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VOL. XLIL NO. 12,S39.
POKTLAXD, OREGON, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY, 4, 1002.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
We Curry a Large anil Iost Complete Stock of
Mechanical Rubber Goods
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SICTIOX HOSE. SHEET PACKING, ETC.
IIeIiimi'terN for All Kinds of Rubber Goods.
GOODYEAR RUBBER COMPANY
R. H. PEASE. President.
J. A. SHEPARD. Secretary.
F. M. SHEPARD. JR.. Treasurer.
Is a necessary adjunct to every lady's toilet. It softens and
clears the skin, and is the best and most delightful toilet
preparation on the market. All druggists sell it.
umauer-Frank Drug Co imPl5n?Drcu55?t.
BLUMAUER & HOCH
108 and 110 Fourth Street
Sole Distributers for Oregon
Fifth and Washington Streets
Flrst-Clim Check Restaurant
Connected With Hotel.
J. P. DAVIES. Prcs.
St. Charles Hotel
FRONT AND MORRISON STREETS
American and European Plan.
: Wholesale Shoe House I
SEND US AN ORDER FOR SAMPLE PAIR
PURITAN SHOES FOR MEN, TO RETAIL
AT $3.50. 5 STYLES CARRIED IN STOCK
ywm(44e $y 0w
Farnsworth - Herald Co.
EFFECT UPON MUSIC
People who arc -interested in music, and also our great virtuosi, are alike as
tonished at the rapid strides that are being made in the means for enjoving this
art. and at the development of musical taste.
Vt 10 three years ago, or before the advent of the Pianola, the privilege of
playing the piano was confined to the feu born musicians, and lo tnoe people
who could afford the time and money necessary to learn. The better part of a
lifetime was often the cost of training the lingers. Today everybody has this priv
ilege at once.
THE AEOLIAN COMPANY
31. II. WELLS. Sole Northwest Atcent, Aoelinn II all. ::.-::-: t." Wiihlilnsfton St.
METEOR READY FOR WATER
Kiuperor'n Ynelit Could He Liinnchcd
Xow if it "Were Desired.
NEW YORK. Feb. 3. Gay in a dress ot
freli paint, its hull moulded into form.
Emperor AVilliam's acht. the Meteor, is
ready for the water at Shooter's Island.
The launching might occur today if it were
desired. To the observer the yacht seems
a completed vessel, stripped of its rig- t
ging. The painter's brush has already ! control the frightened animal, although
marked the water line upon its sides and he was dragged about 50 yards over
the last rivet has been fastened in its the icy ground. Tho cutter was then
plates. Nearly all the portholes have righted, and the General drove away,
been cut. "With the completion of the Tonight he was suffering no ill effects
deck llooring and the deckhouse, which from the accident.
will be done in a day or so more, all that
remains to be done will be the titling up ', T, ,-,,. , , ,, , ,
of the interior and rigging. The 100 tons . r"r Kl,'d b' a -PlosIn.
of lead ballast alreadv has been stowed j Ktn ERTOW X Pa., Feb. X Four per
away in the hold. ' ?ons v,erc killed and one probably fatally
The Meteor will almost be completed injured by an explosion of gasoline to
when It is launched. Stepping the masts, night in the bakery of George Carver..
upholstering the interior and finishing
some of the detail woik in some of the I
compartments is all that will remain to
be done. The yacht may be ready to all j
within two weeKs alter tne jaunening
Bu.kheads are being rapidly prepared in
the shops, and will be put on this week
Astonishing headway has been made in
the last two weekc?. Under electric lights
a force of men has been at work at night.
This has Ik n done to avoid even a re
mote possibility of any hitch in the work.
The internal fittings and decorations of
the Kaiser's American yacht are being
made by a London lirm of decorators, and
the chiet artist has interviewed the Kai
ser, who said laughingly:
"I shall send a torpedo-boat for my
yacht some day before June IS. so you'll
have to get her finished by then, as I
want her to take part In the Kiel re
gatta." TSvo Men Wounded by a Blast.
NEW YORK, Feb. 3. To men were
severely wounded by heavy blast of dy
namite" on the site of the old A. T. Stew
art mansion. Thirty-fourth street and
Fifth avenue. The men hurt arc Morris
Arnett. a watchman employed by a firm
of builders, whose skull was fractured,
and Ferdinand Holly, a furniture designer,
who was painfully cut In the thigh by a
piece of flying rock. A building foreman
Who had charge of the blast was arrested.
73 and 75 First Street,
Without a Rival
rtooms Single T5c to $1.50 rr day
Rooms Double $1.00 to $2.00 rer day
Rooms Family $1.50 to $3.00 per Jay
C. T. BELCHER. Sec and Trcaa.
...$1.2.'.. $1.50. $1.73
50c. 75c. $1.00
87-89 FIRST ST.
4lf?&C& Port,and :': 0r-
That some men will pay $10.00 or $15.00
for a ready-made suit when- they can get
one of our well-known unclaimed tailor
made suits for the S2me money a suit
that would cost $30.00 for anyone to
duplicate, with the best linings and work
manship. Examine them. We do not
urge you to buy.
248 WASHINGTON STREET
ACCIDENT TO GENERAL MILES
Ills Slelvrh Collided With Another,
and lie "Wits Thrown Out.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 3. While driving
his fast trotter. Gold Pebble, on the
White Lot, General Miles met with an
accident, his sleigh colliding with the
rear of another and being overturned.
General Miles was thrown to the ground.
but clung to the reins and managed to
HENRY SKANER. 3S years old.
FRANK SHANER. his son. aged 13.
GEORGE GORMIN. aged 33.
CHARLES HOUGH, aged 13.
Injured: George Fry, Injured inter
nally. RepuhlieauM Talk Over Pol ley.
WASHINGTON. Fob. 3. The Repub
lican members of the House held a cau
cus tonight to consider a line of policy
to be adopted concerning the alleged dis
franchisement of voters in the South.
The caucus lasted from S o'clock until
shortly aftr 11 o'clock, when It was de
cided to adjourn for one week to con
sider more fully the different proposi
tions brought forward.
Ileituhllenii .National Committeeman.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 2. E. L. Ronner.
of Missoula, has been appointed by Sen
ator Hanna, National chairman. as a
member of the Republican National Com
mittee from Montana, in place of the late
Judge W. H. Dewitt.
Volunteer to Do Garrison Duty.
WELLINGTON. N. Z.. Feb. 3. A
thousand Maoris have volunteered to do
garrison duty anywhere in the British
dominion, with the object of relieving a
like number of British troops for ser-
l vice In South Africa.
AIR NOME SCANDALS
Investigation is Again Being
SOMETHING MUST BE DONE
VlKoroan Conte.it Between Adminis
tration nnd Republican Over Cu
ban Reciprocity Appenrw Cer
tain WItliycoiiibc'.i 3IiNion.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 3. The scandals
growing out of the irregularities in the
Nome- district receive airing from time
to time, and in spite of all efforts to
the contrary, it looks as if an investiga
tion was going to be forced. There is
a disposition on the part of those who
have the matter in direct control to
await all the facts before passing judg
ment, while others feel that the men
who have been charged, and in some
cases found guilty and lined, should no
longer continue on the payrolls of the
Government. A mass of defensive mat
ter has been filed In the Department of
Justice. It is understood the Attorney
General has not had time to make a thor
ough examination, and this is the reason
why action has been delayed. It is evi
dent from the way matters are now pro
gressing, that something will have to be
wone very soon.
RonNcvclt'H Stand Menu a Contest.
Everything points to a vigorous con
test between the administration and the
members of the Republican party opposed
to any reciprocity concessions with Cuba.
The President listens to all arguments,
but is firm in his contention for con
cessions to the island. There ore rumors
ailoat that he has expressed some dis
pleasure -with the members of the ways
and means committee about their action
in the proposed sweeping reductions in
the war revenue, but these cannot be
verified in any quarter. The Interviews
between the Chief Executive and mem
bers of the ways and means committee
are guarded with considerable care.
Farther than the expression that he re
iterates as to Cuba, nothing can be
learned. Some suggestions have been
made that Cuba might be benefitted by
increasing the countervailing duty on
German and Austrian sugars, but this
is generally rejected by those who feel
that such an increase would simply cause
trade relations decidedly harmful to tho
United States. There Is a growing feel
ing on the Republican side that in order
to avoid eny conflict with the President,
the House ways and means committee
may report a bill granting concessions,
although against their judgment.
Free Mail for Portland Districts.
Senator Mitchell has recently been urg
ing the extension of free delivery ser
vice to Piedmont, Woodlawn, and Penin
sular. He Is advised by the department
that inasmuch as the territory is very
extensive, the case requires careful con
sideration, and the application has been
referred to the San Fransisco represen
tative of the department for thorough
investigation. The present condition of
the appropriation is such that no addi
tional allowances can be made during
the current fiscal year for the purpose
of extending the service to new terri
tory, but in view of the importance of
this case, a special investigation will
be made the coming Summer by the
superintendent of the city delivery ser
vice, and the assistant superintendent at
San Francisco, and it is probable action
will be taken early in the next fiscal
Irrigation Committee Organized.
Representative Tongue today organized
his irrigation committee and began con
sideration of the general irrigation bill
recently framed by the special committee.
Representative Ray, of New York, the
mo?: bitter antagonlM of Irrigation leg
islation, contended that 'thin measure was
unconstitutional; that Congress had no
authority to legislate to Improve the pub
lic lands, but merely to dispose of them.
Ray had no supporters in his contention.
Mission of Wlthycoiiibe.
Dr. James Wlthyccmbe. director of the
Oregon Agricultural College experiment
station, is in Washington conferring with
the Secretary of Agriculture. Dr. True and
other bureau chiefs, regarding problems
which arc of interest to Oregon agricul
turists. He is arranging for a more ex
tensive introduction of forest plants and
grasses especially suited for Eastern Ore
gon. Secretary Wilson Ls anxious to do
everything in his power to assist. Dr.
Withycorr.be Is also working to secure the
inciting of the Association of American
Agricultural Colleges and Experiment St.i.
t.or.t In IPffl. during the Lewis and Clark
All Hope for Crocker Gone.
The afhlngton Time. tonight confirms
the statement made in the dispatches two
days ago that the President has positively
and finally refused to appoint B. D.
Crocker, of Walla Walla, as Col
lector of Customs for Washington.
It points out that this position is
one of the most important in tfcw Pacific
Northwest. Charges were filed against
Crocker last Fall, says the Times, and
the President, on the barfs of these rep
resentations, has decided that his candi
dacy cannot be considered. Senator Fos
ter has not named another candidate.
Snlem Public Building Work.
The lowest bid received for installing
the heating apparatus in the Salem public
building is 52731. by the Krousc Heating
Company, of Milwaukee, but with the ad
ditional bid for pipe coverings the bid
of Knox & Murphy, of Salem, at ?2S72,
Ls the lowest, the former firm asking
$390 additional for this item. No award
has yet been made.
Idaho Appointment Held Up.
At the request of the Idaho Senators,
tho renomlnation of John B. West as Reg
ister of the Lewiston Land Office has
been held up to await charges to be pre
ferred by the people of that district.
Alleged Kidnaper Located.
CHICAGO, Feb. 3,-Chief of Police
O'Nell today received a telegram from
Chief Ballard, of Castleton. X. D., saying
that Florence Ely and Frank Ely Rogers,
the boy whom the woman is said to have
kidnaped from Evanston last July, are in
that town. A second telegram stated that
Miss Ely was said tovhave confessed her
The Ely kidnaping case is one of the
most peculiar with which the police have
had to deal in years. Miss Ely, the aunt
of Frank E'.y Rogers, a 13-year-old boy,
cherished an Infatuation for her nephew
which the boy's parents regarded as re
markable. It is thought that preparations
to tend Frank away to school, thus re
moving him from the influence of his aunt,
caused the latter to take him away her
relf. Mrs. Rogers has been ill from grief
and anxiety since her son disappeared,
and the police of the whole country have
been put on the watch.
APPEAL OF WOOD FOR CUBA
Addresses n Letter to Senators Ask
ing for Collections on Sugar.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 3. A circular
letter dated Havana, January 30. has
been received by members of the Senate
from General Wood. Military Governor
of Cuba, urging concessions on Cuban
sugar coming Into the United States. Gen
eral Wood says:
"I invite your most earnest attention
and consideration to the economic condi
tions existing in Cuba today, conditions
which threaten to bring ruin to her prin
cipal Industries sugar and tobacco un
less prompt and efficient relief Ls given.
With the ruin of her two principal indus
tries, we must give, up all hope of a
stnble government, for unless Cuba can
sell her products at a reasonable profit
It Is obvious that their cultivation must
cease, bringing idleness and hunger to
"We have established a reasonably ef
ficient government In Cuba, with all
those numerous adjuncts which pertain
to a stable, civilized- administration,
such as schools, courts, sanitation, public
works, etc. The outlay for the main
tenance of these necessary adjuncts to
the government Ls necessarily large, and
the revenue therefor is derived prin
cipally from materials purchased in ex
change for sugar and tobacco. These
great industries are now in a most crit
ical condition, especially sugar, which ls
being sold at a price less than the cost
of production. The planter must grind
his cane even at a moderate loss, for his
entire fortunels In the fields and is liable
to be swept away by fire or depreciate
from the effects of the elements."
General Wood says that a reduction of
33 1-3 per cent will give an average
profit of 4S cents on each 300 pounds of
sugar produced and that such reduction
should be the minimum. He further
says: "Each day of delay in giving re
lief ls dangerous. When once the crash
comes relief will be of little value, ex
cept to the speculator, who may gather up
the wrecks. The situation demands re
lief, nnd It should be Immediate and
RESCUING ENTOMBED MINERS
Sixteen Men Barely Alive, nnd
Bodies Taken From Hondo.
EAGLE PASS, Tex., Feb. 3. Eighty
four bodies and 1G men baroly alive, some
of them horribly mangled, have been
taken from the Hondo mines. Search for
the bodies has stopped on account of the
stench, but disinfectants arrived this aft
ernoon, and search will be renewed. The
shaft had 118 men embodied, and IS are
still Inside. The dead mules have been
taken from the shaft. The damage to the
property ls very great. The company has
summoned all the physicians and nurses
that can be secured, and Is doing every
thing possible to save any of the miners
who are still alive.
The scene at the opening of the mine
was horrible. Wives, mothers and chil
dren of the dead and mangled were
screaming and crying, and refusing to
Of those known to have gone into the
mine about 40 are still to be accounted
for. They are not likely to be living,
for if not killed outright, the deadly car
bonic oxide following the explosion
would unquestionably have suffocated
them. The direct cause of the explosion
ls not yet known.
General Manager Johnson, of the Mexi
can International Railroad, is also gen
eral manager of the mines. He went to
the mine on a special engine on Satur
day, and is still there.
UNION PACIFIC INTEREST.
Attorney-General Inform Senate ot
Status of Matter.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3. In response to
a request for information as to what steps
had been taken looking to the collection
of Interest due the United States from
the Kansas division of the Union Pacific
Railroad, Attorney-General Knox today
sent a communication to the Senate giving
the status of the Government's account
with that road. He sa'ys that in 1S3S there
was received on account of the subsidy
claim of tho Government. $31,751,223. leav
ing $6,500,000 In interest unpaid. Of this
latter amount, 5S21.S97 was paid in 1SS9,
and $133,942, In 1900. He also says a suit
Is pending in the United States Circuit
Court of Massachusetts against the Amer
ican Loan & Trust Company for 554S.CO0
on account of the proceeds received by
that company on securities held by it.
CLOSE OF SCHLEY'S VISIT.
XnshvIIle Paid the Admiral and HIk
Wife Great Honor.
NASHVILLE. Tenr... Feb. 3. This was
Admiral Schley's busy day in Nashville.
It marked the close of his visit, as he
will leave early tomorrow morning, and
the people vied with one another in doing
honor to him and his wife. The day's
A morning visit to the University of
Nashville and Peabody Normal College;
an inspection of relics of President James
K. Polk at the residence of Mrs. George
W. Fall: meeting the members of the
State Democratic Executive Committee;
a great public reception at the Taber
nacle: a dinner with Major and Mrs. E.
B. Stahlman, nnd a brilliant reception at
the University Club.
General Booth Announce He AVI11
Compile One In Each Town.
LONDON, Feb. 3. At a mass meeting
held in Exeter Hall tonight. General
Booth, leader of the Salvation Army,
opened a special temperance congress as
a feature of the work of the army dur
ing the present year. General Booth said
he relied confidently upon the co-operation
of saloon-keepers in this work
through their indicating the habitual
drunkards, insomuch as the supplying of
habitual drunkards with liquor endan
gered, the publican's license, and that he
Intended to compile a drunkards' direc
tory in each town, and follow the habitual
drunkards home and reform them there.
PILOT BOARD IS OUT
Governor McBride Dismisses
BLAMED FOR BAD BAR SERVICE
Xew Men Are Xnmeil, "nnd All Pos
sible Will Be Done to Aid Ship
ping nnd Prevent Delays,"
OLYMPIA. Wash., Feb. 3. Governor
McBride today appointed an entire new
Bourd of Columbia River and Bar Pilot
Commissioners for this state, appoint-
WHOSE BILL TO CUT DUTY OX STHEL AXD PLACE A. XTJMBEK. OP
ARTICLES OX FREE LIST CREATES SURPRISE AMOXG HIS
ments to take effect at the expiration ot
the term of the present board, February
17. The new commissioners will be Charles
E. Kerlee and John Wilson, of Ilwaco,
and Charles Payne, of Chinook. Retiring
commissioners are J. J. Brumbach and N.
C. Koford, of Ilwaco, and J. D. English,
of Long Beach.
"Serious complaints as to the pilot serv
ice at the mouth of the Columbia River
are being TOade by the press, masters and
owners of vessels, and business men en
gaged in shipping from Columbia River
ports. This state has a Board of Pilot
Commissioners of the Columbia River and
"From such investigations as I have
been able to make, I am not satisfied with
the present board. It Ls charged -that
shipping has suffered great tlelay by rea
son of inefilcient pilot service. The State
of vr&shlnglon Is greatly interested in the
question of 'an open river to the sea," and
everything possible should be done to aid
shipping and to pre ent delays. Such was
evidently the Intention of the Legislature
in providing for the appointment of a
Board of Pilot Commissioners. ,
"I have appointed Mr. Charles Payne,
of Chinook, and Messrs. Charles E. Kerlee
and John Wilson, of Ilwaco, to succeed the
present board, their appointment to take
effect at the expiration of the term of the
present board, to-wlt, February 17, 1$02.
"I shall expect these gentlemen to do
everything in their power to prevent de
lays and to establish a system of efficient
ENGINE DASHES INTO TRAIN
Brnkcman Killed by ItcinK Hurled
With Two Cars From a Trestle.
DENVER, Feb. 3. A Colorado Mid
land passenger train, westbound for Salt
Lake and San Francisco, had a narrow es
cape from instant destruction Sunday
morning, two miles west of Buena Vista.
The locomotive dathed into a freight tram
standing on a trestle B5 fe-et high, hurling
the caboose and one freight car into the
creek bottom and instantly killing Owen
McCarthy, rear brakeman on the freight
Engineer Peck and his fireman were pre
vented from jumping by the high trestle,
and remained on their engine, expecting
to be dashed to death. The engine left
the minis, but miraculously remained on
the trestle, almost balanced on its edge,
not only saving their lives, but the pas
sengers as well.
Owen McCarthy, the only man to lore
his life, received orders to flag the com
ing passenger train, but tarried in the
caboose warming himself, as the morning
was extremely cold. He had just started
to flag the train when he saw the head
light of the locomotive round a curve not
ICO feet distant. He retreated toward the
caboose, but was caught and knocked into
the creek, being shockingly mangled.
Fonr Men Killed nnd Six Seriously
DUBUQUE, la., Feb. 3. A rear-end col
lision at 3:45 this morning on the Illinois
Central at Apple River, III., 30 miles east
of "here, resulted in the death of four
stockmen, while six were seriously in-
jured. The dead:
M. C. LAWLER, Wall Lake. la.
H. F. PANCAKE. Wall Lake. la.
CHRIS FERNDON, Stansgar. la.
C. R. BLUNT, Charles City. la.
Seriously injured W. Cameron. Dundee,
111.: F. J. Jordan. Dunlap, la.; D. Lawicr,
Wall Lake, la.
Slightly injured J. J. Moorehead, Dun-
lap. In.: W. J. Evans, Dunlap, la.; un
The trainmen heard the second train ap
proaching and jumped, escaping Injury.
The stockmen were all asleep In the back
car when the collision occurred, their
death and Injuries resulting from being
AT SCENE OF GREAT FIRE
Waterhury Charges ItK Hotel Blaze
WATERBURY. Conn.. Feb. 3. The sun
rose this morning on a blackened and
smoldering mass of ruins that marked
the main business section of the city.
The scene about the city today was only
a little less remarkable than that of
the previous evening. Thousands of
people stumbled around the icy streets,
nnd with the greatest difficulty were re
strained by the militia and police from
venturing within the danger lines. There
was more or less disorder, but the police
has been actH'e. and the militia has
been of great service in handling the
crowds. The streets were plied with
household goods and strewn with small
articles thrown from the windows. Some
of this property was confiscated by passers-by,
but the amount of thieving was
J. W. BABCOCK.
small compared with the opportunities
offered by the confusion.
A tangled network of wires on Bank
and South Main streets greatly hindered
the work of extinguishing the last flames
and clearing away the wreckage. How
ever, the streets are rapidly being cleared,
and the trolley service will soon be re
sumed. The city's telephonic connection,
lighting facilities and electric power were
restored before nightfall.
A revised list of losses and insurance
is very difficult to obtain at this time.
It Is believed that when the truth ls
known the figures telegraphed this morn
ing will not be far from a correct esti
mate. There was no loss of life.
Incendiarism Is Suspected.
There Is a strong suspicion that the fire
which destroyed the Scovel House was
the work of an incendiary. The fire
originated In the pool and billiard room
in the basement of the house, on the
further side from the burning district.
The room was locked, and no one was
supposed to be there, nor was any fire
kept in the room.
The fire came so close on the heels of
the big conflagration that the thousands
of spectators who witnessed It were
thrown into a more complete panic than
the original fire caused. The flames had
only begun to die out along Bank, Grand
and South Main streets at 4 o'clock
when flames leaped upward as if by
magic, and people feared the city was
doomed after all. The engines that hur
ried to the scene turned their attention
mainly to preventing the spread of the
flames. It was evident that the hotel
was doomed, and if the fire had reached
the adjacent buildings there would have
been very little hope of saving the center
of the city. The fire burned far into the
day and was not extinguished entirely
The ruins of the Scoville House blazed
up again this evening and caused some
alarm, but the renewed activity of the
flames was caused only by the heavy wind
from the west blowing the smoking em
bers. There was little to burn, only the
front doors and a few window frames- re
maining unconsumed at the time when
the blaze broke out afresh.
Estimates by experts tonight place the
total loss at close to $2,500,000.
Cost to Insurnnce Companies.
NEW YORK. Feb. 3. It Is estimated
that the fire at Waterbury, Conn., will
cost the leading Insurance companies of
this city about $1,300,000. Practlcally
every company of Importance Is affected.
To Be Head of Agnostic Cluireh.
KANSAS CITY, Feb. 3. The Rev. J. E.
Roberts, pastor of the Church of This
World, of this city, it Is said. Is to be
the head of the Agnostic Church, and as
sume the mantle of Colonel Robert G.
Ingersoll. if the plans of the trustees of
the organization here are successful.
They have decided to expand the local
church so that agnostics all over the
world will be included in Its membership,
and Dr. Roberts is to be sent to every
part of the United States to organize
churches. Dr. Roberts was a close per
sonal friend of Colonel Ingersoll.
Work ins: for St. Louis Fair
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 3. A delegation of
Louisiana Purchase Exposition officials,
headed by Vice-President Se,th Cobb,
has left here for Charleston where they
wlll appear before the South Carolina
Legislature to secure a world's fair ap
propriation. Similar delegations will
shortly start East to visit New York and
the New England States.
Confer With the Prcsitlent.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3. Representa
tives Payne and Grosvcnor had a long
conference with the President today on the
subject of the reduction of the tax on
Cuban sugar Imported Into the United
WAR TAX SURPRISE
Bafacock Offers Bili to Reduce
Duties on Steel.
SEVEN TO SIX THE VOTE ON j
Both Mnjoritr and Minority File He.
ports for the Repeal of the Law
Latter Would. Xot Let Accu-
inula ted Wealth Off. ,
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3. The ways and
means committee of the House, by unani
mous vote, today ordered a favorable re-'
port on the war tax reduction bill. A. sur
prise occurred when Babcock (Wis. Rep.)
offered his bill largely reducing duties
on the steel schedule and. placing small
articles on the free ILst as an amendment
to the tea-repeal section. Tho amend-!
ment was defeated, 6 to 7, Messrs. Bab
cock and Tawney and all the Democrats
voting in the affirmative.
Tho Cuban reciprocity question also
camo up unexepectedly. Steele CRep.l
Ind.) moving a 25 per cent concession on,'
Cuban sugar. The motion was withdrawn,'
however, after a brief exchange of com
ment. The closeness of the voto on Babcock's
amendment reducing tho steel schedule
caused much comment. Messrs. Newiands
and Cooper, Democrats, and Long and
Hopkins, Republicans, were absent. It,
was explained on behalf of tho absent
members that they were either out of the,
city or detained at important committee
meetings elsewhere, and the Babcock mo
tion was entirely unexpected.
The motion of Steele for a 25 per cent
reduction on Cuban sugar was regarded
as rather facetious and as a rejoinder!
to the unexpected motion on the steel
schedule. Robertson (Dem. La.), who is
opposed to a reduction on Cuban sugar,
was among those who voted for the Bab
cock amendment. Following this Steel1
made his motion and a sharp but good
natured parley occurred between Steele
and Robertson. Tho latter suggested
that if any motion on sugar was to bo
made Steele should broaden his proposi
tion so as to include raw and refined
sugars, placing them all on the free list.
Steele did not press the motion, however,
and after Its withdrawal the Incident was
looked upon as humorous rather than as
a serious move toward dealing with the
Both majority and minority re
ports were filed on the war rev
enue repeal bill today. The ma
jority report says the probability of
early withdrawal of troops from Cuba,
and the reduction of the force in the
Philippines, will make further reductions
possible, also reviews the condition of the
treasury- In conclusion the majority re
"It cannot be denied that a large sur
plus furnishes temptation for extrava- '
gant expenditure. While Congress may
generally be relied upon to keep the na
tional expenses within reasonable bounds,
it should be relieved from the pressure
which comes with plausible schemes from
every quarter to raid an overflowing
The minority report approves the pro
posed reductions, but asserts they should
have been made long ago. It also ad
vocates a general revision of tariff tax
ation, with the retention of taxes on ac
cumulated wealth. There is a general
denunciation of the Dingley law as the
mother of trusts, and the report says
it enables the manufacturer to charge
far greater prices to home consumers
than are received abroad for the same
goods, which is characterized as "plain
robbery." The minority report adds:
"While approving In general the policy
of repealing the war taxes, we Insist
that certain taxes on accumulated wealth
should be allowed to remain. We re
fer to such taxes as are imposed on sugar
and petroleum refiners. The tax of one
half of one per cent on the gross re
ceipts of sugar and petroleum refiners in
exces of $250,000 yields about $1,000,000
annually. This tax has been paid without
demur or protest and there is no reason
why the great combinations which mo
nopolize these businesses, and from which,
colossal individual fortunes have been
built up, should not pay some part of tho
national expenses as well as the masses
of the people who use and consume tne
varlous things which are the subject oC
customs and internal revenue taxation.
As the Supreme Court has denied to Con
gress tho right to tax incuura "'"
support of the Government, It Is well to
place accumulated wealth under some.1
form of contribution, and we know of
none more just or equitable than a tax
such as that imposed by the war reven
ue act on oil and sugar refiners. (
SUMMARY OF THE DAY'S NEWS
Another strong call for airing of Nome Judi
cial scandals. Page 1.
House committee on ways and means reporta
for repeal of war taxes. Page 1.
Philippine tariff bill causes another spirited
debate In the Senate. Page 2.
Gompers. In his talk on Chinese exclusion.
takes Minister Wu to task. Page 3.
Gove-nor Taft continues his narration of the
work of the Philippine Commission. Page -Domestic.
Gale on New Jersey coast is abating. Page 3.
Many points in the East are in the grasp of
a blizzard. Page 3.
Incendiarism now .suspected in connection with.
great lire at Waterbury. Vt. Page 1.
Mrs. Saffel tells her part in aiding the Biddies
to escape. Page 5.
Plot to assassinate Dowager Empress of China.
German Reichstag criticises Christian Science,
but takes no action. Page 5.
Scurvy is prevalent at Nome. Page 4.
Governor Geer speaks for Willamette Univer
sity. Page 4.
Oregon Supreme Court renders four decisions.
Railroad planned south from Pendleton or
Heppner. Page 3.
Many steamships coming to Portland for flour
and lumber. Page t.
Fleet of a dozen willing vessles now due at
Portland. Pase 5.
Governor McBride appoints new "Washington
Pilot Commission. Page 5.
Portland and Vicinity.
"Woodmen close Falkenburg campaign with big
demonstration. Pae 10.
Portland miller- demonstrate that they are all
right on mush. Page 12.
Wolff & Zwlcker creditors will soon get first
dividend. Page 12.
Inventory for D. P. Thomrcxm estate shows
over $780,000. Page 10.
Portland has only 14 cases of smallpox. Page 8.