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COBVA GAZETTE WEEKLY. VStS,M.1,9Sea. I ConsolldatedPeb. 1899. From All Parts of the New World and the Old. OF INTEREST TO OUR MANY READERS Comprehensive Review of the Important Hap pening! of the Past Week fai a Condensed Form. Minister Conger left Pekln for home. England rejects the Hay-Paunce-fote treaty. A Filipino band was defeated near Santa Cruz. Sixteen lives were lost by the storm in Arkansas. President McKinley will start for the Pacific coast April 30. Victims of the plague are dying Jn the streets of Cape Town. A secret society buried alive na tives friendly to Americans. The French ex-consul at Manila is accused of dealing with insurgents. Eight persons were killed and many injured by an explosion in a Chicago laundry. Carnegie has offered $75,000 for a library to Davenport, la., and also to Springfield, 111. Kirby ' Graves, Bill Johnson and Henry Brooks, negroes, were hanged at Richmond,. Ark., for murder. The Pennsylvania house of repre sentatives adopted a resolution favor ing the .election of senators by the people. Relatives of Oregon school direct ors cannot be employed as teachers without unanimous consent of the board. A cloudburst In Maricopa county, Arizona, carried away five miles of track of the Maricopa & Phoenix railroad. Oregon law which abolishes office of fish commissioner, and creates a similar one, involves question of whether latter repeals former by im plication. . Two highwaymen entered the vil lage of Ilpe, near Emporia, Kan., and held up a dozen people, the occu pants of two stores. Antonio Leonardodi, Antro Dimet and Abram Sarturi, miners at the Nellie mine. In Bear Creek, Colo., were caught by a snowslide. Two men were killed outright and three injured by a dynamite explosion at a quarry near El Paso. All were Mexicans except the foreman, Chas. Shely, , Navajo Indians, in New Mexico, are becoming restless because of the at sence of two or mree of their num ber, who are attending a Chicago exhibition. County Judge Gregory, at Louis ville, held that the Pullman Palace Car Company is not a railroad and that its rolling stock cannot be taxed as railroad property. The Colorado Stockgrowers' Asso ciation adopted a -resolution request ing the department of the interior to send an inspector West to inquire into local conditions and 'give settlers, cattle-owners and others a hearing relative to forest reserve regulations. Li Hung Chang is again seriously 111. . Willspoint, Tex., was wrecked by a cyclone. Ex-President Harrison is very se riously ill. DeweC with 400 Boers, has escaped to the northward. Russia assures the powers she will not annex Chinese territory. Japan has ordered new' battleship from . England to Yokohama. Megler's cannery, at Brookfield, Wash., was damaged $15,000 by fire. It is reported that Kitchener de mands unconditional surrender from Boers, . England declines to modify the canal treaty without a satisfactory quid pro quo. General Chaffee refuses to allow the decapitation of several Boxer chiefs condemned by a Chinese judge. , Radical Cubans still hope for abso lute independence, and that the United States will not enforce Piatt amendment.' Lientenant General Miles, ' accom panied by his staff, will leave for a trip to Cuba, where he will make an Inspection of the principal .military posts. The mill plant of the Centralia Shingle Company, Centralia, Wash., was. destroyed Dy fire. The fire is supposed to have originated from the furnace. The loss is estimated at about .5,000; insurance, $2,000. The officials of the foreign office at Copenhagen deny that the negotia tions; with the United States for the sale f the Danisn West Indies have been discontinued, and they confirm the statements irom Washington that no peremptory note has been sent to Denmark by the United States. Orders have gone forward from the navjt department for the return of the 'battleship Oregon, which has been so long a time on the Asiatic station, to the United States. She will prob ably sail for home about May 1, to be replaced by the Wisconsin when the ..vessel has finished her official trial. . The . silk industry of China em ploys, it Is estimated, from 4,000,000 to 6,000,000 people. v A 'writer -on modern waterways says that in the near future electric traction will be universally adopted on ' canals, i . The great Salt Lake Is said to be in Imminent danger of drying up, the drain upon it being due to irrigation requirements, Ha Been Completed by the Ministers' Committee at Pekin. PEKIN, March 11. The ministers' committee has completed Its report, and the general principles to be adopted in cases of indemnities based upon laws in harmony with the Roman and English systems. This decision ws.S not reached without considerable discussion, some believing that the claims of men of good reputation should be paid in full without further consideration. On the other hand, a case was mentioned where a man of high repute claims $10,000 each for hin own, his wife's and her daughter's nerves and $20,000 for property de stroyed, whereas it is known that the latter estimate is more than twice the value of all. The negotiations, Mr. Rockhill says, are going on well and he sees no rea son why they should not be completed in two months, with the exception of the commercial treaties, which will probably take a long time. General Chaffee replied to the copy of General Yin Tschang's letter sent htm by Count von Waldersee that he had given instructions to the Amer ican troops when any detachments were sent against robbers and Boxers to obtain to the fullest extent possible the assistance of Chinese officials in making arrests and punishing the guilty. Regarding indemnity for losses sustained by missionaries and native Christians, General Chaffee pointed out that his sentiments were well known to the American mission aries; that he was opposed to extor tion in every form, and that he fa vored strict justice in every case, and that he would agree quickly to his ex cellency's proposition .that the indem nities Sir Robert Hart mentioned should be settled by the diplomats. Count von Waldersee will leave soon for Tsin Tau the trip possibly extending to Sharp-hai. He says he expects to return to Pekin temporarily. It is asserted that China has de cided to delay her answer to Russia regarding the Manchurian convention for a fortnight. The ministers of the powers have resolved to modify the legation plans so as to allow the five government boards to remain in the ocenpation of the Chinese. RADICALS IN MAJORITY. Not a Bright Outlook for the' Piatt Amendment. HAVANA, March 11. The commit tee on relations of the Cuban consti tutional convention, to which was re ferred the Piatt amendment, is made up of thr,ee radicals Silva, Villanuen da and Gualberto Gomez and two conservatives Tamayo and Quesada. Tamayo, it is understood, is now in favor of accepting the amendment in its entirety. He intends taking a firm stand on this position, and will send a minority report to the con vention, if necessary. His political influence and position are expected to have a good effect with the others. Senor Tamayo is chairman of the committee on foreign relations of the convention. The committee held a short secret session this afternoon and appointed" Gomez secretary. Political demonstrations have ceased, and there is absolute quietness throughout the island; The strike has been settled, the stevedores, lightermen and carmen re turning to work this afternoon. The stevedores agreed to compromise on $2 50 American money for a day's work, and $4 for night work. The Ward line agent agrees to send home the American longshoremen. Struck Gold in Mindanao. New York, March 11. Frank W. Redding, formerly of Newark, who was a member of the Astor battery during the Spanish war, has, It Is said, discovered a gold mine on the island of Mindanao, in the Philip pines. A quantity of the dust he has forwarded to his brother, William F. Redding, of Newark. The latter sent it to the United States assay office In New York, and he has received a re port from the government assayer that the dust proved to be 897 fine, and that it is worth in Its crude state $18 50 an ounce. Exports of American Corn. American exports of corn have aver aged 173,000,000 bushels a year since 1895, an increase of 254 per cent over the preceding five years. 1 8uicides In Germany. The number of suicides in the Ger man empire last year was 10,700. Fiji 8unday Schools. There are 40,000 native pupils In the Sunday schools of the Fiji Islands. An Unsolved Mystery. Pittsburg, Pa., March 11. The mys tery surrounding C. B. Howland, or Harrison, the alleged English earl who died in the Allegheny general hos pital of typhoid fever yesterday, has not been solved. The, claim that he was "Earl of Wargrave" was based on letters found among his effects, In which- he was addressed as Cecil Sher brooke Beaumont Howland, Earl ot Wargrave. ' COBVALLIS, BENTON OKEdOU STATf news Hems of Interest' From AH Parts of the State. COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL HAPPENINGS A Brief Review of the Growth and Improve- ments of the Many Industries Through : out Our Thriving Commonwealth. E UOft n A nav rinopfl Timioa la t n built M Eugene. Athena AthfUia baa aWaJ rr T Pace School dirertoi- and T W Q1t. clerk. Baker Citv The Ralter r.itv not. office will have a stamp-cancelling The -Dalles The Ttallea inonn. had an available cash balance March 1 of $1,655.64. Euaene A . In r?n elenti-in trinn. former has arrived at Kn lighting company. Baker Citv Imnrovementn $20,000 will be made in the Warshuer i.oiei at uaKer (Jlty Eaale Point Tt fa rannrtad frotm Eagle Point that earlv fronts h Injured growing wheat. Pendleton water system have arrived and are being sold for $10, $15 and $20 each. Gold H i 1 1 Tt la ronnrtod tlx, three-foot vein of gold-bearing quartz haS been 8trilClr On the olH CWnr-lr nlana near Gold Hill. Perrv ThA ftrnnfl l?on,1n T .lmv. Company will start up its mill at Per ry mis wees. ADOUt 4,000,000 feet of logs are on hand. Coauille Farmers on the north fort of .the Coquille report hay scarce in that part of the country; but stock is in fine condition. Henderson The waeron hririfre nt Henderson station whir)i want nn with the last freshet, is replaced and opened for travel. Foots Creek Several tons of from the Dixie Queen mine, in the Foots Creek district, are said to have yielded over $100 a 'ton. Lakeview The old elontri for lighting the town of Lakeview has been discontinued, and will be re placed by the town plant. Eaale Point There Is frniifHi anxiety over the proposed ditch from I'ish Lake to the valley, fears being entertained that the company will take SO .much water out. of the streams that there will not be enough left lor irrigating purposes and to- run the grist mill. Pilot Rock A painful accident oc curred at the Warner sawmill, twelve miles south of Pilot Rock. Will War ner, while riding on a log carriage, was struck on the head, and while stunned leaned over in such a man ner that a large pieceof" flesh was cut out of his thigh by the saw Unity It is reported from Unity, on UDDer Burnt river that there woo a disastrous fire in that burg. James i-aytons. general merchandise store was totally destroyed, including quite a stock of goods The building was practically new, two stories high, the upper story being used as a dance halt - Ashland A netitton hna heen for. warded to Washington for the pro- puseu iree rural aeiivery route soutn of Ashland. The route reaches from Ashland elirht miles to W w Chen. herd's place, and returns vra Emi grant creeK. xne number or families which would be served on this route is 125, and the number of people 498, and one ' postofBce, Baron, would be discontinued. Fort Klamath Melhase Bros., of Fort Klamath weighed 184 head of beef cattle last week at the Mitchell ranch and delivered them to George Kohlhagen of Roseburg. The average weight was 1252 pounds, from which was deducted four per cent, making the selling weight 1201 pounds. The price paid was 7 cents, an average of $45.03. The total price paid for all' was $8,286.90. Wheat Walla Walla, 55 56c; Val ley, nominal; bluestone, 67 c ' per bushel. Flour Best grades, $2.80 $3.40 pre barrel; graham, $2.60. Millstuffs Bran, $16 per ton; mid dlings, $21.50; shorts, $17.50; chop, $16. ;-- . Oats White, 4445c per bushel; gray, 4243c. Hay Timothy, $1212.50; - clover, $79.50; Oregon wild hay, $67 per ton. ... ', ' - Butter Fancy creamery, 225c; dairy, 1820c. Eggs Oregon . ranch, 1212c; per dozen. . , Poultry Chickens,, mixed, $3.50 4; hens, $4.505; dressed, 11 12c per pound; springs, $44.50 per doz en; ducks, $56; geese, $56 per dozen. -' Potatoes 45 60c per sack. Dried fruits Apples, evaporated, 66c per pound; sun dried, sacks or boxes,34c; pears, 89c; prunes, Italian, 57c; silver, extra choice, 57. . " : . MuttonGross, best sheep, wethers, $4.75; ewes, $44.50; dressed, 6 7c . per pound. Hogs Gross, choice heavy, -$55.25; light, $4.75 5; dressed, 67c per pound. . Veal Large, 77c per' pound; small, 89c per pound., , Beef Gross, top steers, $4.50 4.75; cows, $44.50; dressed beef, 7 8c per pound. . After careful and patient investi gation the historical committee of the Society of California Pioneers - has learned that January 24, 1848, was the exact date of the discovery of gold in California by James W. Marshall. Black walnut canes from a tree on the farm formerly owned by Abraham Lincoln in Harristown township, Ma con county, 111., were given to the members of the cabinet by the presi dent to whom they had been sent from Illinois. . , COUNTY, OBEGON, PROPOSED BY COLOMBIA. Scheme for the United State to Ac quire the Panama Canal. NEW YORK, March 12. According to a special to the Herald, Senor Silva, the Colombian minister to the United States, has already, informally sub mitted proposals to Secretary Hay for the acquisition of the Panama canal by this government, and has been invited to discuss them further. Preliminary protocols were entered into some time ago with Costa Rica and Nicaragua, so that, these two countries during the summer , .will probably be merely interested spec tators of the moves which the United States, Great : Britain and Colombia will make. - It is understood that these are the essential points which the Colombian government will urge: A lease for a term of years, so long as the United States may desire, pot exceeding 200 years, of the territory across which the Panama canal is being construct ed; in return for such lease Colombia is to receive either a percentage of the tax on tonnage: passage through the canal, or a lump compensation; recognition of the rights of the French company, which will sell Its concession with Colombia's consent to the United States. . IS CLOSE TO DEATH. Li Hung Chang's Life Hangs by a Thread. PEKIN, March 12. LI Hung Chang is again seriously ill, 'and his physic ian says his life hangs by a thread. Prince Ching and Earl LI seem to think that by spreading rumors of the court's unwillingness to return to Pe kin, unless this or that thing is done, they can influence the deliberations of the ministers of the powers. As a matter of -fact, according to reliable reports from Sinan Fu, the imperial personages are extremely uncomforta ble at Sinan Fu, where they live In the house of the governor, which is only a small structure. French mis sionaries who have just returned from Sinan Fu believe that the empress dowager would bring the court back to Pekin on the nrst offer of the al lies, having as a basis the removal of the troops, except the legation guards. HARRISON IS WORSE. Ex-President's Condition Now Re garded as Serious. INDIANAPOLIS-,, IndMarch 12. The condition of ex-President Harri son is serious. Dr. Jameson stated today that the upper part of General Harrison's left lung was inflamed. There is some danger of the conges tion extending to the rest of the lung and to the right lung. ' Until 3 o'clock this afternoon, General Harrison was resting easy, but at that time he be came slightly worse and Dr. Jameson was called. He said that he was cer tain noining was to be apprehended for the next 48 hours, but the age of the patient renders all calculations uncertain. At 8 o'clock this evening General Harrison was suffering some pain, but was resting comparatively easy. TO ORGANIZE GOVERNMENT. Philippine Commission Leave for Lucena. MANILA, March 12. Judge Taft and his associates of the United States Philippine commission, accom panied by their wives and a number of prominent Filipinos, embarked to day on the United States transport Sumner and sailed for Lucena,- Prov ince of Tayabas, Luzon, where they will organize the provincial govern ment. At the time of their departure the pier was thronged with natives. ' The insurgents have surrendered 500 rifles In the "Province of Pam panga, Bulacan and Bataan during the last four weeks.; , The Methodists report .120 converts in Manila last week, and the Philip pine Evangelical church claims to have secured many new members. Three Persons Killed by Tornado. Forest City, Ark., March 12. Three persons were killed and many injured in ithis vicinity last night by a tor nado, and 16 houses, and miles of fences and many, trees were leveled to the ground. Ten .miles -northeast the tornado shattered the house of J. A. Woody, killing Woody and seriously injuring his wife and his stepson, Bob Allen. The other victims were ne groes. - ; - German plantation- -experts claim that the Samoan islands have a great future in coffee, tea, tobacco, cotton, etc:.'-. V :::f. "7 The Bell Telephone Company. has bought for $500,000 a system of self induction coils which makes . conver sation between New York and Lon don as easy as between near-by points. ; Rich Strike in Republic Mine. Spokane, March 12. A well-founded report from Republic Is to the effect that $1,400 ore has been struck In the Morning Glory raise. A streak of eight inches assayed that amount. Assessments will cease, according to the directors. The Butte & Boston mine at Republic has 18 Inches or ore worth over $200 per ton, according to a statement of Superintendent Nick erson. The strike Is at a depth of 160 feet FRIDAY, MARCH 15, OffCRS to m Prisoners Will Be Released for Guns Surrendered. ONE MAN FOR EACH WEAPON RETURNED Carman Cue Will Be Referred to Washington General Trias May Be Induced to Give up the Fight. Manila, March 9. Additional In ducements have been made to the in surgents to surrender their guns. General MacArthur has directed all department commanders to release one. prisoner for every gun surren dered. An insurgent who surrenders his gun will be permitted ' to name the prisoner to be released, provided no exceptional circumstances require this man's detention, in which case another selection will be allowed. The federalists report that as a re sult of the negotiations with the in surgent General Trias, who - is in Southern Luzon. Trias probably will soon surrender. The United States training-ship Buffalo has completed . the exchange of crews with the warships at Ca vite, and has sailed to exchange 700 men recently from the United States for members of the crews of several American waFships at Hong Kong and Shanghai. Meanwhile the navy dispatch boat Zafiro has taken 200 men to the navy vessels in Southern Phil ippine waters for the same purpose. The flagship Brooklyn goes to Pe Chi LI gulf in April to conduct the maneuvers. The Kentucky, the Ore gon, the New Orleans, the Albany, the Monterey and the Monadnock will par ticipate in these maneuvers. The American fleet on the Asiatic station now numbers 64 vessels. Deported to Guam. Washington, March 9. General MacArthur has notified the war de partment by mail that in pursuance of authority obtained from the depart ment under date of December 27 last, he has ordered the deportation of a number of persons "whose overt acts have clearly revealed them as in aid or in sympathy with the insurrection and the regular guerrilla warfare by which it is being maintained, and whose continued residence in the Philippine islands is, in every essen tial regard, Inimical to the pacifica tion thereof." By direction of the commanding general, the persons named were de livered to Major Henry B. Orwlng, Thirty-seventh infantry, on board a transport for deportation to Guam, where they will be held under sur veillance or in actual custody as cir cumstances may require during the further progress of hostilities and until such time as normal peace conditions in the Philippines has resulted in a public declaration of the cessation of such hostilities. . Subsequently, another batch of in surgent sympathizers and agitators were deported to Guam on the United States steamship Solace, to be held under the same condition as the others. The party consisted of mem bers of the Katipunan society. REBEL CAMP SURPRISED. Thirty - one : Filipinos Captured on Island of Talim. , MANILA, March 8. Lieutenant West, with . the gunboat Laguna de Bay, surprised an insurgent camp on the island of Talim, on Lake bay, east of Manila, capturing 31 insurgents. ' Many small detachments in various localities are surrendering daily. It is xeported that negotiations are in pro gress for the surrender of all insur gents on the Island of Cebu. The United States Philippine com mission is Investigating the. case ot Senor Mamje, the native judge of the court of first instance in Manila, who Is accused of fraudulently aiding the administrator of the Enriquez estate. ' A Threatening Note. ' . London, March : 9. "The United States government has .addressed a note to the Danish government al most threatening In tone," says the Copenhagen correspondent of th Daily Mail, "to the effect that it would not permit any transfer of the banish West Indies to any foreign power, and that, in the event of Denmark refusing to. sell, the United States will require that island and maritime neutrality shall be properly guarded and the United States sphere of influence be respected " Northwest Postal Orders. . Washington, March 9. The postof flce at Mishawaka, Clatsop county, Or, will ; be : discontinued March 15, mail going to Vinemaple. - The name of the postofBce at Bos ton, Clallam county. Wash., has been changed to Mora. - , ' The postofBce at Elk, Spokane coun ty, Wash;, has been moved two miles to the northwest, without change ot postmaster. , .. 1&01. VOL. NEW COMPANY FORMED. Ultimate Object Is to Operate Boats and Cars From Spokane to Portland. NORTH YAKIMA, Wash, March 3. The Upper River Transportation Company has been incorporated for the purpose of controlling a line ot steamers on the Columbia river. The boats will make regular daily trips from Priest Rapids to The Dalles and carry the great wheat crop of Eastern Washington to market. The incor porators of the company are J. M. Russell, Gccrge C. Blakely and T. A. Hudson. In addition to operating on the Columbia, they will, run a line of steamers to Lewiston, Idaho, on the Snake. In connection with the navigation of the rive.rs a plan is under consid eration to construct an -electric rail way through the counties of Douglas and Lincoln, In Eastern Washington, and connect with Spokane. The road will reach all of the wheat centers and be used for hauling wheat to Priest Rapids. There it will be loaded on steel barges and hauled down the river to The Dalles. A portage rail way will be used to haul the barges around the falls and into the Colum bia below, when the boats will be towed to Portland and the Pacific coast points for shipment to the Ori ental markets. The steamer Billings, which has been lying on a rocky bar 20 feet above water a few miles below Pasco, is" now being overhauled preparatory to launching for the upper river traf fic. A line of steamers will, be run from the upper Columbia to Priest Rapids and open up the trade from the great mining districts in the Re public and surrounding country. MUTINY ON ALBANY. Sailors on American Cruiser Rebelled at Hong Kong. TACOMA, Wash., March U. Ad vices brought by the steamship Good win state that 75 sailors mutinied on board the cruiser Albany at Hong Kong last month. The cause was lack of money and liberty. The refractory sailors were placed in irons and taken to Cavite for trial. The Mohammedan rebellion in Kan Su has assumed such alarming pro portions that the empress dowager has commanded General Feng Tze Sai to proceed northward from Can ton with haste and undertake their subjugation. The gunboats Ball and Sugrib, built at Hong Kong, for Siam, have been turned over to that government, with the object of striking terror to the rebels at Canton. Fourteen bri gands were executetd February 14. Four other men are being starved to death in cages exposed to public view. DEPUTY SHERIFF KILLED. Fought a Pitched Battle With Two Highwaymen. MILTON, Cal, March 13. News has just . been received ; here . that Deputy Sheriff Holman, of Calavesas county, was shot and killed at Wal lace, a small town near here, in a pitched battle witn two highwaymeni One of the latter is reported seriously wounded. Two- prominent residents of Wal lace were held up and robbed by the bandits. The . men who were robbed immediately reported the affair to the county officials, and ' Deputy Sheriff Holman, with a small posse, went to Wallace to arrest the robbers with the result above noted. - General Young - Returning. , Washington, March 13. The quar termaster general is informed that the transport Logan left Nagasaki Thursday for San Francisco with Major General Young and the Thirty third and Thirty-fourth Volunteer reg iments. - General Young, on his ar rival at San Francisco, will relieve General Shatter of ; the command of the department of California, and the latter will be retired as a major general. I . : . EIGHT LIVJES LOST. Forty-Two Persons Were Injured and Several Are Missing. CHICAGO, March 13. By the ex plosion of a boiler in the Doremus laundry, 458 West Madison street, this .morning, eight persons were in stantly killed, 42 were injured, and several are missing. The cause of the explosion has not been determined . with accuracy as yet, and it will probably require an official, investigation to settle the matter. '- ' . Reports of the number of dead in the ruins run all the way from six to 20. It is known that 36 employes of the laundry . had entered the place before the explosion occurred, be cause the automatic timekeeper found in the ruins showed that number Of registered arrivals. Two or three were entering .at the moment of the explosion, making the approximate to tal of 40 employes in and around the building. It is reported that an offlcer of the boiler' inspection- department warned Mr. Doremus that the boiler was un safe to use in its present condition. Laundry employes, however, declare that the boiler had not been inspect ed, and therefore not condemned. - The wreckage near the boiler and in the east part of the building at once took fire, and through the blind ing clouds of dust and smoke and escaping steam could be seen strug gling men and women, some of them half buried in wreckage, others feebly endeavoring to climb to some place of safety, while from various parts of the ruins came cries for help. ' The fire department - soon extin guished the flames and the work of rescue began at once. One by one the wounded and bleeding girls were carried to near-by stores, where they were given hasty - medical attention and then taken to hospitals in am bulances. Northwest Postal Orders. Washington, March. 13. The post office at Jett, Baker county, Or, will be discontinued after March 15, when mail for that point will be, delivered at Lime. - Tv name of the office ' at Victorj Mascnv county, Wash, has been changed to Allyn. ; . '. .- -i.- '..:- ... . Power. From Niagara. ' I",". About 12,000 horse power is trans mitted In the form of electricity from Niagara to Buffalo. XXXVIII. NO. 12. cnOLAnDSATS Declines to Accept the Amended Canal Treaty. - GREAT BRITAIN'S REPLY IS RECEIVED No Counter Proposal Made If Negotiations Are Resumed It Must Be on this Side The Text Withheld. Washington, March 13. The long expected answer from the British government to the Rtnte iiamrtiunt'. communication reciting the action of iuo BBuaie upon me May-Fauncefote treaty was returned at noon today. Lord Pauncefote, the British ambas sador, had already acquainted Sec retary Hay with the fact that he had received a communication from his government on the subject and it had been in his possession for several days. Secretary Hay had acquired a general knowledge of the character of the British response. Lord Paunce fote came to the state department at noon by appointment He brought the answer with him and read it to Secretary Hay. It was in the form of instructions from Lord Lansdowne, the British minister of foreign affairs, to Lord Pauncefote, and he left a copy of these instructions with Sec retary Hay. At the conclusion of the -conference, it was stated that the in structions to Lord Pauncefote were to notify the government of the United States that the British government did not see its way clear to accept the senate amendments. The amendments were treated In detail at some length in argumenta tive fashion, the purpose of the Brit ish government being to show that it had sound reason for declining to accept them. After disposing of the details, the note concludes with an expression of regret that such a course was forced upon the British government. There was nothing in the nature of a counter proposition, nor was any opening left for further action by the British government. It was stated that if there is to be a further attempt to amend the Clayton Bulwer treaty, so as to authorize the United States to construct a water way across he isthmus, then It is for the United States to make the overtures.- The British government simp ly drops the matter at this point. The Hay-Pauncefote negotiationb have been in progress for something over two years, and owing to the great interests involved, they have constituted the leading international question at issue before the state de partment. The treaty was signed prior to the opening of the 56th con-' gress, and was submitted to the sen ate in December, 1899. It at once , encounutered opposition in that body, but after some delay -was finally rat ified after several amendments ' had been adopted. The chief issue was made on what was known as the Davis amendment. While in terms this did not give the United States a right to fortify the canal, yet in general language it expressed the right of this country to adopt such measures in regard to the canal as were deemed necessary for the proper maintenance' of American authority.' After extended debate in executive session two other amendments were, adopted, and the treaty was ratified as -amended. The other two amend ments abrogated the Clayton - Bulwer treaty and struck out the provision of the treaty which invited other for eign governments to express their approval of it. . BOERS HELP BRITISH. Two Thousand of Them Are Ready to Enlist. BLOEMFONTEIN, March 13. Gen- ' eral Dewet is reported to be moving northward steadily, at the rate of 25 miles a day, with a view of crossing the railway-, to the eastward. . He should now be west of Kroonstadt. Several small commandoes are . In possession of the southeastern por tion of the Orange River colony, from which the garrisons of Dewetsdorp,; Weepner, Smithfield and Rouxville have been withdrawn. It Is impossible not' to he struck with the fact that a great portion of the former enemies of Great Britain in South Africa now frankly throw in their lot with the British. Brandfort, Kroonstadt and Bloemfontein com panies of ex-burghers are now bearing arms against the Boers. They state their object is not to operate against their former comrades, but to defend their homes and ' property against marauding bands.' Every town in the Free State occupied by the British will soon become a center of British Influence, extending a long distance In their vicinity.. Over 13,000 refu gees are now within the British lines, and many of them demand arms and permission to take the field. If their requests are granted it will be easy to get 2,000 ex-burghers enrolled on the British side. JAPS WITH BOGUS PAPERS. VANCOUVER, B. C, March 13. It is reported that a number of Japa nese immigrants attempting to cross the boundary line from British Colum bia to Washington recently had in their possession fraudulent British nat uralization papers, the date of their passports showing they had resided in this province only a fraction of the statutory period It was supposed the traffic, in fraudulent papers had been broken up when the. commis sions of several notaries - -connected with the practice were-canceled by , the government some months ago. : Burglars Took $6,600 From' Bank.' ' '.' Argonia, Kan, March 13. The pri- ' ; Tate ' bank of J. H. Springer - was robbed, by three men, and $2,600 in cash and $4,009 In registered govern- . ment 3 per . cent bonds'- secured,.,' . About $140 in gold and $8,000 in honds, . were left untouched- The : robbers "J secured their tools from the "Santa -Fe section house near-by. The, vault. . was entered through the brick wall, ',. and the safe blown open with nltro-' glycerine. . . .j .