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THE SILVER BLADE
•1.00 PER YEAR. RATHDRUM, IDAHO, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27. 1903. VOLUME VIII. NUMBER 46. to all a let to by WANTS THE IMMEDIATE PAY MENT OF £5500 PROMI8ED. As a Preliminary to Raising of Vene -Mr. Bowen De clined the Request—Says Protocol Calls for 30 Day's Time—Germany's Reason Unknown. auelan Blockadi Washington, Feb 23.—The German government, tnrougn its representa tive, Baron Speck von Bternuerg, has maae a request for tue immediate pay ment of £at>00 which, it was stipu lated in the protocol signed on Febru ary 13, should be paid within 30 days from that date, as a preliminary to the raising of the blockade against the Venezuelan ports and agreement to send the question of preferential treat ment of the blockading nations to The Hague for determination. Mr. Bowen declined to accede to the request, but informed Baron Sternberg that as pro vided in the protocol, the money would be paid to the German representative at Caracas 30 days from February 13, which would be on the 13th of March. The reason that animated the Ger man government in making the re guest is not disclosed here. The mat ter has special significance perhapt from the fact that the ships taken by the Germans during the blockade have not yet been returned to Venezuela. 8pokane Market. Vegetables—Caohage, 2@3c lb; pota toes, 46®b0c per cwt; sweet potatoes, 4®5 lbs for 26c; radishes, 6c bunch; aried onions, 1%®2 c lb; green onions, 2 bunches 6c; parsley, 6c bunch; beets, 2 bunches 6c; turnips, in bulk, l®2c lb; carrots, l%@2c lb; parsnips, 2@jc lb; cauliflower, 16@26c head; celery, lv®12c bunen. Fruits—Lemons, 15@30c per doz; ap ples, 2%@4c lb. 60c®$1.26 box; ban anas, 16®30c doz; cranberries, 12 %@ 16c qt; oranges, 15 @ 50c doz. Eggs—Local, 30c per doz; guaran teed fresh, 36c per doz; eastern, 26® 30c per doz. Poultry—Chickens, dressed, 16 @ 18c; squabs, 16c each; spring chickens, 40 ®60c; ducks, 16@18o lb; geese, 16® 18c lb; turkeys, 22@25c lb. Dairy Products—Creamery butter, 30 ®40c per lb; country butter, 18@30c per lb; cheese, 20®25c lb. Meats—Beef, p rterhouse steak, 18® Oc; sirloin steak, 16@18c; round steak 12 ftc; leg of mutton, 12%®15c; pork roast, 12V4@15c; sausage, 10@12%c; veal, 15@20c; Belgian hares, 60@70c each; beef's liver, 5c; calf's liver, 15c; eastern ham, 16c; breakfast bacon, 16c; lard, 10 lb pail, $1.26. Oysters— Olympia, 75c qt; eastern oysters, selects, 60c qt; standards, 50c qt. Grain and Feed—Timothy hay, 90® 95c per cwt, $17®18 per ton; grain hay 80c per ctrt, $15 per ton; alfalfa, 90c per cwt, $18 per ton; chicken feed, $1.40 per cwt, $26 per ton; oats, $1.30 per cwt, $24 per ton; rye, seed, $1.26 per cwt; bran, 90c per cwt; bran and shorts, 95c per cwt; shorts, $1 per cwt; rolled barley, $1.26 per cwt; corn, $2 per cwt; timothy seed, 8o per lb, $7 per cwt; alfalfa, 16c per lb, $15 per cwt; clover, 16c per lb, $«.3.60 per cwt; lawn mixture, blue grass and white Mover, 26c per lb; red top, 17c per lb, $14 per cwt; English rye grass, 12c per lb, $9.6u per cwt; orchard grass, 16c per lb, $14 per cwt. Coal Oil—Bulk oil, 26c per gal; pearl $2.30®3 per case, $1.60 per can; Boce ne, $1.65 per can. Flour—Wholesale, $4®4.2a per bbl; retail, fancy patents, $1.20; standard brands, $1.K>; common grade, $1.10; lowest, $1. Rloe—Wholesale, Japan No. 1, $5.50; Japan No. 2, $6.25; retail, Japan No. 1, 10 to 13 lbs for $1. Sugar-Cane, $5.45 per 100 lb sack, 17 lbs for $1. Prices Paid qt Spokane. Poultry and Eggs—Chickens, roost ers, 10®llc; hens, 12ftc per Uve wt; young chickens, $3®4 per doz; tur keys, live weight, 14c per lb, dressed 18®20c; eggs, freBh, 30@35c doz; bucks, live weight, 11c lb. Vegetables—Potatoes, 30®40c per cwt; onions, 50®75c per cwt. Live Stock—Beef, live steers, $4.60; dressed, $8; cows, $3.60; dressed, $7.60; mutton, ewes $4.50 per cwt, 8®llo; uressed, $9; veal, dressed, hogs, live, 6V4@6%c; dressed, 8H®9c Observed Washington's Birthday. New York, Feb. 23 .—Washington's birthday was observed here by special service of patriotic societies and many clergymen made the anniversary the subjeot of their sermons. The Society of the Sons of the Revo lution of the state of New York had Its 13th annual service in the Brick Presbyterian church. At Carnegie hall a patriotic mass meeting was conducted under the aus pices of the West Side branch of the i. M. C. A. Patriotic airs were ren dered by the Seventh regiment band and the New York festival choir of 300 voices, the audience joining in the sing ing of the national anthems and the "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Booker T. Washington was the ora tor at a memorial meeting held in the Academy of Arts and Science. The speaker devoted his address to con sideration of the race problem. The official orders transferring Gen eral Funston from Colorado to the de partment of Washington, Oregon, Ida ho and Alaska have been received from the war department. Feint does net make a painter. WASHINGTON ITEMS. A flour mill is assured now tor Che saw. Homeseekers continue to arrive daily by the three great railroad sys tems The establishment of a branch of the Bank of Montreal in Spokane appears to be assured. The Aetna flouring mill, which has been idle for the last two months at i'ekoa, has resumed operations. Mrs. Louisa James, wife of W. H. James, formerly governor of Nebraska and a pioneer of Colfax, died recently. The conviction of former County Au ditor Charles O. Raby of Whitman county of the crime of embesxlement has been affirmed by the supreme court A warehouse company with a capi talization of $4000 has been formed at Dayton for the purpose of erecting and operating a warehouse at Long's Sta tion. The grand jury at Seattle has in dicted George Kinnear, a wealthy property owner of Seattle, for permit ting the use of his property for im moral purposes. Just eight hours apart occurred the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Crowley at Odessa last Sunday. Both were aged about 76 years and had passed nearly all their lives in the west. Mayor Staley of Pullman has issued a proclamation closing the public schools and forbidding all public gath erings in Pullman for a period of 16 lays, owing to the prevalence of scar let fever, measles and smallpox. The general committee appointed from the Spokane G. A. R. posts to have charge of the department en campment to be held in Spokane in June, are getting plans perfected rap idly. W. H. Wiscombe is chairman. All the shingle business of Spokane has been centered in a little trust com posed of the seven shingle mills of the city, which have formed the Inland Shingle agency. It Is expected to con trol the shingle business of the Inland Empire. A. B. Meacham of Seattle, a prom inent young man, was recently shot by footpads after a show of resistance. The bullet passed through his left Bide and is not necessarily fatal. The rob bers made off after shooting without attempting to rob their victim. J. D. Farrell, of Seattle, formerly president of the Pacific Coast Steam ship company, has been selected by President Hill of the Great Northern to become assistant to the president with responsible duties on the western end of the system, the appointment be ing effective March 1. The first annual meeting of the Far mers' Grain & Supply company was held at Wilson Greek last week. It was an enthusiastic gathering of far mers from all over the Big Bend coun try, and the proceedings were marked by a spirit of greatest narmony. Herman G. Post of Sault Ste Marie, representing Canadian millmen, Is try ing to get options on Umbel lands on the North Half of Jhe Colville reserva Uon. A number of tracts have been acquired, and if they can carry out their plans of getting control of all of the Umber three large mills will be established at once. They will oper ate from Spokane. Be ed ed in at at in 114 Geo. F. Bailey Is Dead. New York, Feb. 23.—George F. Bail ey, who was famous as a circus man, and was first the rival and then the partner of P. T. Barnum, is dead at the age of 84 years. Death was due to paralysis. Mr. Bailey is accredited by showmen with being the originator of the "Car diff" giant and the "colored mammy." Old showmen remember him best as one of the "Four Foot party," a name given to a partnership of four men who created a sensation in the cirons world years ago. Granite Is Mineral. The case of the Northern Pacific Railroad company against John Soder berg, involving the question as to what constitutes mineral lands, as used in the act of July 2, 1864, has been de cided by the supreme court of the United States In favor of Soderberg. The railway company sought to enjoin him from removing or disposing of granite from a quarter section of land in Washington state, of which he had taken possession under a mineral lo cation. Justice Shiras delivered the opinion for Justice Brown. Canadians Object. London, Feb. 24.—A dispatch to the Times from Ottawa declares that Can ada has formally protested to the im perial government against the appoint ment of Senators Lodge and Turner oa the Alaska commission. The foreign office, which has received ho official protest, is, however, unofficially aware of the fact that the Canadians are not satisfied with the appointment of Messrs. Lodge and Turner, but the officials here do not see how they can take any action in the matter. Shorten Time 12 Hours. St Paul, Feb. 23.—On March 1 the Great Northern railway will begin a train service that will bring the new Puget Sound cities 1 2hours closer to New York, the new schedule permit ting of a Journey from coast to coast in somthing under 96 hours. The new train will leave Seattle at 8:30 daily, reaching St. Paul at 10:30 p. m. on the third day, 60 hours from the coast. Chief Joseph Saw General Miles. Washington, Feb. 23.—Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Indian tribe, has called on General Miles at army head quarters to pay his respects. He was accompanied by several of the other members of the tribe, wbe are en a visit te the ai*. 8NOW RETARD8 ACTIVE WORK IN 80ME PLACES. Items of Interest of a Miscellaneous Nature Gathered During the Past Week—New Districts Brought to the Front—Many Mining Accidents and Personals. Expense of Boarding Claim Cannot Be Included as Working of Mine.— Where the locators of a quartz mine, after being in possession for several years and expending $1,000 in develop ing it .suspended work, and during a year did only $26 of work on the mine, but hired a man to live in a house on the location and watch the property, the amount paid him cannot be count ed to make up the $100 worth of work each year in working the mine requir ed by the act of congress to preserve the right to the location.—Hough vs. Hunt, Sup. Ct Colorado; 70 Pac. Rep. 1079. BRITISH COLUMBIA. The Giant mine at Rossland has been compelled to close down. The Le Roi No. 2 company announces that it will install a 60 ton Elmore mill at Possland at once to handle low grade ore. In an accident at the Granby mines recently Ira E. James, an ore loader, awB killed. He fell in between the cars. The wheels crushed out his life. A trial shipment of about 20 tons ol Ethel ore was recenuy made to the l'rail smelter and realized $118 a ton lor lead and silver, nothing being al lowed for gold or copper. Shipments of ore from the Ross land camp for last week were: Le Roi, 3730; Center biar, 1310; War Eagle, 1110; Giant, 40; Velvet, 160; Le Roi No. 2, 385; total for week, 6726; year to date, 61,916 tons. The Greenwood smelter has closed down as the result of the coke fam ine. Meanwhile matters are being put in shape at the Mother Lode mine to insure an increased output of ore for future operations at the smelter. Instead of being over its eyes in debt the Le Roi company is now really on velvet, and a cleanup of the ore at the smelter Would leave a cash bal ance of $300,000 on hand after settling all bills, declared Anthony McMillan, the managing director of the company at the annual meeting held January 30 in London. Within about a miie and a half of Trout Lake City a syndicate of Phila delphia capitalists is developing the Ethel and Lucky Boy groups, under the management of George W. Stead, with 114 or 15 men, driving a tunnel to in tersect the lead at a depth of about 600 feet. The proposed Provincial Mining as sociation of British Columbia has been received with enthusiasm at Rossland. Within 36 hours of the decision to form a branch in Rossland 350 mem bers have been secured ana $500 raised to float the institution. The Crow's Nest Pass Coal company is publishing an invitation for sealed tenders to be received at their Toronto offices for the purchase of the entire stock of goods in the company's gen eral stores at Coal Creek—the Fernie Colliery-Michel, and Morrissey, as it intends to adhere strictly to coal min ing in the future and will leave the store business to merchants. The stock was valued at $117,301 on January 4 and will be sold to the highest cash bidder. The company offers a seven years' lease of their present store buildings to the purchaser on favor able terms. Colorado. Stratton's Independence is still mak ing its usual production Of about 260 tons a day. The production of Cripple Creek for January was 63,860 tons, which yield ed a gross value of $1,683,650. Cripple Creek dividends to the amount of $285,000 were distributed during January . The Newsboy M. & M. company is opening up a fine body of high-grade are near ehe breast of the 1,600-foot tunnel in the Ouray district. The Colorado Springs Mining Ex change will Insist upon every company listed on the exchange filing a state ment semi-annually, showing its con dition. Montana Mines. The only systematic mining for sap phires is conducted in Montana. The supreme court of Montana has decided to grant a rehearing of the Pennsylvania mine, both sides having made a request for one. The mining town of Rochester, sit uated midway between Melrose and Twin Bridges, is growing steadily, and buildings are going up with a rapidity that astonishes the old residents of the camp. Financial arrangements have been made by which a much-talked-of rail way, concentrator and smelter are to be built as fast as men and money can do the work. The building of the rail way from Basin to Elliston is to begin at once, as well as from Ontario to Rimini. a John W. Gates, the wire and steel magnate, and John A. Drake, another Chicago millionaire, are said to be ne gotiating for the purchase of the fa Kendall mines in Montana which mous if carried through will be one of the largest mining deals in the history of Montana. Over 50 mining claims, Including mill sites, are involved. These claims do not all lie directly on the ore body as exposed ex the surface, bxt ixMnde a ground lying adjacent to and directly connected with the main vein. MINING NOTE8. The state of Washington will soon be in line with Montana In mining tax ation. The copper market shows not the slightest signs of weakening, either at home or abroad. The Chinese placer miners are al ready starting out for the spring work along the banka of British Columbia rivers. Circle City, Alaska, is deserted and hundreds of miners have joined the stampede to the new Tanana district, near the Yukon boundary. From Amalgamated Interests is ob tained the positive Information that the proposed merger of the Lake Su perior copper properties will go through. D. M. Hyman, who is negotiating the big $6,000,000 deal for the consoli dation of the Coeur d'Alene mines, has secured an extension of his option un til March 31. The discovery of oil near Mount Joy Square, Dublin, has created great in terest and has raised hopes that the old bog land throughout Ireland may prove similarly productive. "As soon as the 20 additional stamps are installed at the Jumbo mine our output will be $26,000 a month," said Frank Brown, the manager of this Buf falo Hump property, who was in Spo kane recently. A company os being formed to Invest $160,000 in a lignite coal mine at Wll tlston, N. D., the output of which, it is claimed, will be 1,000 tons daily when the Installation of new machinery has been completed. Never in the history of the sampling works, below Wallace, Idaho, was such a large tonnage sampled as during January. The amount treated was 13,486 tons, which exceeds that of pre vious months by about 3000 tons. Production of copper increased dur ing the year about 36,000 tons; con sumption increased 108,600 tons, tile total being 490,000 tons, against 381, 500 tons in 1901, the apparent Increase of consumption over production being 13,000 tons. Ten more stamps for the mill equip ment of the Jumbo mine, near Stltes, Idaho, will be installed during March of this year. There is said to be $350, 000 worth of ore in sight on this prop osition and the owners claim the mine is worth $1,000,000. A strike of no small importance to the camp was made recently at Tyson, Idaho, when the drill struck the ledge in the lower workings on the War Eagle claim, owned by the Tyson Con solidated Mining company, and ad joining the Richmond on the east. Advices received from Hamilton, Mont., say that H. L. Hollister, acting for a syndicate composed of Chicago capitalists, has completed a deal for the Homestake & Idaho group of claims, 17 in number, for $126,000. The properties are located on Beaver creek, in the Thunder Mountain district, and are among the richest in that section. The people of Oroflno, Idaho, are preparing to handle the greatest busi ness ip the history of the town. It is generally conceded that more people will be in the mining districts this sea on than for many years and the placer miners will have more water with which to work than there has been since the camps were first established. O. P. Lee, a miner, aged 24 years, was crushed to death at the Bunker Hill & Sullivan mine, near Wardner, Idaho, recently, by a large body of rock giving way from the roof of the drift. He was engaged with another man timbering the drift at the time the accident happened, but his comrade es caped injury. Lee had been working' at the mine for a year. A $26,000,000 mining deal is pending in the Coeur d'Alene silver-lead min ing camps of northern Idaho. The contemplated purcuaser is the Ameri can Smelting & Refining company (the lead trust). The negotiations Involve every great producing mine in the Coeur d'Alenes, with the single ex ception of the Hercules, and the pos sible exception of the properties of the Empire Stale-Idaho (Chas. Sweeny's company). The greatest Interest taken in the eastern Oregon gold fields since the palmy days of the Auburn placers in the 60s is now evidenced on every hand. More mines are on the produc ing list, more men are employed un derground and more scientific work is being done than ever before in the his tory of mining in Oregon. Deep sink ing Is the order of the day and a num ber of leading properties are now close to the 1000 foot level. Because the mine was not being worked at a sufficient profit 67 men have been laid off permanently at the Frisco mine, near Wallace, Idaho. The day shift ot the mill has been closed and from now on it will be run only during the nignts. A force of 175 men is retained, but previous to the layoff yesterday morning another force had been released. The real cause for the reduction in the force, as given out by the management, is that the ore in the upper workings Is too low grade to be mined at a profit The big ore-shoot at the Golconda mine, near Sumpter, Ore., that has been drifted on in the tunnel level and explored 250 feet, was picked up last week on the 100 foot level In the drift south of the ore shaft. The manage ment is greatly elated, and as It has this same shoot on the 300 foot level, it expects to catch it on any shift on the south drift in the 500 foot level. Arrangements will be made to increase the plant to 60 stamps. The Columbia mine has ordered 40 more stamps. of ! A Business men's association with a membership of 75 has been organized to work for the good ef the tewn of Palouse. tills litlll BRAVE THEY GATHER IN CONSTABULARY AROUND MANILA. Robber Bands Elude the Troops—Gen. San Miguel at Head of About 300 Hostile Filipinos, Uniformed and Armed — Surrounded Towne of Calnta and Taytay. Manila, Feb. 24.—A force of La drones, under General San Miguel, has reappeared in Rizal province. They avoided an engagement with the main force in the south, but .captured three small detachments of constabulary, i'he enemy surrounded the towns of Cainta and Taytay, 11 miles east of Manila, Saturday, and captured 40 scouts and 10 men of the constabulary. Inspector Mcllwame, at the head of the constabulary, was surprised and captured near Montalban, 16 miles northeast of Manila. The ladrones promised to release them if the con stabulary would surrender their arms. While they were conferring on this point, Mcllwane made a dash for lib erty and he and all the constabulary effected their escape. When the news of the reappearance of General San Miguel's force reached Manila, reinforcements of scouts and constabulary were hurried into the Rizal province. General Allen and Col onel Scott went to Antipollo and as sumed command of the forces there. They met with small detachments of the enemy, and a few skirmishes took, place. They were, however, unable to locate the main body of ladrones. Gen eral Allen and Colonel Scott are con ttnulng the pursuit and hope to over take the released prisoners. It is said that General San Miguel's force consists of 300 men, armed and uniformed. The zone of ladrone ac tivity extend» from Oaloocan, fout miles north of Manilr , eastward to thr mountains, and skirting the north. Lcouts Go Out. Three Manila police companies opei ated in the effort to corner the enemy Sanford Winthrop, in the absence ol Governor Taft, requested General Davis to furnish additional scouts and general Davis has ordered another bat talion of scouts to report to General Alien. General San Miguel's force is smal ,nd the government is determined t< suppress it. According to news from Albay, Lu ion, a force of ladrones attacked b «mail detachment of constabulary Fri lay. The constabulary retreated bu tiled 11 of the enemy. Two of tht onstabulary were killed. To Lawton's Memory. Two hundred troops and hundred! of veterans participated in the unveil ing of the monument marking the spot where General Lawton was killed at 3an Mateo. General Davis and others made speeches, eulogizing General Lawton. Commissioner Henry C. Ide will sail or home next Tuesday on an extended /acation, his health being bad. H< will visit California, Vermont and Washington. FATAL FIGHT AT CHEWELAH. T. L. Montgomery Kills His Uncle, John Brown. Chewelah, Wash., Feb. 23.—As the esult of an altercation between uncl> nd nephew, John Brown is dead ani .'bornas L. Montgomery is under ai rest. The trouble occurred at a dance .Irown was intoxicated and abusive to ward Montgomery and other men whom Brown saw dancing with his wife. Brown threatened Montgomery, according to the latter's story, and finally made an assault upon him with his fists. Montgomery grabbed Brown by the collar nnd struck him in the face with his fist, knocking him to the sidewalk. Montgomery returned to the hall where the dance was being held. Brown was carried into a drug store and died in a few minutes. A phys ician said the man's neck had been broken by the fall. There were no marks on his face where Montgomery struck him. Later. Chewelah, Wash., Feb. 24.—The cor oner's Jury in the John L. Brown case returned a verdict of accidental death by falling. Priest Fought Thug. Anderson, Ind., Feb. 22.—The Rev. Thomas Conroy, assistant pastor of the Catholic church, engaged in a shooting match with a burglar in the parochial residence early in the morning. The priest was uninjured and it is thought „ue robber escaped all the bullets. There were six shots exchanged, four ! by the priest and two by the burglar. Father Conroy was treasurer of the Catholic church'fair and it is thought the burglar intended to rob the priest of the cash receipts. Riot at 8outh Bend, Ind. South Bend, Ind., Feb. 23.—An at tempt was made by a mob of 160 men to wreck the power house of the In diana Railway company and do injury to the employes there. There were seven men at the power house when the attack was made. One, the watch man, named Deitrlch, was thrown bod ily through a window and seriously in jured. J. A. Ovitt and M. B. Easier were badly pummeled and gashed by brickbats, stones and clubs. They will be charged with conspir acy, riot and assault with Intent to kill. The hose was turned on the fire under the boilers. Muoh damage was dese te END OF CARNIVAL. Most 8jccessful ever Held In New Orleans. New Orleans, Feb. 26.—The carnival closed in a blaze of glory. In point of attendance of strangers it has been the most successful ever held, while the pageants were on a scale of great artistic splendor. The parade on the last night was by the "Mystic Krerwe of Comus." Its Utle was From the Mahabharata," and it illus trated in 20 floats the epic poem of the Hindoos. The culminating society event of the season was the ball of Comus at the French opera house. Comus chose for his queen Miss Myrtle Stauffer. Hiss Alice Roosevelt was present, and was again the object of special attention. Admiral and Mrs. Schley and General Joseph Wheeler and his daughter ijrere among the guests. Rex held his ball, which was a democratic reception, in Washington artillery hall, temporarily converted into a carnival palace. There w great orush of the king's subjects. Miss Ingersoll Mlnge was chosen queer of the carnival, and several society i(irls served as her attendants. After mid night there was an exchange of visits between Comus and Rex and Ihetr courts. The French cruiser Tage, which has been here for several weeks, will leave tomorrow for Jamaica, going thence to Martinique. The battleship Texas, which was brilliantly illuminated, also is expected to sail this week. Admiral Schley, Colonel A. K. Mc Clure and their party hope to resume their journey westward on Thur iday. liy FLOOD SWEPT THE CITY. Tore Great Gully Through Shulton, Conn. Derby, Conn., Feb. 23.—The break .ug of three reservoirs in the town ol ihellon early in the day caused dam ige estimated at between $76,000 and «100,000, and there were several nar row escapes from death. The torrent tore a great gully 110 feet and 30 feet wide through Howe avenue. Logs and trees and huge cakes of ice were carried along and crushed into several buildings. Street railway and telephone and telegraph wires were all torn down and strewn about in confusion. The reser voirs will have to be rebuilt, and this, with property loss, it is believed will make the loss $100,000. Several mills will remain idle until the gravel swept Into the raceway is removed. TRADE REPORT. R. G. Dun & Co.'b Weekly Review of Trade last week says: Just as the railway congestion began to give away before the vigorous ef forts of the triflic managers, the situa tion became further complicated by the worst snow storm of the reason and the movements of merchandise was again Interrupted. Latest ligures of gross earnings show the usual gains. February thus far surpassing bly 17.6 per cent last year, when unusual delay was caused by severe storms, and 1901 by 17.6 per cent. Increased cost of operations, however, necessitated fur ther advances in rates. Jobbers urge quicker shipments on old orders, while travelers send in many contracts. Manufacturers of pa per, straw goods and clothing report conditions fully as satisfactory as a year ago, aside from some interrup tion by labor controversies. Conditions In the silk industry are shown by no imports of raw material, and one large manufacturer has recently rejected or ders sufficient to occupy his plant for two years. Bids are invited for ex tensive building operations, giving strength and activity to materials and supplies. Quieter conditions prevail in the markets for dry goods, although mills are busy and prices well maintained. Western jobbers are placing Jlberal case orders for fall styles with New England producers of boots and shoes, but wholesale trade at the east is be tween seasons. Failures numbered 247 in the United States and 26 in Canada. OREGON JOTTINGS. J. M. Martindale, president of the Western normal, died at his home in Weston recently. Both houses of the legislature have passed a bill appropriating $100,000 for the payment of claims of Indian war veterans. Jim Simonis, a bad man and al ranch er of Eagle valley, was recently shot in the left breast and in the right leg by town marshal Frank Robertson of Richland. Tom Parrott, who has playet al professional seasons in th has been signed by Jack Grii nelder in the Portland team of the Pa cific Northwest league. At 20 minutes after midnight Fri day on the forty-third ballot, [Charles W. Fulton of Astoria was elected United States senator, he having re ceived 46 votes. Charles W. Fulton was born in Ohio, August 17, 1853. Later he moved to Iowa with bis parents, where he stud ied law and was admitted to (he bar. He came to Oregon in 18<5, taught school for a time, later locating at As toria, where he has since resided and enjoyed a lucrative law practice. He has been elected to the state senate four times, and was president of that body in 1893 and 1901. He has been a member of nearly every stxte con vention since 1880, and has been a very active campaign orator on many occasions. sever I east, i as a in by In. Te surrender is eftea te in J.P. BJERKIN MORTALLY WOUNDS MRS. SMITH—KILLS HIMSELF. Terrible Tragedy at Wallace, Idaho, In Which Two Llvea Are Taken—Both Well Known—She Was Shot Twice —He Was Insanely Jealous—Hie Bllndneea Caused by Mine Accident. Wallace, Idaho, Feb. 22.—Almost in sane with jealousy and rage, John P. djerkln, totally blind, mortally wound* ed Mrs. Hugh Smith of Black Bear by dring two shots into her breast and then took his own life by blowing Us brainB out with the third bulleL The horrible tragedy occurred at Bjerkins' room at the Portland lodg ing house of this city about 1 o'clock in the afternoon. The woman, with her husband at bar bedside, lies at the point of death at Magee's hospital, and the last report from the physicians was that aha was not expected to live until morning. The woman, who says she had been in the habit of going to the man's room at ieast once a week, went to call on hi»» today as usual. She went to his room about 11 o'clock and at the time of the desperate deed was enacted she was about to leave to catch the up canyon train to return to her family of four children. When Mrs. Smith arose to go Bjerk in walked to the door, locked it and, turnlnv; around said: "Had you known what was in my mind you would not have come to see me today.'* At that the blind man, who appar ently was crazed over the woman, grappled with her, forcing her baok to the bed, where he held her so Irm ly that she coild not release his grasp. During the struggle Bjerkin groped blindly under the bed covering and at .ast brought the weapon from its hid ing place. When Mrs. Smith saw the revolver jhe cried: "Jack, don't do lti Don't de it!" But it was too late. The next in stant the fatal shot was fire* He pressed the gun close to her breast. The bullet entered the left breast near the heart, passing completely through til body and piercing the lung. He moved the point of the revolver slight ly and the second ball entered the right breast, glancing and coming out behind the arm, making only a skin wound. Bjerkin then released his bleeding victim, threw his hand to his nead and h muffled report was follow ed by a heavy fall on the floor. Bjerk in was dead at the feet of his mortally wounded victim. He shot himself Ih the right temple, the bullet passing through his head. Mrs. Smith had been acquainted with the man for over a year. Mrs. Smith bad taken this revolver, through coax ing, from Bjerkin some time last year. He begged so hard for it that Mrs. Smith took it to Spokane, where he was stopping, and gave it to him last Christmas day. He has been baok here about three weeks. * Bjerkin received hie blindness by be ing injured by a faulty blast la the Standard mine in January of last year. How Bjerkin made a living is net known. When his remains were taken to the morgue and his pockets search ed the sum of $166.20 was found. No arrangements have been made for the funeral. Mr. Smith, the husband of the wounded woman, still remains by the bedside of his wife. He still refuses to say anything, but he appears to be suffering deeply. a THE ARMY WAR COLLEGE. Corner Stone Laid With Grand Cere mony—Distinguished Men There, Washington, Feb. 24.—In the pres ence of an assemblage of distinguished people, Including the president of the United States, members of the cabinet and of congress, justices of the su preme court, representatives of foreign powers and others eminent in the life of the nation, the cornerstone of the army war college was laid here with impressive military and Masonic cere monies. The occasion was rendered notable and interesting by addresses delivered by President Roosevelt, Secretary of War Root and Major General S. B. M. Young, president of the war college. The site selected for the new building Is on the reservation of the Washing ton barracks. Today's ceremonies marked the beginning of a project which has been fostered by the presi dent, Secretary Root and others In terested in the advancement and thor ough training of the United Staten ar my. While the foundation of the new structure, which is to be practically unique, has been only just begun, the plans contemplated by the war depart ment and by congress Include the con struction of an entirely new set of buildings on the arsenal grounds. Among other structures there will be a hospital, barracks, officers quartan and an administration building, all to be handsome and of the most approv ed architectural design. The army war college grounds have been select ed as the site of the statue of Fred erick the GreaL which Emperor Wil liam proposed to present to the people. About 1066 troop«, representing the various branches of the war service, took part In the exercises. to a a Two Ware Ft Vicksburg, Miss., Feb. »«—Two members of a party of torn have mat death from cold in the Tenaaa river swampa, and It la feared that the re maining members of the par* met a atmllar fate.