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yi; MAY KM) THE WAR
s Chances of Mak
ing peace Are Good.
EDITIS DUE DENBY AND DUN
■pi-jtood. Kxcopt Amount and
Tfr'"' f < :i-i« Indemnity and Boun
,,f Cetled Territory—
lll'li.l""- '" the Viceroy
Ko<sK i f March Viceroy Li
•' (inn ' and suite arrived here this
; " rto negotiate for peace between
?Vand Japan. Envoys from the
U „-,. foreign office immediately
'^yd the steamer conveying the Chi
'"'., „rO Y Inter Li Hung Chang,
"^opanied by John W. Foster,
• ';'.,,., a ,lviser for China, visited the
ranese minister of foreign affairs.
A T THE CAPITAL.
rrvinsc.TON-, March 21.—Li Hung
V Vs arrival in Japan is regarded in
ffi*iai circles as one of the most signifi-
S events of recent days. It is the
firettime in hia life that the venerable
Jtpsman of China has set foot outside
soil. At his advanced age he
i'Sunieys to China's traditional foe
B'" •!> enormous concessions as a means
'° 'cuiiii- peace. It can be stated
°' ifjyelv i"'l authoritatively that the
Ebsof peace are already understood
Tall that remains to be done is to
details"within certain specified
Lits! The general terms have been
hron^ht about by the efforts of United
Lea Minister! Denby in China and
[,;,, in Tokio. It was even feared at a
L date tliat Li's mission might fall
throodi because of the vagueness of his
lathority to treat for the cession of ter
r 'orv This ras arranged, however,
throujh the activity of the United States
ministers, who showed that unless this
ns obviite-l the mission would other
jfisiTprove futile.
The general terms of Li Hung Chang's
inthority are to cede territory, pay a
cash indemnity, grant the independence
of Corea and arrange a new treaty re
lation with Japan, by which Japanese
extra-territorial jurisdiction in China
nil! be maintained. The exact amount
of the cash indemnity is not fixed, nor
is the kin 1 of metal it is to be paid in
agreed upon. These and the boundaries
of the ceded territory are yet to be ar
ranged. So far as the arrangement has
advanced I'rince Li's mission is ex
pected to he consummated within a few
days, unless Borne unexpected hitch
occurs. Count I to, one of the two
Japanese envoys, is a close personal
friend of Li Hang Chang, the two hav
ing settled the Corean trouble in 1885.
Cereal ij the confidence of the Japan -
ese in Li's ability to see that China
carries out an agreement, that his
promise of a settlement will probably
pave the way to a speedy cessation of
the war. The reports that Russia will
intervene to stop the agreement are
known to he misleading, from positive
information received here. The authori
ties believe there will be no trouble
caused by Russia. The same is be
lieved to be true as to France, although
not with the same certainty.
OREGON'S PENITENTIARY.
Start] Four Thousand Prisoners Have
I'.eesi Registered There.
Salem, March .I.—The total number
of prisoners received at the Oregon
state penitentiary since its opening is
now nearing the 4,000 mark. Since In
dian Charley, the first human being
that ever donned stripes in the name of
Oregon, there have registered 3,394,
Win Gay, of Eugene, being No. 3,395.
Ti.» number now in prison is 359, of
which two are women. There is not
work enough to keep the convicts em
pu»yedhalf the time. The stove foundry
is ran three days of each week —
days, Wednesdays and Fridays—ein
ploying on these days 165 men. The
&a is to manufacture stoves only for
the demand. The capacity of the plant
totdd furnish work for 225 men every
«ay of the week. There are thirty-two
trusties, who are allowed to work on the
ami and a few inside men rind employ
ment gardening within the walls. The
remainder, except the few used in the
otchen, are kept in their cells, except
wont two hours each day when they
civen what is known as the "bull
pen drill." This is absolutely necessary
lor the health of those who are afforded
pother means of exercise. The aver
•:«a of doing the bidding of others is
ry noticeable, even among convicts.
•Hany of theSl if left to their own pleas
f*i Wl!i spend half and some the entire
*»y.walking in the yard between the
™°PSand the main building, but when
called on to fall in line and march tor
cx "iise they tire and want rest before
»n war has passed. The oldest inhabi
tantol th- prison is A. 11. Stouzhton, in
usb.Uh year, who was committed for
vVn U1 Coluill!Jia county in 1892. Al
:rr "°.vt as served the longest period
' any one now in prison, having been
in August, 1881. Iloyc's
»h» «a< rapa; for which he was given
l*entyyeais. .
ETERNAL REVENUE receipts
he ti='lt Month* of the Present Yeas
L'° ' ".-.I With La<t V»:»r.
asi "xgtox, March 21.—A statement
f^pureJ by the commissioner of inter
.a Tr'' ■•■ Bhowa receipts during the
a?nt months of the present fiscal year
-compared with the same period ol
dsl rear to have been as follows:
?p: r ;t« l-cessc.
Tobac ; $59 058,5-» ?'8 , »■:
reroeu'vVV- 19.7G1.74l 1,09 i.89:
"l-o - "It h' { u' r■ 20.115,7f>8 *i2O 0<
W'v" nil - 1,108,2-6 225.15.
SmSJ 3.U3J4
tn Total * 00,632,466 5.3,150,C22
decrease.
there'll the month of February, 1895,
reppinfas an aa:gregate decrease in the
of *i 701 ' o!!!Pared with February, 1894,
•I Man to Be Hanged.
Colo., March 21.—Henry Ty
mmitted murder in 1891 and
; ! -en in the solitary cell until
Uauvfr/-•T'^e blind, was to-day sen-
Pttk\ • hanged during the second
It I IS V^""*S^^^^^B\ \^^^IJ \^l^kMk^^^B1 M I II .^^ I
IS STILL A MYSTERY.
Identity of the Spanish Cruiser Which
Fired on the Allianca.
Washington, March 21.—Nothing is
known here of the reported action of the
Spanish ships Infanta Isabella or Ar
cedo firing on American vessels. There
is good ground, however, for believing
that the ship sailing from Savannah
with Cuban arms aboard will furnish an
actual case of detention if she is over
hauled. Careful investigation is pro
ceeding as to the cargo Bhipped by the
Allianca at Colon, allegations that arms
were taken aboard under cover of dark
ness having been made. Communica
tions have been received in Washington
from Cuba that the Conde de Venadito
was the Spanish warship firing on the
Allianca. These advices said that the
latter ship was flying a British Hag.
There is further news as to the report
by Secretary Gresham of a reply from
Spain to his demand, but there is reason
to believe the published reports have
failed to state some important reserva
tions by Spain. One part of Spain's
answer may consist in calling attention
to a charge that in November last a
number of Spanish Cubans were fishing
in the Gulf of Mexico, when they were
fired upon by a United States revenue
cutter, first with cannon and later with
small arms. The firing, it is said, oc
curred twelve miles from land. The
Spaniards were carried to New Orleans,
where, it is said the United States court
for the Southern district of Louisiana
released them. Spain has not thus far
made a protest, but may do so, now that
the United States has protested against
the firing on the Allianca.
As far as can be learned the state de
partment has not yet heard from either
United States Minister Taylor or from
Consul-General Williams at Havana
upon the question of the identity of the
cmiser which fired upon the Allianca.
As the commander of the Conde de Ven
adito reported the steamer upon which
he fired was flying the British flag, there
is a possibility that his story refers to
another incident, which may result in
bringing Great Britain to the defense of
her ensign, for the Spanish cruiser, ac
cording to the position taken by Secre
tary Gresham, was bound to accept the
colors displayed in answer to the signals
establishing the nationality of the ves
sels. It begins to appear that our gov
ernment is not disposed to be unduly
exacting in the matter of a speedy re
sponse from the Spanish government,
inasmuch as the enure Spanish cabinet
has resigned.
SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR.
Numerous Washington Bouse Bills
Approved.
Olympia, Wash., March 21. — The
governor has approved the following
house bills :
To establish a bureau of statistics and
immigration.
To provide the manner of commenc
ing civil actions in the superior court.
To define and punish the crime o:
arson; emergency.
Providing liens upon saw logs, etc.
Providing for the redistricting of the
state for judicial purposes.
Prohibiting the employment of fe
males in places where intoxicating
liquors are sold.
.Relating to attorneys and providing
for admission.
Relating to the location of private
roads of necessity.
For reducing the corporate limits of
any city, town or village; emergency.
Providing for the issuance of de
ficiency certificates for road work;
emergency.
Giving honorably discharged soldiers
and sailors preference in public employ
ment. ,
Defining the appointment powers ana
duties of superior court commissioners ;
emergency.
To regulate and license insurance;
emergency.
For the protection of food fishes;
emergency. _ ,
Amending 1509, 1570, 1571, 1572, vol.
1 Hill's code.
Relating to the expense incurred
making drains and ditches for general
purposes; emergency. .
Manner of drawing and certifying
petit jurors; emergency.
Denning the powers and duties of
county surveyors.
Exempting from execution certain
insurance moneys.
Prohibiting the sale of liquor on or
near the state university grounds.
State bill for the relief or the Puget
Sound Tugboat Company.
Brutalities of a Captain.
Baltimore, March 21.— Captain Jef
ferson Morse, of the oyster schooner
General Haycock, has been arrested
charged with brutal treatment of Ed
ward Merrill, a member of his crew.
The boy was stripped of his clothing
when the wind was blowing a gale and
the mercury was nearly *"E*»iero.
His wrists were crossed and tied mnily
together and he was thus tied up to the
rifgine. He was then severely whipped.
\Vnen cut down his thumbs were frown.
The United States authorities are look
ing for the man who assisted the cap
tain in his brutalities.
No More College Football.
Boston, March 21.—The faculty of
Harvard university to-day notified the
committee on the regulation of athletic
snorts that it had, for the second time,
derided that no student under their
charge should be permitted to take part
in fnter-collegiate football contests.
This was in reply to a communication
?rom tK committee to the facultvask
i!g ttat their previous decision be re
considered. _
Oar income Tax law In England
London, March 21.-ln view of the
vast number of resident* of Great Brit
ain who derive an income from the
Hub
The Corner-Stone Laid. I
Rome March 21.-The ceremony of
, a *°g the corner-stone of the Ganbald,
V,; ;,e Pope The principal speech of the
!!Sn was delivered by the syndic of
Home.
FRIDAY HARBOR, SAN JUAN CO.. WASH., THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 1895.
JAMES FAIR'S ESTATE
Another and a Later Will Has
Been Found.
SENSATION IN THE CONTEST CASE
It Was Left With a Young Lady Teacher
In the Public Schools, and Warm
Friend of the Senator's, and Was
Written in Her Pregeuce.
San Francisco, March 20.—The con
tention in the courts over the millions
left by James G. Fair developed another
sensation this morning. When the
case was called before Superior Judge
Slack a great stir was caused by the
introduction of what purports to be a
later holographic will written in lead
pencil on two sheets of legal cap paper.
It was brought into court securely
framed between two plates of glass by
Reuben Lloyd, who has been retained
in the case by Mrs. Oelrichs and Vir
ginia Fair, daughters of the deceased.
This alleged will divides the estate
almost equally between the two daugh
ters and Charlie Fair. It bequeaths a
few thousand dollars to certain orphan
asylums, toid makes no provisions for
euch a trust as the estate is left in con
trol of under the will previously filed.
Messrs. Angus and Crothers are two
of the four executors named in the pre
viously filed will. Referring to this
alleged will, Attorney Lloyd informed
the court that the document, according
to its date, was executed three days
later than the will previously filed. He
said he would prove that the existence
of this will had been known to several
persons, and that it. had finally been
found in the possession of a very es
timable old lady, whose name Lloyd did
not divulge, Lloyd said the old lady had
not produced it because she had read
of the other will being offered for pro
bate, and had supposed that it was a
later document than the one she held.
The fact that this new alleged will has
been presented in court by Attorney
Lloyd would indicate that Charlie Fair
and his sisters have joined forces to con
test the will of their father.
The attorneys who represent the exe
cutors under the will previously filed,
and of which the original copy was
stolen, intimated very strongly that
they believed this latest alleged wi.l to
be a forgery. The case was finally con
tinued to April 2.
The alleged will produced to-day be
queaths to various brot here and sisters
of deceased and their children about the
same amounts as was left to them
under the will previously riled. Under
the first will the families of theso
brothers and sisters would acquire a
large proportion of the estate at Ihe
death of Fair's children, Charles, Vir
ginia and Mrs. Oelrichs, but under the
will filed to-day the brothers and eisters
and their families would receive only
the amount of cash stated in the will
and the balance of the H0.000.000 estate
could be distributed at once among the
three children of the deceased.
The special bequests to relatives and
charitable institutions are:
Hissister, Mrs. Crothers $200,000
H 8 brother, William Fair 50 000
His brother, Edward Fair 60,000
Hissister, Mary Anderson 200,000
His niece, Jane Luuday 10,000
His nephew, James H. Fair 10.00J
Komau Catnolic orphan asylum 60,000
Hebrew orphan asylum 25.000
Teachers' pension fund (if any) £0,0(J0
P otestant orphan asylum M 000
Herman Oelnchs - £0.000
Herbert Clarke 50.0°0
Charles E. Stewart J> c°o
James. L. Angus 10,000
Louis Bresse 1(>>u00
His son, Charles Fair, is left $500,000,
to be paid to him by the executors be
fore the final division of the estate. All
the rest of the estate and properties of
whatsoever kind is left to his three
children, Theresa Oelrichs, Charles L.
Fair and Virginia Fair, share and share
alike, and their children forever.
Should any child die without issue, said
child's share is to go to the surviving
children, share and share alike. The
will appoints James L. Angus, Thomas
Crothers and Dr. Livingstone executors,
without bonds.
THE KEEPER OF THB WILL.
San Fkancisco, March 20. —It now
turns out that the new will was left in
charge of Mrs. Nettie L. Craven, a prin
cipal in the public schools, and who was
a great friend of Senator Fair. The will
was written in the house of Mrs. Has
kins, with whom Mrs. Craven lived, and
in the presence of both witnesses. It
came about in this way: Senator Fair
had gone to visit Mrs. Craven, and their
conversation turned to wills, and Fair
said that his lawyers did not seem to
get his will just as he would like it, and
made several other remarks, which led
Mrs. Craven to propose that he make a
new will then and there, and have her
as witness, and that he make a pro
vision in the will for a fund for the sup
port of school teachers who had taught
for twenty-five years or more. To all
this the senator agreed, and then eat
down and wrote the paper which was
presented to the court to-day. The
reason assigned for keeping the new will
so long in the background is that the
custodian did not look at the date of the
will when Fair died, and when the other
will was made public she thought it was
one of later date.
Jensen's Patent Valuable.
Astoria, March 20.—Mathias Jensen,
of the Jensen Can filling Machine Com
pany of thi9 city has sold the right to
manufacture all his machines for mak
ing can bodies, and that known as a
double-ending machine, for a considera
tion of $10,000. The purchasers are
Chicaeo people. The sale has been
pending for some time, but was deferred
owing to the suits between Norton Bros.,
of Chicago, and the Jensen company for
infringement of patent.
The President of Mutual life.
New Yoke, March 20.—Colonel M. V.
B. Edgerley, president of the Massachu
setts Mutual Life Insurance Company,
died ai, the New Netherlands hotel to
day. Colonel Edgerly was known
throughout the country by his connec
tion with various insurance companies.
In 1882 lie was the D mocratic candi
date lor governor of New Hampshire,
but was defeated. .
THE POSTAL EMPLOYES.
Combination Formed to Overturn Cer
tain Regulations.
Washington, March 20. —The post
office department has information of the
formation of a powerful combination of
postal employes, designed to bring pres
sure upon congress to overturn certain
regulations and rules of the department.
The employes have been encouraged by
success in attaching to the lastpostoffice
appropriation bill an amendment which
suspended an order of the department.
This order was issued last June and
directed that before May 1, 1895, all
railway mail employes should remove to
some point along the line of route on
which they were employed. This was
unsatisfactory to most of the clerks, and
they obtained legislation overruling the
order. The reason for issuing the order
is explained at the department as neces
sary because at the time the order was
issued there were about 1,300 railway
mail employes in the service who did
not live on the lines where they worked.
When there was an accident or anything
else that requires emergency men, those
who were on leave and away from the
line where they worked escaped the ex
tra duty, and it fell upon those living on
the route. Of the 1,300 who were living
ott the lines where they worked, about
300 have notified the department they
have or will remove their homes to the
point requested. Probably all of them
will so remove, notwithstanding the leg
islation overruling the order. The de
partment is now informed that since
the failure of legislation in the last con
gress increasing the pay of employes a
combination has been formed to pass
this legislation and also to overturn the
rules of the department which are un
satisfactory to them. A high oftiicial of
the department said to-day :
"This combination includes some
thousands of employes in the railway
mail service, in the letter-carriers' ser
vice and in postoffices. They are all in
the classified service and protected from
removal. The effect of this combination
would be to create a sentiment against
the civil service law, which protects
these employes."
STOLE THE WHISKY.
Thousands of Gallons Taken by Means
of a Syphon.
Columbia, S. C, March 20.—1n 1892
Henry Bieman, of Walhalla, S. C, sold
to W. C. Tatum four government distil
leries and bonded warehouses, situated
at distances ot half a mile apart. Tatum
at once closed the distilleries, and be
tween 8,000 and 10,000 gallons of corn
wh;3ky in bond were locked in the
warehouses under the government seal
The night of September 5, two days be
fore the expiration of the bonded period,
three of the distilleries were burned.
Only seventy gallons were stored in the
fourth. Deputies Vanderford and King
were detailed to investigate the fires.
They failed to find at the sites of the
burned warehouses any of the signs
which burning whisky would leave.
After collecting evidence sufficient to
implicate eeverel persons, full confes
sions were obtained, showing that soon
after the purchase by Tatum one of the
warehouses was secretly opened. One
end of a hose was inserted in a barrel of
whisky, and the other was placed in a
barrel at the foot of a hill forty yards
distant. This syphon process was re
peated nightly, until the entire stock of
whisky in the four warehouses had been
removed. The empty barrels were filled
with water, and the etaples, which had
been removed from the doors, were
skillfully replaced. The government
expects to hold Tatum's bondsmen re
sponsible. John Farmer, Asbury Hyde,
Tony Watkins, William Whitman and
John Rowland have been arrested and
held for trial.
THE EDICT SUSPENDED.
Catholic Knights of Pythias to Make
Their Easter.
Fall River, Mass.. March 20. —At
the instance of H. A. Dabugue, Dr. L.
P. Degrampre and Dr. P. Ecollett, of
this city, and Judge Chouquette, of
Providence, Monsignore Satolli, the
papal ablegate, has issued a decree
temporarily suspending the edict of
Pope Leo, relating to Catholic member
ship in the Knights of Pythias. The
gentlemen returned from a visit to
Washington to-day, whether they had
been sent by Lafayette lodge of this city
to ask a hearing on the matter. They
represented that one lodge of Pythians
in this city consisted of 250 French-
Canadians, and one lodge in Providence
included 160. They said so far as they
were able to observe, they could see no
conflict between Pythianism and Catho
lic doctrines, and were very solicitous
for a suspension of the edict, so that
they might perform their Easter duty.
His grace seemed much surprised at the
facts presented, and was evidently much
impressed with the manner of the men.
He announced that he would suspend
the edict temporarily, and would issue a
formal decree to that effect in a few
days. He promised to bring the matter
to the attention of the Vatican at the
earliest possible moment, but would
hold out no hopes that his action would
be endorsed as permanent policy to be
followed.
QUIET AT NEW ORLEANS.
Cott <n Arriving Freely and Men Busy
on the Levees.
New Orleans, March 20.—A gang of
negro laborers, who crossed the river
thia morning to unload the steamer
Etolia, of Elder, Dempster & Company,
were met on their arrival by a number
of white men and told that they would
not be allowed to work, and commanded
them to return to this side of the river
at once. Later a company from the
Screwmen's Association, of Jefferson,
came over and applied for work on the
steamer. After a brief conference it
was agreed that the work on the Etolia
should be divided, the Jefferson men
taking one-half and the negroes from
this cTty the other. No further trouble
is anticipated at that point.
The whole river front presented a
more decidedly lively appeirance thia
afternoon than at any time for the paat
week. Cotton is arriving freely, and
the men are busy at work loading ships,
without molestation on the part of any
one.
THE CUBAN SITUATION
Condition of Affairs in the
Eastern Island.
MORE INTERNAL DISTURBANCES
Advices by Steamer Say There Are
Now Fully Six Thousand Insurgents
Vu ler Arms—Babl and Masso (Confi
dent of Taking Santiago.
Key West, Fla., March 19.—The first
clear and trustworthy statement of the
condition of affairs in the eastern end
of Cuba is brought by a passenger on
the steamer Mascotte. He said:
"I have traveled throughout the
mountainous district constantly since
the trouble began, and matters are now
in a much worse condition than at the
beginning. The fighting was started in
a desultory and scattered way, but the
forces gradually became crystalized, and
there are now fully 6,000 insurgents
under arms. They are in a dozen or
more detachments, but are giving the
government no end of trouble. In many
cases the Spanish troops have been
beaten back with heavy loss. The most
reproachable event of the war so far is
the pillaging and burning. The insur
gents have gained confidence since the
beginning of the trouble, and matters in
the eastern district are in almost as bad
condition as during the war of 18(58.
New leaders are springing up, and by
force of their intellect and ability they
have induced the insurgents not to hold
off longer for the arrival of leaders. The
general opinion in Santiago is that if
the insurgents can hold out until sum
mer the yellow fever will help them
greatly. It is said that both Rabi and
Masso are confident of taking Santiago
before October. The Spanish troops are
guarding every road, and nobody is al
lowed to pass without giving the strict
est account of himself. It ia as much as
a man's life is worth in Santiago to talk
in favor of the Cubans or to tell the
truth. Several persons have been shot
on account of this. Instances where
the Spaniards were defeated have been
published as government victories. Four
Spanish cruisers were in the harbor of
Santiago one week ago, now there are
but two guarding the eastern coast, and
one on the southern."
The passenger also said the revolt
would kill business in Cuba for two
years. Money is already scarce, and
prices are high. A panic is feared. It
seems to be the general impression
among the Spaniards that the United
States feels bitterly toward the Spanish
government, and would like nothing
better than an excuse to seize the isl
and, hence their hatred of the Ameri
cans.
BROMAN'S INSURANCE.
The Blarshfield Man Had a Policy Keatly
in Case of Accident.
San Francisco, March 19. — Gnstaf
Broman appeared in Judge Joachim's
court yesterday in answer to a charge of
perjury preferred against him by Mrs.
Constance Roy. The case was continued
till to-morrow. The detectives were cor
rect in their suspicion that Broman
would have some insurance policy on
his life before he gave out that he would
attempt the foolhardy trip from Coos
bay to this city in a twelve-foot boat.
The detectives' idea was that if on the
trip the boat would be found on some
beach bottom up, Broman'a friends
would claim the insurance on the ground
that he had been drowned, and it would
have ultimately found its way into Bro
inan's pockets. Yesterday an agent of
the United States Accident Insurance
Association called at police headquarters
inquiring about Broman. He said that
Broman in August last had taken out
what is known as a $5,000 and $10,000
accident policy with his company. He
added:
"We have the power to cancel a policy
at any time, and we will at once give
Broman notification of the fact that hia
policy is canceled."
THE PULLMAN COLONY.
Its Leaders How Selecting a Site in the
South.
Chicago, March 19.—A large number
of the Pullman strikers of last summer
with their families and others intend to
settle this spring, as a colony, in the
South. A meeting was called to-day, at
which a committee was appointed to
make prospecting trips to view the va
rious sites which are under consider
ation in Tennessee, Alabama and Louisi
ana. It is said that of the Pullman
strikers, who, it is alleged, were black
listed, over 200 have been unable to ob
tain work elsewhere. Most of these will
be members of the colony. Many of
those who now have employment in the
Pullman shops are anxious to cast their
lot with the colony. It will also have
many others both employed and unem
ployed at the present time. All the
stores in the colony will be co-operative.
A member of the colony says:
"No positive franchises for supplying
ita members with public necessities shall
be granted by the association. The
manufactures will be of a varied char
acter, but will be those that can utilize
such mechanics and laborers as are
members of the colony. One of the
manufacturing plants proposed will
build railroad and street-cars."
Forty-Three Bodies Taken Out.
Trophau, Australian Silesia, March
19. —Forty-three bodies have been re
covered from the Hoheggen mine. Re
ports yesterday of a disastrous explo
sion and fire were received and a num
ber of miners are unaccounted for.
Archduke Frederick, owner of the mine,
will pay a pension of 100 florins each to
the widows. The widows and orphans
will also receive a pension from the
Miners' Benevolent Fund.
A Flour Millers' Combine.
Grand Forks, N. D., March 19.—The
flour millers of the Red River valley of
western Dakota ' and Montana have
formed an association for the purchase
of wheat and the selling of its product.
Twenty-one mills are in the combina
tion.
NEW REVENUE LAW.
Some of the Main Provisions of the Act
Passed at Olympta.
OLYMriA, Wash., March 19. —The new
revenue law passed at the last session
of the legislature, which has not yet re
ceived executive approval, provides for
the exemption of hospitals, free public
libraries, orphanages, institutions for
the reformation of fallen women, homes
for the aged and infirm and the ground
upon which such institutions are situ
ated, when they are supported in whole
or in part by charity and the proceeds
devoted to charitable purposes. The
law provides for the biennial assessment
of real estate and the semi-annual col
lection of taxes. Assessments made bi
enially are made upon the odd num
bered years, with reference to the value
of the property, April 1, preceding the
assessment. Personal property will be
assessed every year. Fruit trees, except
nursery stock, will not be assessed for
four years after taken from the nursery,
and a maximum assessment of $300 is
fixed on male animals kept for breeding
purposes. Keal estate will be listed on
the assessment roll each year, and the
valuation on the evenly numbered years
will remain the same as equalized by
the county board for the preceding year.
The assessment books will be placed in
the hands of the assessor on the first
Monday of February each year. When
land has been platted into lots or blocks
and where several lots in any block, or
where several blocks in any plat are
owned by any person, firm or corpora
tion, they may be grouped where prac
ticable. The assessor is made clerk of
the county board of equalization, and in
counties of from the first to the ninth
class inclusive it is made the duty of
the assessor to extend on the tax rolls
the rate per cent necessary to raise suf
ficient tax for state purposes, as deter
mined by the state board of equaliza
tion.
Delinquent tax penalties are reduced
from sto 2 per cent, and interest from
20 to 12 per cent, which amends section
9, and all taxes are made payable on or
before May 31 of each year, after which
the penalty is attached; provided that
taxes may be paid semi-annually. One
half of the taxes may be paid on or be
fore the 31st day of May, and the re
mainder may be extended to November
30 following; but if the remaining half
is not paid on or before November 30
then the one-half is delinquent, and a
penalty of 2 per cent attached, together
with interest at the rate of 12 per cent
per annum from May 31 preceding, until
paid. Taxes on real property are a lien
from and including April 1 of the year
they are levied until paid, but as be
tween grantor and grantee the lien will
not attach until the first day of the suc
ceeding year. Taxes upon personal
property shall be a lien upon all per
sonal property of the party assessed.
Applications for judgment and orders of
sale for taxes and assessment are ex
tended to the third instead of the second
calendar year following delinquency.
PLACER MINING IN BAKER.
Rich Strike Made in an Abandoned Mine
Near Baker City.
Bakbb City, Or., March 19. —A won
derfully rich etrike was made yesterday
in a placer mine situated in a gulch just
below the Virtue mine by C. F. Case
bier, a veteran prospector of this county.
The gulch wherein the claim is located
has been fabulously rich in coarse gold,
but of late years was thought to be
worked out. Last year Mr. Casebier lo
cated a claim and began work "drift
ing," and yesterday he found this rich
deposit containing several hundred dol
lars in nuggets and coarse gold. One of
the pieces is composed of quartz and
gold, and is valued at $150. Several
smaller pieces were found ranging from
$10 up. The strike is only additional
evidence that the placer mines of this
county have not been carefully and
thoroughly worked. In every instance
where abandoned claims have been re
located rich strikes have been made.
The fact is, gold may be found in almost
every pan of dirt taken from the gulches
in our mountains. The only drawback
is the scarcity of water during certain
portions of the year. If a canal were
taken out of Powder river, near Sump
ter, for irrigating and mining purposes,
it would prove of incalculable benefit to
the promoters of the project, and not
only develope a vast amount of valuable
placer mining properties, but reclaim
thousands of acres of valuable fruit and
farming land.
THE FIRING REPEATED.
This Time the Report Says the Ameri-
can Vessel Was Sunk.
New York, March 19.—The Herald's
epecial from Key West, Fla., says: Pas
sengers on the steamer which arrived
from Havana last night bring news of
reports in circulation there of further
depredations by Spanish cruisers on
American vessels along £he Cuban coast.
The latest report is that the Spanish
gunboat Arcedo fired into and sunk an
American schooner off Puerto del Padre.
It is reported that the crew of the vessel
numbering sixteen persons perished
with it. It is not known whether the
schooner had arms or carried an expe
dition for the Cubans. It was reported
in Havana that the schooner had sailed
from Key West. Inquiries, however,
fail to chow that any boat is missing or
unreported, except those engaged in le
gitimate trade. Many sailed recently
for West Indian ports with fruit cargoes.
Puerto del Padre is a harbor on the
northeast coast of Cuba, in latitude
21:17 north, longitude 76:42 west. It
has a long and narrow entrance, and af
fords excellent anchorage. It is not far
from the place where the Spanish gun
boat fired on the Allianca.
Tacoma'a Water Supply.
Tacoma, March 19.—The board of
public works returned from the prairie
late to-night, bringing news that Mel
ville spring waa turned into the city
flume early this evening, and that a
2 000,000-gallon pump was successfully
placed in operation at Crystal springs.
This probably insures a plentiful supply
hereafter, while a gravity supply is be
ing secured.
Liquor Seized by Custom* Offlcers.
Port Townsend, Wash., March 19.—
While the steamer Willapa was at Dyea,
Alaska, sixteen cases of liquor en route
to the Yukon mines were seized by cus
toms officers.
PRICE, 5 CENTS.
PACIFIC NORTHWEST.
Condensed Telegraphic Re*
ports of Late Events.
BRIEF SPARKS FROM THE WIRES
Budget of Sewn For Easy Digestion From
Different Farts of the States of Wash
ington, Oregon and Idaho —Itenis of
Interest to Pacific Coast People.
Cigars are being made in Walla Walla
oat of tobacco grown in that locality.
Work has been stopped again on Sa
lein'B city hall. Funds have run out.
Crook county, Or., is putting in a
$1,200 vault for the safe-keeping oi ita
records.
Hundred of tons of potatoes are being
shipped from Whidby island to British
Columbia for seed.
The cost of running the city govern
ment of Port Townsend, Wash., has
been reduced $1,600 annually.
There is a rumor that the Great
Northern will build to Ellensburg,
Wash., branching oil" at Rock Island.
Thirteen men are employed at Aber
deen making plats and calculating areaa
of tide lands for the local board of ap
praisers.
Sheepmen about Wallnla, Wash., are
moving their sheep and preparing for
the lambing season, which promises to
be unexcelled.
One of the moneyed men of California
is expected at Pataha, Wash., soon in
the interest of a projected plant to con
dense milk at that point.
The Franklin county, Wash., treas
ury is looking expectantly for $6,934 in
taxes which the Northern Pacitic will
pay in some time this month.
Farmers about Walla Walla are rais
ing another $2,000 to prosecute their
freight rate reduction claim before the
interstate commerce commission.
It is said that the W. C. T. IT. at Gold
Hill, Or., is the largest in the state,
with the exception of the one in Port
land, having forty members after being
organized only a month.
The bobwhite quails ordered at Walhi
Walla from Kansas have arrived, and
have been turned loose on Mill, Spring
and Cottonwood creeks. Although eighc
dozen were ordered, owing to the care
less way they were packed only twenty
eight arrived alive.
Frank Seders, brother of John M.
Seders, a well-known horse trainer of
the Middle states, has arrived from the
East to make Spokane his home and to
pursue his vocation. His father will ar
rive from Illinois April 1 with a string
of seven trotting horses.
Gilliam county, Or., has a fugitive
horsethief, Hugh Medlock by name,
who appears for food or something every
once in a while, and is given chase by
the officers. He escapes on the back of
a faithful horse which he has trained so
it clears barbed wire fences like a deer.
Notwithstanding the low price of
wheat, a larger acreage is being sown in
the north part of Benton county than
ever before. It is usual to summer fal
low a part of the ground, but the entire
area is being sown to grain this season.
The farmerß are nearly through sowing.
A strong effort will be made to have
Mrs. Grier, the Garden Springs, Wash.,
murderess, pardoned. The principal
points urged in her favor will be the
circumstantial character of the evidence
and the woman's state of health, which
it is claimed will result in insanity if
she be keot in confinement.
The track on the Great Northern be
tween Everett and Lowell, Wash., is
being raised eighteen inches, which will
bring it above high water mark. It is
understood that the force at work on the
tunnel in Everett will shortly be in
creased, and that gangs of men will be
gin work on each end of the tunnel.
Controller Weed says last year the
running expenses of Spokane averaged
$13,750 a month, viz.: Salaries, 12,000,
and electric lights, $1,750. Now the sal
aTy list is about $9,500 each month, and
the bill for lighting, etc., $550 a month,
or $10,050 in all. This would make a
saving of $3,700 a month this year over
last.
A telegram from Monte Cristo, Wash.,
announces that the main vein in the
Mystery mine has widened out so that
the output of that mine alone will be in
creased 100 tons a day, and will be suf
ficient to run the concentrator to ite full
capacity, 200 tons of ore per day, with
out taking into account the Williams
and the Pride of the Mountain mines.
The government has increased the
mail service between Baker City and
Carson, Union county, Or., and com
mencing April 1 the Btage line of Begga
Bros, will make daily trips between
Baker City and the point named, via
Sparta. Carson is within seven miles
of Cornucopia, to which place a branch
line will be run. Baker City people are
very much elated over this increased
service.
The directors of the Owyhee ditch
have decided to issue bonds and take up
their notes. The holders of the majority
of the notes have signified their willing
ness to make the exchange. While the
notes are not negotiable very readily at
face value, the bonds will be as good as
gold, for they are a first mortgage on the
property and will float at par. This
will also place the ditch on a sure foot
ing, as it will give the company ten
years in which to raise the money for
payment of its debts.
There has been considerable fluctua
tion in the amount of ore shipped from
West Kootenai, Idaho, this winter,
mostly caused by the uncertainty of the
weather and the frequent breaking up
of the roads, says the Nelson Tribune.
The ore shipped in November was val
ued at $104,500, in December at flOl,
--825, in January at $266,025, and in Feb
ruary at $121,462. The January ship
ments even do not represent the full
productive capacity of the country, but
they represent more nearly than the
others the productive capacity of the
district with the present means of com
munication, provide! these means of
communication are kept at a maximum
of efficiency. In forming an idea of the
present production of the country, the
ore shipped from the Blue Bell minw
and from Ainsworth for reduction at
Pilot bay should also be taken into at
count. "No returns of this are available,
but the value of the ore now accumu
lated at Pilot b»y moat be considerable.

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