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REPORT SECRETARY TELLS OF '07 FARM PRODUCTS. GREAT INCREASE IN THE IRRI GATED LAND DIS TRICTS. The eleventh annual report of Secre tary of Agriculture James Wilson, just made public, opens with the statement that the farm production for 1907 Is well up to the average in quantity, while its value is much above that of any preceding year. The farmer will this year have more money to spend and more to invest than he ever had before out of bis year's work. This year's durum wheat crop iB worth $36,000,000 —more than twice the annual cost of the entire depart ment; 3,000,000 acres are now used, much of it land formerly valueless, "tbe home of tbe prairie dog and the cactu..." The beet sugar Industry has grown very rapidly during the past 15 years. Alfalfa is a wonderful plant for pro duction wealth. The total crop of alfalfa hay in 1907 is estimated to be worth $100,000,000. Irrigation is yet confined almost en tirely to the arid aud semlarid regions of the west aud the rice lands of the Gulf coast, but in time it will doubt less be practiced largely in the more humid regions of the country as it is in similar regions of the old world. The irrigated area now under cultiva tion in this country is 11,000,000 acres, and the crops grown on this area in 1907 were worth not less than $175,- 000,000. Next year, if present prices are maintained, the products of irri gation farming should be worth $250,- 000,00*. Corn la King. Speaking of the chief crops, the sec retary says that corn ranks first in importance. Besides its large use as a human food, as a live stock feed, "the starch of corn becomes the fat of the hog and the finish of the steer," thus becoming a great factor in the production of meats and meat prod uts for export. While got as large as that of 1906, the value of the corn crop of 1907 is greater and is 26 per cent above the average value of the crops of the preceding five years. In value the cotton crop of 1907, es timated to be from $650,000,000 to $675,000,000, takes third place, if in tbe final estimate It does not displace hay tor second rank. Wheat Valuation. The wheat crop of 1907 is 625,576,000 bushels, 5 per cent less than the aver age quantity for the five preceding years. But the value Is about $500,000,- •000, or 5% per cent more than the average, although the crops of 1900, 1902 and 1905 had each a slightly high er value than that of this year. The farm value of sugar beets, su gar cane, sorghum cane and molasses aud syrup made on the farm is $64,- 000,000. Farms Produce $7,412,000,000. The value of tbe total farm produc tions In 1907 exceeded that of 1906, which was far above that of any pre ceding year. The total value for 1907 is $7,412,000,000, an amount 10 per cent greater than the total for 1906. The animals sold from farms and those Blauglited by farmers in 1907 were worth about $1,270,000,000. or nearly twice as much as the cotton crop. The dairy products of the country alone were worth nearly $800,000,000 in 1907, or much more than any crop save corn. Prices of both butter am) milk have advanced. The poultry and egg products for 1907 should be estimated at more than $600,000,000 in value. In fact .these products were worth more than the wheat crop. In 1899 the farm price of eggs averaged a trifle over 11 cents per dozen; in 1907 it was over 18 cents. Dressed poultry sold in New York in 1899 for 10% cents a pound; in 1907 for nearly 15 cents. Exports and Importa. During the fiscal year ended June 30, 1907, the domestic exports of farm products were valued at $1,055,000,000, or $79,000,000 above the high record for 1906. Plant products made up four fifths of this total, cotton alone amounting to $482,000,000. Cotton is tbe greatest of all our ex ports, having, in 1907, 29% per cent of the total value. Agricultural products valued at $627,000,000 were imported during the past fiscal year—s4o3,ooo,ooo worth of plant products and $224,000,000 worth of animal products. The principal Items pmong these importß were; Sugar and molasses, $94,000,000; cof fee. $78,000,000; fibers, $62,000,000; packing bouse products (mostly hides and skins), $96,000,000; silk, $71,000,- 000; and wool, $42,000,000. During the fiscal year 1907 the ex ports of farm products exceeded the imports by $444,000,000, a balance that has been exceeded only four times — in 1898, 1899, 1901 and 1902. Repeal Duty on Print Paper. At the first opportunity after the convening of congress. Representative Champ Clark of Missouri will Intro duce a bill repealing the law imposing a duty on paper for printing. AN OFT-TOLD LOVE BTORY Murder and Suicide I* the Rtault at Hoqulam, Wash.—Mrs. Todd Makes Her Statement Public. Hoquiam. Wash.—After several weeks of silence, Mrs. Todd has finally decided to make public the statement given the officials which led to the arrest of Ralph W. Steele for the mur der of her husband, and the suicide of Steele in Jail. The sworn statement Is In part as follows: "November, 1906, during the county election, Steele and two loggers work ing for my husband came to our house and rented rooms. Kalph Steele acted then the same as any other man, but after a while he made himself one of the family. "I was good to him, as I was always good to any nice man that worked for Frank, and tried to be a mother or sis ter to them, as most of them were out here alone. Mr. Steele took another meaning to my actions and as he knew Mr. Todd and myself did not live hap pily together, made love to me, and 1 let him. We planned to live together some time in the future, and he was to go to Mexico about the first of Sep tember, 1907. 1 was to follow in Feb -uary, 1908. "1 was not going to run away with him, as I wanted to leave my husband and children in the right way, as I wanted to get a divorce. Then Mr. Todd stopped drinking and things at home were getting better, but I nad put myself in Steele's power by writ ing silly letters to him, and be told me if 1 did not keep my he would show them lo Frank ...id have them published. I was foolish enough to believe he would. "He has often come to my room and wanted me to be untrue to Frank, but I told him as long as I was married to Frank I would never have anything to do with any other man until a di vorce was granted and things done right. I distrusted him and hated him, but was so much in Steele's power that I could not get away. "August 31, after we had retired, Frank went to stop the water running, and suddenly I heard a noise as if wood was falling, and waited a minute and not hearing anything more I went to the kitchen door, and the light from the kitchen showed me Frank lying down and some one else over him. I fainted and knew nothing for some time. "When I came to 1 was in bed and Steele was sitting beside me with a revolver in his band, and when I cried he told me it was no use, as the deed was done and he did It for me because he wanted me and there was no other way, only if I was going to break down he would finish the job and kill me and himself. Steele told me not to call any one until 7 o'clock, but I called the people at 5 o'clock, because I could stand it no longer. "If I would have only told, they would have lynched him and my trouble would have been over, but 1 was afraid and told everybody lies. But because I was a coward and did not tell the truth I knew I might be the cause of more deaths." Congress Again In Session Wasbintgon, Dec. 3. — A brilliant soene characterized the meeting of the Sixtieth oongress Monday. In the sen ate and the house of representatives there were notable gatherings in the galleries of representatives of the offi cial society ol the oapital. The striking scenes of the day were in the house of representatives, w here the formal selection of Joseph U. Can non to be speaker of that body and tbe designation by the democrats of Jona Sharp Williams as their leader were oocasions for ovations for those gentle men. The speaker received as warm a reoeption from the minority as he did from his own party. The appearance of Wililam J. Bryan on the floor of the house also was the occasion for en thusiastic cheering by democrats. When the adoption of tbe rules for the government of the house during the Sixtieth congress oame up, the rules of the last congress were opposed by John Sharp Williams and he wsb joined in tbe opposition by democrats and by a single repnblioan, Mr. Cooper of Wis consin. The old rales were adopted. Commmittee« were appointed by both honses to inform the president that congress had £jet and was ready to re ceive anv message he might wish to send. New senators and representatives were sworn in, and both honses ad journed oat of respeot to the memory of members who have died daring the recess of congress. LATE NEWB ITEMS. In a wreok on the Baltimore & Ohio road at Shenandoah Junction Monday, three passengers were killed and a doz en others injured. Refusing to stand for a redaction of 25 oents in their daily wages, 1600 lab orers engaged in laying oondnita for the Home Telephone company in San Franoisoo are on a strike. Jesse Drumheller, a pieneerof Walla Walla valley, died Monday evening from pneumonia. Mr. Drumheller was born in Tennessee, 1835, was 73 years old, and came to Cowlitz oonnty. Wash., with an ox team when only 17 years of age. Nome Covered by Ash. Nome and probably tbe entire sea ward peninsula is shrouded in an ashy haze, and the ground for miles Is cov ered several Inches deep with a fine gritty powder, which Is believed to be volcanic ash. NORTHWEST NEWS ITEMS PRESS CULUNGS FOR OUR BUSY READERS 4BOUT PEOPLE IN MONTANA, IDAHO, WABHINQTON AND OREGON. WASHINGTON STATE NEWS. County Health Officer Dr. GUchrlßt has quarantined all public buildings in Wenatchee, owing to an epidemic of smallpox. Churches, public schools and theaters are closed until further notice. Cuts which tho Spokane merchants are now making in their different lines of stodk indicate a general reduction in the cost of living, such as already prevails In the east and the middle west. All Seattle theaters and places of amusement in Seattle disregarded the mayor's order to close under the state Sunday closing law. The members of the Tacoma chap ter of Sons of the American Revolu tion have arisen In a body and pub licly condemned the action of the county school board, superintendents and teachers of every public school in the county for refusing to permit! the school children to sing patriotic songs. Government secret service men have been doing some active work in tho Tacoma section, capturing a number of counterfeiters. The trustees of the Washington Log ging and Brokerage company, the con cern handling about 80 per cent of the logs on Puget sound, has decided to suspend all logging operations indefi nitely, beginning December l. 1 Many homesteaders who are ready and wish to make final commutation proof on their lands are prevented from doing so by their Inability to get the necessary cash. The astonishing sum of nearly $800,- 000 has come to Wenatchee valley tjils fall to fruit growers. S. Hesgedal, a tunnel contractor working In the Great Northern tunnel near Leavenworth, was blown to atoms by the explosion of 35 sticks of dynamite. Frank Hill, a laborer, had his head split open and scalp torn off, and is expected to die. Tacoma meat prices have been raised. Governor Mead intimates the charges regarding the alleged shortage of coal at the penitentiary during the years 1905 and 1906 will be dropped and that there Is nothing to it. Considerable interest is being mani fested among the farmers and wheat growers of Walla Walla and surround ing country concerning the rate hear ing, which will be held in Rltzville some time during September. A feat ure of the hearing will be the grain freight rate question. People in the Wenatchee valley are making plans to attend the convention of the county horticultural society, billed to meet December 12. The new United Presbyterian church at North Yakima was dedicated Sun day morning with the usual exercises. John Draper, or Raper, aged 22, who has been employed as a waiter, com mitted suicide in Colfax Saturday by drinking carbolic acid. Harry Sheerer, a laborer, who pre ferred to carry his savings in his hip pocket rather than deposit them in a bank, and two footpads who evidently knew It sneaked quietly up behind him in Tacoma and with a revolver pressed against his head relieved him of his cash, amounting to $290 in gold. Mrs. N. A. Jacobs, survivor of the Whitman massacre and lifelong friend of Mrs. ensiling Eels, who. with her husband, founded Whitman college, has presented tliat institution with a life-size portrait of Mrs. Eels. The Okanogan canal is nearly done. The Spokane banks announce that they are ready and willing to resume specie payments as soon as the Chi cago and New York banks take the Initiative. Major W. H. Grattan, aged 66 years, one of the prominent figures In Ta coma business and political life, died recently. Fully a thousand persons assembled at Walla Walla Friday at the mauso leum containing the remains of Dr. Marcus Whitman and party, massa cred 60 years ago by hostile Indians. Near the spot where lie the bodies of the pioneers stands a beautiful mar ble shaft, which was dedicated. The I. O. O. F. hall at Milan was destroyed by Bre recently. Judge C. H. Hanford of the federal court has made an order restraining the Washington state railroad commis sion from enforcing Its order of Sep tember 20, which required the Oregon Railroad & Navigation company, the Northern Pacific and the Great North ern to operate their roads as connect ing lines in hauling wheat from all loading places In the state to ports on Puget sound. The commission's or der is known as the joint wheat haul order.' OREGON ITEMS. A clash between capitalistic and or ganized labor interests may be expect ed soon in Portland. Near Canby, despondent and broken in health because of the bard work on the farm, Mrs. Martha Olsen com mitted suicide by hanging. A conservative estimate places the value of products of Umatilla county for the year 1907 at $11,000,000, or $500 for every man, woman and child in the entire county, estimating the entire population of the county at 22,000. A street car collision occurred at Portland Saturday, and Motorman Mott will die, and two passengers, Joseph Reld and Joseph Jarvls, who were also on the platform of the same car, were seriously hurt One more week of holidays has been proclaimed by Governor Chamberlain for the further protection of banks. The governor is. being urged to call a special session of the legislature to untangle the muddle into which legal work of all kinds finds itself. Attorney General Bonaparte is in communication with District Attorney Bristol and Francis J. Heney, relative to an early resumption of the Oregon land fraud trials. IDAHO NEWS. Professor H. T. French, director of the experiment station, University of Idaho, announces the selection of R. E. Hysllp, M. S„ of the University of Missouri, aB agronomist to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of George H. Crosthwalt. The historic poplar trees that line Main Btreet in Lewlston are being cut down. The trees are becoming rotten. While engaged In uncoupling the air hose between the carß of a work train on the O. R. & N. at Grange City Junction recently, Paul Shannon, the conductor, fell under the wheels and was instantly killed. Two truck wheels passed over him, cutting his body in two. The third member of the Jullaetta horsethief gang, Frank White, has con fessed. The officials think that White will make a complete detailed confes sion, covering a series of crimes ex tending over a .period of nine years. George Foresman, the fourth member of the gang, refuses to talk. Bob Jackson, a saloon keeper of Mc- Cammon, was shot and killed recently at Pocatello by Charles Evans, negro porter. The negro escaped, but was captured by a posse near McCammon. For the alleged reason that difficult grades render it impossible to make connections between the Great North ern and Northern Pacific near Trent, In the Spokane valley east of Spokane, the Portland & Seattle railroad will be lengthened 69 miles, extending' to Sandpoint, Idaho, where the terminus of the line will be established and Its shopß built, according to E. J. Cannon, its attorney. Dell Woolcy of Meridian, who was sentenced to serve four years in the penitentiary by Judge Wood recently at Boise for forgery, made an unsuc cessful attempt at taking his life in the county jail by drinking a small quantity of carbolic acid. MONTANA NOTEB. Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul rail road officials announce a reduction of wages in all classes of labor on the grade of 25 cents a day. The contract ors state that any amount of men is now available. Four weeks ago labor of any kind was at a premium. Two Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad contractors, Michael Jennings and D. A. Mcintosh were found guilty recently of violating the eight-hour statute and fined $100 each, with costs. Immediate notice of appeal was given, it being the Intention of the contract ors to test the constitutionality of the statute. The contractors aver that if tne law is upheld it will greatly retard construction work on the St. Paul road in Montana. Somebody recently stole the city jail and its prisoners from the town of St. Regis. Holding that the punishment im posed by the jury when it found George Melville guilty of second de gree murder for the killing of Winfleld Guthrie near Helena lasi July to be excessive, District Judge Clements has reduced the penalty from 50 to 20 years In the state prison. Dine Marks, the freight brakeman on the Northern Pacific, who was ac cused of stealing a number of boxes of cigars from one of the freight cars near Avon, was sentenced to two years in the penitentiary. The stand of the Montana Federa tion of Labor regarding "the Industrial Workers of the World and itß Btand in the Bell telephone fight has been unanimously upheld by the American Federation of Labor. The advance in the freight rate on wheat between Lewlston and Duluth, amounting to 10 cents per bushel, has gone into effect, but there Is reason to hope that the old rate may be shortly restored. Resolutions emphatically demanding that the aldermen pass a midnight closing ordinance, to Include all clubs <and other places where liquor Is dis pensed, was presented to Helena coun cilmen Monday night. GENERAL NEWS ITEMS. One train man was killed and four otberwere seriously injnred in a double collision in the Missoula yards of the Northern Pacific laat Monday. The dead man ia Biakeman H. W. Chase. The injured: Engineer W. F. Haokett, both legs broken; Engineer Charles McCool, broken leg, lacerated arm and broken hand; Engineer Frank Baher, injnred back and leg and badly burned; Fireman Oliver O. Shank, oononssion oi the brain and badly soalded. The Thaw trial baa been aet foi Jan nary 6, 1908. H.J. Groves, managing editor of the Kansas City Poat, who was wounded November 28 by General Biohard Home in the editorial rooms of that paper, is dead. The Rev. E. Chivers, secretary of the Baptist Home Mission sooiety, and formerly seoretary of the Baptist Young People's anion, died in Ridge wood, N. J., last Monday, aged 68 years SUMMARY OF NEWS SHORT CONCISE ITEMS FROM DISPATCHES. NEARLY ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD REPRESENTED HEREWITH. Seven business blocks in the center of Cody, Wyo., were destroyed recent ly by fire. The loss is estimated at $35,000. At Beattyvllle, B. Fulton French, ac cused of complicity in the assassina tion of James B. Marcum, has been acquitted. The slight activity of Mount Vesu vius continues. Senator J. B. Foraker made it clear ly known that he will contest the Ohio delegation to the republican national convention with Mr. Taft Florence Nightingale has been deco rated with the Order of Merit by «v.ing Edward. She Is the first woman to receive this distinction, which, up to the present time, has been bestowed only upon 19 men. Professor Michelson of the Univer sity of Chicago is to be awarded the Nobel prize for physics. Dr. Michelson is the discoverer of a new method of determining the velocity of light It Is said the financial question will receive first consideration in congress. Five factory employes were killed at Waterbury, Conn., when a freight train crashed into a trolley car con taining 25 passengers, bound for the pin factories in Oakville. A fire which started from the over turning of a lamp in a barber shop recently destroyed three-fourths of the town of Granite, a small town east of Leadville, Cols. Mrs. Louisa Taft, mother of the sec retary of war, Is quite ill. Wong Leung, the Hop Sing Tong highbinder, was shot nine times In the pistol battle between Oakland, Calif., police and Chinese tong men, assisted by white gun fighters. Operations will be resumed within a week at practically all the Holyoke paper mills, which were closed re cently. By the arrest and sentence of B. A. Bellsle, Fernle, B. C„ officers believe they have captured one of the shrewd est "tin horn" gamblers that ever oper ated in the northwest. Chicago's new nickel-in-the-slot street cars have been tried, and, ac cording to the public, have been found wanting. Mrs. Max Roseman of New York city recently presented her husband with triplets, weighing a total of 25 pounds. Joseph Z. Smith resisted Officer John M. Lyon at Salt Lake City and was shot and killed. Smith had knocked the officer down and was beat ing him when the latter fired. Habeas corpus proceedings failed to release Harry Klelnschmidt, accused murderer of Frank Bellows, and the Btudent had to go back to jail in Oak land, Calif. Sheriff Bartell of Boulder county, Colo., arrived in Spokane recently to take back to Longmount, Colo., Elmer Bratt, who had stole $2000 worth of jewelry "there. At Des Moines, In a fit of jealous rage, Ray Howard, soldier, fired a shot at Mabel Dair last night. The bullet went wild and killed her sister, Mrs. Martha Pickering. Polßonlng by arsenic caused the death of Arthur Baker, a young man, who Is reported to have been wealthy, at Bogota, N. J. It is reported Americans who are now living in Japan are making every effort to leave the country without jeopardizing their interests. Congressman George W. Smith died at his home in Murphysboro, 111., re cently. Robbers recently dynamited the safe of the New Franklin (Mo.) bank, ran sacked the vaults and escaped with $4000 in coin and currency. At Elmhurst, 111., John Hohmann, a machinist, Saturday shot and killed his wife and then fatally wounded himself. David Rankin, Jr., capitalist and philanthropist, has deeded to the David B. Rankin Jr. School of Me chanical Trades titles to real estate In St. Louis and railroad stock valued at more than $2,000,000. W. H. McVay, a prominent citizen of Yankton, S. D., is dead. Dr. George Shrady, the noted physi cian and surgeon of New York, is dead. General Jastremikl la Dead. General Leon Jastremskl, confeder ate veteran, journalist, candidate for the democratic nomination for gover nor and former grand chancellor of the Knights of Pythias of the United States, who died in Baton Rouge, La., recently, of paralysis, was one of the most prominent makers of the gulf states' history. He was 64 years old and a native of France. Cannon Again Bp*aker. Hon. Joseph G. Cannon ot Rlinols was nominated by the republican mem bers of the house of representatives for his third term as speaker, and was re-elected to that office npon the con vening of the house. The nomination was made in a caucus held in the house of representatives, which was attended ty practically all of the 226 republican members. Steamer and Crew Reported Lost Coeur d'Alene Coenr d'Alene City,ldaho, Dec. 3.— At 2 o'olook this morning no word bad £ome from the missing steamer Defen der. ' The steamei Colfax is within a few miles of here, sounding her whistle. The steamer Boneta is supposed to be lost somewhere on the lake in the fog. It is reported that the steamer Defer ti er waa wrecked on a reef a mile and a half from Mioa bay abont 7 o'olook Monday night and that 15 passengers and the crew welre lost. The lake is covered with a thick fog, and none of the boats here or in Mica bay will ven ture ont Later Report. A latei report says the Defender did strike a rock, bnt was not mnoh dam aged and had gone into a bay and re mained there all night and that no lives were lost •PORTING NOTES. The open season for the killing of prairie chickens, quail, grouse and pheasants In Idaho Is closed. There will be no international yacht race for the American cup next year. Philadelphia, Pa. —Before a vast as semblage and favored with perfect weather, the Navy Saturday defeated the Army in a sensational game of football by a score of 6 to 0. The record for 10 years shows: Games won—Army 6, Navy 6; tied 1. Points —Army 154, Navy 109. Beginning Monday the Uuivereity of Washington crew, last year cham pions of the Pacific coast, entered upon its long siege of training to pre pare itself for the big regattas next spring. For six months the candidates will be kept on the diet prescribed by Trainer Conlbear. There Is positively no chance for the lovers of football in the northwest to see the Carlisle Indians in action on a local gridiron. Against the fast, snappy and well conditioned Gonzaga team. Company H'» aggregation was practically help less at Spokane in the first game of the- basket ball season at the armory, the score at the end of two 20-minute halves standing 31 to 11. Willie Fitzgerald of Brooklyn recent ly defeated Amby McGarry of New York In a boxing contest at Baltimore. At Montreal, Frank Gotch recently defeated Yankee Rogers in a wrestling match for the catcli-as-catch-can cham pionship of America. Gotch secured two straight falls In 24% and 16 min utes. Frank P. Daly of St. Louis recently defeated Lloyd Jevne of Chicago in the thirty-fourth game of the national three-cushion billiard championship tournament. Since Spokane's decisive defeat of the Tacoma high school football team on their own grounds Thanksgiving day, the football fans of the coast are also wondering how it happened that Butte won from Spokane. Berkeley put up a brilliant and plucky game Saturday afternoon against Washington high Bchool at Seattle, but it was not possible for the Califorpia tooys to win. The crowd saw it before the game was one-third over and from then to the end urged Berkeley on with cheers. The final score was 30 to 0 in favor of Seattle. « All-Star Northwest Team. The All-Northwest intercollegiate football team, selected by the com posite vote of the coaches of the six leading northwest college teams, would have an aggregate weight of 198/ pounds, or nearly 181 average to the man. The line would average 187, the backs IC9. The line-up: Center—Cherry, W. S. C. (212). Left guard—Halm, W. S. C. (195.) Right guard—Reser, Washington (185). Left tackle —Philbrook, Whitman (204). Right tackle—Dimmick, Whitman (190). Left end—lJoores, Oregon (170). Right end —Savldge, Idaho (155). Quarter —Small, Idaho (155). Left half—Nissen, W. S. C. (164). Right half—Rader, W. S. C. (178). Full—Clarke, Oregon (180). High School All-Star Team. Quarterback and captain—Coyle (150), Seattle. Fullback—De Witt (160), Spokane. Left halfback—Brown (165), Ta coma. Left halfback—Herrlngton (167), Spokane. Left end—Tanner (160), Tacoma. Left tackle—Engelhorn (177), Spo kane. Left guard—Mohr (210), Spokane. Center—Presley (165), Seattle. Right guard—Elliott (182), Spokane. Right tackle—Pullen (174), Beattle. Right end—McKay (148), Seattle. Substitutes—For the line—Rouse (130), Spokane; Saner (147), Butte; Cox (169), Tacoma; Churchill (162), Spokane. Back field—Schroeder (170), Butte; Jay Smith (184), Seattle, and Tanner of Tacoma for quarterback. Average weight of line—l 73 3-7; average weight of back—l6ol-2; aver age team weight—l6B 8-11. The difference between many a man's inner and onter life ia precisely like an Immaculate shirt that covers a filthy hide. It ii difficult. to think of a greater young man than the one Immermed In lchea and yet untouched by ita clamor.