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Houm Committee Ready to Dcclde the Question. I lltCAOo. Jan. SI. ? A speelal to the Tr ban* from Washington ray*: Tilt" fate of the territories now press ing forward for statehood already hna lieen pi act Ically settled, and unit-** the niM'x|H'ctid li?|'|xn<4 l here will bo no territorial legiidation at thla semion. As to Alaska, Chairman Knox, of the house committee ou territories, says he iloea not beMvo the time la yet rl|>e for winking It a territory. He belelvc* the population there in too shifting and that the existing form of government should l>e broadened in the way of extending the jurisdiction of the United 8tatea court* and rommlMlom-r* and enlarging the inilituiy feature of the adiuiuUtrn tion of the district. The house committee, after giving hearing** in advocacy of admitting Arizona, N'ew Mexico and (>klahamn into the sisterhood of state* flxe<l on next Wedueaday for the vote on tlieae measure*. There la little doubt of the result of that meeting. The inember ?'iip of the committee ia tiftien. There \ are eight republicana ami seven drrao crata. The republicana will vote solidly against the admission of any of the ter rftorira, which will prevent the measure coming liefore the house. The senate committee ia likewise so disponed. Chairman Knox lias talked over thcsilu ation informally at various times with meiiilwrs of the committees of either wing, and the ladies are working along iu the same line. Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma are Jlie only regularly oiganized territo ries now remaining, in view of the |?r celing out of tlie Indian territory among the Hve civilised tribes, and the only re uialning tsrrltorial legislation in sight will be on the transition of Alaska from a district into a single or two territories, and the admission into statehood of the Indian territory, and the live tribe* are broken up and the entire section reor ganized. As to the Indian territory, the Dawea commission has alrvady announced the hopeless prospect of reaching any fur ther agreemonta with the live trilws, and tho only way of straightening out the complication is by congressional legisla tlOlh THE SIGNAL. Will Carry the Advance Guard of the Klondike Relief Expedition. I Post-Intelligencer. | Two officer*. twenty-two men and 110 pack animuU will leave Item February 5th on the steam schooner Signal They | constitute the advance guard of the ' government relief expedition to the. Klondike. In Skuguay they will make, ail the pre|>araUons preliminary to the de|M>rture of the main liody, when it ?hall arrive, and there will lie no further ; delay. The Signal is a steamer b?tter urrange<l for the accommodation of freight than paw>engera. The original | intention of Carroll, Johnaon A Co., her ; owner*, wua (o send her north January | SO with ? cargo of live stock and feed. I Since she ia called upon to carry twenty- ' four posaeugwa, alterations will be made J between now and February 5 to insure the comfort of the soldiers It la prob- : able that any iiasaenger accommodations added now will lie made permanent. as the Signal is to be o|>en?ted regularly on , the Seattle, Skaguay and Dye* run. Slit | is now lying at the Schwabtcber dock. ! The Signal is the refuel which waa re ! ported lout Thursday night In a telegram j from Carnaiuah point. On her way up ! | from San Francinco the Signal's captain had thrown overboard a nunilier of : worn-out lifo buoy# and lielts with the i name "Str. Signal" painted on them. I Then** being found later on the beach at j Car nan mh point, led to the fear that the ymhI lind been loat. The ?teatu schooner : U 160 fwt long, 34.4 fwt bwun, 13. H fe?t 1 deep, nml liiu ? carrying capacity of ! iilmut AM ton*. BRADSTREET'S LATEST REPORT. . The State of Trade According to the List Report. ' A lar?e measure of activity in bu*i- 1 liens and industrial line*. ill certain In stance* previous record* surpassed, and very generally steadiness in price* of staple*. I? perhajis tile moat notable fea ture of tliu trade situation this week. Quotations of cereals aliow the most ag gresaive strength, while thou* of wiue makes of pig iron betray rather a more decided ? saknvss than they did a week ago Mild weather ia frequently men tioned as an influence tending to check retail distribution of seasonable gooda, chiefly liecause of the effect on country roads. Spring trade open* alowly, n* usual at this time of the year, but confi dence i> still unimpaired. Aa already intimated, the iniuiemn current produc tinn of |>ig iron, amounting to fully 1,0(10,000 tons per month, haa begun to exercise an influence upon the |?ic? ef that staple, but decrenaes r?|K.rted are ?til) only fractional. The outlook in the steel rail trade i? re|>orted aa a fluttering one. Large order* for railroad account, already booked, have been Increased within the week, an example <J this being fumlahed by sale* of lft, 0)0 ton* re|>orted from Chicago at full price*. Higher price* from wool abroad, baaed ' |*rtty on short yield reports, are reflect : ed in the flrniuesa of domestic rjuoU I lions, although the demand, while com ! |iaring well with moat preceding years, i* smaller than it sr*a at thi* time in 1807. when the tariff change* were lieing I anticipated. The industrial situation, with the single exception of til* cotton industry, is one of exceptional strength. Kusines* is active at Pacific coast |<ointa. California crop prospects have been im proved by the recent rains, and ihip and boat building or* very active along I'uget sound and at Portland. (Julte a shrinkage in cereal exporta ia indicated by re|>orts to llradstreet's this week. Total shipments of wheat, flour includ ed. from the United States and Canada, amounted to only 3,920,000 bushels, against 5,320,000 bushels last week, 2,016,000 bushels this week a year ago, 8,849,000 bushels in 1896. and 2.640.000 bushels in the third week of January, 1N9& A further failing off in the num ber of business failure* is rejiorted in tho United States thi* week, the total being only 209, a* againat 232 last week. 429 in thi* week a year ago, and J14 in thi* week or 189)1, 312 In 1896, and 3.18 in 1894. Failure* in the Dominion of Canada allow a further falling off, amounting thi* week to only 40, against 58 hut week, 57 in 1x97, 52 in 1896 and 46 in 1894, but slightly exceeding those of 1895, which numbered 38. ii??v?mvvvYrrwvmvvyv<w?vmmyy?T For Bargains In Choice Business and Residence Property in all parts of the town, ? A2CD XOR !>K*1RABLK lfnl'MKM roll MUTT. KNtjI'IRK or I- M. J&?ns> ^ Cor. Itoml and Main ?tr*rU. ^ Seattle Stove Company, McKlMXKY AVKNUE. targcst and bout 'In* of stove* In O* city. Hotel Hange* and Yukou Mtovc* a specialty. I-arxe line of Granite wnr? and Tinware. Me* us for Miner*' On III U. : : : Mkacuay, Ala?ka. The Astoria Oyster and Chop House. Heals at All Hours. Krr >h Oy?l*r? r?c*lv?d by eveiy iu-*iu<ir. Jlmd itiwl, b*l. Ilr.?ul? ?> anil Hiiun.lt. J. Q. Price, attorney-at-law. 00ft Oppoull* Fostotot* rtkAfunjr, Alaak*. HTKNOOKAPHF.ll I2f OFFICK. ~ = : *" i I. M. Long, ATTORNEY-aT-LAW, ; Officv cor. Bond ?ud Main, Mkmimy, Aliuk*. New York & Alask , Holly Avenue, nkmiuy. YOUKOX OUTFITS, FURNISHIX08. GROCERIES ?nd LADIES' GOODS. M. KLINKENSTEIN, Manager. Trading and Mining Com pany. ? JOS. PALMER, : : Pioneer Shoemaker, : : Repairing Neatly Done. Main itrtwt and Trail, Nkwuay. The Headquarters Jj PHI? jl s i Youkon Outfits is at '5 i' * F. H. CLAYSON j? & COS, !i i ftkatftiajr, Alaska. fj Piiil Abraham*, U. II. }(oini.i:i, President. Hw. mi<I Tn?a. Alaska Commercial & Investment Co. HEAI. EPTATE AND MINING BBOKEK8. Hkacvty. Alaska BUS. PACKERS AND FORWARDERS, 8KAUUAY TO LAKE BKN'NETT. IUI>? ob application to ulltc*. Hark hart Hot*!, Hkacuajr. BoIdBerjg Bros., Dealer* 111 (iKNBAL MERCHANDISE. HARDWARE AND RUB BER GOODS. A CoroplfWHtotk Holly itmt. Mkacoar.