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OAILY IIKRALD. I —PUBLISHED— BKVKN DAYS A. WKKK. JOSEPH D. LTNCH. JAMBS J. AVERS. AVERS & LYNCH, ■ PUBLISHERS. Entered at tbe postoffice at Los Angeles as second-class matter.! DELIVERED BY CARRIERS At 80c. per Woeb. or SOc. per Month. Office of Fnbllcation, 12S-125 West Second Street ' .is Anteles. Telephone Ko. 156 THURSDAY. li:«RI*«V (t, 1890. Valuable Visitors Coming. The excursion of grccers and fruit and produce dealers, which started from Boston for Los Angeles yesterday, is cf more than ordinary significance to us, when looked upon with a view to the probable bearing the visit will have upon our fruit industries. There are in the ex cursion sixty-nine of the leading grocers of the East. These men make the visit with a business object as well as for pleasure. They wish to see for them selves the fruit possibilities of our State, and to determine, from what they see, the changes they should make in their present methods cf encouraging importa tions from foreign countries which can be supplied as well, if not better, by California. These gentle men not only represent capital but they represent the business facilities of the trade in the great centres—facilities that will enable them to produce changes that may greatly enure to our advantage. Let us suppose that these gentlemen will be satisfied, from actual observation, that California ia capable, with proper encouragement, of supplying the Eastern markets with all the can ned fruits they require; with olives and olive oil; with candied fruits and orange marmalades; with English wslnufs and almonds ; with all the cit rus fruits and with grapes and raisins, as well as with an Infinite variety of pre serves and deciduous fruits put up in brandies. If they are satisfied, as they doubtless will be, after they have fully investigated the subject, that we are entirely capable of filling all the orders they may send us, and of in creasing our production in these lines in definitely, as well as of furnishing goods better than those they are now handling, we have no doubt they will return East with the patriotic determination to exert their great power in favor of extending and developing our fruit resources by giving them every facility in our markets their merit deserves. If these gentlemen will only aid us in popularizing our own productions under their own labels they will do us an ines timable service. But there are many ways in which these excursionists can ba of the greatest advantage to us, and we would make a great mistake not to take steps to enable them when they reach here to become fully posted upon our fruit and nut industries, and upon all our productions pertaining to the trade tbey are engaged in. A Fol-de-Rol Regime. We publish elsewhere a communica tion from a citizen who discusses the extravagant onduetof tbe city govern ment in very plain and earnest English. He is too sweeping in his demands to reduce the police force and bring down the salaries of teach w, but his reflections upon tbe inefficiency of the Council are merited. The writer ia a strong Republican parti san, but like a great majority of the Re publican taxpayers of the city, he does not feel that he should hold hie tongue and see the city and the people bank rupted even by a Republican govern ment. The people are manifestly becom ing very restive under tie wasteful in capacity of the present municipal regime. Never before in the history of thia city has there been exhibited 60 set a pur pose of defiant incompetency ruling the destinies of Los Angeles. Resolute and immovable in the wrong, they treat any referenc? to their courses as fol-de-roi. If they are told that they are spending the people's money illegally and in de fiance of the plain letter of the law, their answer is fol-de rol. All j ast and serious criticism of their high-handed acts is fol de-rol. They have fol-de-rol'd them selves into public odium, and every mother's son of them when they retire will be politically dead. Thia condition of affairs is the result of blind partisanship. If the Republicans had not baen so greedy for office they would have seen that it is a dangerous policy to turn a local govern ment wholly over to one party. There is no check whatever upon either the Council or the Board of Edu cation. True, that in the latter body there is one lone Democrat, and he is the only one that figures in any office in the city. What is the conseqience? The Republican regime has everything its own way. It cannot be challenged from the inside, aud does aa it pleases. In effect it asks the people what they are going to do about it? That, however, waa asked once before, and the public wreckera found that there was a good deal that the people could do about it. Perhaps history elsewhere will be re peated in Los Angeles. Certainly the people are not going to quietly submit to an imbecile rule that is rapidly forcing them into bankruptcy. The duel between the Marquia de Mores and M. Dreyfus, editor of the Paris Nation, which took place on Sun day, waa not one of the usual toad-atick ing affairs we are used to read about as taking place in France. This duel was for blood, and Dreyfus only eecaped in stant death because his pistol arm hap pened, after firiDg, to have dropped across his breast and received the bullet that would otherwise have entered his heart. Dreyfus is one of Paris's dead •hots, and the Marquis de Mores has had quite a reputation for "sand" aa a Montana "cowboy," he having been an extensive ranchero in that Territory, and having held hia own in many frontier THE LOS ANGELES DAILY HERALD: THURSDAY MORNING. FEBRUARY 5. Ib9o shooting rencontres. His wife is a New \ T ork lady, and it was an allusion to her in the Nation which led to the challenge. Dreyfus was nervous and fired too hastily to make a good shot. De Moreß held his fire and took deliberate aim. The Plot to Crush the Minority. The conspiracy which has culminated in the disgraceful exhibition we have seen in the lower House of Congress the past few days, was deliberately planned by the Republican leaders long ago. The Eastern press were aware as early as the beginning of December that a plot of the kind since developed was in the progress of fruition, and when the Republican Congressional caucus was held on the 27th of January, the whole programme was carefully outlined. As early as the 29th ultimo, the New York World showed that it was well posted upon the plot, and discussed the whole matter in its columns. An editorial of that date is very vigorous in its denunciation of the scheme. It says: The Republican caucus cf the House of Representatives has determined to obey Quay's order, and has decided that Congress must wait for its rules until the seventeen Republican contestants are seated. In the history of parliamentary gov ernment since the time of the Stuarts there has been no such exhibition of tyranny. It has been the crownine glory of the system which we inherited and have improved that the rights of the minority were always scrupulously observed by the majority. It iB one of the most serious counts against the ex isting majority in Congress that the minority is compelled to insist upon the retention of rules that delay business in order to protect itself against a merci less oppression. The disposition of the majority is such that the minority must have the power to compel it to be fair. The meaning of the caucus resolution is clear. Tne announcement that the contesting Republicans must be seated before rules can be adopted, is a bold and reckless declaration that Mr. Reed is to employ his self-assumed atbitrary power for the purposo cf deciding the contests in favor of his own party. There is no concealment of the purpose to increase the Republican majority by any method, no matter how corrupt. In order to accomplish this purpose, to re verse the verdict of the voters, to cheat constituencies of their duly elected Con gressmen and to defraud the minority, Mr. Reed is to be left with aibitrary power. How willing he is to assume such power he has already shown. This is the plot which was furthered by the Re publican caucus on Monday evening. It is bold, it is revolu tionary, it is criminal. It is worthy of its authors —of Quay the boss, of Dudley the criminal, of Attorney Edmunds, of Harrison and of Keed. If the Republicans desired to decide •hese cases on their merits they would be eager for rules of orderly procedure. That they are not is proof positive of a dishonest purpose. The London Times d job penance to the extent of £5,000 and costs for falsely ac cusing Parnell of criminal connection with the Hyde Park murders. The fact that the Irish leader comes triumphantly out of the Times's slanders, gives ns leave to anticipate with complete confidence his thorough vindication from the charges brought against him by Captain O'Shea in hia application for divorce. As Captain O'Shea was a willing wit ness for the Times, and an apostate from the principles he professed when Parnell gave him a seat in Parliament from Ireland, there would seem to be a well-defined connection between O'fcbea and the Times in a mutual purpose to slander the Irish leader. A3 the principal traducer has received a fall, it is reason able to suppose that the satellite will soon follow. As English warship of the first class recently had a suggestive experience in the Channel. The belligerent vessel nearly ran foul of a derelict laden with timber. Afrer a time the warßhip de cided to sink the dangerous nuisance. For some hours the warship fired her heaviest guns at the derelict. The next day the timber-laden craft was found aground, not touched by a single shot. This is a strange commentary on the value of English ironclads. If they can't hit anything with their guns, and are so heavily armored that they cannot be hurt themselves, they become a sort of stand-off piece of useless sea furniture. In tub extreme northern part of the State and Southern Oregon there has been one of the heaviest visitations of rain for the past five days ever experi enced in that region. In Southern Ore gon tho fall has been so great as to do immense damage—sweeping away fences and carrying the soil down to the gravel off of many farms. The snows in the mountains are rapidly melted by the warm rains, and there is danger from freshets and overflow in all the northern streams. Verily, this has been an ex ceptionally severe winter on the whole Pacific coast. What is the matter with the District Attorney'B office? The Chandler case talis to the ground in the middle of the trial because of an error of fact in the indictment that ought not to have oc curred, and which could have been easily obviated by proper attention to the detail of the duties of the office. The indictment charged Chandler with taking bribes to prevent the revocation of a license that was not granted until after the time when the crime was charged to have been committed. Tt was an odd experience of Bishop Wbitaker's to spend twelve years in Ne vada without seeing a pistol drawn and then to go to Philadelphia to be fired at in church. But the particular kind of crank that would exterminate everybody wffo does not think as he does ia not allowed to go at large in Nevada long. Where Reform Is Weak. The Republican preas of the South is unanimous against ballot reform, muni cipal reform, civil service reform. The Republican journals of any standing in the North are favoring these reforms in State and national administration. We invite Senator Ingalls's attention to this, and would like him to tell a patient pub-1 lie why it is so.—[Chattanooga Times, j RULES OF THE HOUSE. The New Code Ready to Bt Reported. RADICAL CHANGES PROPOSED. "Watchmen Gauged, Watch Dogs Chained and Treasury Open to Plunder." Associated Press Dispatches to the llkkai.i Washington, February 5.—A large number of the members of tbe Houso having gone to attend the funeral of Mrs. and Mi3B Tracy this morning, the cleiks were permitted to read the journal in abridged form. Oa tho yeas and being demanded by the Democrats the journal was approved and the House ad journed. A Republican caucus was announced to be held immediately, and a Demo cratic caucus this evening. REPUBLICAN CAUCUS. much v i-itnu Ii iiu . The Republican caucuß was called to order by Henderson, of Illinois. The new code of rules was discussed by McKinley, who ex plained them in detail. The reading of the new code consumed a great deal o; time. As each rule wis read its pro visions were explained by McKinley. There were frequent inquiries for more detailed information as to the effect of the changes. The work progressed slowly. Generally the report of the committee was adopted without material amend ment, but there was at least one impor tant addition, viz.: Pension legislation was placed in the privileged class, and reports from the committee on invalid pensions were made in order at any time. This change was made by a vote of 76 to 24. Ttiree calendars are provided for under Rule 15. New clauses are added as follows: The names of members present, but not voting on any call by the Speaker for the yeas and noes, shall be noted by the clerk, under the supervision of the Speaker, and be recorded in the journal immediately after the nameß of those voting in the affirmative and negative, under the head ot "Present and not Vot ing," and shall be followed by the names of absent members, which shall be en tered under the head of "Absentees." [ This is iv line with Speaker Keed'a rul ings.] Under Kule 16, clause 4 reads: When a question is under debate no motion shall be received but to adjourn, to lay on the table, for the previous question (which motions shall be decided without debate), to postpone to a cartain day, to refer, or to amend, or postpone indefin itely, which several motions shall have precedence in the foregoing order; and Ino such motion being decided shall be again allowed on the same day at the same stage of the proceedings. [This section is aimed at filibustering and changes the old section by striking out from the motions which may be received, those to fix a day to which the House shall adjourn, and to take a recess.J * In Section 5 of the same rule the pro vision that motions to adjourn to a fixed day, to adjourn, and to take a recess, shall always he in order, is stricken out. But Section 10 of the same rule carries the princi _>le atill further, for it is a new section, which reads: "No dilatory motions shall be entertained by the Speaker." Under Rule 17 it is provided that the previous question may be made to in clude a bill, to its passage or rejection. The provision in the same section of the old code, that motions to lay on the table shall be in order on the second and third reading of tbe bill, is omitted The prin ciple of preventing obstruction is again put in operation in Rule 18, which is I amended, as compared with the old code, by the straightening out of the questions that may intervene between a motion to reconsider and to vote, and those to adjourn to a' fixed day aud to take a recess. Section 1 of tho oid Rule 21, which re quires all bills and joint resolutions to be read three times before passing, is stricken out. Section 2 of the same rule, forbidding the inclusion in general rppropriation bills of appropriations by law or by legis lation, is retained, with the additiooc' an exception in favor of such as, bein germane to the subject-matter of the bill shall be deemed necessary in providin for the carrying on of the several depart ments of the Government, and shall b recommended or moved by the directioi . of tho committee reporting the bill. Rule 21 omits the provisions of the oh rule, forbidding the amalgamation o two pending resolutions, and treatini river and harbor and post route bills a petitions in their introduction. Another important step to prevent fili bustering ia found in Rule 22. which hai reference to the introduction of bills Under the former rules any membei could on Mondays prevent the transac lion cf business by introducing long bids new or old, and demanding their reauinj in full, thus consuming the day. Undei the present code no provision is made foi a bill day on Monday, and whenever a public bill is introduced it shall be reaci by title only. In Rule 23, section 2, which requires the committee of the whole to rise when without a quorum, a clause is inserted after the word "quorum" as follows: "Which shall consist of 100 members.' 1 What may be a change full of signifi cance occurs in Section 'i of the same rule, requiring certain measures to be considered in committee of the whole. In the opening sentence of this, which reads: "All motions or propositionsoriui nating either in the House or Senate, in volving tax or charge upon the people; all proceedings touching the appropria tions of money," the words, "originating in the House or Senate," are newly in serted, and would appear to recognize the long disputed right of the Senate to originate tariff and appropriation bills. Another important change in the line of expediting business, occurs in a section of the seme rule, which prescribes the order of business in committee of the whole. The change reads: "Or in such order as the committee may determine, unless the question to be considered was determined by the House at the time of going into committee." The effect ia to relieve the House from the necessity of laying aside bills preceding in order" the one it is desired fo reach, which tffered a large opportunity for obstruction. Another change in the Bame direction is in S-ction 6, same rule, which permits the committee of the whole to limit or close a debate without rising and going in to the open House for order, and for bids debate on a motion to close a de bate. Rule 24 (order of business) ia radically different from the old rule. It provides that after prayer and the reading of the journal, the order shall be as follows: Correction of reference of bills; disposal of business on the Speaker's table • un finished business ; morning hour for dis posal of reports from committees; mo tions to go into committee of the whole on the state of the Union; to consider bills designated ai the ordi'.r of the day. After the disposal of the business on tlie Speaker's table,! he unfinihhed business in which the House may be engaged at adjournment, except business in tho morning hour, phall be resumed, and at tho same time each day thereafter until disposed of. After the disposal of un finished business, committees may in order call up for c moderation any bill reported on the previous day, and on the House Cidendar. When a committee has occupied tlie morning hour on two days, another committee must be called. After the morning hour, motions to iro into committee of the whole to consider a particular bill are in order. Another chance of consequence occurs in Kule 2S, which requires a two-thirds vote to suspend a rule. To this an ad dition is made ad follows: "Except to fix a day for the consideration of a bill or resolution already favorably reported by committee, or a motion directed to bo made by such committee, which shall require only a majority vote of tho House. The caucus remained in session until 7 o'clock. Great secrecy in regard to the proceedings was preserved, and every effort was made to prevent the action of the caucus from becoming public. While it is stated that on every question pre sented the caucus was harmonious, the length of the session and tlie known op position of several prominent Republi cans to any radical change in the rules, render the accuracy of this statement doubtful. In fact it has been gathered that far from being harmonious, the caucus at times waa strongly worked up by the expressions of totally divergent opinions, and that thia proposition is tlie more probable one is evidenced by the ureat care which was taken to prevent the facts from being known. DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS. 'Ihe New Code Discussed ana Com mented I i>on. The Democratic caucus met tonight. Mr. Carlisle read ami explained the new rules. There was little discussion, but occasionally some member would boil over with indignation at some obnoxious rule. Springer thought that the rules meant that the "watchmen were gagged, the watch dogs chained end tlie treasury thrown open to plunder." The general sentiment, however, was that no matter how obnoxious tho rules are, they were arked for by the Democrats, and should be considered in a fair spirit. Carlisle was accordingly instructed to negotiate for a proper and reasonable debate when they were called up for consideration. If these concessions are granted, the Dem ocrats will interpose no unusual obstacles to the action upon the rules. SENATE PRin EEDINUS. Coii&rratulntliiir llrazlt-ThcSamoau Treaty Called In Aialn. Washington, February 5. —In the Senate the bill to provide a temporary eovernment for the Territory of Okla homa was taken up, and the clerk com menced to read the hill, but hid not com pleted when, at 2 o'clock, the hill to aid in the establishment and temporary sup port of common schools was taken up as unfinished business. Blair, after speaking a few minutes in advocacy of it, temporarily yielded the floor to Sherman, who, from the commit ter on foreign relations, reported the fol lowing resolution, which was placad on the calendar, congratulating the people of the United States of Brazil on their adoption of a Republican form of gov ernment. "Resohed, etc.. That tbe United States of Amei ica congratulates the people of Brazil on their juut and peaceful assump tion of the powers, duties and responsi bilities of self government, based upon tho free consent of the governed, and on their recent adoption of a Republican form of government." This joint resolution is reported as a substitute for that of Morgan, which was referred to the committee on foreign re lations. It omits the words "expressed in their repudia'ion of monarchial rule." It also omits several paragraphs declar ing the recognition of the United States of Brazil as a lawful and rightful govern ment, and directing the President to re quire the people and officers of the United States to recognizstbe fl ig of the United States of Erazil as the flag of a free, sovereign and independent state. ; Blair then resumed hia argument. He , declared the constitutionality of the bill I beyond question, and spoke at some length in support of his favorite measure, i In executive session tho Samoan treaty was brought up again by Edmunds in a resolution declaring it the understanding of the Senate that the rights of the ' United States to Pago-Pago harbor were not disturbed by the treaty. Tois was discussed for a long time. A vote on the motion to lay the resolution on tho table disclosed the fact of no quorum present, and the Senate then adjourned. The majority of those present were in favor of laying the motion on the table. INTERSTATE TELEfiBAPH, A Bill to Hegulale Commerce By Wire. Washington, February 5. — Senator Collum today reported favorably from tbe committee on commerce Senator Spooner's bill to regulate interstate com merce by telegraph. Its provisions are similar in general tenor to those of the interstate commerce law, as applied to railroads. Tlie bill includes a provisim similar to the long and short haul clause in the interstate commerce law. In the section forbidding special rates, rebates or drawbacks to any person, firm or corporation, the following proviso occurs: But noihing in this act shall be construed as prohibit ing any telegraph company from receiv ing, transmitting and delivering mes sages for the United States or State or municipal corporations, or tbe press, in tended for publication as news, at lower rales than charged for social, business and other messages, but no such com pany shall discriminate between the publishers of newspapers by allowing terms or advantages to one or more newspapers for like or contemporaneous service, which are not allowed to-news papers in any city, town or place where there is or may bo a telegraph office, from which such messages may be dropped. A Shocking Suicide. Nkw York, February 5. —At the Eighth-street station oi the elevated rail road on Sixth avenue, an unknown man jumped in front of the down-town train, and before it conl d be stopped was dragged to the south end of the platform before the eyes of the terrified crowd. The engine passed over the man's legs and completely severed them, but he con-j tinned to breathe for fifteen minutes, j WEB-FOOT FLOOD. An Awful Deluge In the State of Oregon. THE CITY OF PORTLAND FLOODED rreniendous Destruction of Property In the Southern ami Cen tral Valleys. Ansociated Press Disoatehus to the Hsp.ai,d. Ciik'aoo, February 5.— For Several days the oily of Portland and other points in Oregon have been physically cut off from communication. From a telegram received this afternoon by the Postal Tel egraph Company at Montreal, by C. B. Hosmer, of the Canadian Pacific, and forwarded by him to the Associated Press, it would seem that Portland is to danger from Hoods. The message is as follows: "Water is now flooding First street. All traflic in the streets is suspended. The only means of communication are by small boats. The Pacific Postal telegraph office floor is covered with water. The river is still rising. No news from the south." Tho situation at Portland is undoubt edly due lo the rapid rise of the Wil lamette river. He flows into the Co lumbia just above Portland. For nearly a month past the hills and mountains of Oregon through which the river flows have been tilled with continually failing snow. The drifts in some places are fif teen to twenty feet high. During the paßt few days, however, warm winds melted this and the Willamette river be came a torrent. On the Northern Pa cific, between Noxon and Trout creek, there have been several serious elides since Saturday. Telegraph lines are also interrupted. SOUTHERN OREGON. Incalculable Damage by Flood* in the lllvcr Valleys. San Francisco, February 5.—A. dis patch from Jacksonville, Oregon, says: "A. phenomenal rain storm hus prevailed in Southern Oregon since last Friday, which, in connecion with the melting snow in the mountains, has caused the greatest flood known since the country waa settled. The damage in S mlhoru Oregon cannot he estimated as yet, as ail communication is so uncertain and lim ited tliiit only surmises cau he made uf the raTages of ihe water. In the valleys of the numerous tributaries of Rogue river, many small ranches have be.en badly damaged, if not mined; miles of fencing has been swept away; much of the fi..e?t soil in the lo ~er val ley is washed down to gravel and bed rock, and the spectacle of fields flooded, roads washed out, and bridges and cut verts damaged is common. The fertile Bear creek region has not escaped the visitation. The heart of the valley has presented the appearance i f a turbid sea for days, and communication between its many towns wan almost sus pended by the swoolleu foothill streams. Bear creek itself has borne along a great deal of wreckage, besides fences, out buildings and even barns and tious»s, and has wrought much destruction in undermining and sluicing off' the deep alluvium that composes its banks. In the Applegate region there are few bridges lett. Many people were obliged to leave their hemes for safety. Great damage was done to the mining interewts of that section by the bursting of dams and reservoirs, breaking and filling of ditches and loss of flume boxes and ma chinery. The Oregon and California railway track in Southern Oregon hiss been washed away for miles. The road bed is seriously damaged along the whole line. There his not been a mail from either north or south for several weeks. No estimate can bo made of the loss to the country in bridges and private prop erty. Hundreds of thousands of dollars will not cover it. THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY. Deluged for a Distance of One Hun- dred nnd 1 wenty-flve miles. San Francisco, February 5. —Tele- graphic communication between here and Portland, Oregon, has been almost entirely cut off for three days, but from private and brief press telegrams, it is learned that Western Oregon has been visited by a much more severe storm than fell in Northern California a fort night or more since. In the Willamette valley, the largest and richest valley of that part of Oregon lying west of the Cascade range, warm rains have fallen, which, with the melting snow on the mountains, have caused floods ex tending from Eugene northward 125 miles to Portland. It is learned that at least some of the smaller houses along the banks of the Willamette river have been destroyed; farms have \ been flooded; fences, barns and bridges car ried away. One and possibly two bridges on the Oregon and California railroad are gone. Water is running through the streets of Portland. Landslides on the line of the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company's road, where it follows the gorge of the Colum bia through the Cascade range, caused the interruption of both railroad and tel egraphic communication direct lo the East. The water has also been high in the Umpqua and Rogue river valleys. At Roseburg seven inches of rain has fallen in four days. The Umpqua river, how ever, fell ten feet in twelve hours today, the weather having been pleasant. The woolen mill there is a total wreck; less, .•f;;o,ooo. Advices from Ashland are that rain is falling today in the Rogue river valley, and that about all the bridges, big and little, in Southern Oregon are gone. THE DAMAGING WATERS. The (ircat Snow Blockade Nowhere in Coinpurlaon St. Paul, February 5. —The damage from the snow blockades in Oregon, Cal ifornia and Southern Washington seems about to dwindle into small proportions besides the probably much greater loss by floods which follow the snow. A heavy snow filled the valleys as well as tbe railroad cuts, and milder weather had begun to make way with the drifts, when on last Friday an unusually heavy rain set in, causing dAngeroußly fast melting of tbe snow. Little streams quickly be came torrents, and the result seems sure to be disastrous to all kinds of property It is reported that Portland is flooded, but the reports of the Northern Pacific railway officials indicate otherwise. The city will very probably suffer considera bly from floods if it is not already partly flooded. That the city is not wholly under water appears from the re ports of the train dispatcher of the Northern Pacific railway at St. Panl, since the passenger train due at Port land today on that line arrived but luir hours and twenty-five minutes late. The train due at Portland tomorrow afrernoon is also reported by the same official as on time, although it is now west of the Idaho boundary, where some slight trouble was ex perienced during tho snow blockade that existed on the Central nnd Union Pacific lines in the same latitude. From another source information has been re ceived by the Associated Presw to the eHect that the Southern Pacific's Cali fornia line is still blockaded and sntlering severely from washouts along the streams, which are rising rapidly from tho recent rains and melt inn snows. Tno latest information from Portland develops the fact that the Union Pacific line is again closed, this time owing to heavy rains, melting snow and anowslidea along ihe Columbia river, between Dalles and Portland, where (be road suffered so severely two years ago from the same cause. THE FLOOOD AT PORTLAND. HlS""*' Water since 'i<l—Enormous llaniugc WroH|lit. Portland, Or., February 5. —The Postal Telegraph and Cable company furnishes the following information re garding the unprecedented floods in Ore gon and Washington. The Willamette river at this city is higher than it has been since the gieat flood of 1801. The rise is caused by, the unusually heavy rains and melting snow in the mountains. In this city all the merchants along the water front, and for two streets back from the river have been compelled to suspend business and move their stock o higher places. The water rose so rapidly that many of them were unable to move their goods out, and in consequence heavy damage will be the result. Tho only means of travel on Front street, the principal wholesale street of the city, is by boats. 'Throughout the Willamette valley heavy losses are reported. Many bridges have been washed away, and a large amount of graiu stored in warehouses along the river has been ruined. The wagon bridge across the Willamette river e.t Salem was swept away on Monday night. Tne structure about 1,000 feet long. It cost in the neighborhood of $75,000. No less than ten million saw-logs have been swept away by the Willamette and Columbia rivers in the last few days. L irge quantities of sawed lumber and a number of saw-mills on the river have also been carried away. The situation on the Southern Pacific betw'en here and California remains virtually unchanged. All communica tion south and east of here has been cut oil'for five days and no'rains are arriv ing over the Southern Pacific or Union Pacific. Train are running to Tacoma, Washington, over the Northern Pacific, but a heavy storm in the Cascade mouut alns has cut off communication to the East. It iSfimpossible to closely estimate the damage at present, but it will prob ably reacti half a million dollars. The rain has ceased throughout the Willamette valley, but the river at this point is still on the rise, though reports irom ttie south as far as Corvallis state that it began falling at noon and the weather is cold and clear. The water is lushing through Front and First streets very rapidly, and this makes navigation by means of boats dangerous. Many of the sidewalks are fijatinK and several acci dents have occurred by pedestrians fall ing through holes in the Bidewalks. The Oregonian and Telegram were compelled to move their business offices further back from the river this evening. Rooms which are on the second floor, are reached by boats; Great anxiety has been felt for the two bridges which span the river at this point. The -Mor rison-street wagon bridge is liable to be swept away at any moment, and in case this bridge goes, the Union Pacific rail road bridge is almost cerfain to go out. The river at present ia comparatively free from drift, it having heea carried down before the water became so high. The Ae:c« ciated Press reporter, in order to file his dispatches, was compelled to wade through water three feet deep. A dispatch from McMinnville. Oregon, states that the town of Wheatland has been almost swept away; much stock was drowned and a large amount of grain destroyed. IN TERRIBLE CONDITION. Ilallroad Tracks Almost Obliterated by the I- I I. San Fbancisco, February s.—Reports received today by Superintendent Jay nes. cf the Western Union Company, say tho snowfall for the season at Siskiyou, in Southern Oregon, has been seventeen feet ad the rainfall there since the Ist inst. ten inches. The condition of the rail road there is reported to be worse than before the track was laid. In Cowcre> k cufion, 100 miles north of the Ougon line, where the road runs through a canon for übout, twenty-five miles, Mr. Jaynes's reports, sent in by tbe liue men, are that the road is almost des troyed. The bridge over the Clackamas river, near Portland, the Oregon and Califor nia railroad bridge at Jefferson Ci y, seventy miles south of Portland, and the upper one over the Umpqua river, are gone. Fortunate Seattle. Seattle. Wash., February s.—Seattle is singularly free from'floods, landslides and such trouble, and is suffering only through the distress to neighboring cities. The Postal telegraph wires are the only ones that are working. Port land and other Oregon cities are flooded by the overflowing of rivers. WAfiTS TO VISIT 18. Mrs. Harrison wishes to Spmd a Winter In Southern California. Pomona, February s—Mra. Elizabeth Kingman, of Pomona, formerly a neigh bor of President Harrison in Indianap olis and who has been an intimate friend of Mrs. Harrison for over twenty yea.s, sent a box of navel oranges from Pomona as a gift to Mrs. Harrison three weeks ago, and today received a letter from tbe White House acknowledging the receipt of the fruit. In closing her letter Mrs. Harrison says: "It has been my desire for years to spend a wimer n Southern California, but I fear that cms is such a busy life that I can never have my hope realized." Clearing the Track*. Sacramento, February 5.—A. large number of men were sent out to Duns muir tonight to join those already therein the work of clearing the California and Oregon, track. Much of the vcad will have to be literally rebuilt. It will require a long time to dig out the por tion now covered by earth, rocks and trees. Central Pacific trains were delayed a few times today by a washout near Win nemucca, but are now running on schedule time.