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Published every Wednesday Morning by the River Press Publish ing Company. A REPUBLICAN CONGRESS. One of the important results of the recent republican landslide was the election of several republican con gressmen in districts now represented by democratic members. It was con ceded by democratic authorities that the senate would remain republican, tut according to their estimates made prior to the election, they hoped to secure control of the house of repre sentatives. A Washington dispatch gives this summary of the congres sional situation: President Roosevelt is assured of the co-operation of a republican con gress. The present republican major ity in that body is 34, and there need be no surprise if that figure is almost doubled, and it is reasonably certain to reach a majority of at least 50. In practically all districts the republi cans have held their own, while in some significant instances the demo crats have lost. It is possible the republican major ity in the senate will show little if any change in the voting strength. Of the 90 members of that body 57 are re publicans and 33 democrats. Returns received from the congres sional districts show that congress men have been elected iu the different states as follows: Rep. Dem. Alabama <) Arkansas 7 California y Colorado 2 Conneticut 5 Delaware 1 Florida 3 Georgia 11 Idaho 1 Illinois 24 1 Indiana 11 2 Iowa 11 Kansas S Kentucky 1 10 Lo u i s i an a 7 Maine 4 Maryland 3 2 Massachusetts 11 3 Michigan 12 1 Minnesota 9 Mississippi 8 Missouri S 8 Montana 1 Nebraska ti 1 New Hampshire 2 New Jersey 9 1 New York 26 11 North Carolina 10 North Dakota 2 Ohio 20 1 Oregon 2 Pennsylvania 31 Rhode Island 1 1 South Carolina 7 South Dakota 2 Tennessee 2 8 Texas Hi Utah 1 Vermont 2 Virginia 1 9 Washington 3 West Virginia 5 Wisconsin 10 1 Wyoming 1 Totals 247 136 A STANDARD OU, "STATEMENT." The sting of public censure and the consciousness of a growing feeling of antagonism against its policies aud methods have at last penetrated the pachyderm hide of the Standard Oil company. Smarting under popular castigation, Mr. Rockefeller has bro ken his rule of years and Iiis recent "statement" is the result. In it he solemnly declares that neither now nor at any time has the Standard Oil com pany, or any of its constituent com panies, beeu interested iu any busi ness not directly related to, and nec essary to. tlie petroleum trade. The presence of the names of the Standard Oil otlleials on the lists of directors on half a hundred railroad, copper aud steel corporations, brands Mi'. Rockefellers statement as a quib ble which will scarcely deceive any body But Mr. Rockefeller, with equal sol emnity, also asseverates that neither he individually nor any of the officers of the Standard Oil company, has ta ken any part in securing the nomina tion of any candidate for office. When as great a group of financiers as the "Standard > >il party" finds it necessary to throw itself upon the mercy of a long-suffering people it is the best vindication of President Roosevelt's theory that "publicity treatment is the most effective weapon against the trusts. For thirty years the Standard Oil company has eon ducted its affairs behind closed doors, aud secrecy has been its most sacred rule of conduct. During that time only once before did it voluntarily i- sue a "statement." The present de parture, therefrom, from the tablished rule is of much significance. For some time two magazine writ ers, Miss Ida M. Tarbell aud Thomas W. Lawson, have beeu assiduous in laying bare the history of the Staud ard Oil company. At first the olli cials of the oil trust paid little atten tion to these exposures, but as the writers delved deeper and deeper into the sworn statements made in investi gations before congress, state legisla tures and special committees, and from sworn testimony in lawsuits in which the Standard Oil company was a party, the trust officials became un easy and at last cried out under the lash. When the bill was before congress to establish the cabinet office of de partment of labor and commerce, tele grams were sent by Standard Oil offi cials to members of congress demand ing that the bill be defeated. They saw the handwriting on the wall. Such a department with full authority to investigate Standard Oil methods would bring embarassment and invite disaster. The creating of the new cabinet office was a favorite project with President Roosevelt, and when it was established over Standard Oil op position the latter turned its attack on Mr. Roosevelt, embittered by a sense of outrage.that its demands upon con gress had been ignored. Since then the Standard Oil company has sworn enmity against Mr. Roosevelt and ex erted itself to bring about his defeat. With the department of labor and commerce vested with federal author ity on the one hand, and an aroused public sentiment on the other, there is little wonder that the Standard Oil Company is driven in sheer despera tion to attempt to disarm suspicion by making a "statement." This is a concession to public interest all the more remarkable when viewed in the light of its past policy.—Kansas City Journal. The Huston Wool Market. In its review of the wool market for the past week, the Boston Co in mer ci al Bulletin says: The excitement is increasing instead of diminishing, and a veritable boom appears to be iu full swing, gaining in force since it was inaugurated a fortnight ago. The bullish advices from Argentina and x\ustralasia rela tive to the active competition for and advancing prices of crossbreds have led dealers aud manufacturers into a scramble for the remaining lots of medium domestic fleece on this and other markets. Philadelphia dealers have paid 30|c in Boston for one quarter blood Ohio this week. Hav ing run short of supplies they have hastened to cover in the effort retain their trade. Speculation in scoured wools has been checked by the cornering of sup plies which are now held stillly at comparatively high prices. The whole market, from the coarsest to the finest wools, domestic aud foreign, is on the up grade. Contracting in the terri tories coutiuues at extreme prices, several cents higher for well known clips than was paid for the same last spring. Territory wools are excited. A good sized line of Wyoming has been sold to a prominent mill. Sales of Utah, Montana and other kiuds have been made iu comparatively small lots, but as large probably as the as sortments permit. Stocks are woeful ly small and the west is being scoured for something to work on. The con tracting fever coutiuues acute in some quarters. It is said that between the 6,000,000 and 7,000,000 pounds of the possible clip of Utah in 1905 have been already engaged by Boston aud St. Louis dealers, a few fancy clips hav ing beeu cornered at 20c. The well-known "Wood" clip of Idaho, 500,000 lbs, was contracted by a St. Louis dealer at 19c. The "Ha ley »Sc Patterson" clip of northern Wyoming will come to Boston for au advance consideration of lOj-c. There would be a contracting iu Montana but. for the indifference of growers who think that 25c is low enough un der the circumstances. InvestigiitiiiK tlie lieef Trust. A dispatch from Washington says nearly all the facts aud figures for the report which the bureau of corpora tions is to make upon the operations of the beef trust have been handed in. It has been discovered, it is said, that the trust has been blacklisting dealers all over the country for a number of reasons, some of these being the re fusal of dealers to pay trust prices without complaint: that the managers of the plants meet weekly and fix the price that the people of the country shall pay for their meat: that ou a number of occasions the trust or the men who operate it have "cornered" the markets for cattle, paying their own prices to the raisers aud charg ing the consumers more than condi tions justified, and that the trust has been able to influence certain railroads to discriminate in freight rates against the "independents." The bureau is making au exhaustive investigation into the alleged attempt of the trust three years ago to destroy all large "independents" in the country, a struggle in which it is said all sorts of illegal acts were resorted to by the trust. It is said that secret service meu, as well as the regular agents of the department of commerce and la bor, have beeu at work in the investi gation. Pointed Paragraphs. Chicago New*. If a friend pulls his watch ou your funny story cut it short. Mauy n mau turns up Iiis toes while waiting for his fortune to turn up. Don't envy the rich: they have corns on their feet tlie same as you have. What a good many churchgoers need is a praying machine that will wind itself. BRYAN EXPLAINS LANDSLIDE He Believes His Party Was Too Conserv ative In Its Platform. Lincoln , Neb. Nov. 9.—William J. Bryan today gave out an extended statement concerning yesterday's elec tion, which is intended to serve as his comment upon the results, and as an answer to reports connecting him with a movement looking to the formation of anew party. Mr. Bryan said he would not attempt to deny all the re ports circulated as to his future plans, but would let his statement serve to explain his position. He says: "The defeat of Judge Parker should not be considered a personal one. He did as well as he could under the cir cumstances; he was the victim of 'un favorable conditions and of a mis taken party policy. "It is unquestionably true that Judge Parker's defeat was not local but general, the returns from the east ern states being as disappointing as the returns from the west. The reor ganizers are in complete control of the party. They planned the cam paign and carried it on according to their own views, and the verdict against the plan is unanimous. Sure ly silver cannot be blamed for this de feat, for the campaign was run on a gold basis. Neither can the defeat be charged to the emphatic condemnation of the trusts, for the trusts were not assailed as vigorously this year as four years ago, It is evident that the campaign did not turn upon the ques tion of imperialism, and it is not fair to consider the result as a personal victory for the president for his ad ministration was the subject of criti cism. The result was due to the fact that the democratic party attempted to be conservative in the presence of con ditions which demanded radical reme dies. It sounded a partial retreat when it should have ordered a charge all along the line." Mr. Bryan says that for two years he has pointed out the futility of any attempt to compromise or to patch up a peace with the great corporations which are now exploiting the country, but the southern democrats were so alarmed by the race issue that they listened, rather reluctantly to their credit, to the promises of a success held out by those who had contributed to the defeat of the party in the two preceding campaigns. Bandits Elude Officers. Denver , Nov. 9.—A special dis patch from Thermopolis, Wyo., says: Sheriff Fenton of Big Horn county aud posse, with Sheriff Stough of Fremont, have returned from the chase after Harvey Logan and his gang of Cody bank robbers, and reports that Logan, by the boldest piece of daring, outwitted the officers'and made his es cape out of the country last Sunday and is now well out of the state. Logan, disguised as a prospector, with an old pack mule loaded with tools aud provisions, tramped out of the Hole in the Wall country, past the two posses and made his escape to Casper, where ha took a train. The balance of the gang split up, two, dis appearing completely aud two more doubling back in the mountains, two miles from Thermopolis. The latter are well known to the officers and their capture will be affected in a few days. County Clerk Disappears. Cripple Creek , Colo., Nov. 9.— Frank P. Mannix, the democratic clerk aud recorder, has disappeared, and it is reported a committee of citi zens have taken him out of town aud ordered him to leave the district per manently. Sheriff Bell and a posse have gone in pursuit of the mob and expect to bring Mannix bacK to Crip ple Creek. The deportation of Man nix created great excitement, aud re publicans agree that the ballot boxes were beiug tampered with iu the eoun ty clerk's office and that Mannix was run out of town on that accourt. British Statesman Pleads for Peace London, Nov . 9.—Lord Lansdowne, iu the absence of Premier Balfour, at the historic lord mayor's banquet, held tonight, made a stroug plea for peace aud arbitration in behalf of the British government. Lord Lansdowne pointed out to a large audience that arbitration was the only way in which the North sea dispute with Russia could have been equitably settled, aud almost in the same breath drew a vivid picture of the horrors of the struggle now proceeding in the far east. It was a carefully prepared state ment, made before what is conceded to be one of the most representative gatherings of leading men of Great Britain, and was generally inter preted to be a bolder bid for interven tion than has yet emanated from any neutral power. America was writ large iu his speech, for which Great Britain has beeu waiting for many days. The foreign minister prefaced all his remarks by saving: "That great statesmen, John Hay, recently remarked that war was the most futile aud fallacious of human follies." Credit is all well enough until the bill collector begins to came around. WEST IS FOR ROOSEVELT. Returns Show Larger Gain Than Indi cated Hy Early Estimates. Grand Forks, N. D., Nov . 9.— Detailed reports from the state con firm the earlier estimate of 20,000 re publican majority. Sioux Falls , S. D., Nov. 9.—La ter returns corroborate the estimate of 40,000 majority for Roosevelt. The state ticket is elected by about the same majority. Pierre's majority for the state capital will be about 18,000. Denver , Nov.—Roosevelt's plural ity in Colorado has been increased over the former estimates by later re turns, and may run above 15,000. Republicans and democrats claim the election of governor and congressmen at-Iarge and the republicans threaten to contest the election on the ground of alleged frauds in Denver. Seattle, Nov . 9.—Complete re turns from one-fourth of all the pre cincts of Washington and incomplete returns from most of the others at noon today show that the Roosevelt electors have carried the state by over 30,000 votes. Albert F. Mead, ( Rep. ) of Bellingham is elected governor over George Turner (Dem.) of Spo kane by between 5,000 and 7,000 votes. Boise , Ida., Nov. 9.—Returns from the state come in slowly. The figures received todav do not materially change the estimates made last night. Roosevelt has about 25,000 plurality and Gooding for governor between 18,000 and 20,000. The republicans appear to have elected every member of the legislature, with the exception of one member of the house in Custer county. Portland, Nov , 9.—The Oregonian says that Roosevelt's plurality in Ore gon will exceed 40,000 and may attain the remarkable figure of 45,000. The republicans carried every county in the state, whereas in 1900 Bryan car ried five counties. The total vote will exceed 87,000, of which Parker re ceived about 15,000 votes and the other candidates for the presidency the bal ance. Debs made an amazing run in this states, in some sections passing Parker. It is said that the socialist party polled more than 7,000 votes. Roosevelt Receives Congratulations. Washington, Nov . 9.—President Roosevelt was overwhelmed with con gratulations «today. They were pre sented by many people in person and were received by mail and by tele graph from every state and from almost every city in the country. Thousands of telegrams have been re ceived and they are coming yet in an undiminished flood. It will practically be impossible for the president and Secretary Loeb to acknowledge each message in accor dance with the usual custom at the White House, but President Roose velt desires it to be understood that he appreciates to the full the expres sion of his friends and would be glad if it were possible for him to personal ly greet and thank every one of them. .More Republican Congressmen. Washington, Nov . 9.—President Roosevelt is assured of the co-opera tion of a republican congress. The present republican majority in that body is 34, and there need be no sur prise if that figure is almost doubled aud it is reasonably certain to reach a majority of at least 50. In practi cally all districts, the republicans have held their own while in some significant instances, the democrats have lost. It is possible the republican major ity in the senate will show little if any change in the voting strength. Of the ninety members of that body 57 are republicans and 33 democrats. Election Bet Causes Suicide. Sterling, 111., Nov. 9.—William Mayer of Mount Carroll, lost his home by betting on Parker aud committed suicide todav bv hanging. Negroes Ordered to Leave Camp. Denver, Nov . 7.—The killing in cold blood of Marshal Hiram Bates, of Coal Creek, by two negroes, Grant and Weuley Thompson, whom he was trying to arrest for disturbance, has caused the white residents to issue a warning to the negro population to leave the camp, according to a special to The Republican. Upon hearing the decision of the whites, many of the negro residents left the town. If any insist ou remain iug it is feared bloodshed will result. The whites are greatly incensed against the negroes, to whom they charge numerous crimes committed since the. blacks were imported into the camp to take the place of the strikers about a year ago. Russian Officers to the l'ront. St. Petersburg, Nov . S.—The necessity for officers for service at the frout has resulted in the mobilization of all reserve officers in St. Peters burg, Vilua, Warsaw, Kieff, Odessa, Moscow, Kazan and the Caucasus. The loss iu officers at Liao Yang and below Mukden were about 1,300. The news from the front indicates that General Kuropatkin is devoting his attention chiefly to keeping the Japanese busy along the line of their fortifications below the Shakhe river. The Russians apparently are enjoy ing some superiority in the matter of artillery, as many of the heavier field trains and mortar batteries are now arriving and being brought into ser vice. Chief Justice Will Retire. Washington, Nov. 8.—Chief Jus tice Melville W. Fuller of the supreme court of the United States plans, it is said, to resign his office on March 5, 1905, the day after he has administered the oath of office to the next president. 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