New York, April 8-- Special Telegram.
Henry B. Slaven has sailed for Egypt on what is is believed to be a pleasure trip, but there is believed to be a big scheme back of it, the old scheme of cutting a canal from the Red sea and flooding a large portion of the desert of Sahara. Slaven made a good deal of money out of his dredging contract at the east or easy end of the Panama canal. He used to be a druggist in San Francisco, when he and his brother, so the story goes, bought of a poor inventor a patent by which dredging is done by steam through any kind of soil. The Slavens made a fortune, and, like most of the canal contractors, they got big payment for whatever they did for the stockholders so far away in France.
Morning Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), April 9, 1890.