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A RESUME OF THE DOINGS OF THE STATESMEN President Roosevelt Preparing Itlnery for His Tour of the West Beet-Sugar Senators Hold a Con ferenceRivers and Harbors BUI Discussed Report of Proceedings Consul Ragsdaleat Tien-Tain reports to the State Department that cholera has appeared at that place. Members of the California delega tion are convinced that at last the irrigation bill is to become a law. A minority report haa been filed against the proposal of the majority of the ways and means committee to kill off the fur seals. It is recommended that the time for the ratification of the treaty for the purchase of the Danish West Indies be extended for one year. The rivers and harbors bill was care fully discussed by the cabinet Friday, and after giving the matter full con uideiation, the president decided to sign the bill and did so. Tha hill rpMrinff Cant. John R. Bartlett, who organized the mosquito : fleet in the Spanish-American war, as I rear-anmiral, without the pay of that j rank, lias been favorably reported. The New York members of the house of representatives were before the house committee on corporations Friday to ask an appropriation of $600,000 to cover the deficiency of the Buffalo Ex position. The farms of Nevada on Junel, 1900, according to a census bulletin on agriculture in that state, numbered 2184, and were valued at $15,015,710. Of this value 85 per cent was in land and all other improvements than build ings. The Republican senators who are friendly to beet sugar and who opposed the proposed legislation for a reduc tion of the tariff on Cuban products held a conference of almost two hours' duration and decided to continue their oppobition to the reciprocity propo sition. President Roosevelt is preparing the itinerary for quite an extended tour next fall. He will take in the Illinois state fair, as already widely adver tised, and will go to Indiana and Iowa ; he will also go up into Minne sota and the Dakotas if invited and slightly urged. He is going to San Antonio, Tex., and probably toAlbur querque, N. M., and is likely to push his trip into California as far as Los Angeles. The speeches made will be on general national topics. WEDNESDAY. SENATE Soon after the senate con vened today a house bill amending the present law providing for the issuance of passports to persons who owe alle giance to the United States, whether they be citizens of the United States or not, was passed. Mr. Stewart called up his motion to reconsider the vote by which the treaty between the United States and the Choctaws and Chickasaw Indians was ratified. The senate went into executive ses sion at 5:30 p. m., and soon afterward adjourned. HOUSE Without preliminary busi ness, the house went into committee of the whole and resumed the debate upon the Corliss Pacific Cable Bill. F. B. Thurber, president of the Ex- Eorters' Association, the witness who as been wanted by the committee on Cuban relations, was before the com mittee today. Senator Teller produced a copy of a voucher for $2880, showing that that sum had been paid by the military government of Cuba. . - THURSDAY. SENATE At the conclusion of the routine business in the senate, a reso lution introduced by Mr. Carmack of Tennessee, directing the committee on civil service and retrenchment to inves tigate the discharge from the war de partment of Miss Rebecca J. Taylor, a clerk in that department, was- called up. On motion of Mr. Piatt, of Con necticut, the resolution was referred to the committee on civil service. ' Consideration of the Isthmian canal bill was resumed, and Mr. Hoar form- . ally offered his amendment, of which he gave notice some time ago in the form of a substitute. The amendment provides that it shall be the dutv of the president to cause an Isthmian canal to be built by such route as he may select; that he shall obtain all advice necessarv and that $10,000,000 be appropriated to begin the work. A bill was pasesd to amend an act to prohibit the passage of local laws in the territories and to limit the terri torial indebtedness. HOUSE When the house met, Mr. Ray of New York, chairman of the judiciary committee, asked unanimous consent that Monduy, after the con sideration of bills under suspension oi the rules, and Tuesday, be set apart for the bill to amend the bankruptcy act. There was no ojection and the order was made. Mr. Dalzell then presented a special order for the consideration of the sen ate irrigation bill, one day for debate and one day for amendment under the five-minute rule. The house resolved itself into com mittee of the whole, Mr. Tawney of Minnesota in the chair, and entered upon consideration of the irrigation bill. It was arranged that Mr. Mondel of Wyoming should control the time for the measure and Mr. Ray of New York against it. Mr. Mondel of Wyoming presented an argument for the bill. The amount of land that might ultimately be' re claimed by irrigation was estimated, he said, between 35,000,000 and 70,000, 000 acres. He discussed fully the reasons why the states could not un dertake the work. SATURDAY. SENATE The Nicaragua Canal bill was before the senate for a short time, Mr. Morgan of Alabama continuing his speech in support of the measure, and in criticism of the Panama pro ject. A joint resolutionw as offered by Mr. Scottjof West Virginia providing for the detail of an engineer officer of the army to direct a survey on the Isthmus of Darien to verify surveys already made for an interoceanic canal "at the narrowestpart of the Isthmus. ' The measure was ordered to lie on the table. Consideration was then begun of the District of Columbia appropriation bill. The measure carries a sum .ag gregating $0,848,(573. With some minor changes the bill was passed as reported. HOUSE Mr. Cannon, from the committee on appropriation, reported the Mineral deficiency bill, and gave notice that on an early day he would call it up. A bill was passed to change the fees of United States marshal, deputies and witnesses in the Indian Territory. The bill was recommended bv the De partment of Justice. The house then took up consider ation of private pension bills. In all l'JU bills were passed. MONDAY. SENATE Soon after the senate con vened a report was made from the com mittee on Indian affairs on the inves tigation made by that committee of the conduct of W. A. Jones, with re spect to the leasing of certain Indian lands at Standing Rock reservation in South Dakota. The committee report ed that there were no foundations for the charges made, and that the con duct of Mr. Jones was entirely unsel fish. The report was agreed to. Consideration was begun of the naval appropriation bill. The bill as reported to the senate, carries appro priations aggregating $78,166,838 Dur ing the reading of the bill, a com mittee amendment was offered by Mr. Hale appropriating $57,300 for the con struction of a building at the Charles ton. S. C navy yard. At 2 o'clock the unfinished business was laid aside and the reading of the naval bill was continued. All of the committee amendments were agreed to except that providing for the construc tion of the first-class battleships, two first-class armored cruiseis and two gunboats, which went over at the re quest of Mr. Hale. Another amendment offered . by the committee provided for the appropria tion of $15,000 for the construction of a building at the New York navy yard. It. was agreed to. Another amendment was agreed to, providing for the erection of a testing laboratory and equipment and another building at Annapolis academy at a cost of $400,000, and appropriating $200,000 to begin the work. After the adoption of some other amendments especially of a minor character, consideration of the isthmian canal bill was resumed. ' HOUSE When the house met, the pending question was on the motion of Mr. De Armond of Missouri to recom mit the anti-anarchy bill, with in structions to strike out section 3 which made the killing of foreign ambassa dors an ministers punishable with death, and section 13, which creates the legal presumption, in all prosecu tions under the act. that the officers to be protected by its provisions are engaged in the performance of their official duties at the time the offense is committed. The roll was called, and the motion was lost by 71 to 125. The vote was then taken unon the postoffice bill, Mr. Lanham of Texas demanding the yeas and nays. The bill was passed by 175 to 38. The house then, under the order made last week, proceeded with the consideration of the bill to "transfer certain forest reserves to the control of the department of agriculture, and to authorize same and fish preserves in forest raserves." TUESDAY. SENATE Another of the big supply rizing the secretary of war to investi gate the feasibility of operating an ocean dredge at the mouth of the Columbia river, Oregon. Bills were passed as follows: To ratify a supplemental agreement with the Creek Indians; ratifying the act of the territorial legislature of Ari zona and providing a fund for the erec tion of additional buildings for the Universsity of Arizona; authorizing the trustees of Navajo county, Ari zona, to refund $43,000 of its bonded indebtedness at 5 per cent, and a large number of private pension bills. HOUSE At the opening of the ses sion of the house, Mr. Hull, chairman of the committee on military affairs, reported back the resolution request ing information as to the salary or other compensation paid General Leon ard Wood during the occupation of Cuba. The committee recommended that it lie on the table. The debate on the anti-anarchy bill was then resumed. Mr. Bartlett of Georgia, the first speaker, argued that the provisions of the senate bill were unconstitutional. "Mr. Patterson of Tennessee favored the anarchist sections of the house sub stitute. Plunged Over a Cliff Prospector George Heaton, who fias been endeavoring to uncover a rich ledge in the vicinity of Big Oaks Flat, above Forest Hill. Nevada, narrowly escaped a terrible death Friday. En route from his prospect to his home Heaton plunged headlong over a cliff several hundred feet higlv Fortunately his body was caught by a projecting bush, saving him from a fall to the bottom of the canyon. II is body was badly bruised and his left shoulder dislocated. Ho was compelled to spend Wednesday night under a shelf of rocks. His suffering from pain and exposure was intense. Thursday he made his way to the North Fork, and remained in a cabin two days. The only food Heaton had was a cup of flour which he found in the cabin. a After a tedious journey he reached Michigan Bluff on the fourth day following the accident. . Need Harvest Hands Ranchers arriving at Salinas from the vicinity of Soledad and Bradley complain of the shortness of harvest help. Unless good workmen are secur ed within the next fortnight, they say a great amount of hay and grain will be lost. First Gold of Season What may practically be termed the first gold to arrive from the Klondyke this season was brought to Vancouver, B. C, Friday on the steamer Princess May. Approximately $150,000 in dust came on the boat. About $70,000 came down on the Citv of Seattle. Accurate news of the clean-up is difficult to obtain. Claim owners keen the results very quiet. It is the opinion of the Canadian custom officers at Caribou that much gold, dust is surreptitiously being r.un down the Yukon "to St. Michael. Such gold, of course, does not pay the royalty now in force, and therefore will never be classed in the output of the Yukon district. When the Dawson passengers of the Princess May left the Klondyke, five cases of smajlpox had broken out among the passengers of the steamer White Horse, and it seemed likely that there would be a somewhat lengthy detention of that vessel and her passengers and crew. Ralph Lord, of Trenton, Mo., shot and killed Mrs. Arvilla Worrell, of whom he was, jealous, and then shot himself. He will die. SCIENCE DAY One of the Great Days at Long Beach Chautauqua Perhaps the most successful day at the Long Beach Chautauqua of last season was Science Day, consequently it is with pleasure the directors an nounce that the Southern California Academy of Sciences will again under take to supply the speakers for the Science Day at the coming Assembly, to be'held Monday, July 21st. There is a demand today that all in vestigations should be conducted in accordance with rigorous scientific methods. The co-operation of the leading members of the Southern Cali fornia Academy of Sciences in present ing this phase of intellectual evolution will be highly appreciated by all Chautauqua. An unusually interesting program has been prepared by the Academy for this day, and is presented, provision ally, as follows: Forenoon Session Prof. Melville Dozier, vice-president of the Southern California Academy, of Sciences, pre siding. "The Geology of the Southern Cali fornia Coast,'' by Dr. T. B. Comstock. President of the Southern California Academy of Sciences. "Earthquakes .and Volcanoes," Prof. J. F. Chamber lain of the State Normal School, Los Angeles. "Quicksilver, Its Occurence, Produc tion and Uses," by Mr. R. S. Baver stock, of the Southern California Academy of Sciences. Afternoon Session Mr. Wm. H. Knight Past President of the Southern California Academy of Sciences, pre siding. "Our Bodily Frame." Anatomical lecture, illustrated with skeleton, by Dr. C. A. Whiting of the Southern California Academy of Sciences. ".Modern Telephony," by Prof. Chas. Shults of the Los Angeles Normal School. "Longitude and Time," by Prof. Melville Dozier, of the State Normal School, Los Angeles. Evening Session Dr. T. B. Corn stock, presiding. "The Approach of Halley's Comet," by Mr. Wm. II. Knight, of the South ern California Academy of Sciences. "Sidereal Evolution and Dissolu tion," by Mr. B. R. Bauuigardt, sec retary of the Southern California Academy of Sciences. This lecture will be illustrated with lantern slides from recently taken celestial photo graphs. "Meteors," by Prof. F. P. Brakctt of Pomona College. Citrus Fruits in the East Auction sales of California citrus fruits in New York amounted to but twenty-seven cars last week, four cars less than the nreceeding week. Com parison with the corresponding week of last season shows that, offerings at that time were over three times as heavy. It is therefore not at all sur prising that fancy St. Michaels, Sweets and Valenoias should realize exception ally high prices. Large sizes of the latter variety are particularly desired, and reached $7.75. Navels have taper ed down to occasional small lots and command fancy figures tor even ordi nary quality of stock. The lemon market held steady under liberal offerings, and unfavorable weather conditions the early part of the week, and now that the thermome ter is moving upward again there should be a marked increase in consumption. DECIDUOUS FRUIT. Receipts of California deciduous fruit in New York have been very light so far, onlv eight cars selling last week, thirty cars less than the same week last season. Offerings have consist ed principally of cherries, with a' sprinkling of apricots, most of the fruit arriving from Vacaville, Suisun and San Jose, The condition of the fruit was generally good, although some lots show weakness. Preference continues to be shown for red varieties and well colored Royal Amies and Centennials realized satisfactory prices especially on some fancy chest shipments. After a Missing Vein Ballard and Martin have bonded the Lady Washington mine near Tuolumne, and will start a crew of miners to work to tunnel 500-or 600 feet to strike the rich vein once encountered in the other workings.