rival of Standard Oil. Los Angeles, March 26. The Times Says this morning: With the' comple tion of the pipeline across tha isthmus of Panama through the canal sons, up on which work is now being rushed, it is practically settled that tbe Union Oil company will establish, on the Atlantic coast soutb ot New ork, an immeuae refinery plant, and that a bid will be made by tbe nnited interests to control the asphalt market of the East and fight the Standard. Must Not Buy 'Convict-Made Goods. Washington, March 26. Represent ative Sibley baa introduced a bill pre venting officers or sgents ot the govern ment from bujrlng goods made by con vict laborers. IN THE NATIONAL Monday, Mardh 28. Washington, March 26. Following tbe president's suggestion, the bouse today passed resolutions to correct tbe useless printing of documents and to empower tbe printing committees ot the two executive bodies to fix tbe no in her of documents to be printed, snd, should tbe demand arise for ad ditional copies of publication, then to have authority to order another edi tion. It wa claimed tbia action wonld result in saving the government upward of $1,000,000 annually. Nearly tbe entire day wa devoted to District of Colnmbia businees. Tbe fortifications sppropriationa bill bill wa lent to conference. Washington, March 26. There was a bint in tbe senate today at an effort to fix a time for a final vote on the railroad bill, but it was surrounded by so much circumspection and donbt tbat no prediction as to the time would be justified. Tillman stated tbat he would bring the matter np tomorrow and, unless objection waa made, be may ask to have a day specified. Tbe suggestion as to a time arose in connection with tbe more or less seri ous effort on tbe part of a number of senators to secure immediate consider ation ot amendments offered by them selves. Saturday, March 24s Washington, March 24. Hazing at the Annapolis Naval academy waa dealt with by tbe bouse today in tbe passage of a senate bill with a bouse substitute. Tbe action waa taken after protracted debate, which placed on record the impressions ot the special committee which investigated tbe subject recently and a severe criticism by Hepburn of efforts to condone hazing. Several amendments were proposed, bat all were rejected save one, it being the duty of cadet officers, as well as otber academy authorities, to report infrac tions of the rules. The bill repeals thst portion of existing laws which makes it compulsory to dismiss mid shipmen guilty of hazing in any de gree, and substitutes punishment ac cording to the nature of the offense. Cruel and brutal hazing may be pun ished by dismissal. Previous to con sideration of tbe hazing bill, 265 pen sion bills were discussed and passed. Friday, March 23. Washington, March 23. Spooner today concluded his speech in the sen ate on tbe railroad rate bill, and tbe fortifications appropriation bill was taken up and passed. It carries sn ap propriation ol $125,000 tor tbe erection of a powder manufactory, and Daniel spoke at length in support of the pro vision. He declared that the nation waa entirely at the mercy of a powder trust, and urged that the amendment shoold be adopted as a safeguard. As passed, tbe bill carries an appropria tion of $5,278,093. Tillman also spoke on tbe railroad rate bill, suggesting that the Interstate Commerce commis sion shonld have authority to enjoin the railroads from increasing their rates. He said the snggesion had been made by a "corn field lawyer" in Ok lahoma. Tbe following bids were also passed: Creating a steamboat inspectors' dis trict in Alasks; providing for filling in tbe naval station at Honolulu; author izing the Chicago, Milwaukee A St. Paul railroad to construct bridges scroes the Missouri, Yellowstone, Snake and Columbia rivers. Washington, March 23. The con sideration of the legislative appropria tion bill in the house today was enliv ened by a small spat between Prince and Tawney, a proposition to buy a pri vate c-r for the president, which was ruled out o' order, and a jeering speech by Smith, of Arizona, about the sup pression ot debate by the rules. An echo of the statehood controversy yesterday resulted in an effort to cor rect the journal. Williams maintained he was put in tbe ridiculous position of moving to inBtnct tbe conferees after they bad been appointed, a mo tion clearly out of order at that time. The correction was made as suggested. Thursday, March 22. Washington, March 22. Tbe state hood bill waa taken from the speaker's table in the house today, placed in the bands of three selected conferees and a request made rf tbe senate for a con ference on the disagreeing votes of tbe two houses. This action was not ac complished without many words and votes. It was developed, however, tbat Confer on Bristol. Washington, March 26. President Roosevelt today sent for Senator Fulton and Attorney General Moody to talk over the case of District Attorney Bris tol. What the conference accomplish ed cannot be s'atcd, as none of the par ticipants will discuss it or give any ink ling ot what disposition will be made of the case. It is stated, though not officially, that the Oregon Bar associa tion has declined to takemy action in the premises, having returned the pa pers submitted by tbe attorney general several weeks ago. Reports Timber Land Bills. Washington, March 28. The senate public lands committee favorably re ported the bill to repeal the timber and stone act and to provide for the sale of timber on public land at not lees than its appraised value. Senator Fulton had an amendment inserted providing tbat 10 per cent of the proceeds of sales of timber shall he expended for public roads and bchools in the counties in which the timherv is sold, the balance to goto the reclamation fund. HALLS OF CONGRESS there were votes enongb to carry ont the program of the leaders. Then fol lowed 40 minutes of fiery speeches, some of which provoked much amusement among tbe large attendance ot mem bers and tbe crowded galleries. Then came tbe final vote on the adoption of tbe rule, which 175 members approved and 156 opposed. Tbe legislative appropriation bill constituted the subject for tbe remain der of tbe day. Criticism waa made of the management of the library of con gress, and Hardwick, of Georgia, found himself opposed by members of both sides ol the chamber in bis endeavor to restrict the white bouse appropriation so as to eliminate a social secretary for the wife ot the president. Washington, March 22. Tbe rail road rate bill occupied practically all of tbe time ot the senate today. There were two speeches, one by Lodge and tbe other by Spooner. Lodge spoke in advocacy of his amendment, looking to tbe enlargement of tbe Interstate Commerce commission, and in doing so replied sharply to some recent utter ances of Commissioner Pronty. Spoon er devoted bis attention to tbe consti tutional powers of the inferior courts, contending tbat these courts could not be destroyed nor their jurisdiction taken from them. Wednesday, March 21. Washington, March 21. The entire day in the senate was devoted to tbe consideration of tbe railroad rate bill. Culberson began tbe proceedings by presenting an amendment prohibiting corporations coming under tbe opera tion ol tbe proposed law irom making campaign contributions and be waa immediately followed by bis colleague Bailey, who offered tbe amendment so long promised by him and followed this action with a speech in which he explained tbat be would not now pre sent tbe amendment but for the fact tbat Dolliver bad referred to and criti cised it in an interview. He indicated some displeasure over tbe interview, but exoneratsd Dolliver from discour tesy in tbe matter. The Iowa senator disavowed any intention to reveal secret and the incident was closed pleasantly. Both Bailey and Dolliver made speeches reiterating their views and they were followed by more or lees extended remarks by Tillman, Patter son, Heybnrn and Knox. Bailey was interrupted in the middle ot bis speech by the announcement ot bis father's death, and immediately left the senate chamber.' Washington, March 21. Represent ative George R. Patterson, of the Twelfth Pennsylvania district, died suddenly here today. Heart failure ia ascribed as tbe cause of death. Tbe house adjourned immediately af ter it was called to order, out of respect for Mr. Patterson. Tbe statehood bill will be taken up tomorrow. Tuesday, March 20. Washington, March 20. In less than 20 minutes the senate voted away $140,000,000 ot the public funds. The sum is carried by the pension appro priation bill, which brief document was made the subject of very little discus sion. The railroad rate bill waa laid aside for the day and tbe major por tion ol tbe time was devoted to tbe consideration ot the fortification bill. In tbat connection the question of the necessity for seacoast fortifications in the Philippines was discussed at length, with tbe result that all provis ions for such fortifications in these islands was eliminated. The consider ation of the measure was not conclnded. There was also a brief discussion of tbe power of tbe conference committee to amend tbe bill providing for punish ment for premature divulgence of gov ernment secrets so as to mske tbe in hibition extend to senators and mem bers of the house of representatives, but the subject waa left undisposed of tor the time. Washington. March 20. The house of representatives today did business with a microscope in one band and the bill making appropriations tor the sal aries of its officers and employes in the other. The result was that, although 5 hours were spent in reading the legislative appropriation bill for amendment, less than 25 pages were completed. Tbe spirit of economy in little things was all absorbing. Points of order were made and many of them were fatal to proposed increases in tbe salaries of officers, janitors, doorkeep ers, messengers and laborers. Revise Second-Class Rate. Washington, March 20. The house committee on poetotRces and postroads reported the postoffice appropriation bill to the house today. It provides for an expenditure of $191,373,848 for the fiscal year 1907. or $013,221 lees than the modified estimates of the Postoffice department. Tbil amount exceeds tbe appropriation (or 1906 by $10,351,755. Legislation for freeing tbe mails of heavy matter and for gaining informa tion to reclassify mail is included in the bill. One provision appropriates $10,000 to pay ireigbt on supplies. All Eat Chinook Salmon. Washington, March 20. United States senators snd a tew 'avored mem bers oi the house feastgd on royal Chi nook salmon from tbe Columbia river today. Senator Fulton acting a host. A big 50-pound fish was, cooked and served Oregon style, and liberally served, to every senator with his lunch eon. So popular bas fresh Columbia river salmon become tbat it ia impossi ble to hold a quorum In the senate when one ol these fish 1 being served.