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LA GRANDE, XTOON COUNTY, OREGON.
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NOON TODAY MARKS DOWNFALL
OF BIG ABUT OF POLITICI
CLASS AND OLD LEADERS. ,
BEVY OF CRIPPLES LARGE
Political Upheaval has ltJ Ending In
- , Washington at Noon Today When
One Hundred a"nd Twenty.one
Downs and Out Enter Into this
; Class and are Real Lame Ducks the
sh!" tm M?.'' tmindrAd
and twenty-one lame ducks today
vouchsafed one long, loud, discordant
cry of bereavement and made ready on
the morrow to wing their weary way
" homeward. " ''.
1 One hundred and twenty-one ex
congressmen they were; one hund
red and tw;nty-orie figures of the
past; one hundred and' twenty-one
who by virtue of the happenings of
November 8 las); are, for the next
two years at least, s:parated from
- the dignity, honor and emoluments of
The . next-to-the-most-powerful
member, the most aged member, the
youngest member, the funniest mem
ber., and the most honored member
-were among the throng of "lama
ducks" who packed their grips today.
James A. Tawney (Rep. Minn.) the
chairman of the great Appropriations
committee, the next-to-the-most-pow-iful
member of the House, and ac
knowledged by all one of the most
able1 representatives, was the Naool-
. en of these survivors of the Waterloo,
N.D, Sperry. (Peep. Conn.), 81 years
slda Uolitte Elvlns, (Rep. Mo.) at 33,
the "kid" member: Guatav Kuster
mann (Rep. Wis.) , whosj . bewhls
kered face and German vaudeville dia
lect used to provoke the house to
laughter even on the most solemn
v days, was there. And Joseph Warren
Kelfer, former Speaker of the House,
general in two wars, author and his
torian, led the ranks with his fa
mous suit looking Just the same as
It has during the many days and dress
nights of his fourteen years service
at the Capitol.
The army of has-beens saw its last
day's service in the House today.
Ninety-four of its members are Re
publicans; twenty-four are Demo
crats.. Fifty-six of the ninety-four Re
publicans retire in favor of Demo
crats;, five of the retiring Democrats
make way for Republicans In the next
House of Representatives. Only three
members all republicans voluntar
ily left. Representatives A. F. Dawson
of Iowa, who may become Secretary
to the President: N. D. Sperry, of
dlclary . committee and De Alva S.
Alexander, of New York of the Rivers
and. Harbors Committee, In th big
throng. , - V . '
, Gerrit J. Dlekma, of Michigan,' and
known for his remarkable voice, who
announced himself as candidate for
speaker because of the excellence of
that organ,: Is in , the army of used-to-was.
There was also Harry M. Cou
drey, (Repn. Mo) .- who achieved fan:
by introducing the following meas
ures ' .' y'l
Requiring that I no woman should
wear a hat pin in Washington, the
point of "which protruded more than
hanlf an inch from her hat, prohi
biting railway conductors In -Washington
from expectorating on their
hands or fingers when issuing tickets
or transfers; requiring all' merchants
who publicly epose clocks to ke p
them running within not less than
two minuter of the correct, standard,
sun time; permitting civil war vet
erans to take their wives, with thsn
into Soldiers' Horn. s; and making 1
unlawful to play baseball," cUcfcet.
golf, tennis anil "other clean an''
harmless athletic sports" on Sunday
iH.th? r'tr'"t PnlMtviMn - '.
Joseph Jiolt Gaines is another of
the Old Guard. For eight years he
has be;n a familiar figure on the floor
and In the Ways and Means commit
tee. With Win. S. Bennett (Rep. N. Y.)
Gaines enlivened his last few weel.3
of Congressional life with a fork
ful fight against Canadian i eel. )ro
eity. Bennei helped out in the rec
ent filibuster, : ; , -
Charles N. Fowler, (Rep. N. J.) was
another theoretically present .'at the
roll call today, although physically,
he hasn't been In the House through
out, the present session. Fowler goes
down In fame as the foremost anti
Cannon member, remembered for his
vltrollc, vituperative wordy assaults
on the gentleman from Illinois, and
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SENATOR FROM TEXAS THOR
syivanla. Two (both republicans) re
tire from th; house to assume the
, senatorial toga Reps. C. E. Townsend
of Michigan and. Miles Poindexter of
t- Many a scarred veteran of legisla
tive warfare is on the Invalid list,
There is Henry S. BoutelK Rep. III.)
with twelve years service, who used
to be one of the Big Four In the good
old days of the Old Guard In the
House ,wi Speaker Cannon, the then
representative Jam:s S. Sherman, and
Sereno E. Payne.; Boutell Is. renowned
for his reading. For years past he
lias always been be lec ted on Wash
ington's birthday to read Washing
ton's farewell address. or, on Lin
coln's natal day, .to. recite the martyr
. Frank O. Lowden, one of the richest
men In the House Is another who will
Te an ex-congressman tomorrow.-J.
A. T. Hull of Iowa, chairman of the
great Military Affairs Committee, C.
F. Scott of Kansas, head of the Com
mittee on Agriculture. Wm. A. Reed
er of Kansas who-presided over the
Irrigation committee. -R.-- W. Parker.
ct New Jersey, chairman of the Ju-
Opposttlon to Initiative and Recall
Prove his Self Undoing Today
Washington. March 4 S:nator Jos
eph W. Bailey, Democratic senator
from Texas today resigned from the
senate. He gave his reasons as be
ing that the Democrats failed to fol
low Ms leadership in the considera
tion of the Arizona constitution 'mat
ter to which he was violently oppos
ed. He ..was particularly vindictive
against the lniative, referendum and
Further than giving this as 'his
chief -cause he refusedto discuss his
radical action In the matter and
though the excitement of the closely
closlne hours of conerpsa. war tnrri.
Connecticut and Geo. F. Huff, Penn-J flc, Bailey's action was one of the
Wilson May be Recall td '
Mexico City, March 4 Rumor is
current here that American Ambas
sador Wilson has bexn recalled. It is
said the remarks are . attributed to
Wilson who it is said created an un
friendly feeling toward the Amerl;
cans here. The .Spanish newspapers
bitterly denounce him.
Information from Seven Nation, Mine
Julius Fisher has just received a
letter from Chas. Fleeser, foreman at
the Seven Nations mln?. Mr. Fleeser
say a that the snow is five feet deep
although the. crew Is working every
day and .is .getting ore on the dump
so that when th- weather break3 and
a mill can be Installed there will be
plenty to keen ft going. Mr. Fisher
says that, when C.. A. Galloway, who
Is one of the stockholders returns
from his' trjp to Florida, spve very
active work will be commenced. The.
Eureka, owned personally 'by
Fisher, from' all Indications,
SATURDAY, FEBKUAKi 4,1911.
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Senate Passes the Measure but House
Refuse's to Act-Pension Bill is Turned
Dowii-Specijl Session Begins April
4Sessicn Finally Adjourns
Waslilnyton, Marrh 4 President
Winit:m II. Taft called nn extra ses
sion of congress today noon, to con
tene on Apr.! fourth.
Washington, March 4 Adjourning
without passing the tariff board bill
in face of favorable action by the
When the. tariff board bill leached
the house today .after It had been
passed by the senate, Re?. Fitzgerald
Democratic, of New York, started a
filibuster Intended to and which" did
kill the measure. Dalzell offered the
gag rule but Fitzgerald made a point
j fore, having attended ihe theatrlcaVat
! traction. Khu k... ,.ii
, " iiicu uui a
few minutes after 12 o'clock she be
came unconscious and was dead in a
few minutes.1 ' , ,...'..-' , -, ,
The sudden death came as startling
news this morning to the many rela
tives and friends of -the family. Mrs.
Snodgrass has lived at", First and
Washington for the past year or two
moving-from the family home on
Fourth street soon after the death of
her . husband. She was about sixty
four years of age. ' - - v ; .
While It has not been deflnltUy de
cided, H, is likely that the funeral will
be held next Monday. It is possible
that the services may be delayed un
til Tuesday 'to allow the relatives to
reach here from California. Mrs. Jay
Van Buren, J. G. Snodgrass, . L. L.
Snodgrass, Mrs. E. W. Bartlett, Jud
ith Snodgrass, Joe Snodgrass, Mrs.
Fred Dittebrandt. all of this city.
WI1J Snodgrass and Mrs. Abott of
Colfax, Washington, ar . sons . and
daughters of the decear
nit th Tr9nt oHlnn of rnn- i of nr1r on no oiiorum and then be
gress came to an end. today, the sen
ate adjourning at 12:28 and the house,
at 12:41. With it goes the first half
of President Taft's term and the Re
publican congress as well. I -'
- Tariff Board Bill Killed
At 8:30 this morning the senate
was at work. It passed the tariff
board bill Immediately by. a vote of
56 to 23, but the measure doe,s not be
come a law because the house failed
to act on the bill before adjournment
and thus caused the death of the
measure, meaning another one of
President Taft's pet measures have
gone astray. " '
Ratification Bill KMed '
By flllibustering from 1 o'clock
this morning until eight this 'morn
ing Senator Owen . prevented the
senate considering the New Mexico
constitution 'ratlflcattonT By the" same
means McCumber and Root prevent
ed the Senate from considering the
house apportionment measure for an
Increase of Its membership to 450.
' Both houses had been In session
almost continuously since yesterday
morning A with --only -irecesses as the
breaks In the long grind. Formal ad
journment and. reconvening waa per
formed this morning to establish a
legislative day of March 4. .
gan and the ssesaw game which lasted
untij within one hour of adjourn
meent when the tariff bill was drop
ped set the deficiency bill could pass.
The deficiency bill then was passed
and thehouse adjourned. ;
Wild Disorder In House
When it was seen that the Republi
can program was defeated, there was
a wild e:;cltement and Speaker Can
non could hardly control the last
moment ot his reign In the house
a reign of long standing. By the
shrewdest kind of manipulations the
deflciencqy bill was allowed to be act
ually put Into law safely; .
Pension Bill Dead. -
Just before adjournment ;tb&'Sul
loway pension bill was withdrawn
thus ..ending all chances for Its pas
sage. Lodge objected to the bill on
the grounds that it would add $440,
000,000 to the country's expense in
ten years. . "
Clark Thanks Cannon.
Political differences were buried
when Just before the speaker dropped
his gavel, .Champ Clark thanked Joe
Cannon for his long service In" the
chair. Within the singing of patriotic
and Jolly songs, the representatives
left the chamber.
SEARCH FOR MURDERERS CENTERS
AT BOISE AND WALLA WALLA
Actuated by the belLf that the men
sought In connection with the mur
der at Haines have made good their
escape from EaBtern Oregon, the
Haines authotltie.s are extending
their search to Boise, Walla Walla
and Pendleton In the hope ot event
ually making arrests that will ' lead
to the termination of the. man hunt
maintained in Eastern Oregon. Re
gardless of the fact that the detec-
Eastern gap of the Grand; Ronde
valley. .. '
Two suspects were shadowed for
a few minutes in this city last night
but It proved to be without results.
A fireman saw two men dismount
from the train he had find Into the
yards here and a few minutea after
wards learned that they were in a
local restaurant, eating ravenously.
The pollcj were put on the trail but
tives have made the towns mentioned the suspects proved to be others than
in and about Powder valley and the ' the men wanted.
COLDWELL GETS MR". SNODGRASS
IRSHALSI PASSES AIT
BOURNE AJiD CHAMBERLAIN DIS
REGARDED BY TAFT. .
P-. rsonalitles Entering Into FIghmt
Overridden by. President
Washington, .,. March. . 4 President
Taft overrode Senators . Jonathan
Bourne and George E. Chamberlain
tdday whtn he sent" the nomination! of
Elmer Coldwell as United ' States
marshal for Oregon. The nomination
Is direct repudiation of the powers
of Chamberlain and Bourne who have
fought the appointment . tooth and
Mr J nail. Bourne especially Insisted that
will Coldwell ' was nersonallv obnoifmm
?rove c big factor in the new mining to him, and therefore fought his n)m
district. .. ... : ; Inatlon. ' '
DEATH EXTREMELY SUDDEX AJiD
SHOCK TO FRIENDS.
Comparatively Well at 'Midnight and
Dead Twenty Minutes Later, w'
Sudden death overtook Mrs. Marie
B. Snodgrass,. widow of the late Wl
J. Snodgrass shortly after mldntghC
when, after but a few minutes' , Ill
ness sheSiuccombed to heart disease
The only forewarning of the sudden
death was short but serious lllnes?
Monday night wh:n her condition was
extremely critical. She . recovered'
however and was believed past ' all
danger again. Iast evening her son-in-law
and daughter, Mr. and Mrsi
Dittebrandt rcachod home shortly be
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FAILURE OF API10RTIOXMET
BILL LEATES OREGON I OLD
DIVISION LINES. ?
MANY CANDIDATES FDILEO
With Entire Eastern Half of the State
Boiling with Aspirants, Senate .at
Washington Fails ' to Pass Appor
tionment Bill and This City und
Half of State Will Remain as Be.
fore for Two Years. .
Will do y
their medic' 1. x boys of the
high scho ' j. ; iared a "rook"
who dared l' ' . the rules of the
student body ra iding the style of
.haircuts,' It is now evident that the
apology demanded by the Bchool board
last night will be extended to the
Btudent who figured In. the impromp
tu hair trim and to tin father of the
boy..'--,'.' '. -
More Tronhle In New York State
New York, March 4 -The blggesf
political battle of years Is Impending
here as a result of the open break be
tween Charles Murphy, boss of Tam
many, and Governor Dlx, because the
governor publicly repudiated Shee
han, the senatorial candidate.
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FORTUNATE FAMILIARITY WITH
. NAMES PREVENTS LOSS
Man Wanted Badly In Idaho for For.
, gery Nabbed Here Last Night
Obtaining a sample of the signa
ture of C. H. iConkey, the May Park
orchardist and ; (orglng Mr. Conkey's
name to a $20 check on the La
Grande National bank, and being
nabbed by the police ten minutes af
ter passing the check, are charges
preferred against a man named Chas.
Foley, now In the city Jail awaiting
the. arrival of the sheriff from Cald
well, Idaho, where the man Is want
ed on similar charges. Foley came
to grief here last evening when he
attempted to pay for a suit of clothes
at the Ton ey & Scranton store with
a check signed by C.' H. Conkey For
tunately Mr. Scranton was familiar
with the signature ' of Mr. . Conkey
and Immediately called the attention
of his partner to the forgery and
hailed the police. The fellow , made
away while the police was being call
ed but was run down and. caught a
few minutes afterwards by Chief pf
Police Walden with the aid of Mr.
Scranton. He carried checks on the
Idaho Banks too and Is charged with
forgery at that, place.
He played the homeseeker's game
and In conversation with Mr Conkey
obtained his name"' ladd address on a
piece of paper' for future reference.
From that he Is said to have copied
the signature' though 'the- resemblance
Is bad., . . . - ; , .
Another Forger Caught
What Is said to1 be. the., manipula
tions of a second forger came to light
this afternoon, when Chief of Police
Walden arrested a man, named Chas. '
Halsen, who Is chnrged ..with forg
ing the name of'tf Greek restauranter
and attempting to pass It on the O.
F. Coolldge paint' store. He is In lall
awaiting development!. .'".:
KnittATn Oreann-. . has '. auddanlv .
awakened to the fact' th'e' reaboor-
-ilves to take tionment of the Oregon Congressional
districts brought about by the In-
reased population the Salem leeis-
Iatlve; acts setting Eastern- Oregon
as the njw district and throwing
Multnomah county Into a district of
Its own, and leaving Western Oregon
as a district by itself, has been left
entirely, unavailing and that unless
the matter is handled by the extra
session, called by President Taft today
for , April 4th, considers , the matter
and passes the bill, Oregon as well
as the other states entitled to addi
tional congressmen, will be required
to go two years more with a third
congressman. ' . : : . ." '
Candldntes'Partlcularly Hit '
' .There has been a bevy of congres
sional aspirants in this section of the
state ever , since the reapportionment ;
bill passid the Oregon legislature and
at least eight candidates, four of
whom hailed from La Grande and
Wallowa and Baker counties, have
eltherj Intimated, or expressed their
desire to become candidate at that
time.; None of these men this after
noott expressed their opinion j.on th j
matter. ;; , h-r:. ': ' Ti .(
The special session is called prt
marily for the ratification ,or rejec
tion 'ot the reciprocity bill and it is
hardly likely that the apportionment
bill will come up at that session. Con
sequently It Is apparent that the bill
will go over and be brought up twa
: In addition to the two years requir
ed In which to make the apportior.
ment, It will require nearly,, two
years more to await the election so"
that betwfen four and five year will
elapse before the special session does
not consider and Act on the measure,
which is doubtful. '
FIVE KILLED NEAR PORTLAND
Donkey Engine Explodes, Blowing
Bodies Many Feet Away.
Portland, March 4 Five were kill
ed In an explosion of a donkey tn-
gine saw at the Clackamas river near
Estacada, southeast of this city to
day and ' two injured. The engine
was hurled high In" the air "and lit
200 feet away, the bodies were bad
ly mutilated and hurled sixty feet
The dead 'are:';' ',-""r- iy; (
R, W. SMITH, all of Sandyt Ore
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Two were ', unidentified. Fireman
Nequist was slightly injured and- the
cause of the explosion is a mystery.
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, Imprison Rnpf Thursday I .'
San Francisco, March4-Abe Ruef
will be taken to an.Qufntin Thurs
day. Nothing nbw seems to prevent
the "order of Judge La wler. from Ago
ing into effect. Ruef today gave up
hope of escaping; from the penitent!-
ary. . : i
' Soc luNt Edltof Wins
New York. March : 4,Mls8 ( Anne
Bertha Grunspan today lost her tlOO
000 suit against V?m. falling the
cialists author for, breach of promise.
The Jury was out all' night and fin
ally returnee", a verdict thus morning.