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GAZETTE. CORVALLIS WEEKLY. UNION Bt.ib. July, 18J7. GAZETTE Katab. Dee., 1S62. Consolidated Feb. 1899. CORVALIilS, BENTON COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, lSOO. VOE. XXXVII. NO. 51. V 01 S Of lilt vttt From AN Parts of the New World and the Old. OF INTEREST TO OUR MANY READERS Comprehensive Review of the Important Hap penings of the Past Week in a Condensed Form. The ministers at Pekin have reached an agreement. The new war revenue bill will reduce taxation $40,000,348. The pension roll for the coming year will call for $142,0.10,000. The governor of Shanghai publicly executed 80 Boxer leaders. Secretary Gage's estimate for govern ment expense is $626,741,762. George von L. Meyer, of Boston, will be appointed ambassador to Italy. Charles A. Towne accepted the ap pointment of senator from Minnesota. McCall made a sensational speech in the house against holding the Philip pines. A small American force routed a band of rebels at Santo Domingo, Luzon. Contract for ereetion of Salem, Or., postoffice has been awarded to a Chi cago firm. In a street duel in a West Virginia town a minister was killed by a prom inent lawyer. It is estimated that taxable valuation of Oregon for 1900 will be about $2, 000,000 less than in 1899. Fire in the Cambridge, Ohio, works of the American Tinplate Company, caused a loss on finished tin alone of between $175,000 and $200,000. John Luke Hely-Hutchinson, fifth earl of Donoghmore, ft one time assist ant commissioner in Eastern Rou mania, died of paralysis, in London. Bobbers raided theofficeof the West ern Lumber Company in Portland, Or., just before the employes were ready to receive their November wages in coin, and secured $4,700. At New York, the Fasig-Tipton Com pany closed the most successful auction sale of trotting and pacing horses in its history. The proceeds of the sale were $352, 180 for 702 horses, an average of about $500 a head. A serious cave-in occurred at the Kay Aug. mine, near Dunore, Pa. Fifty-one men w"ere entombed. The rescuing party, after nearly three hours' hard work, succeeded in digging into the chamber in which the men were entombed All were rescued, not one being seriously injured. Consul-General Stowe says the Boer war is nearly ended. Kruger's mission to Europe was frus trated by the Kaiser. Nine men were killed in a train wreck near Suisun, Cal. The Isthmian canal commission recommends the Nicaragua route. Senator Fairbanks, of Indiana, in troduced a bill to admit Oklahoma as a state, with two repiesentatives. A report comes from Queen Charlotte island that the Indians there are short of food. Their wants will be attended to. It is reasserted in Tien T.-in that the Germans lost 20 killed and many wounded west of Pao Ting Fu, wheie they were attacked by 2,500 Boxers. Congressman Driggs introduced a resolution in the house requiring the secretary of war to investigate the practice of "hazing" at West Point. Senator Pettigrew introduced a reso lution in the senate calling upon the postmaster-general to send to the senate anr information be may have in his possession concerning postal frauds in Cuba. Tang Wang Huang, author of the outrages upon the Pao Ting Fu mission aries, was paraded through the streets . of Tien Tsin in a cart under a strong German guard, previous to being hand ed over to the provisional governmennt tor decapitation. Frank Hawley, an American electric promoter, is now in London in the in terest of an A'nerican syndicate. Mr. Hawley says the capitalists be repre sents are ready to spend no less than 4,000,000 in the construction of elec tric surface roads in Lon ion and to the suburbs to a radius of 30 miles. Not a penny of British capital will be asked. He expresses himself as confi dent that the undertaking will be a financial success. Major Wood, commanding the Cana dian mounted police in the Yukon ter ritory, who collects the royalties on gold, reports the collections this year on the Klondike output as amounting to nearly $900,000, about $100,000 more than was received last year. Ten per cent of the gold mined is supposed to be paid to the government, which wonld indicate the Klondike output for the season to have been only $9,000, 000, but the general estimate has placed it at nearly $20,000,000. A correspondentjof Santiago de Cuba says the natives there are becoming adepts in the American game of base ball. Havana may yet bid for a place in the National league. A celebrated Enlgisb physician says that he has found that warts can be cured by revaccinaton. He revacci nated a girl of 15 who bad 94 warts on one hand, and seven weeks after the operation tbe warts had all disappear ed. ' Many other remedies had been tried in vain. LATER NEWS. Hay may resign if the canal treaty Is amended. Lord Roberts was given an ovation at Cape Town. The United States wants Chiriqui for a coaling station. There is little change in the Santa Fe strike situation. Charles A. Towne was sworn in as senator from Minnesota. The house passed the legislative, ex ecutive and jndicial bill. The tension between Holland and Portugal is increasing. Benjamin Wise was held at Salem, Or., for arson at Silverton. A house Republican caucus decided to stand by the war-tax bill. The sultan of Turkey dined officers of the battle-ship Kentucky. Von Bnlow explained why Emperor William wonld not receive Kruger. Erection of poles and wires for an other lighting system began in Salem, Or. Four men were killed by an explo sion in the Union Pacific tunnel at Aspen. Attacks on Salisbury and Chamber lain were made in the British nonse of commons. Only $600,000 can be obtained from this session of congress for the Colum bia jetty. The Oregon supreme court upholds the street improvement section of the Portland city charter. Cases of smallpox have been fonnd frequently in Lima, Pern, and the pub lic is alarmed, fearing a spread of the disease. The Idaho supreme court decides that patented mining property is to be regarded the same as other realty for purposes of taxation. The Austrian corvette Donau has ar rived at Lima, Peru, bringing Bela Bakoweghy, commissioner of the Aus trian government, who is visiting the consulates of South America. A special from Shanghai announces that Li Hung Chang's Manchu secre tary, Yoko, has been arrested by order of Field Marshal Count von Waldersee, on the charge of communicating with the Boxers. The third annual cowboy and Indian carnival opened in Phoenix, Arizona, with a great parage of vaqueros, red men and Chinese. After the parade, m a wild dash through the streets, an Indian was thrown from his horse and fatally trampled under foot. Germans are still excited over the Kruger incident. Japan is mnch disturbed by Tokio municipal scandals. The Oregon school fund losses an average of $40,000 a year. Ibe river and harbor committee is cutting down all estimates. The Philippines commission has pre pared a tariff for the islands. Tbe execution of Yu Hsien is cer tain whenever envoys demand it. The Chinese question is again said to be approaching a settlement. Fifty-two Filipino prisoners have been taken by American troops. Euloeies were pronounced in the house on the late Representative Har mei. Russia says all credit for securing existing entente belongs to United States. Johannesburg wlil be fenced around with barb wire to cut off Boers' rood supply. United States Consul Goodnow, at Shanghai, will return home on leave ol absence. Netherlands disavows responsibilit) for sympathetic letter of minister to Krnger. Senate will devote the present week to Hay-Pauncefote treaty and ship subsidy bill. The naval appropiration bill will provide for two more battleships and two cruisers. Delegate Wilcox, of Hawaii, strong ly opposes importation of negro labor into the islands. Envoys take removal of General lung Fu Hsiang to mean that govern ment desires peace. Establishment of ship subsidy bill aa regular order will displace Nicara gua canal measure. Bills for the reduction of war reve nue tax and legislative appropriations will likely pass the house this week. Robert W. Wilcox, Hawaii's delegate-elect to congress, has arrived in San Francisco, enroute to Washington. Kruger was officially received by Queen Wilhelmina. Tbe queen has promised to show her friendship when the proper moment arrives. A railway bridge collapsed in Ger many, letting an express train plunge into the stream below. Five persons were killed and eight badly injured. Six hundred telegraph operators on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe, have walked out in sympathy with the operators on the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe road. The last enumeration shows a large falling off in the number of book agents, which in itself is a good argu ment in favor of taking the census every five instead of every 10 years. The Connecticut woman who has sued a physician because he changed her complexion from that of a blond to a brunette really ought to have a little patience. The brunette will be in fashion again before long, and then she will be glad of the change. But wo man always was an impulsive creature. m cm nsd The House Disposed of It by a Party Vote. MANY AMENDMENTS WERE ADOPTED The Liveliest Fight Was Made on a Substitute Offered by Littlefield, of Maine, for the Canteen Provision. Washington, Dec. 8. The house today, at the end of a long session, passed the army reorganization bill by a vote of 166 to 133. Three Democrats, Hall (Pa.) and Underhill and Slay ton (N. Y.), voted with the Republicans for tbe bill, and McCall (Rep. Mass.) with the Democrats against it. Other wise it whs a strict party vote. Tbe proposition to which some of the Democrats attempted to commit their side in caucus, an extension of the present temporary army nntil July 1, 1 1903, which was voted upon indirectly on a motion to recommit, commanded tbe votes of only about half the oppo sition and two Republicans, McCall and Mann (111.), Many of the Demo crats, however, voted against the motion because they were opposed not only to the reorganization bill, but also continuing the temporary army at its present strength. Qnite a number of amendments were placed upon the bill before it was passed.. The liveliest fight was made: upon a substitute offered by Littlefield (Rep.), fur the canteen section. The substitute absolutely prohibited the sale of intoxicants at military points. Large delegations from the W. C. T. U., which is in session in this city, watched the fight from tbe gallery. When t"ne vote was taken, the prohibi tion amendment was carried by an overwhelming majority 159 to 51. Bartboldt attempted to secure a record vote in the house, but tbe peculiar par- ! liamentary statutes shut him out. Among the amendments adopted were those providing for 50 voluteer surgeons and 150 assistant surgeons for service in tbe Philippines; for 30 dental surgeons and for a veterinary corps with actual rank. The officers of the pay corps were increased 11, and of tbe signal corps 23. The age limit was removed from volunteer officers eligible to appointment as first and se-; cond lieutenants, and tbe provision for retiring officers who served in tbe civil war on the next higher grade was stricken out. In the Senate. Washington, Dec. 8. Tho ways and means committee voted to report the revenue reduction bill as introduced with an amendment making the act take effect on its passage instead of 30 ; days thereafter. There were but two i absentees Babcook (Rep.), and Rob I inson (Dem.). When the beer section was reached, fixing the rebate at 20 per cent instead of 7 4 per cent, which makes the rate $1.60 per barrel. Rich ardson, ranking meml or of the minor ity, moved a further reduction of all tbe increase made by the revenue act. The effect of this motion, if carried, would have been to make tho rate $1 per barrel. The motion was defeated by a party vote. NOT A PEACE TREATY. The Pekin Agreement Only a Statement of the Powers' Terms. Washington, Dec. 8. All tho am bassadors and nearly a majority of tbe ministers resident in Washington called upon Secretary Hay today, this ' being diplomatic day. In the case of the representatives of those powers in J terested in the Chinese question, it is understood there was some exchanges on that subject respecting the latest developments in Pekin. There has been no word from Mr. I Conger since tbe dispatch to him of bis instructions to sign the agreement.. It is accnmprl hpre thftfc spvprnl dvs must I elapse before tbe formal signatures of all tbe powers can be obtained to the agreement. Then it will be laid be fore Prince Ching and Li Hung Chang, who probably will be supplemented by the viceroys of Nankin and Han Kow, the latter, acting by telegraph, consti tuting the board of commissioners to represent tbe Chinese government. This agreement in da a peace treaty in any sense of the term. It is noth ing but a statement of the terms on which the powers will negotiate with China for a final settlement. It will be laid before the Chinese officials rather as a matter of form, for there is not tbe least doubt entertained that they will be obliged to accept its pro visions. Still they may require a week or two for its consideration, and then the way will be cleared for the initia tion of fresb negotiations at Pekin be tween the ministers and the Chinese commissioners for a final settlement. Henry Russell, Song Writer, Dead. London, Dec. 8. Henry Russell, composer of over 800 songs, including "A Life on the Ocean Wave," and "Cheer, Boys, Cheer," died yesterday, aged 87 years. Saw Twenty-two Beheaded. Youngstown, O., Dec. 8. Walter Kennedy, contractor and expert engi neer, who has just returned from com pleting some contracts in China, said that be saw 22 Chinamen beheaded for no reason other than that they were in his employ. During tbe time he was erecting extensive machinery he was practically a prisoner, and did not know what moment he would be taken from his work and executed. KRUGER IN HOLLAND. Enthusiastic Greeting to the Ex-President by the People of The Hague. The Hague, Dec. 10. At the open ing of the second chamber today, the president, J. G. Gliochman, said: "President Kruger arrives here to day. He will take up his residence here. I take tbe occasion to propose that the chamber authorize me to wel come, in its name, tbe ex-president to our country and offer him an expres sion of our cordial sympathy." The proposal was adopted amid cheers and bravos. Mr. Kruger arrived here today and was greeted at the station by tbe bur gomaster and counsellor. A choir of 600 men and girls chanted Psalm 72, verses 6, 7 and 11. The ex-president and his suite then retired to the royal waiting-room, where the burgomaster warmly welcomed them in a brief speech. Then followed Dr. Spink, president of the local Sonth African Association, assuring Mr. Kruger of the deep sympathy of the entire Dutch nation, "who had," he said, "so great ly though vainly hoped that tbe great powers who recently assembled at the peace conference wonld not have per mitted that in Sonth Africa the right of nations, the right of war and civil law should be trampled under foot, or a little nation be sacrificed in an un equal combat in defense of its exist ence." The address, after a long eulogy of the heroism of the Buers, proceeded to liken Mr. Kruger to William the Si lent, who sacrificed everthing for the welfare of his people, and concluded: "May your reliance on the Almighty, similar to that of the Prince of Orange, support you, Mr. Piesident, in the arduous fight for right and liberty, and may the liberty )f your nation crown your courage. Then will Great Brit ain have learned the lesson of bow dangerous it is to attempt to throttle the independence of a free nation." KENTUCKY FIEND CAPTURED Man Who tortured His Stepdaughter Safe in Jail No Indications of Violence. Maysville, Ky.; Dec. 10. William Gibson, the man who is charged with fiendishly torturing to death with a red-hot iron his helpless 2-year-old stepdaughter, at Cattlettsburg, Ky., two weeks ago, is safely in jail here. In an interview tonight be denied everything as to his guilt. At differ ent times during tbe interview be wonld laugh idiotically. When asked why he fled, if iuuuOf jt, he replied: "Weil, you see, this thing was hol lered about and made so much over that the people got excited, and you know how the people are when they ge excited." He said he bad slept in ravines and in brush for the last two weeks. His intellect seems somewhat blurred and at times his stupidity was very per ceptible. Everything is quiet here to night and there are no indications of mob violence. TELEGRAPHERS' STRIKE. A Walk-Out on the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Road Ten Hours Rest Wanted. Houston, Tex., Dec, 10. The tele graphers belonging to the Order of Railway Telegraphers on the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe road, extending from Galveston to Purcell, I. T., left their desks at 1 1 o'clock today. Pas senger trains are being operated on running orders from junction points, and through freights are alo being handled, although there is considerable delay. The strike has been expected for some time. A committee of tbe telegraphers went to Galveston to hold a -conference with General Manager Polk, to whom they represented their grievances. Tbe latter was in com munication with President Ripley, and it is believed by tbe men tbut the lat ter official will yield on the point of 10 consecutive hours of rest for the oper ators. The operators say they expect to gain the active co-operation of other railroad organizations. Chinese Hold Mountain Passes. Berlin, Dec. 10. A dispatch from Field Marshal von Waldersee, dated Pekin December 4, says strong detach ments of Chinese regulars, nnder Gen eral Ma, are reported from Shan Si to be holding the mountain passes on the frontier of Chi Li. An explosion at Pao Ting Fu during the daring out of a powdei magazine killed one man and wounded five others. Given Up for Lost Provincetown. Mass., Dec. 10. The Provincetown fishing schooner Cora S. McKay, with 30 men, has been given up for lost. Ever; circumstance points to her destruction at Virgin rocks on the Grand banks of Newfoundland in the storm" of September 12 to 14, known as tbe Galveston hurricane. Movement of Porto Ricans. El Paso, Tex., Dec. 10. Two cars passed through here today containing 114 Porto Ricans who are going as contract laborers to the Hawaiian isl ands to work in the sugar industry for Clans Spreckels. They said that 7,000 Porto Ricans are preparing to emigrate to the islands lor the same purpose. South Dakota's Vote. Pierre, S. D., Dec. 10. The total vote of the state, as shown by tbe offi cial canvass, is as follows: McKinley, 54,530; Bryan, 89,544; Woolley, 1,342; Parker, 839; Debs, 169. The Nansen Fund. Christiania, Dec. 8. The Nansen fund, which was started after the re turn of Dr. Nansen from tbe Arctic, to promote scientific explorations, now amounts to 1,000,000 kroner, and no further contributions will be made. mint POIIIIOFM Strained Relations Between Hol land and Portugal THEY HAVE RECALLED THEIR MINISTERS The Trouble Was Caused by Withdrawal of the Exequatur of the Dutch Con sul at Lourenco Marques. Lisbon, Deo. 10. The minister of the Netherlands to Portugal and the Portuguese minister at The Hague have left their respective posts. It is believed that a difference has arisen on the subject of the exequatur to the Dutch consul at Lourenco Marques, which the Portuguese government has withdrawn. The tension between Portugal and Holland appears to have been empha sized, perhaps not altogether uninten tionally, by the peculiar warmth of King Charles' toast to Queen Victoria at the banquet given yesterday evening at the Royal Palace to Vice-Admiral Sir Harry Bold s worth Rawson, and the officers of the Biitish fleet, now in the River Tagus. and by the telegram which the king afterwards dispatched to Queen Victoria, thanking her ma jesty for sending the fleet, and tor the friendship thus demonstrated. "I beg to record," telegraphed the king, "my great satisfaction at the frank and loyal alliance uniting Eng land and Portugal." In the course of his speech, when he toasted Queen Victoria, the king said among other things: "England has often shared the efforts and glories of Portugal. Oar mutual friendship and close alliance are strengthened by history and the blood shed together in causes which have always been just." Admiral Rawson leplied that the words of the king harmonized with the thoughts of the government and people of Great Britain. Portuguese Minister Will Explain. The Hagne, Dec. 10. While it is not denied that the minister of the Netherlands at Lisbon and the minis ter of Portugal here are temporarily leaving their posts, it is semi-officially deolared that there is no question of the ministers being recalled. It is ex plained that Count De Selir, the Portu guese minister, is proceeding to Lisbon on a few days' visit to explain verbally the difficulties which have arisen in connection with the Netherlands con sul, Herr Pott, at Lourenco Marques. Spaniards Accuse England. Madrid, Deo. 10. The Imparcial says it considers the rupture of rela tions between Holland and Portugal to be very serious. It adds that it was due to tbe intrigues of Great Britain, fnrther asserting that Portugal is now under the tutelage of Lord Salisbury. Observers think that the speech and telegram constitute an intimation to the world that Portugal can count on strong support if necessary. THE CORONER'S VERDICT. Holds No One Responsible for San Francisco's Thanksgiving Day Accident. ' " San Franoisco, Dec. 10. The coron er's jury, inquiring into the causes of the Thanksgiving day disaster, in which 22 lives were lost by the col lapse of tbe San Francisco & Pacific Glass Works during the progress of the Stanford-Berkeley football game, has returned the following verdict in the case of each victim of the accident: "That the accident was caused by the breaking of the vvutilator of the roof over the furnace in the house of the San Francisco & Pacific Glass Works at tbe corner of Fifteenth and Folsom streets on tbe afternoon ot No vember 29; further, that be had no business there and was there against tbe orders and temporary resistance on the part of the superintendent ot said works, and further, that no one can be held responsible for his death other than himself and that death was acci dental." Territory for the Canal. Chicago, Dec. 10. A special to the i Record from Washington says: Nica ragua and Costa Rica have announced their willineness to grant a lease to the United States for a preiod of 200 years of the territory necessary for the con struction of the projected Nicaragua canal. The terms are regarded as moderate. It is understood that Nica ragua and Costa Rica will accept bonds, the valne of those to be accepted by the former government to be less than $6,000,000 and by the latter to be less than $1,500,000. Pleased With Americans. Pekin, Dec. 10. Li Hnng Chang has informed General Chaffee that he and all the people of the province of Chi Li are extremely pleased and gratified at tbe behavior of the American troops toward the Chinese. This is considered no light matter. From all sections of the portion of the city under American supervision oome words of praise, thankfulness and commendation regard ing tbe behavior of the Americans. Oxnard Married a Maid. New York, Deo. 10. The World says: "On the Dentschland, which arrived here yesterday, were Henry T. Oxnard, of San Francisco, president of tbe two American beet-sugar associa tions, and his bride, formerly Mile. Marie Pichon, maid of Mr. Oxnard ' eister-in-law. Mrs. Robert Oxnard. They were married in Paris November 16, bnt tbe marriage was not announced nntil tbe Deutsohland's arrival." WOULD NOT HONOR IT. Requisition For an Indiana Man Turned Down By the Governor of Colorado. Indianapolis, Dec. 12. Governor Mount today received word that Gov ernor Thomas, of Colorado, has refused to honor a requisition from Indiana for the return of Clifton Oxinan, of Prince ton, Ind., accused of defrauding, in a real estate deal, J. Mayer Greene, of Chicago. A special from Denver says the Indiana sheriff had Attorney-General Campbell, of Colorado, inspect tbe papers and they were declared legal. Afterward, it is stated, Governor Thomas had a consultation with Mr. Campbell, and then announced that the papers were not made out in tech nical form, and this, taken in connec tion with the attitude of Governor Mount, of Indiana, in refusing to honor Governor Beckham's requisition for the return to Kentucky of W. S. Tay lor, who is now living in Indiana, and who was wanted in Kentucky, he said would cause him to refuse the re quisition. Governor Thomas, it is stated, at the same time, said that several other governors had, he be lieved, decided to take similar steps re garding Governor Mount. The matter has created considerable comment. Governor Mount, when told tonight of Governor Thomas' action, s.ud he was surprised at it. "There may be something political in this matter, ' ' he said, "but I am surprised that Gov ernor Thomas resorts to any so-called precedent in bis action on the requisi tion. He cites my action in the Ken tucky cases as a precedent, which he says he is inclined to follow. I con sidered no precedent when I refused the Kentucky requisition. I did so be cause I did not believe tbe men could get a fair trial in their own state. Governors do not as a rule resort to pecedents in acting on such questions. Each stands on its own merits." EIGHT PERSONS DROWNED. Iron Ore Barge Went to the Bottom During a Storm on Lake Erie. Erie, Pa., Dec. 12. In the midst of one of the most bitter gales that ever s.vept Lake Erie the iron ore barge S. H. -Foster, in tow of the Iron Duke, w nt to the bottom at 4 o'clock this morning 10 miles off Erie, and eight persons weie drowned. The Foster was one of the fleet of James Corrigan, of Cleveland, and for two months has been running from Du lutb to Erie with iron one. Her cargo consisted of 1,500 tons of ore. Captain Ashley, of the Iron Duke, made Erie in tieEIKsliWiiM Government Cotton Crop. New York. Dec. 12. A story to the j effect 5hat tbe government cotton crop, which will be made public tomorrow, has been offered to certain cotton brok ers in this city in advance, received corroboration today. Frank B. Guest, ' head of a cotton commission house, ; said tonight that advance information was offered to him Saturday. He im- mediately notified President Hubbard, of tbe cotton exchange. Tbe latter asked for a detailed statement, which was given, and this is to be used as a basis for federal investigation. Presi dent Hubbard said tonight that he would go to Washington without delay and place the entire matter before the proper authorities. To Amend Laws. Washintgon, Dec. 12. Representat tive Jones, of Washington, is seeking to amend the pension laws by lifting from the soldiers the necessity of prov ing that the disability for which they seek pensions did not exist prior to their enlistment. His bill on this sub ject provides that in all cases where ; the services of a soldier were accepted, and he was mustered into the ai my, no further questions should be asked con cerning his physical condition prior to : enlistment. In many cases the soldier of the Civil war has been prevented from securing a pension because of bis inability to prove that his disability did not exist prior to bis enlistment. Hospital for Lumbermen. Eugene, Or., Deo. 12. Arrange ments bave been made whereby the Booth-Kelly Lumber Company will provide a hospital in Eugene foi tbe benefit of the workmen who may at any time be taken sick or injured. The employes will pay monthly dues for the support of the institution, and when any of them requires medical or surgioal tieatment he will receive it without further cost. A contract has been made with Drs.. Paine and Kny kendall for professional services and m'edicines for a year. They will select a suitable building and have the hos pital ready to leceive patients by the first of January. All Credit Due America. St. Petersburg, Dec. 12. The Novoe Vremya, in an article evidently in spired, referring to tbe recent dis patches from Dr. Morrison, in Pekin, to the London Times, saying all the credit for securing softened terms is given by the Chinese to the Russians, remarks: "The credit for tjbe existing entente really belongs to America. England, begrudges President McKinley his just prestige because he has emphasied America's friendship for Russia." Fire at Silverton, Or. Fire at Silverton caused a loss oi $12,000. Incendiarism is suspected, two men being under arrest. A fire engine was sent from Portland to the relief of the town. Ths British Uncencemed. The British show little interest in Nicaragua affairs. Argument in the Neely case was be gun before tbe United Sates supreme court. FIRST SUPPLY HI It Was Passed by the House in Record Time. WAS NOT TEN MINUTES OF DEBATE Legislative, Executive and Judicial Appropria tion Bill, Carrying Over $24,000,000, Went Through Unchallenged Washington, Dec. 12. The first of the great supply bills, the legislative, executive and judicial appiopriation bill, was passed by the bouse in record . time. The bill carres $24,496,808, and has 131 pages, but there was less than 10 minutes debate upon it. It required about three hours for the clerk to read the bill. No other busi ness was transacted. Today under the rules belonged to the District of Columbia committee, bnt, owing to the desire of the leaders to proceed with the appropriation bill, distriot day was postponed nntil a week from tomorrow. Bingham (Rep. Pa.), who was in charge of the measure, made a preliminary statement of its contents. Both parties in the recent campaign, Bingham said, pledged them selves to economy and retrenchment. The pending bill the first of the big money bills was a step in that direc tion. Robinson (Dem. Ind.) expressed the opinion that if retrenchment were de sired, a provision be inserted in the bill to cut off the 30 days' sick leave in addition to the 30 days' leave now allowed to clerks in the exectutive de partments. Bingham explained that such legisla tion did not come within the purview of the pending bill. The law left the question of leave within the discretion of tbe various beads of depaitments. Robinson protested that clerks in the government service outside of Washington did not receive the same leave privileges received by those here, and he thought the unjust discrimina tion against the former should cease. An amendment providing for 12 ad ditonal temporary clerks to dispose of the accumulated business in the office of the controller of the treasury was adopted. At the conclusion of the read ing of the bill, Bingham thanked the house for the confidence shown in the appropriation committee in allowing the -bill to go through unchallenged, and the bill was then passed. CHIRIQUI COALING STATION. United States May Purchase the Port From Colombia. Washington, Dec. 12. The gunboat Bancroft sailed today from Colon for Almirante bay. It is understood that ber mission is to look into the advant ages offered by the port of Chiriqui as a coaling station. The harbor is capa ble of floating the entire fleet of a na -tion, and the water is deep enough for the heaviest battle-ship. Approaches were made to the Colombian govern ment, with a view to learning whether it wonld entertain a propition to grant Chiriqui as a coaling station. At that time, Colombia was not in a position to make a definite answer, as the territory, including this harbor, had been in dispute between Colombia and Costa Rica. The answer, there fore, was to the effect that the grant could not be made while the question of sovereignty remained open between the two countries. Since then, how ever, Colombia and Costa Rica have ar ranged to arbitrate the differences, and there is a prospect of an early settle ment of sovereignty. With this point removed, it is believed that there will bo no serious objections from Colombia or Costa Rica to granting a coaling sta tion. EXPLOSION IN A TUNNEL Four Men Lost Their Lives at Aspen, Wyo. Accumulation of Gas the Cause. Aspen, Wyo., Deo. 12. A disastrous gas explosion occurred today in the new railroad tunnel by which four men lost their lives and several others were injured. Tbe tunnel is being bnilt on tho cut-off of tbe Union Pacific rail road between Aspen and Billiard. Tbe explosion was caused by tbe ac cumulation of gas. The coroner's veridct is ' 'unavoidable accident." Twenty ot the men were at work at the time of the explosion. It is not known what ignited, the gas. Electric lights are used throughout the tunnel No Hope for Kruger. London, Deo. 12. "Dr. Leyds and bis friends are spreading a report," says the Amsterdam correspondent of the Daily Mail, "that Queen Wilhel mina will intervene after her marriage. This is meant to blind the public to the real facts, which are that she wrote personally to every European ruler on Mr. Kruger's arrival in Eu rope, and from two countries at least, France and Russia, received conditional promises of help in tbe direction of in tervention, but the plan failed in Ber lin." Steel Company Resumes Work. Lorain, O., Dec. 12. The Lorain Steel Company resumed work today at its blooming, converting, finishing and shape mills, with more than 3,000 men employed in the entire plant. Crashed Into a Handcar. An engine on tbe Grand Trunk road, near Ingle wood Junction, Ont., crashed into a handcar on which were five sec tion men going to work. All five were killed instantly.