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WEEKLY. CTHW Rtb. Jmly, im. , GAZfiTTB Katab. Dw, SSM. Consolidated Feb. 1899. COKVALLIS, BENTON COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 1S01. VOL. XXXVIII. NO. 15. GAZETTE. news or the m From All Parts of the New World and the Old. OF INTEREST TO OUR MANY READERS Comprehensive Review of the Important Hap penlngs of the Past Week in Condensed Form. The mayor of Havana resigned. Salisbury is said to be improving. There is no yellow fever in Havana. Count Tolstoi was banished from Russia. The business situation in Cuba is Improved. - J. P. Morgan wants to build the Pan ama canal. The army frauds at Manila are be ing Investigated. The foreign ministers are reforming the tsung li yamun. .. The public debt decreased J18,876, 595 in the past year. Karpovlch, the Russian assassin, will be sent to Siberia. Titus, the musician, has been ap pointed a West Point cadet. Southern China viceroys protest against the treaty with Russia. Bids are being asked for supplies for the naval station at Seattle. The Southern islands will have a departmenttal system of government. . A party of cavalrymen had a sharp encounter with rebels in Cavite prov ince. Three hundred .metal polishers in San Francisco have struck for shorter hours. Russia threatens to sever relation? with China unless the Manchurias treaty is signed. a A gunboat will carry Minister Loomis from La Guayra to Porto Rico on his way home. Botha and Dewet will join a gath ering "of 13,000 Boers for operations against the British. Ex-Representative Peters, of Kan sas, may succeed H. C. Evans, as pension commissioner. Senator Proctor says the Piatt amendment is satisfactory to the leading residents of Cuba. In order to escape the tariff on im ported material, the Sheffield steel works will locate a plant in the United States. The United States steel corporation has absorbed the American bridge trust, and Rockefeller's iron mine in terests. ... As the result of an old quarrel, near Chehalis, Wash., three men were shot fln1- seriously injured. One of them is not expected to recover. ;The threatened revolution in Brazil has been put down. The government - has sent communications to the Euro pean and United States legations, say- .Jng the country is safe. A Manila Spaniard was convicted oi treason. Another attempt was made to as sassinate the czar. . : Roland Reed, the actor, is dead at his home in New York. A large amount of Washington re serves is to be opened to settlement. Gross fraud has been discovered in the subsistence department at Manila. Much misery prevails at Marseilles, France, as a result of the dock strike. General Fitzhugh Lee says future of Cuba depends on native statesmen. A packing-house fire in New York damaged $200,000 worth of property. Three thousand arrests have been made since Russian revolutionists be came active. A $30,000,000 syndicate is negotiate ing for the control of the Pacific coast fishing industry. Secretary Gage says if artificial prices are asked for bonds, he will al low treasury funds to accumulate. Commander of the Petrel was suf focated and 22 officers and men pros trated in a fire on the gunboat Petrel. The Thirty-third and Thirty-fourth regiments, just returned from the , Philippines, will be mustered out at San Francisco Minister Loomis may be transferred to another post. By an explosion of gas at the fur nace of the Edgar Thompson steel works, five men were fatally injured The president has appointed Wheat on to be a major general and Funston and Jacob Smith to be brigadier gen erals of regulars. Peter Karpovitch, the assassin of Bo goliepoff, Russian minister of public instruction, has been sentenced to 20 years' penal servitude, with loss of civil rights. The Japanese residents of Tacoma, Wash., have organized to keep out any disorderly characters from their country. -During a recent epidemic of diph theria in a tewn on the Hudson, 206 .cases were treated witn serum, and among these there were only two deaths. Elections in London resulted in tremendous majorities in favor of mu nicipal ownership of all public utili ties, thus breaking galling monopolies existing for centuries. 91,000,000 HOTEL FIRE. The Jefferson, at Richmond, Va., Burned, But No Lives Lost. RICHMOND, Va., April 1. The Jef ferson hotel, this city, which was erected and furnished by the late Louis Ginter at a cost of $1,000,000, was de stroyed by fire. The magnificent structure covered half a block in the ultra-fashionable part of the city, and was built of buff brick on a granite foundation. The flames were discovered in the upper part of the Main-street side shortly before midnight, and in a short time that part of the building was a roaringurnace. The guests who were first driven out of the Main-street portion of the hotel took refuge in the lobby on the Franklin-street side. There was much excitement, espe cially among the women, many of whom had retired for the night. Many persons lost all their effects. No one perished in the flames. The fire started in the linen room from a defective flue. The insurance is about $650,000. All the surrounding houses are filled with property taken from the hotel. There has been some looting, and several arrests have been made. There were in the hotel many works of art, including Valentine's marble statue of Jefferson, which stood In the Franklin-street court. This statue was broken. Immediately upon the discovery of the fire, which was eating into the ceiling of the linen room, the hotel fire apparatus was brought into play, but the hose burst. Attendants then dashed through the building awaken ing the guests, .many of whom were sleeping and had to be dragged out of bed. Most of the guests on the Franklin-street end of the hotel saved their baggage, and finally the Jefferson statue was gotten out, with the head broken off. The guests in the part where the fire started lost their bag gage, and many of them lost all their clothes. Owing to the height of the building, the fire department was at a great disadvantage. The fire made an immense blaze, and practically awakened the entire city. There were nc thrilling escapes, the halls and staircases being numerous and wide. EFFECT OF CAPTURE. Insurgent Leaders on Luzon Are Ex pected to Surrender. MANILA, April 1. Aguinaldo is now detained in a comfortable room in a wing of the Malacanan palace. He is in charge of Captain Benjamin H. Randolph and Lieutenant Gilbert A. Youngberg, of battery G, Third artillery. When Aguinaldo was captured he wore a plain dark blue suit with the coat closely buttoned up at the throat and a wide white helmet with a leather band. He takes his capture philo sophically. He is generally cheerful, but sometimes moody. His health during the past year has been very good. It is uncertain what attitude he will now assume. Certain visitors are permitted to see Aguinaldo, but newspaper interviews with the pris oner are not allowed. Since Aguinaldo has been domiciled at the Malacanan palace, persons not provided with special permits have been denied admission to the grounds. General Trias, the commander of the insurgent forces in Southern Luzon, who recently surrendered to the Amer ican authorities, visited Aguinaldo, and told the latter why he had sur rendered. Trias said that a continu ance of armed opposition to the United States was unjustifiable and ruinous; that the independence of the Philip pines was impossible, and that the Fil ipinos had better accept liberty, pros perity and progress under American rule. The capture of Aguinaldo, follow ing the surrender of General Trias, will probably occasion the surrender of the insurgent leader Malavar in Batangas province, Luzon; Bellarmino, in Albay province, Luzon, and Luc ban, in the island of Samar within a month. Many people visited the resi dence of General and Mrs. Funston on the Calle Rell, in the suburb of Ermita. The general modestly declined to talk. Mrs. Funston was evidently the hap piest woman in the Philippine islands. General Funston has been recom mended for the highest practicable re ward. It is believed here that he will receive an appointment of brigadier general in the regular army. The Panama Waterway. Washington, April 1. The conditions under which the Colombian govern ment will consent to the transfer of the French concession for the con struction of the Panama canal to this government,, should the latter select that route for an isthmian waterway, are before the state department for its consideration. Senor Silvela, the minister from Colombia, called on Secretary Hay today and left with him a memorandum bearing on the subject. This memorandum, being of a confi dential nature, the minister refused to discuss its features while the matter is under consideration by the state department. The French concession originally expired in 1904, but it has been extended to 1910. Work of a Lunatic. Akron, O., April 1. The Diamond pottery plant was totally destroyed by fire last night. The fire originated in waste soaked in oil placed in va rious parts of the building. A well dressed man was noticed loitering about the place some time before the fire started. Earlier in the evening an attempt was made to dynamite the pottery of the Robinson-Merril" Company. The watchman discovered sticks of dynamite placed ifl various parts of the main building before the fuses had been Ignited. At other fac tories oil-soaked waste was found in various sections of the buildings. Massacred by Tiburon Indians. 'Proenix, Ariz., April 1. It is re ported that a party of goldseekers was massacred by Ceris Indians on'the is land of Tiburon, in the Gulf of Cal ifornia. Two weeks ago six Mexican prospectors left Tepopa on the west coast of Mexico in a small boat and went to Tiburon island in search of gold. Pedro Pasqulela, one of the party, has reached the mainland in a small boat, and reported a fierce fights with the Indians. He escaped, and believes his comrades were killed. 5 Items of Interest From All 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. Athena Negotiations are pending for a skimming plant at Athena. Pendleton The O. R. & N. will sup ply its yards at Pendleton with a new switch engine. Susanville It is reported that a milling plant will soon be installed at the Badger mine, near Susanville. . Philomath Two carloads of ma chinery have arrived for the new saw mill, in course of construction near Philomath. Buena Vista The steamer Modoc ran into the ferryboat at Buena Vista the other night. The company paid the damage. Echo-John L. Crawford, of Echo, was injured by a pile of rocks falling on him. He sustained a compound fracture of his left leg. Corvallis A deed has been recorded at Corvallis, conveying from A. J Johnson to J. H. Albert 2566 acres rf land at Kings Valley for $10,000. Wallowa Luss Beddingfield, a Wal lowa county sheepherder, committed suicide at the Hayes Kernan ranch. He left a note saying that he was tired of life. Sprague River John and Louis Gerber have purchased of the state 610 acres of land on Sprague river, known as the O. C. Applegate section' for about $6000. , Medford The contractors who are digging the Britt ditch, extending from below" Medford to the Britt farm on Rogue river, have their work nearly completed. This ditch will enable Mr. Britt to utilize a large tract of pumice land which is now useless. Rogue River Jesse Orme, while prospecting on the south bank of Rogue river, about a mile west of Savage rapids, found some good pay dirt. He dug a little flitch, built a res ervoir and ground-sluiced for 12 days, and the clean-up amounted to about $60. He found two or three nuggets of $6 each and several more worth $4 each. Condon A dinnst-i-niia "ntiA-un" vuu ,111 11 ,1 VWU CV place at the sheep camp of S. B. Bar ker, near Condon. On 9 OOnorotinn of the ewes from the lambs the latter puea up m a ditch, and 88 head were smothered. Sumrjter Tt in rannrtiul c,.n 1 - u. ,4 1. win uuiiiy ter that the Golconrla. nina to oh,;,,,. another rich ore body, and that as un- ucigruuuu development continues the Dl'OSDectS Of tho nino o-...i. 1,4.,- - - &ivn u i I, l ... 1 each succeeding day. s Canvnn r.itu Tamo. r-v of the oldest and best-known citizens of Grant county, died at Canyon City after a lingering illness of nearly 12 T.9TO nanaa.ail - 1 , .T - "obcu was uorn ill IN e w Brunswick, January 12, 1834. Klamah Falls The Ashland-Klamath Falls mail route and schedule has been changed. It will hereafter be a daylight run, and the route from Parker's station to Jenny creek will he over the logging camp road. CanVOnvMlft A rmmnonw A , , j : - " uii i. tem plates building, a flume from Canyon vyiccn., uve nines soutn or Uanyonville, to the. mines owned by Lewis Ash! which are situted about halfway be tween Riddle and Canyonville. PORTLAND MARKETS. Wheat Walla' Walla, 57c; Valley, nominal; bluestem, 59c per bushel. Flour Best grades, $2 703 40 per barrel; graham, $2 60. Oats White, $1 25 per cental: gray, $1 20 1 22 per cental. Barley Feed, $16 5017; brewing $16 5017 per ton. Millstuffs Bran, $16 per ton; mid dlings, $21 50; shorts, $17 50. chop. $16. Hay Timothy, : $1212 '50; clover, 17 9 50; Oregon wild hay, $6 7 per :on. Hops 1214c per pound; 1899 crop. 87c- Wool Valley, 14 15c; Eastern Ore on, 912c; mohair, 2021c per pound. Butter Fancy creamery, 2225c lairy. 17 20c; store, 1012c per pound. Eggs Oregon ranch, 1314c per 'ozen. , Poultry Chickens, mixed, $3 50i ; hens, $56; dressed, ll12c per lound; springs, $4 5 per dozen lucks, $56; geese, $68 per dozen; urkeys, live, 10 11c; dressed, 13 He per pound. Cheese Full cream, twins, 13 13c; Young America, 1314c per pound. Potatoes 4555e per sack. . Mutton Lambs, 12 c per pound gross: best sheen, wethera s- $4 50; dressed, 7 8c per pound. Hogs-Gross, heavy, $5 756; light. $4 75g5; dressed, 7c per pound. Veal Large, 77c per pound; small, 89c per pound. Beef Gross, top steers, $5 5 2; -ows and heifers, $4 504 75; dressed ieef, 78c per pound. Meeting his chief in the compan lonway, the ordinary pirate, although laboring under the intensest excite ment, saluted. "I have the honor to inform you, sir," said he, "that the magazine has gone up!" "The powder magazine, you doubtless meant" aai the captain. "No. The magazine in which the story of our adventures is running!" The captain paled. For a moment he thought rtf ahrmtm hoarsely to his men to clear away iae ooais, mil tnis would obviously avail nothing. They must all perish. DISASTER ON 8HIP. Commander Roper, of Gunboat Petrel, Suffocated. WASHINGTON, April 2. The' navy department early this morning re ceived a cablegram from Admiral Remey, commander-in-chief of the As iatic station, giving a brief account of a fire in the sail room of the gunboat Petrel, and of the death ofthe com manding officer, Lieutenant Command er Jesse M. Roper, as a result of a heroic effort to rescue the men below. The dispatch states that 22 other of ficers and men were prostrated, but all are recovering. Admiral Remey's dispatch follows: "Cavite, March 31. Fire was dis covered in the sail room of the Petrel at 7 o'clock this morning, Roper com manding. After going below once, he went again against advice, and at tempted to recover the .men below. He was suffocated, and died at 7:45. Twenty-two other ofllcers and men were entirely prostrated, but are re covering. The -fire is, out; damage Immaterial. Will send Roper's re mains by Buffalo. REMEY." The department at once sent a tel egram to H. F. Fay, brother-in-law of Lieutenant Commander Roper, at Longwood, Mass., asking that he in from Mrs. RoDer of thn following expression of sympathy and apiucuauun was aiso made: With this sad news the department sends to Mrs. Koper deep sympathy in the great loss she has sustained, and the highest appreciation of the gallantry and self sacrifice with which Lieutenant Com mander Roper gave his life for his fellow men. It was a heroic deed." Lieutenant Commander Roper was born in Missouri, and entered the naval service June 25, 1868. He was commissioned to the rank held by him at the time of his death, March SI, 1899, and was ordered to the command of the Petrel November 15, 1899. The Petrel was one nf the vossola imrio. "Admiral Dewey at the battle of Ma nna Day, wnen she was in charge of Lieutenant Commander Wood. The latter officer came home shortly after, and Lieutenant Commander Roper suc ceeded him. The Buffalo, on which the remains will be sent home, is used for the transportation of troops, and is about to return to the United States by way of the Mediterranean. SIX MONTHS MORE. Then, General Young Says, a Small Force Will Do in the Philippines. ; SAN FRANCISCO; April 1. Major General S, B. M. Young, who arrived from Manila today otf'the transport Logan, said: - - "General Funstpn's exploit was one of remarkaole bravery,' and he is de serving of the" highest recognition at the hands of our government. This talk about 'West Points influence' is all bosh. . If any such, statements have been made that graduates oi West Point or men who have risen from the ranks will oppose Funstoh's advancement, it .has come from the lips of disappointed officers. No good officer or gentleman would belittle such a brave achievement." .-' General Young, m speaking of the effect of the capture of Aguinaldo. on the situation in the islands, said he believed the troops would have to be kept there but six .months longer. ' He did not think it. would oe- wise to bring them all away," however", for therewas a large number of marauding Bands throughout the islands Who would have to be kept under subjection. "It will take at least two genera tions," said the general, "to get the Filipinos to understand the meaning of self-government as we understand it. The Filipino idea is to have the country parceled out among the lead ers, and they will rule the people and get all they can out of them. " We shall have to look to the children of the babies over there now to get the matter on a correct , basis." REWARD FOR TITUS. Brave Musician of the Fourteenth May Be Sent to West Point. WASHINGTON, April 1. A petition signed by all officers serving with the Fourteenth infantry regiment has been sent to Adjutant General Corbin, requesting the appointment of Musi cian Calvin P. Titus, company E. Four teenth infantry, the first American sol dier to enter Pekin during; the recent troubles in China, a cadet-at-large to the military academy. .- The petition says: "During his service Musician Titus has proved himself to be a" trustwor thy, intelligent, sober, brave and thor ough soldier. On August 14, 1900, at Pekin, China, he was the first American to scale the wall of the Chi nese city and enter Pekin. On the following day, while engaged in the fight in the Imperial city, he received, a slight wound. His meritorious con duct deserves recognition, and it is believed that if given an appoint ment to West Point, and a commis sion upon graduation, Musician Titus will make an excellent ofllcer." Roughly Treated by Burglars. Pittsbure. Pa.. AdHI 2. m Anna Ward, aged 60, is lying in a critical condition irom tne effects of brutal treatment by three masked burglars at her home this morning. Mrs. Ward and her daughter were nwnlrnaH. v,v the prerince of burglars at their bed- siae, eacn woman, nnamg a revolver pointed directly at her head; Mrs. Ward nnrierr.nnk tn roniat nnri w Villa . the daughter was held in subjection by one oi me men, anotner Knocked the elder woman into unconsciousness, literallv cnishine her Rkull Tho Vino. band and son of Mrs. Ward were sleeping on the third floor, having in their possession about $1,200, the booty the burglars evidently were after. . Rain and High Wind. Dallas, Tex, April 1. A heavy rain storm, .accompanied by a high wind, prevailed here this afternoon. The wind damaged roofs and blew down shrubbery and the precipitation was so heavy that it formed torrents in the streets which swept everything before them. Street-car traffic was de layed and a Quarter of a mile of track in the southern portion of the city had to be abandoned for the remainder of the day. . The damage in Dallas is estimated at $25,000. DTKI Oil TAQALS Capture of Aguinaldo Leads to ' ... Many Surrenders. GENERAL MBCARTHUR MAKES A REPORT The Innurrection in the Island of Mindanao Stamped Out Filipinos Learn That Resistance Is Useless. WASHINGTON, April 1. An im portant dispatch received at the war department today from General Mac Arthur, in the opinion of the officials, went far to support the prediction made by General MacArthur yester day that the end of the rebellion is near at hand. This dispatch chron icles the surrender of a considerable additional number of rebels and mil itary arms, and the Important feature of it is that the surrender marks the complete stamping out of the Insur rection in the island of Mindanao, which is, next to Luzon, the largest island in the group. The dispatch is as follows: "Manila, March 29. Brigadier Gen eral William Cobb reports the sur render at Sumulao, Mindanao, of 9 officers, 160 men, 187 rifles and 80 shotguns, Capistrano's command. This ends the trouble in Mindanao as far as the Filipinos are concerned. Brig adier General Robert P. Hughes re ports Alikpali and Ruiz, 34 guns, sur rendered to Captain David Shanks, Eighteenth infantry, at Mamburao; 206 guns, Fulton's command, surren dered to Lieutenant Colonel William S. Scott, Forty-fourth infantry." The following cablegram was re ceived at the navy department from Admiral Remey: "Cavite, March 29. Bureau of Nav igation, Washington: MacArthur tel egraphs: 'Thanks to splendid co-operation of Vicksburg, I have Aguin aldo securely in my possession at Malacanan. General Funston loud in praise of everything navy did. Entire army joins in thanks to yourself, of ficers ' and 1 men.' REMEY." Secretary Long replied to the ad miral as follows: "Remey,:. Manila: Inform MacAr thur highly appreciate his and Funs ton's generous praise navy, and con gratulate them heartily. LONG." Senator Burton and Representatives Long and Curtis, of Kansas, saw the president after 4 o'clock, when the rush of work had ceased. The presi dent listened attentively to what the delegation had to say, and said he had under consideration the matter of rewarding 'General Funston for his services in capturing the Filipino chief. The delegation regard their in terview as encouraging and hope to see the Kansan made a brigadier gen eral in the regular establishment, but its members were careful to say that the president gave them no promise nor any indication as to his inten tions in this regard. They would not be surprised, however, if considerable opposition to giving Funston a briga dier generalship should develop at the war department. There is no disposi tion in the regular establishment to be little General Funston's exploit, es pecially since the receipt of General MacArthur's dispatch giving full credit to Funston, but there would natu rally be opposition to jumping a vol unteer officer 35 years of age into the grade of brigadier general,' and the Kansas delegation recognizes this fact. HERMANN IS TO GO. Retention Made Impossible by Fric tion With Hitchcock. , WASHINGTON, March 30. It has practically been determined that Hermann will not remain commis sioner of the general land office. While the president speaks well of Hermann, he cannot have him a sub ordinate to Hitchcock, in view of the friction that exists. Hermann has been tendered a place on the civil service commission, but as this is a reduction both in salary and impor tance, he does not like to make the change. The president does not want to dump Hermann out in the cold, and the civil service commissioner ship was suggested to let him down easy. George D. Melklejohn, ex-assistant secrteary of war, is mentioned as Hermann's successor. He lost his former place in making a fight for the senate, but it is understood he con tributed his full share la the choice of two Republicans, and may be reo ognized for his party loyalty. A Dubuque Fire. Dubuque, la., April 1. A four-story brick structure occupied by George Richardson & Co., manufacturers oi shoes, and B. F. Richardson & Co., la dies' shoes, was destroyed by fire to night. LossA $118,000. Says He Is Heir. Tacoma, Wash., April 1. Samuel Phllby, a Tacoma ship carpenter here, claims to be one of the heirs to the English estate of Thomas Holden, mentioned in yesterday's dispatches. Philby's mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Shel ton Philby, 76 years old, now living ai Brazil, la., was the granddaughter oi Thomas Holden, through her mother. The claim of the Philby heirs com bats that of the Broadbents, of Balti more; Stambaughs, of New York, and others, who claim inheritance through Holden's sister Elizabeth, while the Philby heirs claim direct descent. Massacred by Indians. Phoenix, Ariz., April 1. It is re ported that a party of goldseekers was massacred by Ceris Indians on the Island of Tiburon, in the Gulf of Cal ifornia. Two weeks ago six Mexican prospectors left Tepopa on the west coast of Mexico in a small boat and went to Tiburon island in search ol gold. Pedro Pasqulela, one of the party, has reached the mainland in a small boat, and reported a fierce fight with the Indians. He escaped, and believes his comrades were killed. ULTIMATUM TO CHINA. Russian Threat Unless Manchurlan Treaty Is Signed. .. WASHINGTON, April 3. Informa tion has reached here to the effect that the Russian government, being seriously perturbed by the course of China in not signing the Manchurlan agreement, largely because of the protest .made by the several powers, has conveyed a distinct and unmis takable intimation to China that if this course is persisted in there may be an interruption of diplomatic re lations between Russia and China and a termination of the present in tercourse between them. This is lit tle short of an ultimatum that China must sign or take the consequences of a termination of her friendly relations with Russia. To what extent the United States will take cognizance of Russia's dis position to enforce the signing of the agreement has not yet been made ap parent. It appears to be the policy of the Chinese authorities to consider this as a subject which concerns the powers quite as much as it does China. The matter has become further com plicated by reports reaching Wash ington that the Chinese authorities are divided on the course to be pur sued, some of the most influential in cluding Li Hung Chang, urging that acquiescence be given to the Russian proposals, while others insist on re jecting the agreement. The attitude of Li Hung Chang is accounted for by his well-known friendliness for Rus sian interests. In this case, however, there appears to be arrayed against him the strong influence of the south ern viceroys, Chan Chi Tung and Lai Kun Yi, who oppose the signing of the treaty. The reports reaching here this morning showed that the agreement had not yet been signed. Its status is most peculiar. The time .within which it was to be signed expired last Tuesday, but on that day Yang Yu, the Chinese minister, fell in the St. Petersburg legation and hurt his head so that he was unable to transact bus iness. This misfortune caused much amusement here, and some irritation in certain quarters, as it had been recognized as a timely means of avoiding a direct action on the sub ject. It is not clear to what extent the Russian intimation has gone, but in any event it gives an urgency to China's course which has not been presented thus far. MUCH MISERY. IN FRANCE. Result of Dock Strike at Mar seilles Floods Add to Distress. PARIS, April 3. The masters per sist in their refusal to discuss a day of eight hours, which has all along been regarded by the strikers as the crucial point in the dispute. In spite of the increasing number of freight dockers now working, quantities of per ishable goods lie rotting on the docks. Twenty-one steamers are awaiting discharge. The general strike, while it lasted, and the continued suspension of work, has done enormous injury to the commerce and industry of Mar seilles. The calculations show an in dustrial loss of some 25,000,000 francs, while the .men have lost 2,000,000 francs in wages. A curious illustra tion of the bitterness which the strike has engendered between the men and masters is seen in the fact that the strikers instructed their delegates to give formal notification 'to the minis ter of finance of frauds in the oil seed trade, pointing out that oil seeds were imported in bag's, which the cus tom officers have not been in the habit of opening, with the result that articles subject to a much higher "im port duty are smuggled in. The com merce of Marseilles is, for the time being, almost at a complete standstill Foods which are imported are scarce. The prices of sugar, coffee, flour and other necessities have increased. A number of factories have been obliged to close. These condiitons, added to the serious damage done by the floods and hail, have thrown the whole pop ulation into deep misery. The store keepers and merchants intend to ap peal to the government to remit th taxes for the first three months of the year. FOREST FiRES IN NEW JERSEY. Five Thousand Acres of Big Timber Destroyed Windsor in Danger. HAMMONTON, N. J., April 3. One of the most extensive forest fires that has visited this section of the state is raging in the big woods north of this city. The fire reached a point just east of the town of Wins low last night, and for several hours it was feared the town would be wiped out. Men, women and children fought the flames and succeeded by back firing in turning the flames to the north of the town. While the men threw up trenches to keep the fire away, women and children car ried their household goods to places of safety and are guarding them, as a change in the wind is feared. Several farm buildings, about 5000 acres of big timber and thousands of cords of wood have been consumed. Many narrow escapes of the firefight ers have been reported. Interest in Spain in the Capture. Madrid, April 3. The capture of Aguinaldo has caused much interest here. The press is divided on the subjecL In a published interview the director of the Filipino organ here and the piesident of the so-called Filipino juata emphatically declare that the capture will have no perma nent effect on the war; that Aguin aldo will be replaced, and that the Filipinos, aided by the climate, will never be subdued. Good Workers for Mills. It is said that the New Englandei makes the best mill hand. Will Go to West Point Washington, April 3. The presi dent ' today appointed Calvin T. Ti tus to be a cadet at large at the United States military academy at West Point Titus was the first soldier to scale the wall at Pekin. General Corbin today cabled General MacArthur at Manila to send young Titus home on the first available transport, in order that he may take the entrance exam ination to the academy. : Gunboat Will Carry Him From La Guayra to San Juan. WILL TEACH VENEZUELA A LESSON The Minlstar's Future Action Will Depend Altogether on His Conference With Secretary of State Hay. WASHINfJTOW in.ii tt." . . o. rrauK Loomis, United States minister to Ven ezuela, nas Deen recalled, and will soon be on his way to the United States. The fiitni-o n fi: . i v. ji iAiiiiBter Loomis depends upon the conference win oe neia at the state de partment between Secretary Hay and himself when the minich. .....1.1., i icatuca Washington. Until the secretary has "vpuriuuity to taiK ireely with Mr. Loomis as to the conditions in Venezuela, it mnnnf ha .- tively whether or not he will return iu uis post. Mr. .Loomis has been the object of bitter attacks by some of the Venezuelan newspapers, not solely because of the asphalt controversy, but also because he was charged with making false reports to his govern ment touchine thn ) uuunvvuuuaii government in Venezuela. me minister did inform the state department of the conditions as he saw them, and tho . ' i"wirewo Ul LUC revolutianary movement. The Vene- oueicui euvernment could not have di rect knowledge of the minister's re port, but because thev - J " iwuwncu by the appearance of three United otates warsnips in Venezuelan waters . they came to the conclusion that the ' minister reDorted as and serious revolutionary movements vmi;ii me government organs were trying their best to minimize. There fore these naners Inst of attacking Mr. Loomis in print, and m.ve Bucueeaea in mailing his lot un- It is onlv fair tn Btata that Ttt. " uwub vua.b ,iAT3 Venezuelan charge here asserts posi- uvcijf mese attacKs were made by irresponsible newspapers, and that the government was tint hohln , and deprecated them. If Mr. Loomis connrms tnis view, and he cares to remrn to Caracas, he will be per mitted to do so. There is rn nreeonf WanKnn sending the North Atlantic squadron to Venezuela, for, as above stated, the government cannot rierMa h this matter should be treated until ' air. loomis nas Deen personally con sulted. The squadron, which is at Culebra island pn?n?oH in mam,.- vers, is about to head north in. a. lew uays. une or two or the vessels will be sent first to Kingston, Jamaica but the stav will ho tf vvuij'v. UJ. J f CUU whole squadron will soon be""tinder way ior romKinsville. . - It was decided that in the interest Of a OUick naSS?o tn tho TTnitd States, Mr. Loomis should be carried ny tne scorpion to San Juan, Porto Rico, there to take one of the regular merchant steamem fnr Npw Vnrir Tho officials did not know positively when me minister would leave Venezuela, hut at the navigation bureau it was stated that htore was nn crnni why the Scorpion should not sail to- uay irom i,a liuayra, II Mr. Loomis is on hand. PANAMA CANAL CONCESSION. Negotiations Without Colombia's Consent Would Forfeit Charter. NEW YORK, April 3. A special to the Herald from Washington says: While M. Hutin, president of the French Panama canal, has been await ing the participation of Colombia in the negotiations for the sale of the Panama canal to the United States, M. Bruna Barila, formerly an engineer of the company, who says he repre sents some of the stockholders, has indicated to the Isthmian canal com mission that the company is willing to sell its concessions and property. M. Barila will leave in a few days for France. He has been in Washington for several days. M. Hutin has seen M. Barila, and the two have talked over the situation. M. Barila has represented to Rear Admiral Walker, president of the Isthmian canal commission, that M. Hutin is to be displaced from the of fice of president of the French com pany. It is learned, however, that M. Hutin was advised only a few days ago of his re-election to the presi dency, showing that he is to be re tained for another year, and that a majority of the stockholders are sat isfied with his policy. M. Hutin has contended that under the terms of the concession held by the company, the grant would be sub ject to forfeit from the moment nego tiations began for its sale, unless such negotiations had the approval of the Colombian government. It was, there fore, impossible for him to submit a proposition for the sale of the con cession to the United States as re quired by the Isthmian canal com mission. Mount Baker Road Nearly Ready. Seattle, April 3. P. B. Cornwall, president of the Bellingham Bay & British Columbia railroad, is in the city on business connected with his road. He stated today that the road to the Mount Baker mining district will be in operation by May 1. The roadbed has been graded, steel bridges put in, and the final tracklaying is now being hastened as much as pos sible. Mr. Cornwall is chief owner of the Black Diamond coal mines, and while in Washington will visit that property with a view to making ex tensive improvements preparatory to making larger shipments to meet the increased demand. Big Timber Land Deal. Eureka, Cal., April 3. Two big deals in timber lands have just been con summated here, involving 3898 acres. Of this large transfer the. Merryman Fruit Land & Lumber Company? St Michigan, secured 2500 acres, ,aipi Charles A. Smith, . of: Minneapolis, 1398 acres. In round numbers I'thTs last acquisition will increase the itaiJ ings of Smith and his partners, tt 30,000 acres, making them the .'larg est owners of redwood timber in' tfi'S world..