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On the Best and Largest Stock of
Dry Goods
Notions, and
Gent's Furnishings
in the Northwest.
fiisi \ m
Arc making room for
the Largest Shipment
that will cross the
mountains this spring.
We fire Going to Do Business
and this is the starter.
A few prices for your
careful consideration:
Yard wide Bleached Muslin, 4}£c a
yard, regular To quality.
Yard wide Blenched Muslin, s>£c a
yard, regular TV quality.
Yard wide Bleached Muslin, tic a yard,
regulai 8 l-3c quality.
Yard wide Bleached Muslin, ri%c a
yard, regular 9c quality.
Yard wide Bleached Muslin, 7%c'a
rani, regular lOt1 quality.
2 yards wide Bleached Sheeting, 15c a
yard, regular 22}« c quality.
2\i yards wide Bleached Sheeting; 180 f
a yard, regular 27 c quality.
Ytid wide Tobacco Cotton, a yard, j
regular 'Sl 2 c quality.
Yard wide Sea-Foam Cotton, 3 3 4 c a
van!, regular 5c quality.
Yard vide Unbleached Sheeting, 4 3 4 c a
yard, regular 7c quality.
Yard vide Unbleached Muslin, 6c a
yaid, regular 8 l-3c quality.
Yard vide Unbleached Muslin, 7)£c a
yard, regular 10c quality.
GooJ Outing Flannel, 4 1- 2 o a yard, reg
ular ('.!,.■ quality.
Heavy Outing Flannel, i^'ca yard,
regular 10c quality.
English Flannelette, 8c a yard, regular
i"- M 2 c quality.
Standard G4xG4 Calico, 5c a yard, regu
lar ?c quality.
Standard 64x64 Gingham, 4}^c a yard,
regular 6V 4 'o quality.
Russian Fleeced Vicugna, T^c a yard,
regular 10c quality.
Table Oil Cloth, 48-inch, 12^c a yard,
regular 15 and 20c quality.
Curtain Scrim, 36-inch, 3>jjC a yard,
regular 6 4 c quality.
Fancy Curtain Cloth, 36-inch, 10c a
yard, regular 15c quality.
Table Damask, Bleached and Un
bleached, Turkey Red and Fancies,
all at reduced prices.
All-Wool Fancy Dress Goods, 22c a
yard; a good value at 30c.
AH-Wool Henrietta, 42-inch, 27c a
yard, regular value, 50c. -
Ail colors English Henrietta, 36-inch,
*fee a yard, regular 25-cent quality.-.
figured Mohair, 42-inch, 40c a yard,
regular 60c quality. :
*W»red Mohair, inch, 48c a yard,
regular **■> quality. /
"fared mohair, 46-inches wide, 80c a :
yard, regular $1 quality.
"« and White novelties, 68c a yard,
regular $] quality. ' '
Back, Blue and Brown Serge, 46-inch,
Bh 1 .yard, regular 75c quality. :
D«ck Cheviot, 54-inohes wide, 52c a
yard' regular II quality.
WJite Angora Flannel, 27-inch^ 16*
yard, regular 25c quality. - >■
»«e Gilbert Flannel, 27-inches, 20c
Whft a regUlar 27c ualitv. "
*;««AA Gilbert Flannel, 27-inches,
Red a f ard| regular 35c quality. ;
«*^ Medicated Flannel, 27-inches, 120
a yard, regular 2Oc quality. .;
!Ve ounce Medicated Flannel, :; 27
--***. 28c a yard, regular 35c qual
rnanv' ilfl IX)ssible to enumerate the
to off er a pgood valueßWe are going
mean* ' n • the early bird that
S cut UarS 1D -vonrWket. Xo sam:
This Sale starts at once and
*& last for a short time only. V
Montague & |«eHagh
Qot- HoUy St. and Railroad ',
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Cbe San juan Islander.
From all Parts of the New
and Old World.
Comprehensive Review of the Import
ant Happenings of the Car
rent Week.
Charles Cntten, night agent of the
Adams Express Company at Orrville,
0., disappeared with a f 10,000 pack
The United States supreme court has
affirmed the decision of Judge Bellin
ger, of the circuit court, upholding tha
mortgage tax law of Oregon, passed
October 28, 1892.
Joseph Hoye, a Chicago plumber,
who committed suicide by shooting
himself, is the third of three brothers
to meet such a fate. It seems to be a
case of family mania for self-destruc
The Pacific cable bill has been
agreed to in the house committee on
interstate and foreign commerce. It
provides for the construction of a cable
from San Francisco to the Hawaiian
Representative Tongue, of Oregon,
is trying to arrange to have the
veterans of the Indian war taken at
soldiers' homes under the same regula
tions as are the veterans of the Mexi
can and the late war.
Advices from the Orient, brought by
the steamship Empress of India,
which has arrived in Vancouver, B. C.,
tell of the almost complete destruction
of Manila, Philippine islands, by fire.
Five million dollars' worth of property
was destroyed.
There has been a heavy fall in stocki
of all kinds in London in consequence
of rumors from China, West Africa,
Spain and America, with rumbling
thunder all around the sky. There are
signs of alarm in every section of the
stock list, American securities showing
the greatest weakness. Nothing short
of a miracle can preserve the peace of
the world, it is believed among British
statesmen and politicians, wires the
New York World's London correspond
ent. Not since the Napoleonic wars
has danger threatened from so many
In case of war between Spain and the
United States, England, it is said, will
at least lend us her moral support.
The JVashington Post..says Mary
I Elen Lease, of Kansas, will, speak in
Oregon during the coining state elec
A London dispatch to a New York
paper says that in an emergency Paris
would supply Spain with money to
carry on a war with the United States.
The navy department will send the
dispatch boat Fern to Cuba with pro
visions for the stirving people. It
was at first intended to send the cruiser
A dispatch to the London Mail from
Hong Kong says that a fresh rebellion
has broken in the Philippines, and that
53 Spanish soldiers have been killed.
No further details are known at Hong
Kong. |
The Royal Canadian dragoons of
Winnipeg have been ordered to prepare
to move to the Yukon. They will
I form a part of the military expedition
I which the federal government contem
plate sending to that part of the do
Recent heavy contracts for Los An
geles petroleum made by producers at
Los Angeles with San Francisco have
encouraged the development of the oil
fields there. Several wells have been
put down since the first of tfie month
and others are being sunk. .
A Teheran dispatch says: The gov
ernor of the province of Kerman routed
the insurgents at several points in
Persian Beluchistan. There were seri
ous riots at Hammadan, February 22,
due to a quarrel between partisans of
rival priests, during which 27 priests
were killed.
News was brought in to JSajL-Lake
from Brown's Park, on the Colorado-
Wyoming boundary line, that three
members of the "Robbers' Roost" band
of outlawß, who last week murdered
Stockman Herr, had been captured and.
lynched by a. posse of Herr's friends,
and some of Sheriff Edgar's deputies.
The British sealers Anoka and San
tiago, from Victoria, bound south, put
into Monterey, Cal., to avoid a storm
at sea. While five miles off Point Sur
light on Saturday the Anoka lost two
boats, containing four men, in a dense
fog, and turned north to find them.
Both boats landed safely near Point
An unknown man was shot in the
leg by a mob near Princeton, Idaho.
He fell, and, when called upon to sur
render, fired a bullet into his left
breast, missing the heart, and then,
placing the-revolver to the right side |
of his head, just above the ear, blew
his brains out. He waa suspected of
being implicated in the murder of Dan
Calland, a Tekoa rancher, and waa be
ing followed by a mob of men claiming
to be deputy sheriffs from Whitman
Three Italian laborers were killed by
a dirt cart which fell upon them while
they were at work in the new East
jriver bridge.
Tho Russian demands upon China
have oaused the greatest excitement at
the Japanese legation in Pekin, and the
Japanese minister has bad several in
terviews with officials of the Chinese
foreign office, urging the rejection of
the Russian demands. In addition, it
is reported that Japan has threatened
to take vigorona action if the demands
•f Russia are conceded-
Cannon's National "Defense Bill Is Now
a Law.
Washington, March 11.—President
McKiunley's hands have b?en upheld
by both branches of the American con
gress. With enthusiasm, fervor and
promptness almost unparalleled in the
senate in time of peace, that body to
day passed the emergency appropriation
bill, carrying $183,000 for deficiencies
and placing at the disposal of the pres
ident $50,000,000 for national defense.
The vice-president and speaker of the
house signed the bill this afternoon,
and it was immediately sent to the
president, who affixed his signature at
8:50 o'clock P. M. The bill is now a
The vote by which the measure was
passed in the senate was unanimous.
Seventy-six short, sharp and emphatic
speeches were delivered in favor of the
bill, each one being simply a ringing
"aye" during the roll-call upon the
passage of the measure. Not only did
every senator present register his vote
in favor of the bill, but for every absent
member, the authoritative announce
ment was made that if present he
would vote aye. From the time the
bill was presented to the senate by
Hale, until it was passed, not an in
harmonious note was sounded. Party
lines were swept aside. In the gen
eral outburst of patriotic feeling, pairs
were broken, every senator being anx
ious to register his vote on the measure.
It was just 12:13 when Hale reported
the bill to the senate and asked that it
be placed on its passage. The members
of the committee on appropriations had
previously effected an arrangement
whereby there would be no debate on
the bill, and after it was read, Vice-
President Hobart placed it immediately
on its passage. The business was ac
complished so quickly that most of
the people who crowded the galleries
scarcely realized that the measure, so
far as congress was concerned, had be
come a law. Some of the spectators
fully grasped the meaning of the sen
ate's action, and when the announce
ment of the vote was made, a murmur
of applause ran through the galleries.
The members of the senate, however,
maintained a dignified silence, the
realization among all of them being
keen that a situation which warranted
the passage of so unusual .a measure
was too grave to prompt an outburst
of applause. Earnest determination
was evinced on both sides of the cham
ber, but there was not a note of levity
that would detract from the seriousness
of the work performed.
The house devoted itself to routine
business today. The executive, legis
lative and judicial-appropriation bill
went through its last stages in the
adoption of the final conference report,
and the remainder of the day was con
sumed in the consideration of the sen
ate amendments to the Indian appro
priation bill. The subsititute for the
senate provision regarding the opening
of the Uncompaghre reservation was
knocked out on a point of order, and
the amendment goes back to confer
The desire of the conferees to non
concur in the senate free homestead
clause encountered bitter opposition,
and an arrangement was made whereby
four hours are to be devoted to debate
on a proposition to concur submitted
by Eddy.
Sherman, chairman of the Indian
committee, declared that the free
homestead provision would cost the
government $55,000,000. He desired
to eliminate it from the bill, and has
the support of the secretary of the in
Philadelphia Club's Offer.
Philadelphia, March —At a meet
ing of the board of directors of the
Union League Club the following : was
adopted: :/ "3y
"The Union League of Philadelphia,
which, during the war of the rebellion
raised, armed and equipped and placed
in the field nine regiments of infantry
and a? batallion of ; cavalry, hereby
pledges to the president of the United
States its loyal support \in war and
peace, and congratulates? him upon his
steadfast efforts to maintain peace with
honor." ' .-
--_ t , Hawaii* Sympathy. -^CV"::
": Honolulu, March 11.—The Hawaiian
legislature has adopted a joint, resolu-
Ition, extending .> its '■ deep and earnest
sympathy to the United States in the
great loss of life i sustained _• by the de
struction of the battleship Maine, and
the flag over the executive building hat
been'placed at half-mast as a mark of
sympathy. " • • • >..
. Will Forestall Spain. ,
London, March 11.—The indications
are that the United States government
1 will not wait ; for t the arrival % here of
Commander Brownson in order to pur
chase warships. Definite orders have
:already been 1 made for the purchase of
ships building here, ■ with Y-. a«: view n, t*
forestalling Spain, who is supposed to
be bargaining for the same.vessels.
Spanish Torpedo Boat Destroyers.
Glasgow, March 11.—The Spanish
torpedo boat destroyers Orada and An- s
dcs left the Clyde bank this afternoon
fully manned and with all i their guns
and other armaments on : board. They
will embark the ammunition tomorrow
at Greenock and will sail Saturday. At
their trials, they developed Ia ; speed of
30 knots. -•
France's Foeketbook : Endangered.
Paris, March 11.—The Temps tbit
afternoon says that "the war into
which the United States throws itself
headlong wilt be dlsastrou§ to oiviliza-
I tion," and hopes that the "good sense
and good faith of the Spaniards and *
Americans will preyent war."
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War Material for the South. „
Atlanta, Ga., March 11.—Five oar
loads of war material for Gal veston and
1 three big 10-inch guns, bound for Pen
' tacola passed through Atlanta tonight.
House Passed the Cannon Appropriation.
\~. -■■-. ''■'.'. Bill Unanimously. :'
Washington, March 10.—In a spirit
of patriotism, with eloquent words ring
ing in their ears, every member of the
house of representatives today respond
ed to the president's first call to meet'
the Spanish situation .by casting his
vote for a bill placing in President Mo-
Kinley's hands $50,000,000 to -be ex
pended at his discretion* for the nation
al defense. : 'v * *.--:~*l '_;" ;i- : .~ .'■
: Party lines were swept ) away, and
with an almost unanimous voice con
gress voted its - confidence in the ad
ministration. Many - members who
were paired with absent colleagues
took the. - responsibility of , breaking
their pairs, an unprecedented thing
in legislative annals, in order that they
might go on record in support of this
vast appropriation to maintain the dig
nity and honor of their country. V
Speaker Reed, who, as the presiding
officer, seldom votes, only in case of a
tie. had his name called and voted in
his capacity as a representative. " ;■
The scene of enthusiasm which greet
ed the announcement of the vote, ayes
311, noes none, has seldom been paral
leled in the bouse.
All . day long the galleries < were
jammed with enthusiastic spectators,
applauding to ' the echo the sterling
patriotism of the word I of eloquence
which were uttered by the members on
the floor. All the speeches were brief.
Although four hours were allowed for
debate, so great was the pressure for
time that no one member was given
more than five minutes, and most of
them had to content themselves with a
beggarly fraction of a minute. ■ In all,
54 speeches were made. J- . - ' .
With one acclaim, members from the
North and South, the East and West,
the states and the territories, battle
scarred veterans of the Union and the
Confederate armies, all ; ned in pro
claiming their'support of the country's
chief magistrate in the face of a pros
pect of war. There was only ; a slight
discordant note caused by the speech of
General Bingham, of Pennsylvania, a
gallant soldier, who served with dis
tinction under Hancock. He spoke too
conservatively for the '• aroused temper,
of the house, and when be insisted that
our relations with Spain were as
friendly as they had been for years,
many of the members hissed him.
While almost every member who
spoke deprecated the possibility of war,
a wide divergence of opinion as to how
close were hostilities manifested itself
in the debate. The general contention
by the majority among the leaders on
both sides was that this appropriation,
by preparing for. war, would prove the
surest guaranty Of ': peace. Others in-
sisted that war's alarms would soon be
heard; and Mann, of Illinois, declared
that war actually existed in all save
the name.
The bill includes, in addition to
150,000,000 for the national defense,
the following items:
For printing, (66,000; bureau of
medicine and surgery, naval establish
ments, $10,000; bureau of equipment,
naval etsahlishment, $100,000; bureau
of ordnance, naval establishment,
$7,000; total, $50,183,000.
The bill was carried immediately to
the senate, and was presented to that
body and referred.
Krowmon May Buy Some Ships.
Washington, March 10.—Command
er Brownson is going abroad for the
government to learn of the ships of
war that are for sale and their condi
tion. He will not necessarily make
any purchases. The officer left Wash
ington tonight, and will take a steamer
to Southampton fiom New York. He
will report his arrival immediately at
the United States embassy in London,
but further than that, the captain de
clines to indicate the places be will
visit in Europe.
Seized by a Spaniard.
Havana, March 10.—The Spanish
gunboat Ardilla has captured in an in
let of the south coast of Cuba the
American schooner Esther, of Edenton,
N. C., bound from Peiisacola to Jamai
ca. The captain of the schooner whs
asked to give a reason for the presence
of his vessel in the inlet, and claimed
that his rudder was broken. No fur
ther details of the affair have been re
ceived, but if the statement of the cap
tain of the Esther turns out to be cor
rect the schooner will be liberated.
The captain has protested the seizure
of his vessel.
"" Troops Preparing; to Move.
Denver, March 10.—Active prepara
tions for moving the troops at Fort Lo
gan are being made and everything is
being put in readiness for a sudden
call to duty. The Denver & Rio
Grande railroad has been instructed by
the war department at Washington to
be prepared to move the troops upon
notice. j_
Work on Bin Guns Bashed.
Washington, March 10.—The Wash
ington navy-yard, where a large estab
lishment is maintained by the govern
ment for the manufacture of guns and
ordnance material, has started work in
three shifts and the men are now work
ing day »nd night on big guns.
More Men to Be Recruited.
Columbus, 0., March 10.—The re
cruiting office at Columbus barracks
received orders today to recruit accept
able men for the navy and light artil
Catalonia Disables!.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, March 10.—
The steamer Delaware picked up the
Cunard liner Catalonia on Friday, 600
miles from Halifax, bound from Liver
pool to Boston with 11 intermediate
and 75 steerage passengers and a gen
eral cargo. The Catalonia had sus
tained a break in her crank shaft be
tween the low and intermediate shafts,
her gear was broken and her cylinder j
shifted. The accident occurred last'
Wednesday. - _ I
Five Lives Lost in the Burn*
ing of a Hotel.
Steamer Hum bold t With 11 Passengers
and Over 9200,000 in Gold Ar
rives From Dawion,
Seattle, March 11.—Passengers on
the steamer Humboldt, which arrived
here early this morning from Dyea and
Skagway, bring the news that on the
night of March 8 a fire occurred in
Dyea, in which it is thought five per
sons perished. The fire broke out in
the Every ODes Home hotel, complete
ly destroying the hotel and an adjoin
ing saloon and dancehouse. Over 20
persons were sleeping in the hotel.
The bod#a of Bert Meek, of Portland,
and Gus Keller, of Junean, had been
taken oat. Keller was still alive, but
he was not expected to live. The body
of an unknown woman had also been
recovered. It was thought that the re
mains of two more men were in the
ruins. The fire occurred such a short
time before the Humboldt left that
place that full particulars could not be
The Humboldt brings 11 passengers
from Dawson, and over $200,000 in
gold and drafts. The Dawson men are
two brothers named Savage, Mr.
Brandt, J. Solid, J. L. Pierce, William
Perdue, E. J. McCormack, P. S. Ma
son, A. Bartlett, W. H. Kernan and
N. Peters.
The last to leave Dawson were Per
due, Solid, Kiernan and Pierce. They
left February 7, and made the trip out
in 24 days. Very cold weather was
experienced. Mr. Solid, whose home
is in Colfax, Wis., says that when he
left Dawson there were between 30 and
40 oases of scurvy there. He could
pot tell how many were sick along the
greeks. He knew of no deaths from
ihe disease.
Provisions at Dawson are now selling
at regular summer rates, and there is
very little demand.
Concerning tbe new strike made on
Walker creek, near Big Salmon river,
Mr. Solid said that the first dirt pan
ned out ran from 35 to 76 cents per
pan. The pay streak has not been
reached yet. Thirty two claims had
been located.
Between Lake Leßarge and Lake
Marsh many people were met, slowly
working their goods down the river.
At the mouth of Sixty-Mile creek they
met a man and his wife who had been
30 days coming from the Hootalinqua
river to Sixty-Mile.
Fifty Thousand Troop* Are Advancing
Through the Territory.
Vancouver, B. C., March 11.—Ori
ental advices say that the Liao Tung
province is in great alarm over the
prospect of a Russian invasion and the
capture by Russian troops of a vast
territory in China. The Chinese in
habitants are fleeing from this prov
ince, leaving their homes unprotected,
owing to the advance of 50,000 Russian
troops through the territory, while the
5,000 Chinese troops left to guard that
section of the country can scarcely be
kept from throwing down their arras.
The Russians who have crossed the
border are divided into three corps, one
corps containing 3,000 Siberian out
laws, who are given a chance to leave
the mines and serve in the army with
out pay.
The latest dispatch states that the
Russians are at Nuho, China, near
the Amur river, where it is said fabu
lously rich gold mines are being
worked and gold is stored. It is feared
that some of the troops may seize the
mines and gold in case of war breaking
out, and work the mines with Siberian
convicts, and that the others are pro
ceeding to other points of importance.
Jury Says Not Guilty.
Wilkesbarre, Pa., March 11.—The
jury in the oase of Sheriff Martin and
deputies for shooting strikers at Latti
mer, September 1, returned a verdict
of not guilty. After the jury had been
discharged by Judge Woodward, Dis
trict Attorney Martin asked that the
defendants be required to continue a
bail bond, as there are still 17 indict
ments for murder hanging over them,
and 88 for felonious wounding. The
bond was continued as requested.
Attorney Martin says he has not de
cided what to do with these other
cases. The prosecuting committee, it
is said, will insist upon further prose
A Suicide Compact.
Lancaster, Pa., March 11. — Roy
Gehrig, of Milton, Pa., shot and per
haps fatally wounded Will B. Davis, of
St. Clair, Pa., at Millersville, today,
and then killed himself. A note
written by Gehrig was found, explain
ing the tragedy.
"We are dead in love with Alice
Cummings and Annie Holmes, and,
not being able to see them and they
keeping away from us, we resolved to
take our lives. My name is Roy
Gehrig, of Milton, Pa., and the little
fellow is William Davis, of St. Clair.
We would like to be cremated, so noti
fy our parents at once."
Davis sayß he knows nothing of the
note, and denies that there was any
compact to commit suicide.
Datle* on the Alaska Trail*.
Seattle, March 11.— J. W. Ivey, col
lector of customs for the district of
Alaska, has arrived in Seattle from a
•conference with the authorities at
Washington. He has specific instruc
tions of a significant nature relative to
the collection of duties and the loca
tion of his men for that purpose on
1 passes and trails leading to the Yukon,
Measure Prepared by Representative
Cannon With President's Approval.
Washington, March 9.—Chairman
Cannon of the appropriations commit
tee, today introduced a measure in the
house entitled "Making appropriations
for the national defense." It is as fol
"Resolved, That there is hereby ap
propriated out of any money in the
treasury not otherwise appropriated for
the national defense, and for each and
every purpose connected therewith, to
be expended at the discretion of the
president, and to remain available
until June 80, 1899, $50,000,000."
It was referred to the committee on
The Cannon bill, it was learned
later, was the outcome of a conference
held at the White House this morning
»t which Cannon, Secretary Long,
Dingley, Allison and Grosvenor were
present. The situation was considered
so grave it was thought imperative that
an immediate appropriation of this
character should be made at once to
prepare for the national defense. After
the conference Cannon went to thecap
itol and called a special meeting of the
appropriations committee. After this
meeting, Cannon introduced the na
tional defense bill in the house. .The
appropriations committee will meet to
A Complete Backdown on the Part of
Madrid Official*.
Washington, D. C, March 9. —Spain
has wtihdrawn her request for recall of
Consul-General Lee, and it is believed
the incident is practically closed. The
withdrawal came today in the shape of
an official communication from Minis
ter Woodford. It is stated that the re
quest was never put in the shape of a
demand, but was merely a suggestion
on the part of Spain, and when she
found it would not be pleasantly re
ceived by this country she promptly re
called it.
Washington, March 9.—lt is learned
that the Spanish objection to Consul-
General Lee is based largely upon his
sympathy for the Cubans and some of
his utterances which have found their
way into print. It is understood the
Spaniards also take exceptions to the
friendly relations and companionship
existing between Lee and the corre
spondents of papers which have been
decidedly unfriendly to Spain.
It is believed De Lome carried in
formation calculated to make the Span
ish government request the recall of
But Divers Are Still in Doubt as to th«
Means Used.
New York, March 9. —A dispatch to
the Tribune from Havana says: Not
many days will be needed for Captain
Sampson and his associates to conclude
the investigation. The wrecking com
panies are making progress in clearing
a way through superstructure. During
the absence of the board, the naval de
partment divers have been able to ex
tend their examination of the plates of
the hull. They found these plates
twisted as if from an outside explosion.
Everything previously learned re
garding the forward magazine being
intact and the existence of large quan
tities of unexploded ammunition has
been confirmed and strengthened.
Without going into minutes, it may
be said that the ■ navy department
divers have secured much t technical
evidence from the condition of the hull
and keel and the interior indicating
that the Maine explosion was due to
foul play. Whether by a torpedo or a
submarine mine, doubts may be felt.
Not much proof can be gathered by the
naval board concerning I the persons
who were in the conspiracy. The
Spanish authorities are in the best po- :
sition to determine the matter. ; '
The Spanish divers have been work
ing slowly. They have been giving
more attention to the coal bunkers, ap
parently, than to any other portions of
the wreck. % They have ; made nothing
more than a superficial examination of
the hull.
It seems to be understood that the
Spanish board i; in ; its investigation is:
finding little evidence to give plausible;
support to the theory ,of accident. Thii
distinction from positive/proof of £an
external explosion it may be able to ig
nore. There is clearly less confidence
iin official circles than during the ) per
i iod when the declarations iof accident;
were made by C General Blanco The
Spanish J inquiry proceeds in leisurely
fashion. It may be a long time before
a conclusion is reached. 1 his will be
no reason for a long delay by th« naval
;> Consul at Sajua la Grande Resign*. _
. New • York, March 9.—The World's
Havana correspondent sends word that
Walter B. Barker, consul at Sagua la
Grande for the United States, has. re
signed. It is alleged in Spanish circles
; that Consul Barker's resignation is en; j
account of , friction with Consul-General j
Lee over the improper distribution of |
American charity, but the World's cor
respondent declares that Mr. Barker
feels that the > American j government,
in Us activity regarding Cuban affairs,
has ignored all the i consular % reports,
and the consuls to all intents and pur
poses are useless as channels of informa
tion. ' - - - ' - '
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Hl* larynx Broken.
Seattle, March B.—John Bussell,
steerage steward of the steamer Valen
oia, met his death in a peculiar way
today. While standing on the dock he
fell between the steamer and dook into
the water, striking a log. His larynx
was broken and he was smotheied to
death. Russell's remains will be sent
to San Francisco, where he leaves a
family. _
Maine factories sold $350,000 worth
of wooden shoe pegs in 1897*
Bill Providing- for Two Additional Ar
tillery Regiment a Passed.
Washington, March 9.—Chairman
Hall, of the military committee, in the
bouse, moved the passage under sus
pension of the rules of the Hawley bill,
creating two additional regiments of
artillery. The debate on the artillery
bill developed nothing exciting, but
there was a great outburst of enthusi
asm when Hay (Dem. Va.) deolared
that he stood ready to vote for the
measure, in view of the emergency
which confronted the country.
Norton of Ohio today introduced in
the house a resolution, which was re
ferred to the committee on rules, set
ting aside Thursday and Friday for
consideration of a joint resolution to
recognize the independence of the re
public of Cuba.
Two Democrats, Jones of Virginia
tnd Coz of Tennessee, spoke against
;he bill, which was passed without a
Washington, March 9.—Today's sea
son of the senate was devoted entirely
;o consideration of the District of Col
umbia appropriation bill. At the hour
:»f adjournment the bill had not been
disposed of, and its discussion will be
continued tomorrow.
The present monopoly in the city of
the Chesapeake & Potomac Telegraph
Company, on account of high rates, was
severely scored. Carter (Mont.) urged
that the bill go over until tomorrow, as
he desired to offer an amendment relat
ing to the gas supply of Washington.
"A more infamous and audacious
outrage was never perpetrated on an
inoffensive public than is nightly per
petrated by the Washington Gaslight
Company," declared Carter, "and I
desire to present an amendment that
will afford the suffering people of this
city an opportunity to force the com
pany to give them what they pay for."
The bill was laid aside, and at 4:45
the senate went into executive session,
and soon afterwards adjourned.
During the morning hour Allen
(Neb.) presented the petition of 18,000
railway men of Pennsylvania in favor
of legislation to prevent the abuse of
the writ of injunction.
The Nebraska State Law la Declared
Washington, March 9.—Justice Har
lan today delivered an opinion in the
Nebraska maximum freight rate case,
fie held the Nebraska law to be con
trary to the 14th amendment, in that it
authorized the taking of property with
out the proccess of law and was there
lore invalid. Hence the railroad won.
Justice Uarlan's opinion affirmed the
opinion of the circuit court of appeals
of the eighth circuit, which was against
the maximum freight rates law favora
ble to the railroads.
This case was instituted to test the
validity of the law passed by the Ne
braska legislature in 1893, prescribing
the maximum rates for transportation
of freights by railroads within the
state. The decision sustains the con
tention of the railroad companies and
holds against the validity of Jhe law.
The opinion was based largely upon
the charge of unreasonableness. Jus
tice Brewer made a computation show
ing that the reduction effected in the
freight rates amounted on an average
to 29 >£ per cent, which he held was
too great a change.
The case has been twice argued in
the supreme court, Hon. W. J. Bryan
appearing as one of the counsel for the
rtate at the last hearing.
Cramp* .Reported to Be Figuring With
,"••,. ■ ■-."-■.'• Foreign Naval Power." v . \Cfi'^.
Philadelphia, March 9.—The North .
American Review prints the following:
While the attention of the public dur
ing the recent war scare has been for a■:
time diverted from the Cramp shipyard .":
to League island, yet it is safe to assert
that the Kensington | firm of shipbuild
ers is at this moment on the eve of se- :
curing a foreign contract of sensational
proportions. ; Although the members of
the firm maintain the utmost secrecy
on the subject, it is a fact that during.
the week just passed a force of draughts
men has been working on plans and es
timates almost continuously.
These plans and estimates, it is said,
are being drawn up for 5 the • considera- ;
tion of: a foreign power, and include a
first-class shipyard, such as is operated;.
by the Cramps, besides several ij battle
ships and cruisers. Although the namt
of the foreign power is ; being Kept 'a^ ■
secret, it is generally understood^ by
those in a position *to ' know that the,
plans and estimates will1 eventually
find their way to Russia.
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••■■■ Has International Aspects. _ ; • '..
' Vancouver, 18. C., March 9.—'There ■ ' ■
will :. soon; come up for trial at New
Westminster a murder trial with inter
national aspects, involving the feature
of a man standing in Canada and shoot
ing another in the United States. ;; On ;
Saturday' last Jack Atkinson, who runs
a hotel on the Canadian side of the
boundary at * Blame, quarreled with
Billy Patterson, who runs a rival estab
lishment on the American side. At
kinson shot Patterson in the leg, inflict
ing a wound from which Patterson died.
Atkinson then went to ; New Westmin
ster and surrendered himself to the
authorities. f f
Victoria, B- C, Marob 9.— F. Nich
ols, who arrived from Dawson today,
confirms the reports of big strikes on/p
American creek, « and §Vi?: stampede to^
that place from Dawson. He also re
ported rich strikes on Rosebud creek,
50 miles this side of ( Dawson. Proepeo
tors took from $4 to $6 to the pan, and
when the newt : reached Dawson • big
crowd started off for the new diggings.
The creek is said to be very rich. Ma
jor Walsh is coming back to Skagway
for some rea«on, hot the rest of bit
party am continuing on to Dawaoa.

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