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I MANY DILLS IN
EASTERN' OREGOX EXPERI
MENT STATION HILL PASSES.
Aside From rating Way for Sinter
jind King to Supreme Court Judge
kIiIIm, the Semite Passes Muny Bills
or Interest to Eastern Oregon Dep.
ii ty Clerk for Supreme Court In
Pendleton Judge Smith's Sulury Is
Raised Over Veto.
Kitl.nt, Feb. 11. The house paused
the senate bill today, creating two ad
1I t lona I Htipreme judges. Commis
sioners King and Slater, demoeriis
will be annotated. The senate also
passed a number of salary bl!W over
the governor's vetoes. Including eie
. Increasing the salary of the circuit
judge at Baker City from $3000 to
94000. A senate bill was put through
the house requiring seats for motor
men, and for a deputy clerk of the
supreme court at Pendleton, and ono
for the eastern Oregon experiment
ISLAND CITY ITEMS.
George Wade and wife of Summer
vllle visited here Friday and Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Holmes left Tues
lay for Wallowa Ms, to be gone a
week. Mr. Holmes Is on a business
Several from here plan to attend
the minstrels at Grange hall Friday
Don Meyers of Grand Island, Neb.,
-spent Wednesday " here with friends,
; He left Thursday morning for Elgin,
to take a position In the mill at that
The high school and seventh and
eighth grades are having a vacation
while Prof, and Mrs Shurts are tak
ing the examination at Lu Grande.
Our first showing of
lust received from
These suits wilt give
you an idea of the
style Tendencies for
We invite you to call
and see them. You
are welcome, buy or
WHEAT SOARS SKYWARD.
Chicago, Fell. 11. May VillCUl WCIlt
to 8 1. IS n bushel today, breaking all
records of lh mst year. The uinrkct
started In under very bullish condl-
HONOR TO JIM Ml'.
Japanese la America Hemeniber A
fcnslou of First Nippon King.
Seattle, Feb. 11. No business was
transacted In Seattle today by local
Japanese, who are celebrating the as
cension of "Heaven born" Jim Mu to
the first throne of Nippon. -
Toklo, Feb. 11. The people of Ja
pan are today celebrating in commem
oration of the granting of the consti
tution. Visitors of all parts of Japan
are at the capitol.
COLD ITER ON JAP BILLS
HOUSE AT SACRAMENTO
DISGUSTED AXI TIRED
Willi Great mid Potent Forces Against
Them Tticy Give Up Fight Against
Sacramento, Feb. 11. In view of
yesterday's activity In the house in
killing the Johnson anti-Japanese bill
it is doubtful today if the investigation
will be seriously mentioned again this
session. Most of the members of the
house are disgusted with the whole
affair, as It is too much work fight
for bills with President Roosevelt,
Governor Gillette and Speaker Stanton
The senate this morning refused to
take any Interest In the great ques
The senate refused point blank to
pull off Its scheduled debate on rec
ommendation of Its committee that no
ant'Japanese legislation -be
1 this session. Senator Aantfiony and
(one or two others showing anxiety to
I open the debate, when Senator Miller
called President Porter's attention to
the fact that there was nothing be
fore the senate to discuss. That end
ed the talking.
AIMS TO REBUKE HOOKKVKLT
After Congress Adjourns a Committee
Will Proceed to Find Out if Roose
velt Told the Truth About Secret
Service Ucllinghuin Not the Only
Coast City to Benefit by Xiivnl Ap
propria l Ions Entire Souud Needs
Washington, Feb. 11. President
Roosevelt may be rebuked by the sen
ate appropriations committee for the
assertion that restrictions had been
placed by congress on the use of the
secret service and the service has
"been of benefit only to the criminal
classes." A sub-committee, is Investi
gating severr-.l phases of the case ant'
is ready to report. It recommends an
investigation continue, after congres
adjourns to secure complete details ol
the character of the service performed
by the secret service.
Representative Humphreys of
Washington, is informed by the bureau
of ordnance, which recently took up
the matter of fortifications In the vi
cinity of' Belllngham, that while thi
proposed protection Is not included In
one general plan for fortification ot
the Puget sound, such a showing huf
been made and that the matter war
favorably reported to the secretary oi
war. It was shown that a hostile war
ship might reach Belllngham bay with
out coming within 12 miles of any
sort of fortification.
Ilackett Mill Starts.
Elgin, Feb. 11. The Hackett lura
her mill at Elgin started today.
The olid slaughter house near Hoi
Lake was consumed by fire Tuesday
night, with but trifling loss.
TROUSERS jL U
See the Stvle
See the Point
the pants that give
TA? price is
defense pits ox its ,
stak witness today.
Negro Miakcn Hut Little In Grueling
Cross- Examination Tells His Story
About as I'uiiiorcd Denies He Was
Out of the House on the Night ol
the Eire Corroltorutcd in Part by
OlhVr Wltm-sKes Case ."Scaring tlie
WILLIAMS OX STAN D.
Joe' Williams, colored, vtns put on
liio stand by the defense In the circuit
i-oiirt case of widespread Interest, this
afternoon, and under oath vehemently
denied lie had left the Znhcr house
the nlit'ht of the fire. Eor more than
un hour he was. under fire of a gruel
ing cross-exajiilmitlon by the prosecu
tlon. To all appearances the seusu
tlonal case Is about over.
Enormous Crowd Present.
The circuit court yesterday and to-
lay played to "standing room only
N'ot since the county seat has been
moved to La Grande has there been
o much interest manifest In a single
case as in the case of the State vs.
Joe Williams. No doubt the fact that
'hat the state in this case, like in
most arson cases, must rely entirely
upon circumstantial evidence and
iside from the natural Interest, thcr
is considerable curiosity to know just
what the state will be able to bring
out on the one hand and to what ex
tent the defense will be able to offset
On the presumption that the defense
would attempt to prove that he was
lot in the vicinity of the fire, nor out
in the street on the night of the fire
when the state closed its side of the
case there was a general belief that It
lad presented a much stronger case
than was expected possible, In other
words, had secured conclusive evl-
lence by no less than four witnesses
'ho swore positively that they saw
Joe either going or returning on
Spring avenue, which leads direct to
the scene of the fire, in a direct
route to the place where Joe rooms.
This morning when court opened
ind the defense began producing Its
vldence, there was much Interest
whether or not it would attempt to
ihow that Joe was or was nut on the
Tc-limoliy Con) limed.
Last evening after The observer
id gone to press, the following tes
Policeman J. Black: Assisted
hief U'alilcn In arresting the de
lidant und he protested that he knew
nothing of the fire until the follow
ing morning and further that lie had
lot liren up town for three or four
Mrs. I'". S. Ivanhoe: Lived In prop
rty burm-d. Before retiring that
ni'ht I he.'iil a peculiar sound; know-
that Joe and Mr. and Mrs. Hueii
Uere having trouble. It occurred
ine it iiiiyht be Joe, and I stepped
into the I lit t Ii room, turneil (.nt the
libt, and stood still; heard a voice
wlieih distinguished as Joe's. Joe
lad told ine regarding Ills troubles.
Ileging that Buehler's were trying to
et lu. Molllor to discharge him. It
seemed to nil' joe lived in this vicin-
i I v continually. He was ebout there
II times of the day and night.
1,'ev. O. II. King: I am pastm- of
i i'!ir'tian church: on the night In
iwstion speelaj services were being
held In the church and services closed i t
iter than usual, which must Ki e '
been several minutes after i I' nk.
It was ptohably 9:4 when I -..ached j
holm-. I was reading ' '- n the fire j
bell ran.; I walked , ; nf my house I
and up to the corner of Mrs. JCuber's
residence, when I luet Joe. We talked
regarding the bx ntion of th
s eing no evidence.
liei -lot d it might !
be a chimney; 1 returned home and
Joe went Into the rear of the Zuberj
residence. There was nothing In Joe's j
general appearance that attracted my
George It. TiltoSi, engineer for Pal- j
mer Lumber company: 1 saw Jnc '
Williams as I was returning from the!
services held In the Christian church;
passed within four feet of him, Just
r ahout at, the alley wi of Mr. 'An-1
saw a man and a woman oit the ttvrt
at the same time. The clock struck
9:30 Just after I reached my home,
Motion to Acquit.
Immediately upon the state resting
its case the defense made a strong ef
fort to have the court direct the Jury
to bring in a verdict of .acquittal, ul
lcgtng the IncufTlciency of the Indict
ment and further, the state had made
no case. Had not proved that the
defendant was In or . even near the vl
city of the fire that night. The
court denied the motion and Dr. Mol-
(Continued on page 5.;
LONG HIKE IN WILDERNESS
ntOM VALDEZ TO SEVTTLE
W ITH A DOG TMM.
To Win agr 1oiu Man Starts I'rom
Wilds of Alaska Bound for Scuttle
Dawson, Feb. 11. To win a wager,
William Cooper left here today on a
long "mush" overland to the Seattle
exposition. He began his Journey at
Valdez. Nineteen hundred miles arc
ahead of him through a dense wilder
ness and through an untracked stretch
he faces 1000 miles in British Colum
bia with no guidance except a Cana
dian telegraph line. In order to win
he must reach Seattle by April Iff:" He
takes a team of six dogs all the way.
John L. Lewis Is In the city
today visiting his son, who Is at the
Grande Ronde hospital, recovering
from an operation for appendicitis.
Mrs. D. , W. Tastlt of Washington,
D. (.'., arrived In the city this after
noon to Join her husband, who holds a
position In the United States land of -
flee In this city.
BENCH OF GUKEKS SENT IX)
RESCl'IO PASSENGERS, STRIKE.
After Winking an Hour to
Passeujicrs Subsisting on
Salmon. Greeks Go Out oil Strike,
Chicago, Feb. 11. Greek laborers
hired to rescue 3M passengers stalled
In two snowbound trains at Skyburg, ,
Minn., struck today, demanding more
pay and a warming room. Skyburg
Is 50 miles from St. Paul. The trains
are on the Great Western road.
One train left Chicago on Monday I
night, and the other left Kansas City -the
same night. W hen the trains ran Storms In the east have raised havoc
into the snow bank, 100 Greeks were 'with the cross-continent traffic. Last
sent to dig them out, as passengers night the evening trains from the east
ire subsisting on tunned salmon,
ter woeklng a n hour they struck.
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Should be of right potency
Should be dispensed carefulty
Should cost you but a fair price
v Should be bought amid cleanly surroundings.
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place utmost confidence in our goods, and our methods
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LA GRANDE, OREGON
Trnnu Tn nniin
RECEPTION' TO ATLANTIC
FLEET PLANNED IX DETAILv
On February 22 the Mayflower With
President Aboard, Will Fire Unci
Sam's Salute to the Rctundng War
Vessels IYosldent to Visit Each of
the Vessels lu Turn Dinner In Hon
or of Officers lu Command of I Mag
Washington, Feb. 11. With Presi
dent Roosevelt aboard, the presiden
tial yacht Mayflower, with Secretary
of the Navy Newberry and a party of
officials, will leave here on the after
noon of February II, for Hampton
Roads, to review the Atlantic fleet as,
the closing ceremony of the famous
According to arrangements an
nouncedtoday, the Mayflower wll
anchor In the vicinity of the Bug light '
at the entrance of the Roads on the.
morning of February 22, the anniver
sary of Washington's birth. The fleet
will appear in lower Chesapeake at
11 o'clock and pass In review before
Roosevelt, and , then proceed through
the roads to anchorage from which
they started on the cruise nearly a
year ago. While passing the Mayflow
er will fire a salute of 20 guns, and at.
2 o'clock the president will receive
Rear Admiral Sperry and officers of
the fleet aboard tlTe Mayflower. Af
ter an informal luncheon to the offi
cers the president will visit each of
the 16 ships and depart for Washing-'
ton at S o'clock. .
Roosevelt at Lincoln Homestead.
Washington, Feb. 11. A special
1 train bearing Roosevelt and party to
the Lincoln homestead in Hodglnvllle,
Ky left here at noon.
CiMt Going to Rome.
Rome, Feb. 11. It Is stated posi
tively today that the czar will visit
King Emmanuel at the Qulrlnal during
Find Bodies In Ruins.
Chicago, Feb. 11. The ' bodies ' of
two men were recovered today from
the ruins of the Wabash railroad
freight depot, which was burned Inst
night, entailing a loss of $600,000. It
Is believed another body Is still In the
WESTBOUND TRAINS LATE.
Storms in (lie East Cripple and Retard
Traffic G red II)'.
were late and today the morning train
due at 9:1!5, arrived at 3 o'clock.