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NEW COAST FORTIFICATIONS ARTILLERY IS REING MOUNTED. A Hundred Telegraphic DUputche* Sent Within Twenty-Four Hour*— Official* Claim It In Only Follow ing; Out 2 Pwloun Plan. New York, Feb. 22. —Nearly 100 tele graphic dispatches were sent from Gov ernor's island, the army headquarters, to various points of fortification along the seaboard from Kastport, Me., to Galves ton, Tex., says the World. All of these for tifications in which guns and mortars have been mounted are under the control of General Merritt, commander of the de partment of the east. (ieneral Merritt spent very little of the day at the island, his stair attending to the usual amount of telegraphic corre spondence. During his absence, Colonel Barber, adjutant general of the depart ment of the east, was in charge. The col onel refused to discuss the reasons of the activity along the seaboard, except to say that everything now being done was mere ly the execution of a coast defense pro gram outlined several months ago. It was learned from other sources that orders had been received on the island on Friday night to send from Fort Wads worth to Sandy Hook 20 men to clean the big guns in the fort ideations there and to transfer considerable quantities of ammu nition. The same orders brought'instruc tions to send 40 men from Fort Schuyler to Willet's Point to clean the guns there and to overhaul the ammunition. Fort Hancock, at Sandy Hook, is also still in the hands of the army engineers and ord nance bureau. The engineers are constructing the ap placemcnts for the guns and mortars yet to come, and when they complete the work the ordnance bureau will have to set the guns and carriages and test them before the foil can be regularly transferred to General Merritt's command. This work will not be finished until late in the spring and the quarters for the artillery will not 1h? finished under the present program un til October. Not until then will Fort Han cock be an official reality. Two days ago the artillery expert sta tioned at Governor's Island, the man rec ognized by army men as the most skillful artilleryman in the country, returned from a tour of inspection of the fortifications from Bostr nto Charleston. The last place he visited was Fort Caswell, near Cape Hatteras. On his way back to Governor's Island he stopped nt Washington and con fciTcd with Secretary of War Alger. At Fort Caswell he found three high-calibre guns in splendid shape which he did not know had been set up. He visited the Bos ton forts, the fortifications at Dutch and Gull Islaads, at the entrance to Long Island Sound, Forts Hamilton, Wads worth, Hancock and Sloeum, the fortifica tions on the Delaware Bay coast, and at other places down the coast. Referring to General Miles' recent order to General Merritt, commanding the de partment of the east, to immediately de tail men and officers to all coast defense points where modern guns an» mounted, it was said at the war department today that,, while the order was issued as report ed, it was nothing more than following out the plan of the war department, for mulated several years ago. when the pres ent system of coast defense was inaugu rated. The order calls for at least 20 men and the necessary officei-s to take charge of each of such defense emplacements as have been completed and turned over to the war department. SULTAN OF SOKOTO PROTESTS. Troop* Advancing In the Territory Claimed hy RuKland. Akassa, Niger Coast Protectorate, West Coast of Africa, Feb. 21.—Intelligence has arrived here that two French expeditions are advaneing toward Sokoto, capital of the sultanate of Sokoto river, in the ex treme north of the Harsau states, and that six French officers with a force of 200 men have arrived at Argungu (Ar gunhi) and Tagga. The former town is an important place on the Sokoto river, about half way from the sultan's capital and the River Niger, ami is within the British sphere. The sultan of Sokoto has commanded the French force to halt about 40 miles from the capital. The Royal Niger Company's representa tive deputy agent, William Wallace, is holding the company's force with ammu nition and stores in readiness and is awaiting instructions to assist the sultan cf Sokoto and to secure French evacua tion of British territory. MEN RETURN FROM DAWSON. llrinu .\fw* of a Fatal Accident anil (he Finding of a Blk NuKKft. Victoria, B. C., Feb. 20.—The steamer City of Seattle reached here yesterday, bringing five men from Dawson, Carey Warren of San Francisco, Jack Mclntyre of Fort Steele, H. Peterson of Victoria, Jack Ilanley of San Francisco and an other. They report that a $450 nugget was found on Peterson's claim at Skook* inn gulch and that Mrs. Jessop was ac< i dentally shot and killed in Dawson, her husband having dropped a revolver which went off. Among the passengers on the ill-fated steamer Clam Nevada were A 1 Noyes and E. C. lionicke, both of Juneau. There ix a report in the north that a party with $165,000 in dust was on b iard. Decide for Faslon. Minneapolis, Minn.. Feb. 18.—The popu list convention here resulted in victory lor the fusion forces. The state convention was set for June 15. The middle-of the r«.ad faction, which desired an April con vention, found itself so much in the mi nority that it made no struggle. It will make an effort to control the convention, however. LAWLESSNESS AT SKAGUAY. Governor 11 rndy I rice* Immediate Action hy the Government. Washington. Feb. 21. —The following let ter received by Secretary Bliss from Gov ernor Brady of Alaska, has been discussed at a eabinet meeting: "The news from Skaguay by the steam boat now in port is serious. The United States deputy marshal has been shot dead in tiie discharge of his duty. An other man was killed at the same time and at the same place. Recently the steamers have been carrying great lists of passengers. Many of these are gamb lers. thugs and lewd women from the worst quarters of the eities of the coast. They have taken In the situation at Skaguay and Dyea and appear to have combined to carry things with a high hand. The best people at these places nieipal form of government. The United States marshal is powerless because he can appoint only a few deputies and when they undertake to act they are signaled out as targets by this ruffian element. One of this class was tried in the United States district court last December for the killing of United States Deputy Mar shal Watt in in January, 1897, and was ac quitted by the jury in the face of positive testimony. In fact these influences seem to be joined hand in hand and will surely go unpunished until the government takes action and provides the necessary force at Skaguay, Dyea and other points. "Congress should grant immediate re lief so that both naval and military of ficers can act when required by the civil authorities. The United States marshal should have a patrol vessel at his com mand with necessary accommodations for deputies and a proper attendant. 1 do not sec how he can perform his duty as executive officer of the court until he has such means of locomotion entirely at his own command. "At the present time a large and im portant mining property is held by a number of miners at Berner's Bay. This property was recently placed in the hands j of a receiver by the court but the receiver 1 has not come into possession up to this j time. In this instance there is much to ! be said of the miners' action and their self-control, but it is of such a nature that violence may be the result. The marshal has no means of reaching that point with a sufficient force to carry out the instructions of the court. Judge Johnson leaves by this boat to settle this affair amicably if possible. "Two weeks ago or a little more a gang cf men commanded Captain Patterson of the steamship Al-Ki to discharge the natives who were handling freight on the wharf. They attacked the natives and beat them cruelly in the face of the dep uty marshal. The captain was obliged to compromise with them by paying them 50 cents per hour for work on the wharf, but he insisted that the natives should work on the vessel. "I am sorry to report that the court i house at Juneau has been burned to the ! ground. "So far the winter has been remarkable for mildness and this tends to bring the crowds sooner than they were expected." The letter was dated February 3. MOB AFTER THE MURDERERS. Ned Aiken nnd Son Flee From Ven geance In ArkniiNa*. Little Rook, Ark., Fob. 22. —E. G. Mas soy, ii prominent citizen and constable of Franklin township. Little River County, was murdered six miles from Aslulown last night by Ned A ikon and his son and two negroes, whom he was trying to ar rest. Massoy wag shot from ambush, his lungs being torn from his body by bullets. Massey had previously arrested Charley .lohnson, Aiken's son-in-law, for carrying a pistol, and •lohnson had escaped. About i midnight Constable Massey and Richard J Dickens, a deputy, started to Aiken's house to arrest Johnson. When near the house the officers were fired upon from ambush and Massey fell from his horse, his body riddled with buckshot and Win chester balls. The negroes rushed from cover and opened fire upon Dickens, but he put spurs to his horse and escaped. Kx citement runs high and lynching is prob able if Aiken and Johnson are capturcd. MURDEROUS SAILOR ABOARD. American Ship M. P. Grace !V>nrl> Lout Captain find Wife. San Francisco, Fob. 22. —The American ship M. P. (iraee arrived today from New York with her police signal Hying in the rigging. C. A. Hansen, one of the crew, was in confinement for attempting the lives of the captain and his wife. Hansen had been confined in a sailor's locker for 128 days. According to the story of Cap tain De Winter, the sailor had manifested a spirit of insubordination early in the voyage and the captain was obliged to discipline him. Hansen swore vengeance, and one night crept into the cabin where the captain and his wife were sitting. The sailor was armed with a pistol, ai d an nouneed his intention of killing I)e Win ter and his wife. The captain grappled with him and disarmed him. Help was summoned and Hansen was placed in con finement. Strike on American Hull. Dawson City, Jan. 10, via Sun Francis co, Feb. 22.—News has reached here of i rich strike on American creek. 130 miles down the Yukon river, 'lonight 75 men l«*ft Dawson for the new diggings, which are on American soil, 25 miles across the boundary. Killed at If In Own Firenide. Huntington. W. Va., Feb 2i!. —Hutu* Sehaefer, a prosperous farmer in I'nion district, was assassinated Sunday night. He was sitting before his owij fireside when a bullet was fired from outside the house. / The first entry on the books of the New York subi rcasurv 'Mredii to Lieu tenant W. & ifosecriin* Svernment dinburying officer IMTZVILLE, WASHINGTON, FEBItVABY 23, 1898. THE SPANIARDS MUST WAIT MAINE EXPLOSION INQUIRY. The lulled Stale* Anthurllle* Will Make the Initial InveMtlKatlon— Kequeit Re*pectfully Declined— Captain SlKHliee Will Direct the Operation*. Washington. Feb. 20. —Secretary Long and Assistant Secretary Day of the state department, had an interview with the president yesterday lasting nearly an hour. Mr. Day read a cablegram from Consul General Lee at Havana transmit ■ ting a request from the Spanish outhori \ ties in Cuba that Spanish officials be per mitted to join with our people in making an investigation into the cause of the dis aster to the Maine. The matter was discussed at considera ble length and the conclusion readied, and Lee will be so notified, that while this government is willing to afTord the Span ish authorities all reasonable facilities for i conducting the investigation, yet it is thought best that the first inquiry shall be made by our own commissioners. The | request of the Spanish authorities, there fore, will be respectfully declined. The apparent difficulty of sending down divers to the Maine was relieved, if not entirely removed, by the statement by Senor Dubosc of the Spanish legation, that a complete and harmonious under standing between Captain Sigsbee and the : authorities at Havana had l>een reached j on the matter of divers, and that the Spanish authorities viewed the Maine as part of the sovereign territory of the United States the same as the United States legation situated in foreign terri tory. The waters of Havana harbor are, of course. Spanish territory and some con fusion has l>een aroused by the idea that this jurisdiction over the waters attached also to the wreck in its present helpless condition at the bottom of the bay. j Captain Sigsbee will be recognized as the one to direct the operations and to | send down the government divers for j such inspection as he sees proper to make. I Senor Dubosc feels assured, however, | that Sigsbee will extend equal facilities to the Spanish divers so that the inspec tions may proceed together. Kxpert Opinion. Washington, Feb. 20.- The opinion of j one of the leading experts in the use of explosives, Professor Agler of the | ordnance bureau, was today asked as to j the cause of the explosion of the Maine. "As to the question of the cause of the Maine's explosion, we know that no tor pedo such as is known to modern war fare can of itself cause an explosion of the character of that on board the Maine. We know of no instances where the ex plosion of a torpedo mine under a ship's bottom has exploded the magazine with in. It has simply torn a great hole in the ship's bottom, through which water entered and from which the ship sank. Magazine explosions, on the contrary, pro duce effects exactly similar to the effects of the explosion on board the Maine. In seeking the cause of the explosion of the Maine magazine, we should naturally look not for improbable or unusual causes, but those against which we have had to guard in the past. The most common of these is through fire in the bunkers. Many of our ships have been in danger at various times from this cause, an*', not long ago a fire in the Cincinnati's bunkers actu ally set fire to fittings, wooden boxes, etc., within the magazine, and had it not been discovered at the time it was, it would doubtless have resulted in a catas tropin* on board that ship similar to the one on the Maine. I shall again empha size the fact that no torpedo exploded without a ship has ever produced or ac cording to our ktiowledgo can produec an explosion of a magazine within." Fatality In the Dlnanter. Washington, Feb. 20. —The navy depart ment has compiled the followiug sum mary showing the total results of the Maine disaster from available official in formation up to tonight: Total num ber of officers and men on board the Maine, 355; total number of officers, 20: total number of men. 320; total number of officers saved, 24; total number of officers lost, 2; total number men lost. 240; total number officers injured, none; total num ber men injured. 57: total number men saved, 76: doubtful (men), 7. The seven men appearing as doubtful probably represent that number or less whose lives have been saved, but who can not bo identified at present on account of errors in transmission of telegrams. The 57 appearing as injured are included in the 70 appearing as saved. Two men re ported as having died in the hospital are included in the total of 240 appearing above as having been lost. SHOT HER ERRING HUSBAND. Rat a Batte Jury 4r«iulttrd Mr*. Km ma Bnptlnte. Butte, Mont. Feb. 17.— Mrs. Kinma Bap tiste has been acquitted of theinurder of her husband. James Baptistc. The ground of acquittal was insanity. Baptistc, a tel egraph operator, left her and married Fntnkie Bell, a concert haJI singer, claim ing lie was not lawfully wedded to Kinma. She went to the pool room where lie worked and shot him. !New ICniglaiid Mill Strike. New Bedford, Mass., Feb. 2i.-The sixth wtck of the cloth mills strike opons without anv indications of the opening of the mills on the part of the mnuufac turers. There is a finding, however, that the coming week will see a meeting of representatives on both sides as suggested by Commissioner Barry of the state board of arbitration, that some anjMeivy* looking to a consideration of * mav l»e dv*ussed. ever I*^ t I A railway mai* in 111 1 traveled 144 RATES ARE CUT IN TWO. Canadian Pacific Rxplode* a Ilouih Anions American Road*. Chicago, Feb. 19.—The Canadian Pacific read yesterday exploded a bomb among it's American competitors by announcing a wholesale reduction of rates. These cuts affeit business in two directions. In the first place the rates from all New Knglaiul points to Minneapolis and St. Paul are slaughtered, and again New Kngland points and points in the state of New York have had a blanket rate ap plied so far as all business to the north Pacific toast points is concerned. These transcontinental rates have been cut al ! most in two. The present rates from the Atlantic seaboard to the north Pacific coast are $79.35 first class and $07.40 sec ond class. Today the Canadian Pacific will make these rates from all points in New Kngland, $40 for first class and $30 for second class. Hates to St. Paul will be cut from $20.50 first class and $28.50 second class to $20 first class and $19 sec ond class. \ortliern Pacific Meet* It. Tacoma, Feb. 10. —The Northern Pacific railroad announces a big cut in passenger rates to become effective today, Saturday, February 19. The rate from Tacoma to St. Paul, Dulutli and points in Minneso ta, North Dakota and Manitoba will lie cut in two. Heretofore the rates to the al>ovc points have been $50 first class and $40 second class. The rates from Tacoma to Chit-ago will be $31.50 first class and $20.50 second class. To points in Ontario and Quebec as fur east as Montreal and south of the line of the Grand Trunk rail way, Port Huron to Montreal, $10 first class and $30 second class. The same rates will prevail from the east to Ta coma. The Canadian Pacific announces that it will meet these rates one day later —Sunday, February 20. The Great North ern has also met the cut. DUN'S REPORT IS OPTIMISTIC. Material \dvance* In Staplea<-The Rl*e la Wheat. New York. Feb. 22. — K. G. Dun Ac company's Review of Trade says: The dreadful disaster to the Maine, much as it has affected all hearts, has not much affected business. Only in the stock market, where there was selling Wednesday by speculators on thin mar gins, but in no other speculative market was an effect felt, nor in general business. An advance of 10 per cent by some gogebic mines is expectcd to be general throughout the lake region, excepting the Messaba district, and prices of ore from the other ranges have been advanced 15 per cent with an allotment of 0,000.000 tons outside Carnegie's mines, which be tokens an output much larger than ever kuown. Wheat has risen 33 points and exports continue so heavy that a material advance is natural. Atlantic exports iu three weeks have been 8,410,819 bushels (flour included, against 5,001,971 last year, and Pacific exports have been 2,470,052 bush els, against 1,474,782 bushels last year. Such shipments, with heavy engagements for the future, in spite of 11.500,831 bush els of com exported, against 2,507,200 bushels iu the same week last year, are conclusive proof of the urgency of for eign needs. The bottom fact is that the world needs wheat, which this country can only supply for nbout six months to come. CHINA OPENS UP TO TRADE. Imporlnnt Conee**lon* Promised the HrltUh Mlnl*ter nt Pekln. London, Feb. 22. — The I'ekin corre spondent of the Time* savs: China has agreed to open nil "f her in land water* to navigation, whether for eign or native owned, under regulation* to l>e (mined subsequently. If net rentrieted by these regulations, the agreement, whieh in to come into operation within four months, in satisfactory and promises a wide expansion of foreign trade. China has also undertaken to open one treaty port in the. province of llunana within two years, and proposes Yo Chau, near the Yang Toe Kiang, near the border of the province. The Titling Li Yamen'a reason for the delay is that the central authority is at present powerless to enforce the immediate opening of any port in the province of Hunan, or to protect foreigners there. China luis given Oreat Britain satisfactory assuraneea that she will not alienate to any other power any portion of the Yang Tse Kiang valley. The Times, commenting editorially on the foregoing dispateh. says: "We heart ily congratulate the British minister at I'ekin upon these important concessions." ON THE EDMONTON ROUTE. Vlarount % vonmore'n Party Meet* With Man)- Had Aecldrnlii. Montreal, Feb. 21.- Thirteen young Knjrlishmen, under the leadership of Vis eount Avonmore, left here on December 13 laKt for the Klondike. •Since their departure they have had all kinds of had luek. From Montreal they proceeded to Edmonton, N. \V. T. A few day* after their arrival there. Captain Alline died of pneumonia. Dr. Hoops, an other member of the party, fell and badly -prained his ankle a few day* later. Then Captain Powell, while on a short trip into the country, had his feet hadly frozen. An Enjrlifth colonel, who was one of the ill-fated 13, broke his arm. Then a Mr. I tannerman was arrested at the instance of Captain O'Brien on a charge of em bezzlement. Captain O'Brien, who had assumed the leadership of the party, was arrested on a charge of assault, for attempting to stab a man in his employ. The captain has just 1 >ecn bound over to keep the pence and the party is broken tip. To Du> Swlmii Ratfroad*. Berne, Feb. 21.—The referendum has resulted in popular apr"***' potted state purclia? * * tu ' ' erland at a cost francs (s2oo,o*** " THE NORTHWEST IN BRIEF INEWS ITEMS OF THREE STATES. Wheat Shipment* From Tacoma— Work, on the Railroad Kiten*lon to I..ewl*ton—Money Distributed Among the Crow Indian* In .Mon tana—A Glance All Aroand. A lodge of Knights of luibor has been organized in Colfax, with 75 members. There ure six evaporating plants- now in operation in Whatcom. The Fairhaven salmon cannery is to double its capacity. About 250 bales of hops are still in growers' hands in county. Few. if any. new yards have been planted. The city council of Seattle has declared forfeited the Frost street cable franchise, the company having failed to run cars according to the terms of its franchise. Whatcom county commissioners have let the contract for the Blaine-Ferndale road. It calls for the construction of seven miles of road at a cost of over $13.- 000. There were 27 actions for divorce com menced in the superior court of Clarke county during the year 1897, all of which were granted. This is a fair record, when it is considered that there were 230 mar riages in the county during the year. There is little likelihood of an ice fam ine in North Yukiuiu during the sum mer. It is estimated that probably 2500 tons of ice were put up during the sea son. The customs receipts at Kverett for 1897 were $77,980. The largest month was Oc tober, with $10,208, and the smallest was August, with $738. January, 1898. is larger than any month in 1897, and more than three times as large as the corres ponding month of last year. The socialists in the vicinity of Palouse are active and in county, Idaho, just across the state line from Palouse, meetings are being held in all the school houses and organizations of the social democracy are being made in every pre cinct. Work has been resumed on the railroad extension at Al»erdeen. a settlement hav ing l>ccn reached with the city regarding street crossings. Timber and piles are be ing cut for the bridge across the Wish kali. The site for the new depot, near the Pacific hotel, is about filled ill. With the constantly increasing criinin a 1 business iu Stevens county the county jail has grown to In* altogether too small for the accommodation of the prisoners, who now number eight. There an l only two iron cells and two wooden cells, be sides the main room. The county com missioners will be called on at the next session to enlarge the structure. The old court house has also fallen far short .if the demands of the county, and an old brick building has been rented by the county commissioners to receive the over flow. .Joel Perkins, one of the earliest pio neers of the northwest, died Thursday night, at his home near Medical He was 88 years old. Up to a short time before his death he was in fairlv good health. The eause of his demise is given as old age. Mr. Perkins was born in Barren county, Kentucky, January 10, 1810. lie moved in his youth to Mar shall county, Illinois, and in 1842, with his family, he crossed the plains. In 1852 he made his home in Benton county, Oregon, where he remained until 1802, when he removed to Waitsbnrg, Wash. In the spring of 1880, shortly after the death of his wife, he removed to a farm near Medical liake, where he resided un til the time of his death. NontMi. Over $.">O,OOO was distributed anions the Indians on the last pay day at the Crow agency. Before the rush is over it is expected that at least 100 persou* will leave Ana conda for the Yukon. The report of the state recorder of brands show* 13,000 now of record, 1000 having been filed in 1897. Many are dead and the recorder recommends that steps be taken to secure them by other stock growers. The university building commission has awarded the contract for the construction of the new university building at Mis soula to George Dildine, his bid being $51,670. The contract for the plumbing and the heating and ventilating plant was awarded to the Missoula Mercantile Com pany for $7800. Antoine and William Trottier have been arrested at Fort Benton on a com plaint charging them with having illegally obtained the state bounty on wolf skins. The complaint was sworn out by Harry Lund, the stock inspector and detective. The Trot tiers have presented 130 hides for punching, swearing that the animals were killed within the limits of Choteau county. It is believed by the detective that they were killed outside of the coun ty. There seems now no longer to be any doubt that the militia will hold an en campment at Fort Harrison beginning al>out July 3 and continuing six days. Although the state board of examiners has not ofTieially passed on the question, it is known that it will hold that part of the appropriation for the contingent ex pense* of the national guard for 1808 in exeesa of the amount actually expended for that purpose will be available for the encampment. Adjutant General I)rennan maintained the guard last year on $5000, at least, that was all the money ef the appropriation used, and as $10,000 were appropriated for eontingent expenses for 1808. about $."»000 will be available for the encampment, providing the expenses of the guard are no greater this year than last. A. .T. Seligman, chairman of the committee appointed by the Helena Bus iness Men's Association to raise a fund to de.fiaj part of the expense of the eu campment, has secured $1500 and experts to raise $rtoo or $1000 more. liaks. l, ere is tajk of a creame )at Boise, > * v.... i etermined to sell the remainder of the school lands ' in liingham county. Several bridge men will arrive in Lew iston about March Ist to inspect the site of I jew ist on-Concord bridge, and bid on the contract for bitllding the structure. The estimated cost of the bridge is Ik» tween $90,000 and $100,000. At a meeting of the state laud board held recently 238 forfeitures of school land were declared. The purchasers have failed to maintain their payments and the board will now take possession and endeavor to realize on the property. The • land forfeited is iu 11 counties, l<atuh, Ada, Canyon und Nex Perce having the largest acreage in the order named. Two Mormon elders are at work among the people in the vicinity of Weiser, with a view of locating a Mormon colony in : that neighborhc od. The elders have spent ! a number of months in the northern part | of the county and it is about settled that I a colony will locate on Hear creek and I probably one in Indian valley. I A map is being made in the surveyor ! general's office that, will be presented to the war department at Washington by j Senator Shoup, together with other infor ! mation relative to Boino Barracks. The ! map shows the outline of the states of j Idaho, Oregon and Washington with the railnads, principal cities and Indian ! reservations. The Umatilla, Fort Hall, j Ix»mhi and Duck Valley reservations are I shown tii l*> immediately tributary to the I barracks here and more easily accessible i than any other point where the army is or may be stationed. This information is ! to be presented to the department in an j appeal to he made for an enlargement of I the post here. ! The recent rise, of the waters of the j Clearwater has enabled the steamers to t make the run to the agency, and ' two trips were made to that point yes- I terday for wheat. There are over 150,000 | bushels stored in the warehouses on the j river above Lewiston. The wheat is the I product of the reservation lands recent ly opened to settlement. I The first quarterly teachers* cxamina . tion for 1898 will l>e held at liuthdriim on Thursday and Friday, February 24 and , 25. Applicants wilt l>e examined for all grades of certificates. On Friday evening i Professor Gault of the state university will deliver a lecture liefore the visiting teachers and the citizens of Kathdi um and | vicinity on the subject, "A Word to the ; Youth of Idaho." The Kootenai County j Teachers' Association meets on Saturday, ; the following day. An excellent program j has been pi-cparcd, and a large number of j teachers will la» present. Kendrick reports that high water has interfered to such an extent with the rail . road work that instead of concentrating 1 the men at any one section .they have di ' vided them into crews and are working them along the route to the Clearwater. Track laying has been suspended for the ; present, owing to the depth of the mud ! in the newly made grade, which is almost ji in passable. The surveyors have coin | pleted their work to the Clearwater, and I are now establishing grades. Between two j and three hundred men art at work, and j the changes in the gangs, occasioned by men having become dissatisfied or worked "their allotted time," keep the tracks lined w|th men tramping lw>th ways. SNOW IN IOWA AND ILLINOIS. Pall of Two Feet at Man) Point* In Tliene State*. Chicago, Feb. 21. —The states of Wis consin, lowa and lllinoiM arc practieally snowbound. An average snowfall of two feet is refuted from Illinois and lowa |>oitiU, while throughout Wisconsin and northern Michigan the fall was much heavier, in fact the greatest of the season. A 40-mile gale hus piled the snow into enormous drifts, completely paralyzing street railway traffic and interfering with the operations of trains. Northern trains have l>een delayed in some instances 1T» hours, owing to the heavy drifts and steady fall of snow, which make the use of snow plows unavailing. Itain and snow alternated in Chieago and vieinity. Not enough had fallen tonight, however, to interfere with railway traffic. ORDERED TO THE COAST Troopa al Fort Nhrrmia Moon to Ooaur d'Alene, Idaho, Feb. 10. —The troops at Fort Sherman were startled yes terday by the receipt of an order to put Company 11, Sixteenth infantry, com manded by Captain Whitehall and Lieu tenant Irwin, in readiness for an early departure for Fort Stevens, there to take station. The company will probably quit Sherman within the next 4ft hours. Spec ulation is rife as to the whole meaning of this initial movement. Indications seem to point to the early transfer of the head quarters of the Sixteenth infantry to Van eouver Barracks, Wash. WILLIAM OKAY MURDERED Body Serreted In a Hydrant Bo* In l*lvluiraton, Mont. Helena, Mont., Feb. 21.—Three boy* while playing near the stockyards yes terday in Livingaton, discovered the body of William Gray, a well known mine own er, who disappeared from his home Feb ruary 1. Cray's head had been mashed in and the body secreted in a hydrant box. The body had lieen robbed. So arrest* have been made. Gray was a well known mining man. owning properties in Park county. Overloaded 4ieantaklp*. Port Townscnd. *«b. 22. —A* a con** quencc of the unfavorable criticism thai has followed the sinking of the steamer Clara Nevada and the trouble that at tended the departure of the steamer North Pacific for the north, carrying gold seek ers, Colonel Heusti*, collector of customs, has determined to compel vessel* bound for Alaska to carry only the number of passenger* allowed by the federal permit. The' N'e«r York chamber of commerce wa* organized by 20 merchants in Faunce'* tavern on April 6. 17»>« PROCEEDINGS Of IB DISCUSS THE NATION'S AFFAIRS l.eatlrra In Huth llrnnchea of Ihr >*- tloiml l.cglalatiirr ( onannr Tinit In Talk Well «■ lrnu«noi Souir Public Hualneaa-What Una Bcfu Dune. I Thursday was a quiet day iu congirt<i. , The house committee on the election of I president, viee president, and representa lives in congress has authorized a favorable | ble report oil a resolution to propose to the various state legislatures an amend i incut to the constitution an follows: The , house of representatives shall l>e rompo<4sl ;of members chosen every fourth year by ! the people of the several states and el re I tors in each state shall have the qualili cations requisite for electors of most mi mcrous branch of the suite legislature. Senator farter, from the senate commit tee on public lands, received favorably the house bill granting right of way t<« railroads and extending the homestead laws in Alaska, with amendments made by the senate committee. The amend ments limit to 40 acres the amount of land to be taken, unless the land is dis tinctly agricultural, the object being to prevent monopoly by any individual of valuable sites. Senator Carter has also introduced a bill for the government of Alaska. Senator Allen introduced a res olution today instructing the senate com mittee on naval affairs to investigate the .Maine explosion. The resolution went over under objection until tomorrow. To It nine (lie Main*. A resolution offered in the senate Fri day by Senator Hale, appropriating $200,- 000 for raiNing the battleship Maine and j saving what property t'ould l>e saved, was ! passed by the senate without objection, it 1 being amended so as to authorize the Her I retary to direet that the remains of the I officers and sailors be brought to the Unit e<l States for interment. Senator Mason | offeied an amendment to the Allen rcsolu j tion, for an investigation of the Maine, i providing for a speeial committee to make the investigation. Senator Hale asked j that, the matter be not pushed. Senator i Mason, in reply, said it was evident that i farts in regard to Cuba were being con ' era led from the |>coplc of the country and from congress. He said the policy of the | government was delay, and nothing wu«* stopping the murder of the people of Cuba. | The l)e Lome matter had not stop|M»d min ders. The Maine disaster has not stopped them. Woleott said war might come. In fact it might not be far distant. Hut our conduct must be such as to make us re- Hjwct ourselves and make nations rcspeet our position. Senator Lodge said this wii« a <|iiestion whieh involved the death of I American seamen at Havana and that tlie | only way to get at the truth was through the naval officers. At the request of the secretary of the i navv, Mr. Houtelle, chairman of the iiavul committee, asked the house to pass the joint resolution appropriating $200,000 for raitting the tattlcship Maine. Mr. lion telle said he had no information," official or otherwise, as to the cause of the Maine disaster, but all information at hand tend ed to strengthen the belief that it was uu accident. The resolution was adopted. Bankrupted 111 11 I'anaed. After four days of consideration the house Saturday passed the bankruptcy | bill reported by the house committee on judiciary as a substitute for the Nelson bill, pansed by the senate at the extra Be* sion last summer. The bill is known n the llciidcrNou bill and contains both vol untary and involuntary features. It in considered less drastic than the measure passed by the last house by a vote of 157 to H7. Siiinl r> Civil Hill. The appropriation committee of the house has agreed upon the sundry civil ap propriatiou bill, and it was reported to the house Monday. It appropriates $41. 740.H0.'), being $1.'t,£!4,r»41 less than the regular and supplemental estimates, and ,801,800 less than the appropriation* for the current fiscal year. An increase of $gr>,ooo is made to the general appro priatiou for coast survey work on a< count of the work to lie done ill Alaska. An appropriation of $. p >o,ooo is made for completing a coast survey steamer for service in Alaska and the Aleutian isl and*, and $.'IO,OOO for outfit. The galleries were filled when the sen ate convened, the crowd of spectators doubtless l»eing attracted by the probahil ity of further debate ii|>on Cuban at fairs or matters connected with the cata* trophe to the battleship Maine. Senator lloar introduced a joint resolution direct ing the transfer of valuable historical documents from the several departments to the national library. Senator Allen in troduccd the following resolution: "Re solved, That the committee on naval af fairs lie, and is hereby, instructed to make a thorough inquiry into the destruction of the battleship Maine in Havana har bor on the I.lth instant, and report to the senate.*' The resolution was |>a»*cd with out a word of debate. The senate then passed the house joint resolution appro priating #200,0*>0 for the recovery of the Maine and it will now go to the president for approval. DEATH OF FRANCES WILLARD Tlir Sotr«l Trmprrancr Worker l*asae« In Kfw York. New York, Feb. 18.—Mi** Franccit K. Wiliard. president of the World'* Wom an'* Christian Temperance Union, died shortly after midnight thin morning at the Hotel Kmpirc, this city. At the bedside of Mis* Wiliard at the time of her death were her niece, Mr*. \V. W. Haldwin; Mr*. 14. M. Steven*, vice president of the Worn an'* Christian Temperance Union; Mis* Anna Gordon, Mi** Wiliard'* secretary; and Dr. Alfred K. Hill. To make friend* of men put money in their purac. To make friend* of women •how theiu how to become more beautiful. NO. 4.