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Entered at tbe postoffice at Los Angeles as
second-class matter.!
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
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
The New Code Ready to Bt
"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
A Republican caucus was announced
to be held immediately, and a Demo
cratic caucus this evening.
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
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
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
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
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.
'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.
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
"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.
A Bill to Hegulale Commerce By
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
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
An Awful Deluge In the
State of Oregon.
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
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
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
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.
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
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,
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 (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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
Central Pacific trains were delayed a
few times today by a washout near Win
nemucca, but are now running on
schedule time.

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