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VOL. XL VI. NO. 14,119-
PORTLAND, OREGON, FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 1906.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
H.W.Scott Exposes Gas
CONSUMERS HAVE TO PAY COST
Dividends Taken From Their
WITNESSES SHOW GRAFT
Poorer Service, Bigger Bills, Dis
courtesies at Office, the Burden
of Their Testimony Given
at the Investigation.
GAS GRAFT IS EXPOSED.
Can consumers are required to pay
dH'tdeiMt and internet on inflated cap
ital f the Portland Gbb Company,
JTOO.t-OO f the 1,W)0.00 stock liwue
bstas; ""water," which make high gas
l1tetft .-hew that, althouch the
nut itr 1U00 fe?t has been reduced,
toMt have Increased, for the same
MiMMHt f consumption, the Increase
m Hmc eases amounting to SO and 40
pw cent, and even more.
WJtn h!m fiow that the com
pany dteresnwls the rights of consum
es an4 by arbitrary meter readlnss
44f further to the eon of za.
Vh wttHew last night wwe: W.
B. Rfesrtn. Dr. J. A. White. A. AV.
Ceehtan. II. W. Scott. J. ii. Howard,
Mt. J. B. Howard. I.. V. GHHUnd,
J. TV. Da Hey, Dr. F. IlurBOtte Short.
K. I- Utherland. H. A. Chapman. J.
A J3te an H. H. Xorthup.
Owsn? to the Impojwlbillty of rx
UnMHc the ?tenoKrahk noten for this
montlncV ue, the fun stenographic
report of .Mr. Seott's tentimoHy will be
tmm 'pus consumers f city arc
fbiu'ffod uxtortlonHte prices by the Port
lHMd Gas Company for inferior gas and
cwnpohod to pay bills that crow as the
acfcctluled rate 1b reduced, was brought
m out before the special investigating coni
' ' mtttoe of the City Council last night in
the City Hall.
The witnesses showed by comparison
between bills of recent date and of cor
responding months In other years that in
spite of profoeFed reductions in gas rates,
bltts are 40 cr cent higher and even
more than that, than before the reduc
tions wert' made, owing to the weak and
diluted property of the pas. and over
charge method, whose secrets were the
504bghsJoii of the company.
Reviews Company's Methods.
H. V. Scott, editor of The Oregonian,
who was subpenaed by the company, re
viewed the stock-water and bond-infla-tin
history of the company, showing
that consumers were compelled to pay
dividends and interest on fictitious stock
and bond issues. J. N. Teal and C. E. S.
Wood, attorneys for the company, found
him an unwieldy witness in their hands
nnd his exposures defeated every attempt
made by them to confuse him on the In
tricate details of the stock and bond
manipulation, and caused frequent bursts
of applause from the thronged Council
"Why didn't The Oregonian begin this
attack sooner?" asked Mr. Teal.
"Why didn't the American revolution
hrcak out three or five or ten years
sooner?" responded Mr. Scott, and the
laughter that ensuod caused Mr. Teal to
quit the question.
The First Witness.
The first testimony was that of W.
K. Robortson, of Corbett, Failing &
Robertson, who presented the bills re
ceived from the gas company by his
firm for the months of November, De
comber and January last, and the three
corresponding months one year ago.
For No-cmber and December, 1334,
thotr gas bill was $27.20. For the same
month in 1903 It was $41.20. The firm,
he said, used both electricity and gas,
and between these months their bill
for electricity showed a difference of
only cents, showing: that they had
not consumed less electricity, and con
sequently more gas. during the closing
months of 1905. The January gas bill
for the Hrm last year was $18.05, and
for the past January was $25.50.
When cross-examined by Mr. Tc.il
for the gas company, Mr. Robertson as
serted ' that he was certain that the
consumption of gas had been prac
tically the same during the periods
cited. Ail of the gas fixtures in his
place of business were the same In
1905 as they had been the preceding:
jiears, and the time that gas was lit
corresponded very closely.
That Overrcad Meter.
"Well, might the meter not have been
overrcad, and thus account for the In
crease?" asked Mr. Teal.
"Of course. It might "have been over
read one month," replied the witness,
but It would hardly have occurred
threo months In succession. There are
three months that I am complaining
about. And. besides, the period that
my bills were highest was since the
company has been supposed to reduce
the price from $1.25 to $1.15 a thousand
Dr. X A. "White, preprletor of & 4rg
store Herrlfcca street, was the next
witness called to thp stand. "The so
called reduction did not reduce my
Mils." Tic testified. "On the other
hand. It or something else raised them
materially. My bills were as follows:
October, 19J4. $3.40: October, 1905,
$5.40; November, 1904, $4; November,
1905, $4.95; December, 1904, $3; De
cember, 1S03. $6.10.
Bills Grow Larger.
"During the months named of last
year, 1 burned no more gas than I did
the preceding year. I complained to
the gas company, and they said that
they would reread the meter. Maybe
they did. I do not know. If they did,
1 have not heard about it, and 1 cer
tainly had to pay my bills just the
same, 1 used the same kind of burners
all of the time, and, as my store 1
small and under my personal supervi
sion, 1 know -that no more gas was
burned during the last period than the
The Increase in the bills presented to
,the Oregonian Publishing Company and
the deterioration of the quality or gas
furnlsnuti was testified to by A. W.
Cochran, operating engineer In the me
chanical department of The Oregonian
plant. As shown by his testimony. The
Oregonlan's gas bill .for 1903 was
$1CD4.S5: for 1904 it was $1742. and for
1305 It was 1S81.75. During the period
covered there was a reduction from
$1.30 to $1.15 in the nominal price of
Bills or Oregonian.
The OregoRlan's gas bills by months,
which were entered as an exhibit, are:
1K8. 1P04. io-
$1.30 Jl.0and fl.tu and
rat. $1.2. rate, $1. 15 rate.
January ... $ 14R.SO $ 145.50 1OJ.O0
February ... I5.H "l- J"
March 127.15 184.1- 1-5
nrll .... 147.WI 12J.0 10,. 5
Ma"..'.:... 123.10 15rtW
Jurie 123.1" . 14K.5I5
July 181.15 1O0.SO 1.iU.Sj
AuruM 14U.MU 155.JS 13S.WI
Soptembtr .. KtO.im 152.C5 1..1M0
October 150.25 18H.1S 141.00
- , i-c mi 17S 104....
December 141.70 1BK.15 ir.g.tt't
TotaN $1,054.83 $1,742.00 $1.SS1.75
Mr. Cochran explained that The Ore
gonian used gas In three departments
etching, stereotyping and linotyping. In
reply to questions from Mr. Teal, he made
It clear that, although the size or The ure
gonlan had been Increased during the past
three years, the Increase had not affected
the amount of gas usd. In the linotyping
department there was a slight Increase In
consumption In 1904 as compared with 1933.
due to the addition of two machines, but
in the other departments there had Men
no Increase whatever. The gas was kept
burning all the time, whether much or
little work was done, and therefore, the
amount of work done had no effeo on
Quality of Gas Poorer.
lie also nhowed that the quality of the
gas is now much poorer than heretofore,
as shown by the fact that It was neces
sary lo increase Ahc pressure to get the
riuc units of boat formerly t-ecclvcd from
a hjwor p -wur. The mechanical depart
ment was supplied, be said. wlth appa
ratus to gauge the pressure given to the
Unot5ie machines, it was now necessary
to have the water-gauge register a. pres
sure of from two to two and one-half
Inches, he asserted, to get tho amo re
sults that used to be received from a pres
sure of less than two inches. Jn other cit
ies where he had worked In the same
business from three-fourths to one Inch of
pressure, as registered by the water
gauge, was sufficient to do the work. He
further added tha't the poor quality was
shown by the fact that It was found
necessary 10 clean the burners often
sometimes six times In one night. From
his previous experience he asserted that
the burners should need cleaning .only
once in months.
Mr. Scott a Witness.
At this juncture Mr. McGinn informed
the investigating committee that H. W.
Scott, editor of The Oregonian, one of the
subpenaed witnesses, would have to leavo
the city, and that If the attorneys of the
gas company desired him to go on the
stand he would do so at that time. Mr.
Scott was called by Mr. Teal, and told
of the revelations of high charges and poor
quality that had been made to The Oregp
nlan, giving in addition some facts about
the watered stock of the gas corporation
and its Inflated bond Issues. He said that
he had written many of the editorials on
tho subject of gas which' had appeared in
The Oregonian, and that the letters. and
interviews which had been published had
been under other supervision.
Tells of First Complaint.
He said that the first article of com
plaint against the gas company which ap
peared In The Oregonian was a communi
cation from P. E. Stowcll. who is with
the firm of .M. Seller & Co. This letter
he himself received and published, the
managing editor. E. B. Piper, being ab
sent from the city. Below this letter ho
printed an announcement that The Ore
gonian would Investigate the charges
made and let the public know If they were
correct, as It since has done.
"When the transfer of the gas plant
was made from Green. Leonard and oth
ers, through the intermediate company to
the present corporation, that was the
time the watered stock was introduced,"
said Mr. Scott in explaining some of the
questionable transactions of the organi
zation. "The present company In 1S32
fixed a capital stock of $1,000,000 and
issued bonds of S1.OW.000. The property
at this time was worth perhaps $500,000.
On this Immense amount of stock and
bonds the promoters expected the public
to pay dividends and Interest.
Rakc-Off In Deal.
"Just how the stock and bonds were
divided among the people Interested and
what the rake-off of the Intermediate
company was, I cannot say. That is
what the public wants to know. Mr.
Adams was asked about that, and he
said It was none of our business. About
that intermediate company, the public
knew nothing before this investigation,
and knows little yet, owing to the reti
cence of Mr. Adams. But it is known
that an intermediate agent of that char
acter Is usually organized in a stock
jobbing business of this sort."
-Was not this investigation taken up.
by Tho Oregonian from personal motives
and not because The Oregotrian wanted
to take up the charges m4 fey, tke
public?" asked Mr. Teal.
"Ne. it was eO km the Teply. "I
have V personal feeltog in tle imitter.
(Cciu4e4 r at
MEN ARE INDICTED
Two Burnhams and Eldredge
Accused 'of Grand Lar
ceny and Forgery.
Principal Officers of .Mutual Rc
crve Life Charged Willi Using
Company's Funds to Settle
NEW YOBK. March S. Indictments
charging grand larceny in the first de
gree and forgery In the third- degree by
Frederick A. Burnham, president: George
D. Eldrldge, first vice-president, and
George Burnham. Jr... second ice-president
of the Mutual Bescrve Life Insur
ance Company, were found by the grand
Jury today. Five indictments were
brought against each officer, two for
grand larceny and three for forgery. The
alleged larceny and forgery was brought
about, according to the Indictments, by
payments of $JXf of the company's money
to law firms, the apparent purpose of
which Is alleged to have been to settle
claims against the company, while the
real object is alleged to have been to
settle actions which had been brought
against officers of the company as Indi
viduals. The Indictments on which a
charge of larceny Is based alleged that
the officers embezzled two sums, one of
$7500 and the other of $15W. on October
Call Crimes Technical.
The three officers appeared In the Court
of General Session, where Judge O'SullI
van fixed their ball at $12.50) for each and
fixed upon next Thursday as the time
George Burnham. Jr., when seen at the
company's office after the Jury's action
had been announced, said:
"We had been expecting this and have
engaged counsel to defend us. Aside from
stating that. If there has been any crime
committed. It Is but a technical one. I
do not care to dlpcuss the case."
In the first case of alleged forgery, the
indictment charges that 57HO was en
tered m the eaah book a paW to Nlfholla
& Bacon, iMox9r.,4L3j!L. .Armptrcnsrj
to settle a claim of Armstrong against
the Insurance company arising out of a
contract bctwenn him and the company:
in fact, however, the indictment chargts
the money was paid to Nlcholls &. Bacon
In settlement of an action, which they,
as attorneys for J. Douglas "Wells, had
previously brought against Frederick A.
The second indictment for forgery
charges that the defendants caused the
item of $15C0 to be entered on the com
pany's books as made in payment to
James. Schell & Elkus as for legal serv
ices rendered by them to the company.
In reality, declares the Indictment, the
money was paid with instructions to turn
It over to the attorney of J. Douglass
Wells to reimburse Wells for disburse
ments which be claimed had been made
by him in defending actions brought
against him by Frederick A. Burnham
individually and by George D. Eldrldge
individually, and in order to Induce Wells
to consent to a discontinuance of those
Settled Personal Lawsuits.
The third indictment for forgery Is
based on the payment of $3009 of the
company's money on Eeptcmber 24. 1L
That payment, the Indictment charges,
was entered in the cash book as made to
James, Schell & Elkus Tor legal sen-Ices.
The real purpose of this payment Is, how
ever, alleged to have been for delivery
to Baldwin & White, attorneys for J.
Thompson Patterson, for the purpose of
settling one action which Patterson had
previously brought against the company
and against Frederick A. Burnham and
George D. Eldrldge Individually, and
three actions which had been brought
against Patterson, one by George D.
Eldrldge individually, one by Frederick
A. Burnham and one by the company.
In addition to the transactions of the
CHICAGO BANK PRESIDENT UN
Joka X. Wahth.
John R- Walsh, president of the de
funct Chicago National Bask, is now
under arrest and undfx $59,060 bonds.
He la charged with -violating the Na
tional banking laws in making false
returns to the Controller of the Cur
rency ani alo of converting to M
own use "without frfr authority
ftmA of tke bask atstovatbtg to
Mutual Reserve, the grand jury has be
fore it a. general consideration of Insur
ance companies. Regarding this general
situation the Jury recently asked Judge
O'SullIvan of the Court of General Ses
sion questions for guidance In the pro
posed Investigation. Today -Judge O'Sul
lIvan and also District Attorney Jerome
advised the jury" to wait before begin
ning its investigation until opinions of
legal authorities can be obtained upon
the questions Involved.
INSURANCE 1'OHCES GATHER
Thousand at Albany to Oppose Pro
posed Reform in Law.
ALBANY. N. Y., March S. Repre
sentatives of life insurance Interests
throughout the United States are as
sembling In this city tonight to par
ticipate tomorrow in the hearing to be
given before the special legislative In
surance Investigating committee on
the measures proposed to perfect the
state insurance law, to correct evils
in the company management discov
ered in the, recent Inquiry, and to bet
ter protect the policy-holders. Offi
cers, attorneys, actuaries and commit
tees representing companies which will
be affected by the pending legislation
and representative organizations of
life Insurance underwriters are here,
and their number will be greatly aug
mented tomorrow by the presence of
at least 1000 active Insurance agents.
The programme for tomorrow will
be drawn with a view to completing
the hearing In one day. The legisla
tive committees, nevertheless, will not
curtail the time given speakers. Tho
hearing will be had In the Assembly
chamber and in the presence practical
ly of the entire membership of the
The representatives of the agents
will address themselves mainly to the
sections of the general amendment
bill, which limits the oxponsas of
agencies and seisa maximum amount
of policy-writing for any one year.
CO.M311TTEE TO SEEK REFORM
roIIcy-Holders of MutunfLife Choose
One From Enclt State.
WASHINGTON. March S. The Mutual
Life Policyholders Association tonight
gave out a partial list of the members of
the executive committee, whleh Is to con
sist of one member from each state, with
the announced purpose of bringing about
reformation In the management of the
Mutual Life of New York. B. N. Baker,
of Baltimore, president of the Baltimore
Trust & Guarantee Company, was chosen
Representatives from but a few of the
Eastern and Southern States were named
tonight. Committeemen from other states
are being selected.
.John Warner and D. Cady Jlerrick. of
Nirw York, counsel -.tor: .thj8 association,
are expected toVppcar at Albanytfoefore
a committee of the New York Loctelature
tomorrow in the interests of policy-holders.
Johnon Will Act With Fish.
MINNEAPOLIS. March S. Governor
Johnson, as a membor of the Luwson
insurance commit tee. has consented to
act with the Stuyvesant Fish commit
tee, in the reorganization of the New
York Life and. Mutual Life Insurance
CHOATE ACCEPTS 'RETAINER
Will Aid Mutual Life Committee In
NEW YORK, March S. It was officially
announced at the offices of the Mutual
Life Insurance Company yesterday that
Joseph H. Choate had accepted the posi
tion of attorney to the Mutual's self-investigating
committee, recently vacated
by James B. Dill "and others when
Stuyvesant Fish left the committee.
It is understood that Mr. Choate Insist
ed on assurances that the Investigation
would be thorough in ever)' line of the
company's affairs and that he would be
absolutely untramroeled In bis work as
counsel. There was some doubt in Mr.
Choate's mind as to the propriety of his
accepting a retainer from the committee
and acting as counsel for the company
in the McCurdy and Raymond & Co. suits
at the same time. The members of the
committee. It is said, assured him that his
relations with the company would not In
terfere In tho least with his work for
It is thought likely that a third member
to take the place left vacant by the
resignation of Mr. Fish will be named in
a few days.
Sumucl Untermyer, counsel fpr the new
ly organized international policyholders'
committee, was In Boston yesterday. It Is
said that he Jiad a talk with Thomas W.
Lawson, and that Lawson agreed to sever
himself entirely from the movement which
he has been organizing against the Mu
tual Life and turn his proxies over to
the new committee.
The personnel of the Fish committee
will be announced In a few days.
3rutual Life Business Decline".
NEW YORK. March $. The annual re
port of- the Mutual Life Insurance Com
pany for IMS to the Insurance Department
at Albany shows that the company Issued
during that year new Insurance amounting
to $151,662,643, as against S22?22.'400 In 1JOL
BALLOON FALLS ONE MILE
Nine Italian Soldiers Dashed Down
to Awful Death.
HOME. Marrli 9 fKrwIal.l ThA nt1
ope of the military' balloon which wnj
making an ascent -at Civlta Lavlgnla. 13
miles southeast of this city, yesterday?
burst at a height of over a mile, and a
Captain and eight soldiers who were in
the car were dashed to the ground. All
were killed. '
Three Killed In Collision.
SARATOGA SPRINGS. N. Y.. March 8.
Three deaths have followed the wreck
of the local passenger train on tho Dela
ware & Ilu4eon railroad, bound from
Rutland, VL. for Troy, which, while held
up by a freight wreck near the local sta
tion, was run down by the Montreal flyer.
Fouthbound. last night. The dead are:
Mm. -Charles Esmond, ago 4) years, .of
Ganesvoort: Gertrude Bsmond. her daugh
ter, age M years; Frank A. SIndccuae. a
traveling" wl caiman, of Buffalo. Frank
Cantes, t Albany: Frank Terse, of Al
lMy: Xefrw yC Tamey. of Sandy HW.
and BertMi A. Bwsey? Sferatega, wer
Any Old Thing Will Do for Ma
terial, but Prices Cause
Palpitation-.. ' :
MIRACLES IN HEADGEAR
lint From British Columbia Which
Would Silence Brass Band Oth
ers From Paris Look Plratr
leal and Dissipated.
CHICAGO. March S.-(SpeciaI.) The SCO
country dressmakers who have been here
all week attending the sessions of the
National Dressmakers Protective Asso
ciation were reinforced today by almost
an equal number of country milliners, who
hastened In to attend the opening of the
National Milliners' Convention. Conse
quently, there were tumultuous doings all
day In both conventions.
The dressmakers convention closed this
cvonlng with an essay on "Art In Dress."
by Mis Elizabeth A. C. White, who looks
the port herself. Taking a few simple
Jackets, she rapidly tore them apart,
flopped them this way and that, speedily
pinned a tuck there and a furbelow here,
and presently she had produced a brand
new garment, for which a stiff sum might
be charged and collected. In no case did
the material amount to much, but for the
art well, one expects to pay for art.
Would Hnve Fanners Loosen Up.
The country dressmakers?, who have to
deal with tight-wad farmers and women
who turn their bombazines inside out
every three years, took careful note of
the metamorphoses, but shook their heads
sadly as they contemplated getting $15 for
a dress ami then collecting $45 extra for
assembling the same in an artistic man
ner. Miss White also obligingly showed how
it Is possible to make a Princess dress
drape gracefully over hips measuring 50
Too Short or Too Lonc?
The principal medcl today was declared
by ...Mile. White toJbe perfect, absolutely
jicrfcct, -with the slight exception that her
xklrts should be two Inches longer. Ono
of the men present had the brazen effront
ory to say that after the dressmakers had
pulled her extremities with their prices,
her aklrt measure would be plenty long
enough. However, that was not part of
thp lecture, and was met with contracted
brows and sniffing noses. Men are bo
fresh and Irrelevant, anyway.
There was considerable disappoint
ment at the milliners convention be
cause the pcrfoctly heavenly creations
that are to be shown had not boon un
packed. "Patience, have patience, my dears,"
counseled Mmc. Hunt, president of the
association. "We have here some per
fectly divine hats."
Such a l.ovc of a Hat.
Slowly, as the afternoon waned, the
rude, coarse men who were prying the
lids off the boxes proceeded with their
work and the women began to throw
spasms as the ''creations' were
One hat that has journeyed all the
way from British Columbia found
many admirers. It had a dinky little
frame with a dado of lace underneath,
on which were no fewer than seven
different varieties of brilllant-hued
flowers. The women gasped and Miss
White 3howed a disposition to renlg
on her broad statement of yesterday
that styles this year were to be ex
tremely modest and subdued. But It
was such a love of a hat price 30
Giddy Creations From Paris.
In addition, there were some dia
phanous things said to have been im
ported from Paris which nearly caused
an epidemic of cardiacal prostration
when they were flashed across the
MAN WHO BEAT GENERAL,
Albert Douglas, who defeated Gen
eral Groarenor for the Repafeltcan
nomination for Congress In the 11th
(Ohio) District, Is an attorney at
Chllllcothe. O. He la 3.1 rear old.
and was graduated from tbo Harvard
law school 32 years ago. Ha bm been
Countr Attorney, and seven years ago
the delegate from his county pre
sented, his a am a for Oorernor la tke
Republican state convention.
HPByL - ' ' " JJV
board. The shapes of the new hats
are simply villainous from the stand
point or viewpoint of a man. To all In
tents and p'urposes they have spent
the Winter in an ashbarr.el and have
been maltreated severely "by a negro
carpet-beater. They are to sit on the
head at a piratical tilt, giving the
wearer the air of having had cham
pagne for breakfast.
SEND MISSIONARIES AWAY
Chinese Escort Protestants, but
Catholics Refuse to Leave.
SHANGHAI March S. The Protestant
missionaries at Sulchou. Province of Kl
angsi. have been escorted to Kluklang.
The Catholic missionaries at Sulchou re
fused to leave the place, and the Gov
ernor fa sending another escort for them.
The Chinese concerned In the recent
rioting at Nanchang. Province of Kiang
sl. have confessed their guilt, bat main
tain that they were justified in attacking
Catholics, as the latter had stabbed the
SMUGGLING ARMS TO CHINA
Rifles and' Ammunition Seized on
SAN FRANCISCO. March S. The Ex
aminer pays today that 22 modern rifles
and 10.000 rounds of ammunition were
seized yesterday In the quarters of the
Chinese crew on the Pacific Mall steamer
Manchuria, scheduled to sail for the Ori
ent this afternoon. The company's offi
cials thereupon ordered as thorough a
search of the vessel as possible, and this
resulted In two more boxes of rifles be
ing found In the room of one of the as
sistant engineers. The engineer and the
Chinese were questioned, and It was
found that the guns had been purchased.
In this city by the engineer and smug
gled aboard the vessel. The officials say
they believe that there are no more guns
on board, but this will not be certain
until the freight has been discharged
from the steamer upon her arrival at
GUNS TO GUARD MISSIONARIES
Chinese Commander Sends Artillery
to Shuntefu, Near Pekln.
LONDON. March 9. The correspondent
of the Tribune at Pekln says that Yuan
Shi Kal. commander-in-chief of the Im
perial Chinese forces, yesterday forward
ed 18 mountain guns from Tientsin to
Shuntefu. 150 miles south of Pekln, In the
Province of Chi Li.
Shuntefu Is the seat of a mission of tho
American Presbyterian Board, and there
are located there Dr. J. L. Whit
ing and wife. Bev. E. C. Hawley and
wife. Dr. G. W. Hamilton and wife, and
Dr. Louis E. Keater.
Chinese Emperor Is III.
PEKIN. March 8. The Emperor of
China. Tsai Tien, Is III. Telegrams have
been dispatched to all the Viceroys of
.China, asking them, to .send, their best
physicians to Pekln. Tne physicians" at
the' palnce here say the Emperor's Illness
ia serious, -but not alarming.
Chinese Visitors at Niagara.
BUFFALO. N. Y., March 8. Prince
Tsai Tse and party arrived at Niagara
Falls this morning and passed the day
CONTENTS TODAY'S PAPER
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature. Ufl
dtg.i minimum. 44. Precipitation, none.
TODAY'S Fair. North to east winds.
No nuccessor to Rouvler found in France.
. Pago 1.
Algeclras conference talks of compromise.
Frequent robberies cause closing of inonej
order offices In Poland, rage 4.
Nine soldiers In balloon fall from mile
height In Italy. Pajfe I.
Britain's nnw war minister outlines military
policy. Page 8.
Government has evidence of rebates given
Sugar Trust. Fage
Senate debates statehood bill and will vots
on it today. Page 3.
Senators seek solution 6f appeal problem in
rate bill. Page I
Senate committee unanimous for Columbia
Jetty appropriation. Pase 1.
Standard Oil officials confer with Roosevelt.
President takes measures against tubercu
losis In civil service. Page 8.
Three officers of Mutual Reserve Life in
dicted for stealing. Page 1-
Mntual Life policy-holders combine for re
form. Page 1.
Armour accuses Government of having him
shadowed. Page 3.
Dressmakers convention ends and millin
ers "begirwv- "Page 1.
Striker In New York burns nonunion em
ployer with amnion I a. Page 4.
Frantic efforts to sure ZIon from bank
ruptcy. Page 3.
Coroner's Jury says Tenny died from blows
received from Nell in ring. Page 7.
Scores In bowling tournament at Salt Lake.
Blunders at Boise prevent pleading ot Fed
eration prisoners. Page tf.
Anti-pass law will result In a'dded expenses
to state government. Page (!.
Columbia. Northern Irrigation Company or
dered to present Its rules. Page C.
College orators to declaim at Albany to
night. Page 8.
'Gray's Harbor protests on alleged discrim
ination of Northern Pacific Page 6.
Commercial and Marine.
Large run of salmon and firm market ex
pected. Page 13.
Activity In pig iron trade. Page 13.
Inquiry for cold-storage apples at San Fran
cljco. Page 13.
Advance in Chicago wheat market. Page 13.
Relaxation in money aids stock prices.
Port of Portland Commission postpones ac
tion on petition of the Portland & Se
attle Railway Company for the purpose
of holding consultation with O. R. & N.
Pilot who took the missing bark Drumcralg
to sea says sho was top heavy when she
crossed oat over the Columbia River bar.
TerUaad and Vicinity.
Willamette Vatley Traction Company men
explain Front-street offer. Pago 10.
Representatives of United Railways warn
Council to look for a Joker In Traction
Corporation's bid. Page 11.
At the gas investigation H. W. Scott ex
poses the juggling of bonds and the wa
tering oC the stock of the corporation.
Page L .
Fire Commissioners declare Lazarus building
la course of construction most be modi
fied. Page 11.
Rer. W. G. Eliot, Jr.. installed as pastor of
the First Unitarian Church. Page 11.
Raabl Laadan. of Boston, comes to Portland
and may succeed Dr. Wise at Temple
Beth Israel. Page 14.
Reekatle priMaera testify that Guard John
son is brutal. Page 3.
Sara Meeker ready, t retrace ali Oregoa
'traits Page 14.
CASH FOB JETTY
Senate Committee Is
United for Bill
FULTON MAKES STRONG CASE
Appropriation of $400,000 Is
PILESGIVES FRIENDLY HELP
Provision Is Made in Amendment
to the Sundry Civil BUI and
Special Measure Senate
Will Pass It.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU. Wash
ington. March S. The Senate commit
tee on commerce today voted unani
mously 10 report favorably Senator
Fulton amendment to the sundry
civil bill, appropriating $400,000 for
continuing work on the Columbia
River Jetty, with a view to its preser
vation until Congress shall hereafter
make provision for its completion. On
advice or Senator Frye. chairman of
the committee. Mr. Fulton did not at
tempt to amend his amendment, as rec
ommended by the Secretary of War. so
as to authorize contracts to complete
the Jetty to its full projected length,
because it was universally agreed that
anr such change would certainly de
feat the entire amendment and kill the
$400,000 appropriation which now
seems within grasp. Rather than run
this risk. Mr. Fulton asked for a favor
able report merely on his amendment
as originally drawn.
Fulton's Convincing Argument.
The commerce committee, before act
ing, gaya a hearing to Mr. Fulton, who
at some Ienih js.ointed.out the rtacok
slty for the adoption of his amend
ment, showing that, unless the money
Is provided, more than a mile' of un
completed jetty now unfinished will be
entirely lost, because of the certain
destruction of the tramways. Unless
his amendment Is adopted. Mr. Fulton
declared the tramway would be utterly
destroyed by teredos during the com
ing season, and. once the tramway la
gone, the half-ilnishcd portion of the
Jetty will be absolutely lost, because
It will be impossible io build new
trestles over unfinished rock work.
This loss, he said, would cost the Gov
ernment fully $500,000. and would set
back work on the jetty not less than
two years. He showed that good busi
ness principles demand that the In
complete work be protected, and this
can only be done by thc immediate ex
penditure of 5100.000, as explained by
the Army engineers.
Committee Pledges Help.
The committee was thoroughly con
vinced of the advisability of making
this appropriation, and assured Mr.
Fulton that It would individually and
collectively aid him in securing the
adoption of his amendment. While the
committee Is not favorable to making
appropriations for new river and har
bor work at this session, it regards
this project as an extreme emergency.
To increase the chances of getting this
appropriation, the committee author
ized a favorable report on an original
bill Identical In terms with Mr. Ful
ton's amendment, and. in case one
plan falls, the other will be pressed.
Senator Piles, of Washington, who Is
a member of the commerce committee
and extremely friendly to Columbia
River improvement. Is an enthusiastic
supported of Mr. Fulton's amendment.
He. like other members of the commit
tee, believes the action of the commit
tee today makes it absolutely certain
thnt the Senate will attach tho amend
ment to the sundry civil bill, but real
izes that a fight will come when the
bill goes back to the House. Speaking
of today's action, Mr. Piles said:
Plies Praises Fulton's Work.
"The people of Oregon should feel
very grateful to Senator Fulton for his
splendid efforts in their behalf. In
his remarks this morning before our
committee he made ono of the clearest
and most convincing arguments I ever
heard. Senator Fulton Is popular in
the Senate; I can safely say that near
ly every member of our committee is
his personal friend and wanted' to do
him personal favors. It was only nec
essary for him to sho'w.an actual neces
sity for the appropriation in order to
get a favorable report on his amend
ment. "Congress at this time Is not friendly
to river and harbor appropriation?,
and is day after day turning- down
projects which are strongly supported
and which possess much merit hut it
was only In this instance, where the
gravest emergency was shown to ex
ist, that our committee yielded. It has
not made a single other exception to
Its rule. This Is the only new appro
priation we have authorized,- and we
believe it will be the only one to come
out of our committee this session."
Baker AVlth Fairbanks .and Folton.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU. Wash
ington, March S. Chairman Frank Baker
lanched today with "Vice-President Fair
banks and Senator Fulton. Later be will
sAve a. cefreace wiih Mr. Fair banks.