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DAILY HERALD. —POBLIBBID— BKVKN DAYS A WKKK. JOSEPH D. LYNCH. JAMBS !■ ATMS. AVERS & LYNCH. - PUBLISHERS. Entered at the postofflce at Los Angeles as second-class matter. I DELIVERED BY CARRIERS At tOc. per Week, or SOc. per month. TERMS BY MAIL, INCLUDING POSTAGE ! D iiLY Hbbald, one year '?' 2S Daily Hbbald, six months D iily Hbbald, three monthß aSk Wsbbxy Herald, one year *°o Wisely Hbrald, six months an Wsbkly Hbrald, three months SO IL '.USTBATBD HEBALD, per OOPT 10 Offceof Publication, 123-125 West Beoond street, Los Angeles. Telephone No. 156 The ••Dally Herald" May be found is San Francisco at the Palßce hotel news-stand; In Chicago at the Postofflce news-stand, 103 East Adams street; in Denver at Smith A Sons' new.-stand, Fifteenth and Lawrence streets. THI'HSDAY. JtNCABT 30, IS9O. A Diplomatic Fiasco. ministration the United States has beei singularly unhappy in all its diplomati movements —not onlyas to those whicl it really makes but in those to which i submits. This is the more singular be cause it was supposed that Mr. J. G Blame was the Boanerges of Spreai Eagle Americanism, and that as soon a he got hold of the Department of Stati everything would be as aggressive as ag gressive could be. Nobody for a mo ment thought that Mr. Blame, the Diplo m&tic "Bouncer," par excellence, wa l really nothing more nor less than a cor of diplomatic "Bottom, the Weaver," anc that he could roar you as gently as any sucking dove. Yet snch has been thi actual experience in matters diplomatii since Mr. Blame bas got hold of our for eign portfolio. With a Republic eßtab lished in Brazil months ago, the lag gard government of the United Statei has not yet acknowledged the new power This might s mply be regarded as aim plicity or inertia in a Hooeier adminis tration in which Mr. Blame did no figure, but in view of the Pine Trei statesman's loud roaring professions o republicanism it is strange to tbe super lative degree. This is one phase of our bunglei foreign relations, but it is by no meani the most abnormal development in tha line. The Samoan treaty which is befort the Senate for ratification proves to b« the most remarkable document known tc American diplomacy, at least. The ab stract of its terms, supposed to have been given ont to the Associated Press by Mr. Biaino, was grossly wroDg and lying. As the treaty is disclosed to the Senate, it is a base surrender of every thing distinctively American or republi can. The three powers which are parties to it, while reserving 8 nominal sovereignty for King Malietoa, really create an actual ruler of the coun try in the person of a jadge, whose ap pointment, of course, will be owiDg to a concert of action between England and Sermany. This judge is to have absolute control of the decision of all matters re lating to the purchase of land, and all titles dating back to 1878 are to be recog nized by this international "Judge." As there are only 672,000 acres cf land in ■Samoa, and these titles, between German, English and American claimants, call Jot 692,066 acres it will Se seen how much is left foi the unfortunate people of Samoa. Here is an achievement of diplomacy worthy of the prize republican roarer ol the ages. The signal ability of our great Minister of Foreign Affairs seems to b< confined to tying up our hands and de livering us to any possible contestant What right the people of the United Statei have in joining in to rob those of Samoi most people, who are honest Americans would like to know. They would alsi like to know why there was so mucl robust lying about the terms of th treaty. Why was net the truth toll originally, and why was there not somi regard to the essential demccratic-ie publican ideas of the United States? The Herald has no idea cf being harel to Mr. Blame, but it really looks as i that gentleman were in the throes of tlie most remarkable political decadence known in our politics. The imbecile ab stention of all action with regard to the Brazilian Republic, and the concurrence in a hogging-jobbing scheme as to Samoa, would indicate that the great apostle of American Jingoism had lost his grip. The American people can ill afford to suffer from such unaccountable diplo matic vagaries. We saw a deed yesterday signed by Pio Pico, in which that gentleman con veyed to the city several years ago all that strip of land south of the old Plaza which was formerly used by the Mexican military authorities as a drill ground. This deed was placed in escrow, to be delivered and to take effect upon tbe opening of Los Angeles street to the Plaza. Perhaps the City Attorney might find this document of value in connection with certain litigation vow going on against the city. We don't know that the deed has any legal significance, but as such a conveyance exists, its import ance, if it have any, ought to be looked into. The San Francisco Chronicle seems to have constituted itself the ready cham pion of the exploded idea tbat tbe north ern part of the State is adapted to orange culture. The testy way in which it comes back at a local contemporary on this subject shows that our San Fran cisco neighbor is more demonstrative than wise in its championship of tbe "N C. B." How does that paper know that none of the oranges exhibited at Oro ▼ille were procured in Ban Francisco? It certainly cannot be sure enough of its negative assertion to warrant it in dealing in such epithets as "malicious liar," etc. It is generally a rare sign that a man has the worst of an argument when he loses his temper and commences to call names. The main point in this absurd claim about growing THE LOS AW GELES DAILY HERALD; THURSDAY MORftiflQ. JANUARY 30, oranges in the northern part of the State ! is, "can it be made to pay ?" Trees have been planted out there by the thousands for twelve or fifteen years, and we have yet to bear that the first carload of oranges has been shipped from that section to the East. Until that section raises oranges as a commercial proposi tion, it is not only ridiculous but a false pretence for an injurious purpose to talk of the northern region as a citrus belt. A Vigorous Octogenarian. It is somewhat singular that, during bis later days, Mr. Jefferson Davis was an exceedingly voluminous writer, and that, during those declining hours of life, he was, if possible, more logical, argu mentative and forcible than during the hey-dey of his youth and early and mid dle manhood. Tbe telegraph, the other day, gave us details of an ugly, ill-timed debate between a couple of Senators, apropos of Jefferson Davis, in which the Northern member referred to the dead Southern chieftain as the author of untold sufferinge to the Northern pris oners at Andersonville and other South ern prison pens. One of the last papers penned by Mr. Davis—its date was No vember 25th, 1889—was devoted to show ing that the Confederate military author ities were innocent of all wrong intent in what was really a climatic experience of the Northern prisoners, aggravated by the fact that the Northern soldiers had been brought up on wheaten bread and were expected to take the ra tion of the Confederate soldier, which was corn bread and bacon ; or, in other words, hog and hominy. Scurvy, diar rhipj, dysentery and gangrene naturally resulted. In the last three months of hts life, Mr. Jefferson Davis wrote an au'o-biographical sketch of his life for Belford's Magazine, an article on Andersonville Prison for the same publication, a caustic review of Lord Wolseley's articles, for the N&rth Ameri can Review, and several other articles of note. These were contributed in his eightieth year, and they show to a re markable degree the great virility of his intellect to an extreme age. It is heart ily to be hoped that the com ing generation of American and English statesmen will parallel the splendid health, intellectual and phy sical, of such men as Davis, Gladstone, D'Israeli and Bismarck. All Ihese gen tlemen were moderate but constant drinkers, with the exception of Bismarck, who always drank enough for a dozen men, and not one of them was a vege tarian. They were not only men of strong appetites and vigorous intellectual attributes; bat it will be remembered that Mr. Jefferson Davis was the gentle man who interposed, in the tee-total cam paign in Texas, and turned the scale in favor of allowing people to eat and drink as they pleased. There is no question of the fact, according to the Prohibition standard, that if Mr. Davis had not occa sionally drank moderately of intoxicat ing liquors, instead of dying at the pre mature age of eighty, he would have lived to be at least one hundred and sixty years old. It is to be regretted that the city has resorted to criminal proceedings against Superintendent Robinson and members of bis staff because they laid sand-bage on Seventh street during the late storm to f-hut out tbe weter from flooding tbe cable company's engine room. T! 5686 gentlemen undoubtedly acted upon firßt principles in trying to cave the property of their company ; and there is certainly a large ingredient of public spirit in tbe act for which they were arrested when we consider its grand object. To keep the cars running during such a ttorm is a service to the general public which would go far to justify the act complained of. There should be mutual forbearance exercised in a dilemma of this kind. Tlie city should dismiss tbe cases, for there can certainly be no animus shown against the arrested gen tlemen to inflict injury on other parties by their act. Besides, tbe great storms of the winter are now, in all probability, over, and before another wet season sots in we shall doubtless have our streets in a better condition than they are in now to carry off tho surplus rains without seri , ous damage to anybody. It is a very singular thing that Johann Strauss, of all men, should have come to a realization of the fact that there is a demand for a reform in the modern waltz. He is impressed with the ides hat the time is too fast, and the whirl and onward rush of the waltz too rapid to suit the present taste. If the modern waltz is headlong and intoxicating, no one is more to blame for it than Strauss. He says he is now engaged in a composition for dancers which will be of the minuet measure, and enable them to converse during its progress and interchange sweet sentiments whilst the mazy is pro gressing. It is strange that in these days of athletics dancers should grow languid, but beyond doubt the tendency noticed by Austria's favorite composer is not confined to Vienna. Ball-going women do not seem to be as much enervated as the men. Perhaps it is the abundance of exercise for males in field and gymnasium that renders them less dis posed to exertion on the dancing floor. The wholesale batchers have advanced the price of beeves from 1 to 1)4 cents per pound on the strength of the reports from Nevada of the loss of cattle during the late heavy storms there. Loa An geles ought to be independent of Nevada for her meat supply. We have the whole of Arizona, Lower California and our own inimitable grazing territory to draw upon for beef. Railroads Sued for Taxes. Ban Francisco, January 29. —several suits were brought today in tbe name of the people of the State by the Controller, against railroad companies, to recover delicquent State and county taxes for the year 1887. Following are tbe de fendants and the taxes sued for: Central Pacific, $295 700; Southern Pacific, $251,134; Northern Railway, $41,483; California Pacific, $37,075; South Pacific Coast, $10,718; San Fablo and Tulare, $11,880. Total, $647,439. THE CZAR OF THE HOUSE Speaker Reed's Extraordi nary Rulings. ALL PRECEDENTS DISREGARDED. The Most Bitter Fifffet Precipitated That Has Taken Place in Con gress Since the War. Associated Press Dispatches to tho Herald 1 Washington, January 29 —In the House today Dalzell called up the Smith-Jackson contested election cape, and this precipitated tho most bitter struggle seen in the House in a long time. Crisp raised the question of con sideration. On the vole all the Demo crats but Buckalew, Covert and Cowles refrained from voting. While the Clerk was calling the roll the Speaker was carefully counting those Democrats present and not voting. The vote was announced, yeas, 181; nays, 2. Crisp raised the point of no quorum. Tue Speaker directed the Clerk to record the names of members present and refusing to vote. This was the sig nal for a burst of applause on the Repub lican side, and jeers from the Demo crats. When the namo of Breckenridge, of Kentucky, was called, he stepped into the aisle and shouted: "I deny (lie power of tbe Speaker to do this, and de nounce it as revolutionary." Cheer af :er cheer, characterized by the Republicans as "rebel yells," went up from the Democratic side, and it was sev eral minutes before order was restored even partially. While the Clerk was reading the names a dozen Democrats were on their feet atone time, protesting. Outhwaite, among others, shouted that he was not present when his name was called. Crisp appealed from the Chair. The Speaker finally said: "The gen tleman must not mistake the situation. He is not fo compel the Chair to do certain things; the Cnair must proceed in order. The Chair therefore rules that there is a quorum present within the meaning of tbe Constitution." Crisp appealed. I'ayson moved to lay the appeal on the table, but withdrew his motion at the re quest of Butterworth, who said the Dem ocrats should be heard, Crisp then said the decision cf the Speaker was overturning the uninter rupted practice of one hundred years,and going directly in tbe face of the argu ments of distinguished Republicans. Ha quoted from Speaker Blame's ruling ou the Force bill, to the effectthat the Speaker had not the power to count a quorum, nnd declared that the decision just made by Reed would be the founda tion of tbe greatest legislative frauds ever committed. Crisp quoted Garfield, denouncing a similar rule proposed in his time, and asking: "How do we know but that tbe Speaker may see (for his own purpose) forty members more than there are in the House?" Outhwaite renewed his charge that he had been counted when not present, and a tremendous uproar ensued. The Speaker remained imperturbable and finally restored order. Crisp continued: "We have lived through a great civil war, when there was excitement unparalleled in the his tory of parliamentary action ; yet, during all these years, no man or no party over before thought it necessary to introduce a rule which would give the power of declaring the presence of inC mD3rH the single voice cf one person. 11l common with every member on hie side he demanded that there should be a public exhibition of the question; that there should be tollers. He quoted from the remarks of Reed himself in a de bute, in which Reed said : "The consti tutional idea of a quorum is net the physical presence of a majority of the members of the House, but a majority of the members present and participating in the business." [Triumphant cheers on tbe Democratic side and in the gal lery.] The Speaker then proceeded to make the statement that the Clerk had an nounced the members voting 161 yeas, 2 nays. The Clerk thereupon, having neard their names called in their pres ence, had directed a record to be made of this fact. Accordingly a question was now before the House, and the Chair proceeded to give a state ment, accompanied by hiß ruling, from which an appeal could be taken. The Speaker, continuing, said for some time a question of this nature has been raised in many parliamentary assemblages, and there had been a greet deal of doubt, especially in this body, on the subject. One of the first places where tbe question had been raised was in the Now York State Senate. The present Governor of New York was the presiding officer, and upon him devolved a duty similar to that which now de volved on the Speaker. He met that duty precisely in the same manner. The question had arisen in New York on the constitutional necessity of having three fifths of the members present to consti tute a quorum for the passage of a certain bill, and the presiding officer held that the constitutional provision as to a quorum was entirely satisfied by the presence of the members, even if they did not vote; tbat decision could not be regarded ac partisan. There also had been a decision in the Tennessee Legis lature in 1885. A bill wai pending which was objected to by the Republicans, who refused to vote, whereupon the Speaker directed the Clerk to count in present those not vot ing, and declared the bill passed on tbat reading. Those two decisions seemed to the present occupant cf the Chair, to cover the ground; but there v»as an entirely familiar process, which every old member would recognize, whereby the Chair had at all times the right to record the members present as constituting part of a quorum, ft had been an almost every day occur rence at certain stages of the cession, for votes to be announced by the Chair, containing obviously and emphatically no quorum. Yet,if the point was not made the bill is always declared passed, and that could only be on a very distinct basis, and that was that everybody pres ent silently agreed to ttie fact that there was a quorum. It had always been the practice of parliamentary bodieß, and especially in the Parliament of Great Britain, for the Speaker to determine the question if there was, or was not, a quorum present, by the count. Again, there was a provision in the Constitution which declared that tbe House might establish rules for compelling the attend ance of members. If tbe members could be present and refuse to exercise their functions, and yet not be counted a quorum, this provision would 6eem en-1 tirely nugatory. Cannon said the gentleman on the ot .erside should consult the Oonstitu tim, for, after all, in the -Constitution they had a modo of ascertaining what a quorum was; and if by the Constitution mere was a quorum present today the country would sustain the House going on and legislating. In conclnsion Cauiioii laid down the proposition that by general parliamentary law, and under the Con stitution, when a quorum was present and the fact afcsrtuined, and when there is a majority voting in favor cf a measure, that measure is adopted whether it be a motion, resolution or law. Carlisle said Reed waa taking ground that no other Speaker of this House ever did. He quoted from Constitutional sec tions, and said when tbe framers of tho Constitution provided that a majority of the members-elect Bhould constitute a quorum to do business, they saw that if it etoppad thero less than a quorum could <to nothing. Therefore, they pro vided that lets than a quorum could e'o certain things—adjourn from day to day and compel the attendance of absent members. If the ruling made this morning was correct, there was no necessity for any provision in the Con stitution to define what less than a ma jority could do. He denied absolutely the right of the presiding officer of the House to make the journal. (Suppose the Speaker had this right, then one man could pass a bill as well as one hun dred and sixty. The Speaker was simply an organ of tbe House, not its master. He (Carlisle) was not here to deal in epithets, but he did say that if this rul ing stood, it worked a complete revolu tion in tbe method of trasnacting busi ness in the House. McKinley took the floor, but yielded to a motion to adjourn, which was car ried without division. IN THE SENATE. The Eos Angeles I'ubllc Building Hill deported. Washington, January 29. —In the Son ate today a bill was reported for the further appropriation of $350,000 for a public building at Los Angeles. Mitchell addressed the Senate on the bill for the free coinage of silver. It was, he said, a subject involving the conten tion (in the main) between the rich and poor; between the cr-.'ditor class and the debtor class. It involved a gigantic efl'irt (or perhaps tlie term "conspiracy" might not be inappropriate) on the part of a special class aud its allies, to depress values in order that the price of creditors' bonds and notes and mortgagej and gold coin might be increased in value, and their power of absorption uugmented. The pending bill, he said, was not a de mand for the issue of an unlimited supply of money, as all agreed!'hat euch a policy would be suicidal. It wa« a bill, how ever, to provide for a sufficient amount of circulation medium by which to meet the largely increased and largely increas ing business of the country, and which would tend to check tbe alarming decline in the value of farms, farm products and other commodities. The question was whether the double standard of money should be re-established, or whether gold alone phould continue to be the monetary standard. Was the financial ship cf the Americans to sail only in the wake of the golden triumphs of Great Britain? Mitchell went on to argue tbat the only way to restore and secure na tional prosperity, was to provide by law for tho free and unlimited coinage of sil ver bullion into standard silver dollars ol the present weight and fineness, and to give to that coinage the debt-paying functions of a legal tender, cf course, with proper restrictions to protect the mints from imposition, and alto to provide for the issue of legal tender certificates, hased on silver coinage. The Windom b'il he regarded as fatally defective; with slight smeudmentP, however, that prop ooition stood third in hip. estimation as a measure in the right direction tho free and unlimited coinage of silver stood first. At the conclusion of his address the Senate went into executive session aud then adjourned TWO BEADI.OUK9. One lii the Buckeye, the Other In the. Hawkeye Mate. Columbus, 0,, January 29—The State Senate is in a deadlock in the contest for the Lieutenant Governorship, and the Democrats are holding the body in Bes sie n, awaiting tbe arrival of absent members. At 8 o'clock this eveniug another Dem ocratic Seuator arrived and business pro ceeded. The Republicans will carry the case to the Supreme Ciurt if Lampson is ousted, on the ground that the majority are not conducting tbe contest in accord ance with the statutes. Dcs Moines, la., January 29.—Tbe House met this morning, and as usual took seventeen futile ballots for perma nent officers, and adjourned. Cou fir mat lon*. Washington, January 29 —Confirma tions: United States Attorneys—Chas. S. Varian, Utah; John W. Whitcher. Nevada. Joseph P. Wilson, United States Mar shal for Idaho. John S. Bigbee, of California, Marshal for the district of Alaska. H. M. Kutchin, Postmaster, San Diego, California. D. C. Jenkins, Postmaster, Whatcom, Washington. Also a number cf Utah Probate Judges, land officers, etc. Willis Sweet, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Idaho. Tho Southern Pacific's Losses. San Francisco, January 29 —The loss sustained by the S juthern Pacific Com pany) based upon what are thought to be reliable estimates, is shown in the fol lowing table: December washouts in Soledad canon, $50,000. To rebuild next spring the railroad in the same cafion, $500,000. Losb in traffic on the Central Pacific $250,000. Loss in traffic on the Oregon line $50,000. Extra labor for fha past sixteen days on tbe Oregon and the Central Pacific $1(30 000. Decrease in local traffic, $100,000. Total, $1,110,000. Prospect.ye Hlppodronilngr. San Francisco, January 29.—8i11y Murnhy, tbe Australian, and Tommy Warren signed articles tonight to fight at the Occidental Club on March Hth, next, for a $1,500 purse. They will at 118 pounds. Murphy desired to give or take two poundn, but Warren refused. Each deposited $250 forfeit. Bonds for Seed Wheat. Chicago, January 29 —Governor Mel lette and other prominent South Dako tanß are in the city today. They have been to Minneapolis and St. Paul, and now come to Chicago to arrange for bonds Soutb Dakota counties propose to issue to raise money to buy seed wheat for the farmers. STORM AND BLOCKADE. The Battle in the Sierras Renewed. A DREARY PROSPECT AHEAD. The Suow Again riling Up—Heavy Rains in the Northern Highlands. Associated Press Dispatches to the Hkrai.d. Sacramknto, January 29 —Indications tonight are that there will be another great fiaht on the Sierras with the enow. At tho railroad office in this city the sit uation "on the bill" is described as seri ous. Snow is filling fast and filling the cuts. A largo force of shovelers are still working at it. The rotary plow, dis abled yesterday at Cascade, was brought here tonight for repairs. No trains are running on the mountain division to night. Truckee, Cal., January 29.—The Cascade cut was opened at 3 o'clock this morning by 500 snow-ehovelers raising the blockade from Tunnel 13 westward. A wooden plow with seven engines, having Hoy's wrecking outfit on the rear of the train, which started west from Truckee at B o'clock this morning, carrying sixty snow-shovelers, met with an almost insurmountable difficulty on account cf frozsn snow and slush on the sides of the cut. In places huge blocks of ice had rolled on the side of tbe track and frozen solid. Tbe plow went off the track three times, and at other times stuck fast nnd had to be shoveled out. It is now less than four miles from town, and has three miles further to go before the road is clear. It is storming fearfully ail along tbe line, and drifting and blowing every where. Superintendent Whitehead went to Reno this afternoon. The snow is drifting badly down tho Truckee eafiou, but no trouble is anticipated eastward. There is no truth in the report of four deaths from diphtheria, but one death, has occurred. Doctor Borde reports that thera is not a single case of diphtheria at present among tho passengers. Eight mail cars, containing nine days west-bound mail, arrived from Reno last night. Three box-cars, loaded with newspapers, were left at R*»no. A snowslide occurred at 9 o'clock this evening, east of Verdi, three feet deep aud COO feet wide. NOT IM'ili !t,K.IM„ The Elements uaihcr Their Forces for a tTretih Onslaught, Sacramento, January 29. —The reports which were received at railroad head quarters this morning from the sceue of the snow blockade were not encouraging. The fact that the barometer is lowering at the summit is regarded as an ominous sign. These portents have cut such a figure in the recent eiege that their warn ings are promptly heeded by the offi cials. The further fact that high winds are rising and sweeping over the snow clad hills with a driving fury, is also not regarded as a favorable indication. It really begins to seem that the ele ments are gathering their weapons for another fearful onslaught. Should this unhappy prospect develop iuto reality, the efforts of the company will appear a mockery before the rage of the storm, and the wind which arose last night aB a forerunner of devastation, made its power felt most fearfully. Thero is an unpro tected stretch of track between tbe tunnel and Truckee, which runs along the base of the surrounding hills. The hurricane swept one of these high mountain';) cloaks of into motion and the seeth ing mass Wl crumbling upon the track, covering it completely beneath its d*ptb. Should the wihd continue further trouble is expected from slides, as there are boundless banks of snow ready to suc cumb before the disturbing" element. There is no telling when or where the next slide will occur. Sj much trouble has been experienced with the wires that last night it waß decided to make a rad ical move toward repairing the syßtem. Linemen bad been sent out from Truckee and other points, but their labor bore little fruit and the wires could not be re lied upon to operate satisfactorily. Ac cordingly a special train was made up under direction of Superintendent Wright and a number of bis men, supplied with wires and all necessary appliances, were sent to locate weak spots and make de sired repairs. WEITHEU CONDITIONS. Warm Southern Winds Cause Hc uewed Kalns lv the North. San Francisco, January 29. —The latest information today from the United States Signal Service shows that the temperature is about the normal iv North ern California, and about normal in all other districts, except Nevada, where it is very low, but likely to grow warmer during the next twenty-four hours. A well denned storm center is observed off Cape Flattery, Washington. A CLEAR NIGHT AT SISSONS. Sissons, Cal., January 29 —A light snow this morning turned to rain this afternoon. Tonight is clear. WINO FROM THE RAIN QUARTER. Stockton, January 29. —It commenced raining again tonight, with the wind blowing from the rain quarter. HEAVY STORM AT NAPA. Napa, Cal., January 29.—A very light rain set in this morning and increased to a heavy storm tonight. DAMAGE TO FRUIT TREES. Dutch Flat Station, Cal., January 29.—1t commenced raining here this afternoon, with a steady wind. The snow has settled one-half. Great dam age has been done to fruit trees. streams rising again. Uriah, Cal., January 29. —The storm still continues, and tbe streams are rising again, which has made the country roads perfectly impassable. RIVER RISING RAPIDLY. Kennett, Shasta County, Cal., Janu ary 29.—The road is blocked beyond hare. There are two big slides within half a mile of the station. Tne river here is rising over six inches an hour. SNOW MELTING FAST. Shasta, Cal., January 29— The wind has been blowing a gale from the south west here for tbe past twenty-four hours, and it is now raining hard. Tne snow is melting very fast. PORTENTOUS INDICATIONS. Healdsburg, Cal., January 29 —The Board of Supervisors of Sonoma county visited this place today. They estimate the damage to bridges alone in this county at seventy thousand dollars. It has been raining today, and the indica tions are for continued storms. BAIN COMING DOWN HARD. . Colusa, Oal., January 29. — After, three days of clear weather another rain eet in tonight and is coming down hard. The water has all gone off the flooded districts except in the tule lands. The damage will amount to practically nothing. The river here is falling fast. A LONG CONTINUED DOWNPOUR. Delta, Cal., January 29 — rUin still continues very hard here. It has been raining for thirty-six hours. Tbe snow is melting fast, and the river is rising rapidly. Large Blides are reported north of here on the railroad. From the pres ent outlock it will be Borne time before trains can run through. THE RUSSIAN RIVER'S RAVAGES. Santa Rosa, January 29 —Reports from (iuerneville.Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Sonoma, Knight's Valley, Bodega, Dun can's Mills, Petaluma and other county towns show that the looses from the re cent storms are unprecedented in the history of the county. The farmers along the Russian river sustained con siderable loss by the river cutting into their land. The road leading from Skagg's Springs to the coast, just eom ple ed at an expense of $20,000, is badly damaged. RAIN MELTING THE SNOW. Redding, Cal., January 29.—A stiff breez? from the south culminated in a severe rainstorm at noon today, which will melt the snow fast. The railroad is still blocked. The stage road from Hel comb's Station, forty miles from Red ding, to Bieber, Lassen county, is blocked. No mail has gotten through for seven days. In local cities where for ten years there has been a trifling snow fall, this season the snow is six feet deep. The waters are not high, but will rise fast if the storm continues. SNOW TURNS TO RAIN. Sisson, January 29. —It was snowing all of yeeterday, which last night turned into a warm rain; temperature ,')4 degrees. Should it continue twenty four hours it will greatly reduce the amount of snow and raise the Sacramento river. The railroad is now open from Redding to above Dunsmuir. where a enow plow and • force of men, with Superintendent Pratt, are working in the mud and snowslides below Mott. They will probably reach here in a few days, unless more slides occur. The snow plow working 'rom H.lgewood has not arrived, as several engines are disabled. There is but little news from tbe Siski you mountains. Everything has been abandoned there until this portion of the lino gets open. NO FEAR OF HIGH WATER. Orovii.le, Cal., January 29. —The past three days have been clear; today is cloudy and a light rain is falling. It it warmer but not warm enough to send the rain fur into the mountains, and it is feared that another heavy fall of snow wdl be the result. No fears are enter tained here of high water at present, as it will require weeks of warm rain and heavy winds to start much snow, but the snow is there and unless it goes off slower than is usually the case, extreme high water must occur before the season is past. Several parties have been formed in different portions of the moun tains to visit persons living in out-of-the way places who have not been heard from since the commencement of the storm. In two or three cases persons searched for have been found dead, and several were found who needed relief. It is feared many more old miners, who lived alone in the mountains for years, have fallen victims to the terrible winter. RAINING IN OREGON. Ashland, Or., January 29.—1t bas been mining steadily here since yester day. The thermometer is at 45, and the snow is rapidly melting in the mountains. The streams are rising and damages are reported from the track washing out nil c miles north of Grant's pass. All the first-class passengers for the south de tained here left yesterday morning for Portland. Only one train has come straight through from Portland in a week. There is a prospect of another flood in the Rogue river and its trib utaries. A CLOUD-BURST AT REDDING. San Francisco, January 29.—A Red ding special to tho Chronicle says: The mountain roads and gulches are block aded by drifts from fifteen feet to un known depth, and at some points no relief can be sent for a month to come. Yesterday the storm continued, and to day the upper Sacramento is a raging torrent, but no fears of danger are entertained. Copley reports getting short in provisions, and a supply train was sent today. Nearly all the mines in this section have closed down. At tbe Iron Mountain and Confidence mines several slides have occurred, and buildings are broken down. A cloud hurst struck Redding this afternoon, lasting tbree-quarters of an hour. The Btreets were turned to streams cf water, and it is probable tbe railroad south of here will be closed again by washouts. PLOWS DISAItMII Both tne Rotary and tbe Cyclone Badly Crippled. Truckee, Cal., January 29—The rotary plow has broken every cog on tbe gearing of the main shaft, and gone to Sacramento for repairs. The'cyclone plow, which reached Truckee at coon yesterday, has two of her six steam cyl inders completely disabled and is in poor condition to work. Four hundred snow shovelers have be9n throwing out ice and frozen snow between here and Tunnel No. 13. The track is in good con dition from Cascade east. Fears being entertained that the cyclone plow was too large to go through the sheds, sbe was run through the sheds above Truckee at 6 o'clock last night. It is now thought she will have no difficulty in the sheds. Last evening was bright and the people of Truckee were out to witness the spec tacle of the cyclone plow at work. The forward trucks of the plow soon went cfF the track and a wrecking crew has bsen trying to replace her. A westbound train, carrying westbound mail is at Boca. BLOCKADE YARNS. Snowbound Players Relate Some Tough Experiences. Kansas City, January 29 —The Bos ton Howard Athecieum Company, which had been snowed up in the western mountains nine days, arrived here this evening. Tho members of the company, though they suffered no severe hard ships, are unanimously pleased at being able to experience the luxuries of civili zation after their lone imprisonment in the snow. Manager Thacker lays all the blame for the delay on the railroad com pany, which insisted on a futile attempt ro send the snowbound train east from Shady Run, California, when compara tively clear tracks west would have per mitted them to reach Alta, and thence a free route east. In the matter of food the snowbound passengers were com pelled to take "pot luck" with Chinese snow shovelers or provide their own means of subsistence. They preferred the latter. Fl-re Years for Larceny. Philadelphia, January 29 —Dr. Brad ley, manager of the weekly edition of the Press,' was sentenced to five years for lai ceny of tbe paper's funds.