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EVENTS JjFTBE DAY
Newsy Items Gathered from AH Parts of tbe World. PREPARED FOR THE BUSY READER Less Important but Not Less Inter esting Happenings from Points Outside the State. The British war score againBt Ger many is condemned as hysteria. French seamen have gone on Btrike, tieing up shipping at all the principal ports. i The government has disproved the charges that Heney is in its pay while prosecuting grafters. A big Eastern syndicate is said to be preparing to operate a Btring of 30 dry goods stores in the West. A San Francisco chemist claims to have discovered a method of making whiskey non-intoxicating, but exhilar ating. Evidence is being gathered that ex plorers from Sweden came to America in 1362, more than a century before Columbus. It is said that the reforms demanded by Great Britain and the United States have not been put into effect in the Congo Free State. The Criminal court of Veenezuela has dismissed the charge against ex President Castro of complicity in a plot to murder President Gomez. BecauBe the senate refuses to con eider legislation Bside from the tariff measure, many river and harbor im- provements are being held up, includ ing those of the Northwest. France has decided to materially in crease her navy. ' A change in lumber duties is likely to be adopted by the senate. The bill against big hats has been rejected by the Illinois legislature. Prominent New Yorkers have been indicted for coal land frauds in Wyom ing. Abdul Hamld is said to have turned over $5,000,000 more to the Turkish government. Celestino Castro, brother of the de posed president of Venezuela, has been ordered to leave Curacoa. Great Britain will start construction on four more Dreadnaughts before the close of the present fiscal year. Jap strikers on the Hawaiian planta tions are to invade Honolulu and par ade. It Ib estimated there wlil be from 8,00 to 4,000 in line. President Taft has nominated Charles D. Elliott, of the Minnesota Supreme court, as a justice of the Su preme court of the Philippines. Railway freight troubles have just begun. Actions are to be commenced againBt roads operating into Pacific coast terminals demanding the same treatment as Spokane. Every employe of the Standard Oil company suspended work two hours during the funeral of H. H. Rogers, vice president of the company. There re 67,000 on the payroll. Wheat has reached $1.30 at Chicago and $1.53 at Cincinnati. A controlling interest in the St Paul Pioneer Press has been sold to the St Paul Dispatch. William Adler, the New Orleans bank wrecker, has been given six years in the penitentiary. More Jap laborers on Hawaiian plantations have gone on strike and 6,000 men are now involvled. The Philippine general assembly has passed a resolution declaring in favor of the independence of the islands. Allen Parker, a member of the Brit ish parliament declares that the race to build dreadnaughts is crazy and sin ful. Evidence is being secured at Chicago that various labor leaders called strikes in order to levy blackmail on employ era. The members of the Turkish chum ber of deputies have taken oath to sup port the new sultan and uphold the con titution. Mrs. Longstreet widow of the Civil war general, was awakened by a burg lar. She took six shots at him, wound ing the man. Castellans hs lost his appeal to gain custody of his children. Funds are being raised for a $100, 000 statue of U rover Cleveland. A plan has been presented to the British parliament for the care of the unemployed. Three Nevada men tried to send their mother to the insane asylum in order to get ber money. Many moneyed men of the East are visiting the Northwest in search for suitable investments. Authorities of Westminster abbe v. London, have refused to allow the body of George Meredith to be placed Utere. Bank robbers secured $6,000 from the Cairo, Neb., State bank. A local lection was being held and the explo sions were thought to be part of the CeieDretion. DEMONSTRATE "MOONSHIN1NG" Reconstructed Illicit Still to Be Shown at Seattle Fair. In a romantic gulch near the Pay Streak of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific ex position, in a place shaded by lofty firs and hidden by a dense growth of vine maples and yellow broom, will be found a typical "wild-cat" still. This pest of the mountain revenue officers will be reconstructed from a still destroyed in the Tennessee mountains years ago, and the battered copper kettles and rusted worm willjagain' be mouted for duty. No corn, however, will be boiled into the "oil of joy" in the exposition wild-cat;" only the operation show ing how it used to be will be demon strated. All the settings of the illicit distiller have been gathered from the high hills'oiTKenucky and Tennessee, and the corn Will be Bhelled, the fires kept up and the trail watched by a bunch of long bearded gentlemen, grown grey in practicing their unsanc tioned profession. The'arsenal of weapons of offense is made up largely of Winchester 44s, but scattered within easy reach will be seen the long barreled squirrel gun with which "Grand Pap got meat for the family, and incidentally made new jobs for governmental employment aspirants. The "wild-catter" repre sents a class unable to withstand the encroachments of certain brands of progress, and his once highly respected calling has fallen into ill repute and the operator of the mountan still is no longer looked upon as a prominent citi- ROBBERS LOOT TRAIN. Union Pacific Overland Limited Held Up Near Omaha. Omaha, Neb., May 24. Four masked men held up and robbed Union Pacific passenger train No. 2, known as the Overland Limited, a few miles west of the city just before midnight Saturday night, and secured seven mail sacks, believed to have contained a large quantity of registered mail. They evidently got on the train at some point west of here. The holdup occurred about five miles weBt of the city limits, in a deep cut along the re cently constructed Lane cut-off. The robbers climbed over the tank and forced the engineer to stop his train, and then proceeded to the mail car. The clerks were forced to open the door and hand out seven pouches of registered mail. Once they secured the bags, the rob bers hurried away in a southerly direc tion, and permitted the train to pro ceed. The passengers were not molest ed, and as soon as the robbers left the scene of the hold-up the train came to this city. The chief mail clerk was singled out by the robbers and ordered to point out the registered mail. This he did and the robbers gathered up seven pouches. The leader then remarked : "This is all we can get into our au tomobile. HAS NEW FORMULA. Major Nichols Is Successful in Color Photography Experiments. Spokane, Wash., May 24. Major Nichols, U. S. A., of Fort Wright, a veteran student of photography, has been successful in reproducing colors by developing the negative with formula of his own. For years ho has devoted considers ble attention to color photography and has studied the discoveries of Lumiere, of France, founder of the system. He recently sent to New York for some of the Lumiere plates, which have met with little Buccess by the photographers of the country. 2 "l tried a little experiment of my own, with the result that I have been able to produce some negatives which show the colors of the object in detail,' said Major Nichols this morning. He showed some plates which were taken on the military grounds and con tained the most minute detail in color ing. "My side line is devoted to the mak ing of lantern slides," continued the major, "and it is my intention to take a quantity of plates of this kind to the Islands in August and to devote consul erable of my spare time to making pictures of tropical scenery. Estate Left to Family. New York, May 24. H. H. Rogers, short time before his death, distrib uted a portion of his fortune among his four children. It is understood he gave $4,000,000 each to his son, H. H. Rog ers, Jr., and to his three daughters, Mrs. E. W. Benjamin, Mrs. Urban H. Broughton and Mrs. W. R. Coe, $16, 000,000 in all. The remainder of his estate, mainly in the form of stocks and bonds, will be disposed of by his will, which has not yet been made pub lic. The main part of the estate is divided among the widow and children Honduras Sends Apology. El Faso, Texss. May 24. Official in formation has been received here that one of the more recent causes of fric tion between the republics of Mexico and Honduras, the violation of the Mexican consulate at Teguicagalpa, few weeks ago by Honduran soldiers, has been smoothed away. President Datvilla, of Honduras, has apologised to Mexico for the act of his soldiers. The Honduran troops invaded the Mex lean consulate to arrest a fugitive. Porto Ricans Cool Off. San Juan, R. R., May 24. The full text of President Taft's special mes sage to congress on Porto Rican affairs has been received by mail, and after reading it carefully, the Republican leaders praise it highly as a states manlike document OREGON STATE ITEMS OF INTEREST ROAD FRANCHISE SECURED. Eastern Capitalists Said to Be Inte rested in Cocs Bay Project. Marshfield The terms of the fran chise granted to J. H. Somers and J. F. Clark for an electric railroad on the county roada have been made public. The commissioners have given them the privilege of choosing between the road from Myrtle Point to Roseburg or the Coos bay wagon road from Sumner to Myrtle Point. The franchise pro vides that those receiving the franchise must select one of the two routes and begin work of construction within six months and have half of the line com pleted within eighteen months, and all completed within Coos county in two years. The same parties promoted the efforts of the Coquille Mill & Mercan tile company at Coquille in .securing a franchise for a road through that city. Somers and Clark have not yet di vulged their plans further than to state that outside capital will be interested. TROUBLE OVER BOUNTY. New Oregon Law Is Misunderstood in Umatilla County. Pendleton From present indications there is to be much trouble relative to the payment of bounties on coyotes when the new law goes into effect Though the new law does not operate until May 22, all coyotes killed since February 1 are subject to bounty, Hundreds of the destructive animals have been killed in this county since that date and the trouble is to come from these scalps. Copies of the law have been received and it has been discovered for the first time that .all four feet, as well as the scalp,' must be attached to each hide, and it is this provision that has been disregarded by the killers. Though hundreds of hides are ready to be pre sented the day the law goes into effect it is not believed that more than a score of them have the claws attached. Rogue Bridged at Woodville. Medford The court of Jackson coun ty has ordered construction of a new steel bridge across the Rogue river at Woodville, below Gold Hill, which will open a large agricultural district adja- cent to Woodville but acroBS the river, The trade of this section has hitherto been diverted to Grants Pass but now the little city will get all of the trade of that section. A planing mill, a box factory and a brick yard have recently been added to the industries of Wood' ville and work has just started on i large brick schoolhouse. Forest Made Into Orchard. Grants Pass From the primitive forest to a field of 50 acres planted to thrifty pear trees, apple trees and To kay grapes is a task that has just been accomplished by W. B. Sherman, of this place, within five weeks. Just a little over a month ago this same 50' acre tract was studded with pine, fir and underbrush. Today the improve ments placed thereon have increased this property three-fold in value. The tract of land in question lies up the river near Tokay Heights, and is with in plain view of town. Two-Day Festival at Lebanon. Lebanon The committee appointed by the Lebanon Business Men's league to make arrangements for the Lebanon strawberry fair has announced that Friday and Saturday, June 4 and 5, have been decided upon as the dates for this festival. The committee has invited the ladies of Lebanon and vi cinity to join with them and have a rose festival at the time of the fair. It was also decided to hold a horse show at the same time. The horse ex hibition will occur Saturday afternoon, June 5. Complaints Against Rates. Salem D. B. Chamberlen, of Cot tage Grove, a poultry raiser, has filed an informal complaint with the rail road commission in which he charges that the rates on fancy poultry and eggs enforced by the Southern Pacific are prohibitive. M. C. Smith asks that the Southern Pacific be compelled to construct a small freight shed at Walker, a flag station on the Southern Pacific, toward the southern part of the state. Presbyterians Plan Big Meet. Interest in the Presbyterian Brother hood convention in Portland June 8 and 9 is increasing. A banquet will be given the first night of the convention, the second day being devoted to ad dresses and conferences by leading lay men of the state. The convention will close the second evening with a mass meeting addressed by officers of the National Brotherhood. Face Potato Famine. Marshfield Coos county is facing a potato famine and it is expected that the prices will soar higher and reach the record mark in this locality. There are practically no old potatoes obtain able and dealers are offering as high as 2 cents a pound. The shortage is not confined to Coos county but the district in general is affected. Willamette to Get Stadium Pendleton That Willamette univer sity, at Salem, is soon to have the larg est athletic stadium in the Northwest and that it is sure to become the center for intercollegiate and interscholastic meets, is the statement given out here by President Homan, when in Pendle ton recently. WILL SPEND MILLIONS. O. R. & N. Company Gives Out Plans for Extensive Improvements. Salem According to evidence intro duced before the commission in the Eastern Oregon grain rates investiga tion, the Oregon Railway & Navigation company contemplates the expenditure of more than $3,500,000 during the ne.xt year, beginning June 1. Testi mony to this effect was offered by the railroad company to show that a reduc tion of the rates at this time would be unfair. The largest item in the detailed statement presented is that of the bridge across the Willamette river at Portland, for which plans have been perfected. This structure is to cost the railorad company $1,250,000. The next largest item is for straightening the track and eliminating curves be tween The Dalles and Coyote, $1,000, 000. The statement also includes the pur chase of more depot ground at The Dalles at a cost of $71,000; ground for and the construction of a roundhouse at Pendleton to coat a total of $48,000; a new station and additional grounds at Baker City to cost $38,000. The other items include straightening track and ballasting the main line and improving branch lines. The entire amount ag gregates $3,528,738 85. The hearing is tbe final one in regard to the grain rates which have engaged so much of the time of the commission for the past 12 months. It will prob ably be some time before the result of the hearings will be known. Buy Jackson Timber Road. Medford With the sale of the Pari- fie & Eastern railroad to J. R. Allen, of New York, during the past week, the hopes of Southern Oregon residents that the road be extended to the timber belt northeast of this city above Butte Falls have risen tremendously, and realty values in the country along the line of the proposed extension have made a corresponding increase. It seems that at last the road is to be completed, and with its completion one of the largest standing timber belts in the Northwest as yet un touched by the Woodman's axe, will be made accessible. Ontario Demands Action. Ontario Protesting against the ac- tion of private interests who have filed on water rights in the Owyhee river without taking active steps to reclaim the land, representatives of the Com mercial club, of Ontario, Weiser, Pay ette and Vale, met in this city and for warded a petition to the Oregon and Idaho delegations in congress urging an early commencement of the Malheur irrigation project There are approxi mately 145,000 acres of fertile land in this district. Freewater Realty Active. Freewater Sales of real estate have been active this week, Hall and Korts having sold 11 acres of alfalfa land at $200 an acre for , Nelson Allen to Miss Grundry, of Boston, Mass. ; 40 acres of alfalfa land from Harry Badgero to J. Adrain, for $5,000, and nine acres of fruit land from W. F. Korts to J. J Gauner at $300 an acre. Fred Moreley has sold his livery barn in Freewater to J. Usher, of Walla Walla. Fruit is lookin3 good. PORTLAND MARKETS. Fruits Apples, 65c(ff$2.50 per box strawberries, Oregon, 12c per pound, Potatoes $1.752 pet hundred. Vegetables Turnips, $1.25 per sack carrots, $1.25; parsnips, $1.50; beets, $1.75; horseradish, 10c per pound; as paragus, Oregon, 75c(g $1.25 per dozen lettuce, head, 2050c per dozen; on ions, 12)15c per dozen; radishes, 15(a 20c per dozen; rhubarb, 23c per pound. Wheat Bluestem milling, $1.30 1.35; club, $1.20; valley, $1.17;' red Russian, $1.17)P1.20. Corn Whole, $35 per ton; cracked $36 per ton. Barley Feed, $34.50 per ton. Oats No. 1 white, $41 per ton. Hay Timothy, Willamette valley, $14(18 per ton; Eastern Oregon, $18 20; clover, $ll?ri2; alfalfa, $13 14; grain hay, $13(0)14; cheat $14 14.50; vetch, 14.(C14.50. Butter City creamery, extras, 28c fancy outside creamery, 2728c; store, 18c. Butter fat prices average IK cents per pound undef regluar butter prices. Eggs Oregon ranch, 2425c per dozen. Poultry Hens, 15&(iil6c; broilers, 2830c; fryers, 22(u25c; roosters 10c; ducks, 1415c; geese, 10llc turkeys, 20c; squabs, $2.603 per dosen. Veal Extras, 8(iI8Xc; ordinary, 7 7Kc; heavy, 66Xc Pork Fancy, 10c per pound. Hops 1909 contract 9c; 1908 crop, 8Gf84C; 1907 crop, 3(g 4c; 1906 crop, lc Wool Eastern Oregon, 16 fi 21c valley, fine, 24c; medium, 23c; coarse, 22c; mohair, choice, 2425c. Cattle Steers, top, $5.50 6.75 fair to good, $5(t5.25 ; common to me dium, $4.60((C4.75; cows, top, $4.25 4.60; fair to good, $3.75(i4.25; com mon to medium, $2.60g3.50; bulls and stags, $3(i3.50; common, $22.75. Hogs Best $7.50T7.75; fair to good, $7.25(7.50; stockers, $6g6.60 China fats, $6,757. Sheep Top wethers, $44.50; fair to good, $3,601.4; ewes, c less on all grades; yearlings, best $4.50; fair to good, $4(34.25; spring Iambs, $5$ 5.60. ROADS BLOCK SPOKANE. Will Appeal for Rehearing in Recent Rate Decision. Spokane, Wash., May 21. Informa tion comes direct from Washington to day that the further plan of the rail roads is to prevent final determination of the rate questions involved until after the members of the commission separate for the summer. The further plan is outlined that im mediately after the Spokane jobbers file supplemental petition asking that the commission disapprove of the rates which have been filed with it by the railways, the railway companies will petition for a rehearing on all the ques tions which have been presented and decided by the commission. In the meantime it is predicted the schedule of rates submitted to the com mission will be published by the rail road companies and will become effect ive rates until the question can be once more brought before the commission and argued. The representatives of the railroad companies expect that the Interstate Commerce commission will order that the rates established by the commis sion in the rate case will not become effective until after the hearing on the petition for a reopening of the case, and it is clear that if a rehearing is granted Spokane will have to accept the schedule of rates as presented by the railroads until after the final deter mination of the rehearing. COWBOYS ATTACK HERDERS Sheepmen Are Injured and 3,000 of Their Flocks Killed. Grand Junction, Colo., May 21. As a result of a battle between sheepmen and cowboys on a contested range near Atchee, Colo., yesterday 3,000 head of sheep were killed and two sheepmen were injured. The sheep, which be longed to S. A. Taylor and R. A. Taw- ney, were grazing on . a range near the hamlet of Carbinero. It appears that the cowboys dashed in upon the herders and tied them to trees, and then rode out and killed the sheep. They first cut the telephone wires. Several hours later the sheep herders were liberated. The authorities of Garfield county have been notified, but it is not be' lieved the cowboys will be captured. The range in which the crime was com mitted has long been a contested one, and several murders have resulted from quarrels over it. Warrants have been issued by the authorities of both Mesa and Garfield counties for the arrest of 16 raiders, several of whom are said to be known to the sheepmen. Late tonight the sheepmen in this section of the state arranged for a mass meeting, at which substantial re wards will be offered for the arrest and conviction of the raiders. NEW GRAIN ROAD. Hil Announces New Branch Line Into Wheat Belt. Seattle, May 21. Great Northern railroad officials announced today that a branch line of the road would be built from Wilson Creek south to Connell the junction of the Northern Pacific and the Oregon Railwav & Navigation company. The move is one that has been nroiected hv the Hill li years, and is said in the local offices to marie me nrst step in the contest for eastern wasningon territory between the Hill and Milwaukee interests. The branch line, as planned, will de part from the main line at Wilson Creek and will follow the Crab creek valley until it swings off to the east of Moses lake, traversing the low country east of the Saddle mountains nnH fnn. necting with the" Northern Pacific main line ac uonneu. The branch line, which nffnrda a n outlet for the wheat farmers of Grant and Douglas counties, Washington will be continued ultimatelv fmm rn nell to connect with the North Rank line below Pasco, securing a water graae xor wneac trains Irom the fields w roruana. Halibut Trust Planned. Tacoma. Wash., May 21. Dissatis fied with the low prices the fisheries companies are paying for halibut, the owners of the Puget sound fishing boats are planning to form a combination ana to establish a joint fisheries com pany, with headquarters in Tacoma and agencies throughout the East wnue tne retail price of halibut said by the fishermen to be about ti same, they are only getting from 1 to IX cents at the fisheries comnanipn With the forming of the combination tney would get Irom 8 to 10 cento. Anaconda Shows Loss. New York. Mav 21. Th annual re- port of the Anaconda Copper Mining cuiutmny ior uie year ending December 01 1 a. 1 i oi, mi, issueo. loaay, snows that dur ing tne nrst six months of the 1908 the comnanv cufferoH an loss, owimr to the shutdown nt tions in January and February of that year, i ne income lor tne year ' $15,604,482, a decrease of $3,146. from 1907. The expenses were $14, 658,519, a decrease of $944,842. Salvation Army Convenes. Chicago, May 21. Four hundred members of the Salvation Army were in attendance at the national congress of the Western America district. opened a five days' meeting here today. Commander Eva Booth addressed the congress. MUST OPEN GATEWAY Roads Ordered to Sell Tickets to East and West via Portland. NORTHERN PACIFIC WILL FIGHT ObjectsTto Joint Traffic With Harri- man Lines, Which Are Required to Make Like Concessions. Washington, May 22. The first de cision in the Portland gateway case is in favor of opening, but this is only the beginning of what promises to be a long contest. In a decision rendered by Mr. Prouty the Interstate Com merce commission -today ordered the Harriman lines and the Northern Pa cific to join in the sale of through tick ets and the through checking of bag gage between Eastern -and Pacific coast points via Portland. Chairman Knapp and E. E. Clark diBsent from the decision. The commission sustains the com plaint against the Northern Pacific for refusing to sell through tickets via Portland to points on the Union Pa cific and Chicago & Northwestern, in cluding Omaha, Kansas City and Chi cago, and sustains also the complaint sgainst the Chicago & Northwestern, Union Pacific, Oregon bhort Line and Oregon Navigation company for refus ing to sell through tickets via Portland to points in Washington. By the terms of the decision, which is highly important to the traveling public and to the Western and North western railroads, the Northern Pacific, the Union Paciific lines and the Chica go & Northwestern railway are ordered to join in the sale of through passenger tickets between Seattle and other points in the Pacific Northwest and Eastern destinations, via Portland, Or., and to accord through facilities, like the checking of baggage, over this route. The commission found in the present case that a substantial part of the en tire body of travelers moving between these points in the Northwest and Eastern destinations reasonably desire to travel via Portland, and that ' there fore the commission has jurisdiction to open that gateway. It is also held that public interest requires that this gateway shall be opened ; but that the terms under which that service is rendered should be just as between the carriers themselves. The commission was also of the opinion that the through rates via Portland should be the same as those in effect via the Northern Pacific and its present connections, but no opinion is express ed touching a division of these rates. The decision orders first that the Middle West lines complained of and the Northern Pacific shall establish be fore July 1, 1909, and maintain in force thereafter for not less than two years, through routes and joint rates between Chicago, Council Bluffs and Colorado common points via Portland and points in Washington between Portland and Seattle, including the lat ter, the joint rates to be the same as the joint rates contemporaneously in effect between said points via the Northern Pacific and its connections. Second, the carriers named are order ed to establish before July 1, joint rates and through routes for passengers and baggage from points on the North ern Pacific via Portland to Omaha, Kan sas City, Chicago and other Union Pa cific and Chicago & Northwestern points. It is understood authoritatively that it is the intention of the Northern IPa cific, in connection perhaps with other roads, to seek an injunction restrain--ing the commission from putting its order into effect Should such an in junction be granted, it would prevent the enforcement of the order during tbe period of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific ex position at Seattle, as it is estimated that it would require many months for the courts finally to determine the case on its merits. Chicago Reaches Debt Limit. Chicago, May 22. With the issue of $1,500,000 four per cent 20 yesr serial bonds to the First Trust & Savings bank, the city of Chicago has reached the limit of its bonded indebtedness. The bonds were awarded yesterday by City Controller Walter H. . Wilson. They went at par, with a premium of $11,500 paid by the bank. The total bonded indebtedness of the city is now $30,220,000, including the $4,293,000 World's Columbian exposition bonds authorized by special act of the - state legislature. Two Unions to Unite. Spokane, May 22. "It is probable that working agreements will be made by the Western Federation of Miners and the United Mineworkers of Amer- lua'8Uted C- H- MoTer. President of the Western Federation of Miners, who is here tonight . "It is not probable that they will unite, as their fields of usefulness are different In spite of all reports, the next convention of the Federation will show that it is strong er than ever." . Explosion Fires Forest. - 7 Pittsburg, May 22, One thousand pounds of powder in the wheels mills of the Oriental plant of the Dupont Powder company located at Fairchance, Pa., exploded late last night No one was injured, but the plant was wreck ed, windows shattered for several miles about d the mountain woods set on fire.