III I T I v volume vra. LA GRANDE, UNION COUNTY, OREGON. TUESDAY, DECEMBEH 15, 108. NUMBER H. DEMANDS COVERHnEHT LIBEL SUIT ACAII1ST PULITZER Washington, Doc. 15. Asking that the government proocute JoHcph Pul itzer, publisher of the New .York World, tor libel upon the ground tha'. the food name of the United States In connection with charges of fraud in the purchase of the Panama canal, Koosevelt today sent a vlgoroutily worded special message to congress. He transmitted all records and papers concerning the deal. The message aays: "In view of the constant reiteration of association of corrupt action with the government In the acquisition t the Panama canal, I deem it wise, t. submit to congress all the Information I have. The stories first brought tny attention, as published, In the In dianapolis News, are scurrilous, libel ous and false. "Delavan Smith, publisher of the Indianapolis News, shelters himself be "hlnd the excuse that he accepted the statements of the "World. The real offender Is Pulitzer. The great Injury Is blackening the good name ot the American people. It should hot be left for a private citizen like Pulitzer to do with us h p1aee. . lla shouH be prosecuted for libel by the govern ment. ' ."It Is Idle to say that the known character of Pulitzer and, his paper Is such that statements In his paper should be believed by nobody, but un fortunate there are thousands who be lieve the statements they see printed, even though they are In Pulitzer's pa per. Congressmen are actually In duced to- introduce a resolution with reference to these charges." The president then quoted the spe cific charges as published,, bringing In the name of Charles Taft, a brother of the president-elect; Douglas Rob inson, a brother-in-law of the presi dent. ' ' The message continued: "The state ments sometimes occurred In the edi torial columns and sometimes in the news columns; they were false In every particular from beginning to end. The wickedness of the slanders .... ore surpassed only by their fatuity. The Inventor of, the Taft story evident ly suppoamd that Taft was secretary f war during some period of the Pana ma purchase. He did not become sec rotary until after the transaction was closed. Inventor Robinson did not take the trouble to ascertain If he was connected In any way or phase ot the deal. No shadow of proof can be pro duced to support the stories. , They consist of strong. Infamous libels. . In form they are In part libels of Individ uals Robinson and Taft for Instance, but In fact, they are libels upon the government. It Is a high national duty to bring Pulitzer, ' who only seeks to connect the government with the wrongdoings, of the basest and foulest kind, to Justice. The attorney general Is considering the form of prosecu tion." , f '( "' , The remainder of the message is de voted to a description of the methods of purchasing the canal. OFFICER CI VEH mm term NOT NATURALLY A DAD MAX, BELIEVES THE COURT. Wan Who Stole ft Watch From Inmate of Rcdllght DlMtriot, Gets Two Years ' Wan Drought Front the South on a Charge Tltat Later Was Dismissed as Insufficient WU1 Appeal Case to he Supreme Court at Once Stay In Commitment. ' . , ,,' ' ' J - ( , -.. - .. - ' Two years in the penitentiary at Sa lem for stealing a watch from an In mate of the restricted district, is the fate which was meted out to James B. Officer, erstwhile dellveryman for the Cherry Laundry In this city. Calmly enough, Officer was given his sentence today noon by Judge J. W, Knowles. He was Immediately remanded to the custody of the sheriff and taken back to his cell. Character Good In the Part. "There are several other Indictments against you," said the court, when Of ficer stood up to receive sentence, "but this court cannot consider them. I believe the Jury was Justified In find ing you guilty, on the evidence pro duced. But as a man before the crime was committed, the court has known you Intimately for some time." He has known that you worked for a small compensation at an honest vocation." Further, the court pointed out how Officer was, to all appearances, an ex emplary man, but might at the of committing this specific crime, have had Intentions of committing w.r. But such a supposition would have nu bearing on the case In this instance of pronouncing sentence. "It is deem- SANDRIDCE UHD (Continued on page 8.) IS HOT FDR SALE BIG SUBSCRIPTIONS WERE ' SECURED THERE MONDAY. laud Prices Shoot Up and No Sales Arc Made Half-IIearted Interest Evi dent Before by Sandridge Farmer Disappears for Sharp Rush for Wa ter RightsScattering Tracts Can Be Had, But Great Bulk Stands aJ 1)1 DS) Per Acre Already. . ' ). " t . . '. L'uuiVtdge land is not for sale. A short time ago land, the best there was, could be had for $50 at the most, but now there Is very little if any for Bargains in Ready-made Goods Prices Cut in Two. Last o ith seasons ready made goods must be closed out regard of cost. Our stock is being reduc- stf tirtr Kim ladies' Suits We have only a fewladles' Suits left to be closed out at ridiculously low prices. 1 15 black Serge goes at $45 1 $12.60 black Serge goes at . . .$2.35 1 $25.00 black Cheviot goes at ..$0.85 1 $18.50 black Cheviot goes at . .$9.S5 1 $47.50 brown stripe goes st . .$28.85 Millinery Hats Half ..$5.0" $125 $3.25 $2.00 All ladles' Trimmed Price. $10.00 Hats, to close, at $8.50 Hats, to close, at $8.50 Hats, to close, at it no Hats, to close, at $2.00 Hats,' to close, at ladies' Waists $8.50 wool and silk Waist, reduc a to $6.50 all-weol and silk tfalsts, re duced to . ...$2.5 Wash Waists, lot 1, reduced to 5c Wash Wralsts, lot reduced to . . . .$1 5 Misses' Coats , Our stock of Mlfses' Coats Is very large and we have, decided to make prices that will move thum. Lot 1 Children's Coats, values to $3.50. at . .." $1.00 Lot 2 Misses' Coats, values to $6.50, ages to 14 years ...... .$2.85 Lot 3 Misses' Coats, values to $8.50, ages to 14 years $1.85 ladies' Skirts You know our" reputation on the famous "Beverley Skirts." To buy these at the prices we are offering them Is surely an inducement. Skirts, in value to $5.00, to close $1.95 Skirts, in value to $8.50, to close $1.85 Skirts. In value to $12.50, to close $7.65 at ladies' Coats Lot 1 Ladles' Coats, values to $10.00 250 Lot 2 Li dies' Coats, values to $15.00 ..$185 This Is a reminder. If you want a coat, decide Quickly. THE La Grande, Oregon. sale. One piece of land that Is known of, could be purchased at $75 per acre but the owner Is not particularly anxious to sell even at that figure. The general price Is $100 per acre. Local real estate men woh have deal ings out there, say that the owners are holding back in anticipation of the coming Irrigation ditch.' They refuse ti sU nt any reasonable figure. Subscribe Liberally. Not only are the men holding back from a standpoint of land sales, but the Sandridge farmers are holding their land for water. They are sub scribing liberally. The first day Mr. Mckennon who, by the way, is the great subscription getter of the conn!;- was discouraged with the result his canvass, but yesterday he was out again and this morning said hla most sanguine hopes had been weak. The subscriptions secured were both liberal and large. The farmers want the wa ter badly and are taking anywhere from 10 to 60 acres of water rights. Since It has become known that the entire Sandridge country can be wa tered, there has been new vim In the Irrigation proposition..' In the past, the land owners were not certain that the ditch would be satisfactory. RRICATION SOLE TOPIC Iff- LA GRANDE'S DELEGATION TO ABSORB ALL POSSIBLE Congress or Oregon State Irrigation Association Convenes In Baker City Tills Afternoon Prominent Men : From Many PIiumcs of Irrigation to Speak L Grande's Irrigation Boos- tera Among the Number More Will Go Tonight From Here. San Francisco, Dec. 15. The body of Chief of Police Blggy, lost from the police patrol boat on the night of No vember 30, was found today In the bay near Ooat Island. As soon as the Key Route ferry boat I kfrom which the body was sighted, ar rived at the slip, the police were noti fied. Sergeant James Donovan went out In a launch and towed the body to the foot of Mission street, where It remained in the water until the cor oner's deputies arrived. By this discovery today Is dispelled all doubt that the chief of police Is not dead, but alive and In hiding. His suicide followed the threatened prose cution of the police department for not protecting Haas, the would-be as sassin of Francis J. Heney. . The remains were badly decomposed and extreem care was exercised in the handling, lest limbs be torn from the body. . It required little effort to positively Identify the well known figure of San Francisco's former chief of police. "... Blggy's hands were clasped behind La Grande's delegation to the state Irrigation congress at Baker City, took its departure this morning and will be augmented in numbers tonight by oth ers who are desirous of going, but could not leave this morning. Union county, Itself so much In need of new Ideas along Irrigation lines, Just at this time, has sent a set of" delegates who will absorb as much of the learn ed addresses as any set of men could, und when they return. It will be to tell their fellow citizens of what was done at the great congress now In session. Among those to go this morning were J. D. McKennon, J. E. Reynolds, J. M. Berry and Turner Oliver. Others The Congress Program. Baker City, Dec. 15. Today, at 2 p. m.. In Elks' hall, the Oregon Irriga tion congress convened In one of the most Improtant sessions that has. ever been held In this state. There was In attendance a number of the very best Informed men In the state of Oregon, as well as from neighboring states, who will take part In the proceedings and elucidate the great value of Irriga tion products In Oregon. The program for the, congress Is: "The Conservation Movement," Hon. Stephen A. Lowell. "Irrigation In Western Oregon," A. P. Stover. United States Department of Agriculture. "Forestry." E. T. Allen, chief In structor forest reserve. "Hydrographlc Survey and State Co operation," J. C. Stevens, United States geological survey. "Irris-ation a Factor In the Develop ment of Oregon," Dr. James Wlthy combe. Oregon experiment station. "Irrigation Development and "ture Possibilities In Baker Coitn'y," J. A. Smith. "The Work or fie neclnmatlon Ser vice in Oregon," D. C. Henry, super vising engineer, reclamation service. "A Comparison of the Wyoming and Idaho Systems of Adjusting Water. Rights," Clarence J. Johnston of Wy oming. "Investment Discouraged Through the Inadeouarv of Present Water Laws," John H. Lewis, state engineer. Y OF CHIEF OF POLICE BICCY HEAR COAT ISLAND PASSING BOAT DISCOVERS REMAINS FLOATING ON .... , ' - . ' .. f v 6URFACE OF THE BAY AND GAVE THE ALARM. Chief of Police Actunlly Suicided Theory of Hiding ' 1 U DbcUed by the Dis covery Today of Body, Badly Discomposed Haa Been In the Water Since N'vrvl)cr SO, When Prosecution of rollee Department Seemed a if As sured Fact Towed ANltore. r Negroes Combat White Plague." Tuskegoe. Ala., Dec. 15. Represen tative negroes from many parts of the country are assembled at Tuskegee In stitute today, responding to the call of Dr. Booker T. Washington for a fegro congress for the Study and Preven tion of Tuberculosis. The Internation al association has installed an extens ive exhibit at the institute, which will remain open throughout the week. Statistics are presented showing that the negro race is especially susceptible to the dread disease, and leading col ored educators, physicians, clergymen and men of affairs will deliver ad dresses. In which they will attempt to rouse the colored people of the coun try to the necessity of beginning' an active warfare against the plague. The program arranged, for the six days of the conference and exhibition follows closely that of the International con gress on 'Tuberculosis recently held In Washington. hla back,' Indicating he made no strug gle. A revolver was found In his over coat pocket, believed 'to be the same one given him by Police Commissioner Kelt on the occasion of Blggy's visit to Kelt's home at . Belvldere, - and thought lost before he jumped from, the patrol boat. RICHEY NOMINATED FOR OFFICE Bl PRESIDEN Washington, Dec. 15. The president today nominated the following postmasters In Ore gon: N. E. Chambers, Arleta; Charles W. Merrell, Bond; J. N. Baskett. Freewater; Edgar Hos tetter, The Dalles; O. M. Rlchey, La Grande. T MINIMUM SENTENCE FOR THIS CRIME IS FIVE YEVRS. McCoy Jury Returns a Verdict of Guilty as Charged Was Out On Hour and 45 Minutes Went to the July at Shortly After Noon Finn . Attorney for the Defense, Makea a Long Argument Will Be Sentenced at Nearby Date. Vt - ' After being out one. hour and 4 45 minutes, the McCoy jury re- 4 turned with a verdict of guilty as charged. As this Is, a crime of burglary In the night time, it Is a serious offense, and the mln- 4 Imum sentence that can be Im- posed is five years in the state 4 4 prison. Sentence will be read to McCoy at a nearby date. ' - : .t 4fr At 1:30 this afternoon the case of Raymond McCoy, now singly accused of breaxlng Into a house on First street and assaulting Mrs. Geytrup, the half-witted woman formerly living there with a half dozen children, in the most deporable manner, was given to the it men who heard the evidence. Since yesterday McCoy has been atone, his two alleged companions . having been dismissed on account of lack of evidence. All morning the attorneys argued with, the jury. C. H. Finn went over the testimony of the defense, pointing out the weak spots In the chain of evi dence presented by the state, all tend ing, he said, to show that there was room for doubt In the story told by the little girl yesterday. The girl was the principal witness for the state. Identifying McCoy positively, but not knowing the other Joint defendants. For the state District Attorney Ivan hoe addressed the Jury. The court' Instructions were read as soon as the afternoon session commenced, and tha Jurors withdrew for deliberation. OFFICIAL IIOTICE OF SITE FOR TIE FEDERAL BUILIIC In a long letter written and signed by Secretary Cortelyou of the treas ury department at Washington, J. M. Berry is apprised of the fact that his bid for site for the federal postofflee building, has been selected. In addi tion to a large mass of other business details the epistle state that pnper? making the trtrttfer of proptrlj will be made out at tic e. Tills settles for once and all iho rpeculatlon as to where the postofflee building will be The first news of(the selec- located. tlon came In a telegram to Turner Ol iver last evening from a private attor ney at Washington, but the advance news was today made official by the arrival of the letter from the depart ment. The Berry property Is located at the angled corner of Fourth street and Adams avenue, where there Is a street (Continued on page 8.) ,!.