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OREGON TOL. XXIV. ST. IIELIS, OIIEGON, FRIDAY, '.MARCH 1, 1907 KG. 12. T MIST. NEWS OF THE WEEK . j r t I L0BS8U5SU rwia iut uur Busy Readers, - HAPHJUNUd Uf IflU VUniinLniO , A Besumw of Important but Nat Loss Intertstlns; Event of tha Pet Wa.k. Tha Texa senate haa voted to exon erate Miator Bailey. A lnvrr man ha eonf wed to kill lug Ins "u 't '"'Vol ninny au nt hr woman. The senate lia approved of another Federal Judge for Ilia Northern district of California.' The inmate ha refused to consider a meaaure to reduce tariff on sugar, to-Un-co and iUd from lh I'tilllppiiiM. HwMary Hhaw will Uva tha mblnat Mrh 4 to tiwoiiia praidpni of tha Crn.-lo Tnuil coniany, of Nw York. im. ..I ..... i,,t . n,a u it,- Wrtoltliaboalntaa dl.trht. the Uw, amounllne to eevrral l.undrl tho.id " ,, ' "' E. II. liainman la now iiore me; IntrraUta lV)ininnrt ntmmlaeion. lie haa m(uKl to tell aoine thliitta the com. iiilmion wmita to know ami the matter will be rwrrlnt to Ibe Federal couru. The I'nlon IVIHo and llurlltiKton have Iwl r irrtnl lo the I'mtul 8Ute Bui'Tenie rourt. IWk U) of over l.l.lHHi.iKKJ were Involved. The varlooi rounty trvaaorer of N'ibraaka reprMentetl the other aide In the caae. Jerome alma U have Thaw deviated peimaneiitly iimane, Mjr Ihnine haa been lenomlnated by Cbk-atfu iMmo-rala. I limtlng mlnee are atill looee in the Mltfhborbuul of Ullvotok. Fram-eand the Vatican are agmln quarreling over church tuattera. Owlnx to trouble between owners and lahut all Dull mint may be cll. There la a pnaalbillty that the rivet and brtwr bill rty yet be kilted lu the huue, . , ThnTelae IryUUlure will all evidence In the llalley wee pnhllah and let tlie people deckle. Thehtato dcKineiit low received formal notice ol declaration of Wat between llondurna and Nicaragua. The llllmila lelalalure may pe a law limilliiR the aiieett of traina aa iho reault of many recent wrecka due to hwl runnlnf. The Austrian Lloyd tcainnr Inicrw triii ib. while bound from Trleate to IVmihay, nut onto a nvk pear Cape KlanhonUl. lolaJid of Crete, and eank. The auMiinra and crew numbered 150, but It I not known if any were waved llondurna hue declared war cm Nica ragua. The rurvlvora of the ataamer Berlin oumlwr eleven. Cleveland aaya the only thinij lo do Willi ei pretideiit la to turn them hxwe ana let tlivm II nil. Senator Fuluton nropom tluit no more forrnt nM-rvea Im created w I thou I tlie content of oontrreaa. At a WanhlnirUm birthday apewh Onvernor llitlnn, of Hhode Inland, critlcined the Ilmt prealdent. Over 40 pereona were Injured and a aoion uiimx-ountwl for In a wreck- on the IVnimylvania railroad, at Mineral Point, Ta. Kiueiian tcrrorlata atUcked lha War. taw poatollW and after killluit live pennina aecured all the money on hand and veenped. ' The Htate depnrtment haa IkuI onn cludcil that blood lettiim U the only ewaforlhe. Uouhlo betwoeu Cenlxal AmerUran repuhllot. ' It la en Id Unit Japauore Inliorerii now in Hawaii, who doaiia to entot the Unitod HUUa, propoao to do ao by I"lni( throuKh Mo loo. Mayor Dunne haa. eariied the Chl eaijo Democmtic prlmarliw, HHxht earthquakMi are atill felt In 8n Kranciaco mwaHtonnlly. Taft la (tol iik to Cuba lu April to Invwitlgnto conititioiia thero. The Japatnmo mlntiitor and Secretary iJt are working on a new treaty. A Kentucky woiiutn haa Jiwt (jlven birth to five children. All are doing ell. Senator Ilalloy, of Toww, aaya all eliargKa aro fatal and he would like to hoot accuriuri. Tawney any the preaent aoaelon of eongri'itawlll appropriate more lliun billion dollar.. The Connnotlout ta oommlKloiior otiored to aell an appointment and now he la out, Frodurick T. Oiitoa, Bnckefollor't bunlneBg reproiionUtlvH, auya the oil "'"' Inuome la about 120,000,000 Pr year. Trainmen of the Woat are douiatidlnn Inoreaae of wagca and oh the railroad oompanlei are Inclined to refine, trouble may follow. An arturxilatlon haa boon formed In Olilcago for the purpoae of IiuIiIIiir thol Mrgrnt corn expofiltlon next fall ever Attempted In W e United SUtca. PLAN TO STOP SACK GRAFT. .Pslouss Farmer Will Carry Thalr Whaal lo Elevator. waveriy. wwh reb. 20. Tim farmer ,i whotmwera of uiia dis trict have divided to do away with Ilia I 'Wit profit," ami elevator for hand- ,m Milk will I built all along the Hpokana A In Inn J Kloclrle '".hi M-re recently hm.I the matter tlmr utighly (lMMitl by tlm farmer. The meeting wo sibirean! by a represents. tivs in m elevator comiieny, who ex plained tli alvalii(M U I derived fmruUi former handling loose lniU4l (if sacked urn In. The comny will l organized toen able tint wheolgrower to liamlle his grain In Ilia most economical manner and thereby save the price of sacks, i which sell lor from JO to 11 cent each. The farmers feel ilmt they have been 1iiini1 uihiii by tlto "sack grafters" Iouk enough, ami they have to decided in step buying tacks ami humlle thulr wheal In bulk. - Wagon boxes Hint will hold 100 bushel of wheat to haul to tha eleva tor will cost tha farmers hut IIS each, and those boxes wti lie used fiom yer Ui year. All elevator will be equipped with tint moat modern machinery for tha handling am) rli-anlnn of uraln In tha nt n-"iiiiinlinl maimer. Wheat -n he Iwiidlwl fully a rent a IhinIh-I "cheaper than throutfh the wartliouwt In l''"'l- .' hipping .f4" -very ele. tor. The elevatvra will probably lt built all tiitwiKh the l'alouaa country tiiin enuMin, m furimr all over Kat-rn Wah!ti)tton are antluu to do away with Muki. TRUST IS REALITY. Farmera Hoidler Back Produce for Better Prlcea. Chicago, Feb. 2ft. The farmera' trut luii arrived. It haa atrctchvd Ita big, fining hatiiU over the nintee of In diana, llliiidl, Iowa, Kentucky, Win ffliimin, Kanaaa, Nnbranka, Uklahoma, Miawmri and Toxaa. Ita knoll vl tin. gr have pilel up millinna of bonhela of grain and fruit and tltounanda of halee of cotton Into a mountain heap, and tlie trual lm aald to the dealer of the world: "You can't Iiava any of title) until jrou y tut wliat we think i coming to ojt. ;ow oo your wort. Kver almxi early lout fall, boaril of trade men and hliiiwtt of grain have been talking about the etutvity of cam To that ecarcity Uiey have attributed alimt entiMly the fact lliat corn, wheat and other farm priducta do not move to the market centeia with more haate. The di-rth of cart ia an every day theme In the pcuhttlve and com ennal goMip. Dial there ia a great dil In it nobody dixpuM, but atill more aignilVant riheunnienon of the day la that grain ia being held back be caiMe the farmer are determined they hall get the price they have ct on their own projierty. RATES ON DECLINE. Senator Elklna Files Long List of Railroad bttatiallcs. Washington, Feb. 26. Senator Kl kins, of West Virginia, lias Jurt com nloted and filed In the senate is minor- I reimrt on the railroad rate law. It prenctit a comprehensive history of the economic development or American railroads, together with exhaustive taldo which lend to show a constantly dn-rnaairiB freight and passenger rote, and the fetation botwecu such rates and the price of commodities and cost of labor. 'The averngi" passenger rate, say the reimrt, "advanced slightly from 1H70 to 18H0. IHirlng the next 24 years there was a decline eoiuil to 17.85 per cent of the avenige for ISSO. The net decline front 1H70 to 181)0 averaged til. 14 ixir cent. The dwllne In the av erage rale per mile jer ton of freight ws 68 71 per cent during tlie years from 1870 to 1W04, the rat for tho earlier year Wing about two and one half time Ilmt of the bitter, and the not saving to the shippers averaged 11.00 mills per ton per mile." The report anys that tne cost oi tiaiisportuiion in 1904 ww nearly $2, 000,000,000 loss than it would have been had the rule fur 1H7U situ pre vailed. Dry Farming In Malheur. Vale. Or., Full. 26. Persons here from Pendleton and Walla Walla state that they will take up some of the bench In ud JiiHt west oi Vale ami usenry tann ing method. They foci certain Unit tlie soil Is similar and botti umn linn around Pendleton, on which such excel lent returns aro lieing maiio. no ury fttriiilmr lias ever been tried In this sec tion of the county, and the outcome. Is buliiii nronhoHied as a fnllure by some of the old scttleni, but those who are studying the sltmition state there can be no dount a to success. To Enlarga Irrigation Project. Pendleton. Fob. 211. More than $8,- 000 will be expended thla spring on Uie work of extending the llinklo ditch, one of tho small private reclamation nrnlccta lii the vicinity or trie govern ment's Kast Umatilla project at Itorm iston. Tho announcement was made by Attorney J. T. llinklo, of this city, who Is nt the head of Uie pormany. The contract hits boon let to tho Now- port Land A Construction company, ana the work will be started at once. , Forty of Crsw Perished. Caiioa, Island of Crete, Feb. 26. All the passengers on uoiint uie aub- Uhin steamer Imperliitrix, which ran on a rtmk Friday evening near Capo Uliiphonlso, woro saved, rony meui i. r.r ih nrw. of whom 82 were Aua- trluns and eight Indians, perished. Saturday, February S3. Salem, Feb. 23. Tho logixtattire which adjourned Uxlay went down In hioWy aa the moat laviah Orciton baa ever had. A grand total of 13.600.0ul) lout been approprluUxl. The eimU n-fuiutd to adopt the house hill changing the hi nh file taw. The hoima rrounldered a vote of yea trdny and paaewl two bill giving farm labciera and thrcahermen lletil on vrojM fur money due them. lndoiaml by nearly every aaemaor In Iheamte, the bill providing for an equitable eyatein of awiwuiiig the -timber iuiida of the elate went down to de feat in the aerial. The houite llninliwl nn iu balne at 11:30 but It waa 2 o'clock before tlie atuiate waa through, ami It waa necon ry for the limine to continue in aearlon until that time. It waa announced to the member of the Icgialuture that it would bo more convenient to buy ticket at the depot wiau w pay lunw on the tra n. l'aae would not do, aa the new anti-pans law is iu effect. Friday, February 22, Salem, Feb. 22. The bill creating l.!l Mini ItimrA til law nr.t.....!l.n.a was killed in the senate by falling to i-r-idnt iuin. n.nti -mi. an elegantly framed photograph of the memtier and olllcer of the senate. Tlm u.i.i. I..i.i.t.. i. ill ..i by the house, fceveral unlmnortaut m i.w wi.w miii.iiik iii nmi inn M ISlMltililfl I Si (ji-t t.ti Tlia aidirla .1 i wanl of all biulnna but 12 bill, which will be taken im tnm.i,iii m.,Min, TVi., n,-,.i .i.,i ..,.,i,. u .1.. i nut, r.H I nv Iiumjwi I I. . u I .,....... .l; ...... The house bill appropriating money to pay Interest on certificates issued in ltiUA, when the appropriation bill was held up, dm named by the senate, amended ao that intcreet is not to be paid on such certificates as were dis counted. The scnule paused Uie house bill ex tending the law regulating hours of fe male labor to mercantile establish ment. Another house bill passed by Uie senate givea conductor and engineers nuiiiuiiij in DiieiiiiB vii iriwiia .... .. . . higlit hours is to constitute a dsy'a work in underground mini's according to a bill iMtssed by. the house, which Uie senate lias already approved. Altogether the senate passed 68 billa to. lay and Uie house 28. Thursday, February 21. Salem, Feb. 21. The Normal school question is still unsettled and may be passed up to the next leglslatuie. lioth houses run...) a bill timvldinir for a diaeontinuance of two normals, but this wo vetoed by the governor. BoUl houses have ps-cd appropriations for Weston snd Ashland, and Uie senate for Monmouth. ti. ,..,l . Mil iinlniri farmers to born brush before June 1 or after October 1 without obtaining per-! mlt I Tlie house indefinitely postponed the senate bill for the purchase of the half bl.s k east of U.e cspitol grounds. The Irrigation code bill was indefl-! nltely postponed by the house. The senate fttl Uie locks bill ap- iironriiitiiiff 1(10.000 for co-operallon with the Federal government in pur- chasing the Oregon City locks. Land barons were successful In Uie sonate May securing Uie defeat of the . . . - Coos bay grant bill. The nronosed tax laws have passed the house and were favorably reported to the reimte. The house changed the provision for taxes to lie paid the coun ty treasurer to sheriff as at present. Tlie senate committee made minor change in this measure that Uie house overlooked. All bills looking to the creation of. new counties have tx'en Kiiiea. I The house passed the senate renppor-, tlonment hill and shortly afterward the senate passed the house bill appropriat' lug $20,000 for new Din Mings at uie state fair grounds. Ino passage oi Uie two bills was in Uie nature of a tmlc. Toiiay tho house passed 27 bills and the senate 13. Wednesday, February 20. Salem. Feb. 20. The bill for an ap- nronriation of 12.500 for tlie importa- tlon of song birds was defeated by Uie! house. j House bills for free text books m nubile, schools wore killed in the sen- Jito. Tlm anntAA hv Indefinite riostoone- mont killed tho house Mil amietmg ' Hub, nnmiiv a mt of Hrant county, Tho same disposition was made on the bill proposing to create Nosmlth county. i Tlie bill abolishing tne a per cem tax rebate wag indefinitely postponed by the senate. J .... .1 1 ... The house ooroateu wie oiu appro- priating $25,000 for Uie construction of a bridge across Snake river near Ontario, Hart's bill to found a state Horary ar. Pendleton met a hasty death in the house. The senate passed Uie house bill ap propriating $10,000 for maintenance ot Uie portage rood. State Railroad Commissioners. Sulein Oregon's three railroad com missioners will be Oswald West, of Salem, now state land agent; Clyde B. Aitchison, of Portland, now attorney for the Title Guarantee A Trust com pany, and Thomas K. Campbell, of Cottage Grove, a lumberman of the firm of Campbell & Alexander. These se lections wore decided upon by the state board, which is given the appointment under the Chaplu law. West is a Dem ocrat and the other two Republicans. f a ' ' ' ' " ' . r OF OREGON LEGISLATURE Iloune meinlx-ri and atlachea today prom-ntod Hpoaker lavey with a gold which ana chain. An advene report haa been made in the venato to compel Southern Oregon hind baron to aell their land at $2.60 per acre aa piovided in the grant. ine nouae poMKxl a bill lor the re pair and maintenance of the Subway at uregon i;ny. The Joint resolution providing for rwall of public oltlcer waa indefinitely poHiponcu ry tne nouae. Thirteen bill were paused by the houae May. The senate paimed 20 and ail leu 14. Tuaeday, February 10. Ralem, Feb. 19 Veto of the 1125.. o0 appropriation for tlie State uni- veralty waa overridden in each house today. Compulsory pause for public officials waa carried over the governor's veto in t)ia nouM d will be taken op in the "io luuiurrow Two additional appropriation bills were reported to the house by the ways and means committee. One carries fl, (XX) for nuking an exhibit of fruits and vegetabes grown in this state under Irrigation at the National Irrigation f"1rBM l S"C"mwujW next Septem The other bill carries $68,562. made ! l'v" T"" ue , " caru, ,or r, r .T,, i. . toe win wj eemuimu iwo or ni .. .... .. .. Mp".i W wiieioau pMitau ! i" "'8 re,uwl w pae. uie omnn iiwmnii umuvQr uie governor vow. . I LIU .1 .1. . - i " semnor win enoeavor w secure a I Thi u.u Kill f. tl.. n.,l.. l voting macbiues liawed the bouse. The house passed the senate bill ap propriating $100,000 for the purchase of a cite and erection of a house for feeble minded. Agricultural college Improvement was cut from $76,000 to $00,000 for 19U7, and $05,000 for 1W8 by the sen ate. Tlie house is working from' early morning until midnight in an endeavor to get ita calendar cleared by time of adjournment. Today 31 measures i , , .,. . twrA nuiiivl Anlw !,rMA lAilinff nf r. i t sage. PASSED IMPORTANT BILLS. What the Legislature Accomplished During tha Session. Salem Many important bills passed both house of Uie Oregon legislature at the session Just ended, and a consid erable number were defeated. The ap propriations are very large amounting to some $3.500.000-nd no bills passed raieing any consiuereoie amount oi rev- ue y new meujods. - .o.Ci.u m. defeated. Among them was that of Kcpresentative tJcais to tax uniDer holdings on the basis i of cruising sub- nutted to assessors ny tiimr owners. Another waa that prepared by the late ommnwion ana introuuceaoy wep- rw-mame rmnun .uK p.muo r- K-e corporations on tneir capiwnxea n earnings. A third was that of Kep- reeeniative Bt'ttiemier lor fwn ' " -r -v " - o. "ne or mo oeieateo measures oi large moment was mat or tne roruann Doaru i. iw i b ent oi tne state. Anotner was mat ior IMUk . " . nnHli. Sinn f AM Atr . St ,vu nf.l..uu.n.uu wiwr'""""""" - ' PORTLAND MARKETS. Butter Fancy creamery, 82,4'35c per pound. Butter rat Hrst grade cream, 33,0 per pound; second grade cream. 2c less 'per pound. Kuw Oregon rskch, 21 & per dozen. . Poultry Average old hens, lSWffl 140 per pound; mixed chickens, 12 13c; spring, 13.Vfc14)'e; old roosters, oi0c; dressed chickens, 14lSc; tur- keys, live, 16(n)17iC; turkeys, dreeeed, ehoice. 1820c; geese, live, 10c; ducks, il7(SU8e Wheat Club, 69e; bluestem, 71o; valley, 69c; red, 67c. Outs No. 1 white, $29; gray, $28.50. Barley Feed, $22.50 per ton; brew- Ing, $23; rollod, $23.50(324.50. Rye $1.451.50 per owt. Corn Whole, $24.60; cracked, $22.50 per ton. Hay aiiey timoiny, io. i, iMt 15 per ton; Eastern Oregon timothy, $17318; clovtr, $9; cheat, $9; grain hav. lUMlli; aimua, t. Apples common, rocosi.jia box : choioe, $1 .50tf)2.50. per vegotauies itirnips, fivwio per sack; carrots, $1 01.25 per sack; beets, ll.soypt.oo per saca; norwrauuui, eo per pouuu, "su per pound; cauliflower, $2.25 per doz- en; celery, $3.75 perorate; onions, 10 f' .... .. .1.... .. . mn.nlun QKaQf.. inn,'" per uuou, mi.v, .0v, sprout, 9c; radishes, barb, $1.75 per box; 2630c; rhu- asparagus, aw per pounu On ions Oregon, $11.25 perewt. I Potatoes Oregon Burbanks, fancy, $1.8501.60; common, 90c $1. Veal Dressed, 5 H9o per pound. rork Dressed, 69o per pound. Timber Becoming Scarce. . Albany So great has Uie rush for timber land claims become in this part of the state that many people are now using their timber entry right to secure 40-acre claims. The law givea every person the right to take 160 acres, but having once filed on a smaller amount he can then take no more. The entry men realize this, but since timberland values have risen so remarkably in the past few months they are content to take a vacant 40 acres well timbered. SUB-TREASURY ROBBEO. Two Hundred Thousand Dollar Theft Uncovered in Chicago. Chicago, Feb. 23. The Tribune to day says: t One of the largestif not tha largest Uiefts from the United States treas ury haa been unearthed In Chicago. Somewhere between $176,000 and $200,000 was stolen from the local iub treasury last week. The money has disappeared aa completely as if it had vanished from the earth. The authorities here and in Wash ington have been working night and day on the robbery since it was discov ered. ' Chief Wilkie, of the United States Secret service, hat been keeping inform ed by telephone and telegraph of every development, and, according to tele graphic advices, he will have Washing ton tiday to take personal cliarge'oftbe investigation. ' Secretary Shaw, of Uie Treasury de partment, was told of the big theft when in Chicago last week, and was in conference with Sub-Treasurer William lioldenwick and secret service officials. The money w as stolen either a week ago Saturday, the next day or Monday. The chance are it was abstracted on Monday. The loss was discovered Tuesday. All the money taken was in large billsbills of the denomination of $1,000, $6,000 and $10,000. Just who discovered the loea the sub-treasury offi cials would not admit lasi night. Neither would they tell from what de partment the money was taken, nor bow Uie loss waa discovered. DANGER TO HARBOR BILL. May Ba Killed Entirely to Avert Big Treasury Deficit. Washington, Feb. 25. Since Chair man 'Tawney, of Uie appropriations committee, called attention to the prob ability ot a deficit of $100,000,000, in consequence oftha large appropriations maae wis session, mere nas oeen con siderable talk around the capitol about defeating the river and harbor bill, thus removing Uie possibility of such deficit The river and harbor bill as passed by the bouse carried $33,000,000. As amended by the senate, it carries $92, 000,000, and the prospect are that, if the conference committee agrees, it will report a bill carrying in the neighbor hood of $90,000,000, or approximately the amount of the deficit predicted by Mr. Tawney. Friends ofLthe river and harbor bill, since Uie rumor started, have become active in urging prompt agreement on the bill in conference, so that it will not ran the chance of being talked to death in the last day or two of the ses sion. If the report is delayed until Uie middle of Uie week, and a few senators determine to kill it, they will have Uie bill entirely within their power. STOP FOREST RESERVES. Fulton Would Give Congress Author ity to Create. . Washington, Feb. 25. Senator Ful ton has offered his amendment to tbe agricultural apropriation bill, prohib iting the creation of further forest ie serves in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado, except by au thoriy of congress. Senator Lodge, who threatened to raise a point of order against Uie amendment, withdrew his objection, and it was generally agreed that the amendment would be permitted to go in the bill if it was not debated. This is satisfactory to Mr. Fulton, and he expects to have the amendment ac cepted by Uie senate when- Uie bill is taken up. Western men in congress are thor- Jonghly aroused at the Forest service for iib aiwuipii uob uniy w regulate an gov ernment timber hind but public range laud as well, and in consequence legis lation recommended by Uie president, looking to Uie leasing ot the public range and the reservation of all public timber land now In reserves, will be tabled. Japanese Will Investigate. Seattle, Feb. 25. The Japanese asso ciation of Seattle has appointed a com mittee ot five to make a full and impar tial report on conditions existing in the Pacific- Northwest, as regards their countrymen. The result of the com mittee's investigations will be sent to the government at Tokio, through Uie Japanese ambassador at Washington. A. Ilattori, president ot the assocition, declared that the meeting was not called ns a government function, but merely through a sense of national pride to in vestigate conditions. , Alaska Loses by Much Wrangling. Washington, Feb. 25. All import ant Alaska legislation now pending before congress will fail because of dis- agreement among uie Aiasxans now . "' -u the passage of the bill creating land : 225 feet in length, and has a diameter I e now a law. The bill went to Gover offices at Nome and Fairbanks, a new cf 40 feet. The frame of the structure "or Toole today, who immediately re- garae taw, a mu requiring me recoru- ing of assessment work on mining claims and the bill relieving the Tan-' ana Mines Railroad oompany from the: payment of taxes. No Hop for Seattle Fair Bill. Washington, Feb. 25. Senator Piles has about abandoned hope of securing the passage through the senate this Bcssion of Senator Ankeny's bill appro- priating $700,000 for the Seattle expo- sit ion. Senator Hale refuses to with- draw his objection. As the bill cannot pass the house this session, the whole matter will go over to the next con- gress, w hen It stands a fair chance of passing. TRIAL TO CONTINUE Judge Stafford Befases lo Dis miss Hermann Case. LETTERS TELL GF CONSPIRACY Prosecution Has Two That Harmann ' Wrote to ex-Register of Rose burg Land Office. Wanhington, Feb. 26. Justice Staf ford today overruled the motion of the defense in the trial ot Representative Binger Hermann to take the case from the jury and dismiss the charge on the ground of fatal variance between the indictment and the evidence be lore the grand jury. Hearings were returned. The trial was halted last Thursday, when Mr. Worthington for Uie defense made a motion on the evidence submit ted by Hermann's former secretary, Hough, as to his testimony before the grand jury, Mr. Worthington also argued that the prosecution could not adduce evidence ot conspiracy on Uie part of Mr. Hermann with others ' to defraud Uie government ont of public land in order to show a motive for Uie destruction of records, as alleged by Uie prosecution, on Uie ground that Her mann was not on trial for conspiracy. After hearing Uie argument ort Thurs day, Justice Stafford adjourned the trial until today, in order to consider Uie point made by Uie defense. J. T. Bridges, ex-regUter of the land office at Koseburg, testified that he had received many letters from Hermann of a private character that be had destroy ed. Two were found hi hi desk when the desk was broken open at the time he was suspended in 1905. One of these mentions Uie name of Agee, who la identified by the government with what has been designated a the "Agee conspiracy." It was identified by Mr. Bridges, District Attorney Baker stat ing that he desired to show tbe inti mately friendly relations existing be tween them. He further said that this transaction in which Agee was involved took place while Hermann was at tbe bead of the land office, and that he should have knowledge of it. WATCH SEVERAL SUSPECTS. Secret Service Men Have No Clew to Identity of Thief. Chicago, Feb. 26. Although a score of detectives are at work on the case. the theft of $173,000 from Uie sub treasury in this city hist Wednesday seems as far from solution as Uie day on which the robbery was committed. The general impression prevails that Uie thief must have been a government employe, and several of these men are being closely watched, but, as far as known tonight, no tangible evdience has been discovered. Among those under surveillance is George W. Fitzgerald, who was in charge of the teller's cage from which Uie money was abstracted, but he in sists that he has no knowledge of how the money disappeared. MAY STOP FIGHTING. United Statea or Mexico Threaten to Intervene in War. Washington, Feb. 26. Unless Nica ragua and Honduras speedily agree to arbitrate their dirricultiesin response to the suggestion ot the Unite 1 States and Mexico, it is not improbable that inter vention will be resorted to in order to I bring an end to Uie present hostilities. It became known today that within the last day or two a second note was sent to the presidents of Nicaragua and Hon duras, in effect conveying this threat. No replies have been received and, while in official circles the hope is ex pressed that further bloodshed may be averted, there is an underlying belief that it will be necessary tor either the United States or Mexico to step in and force an arbitration. Can't Find Mayor Schmltz. San Francisco, Feb. 26. Judge Dunne this morning set next Tuesday, March 5, as the day for the commence ment of the trial ot Abraham Ruef on Uie charge of extortion. The cose against Mayor Schmits was continued until next Thursday, after Judge Dunne had directed the district attor ney to ascertain where Mayor Schmits is at the present time, and when he is likely to return. He stated that if the mayor had not returned by next Thurs day Borne proceedings should be taken to compel his return. Big Air Ship Reedy to Fly. San Francisco, Feb. 26. The Exam iner says a new flying machine, ar ranged to carry 15 persons, is now ready at Pleasnnton to start on its Ini tial voyage. This machine measures , biiM of 18,000 feet of aluminum. The ilx propellers are moveable and ! ad instable. The engines located within ' the ship drive the propellers, which are eight feet in diameter. Bandita Get Big Plunder. El Paso, Tex., Feb. 26. Bandits raided Uie hacienda of Jesus Urangan Salens in the village of Durango, Mexi- co, Sunday night. After making pria- oners of Salens and his servants, the bandits robled his safe of $7,000 in gold and gathered up many thousands ot dollais worth of jewelry and plate, destroying all they could not carry off. Officers are searching Uie mountains for ' Uie robbers. HUNDREDS LOST. Big Steamer Wrecked and Psstengara ' Washed Overboard. : London, Feb. 22. The worst disaster foi many year in the history of tha busy cross-chsnel traffic between Eng land and the continent occurred during a violent gale shortly before 6 o'clock this morning, when the Rotterdam mail steamer Berlin, from Harwich to Hook of Holland, having satisfactorily weathered the hurricane, waa wrecked as she was entering port. Altogether 143 persons are either dead or clinging hopelessly to the wreck. Tbe terrifllc seas broke upon the steamer with such awful suddenness that attempts to save life appear to ' have been utterly hopeless. Late to night it is reported that a few surviv ors wers clinging to Uie wreck, but aa the heroic efforts all day of the lifeboat crews had failed to reach them, little hope that they will be saved remains. The cause has not yet been assigned for tbe disaster and it probably never will be known how the steamer cams to miss the channel. It is conjectured that some derangement of Uie engines or steering gear may have rendered tbe vessel uncontrollable. Captain Pre cious has a good record of 14 years' ser vice. : The list of pasesengers was lost, and all the names of those who were on board have not yet been learned, bat as far as has been ascertained there wers no Americans among them. A terrific southwest gale was blow ing inshore, and drove Uie steamer on a sand bank close to Uie northern Jetty as she was trying to enter the new waterway. Heavy aeas quickly pound ed the vessel to pieces,. She broke in two, her fore part sinking immedi ately, while Uie doomed passengers and crew clustered upon the after part. PLAYGROUNDS FOR CHILDREN. Roosevelt Endorses Movement to Ac quire Them In Cities Washington, Feb. 22. Municipal playgrounds within easy walking dis tance for every boy and girl in Uie large cities were advocated tonight by President Roosevelt in a letter, and by Representative Boutell, ot Chicago; E. . Brown, United States commissioner of education; Henry 8. Cariis, superin tendent of Washington- playgrounds. and other speakers at a "playgrounds banquet" given under the auspices of the Washington Playgrounds associa tion. Mr. Boutell explained the ob ject of bis bill now pending in congress. The president in his letter expressed hope that Mc. Boutell's bill for play grounds in Washington will pass con gress, that sites may be secured before prices become prohibitive, saying; "I regard this as one of the most import ant steps toward making Washington the model city which we all 'feel that Uie capital should be," He praises Uie work in this direction done by Chicago and the High School Athletic league of New York, and sails attention to the inclusion of games in the curriculum of German and English schools ' and several noted private schools in America. GREAT REJOICING IN UTAH. State Legislature Congratulate Sen ate, Smoot and Sutherland. Salt Lake City, Feb. 22. Among Uie active Republicans and the leaders of the Mormon church there was great rejoicing when the news came from Washington that Senator Smoot had been sustained. By unanimous standing vote the lower house of the Utah legis lature adopted the following joint reso lution, which was also introduced in the senate: , "Be it resolved by the legislature of the state of Utah, that, In determining that Hon. Reed Smoot is entitled to his seat, the United States senate has stood for constitutional rights against powerful influence and has avoided a dangerous precedent. "Therefore, the thanks and the con gratulations of tbe state of Utah are hereby extended to the senate for its final action in this case. "Personal congratulations are sent to Senator Smoot and his colleague, Sena tor Sutherland, and to the other sena tors who f poke and voted in protection of tbe rights of the state ot Utah." Committed to the Asylum. Seattle, Feb. 22. Esther Mitchell, who since July last has been confined in the county jail here, waa sent to the state asylum for Uie insane at Stella coom today. Superior Judge Frater, who called a lunacy commission to ex amine into the girl's mental condition, signed the commitment this morning. The killing of George Mitchell by his sister was the result of the reign of Holy Rollerisra in Oregon. George Mitchell killed Frans Edmund Creffield. the Holy Roller leader, in this city last May. Montana, Too, In Line. Helena, Mont., Fob. 22 The Rail road Commission and Warehouse bill lerred it to tne secretary of state with the notice that he would allow the messure to become a law without hi signature. He objected to Uie power and policy ot the legislature naming the commissioners, saying he was Con vinced that the method was wrong in principle and will be bad In practice. Chamberlain a Physical Wreck. London, Feb. 22. An interesting au thoritative statement concerning the health ot Joseph Chamberlain Is pub lished here today. Although It does not confirm the worst rumors, it Shows that Mr. Chamberlain Is comnlatelv broken physically, although be is men- tally alert.