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Iuat4 Each Wk CONDON OREGON NEWS OHllE WEEK la a Ccn&nsed Fcra for Car Easy Ecadsrs. A Resume of the Lett Important but Nat Lett Interesting Events of the Pett Week. Chicago teamsters threaten a general strike. Secretary Hay's health is much im proved. The Rock Island system it trying to obtain control of the Union Pacific. Hitchcock hat dismissed eight offi cials in the Indian service for corrup tion. The Italian "government is reported to have ordered a nmber of warships to Santo Domingo. The Chicago beef trust grand jury has turned its attention to the investi gation of the sausage business. Foreign Minister Delcasse, of France, threatens to resign because of the pol icy towards Germany and Japan. Senator 0. II. Piatt, of Connecticut, is dead. Although sick for some time, his death came rather unexpectedly. He was 78 years old. The Panama canal commission has purchased a number of big locomotives and cars for the railroad and will equip the line with new and modern rolling stock throughout. Japan boils with anger at the French violation of neutrality, claiming she has positive proof that the Russian fleet uses Kamranh bay as a naval base. Great Britain may be called into the trouble, and her Hong Kong fleet is in read iess to go to sea. The Japanese army is advancing northward, preceded by cavalry. The teamsters' strike in Chiciago may affect all department stores. A run on a New York trading stamp store has caused its being closed. Irrigation committees of congress will tour the West and visit Portland. Senator 0. II . Piatt is in a very seri ous condition, having had a relapse. The.State department Bays it has not received Minister Barrett's resignation. The Union Pacific railway will build more gasoline motor cars and run them on all branch lines. The strike in the Arkansas Valley smelter at Leadville, Colo., has been settled and work resumed. Five miners were killed in an explo sion in the Cabin Creek mines 30 miles from Charleston, West Virginia. The beef trust has been caught in the act of sending witnesses away from Chicago who might tell too much. The Great Northern has let contracts for the extension of its line from Sioux City, Iowa, to Ashland, Nebraska. Bonds have been sold for the exten sion of the Western Pacific railroad from the present terminus at Salt Lake City to Oakland. Kalieff, the assassin of Grand Duke Sergius, has been condemned to death. Troops fired on railroad strikers in an Italian town, killing and wounding many. The question of broken neutrality by the Russians has aroused keen interest in Japan. Contracts have been closed for build ing an immense steel mill in China. The work will cost close to $3,000,000. Portland is now officially recognized as the leading wheat exporting city of the United States. The department of Commerce and Labor accords Portland first place. The Japanese government has let ' contracts for the erection of huge steel plants and other necessary machinery for the construction of heavy ordnance. An American firm will do the work. No women spectators will be allowed at the third trial of Nan Patterson. The Chicago teamsters' strike against Montgomery, Ward & Co. seems to be losing headway. Riots continue, how ever. A young man of Muncie, Indiana, has been fined $25 and costs for having cigarette papers in his possession. This is the first penalty assessed in Indiana since the anti-cigarette law became effective. The senate committee on interstate commerce has commenced its hearings on railway legislation. John A. Benson will have to stand trial in Washington on land fraud charges, the United States supreme c6nrt having denied his right to be tried in California. RUSSIANS SEEKING TOGO. Baltic Jrleet Joined by Third Squadron of Five Battleships. raris, April 21. If the French au thorities are to be believed, news oi momentous import may be expected from the Far East very soon, as, ac cording to Foreign Minister Delcasse, the Russian fleet umter the command of Vice Admiral Rojeetvensky sailed early on Thursday from Kamranh bay. Its destination is unknown, but it is believed here that it will now sail to endeavor to locate the Japanese fleet and give battle. Naval experts here believe that the third Pacific squadron of the Russian navy, which is commanded by Admiral Nebogatoff, has joined Rojeetvensky, and that the latter now has eight first class batlteehips, three second-class battleships, three armored cruisers and a number of other vessels of not quite so good a type. He is alBO believed to have received large quantities of am munition which had been shipped to him some time ago, to have tilled the coal bunkers of his ships, and generally to have placed his command in condi tion to give a good account of itself. It is believed here that Admiral Jon quieres, who is in command of the French naval force in the waters of French Cochin China, agreed to get a message to the Russian commander to day, and that the departure of the Rus sians followed. Such action has been expected, as the French authorities consider that the protest of Japan against Russia's using neutral waters to recoal and refill depleted ammuni tion magazines was well founded, and, if Russia has been asked to move by the French commander in the Far East, a difficult situation has been cleared up. CHINA AGREES TO PAY UP. Will Make Good Deficit in Indemnity Due to Fall in Silver. New York, April 21. After two years' discussion, the powers and China will sign an agreement today, accord ing to a Herald dispatch from Pekin, regarding the payment of the deficit in the indemnity due to the fall in the price of silver, and providing for the future payment of the indemnity in gold. The agreement comprises three para graphs, and briefly Btated seta forth that China is to pay 15 days after the signature of the document the sum of $6,000,000 and interest at 4 per cent on this amount from January 1, 1906, which sum is to be accepted in full payments of all deficits due to the change from silver to gold. In the second paragraph China agrees to sign immediately fractional gold bonds, expressing the amounts due to each country in the coinage of that country. By the third paragraph China under takes in the future to pay the amount due each year in 12qnal monthly in stallments, credited every six months. China will be allowed interest at 4 per cent on the monthly payments made in advance of these biennial periods. China will pay also in gold bullion, gold drafts or telegraphic transfer of silver at the average monthly London rates, each foreign government select ing the method it prefers. PARDEE NAMES THE DAYS. National Irrigation Congrest Will Be Held August 21-24. Sacramento, Cal., April 21. Gover nor Pardee, as president of the National Irrigation congress, has issued an an nouncement that the next session of the congress will be held in Portland, from August 21 to 24. The session is to follow shortly after the Trans-Mississippi congress, which takes place from August 16 to 19. Governor Pardee states that he ex pects this meeting to be one of the most interesting as well as the most important. The United States Re clamation service will be one of the subjects of discussion. There is some hope that President Roosevelt will at tend the session for one day, and Presi dent Diaz, of Mexico, has also been in vited. An effort will be made to have both dignitaries present on the same day. ' Given Time to Fix Up Their Books. Topeka. April 21. Representatives of the Swift, Armour and Dold packing companies and the McDowell Stock-car company appeared before the State Board of Railroad Assessors to explain their failure to make complete reports of their private car lines as required by the law passed at the recent session of the legislature. They said it was im possible for them to comply with the law at once, as they had not been keep ing their records in a way to make the obtaining of information easy. The board gave them until May 10 to report. Stock Transfer Tax Law. Albany, April 21. Gov. Higgins to night signed the stock transfer bill im posing a stamp tax of 2 cents on each $100 of par value of all corporation stock securities sold or transferred. PERISH 1NC0NVENT Fourteen Women and Girls Are Earned to Death. NO HELP WITHIN THEIR REACH Sitters Give Up Their Llvst in Effort to Save Children and Help iett Oid womin, . Montreal, April 22. The little vil lage of St. Genevieve is in mourning tonight over the loss of 14 lives in a fire which destroyed the convent of St. Anne there early today. One nun, nine children, ranging in ago front 10 to 19, and four aged women, perished in the flames. Two nuns were so se verely burned that it is feared they will die. In their grief over the catastrophe, the villagcra find some comfort in relat ing the heroism) displayed by Sister Marie Adjuteur, who gave up her life, and Sister Marie Therese and Marie Robertine, who were perhaps fatally burned in their efforts to save the lives of the children and helpless old women. Bucket brigades were hurriedly form ed by the villagers, but the fire had gained such headway that it was soon apparent that there was no chance to save the building from destruction. Sister Ragettera, in her efforts to save the lives of the children in her charge, succumbed to the smoke and flames. The pupils who perished were in a portion of the building where the fire had obtained too much headway before the alarm was given to enable those who resjonded to effect their res cue. An effort was made to get Point Claire by telephone so that assistance could lie had from Montreal, but for some reason no response was received from Point Claire. The fire started alwut midnight in the old ladies' hospital, and the smoke was so thick that the children on the floor above were unable to get down. The convent was called Ste. Anne's, and was a branch of the convent of the I Sisters of Ste. Anne's of Lachine. The building was a gray stone structure. REFUSE TO PAY TAXES. Igorrotes Cannot See Necessity for Helping to Support Government. Seattle, Wash., April 22. If the Philippine commission attempts to en force the collection of taxes among the Igorrotes, trouble will be exerienced. Twice the date for commencing the pay ment of taxes has tcn K8tiKned, and each time the natives have concluded that the American government does not dare to attempt the enforcement of the commission's decree. During the time the islands were un der Spanish control no attempt was made to collect taxes from the Igor rotes and other so-called non-Christian tribes. Spanish officials were unable to penetrate very far into the lgorrote country, and the wild tribesmen have never contributed toward the expenses of white government. Chief Fomeloey, the leader of the lgorrote party now in Seattle on the wav to the Portland exposition, w hose selection by his tribe for the journey indicates his popularity, is strongly opposed to the collection of taxes. He is regarded as a rich man among the lgorrote tribes, owning about 200 head of carabao and a correspondingly large amount of land. The carabao of the Igorrotes are worth from $75 to $100 gold and are raised more for food purposes than as beasts of burden. In the lower pro vinces the carabao are trained to work, and are worth twice as much as the lgorrote animals. It is impossible to explain the neces sity of taxation to Fomeloey, who sturdily insists his people never paid taxes and gain nothing by contributing to the government. Denies Cruiter Acted at Spy. London, April 22. Foreign Secre tary Lansdowne has taken occasion formally to deny to the Russian gov ernment the statement of the Novoe Vremya in regard to the British cruiser Iphigenia, which vessel, the newspa per, said, had transmitted by wireless telegraphy the information that she had passed Admiral Rojestvensky's squadron 140 miles from Saigon. This, the Novoe Vremya declared, was very important news to the Japanese, inas much as Rojestvensky had succeeded in slipping by the Japanese scouts. Gives Hintt to Hometteadera. Washington, -April 22. Commis sioner Richards, of the general land office, has prepared a circular to be sent to entrymen under the homestead law giving them minute instructions as to how to proceed under the law to perfect their claims. This never before has been done and the ignorance of the homesteaders and their attorneys has caused much confuBion. WILL USE HIS TORPEDO FLEET. Togo Will Not Risk Hit Big Vettelt Agalntt the Ruttla'nt, London, April 19. Baron Hayashl, the Japanese minister to Great Britain, expressed the opinion to the Associated Press today that Admiral Togo would not give buttle to Admiral Rojestven sky . with hit entire squadron, but would continue the cautious tactics which hat characterised his attacks on the Port Arthur squadron, not because he feated defeat, but owing to his de sire to inflict the greatest amount of damage on the Russians with the least possible loss to himself. While confident of his ability to ac complish the total destruction of the Russian squadron in a big battle, there is danger of Togo losing one or two of his big ships. Therefore, Baron Hay ashl believes, Togo w ill employ hit torpedo ltonts and torpedo boat destroy ers, which numtier more than 100 and are vastly superior to the Russian tor k1o boat flotilla, in harassing the Rus sians while gradually picking off the Russian warships. He said the coasts of Japan, Corea and Formosa lend themselves to night work with torpedo boats, while the narrow channels will make the maneu vering of large war ships difficult and dangerous. BREAKS ALL RECORDS. Steamer Minnesota Crottet Pacific In Very Fait Time. Seattle, Ajril 19. The steamship Minnesota, of the Great Northern Steamship company's Seattle-Oriental fleet, and the largest freighter' carrier afloat, reached port last night, on her return voyage4from the Orient, having broken all trans-Pacific record on her trip across. The Minnesota's time from Yokohama was 13 days, 21 hours and five minutes. Among her passengers were a numlter of Itussian officers and their wives be ing sent home on parole from Shang hai, whither they were taken at the time of the capture of Port Arthur. There were also a number of American army officers coming from Manila, either on leave or under orders to re port at Washington, D. C. Altogether the Minnesota brought lt2 passengers, 47 of whom were first-class, and a little more than 7,000 tons of general freight, of which hemp formed the bulk. . MUST HAVE TRIBAL TIES. What Indian Children Can Have Share In Lands. Washington, April 19. Indian Com missioner Leupp today promulgated the order defining what children of Indian parentage are entitled to share in lands and annuities of various Western tribe. Under his instructions all children whose parents nre both In dians may share in these benefits, as may all children whose mothers mar ried white men, provided the mother is still a recognized memlier of the tribes and affiliates with its members. Whenever an . Indian woman, after marriage to a vhite man, has with drawn and is no longer identified with her tribe, her children are not entitled to lands or annuities allowed that tribe. NEUTRALITY IN PHILIPPINES. Admiral Train It Having All Watera Well Patrolled. Manila, April 19. Admiral Train, determined to maintain the neutrality of the Philippine waters, w ill immed iately dispatch additional vessels to patrol the Basilan straits, as a result of the reports that both Russian and Japanese vessels have been sighted there. Saturday the United States gunboat Quiros was sent to inspect six Russian colliers which are reported to be lying in the gulf of Lingayen. A gunboat is also scouting for Japanese vessels. A report has reached here that 10 Japanese cruisers have been sighted off Sampalok point. The cruisers are said to be scouting in force for stray scouts, ships and colliers of the dtussian fleet. Judge Upholds the Law. Denver, April 19. Judge N. Walter Dixon, in the District court today, up held the constitutionality of the law of 1897 relating to building and loan associations, under which President E. M. Johnson and other officers of the defunct Fidelity Savings association have been indicted on charges of mak ing false reports. The law was at tacked by Johnson's attorneys on the ground that the legislative records con cerning its passage were incomplete, a leaf apparently having been torn from the journal of the house. Fifty Hurt In Strike Riot. Wheeling, W. Va., April 19. Fifty men wore hurt in a fight between (iO nonunion men from Pittsburg snd 150 strikers from the Whitaker mill. Clubs, stones, knives and pistols were used, but the nonunion men finally scored in getting into the mill, PROTEST TO FRANCE Broken Neutrality May Involve Her In War with Japan. " WOULD MEAN AID OF ENGLAND Ruttlan Fleet Mutt Either Leave Kam ranh Bay or Fight Battle hi the Harbor Tokio, April 20. Japan It contem plating declaring war on France and calling oiwOreat Britain for support. This action foltowt the sending of a formal protest to France against the use by the Russian Baltic fleet of Kam ranh bay as a rendtivout and the coupling therewith of a statement that if France refrained from acting Japan w ilt send a fleet of war vessels to attack the Russians in the shelter of a neutral port. A conference of elders waa held last night at which the entire situtaion was discussed. Immediately afterward the mikado wsa notified that the etdert be lleved that the time had come when France should tw forced to live up to her declarations of neutrality, and the note of protest wat drafted and for ward ml. It is felt here that the situation Is extremely grave, and there is no doubt that if Frame does not act quickly the consequences will be far-reaching. A dispatch from Sasebo states that Japanese iquadron is getting in readi ness there to sail for Kamranh bay ami attack the Russians there, while Ad miral Togo continues to hold the pass age toward the Pacific. It is reported that an American and a British squadron is in touch with the Russians, watching for violations of neutrality or the endangering of British and American shipping. The belief is growing here that the stay of the Russian Hcet iu Kamranh bay was pre arranged. THEY RESIGN UNDER FIRE. Accused Examiners Who Gave Pen tiont to Carpet Soldlera. Washington, April 20. Nine of the ten pension examiners constituting the Imard of review were separated from the' government service today. Com missioner of Pensions Warner trans mitted the nine resignations to Secre tary Hitchcock, with the recommenda tion that they 1 accepted, and Mr. Hitchcock took the desired action with out delay. The resigned examiners, assert that representations were made to them, purporting to come from the commis sioner, that should they hand in their resignations, the matter would be re lieved and restorations would be made at some date in the near future. Mr. Warner, however, made no such repre sentation to the secretary oi the inter ior. The difficulty involving the board of review was its approval of several pensions to applicants whose only claim was .enlistment in a Pennsylvania and a New 'Jersey regiment of volun teers for service in the Civil war, but the services of whom were never availed of by the government. MORE FIRMS ARE INVOLVED. Chicago Strike It Spreading and All Effortt at Conciliation Fail. Chicago, April 20. Although influ ences are still at work in the hope that an amicable adjustment of the difficulty existing letween the teamsters and Montgomery, Ward A Co., can be. reached, the indications tonight are. that the strike of the teamsters will spread to other concerns. Todav 150) drivers employed by the K. M. Forbes Teaming company were ordered on strike because the firm insisted on mak ing deliveries to Montgomery, Ward & Co. President Spear, of the Inter national Brotherhood of Teamsters, de clared tonight that he would order out all drivers engaged by firms that insist on delivering supplies to the big store. Barrett Hat Resigned. Washington, April 20. John Bar-, rett, of Portland, Or., United States, minister to Panama, has saved the. State department the embarrassment of ordering his recall. He has asked that he be relieved of his post, so that he. may retire from the diplomatic corps The government has been dissatisfied with some of Mr. Barrett's acts, and it was decided month ago that he should! be succeeded at Panama by Judge. Charles Magoon, of the Insular bureau, but it was the intention to assign him to another post. British Engineer Named. Washington, April 20. Sir Morti mer Durand, the British ambassador, today informed Secretary Taft that the British government had, at the secre tary's invitation, selected Chief Engin eer Hunter, the builder of the Man Chester ship canal, to act as one of the consulting engineers of the Panama ca nal board.