Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, January 03, 1903, Image 1

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R. H. PEASE. President
We are offering bargains in all the best lines
Double Extension Compact Montauk Camera 4x5, reg. $32, close $16.50
Double Extension Compact Montauk Camera 5x7, reg. $42, close $24.00
Poco C. Camera 4x5, regular $15.00 $7.50
BIuoiauer-Frank Drag Co. io"dSs
108 and 110 Fourth Street
Sole Distributers for Oregon and Washington.
J. P. DAVIES. Pres.
St. Charles Hotel
American and European Plan.
I Wet Weather Shoes, Logging
and Holiday
Fifth and Washington Streets
Flrct-CI&M Check Remtamraxt
Ceasected With Hotel.
Logging Engine Department
G. B. Cellars, Pres. and Treas.
Have Removed to 76 FIRST ST. Have Removed to
Sole Agents for the Xortliivext.
Equitable Savsnqs anAd Loa.n
. Accnrtafi
240 Stark Street,
Chas. E. L.add, Pres.
Theo. B. Wilcox, "Vice-Pres.
Ad dick and His Encmloi Discus
Organization of IiCgrinlaturc.
WILMINGTON, Del.. Jan. 2. Subcom
mittees of the Union and Regular Repub
lican members of the General Assembly
met here today to discuss the organization
of the Legislature, which will convene at
Dover .tomorrow. The Union Republicans
are the adherents of Addlcks, and during
the conference agreed to give the regular
Republicans one-half of the officers In the I
two Houses, providing the officers shall
be named In a caucus of all the Republl- I
can Legislators. The suggestion will be J
discussed at a meeting tomorrow of the J
regular memoers oi uie ASsemDiy.
Colorado Bank Closes, "While Sheriff
Searches for Him.
SILTERTON, Colo., Jan. 2. Owing to
the disappearance of the president, James
H. Robin, the Bank of Sllverton was
closed today by the cashier, A. H. Mule.'
The bank is capitalized for $30,000, and '
its liabilities are estimated to be about
Robin, who Is the principal stockholder, i
has been acting strangely of late, and his ,
friends think he has become demented '
and wandered Into the mountains. Acting
on this theory, the Sheriff has sent sev
eral parties out to search for him.
Embezzler Confesses Crime.
LONDON, Jan. 2. G. H. Elder was re
manded at tho Guildhall Police Court,
charged on his own confession with hav
ing embezzled $75,000 from his employers,
Brown, Shipley & Co., the American bank
ers. The embezzlements have been going
on for three years.
73-75 First St. Portland. Oregon.
Without a Rival
J. W. BLAIN. Sec and Treaa.
bESSS pian
American Plan
....$1.23. $1.50. $1.78
....50c. 75c. $1.00
Shoes, Full Line of Felts
Goods. J
Booms-Single ...... TSa to tl.53 pr -37
Rooms-Doubl il.OO to $2.00 per r
Rooms Fatallr 81. W to $2.00 r ir
A. M. Borland, Secy.
corner Second.
P. McKcrcher, Secy.
Xevr Plan for Admission of Arizona
and Kcw Mexico.
DENVER, Jan. 2. A special to the Re
publican from Santa Fc, N. 1L, says:
In an interview today W. S. Hopewell,
chairman of the Territorial Central Com
mittee of the Democratic party in New
Mexico, announced himself In favor of ad
mitting New Mexico and Arizona as one
state, with three Representatives in Con
gress, the capital to be fixed for 10 years at
Santa Fe. He had Just returned from
Chicago, where he had an interview with
Senator W. H. Andrews, a close friend
of Senator Quay, and his announcement
today In favor of Joint statehood Is sup
posed to represent the Tlews of Senator
Quay, In case It should not be practicable
to force the omnibus statehood bill
through the Senate.
President Roosevelt also declared to
New Mexico workers for statehood who
have lately spoken to him that he Is In
favor of Joint statehood for Arizona and
New Mexico. Mr. Hopewell says a bill
effecting the merging of the two territo
ries Into one state will be introduced
probably some time next week.
Roosevelt Aznonfr the Well-Born.
NEW YORK. Jan. 2. President Roose
velt Is accorded the honor of a portrait
in the Almanach de Goths for 1903. which
has Just made Its appearance. This edi
tion Is the 140th In the history of this com
pilation. Along with the President' ap
pear portraits of King Edward and Queen
Alexandra, and one of Prince von Stoll-berg-Wernlgcrode,
vice-president of the
Union of Mediatised Seigneurs of Germany.
f . - ,
Pacific Resisted Laying
of Cable.
Stormy Trip of the Silver-
town to Honolulu.
Men. "Wade Knee-Deep In "Water no
They Unirind the Cable Muny
McjMagcft of ReJolcInK Cable
Will Be at Manila on Jnly 4.
The completion of the Pacific cable to
Honolulu was the occasion of many
congratulatory messages from the Ha
waiian capital to "Washington and New
York yesterday.
The work of laying the cable was ob
structed by storms through a great part
of the trip, and at one time It was
feared that the cable might have to be
cut and buoyed In mldoccan, but all
difficulties were surmounted.
The cable finally reached Molokal
Channel on Christmas day, and had to
be buoyed there for a week before tho
sea became calm enough to splice It to
the Hawaiian shore end.
That feat was finally accomplished on
New Year's night, amid great popular
Clarence Mackay. president of the Ca
ble Company, says cable-laying will be
continued without Interruption, and
hopes to have the line completed to Ma
nila by the Fourth of July. Thence an
extension will be laid to Shanghai.
HONOLULU, Jan. 2. The voyage of the
cable-ship SHvertown was eventful and at
times unpleasantly exciting. Twelve
hours out from San Francisco the cable-
ship was beset by bad weather, which
continued with the exception of one -day
to the end of tho voyage. Variable winds
that at times approached the velocity of
gales, heavy seas that buffeted her about,
retarded the passage, as well as endan
gered tho safety of the cable; in fact,
every adverse condition that is usuilly
encountered In the landing of a cable was
met with and at times made the task most
A more perfect day could hardly be Im
agined than Sunday, December 14, when
the shore end was landed near the Cliff
House, of San Francisco. The end of the
line was brought on board the steamer at
5:30 in the evening" ami the start was made
at 12:30 Monday morning. The favorable
conditions continued until 11 o'clock on
the morning of that day, when the vessel
ran into a squall of wind and rain that
came out of the west. Steering through a
southwesterly course, the SHvertown of
fered a broad starboard beam to the
storm. Soon the seas were whipped into
confusion, rolling the vessel in a manner
most dangerous to the cable. The velocity
of the wind Increased, and early In the
afternoon great green seas boarded the
starboard bow, and swept along the deck
and escaped Into the sea through the port
scuppers. Toward evening ropes were
stretched about the deck and everything
was made fast. The rain ceased, but the
storm continued with unabated force
through the night.
Two Risky Alternatives.
There were some anxious hours for
those In charge of the cable. Two courses
were open to them either to keep on the
true course or cut and buoy the line.
Both were fraught with great danger. A
deviation from the course was obviously
out of the question, as much for the rea
son that such action would not have les
sened the strain upon the cable, as the
more Important consideration of the waste
of line and tho danger of getting Into un
known depths. To have cut and buoyed
the cablo would have been equally danger
ous. Even one of the great buoys, car
ried for Just such emergencies, could
scarcely have weathered the storm with
2500 fathoms of cable, weighing Ave tons,
tugging at it. All chances were carefully
weighed, and the vessel's bow was kept
Tuesday, the 35th, brought no improve
ment in the weather conditions. The wind
continued to blow from the west, and
seas constantly bombarded tho big ship's
starboard beam. One particularly heavy
sea boarded the starboard bow, swept the
deck from fore to aft, smashing the scul
lery light and broke the gangway ladder.
The chartrooms on the hurricane deck
wore flooded, and the bridge itself was In
vaded at times by tho turbulent seas.
Those at work In the paying-out-room
on the main deck, and about the cable
machinery, waded In water to the knees.
The companion-ways were battened down
In order to prevent the flooding of the
saloon. One of the cooks of the galley
was badly scalded by a cauldron of spilled
soup. The saloon steward was hurled
against a door and severely bruised and
Injured. At times the ship rolled terri
bly, and It seemed that the great strain
would prove disastrous to the cable.
Danger of Breaking Cable.
Under ordinary conditions the line is
paid out 7 per cent faster than the speed
of the vessel. This was Increased during
the storm to 10 per cent. Even with this
concession the strain was terrific. As the
ship lifted and lurched, tho great drum
around which the strand was passing
would almost cease to revolve one mo
ment, only to resume with a rush the
next, rendering the life of the men in the
tanks a hazard. The dynamometer regu
lating the speed of and the strain on the
line at such times fluctuated wildly, rush
Ing from an Indicated strain of two tons
or less up to four and even Ave tons.
When it Is understood that the breakinsr
strain Is S?i tons, It must be apparent that
failure to relieve the strain promptly
moant disaster to the precious line, and Its
loss In 2500 fathoms would have meant a
long and serious delay In the completion
of the work of laying the cable, as well
as being a most expensive happening to
the contracting company. Rare good Judg
ment in the handling of both the ship and
the cable at these critical times averted
an accident. Throughout Monday night
and until Tuesday at noon, whon the wind
abated In force, the ship's officers and
crew and the cable staff wore on duty
without rest or sleep.
Great relief was expressed when the ap
parently critical situation was passed, al
though when the wind abated at noon on
Tuesday the seas continued with a strong,
heavy swell that ran counter to the ship's
course. On Wednesday, tho 17th. the
weather Improved, and everything ran
smoothly and fair progress was recorded.
Heavy swells made the shin an uncom
fortable place, and rendered close watch
on the cable necessary.
First Section Finished.
On Thursday favorable conditions pre
vailed, and In spite of a stronjr southwest
erly breeze 207 knots were paid out, which
was the best day's run up to this time.
On Friday the first section of the cable,
measuring 923 nautical miles: was fin
lshed, and the vessel was stonncd at S
o'clock on Friday night to make the
change to tho after tank, containing tho
second section. This Interesting and haz
ardous operation was successfully carried
out In a little moro than an hour, and
progress was resumed.
As the vessel grew lighter, the rolling
increased. Tho character of the cargo
and the ponderous deck machinery mado
her particularly susceptible to the on
slaught of the sea. Saturday, the 20th,
was much like the preceding day, save
that the rolling motion was accentuated
by southwest winds, veering at times to
tho west, with only 157 knots reeled off.
For the 21 hours ending at noon Sunday,
the 21st, 217 knots of cable were laid. The
wind blew from the southwest with mod
erate force, but on the. whole tho day
was pleasant and progress was good.
During the night, however, there was a
considerable sea on, and one of the cable
men In the tank was caught in the swirl
of the line and suffered a dislocated shoul
der. First New From Home.
The day was notable for two things,
the crossing of the Vancouver-Australian
cable at -i o'clock in the morning, and'the
receipt of the first batch of news from
San Francisco. This letter consisted of
brief bulletins of President Roosevelt's
appointment as arbitrator In tho Vene
zuelan difficulty, the disastrous train
wreck at Byron, Cal.: tho capture of tho
Humberts In Madrid. Marconi's latest
claims In wireless telegraphy discoveries,
and ome minor items. The news from
shore was received with delight by those
on board the SHvertown, Roosevelt's ap
pointment being especially interesting to
the English staff. While tho English cit
izens expressed some surprise at the news
of the appointment, they enthusiastically
Indorsed It.
Tuesday, the 23d. opened with nasty
weather. Strong head winds, accom
panied by flurries of rain and heavy seas,
again brought danger to the cable. The
men In the cable tank had another bad
night and worked with Vreat risk. One
of them was caught by the flying, line and
was thrown against the wall. From Tues
day noon to Wednesday noon the deep
est water was crossed, iveraglng 3000
Stormy Christmas Day.
Thursday, December 23. Christmas day,
was not a pleasant one to the people on
tho ship, and the English custom of cele
brating the day was postponed to a more
propitious time. The wind veered around
to the northeast and Increased to a veloci
ty greater, than that experienced on Mon
day and Tuesday. Just before midnight a
final change of tanks was made, the after
tank being emptied of Its SSS miles of
cable and the bight transferred to the
forward tank. The change was made ex
tremely hazardous, owing to the now al
most empty vessel tossing and rolling in
the heavy seas. Throughout the day a
northeast gale blew, with the end of the
deep-sea cable In sight, and with It the
necessity of cutting and buoying the end.
An anxious night was passed by all on
board. .No member of cither staff attempt
ed to sleep. The wind blew a fine rain
with great force during the night, which,
with tho tremendous seas running, ren
dered life on deck uncomfortable as well
as dangerous. Many of the officers fa
miliar with the ways of the sea were
tossed about and thrown upon tho deck.
After S In the evening the ship's speed
was reduced In order to bring her to a
suitable buoying place toward daylight.
Hntrnll End Buoyed.
Between 2 and 3 o'clock, three sound
ings were taken, and preparations were
made to buoy the sea end. Tho operation
proved most difficult, owing to the motion
of the ship, which at times rolled to tho
extreme angle of 43 degrees. It was with
difficulty that the line was made fast to
tho cable and the end buoyed. Word was
given to cut the line at 5:20 o'clock, and
as the six-Inch manila hawser was cut
with the knife it nartod with n co c
great was the strain upon it that friction
uauauu n iu uiKe nre as it passed over tho
sheaves at the stern, and the sparks scat
tered about the deck In a pyrotechnic dis
play. The buoy was Jerked overboard
with terrific forc but nnit-i,.
Itsolf. The cable was safely buoyed In
iuuiuius oi water, a marked buoy
was dronned as noir ns nnccihin
cable buoy, and the vessel stood by un-
iii o u kiucr in orucr to get the bearings
She then proceeded tn TT-.r.i..i o
she arrived at noon on December 25.
Only Accomplished After Strnjrprlc
With Storm.
HONOLULU. Jan. .2. Havine-
tho deep-sea end of the cable In
tho turbulent Molokal rhnnnoi
5:20 o'clock on the mornln? nf rviio,.
December 26, after much difficulty and
great' risk, tho SHvertown came on to
Honolulu, docking at the naval wharf at
noon. The big ship was met in the har
bor by tugs and excursion boats carrying
delegations with bands of miisic nni
cortcd to the wharf. who n
waited. It was the Intention of the engi
neer in cuarec OI me expedition to take
on board 1000 tons of coal as hnnnnf
and await more favorable weather
to return and pick, up the sea end
and bring It close In shore and buoy It.
The shore end of the cable was then to be
paia out ana me nnai connection made at
that oolnt.
Saturday broucht no imnrovpmpnf n !
weather conditions. Th wind hin- . ;
- u 5aic l
from the northeast and it was finally de- '
ciaea to aemy ine attempt until Sunday,
December 28. when a 3tart was made. The
(Concluded oa Page C.)
Olympia Capitol Far
From Completion.
Old City's Hold on State Cap
ital May Be in Danger.
Local Delegation Is for Ankcny nnd
Against McBrlde, Though Pledged
to Railroad Commission Bill
"Wilson Is Considered Dead.
OLYMPIA. Dec. 31. (Special.) The cap
ital city of Washington, which for years
slumbered by the shores of Mud Bay lulled
to deep repose with a sense of business
and urban Inactivity, Is waking up for the
coming of the solons. The Olympia of to
day is no more like that of 1S92 than can
possibly be Imagined. The evidences of
decay and disintegration wrought by the
hard times from 1S33 to 19S in this state
have been obliterated by the progress and
prosperity of later years, In which
uiympia ha3 participated cenerouslv
Houses that went without paint for vears.
or were covered by the green moss that
grows here luxuriantly the year round.
now shine proudly forth bright with new
paint, new roofs and surrounded by well
kept lawns and gardens. The business-
houses are well occupied and are conduct
ed on modern lines, and. all in all. the
old capital city Is so unlike her former
self that the visitor today, who has been
here in earlier days, must needs marvel
at the change.
To be sure, Olympia is not happy, for
tho new Capitol, which Is to be made of
the reconstructed Courthouse, is no nearer
completion than a year aco. and thfn is
danger that an Indignant Legislature may
once more take up Olymnla's old nleht-
mare and talk capital removal. For the
Legislature this Winter will be quartered
In an old frame building, one story in
neignt, Duut overlooking the 'tide flats.
with stilts for supports, and an old stable
beneath. The building was once the home
of a large mercantile establishment, and
was later occupied as a storehouse by
Griggs & Heustls, the railroad contrac
tors. Afterward It became an nrmorv Tr
la not very well lighted and Is not at all
suited for the purposes for which it will
be used this Winter. Nevertheless. It was
the best that Secretary of State Nichols
could get and It has been renalrcd. re
painted, repapered and mado as habitable
as possible. It Is commonly called "the
barn," by local and visiting Legislators.
but. nevertheless, has more floor space for
tho Senate and House chambers than ex
Ists In the old Capitol, now gone to com
plete and utter decay. As far as that Is
concerned. Secretary Nichols says that
both Senate and House chambers, exclu
sive of tho room for the lobbies, have
more floor space than Is provided In the
plans for the new Capitol.
ThnMton for Ankcny.
Thurston County has three votes In the
Legislature one Senator and two mem
bers of the House of Representatives,
Senator S. Ruth Is serving the second half
of his term. The House members are
George Kopp and C. D. King. Both are
well-known citizens.
In all likelihood, the entire vote of
Thurston County in the Legislature will
be found In the Ankcny column. Even
the friends hero of Governor McBrlde ad
mit this. Senator Ruth is outspokenly
for Mr. Ankcny, and, while the House
members are unpledged and do not declare
themselves, yet there Is every reason to
believe that they will support the candidate
from Walla Walla. In this fact Is found
meat for reflection, considering the fact
that Olympia Is more closely bound to
Seattle than any other city In the state
by business and social tics, and. under
ordinary circumstances, Thurston County
would be found allied to King.
If tho House members, Hopp and King,
ever had, as Is possible, any friendly feel
ing for Harold Preston, the King County
candidate, the factional opposition which
they received from one wing of the party
here during the campaign would of ne
cessity place them In opposition to the
McBrlde-Pres'ton programme. Both men
were nominated in a convention In which
factl6nal feeling ran high. Neither was
asked to pledge himself on the Senatorial
question, and both were selected because
of their high standing and fltnees for the
office of Representative. Moreover, neither
was under any obligation to tie up with
any one of the Senatorial candidates.
Local Faction Fifth t.
For years In Thurston County there has
been an Insurgent element In politics.
This element, it Is charged, knifed the
county and legislative ticket during the
campaign to such an extent, that, while
Congressman Cushman carried the county
by nearly GOO majority, the county candi
dates and those for the Legislature pulled
through by less than 150. Tho light was
an open one and was led by the men con
trolling the Recorder, a paper newly es
tablished here, which, since the election.
has changed hands. In charge of the Re
corder during the campaign was Alien
Weir, ex-Secretary of State. With
him were associated Joseph Robinson, the
lawyer; Clerk C. S. Rinehart, of the Su
preme Court, and other well-known
Olympians, some of them followers of the
banner of John L. Wilson.
While a Republican paper, the Recorder
made no effort to support the county and
legislative candidates. Its local and edi
torial columns being silent on the subject
of the local campaign. What Is termed
here the Scobey-Madge faction was held
to be responsible for the nomination of the
county ticket, and the legislative candl-.
dates, and between the men back of the
Recorder and Mr. Madge and his associ
ates, there Is a feud of long standing and
of great bltternes3.ThIs unfortunate con
dition of affairs nearly cost Thurston
County Its Republican county and legis
lative tickets.
Messrs. Hopp and King did not escape
the knife, any more than did the men
on the county ticket who were marked
for slaughter. Moreover,' what Influence
and prestige Governor McBrlde has In
Thurston County was during the ante
convention fight thrown with the Recorder
people, who were defeated in the prima
ries and convention.
Under all the circumstances. It would
be strange If the Thurston County delega
tion would look with favor on the candi
dacy of Mr. Preston, whose main sponsor
and backer Is Governor McBrlde. They
could not well go to Wilson, whose cause
is regarded here as completely gone, for
the anti-Wilson sentiment Is as strong
here as in any county In the state. These
are the reasons why Thurston County
will, In all probability, support the claims
of Mr. Ankcny, although the latter comes
from a section which has little or no busi
ness or social relations with Olympia.
Apathy on Commission BUI.
The Legislative candidates from Thurs
ton pledged themselves during the cam
paign to support the commission bill, and
they will carry out this pledge. On the
stump, both Mr. King and Mr. Hopp de
clared that they would obey the Repub
lican state platform, although the county
convention refused to favor the appointive
commission measure. However, It is not
expected that either of the Legislators
from Thurston will make much of a fight
for the commission bill, as there Is abso
lutely no sentiment here In favor of the
measure. Thurston, as much as any of
the counties in Western Washington, I3
apathutic on the Issue of a railroad com
mission. The town Is prosperous and her
industries are developing rapidly. Much
capital Is being Invested here in lumber
mills and other manufacturing enterprises,
all of which are more or less dependent on
the railroad lines for their prosperity.
Olympia enjoys terminal rates, and the
railroad facilities here are adequate for
the business. Moreover. Olympia people
expect that next year much railroad
money will be spent here In terminal and
other Improvements. These are the rea
sons why there is practically an entire
absence of sentiment favorable to the
railroad commission bill.
Ahnndoncd Workings Collapse and
Fonr BuildlnxM Are Swallowed.
SCR ANTON, Pa.. Jan. 2. Abandoned
workings of the Eddy Creek colliery of the
Delaware & Hudson Company, -beneath
the very heart of the town of Ollphant,
caved In this afternoon and engulfed four
frame buildings covering an aggregate
ground space of 6000 square, feot.
The- settling was gradual, and people In
the affected vicinity escaped. The settling
began at 3 o'clock and continued 30 mln
utea. In the Intervening hour O'Brien's
three-story hotel. Mrs. Anna Evans'
double dwelling. Mrs. June Acerly's double
store building and Evans' one-story bar
ber shop were ground to debris in the
yawning pit. with the uppermost part of
the mound 40 feet below the surface. The
vein that caved in Is 115 feet below the
The property loss Is estimatedat $30,000.
Oil Excitement In Wyomlnpr.
SALT LAKE, Jan. 2. A special to tho
Tribune from Evanston, Wyo., says:
The full story of the conflict in tho
Wyoming oil fields may not be had for
weeks, owing to the Immense tract to be
covered. Of the hundreds of locating
parties leaving here December 20 and 31.
but a small percentage have returned,
and in some instances grave fears are
entertained as to their safety.
This evening weather conditions indi
cate a heavy storm, and if a blizzard, so
common In this section, should set in,
many locating parties may be lost.
President Roosevelt closes a Southern post-
ofllcc because the negro Postmistress is
driven out. Page 2.
Charges airalnst Marshal Matthews dismissed
as trivial. Pace 1.
Pension Bureau hurries action on Indian War
pensions. Page 1.
Great Increase in exports of manufactured
goods, and in imports of manufacturers'
materials, iron and steel. Page' 2.
Increase In revenue and decrease In National
debt In December. Page 2.
Anti-trust bill to be Introduced by Senator
Hoar. Page 3.
Graphic story of how the Paclflc cable waa
laid; great rejoicings at both ends; cable
will be extended to Manila by July 4. Page 1.
Science convention hears how Irrigation will
help the Nation, and how forests arc being
wasted. Page 3.
Castro sends an army to light the rebels.
Page 2.
Sultan of Morocco sends his brother to fight
the pretender. Pago 3.
New diamond field discovered in the Transvaal.
Page 3.
Washington Legislature has no Capitol for Its
meeting. Page 1.
H. C. Bowers secures lease of a hotel In Seat
tle. Page 11.
Mrs. Tlngley testifies In her own defense.
Page 5.
Estimate of state's expenses for 1003 Is made
by state officials. Pajre 4.
Trusty at State Penitentiary escapes In clothes
of Superintendent Lee. Page 4.
Prizes are awarded at Albany poultry show.
Page 4.
Chehalls basket-ball players defeat Multnomah.
20-15. Pago 10.
Comrncrclnl nnd marine.
Oregon prunes-strons In the East. Page 13.
General selling movement on New York stock
market. Page 13.
Wheat quiet and lower at Chicago. Page 13.
Marino engineers' strike on ocean steamers end
ed. Page 12.
County of Linlithgow chartered for wheat load
ing. Pnge 12.
Ship St. David helpless oft Japaneso Coast.
Page 12.
Portland and Vicinity.
Whltechapel dives closed at expiration of
licenses. Page 14.
Portland's great African trade. Page 11.
Iron works' laborer granted nine-hour day.
Page S.
Pay Increased on Southern Pacific line. Page
Portland women plan to assist forest Are suf
ferer. Page 10.
Sentiment of Granges strong for 1005 Fair.
Page 10.
No probability of reduction In county taxes.
Page 8.
Methodists' great work la raising- $20,000,000.
.rage 1;
Charges Against Mat
thews Fall Flat.
Civil Service Commission Ig
nores Them.
Senator Mitchell Secures Promises o
(luiuk Action on Indian War Pen
sions Cannon Would Hnther
Be Speaker Than Senator.
The charges against United States
Marshal Matthews, of Oregon have
been dismissed by Civil Service Com
!cner Proctor as "trivial and Inconse
quential." The Pension Commissioner has prom
ised to adjust the claims of Indian "War
veterans as soon as possible, and has
put an extra force of clerks at work on
them. Representative Cannon has discour
aged a. movement to elect him Senator
""from Illinois, for he would rather bo
Southern Democratic leaders declare
themselves for Parker or Olney for
President, being in a hurry to renounce
Bryanlsm, of which they have been
ardent adherents.
The Lily Whites declare that Presi
dent Roosovelt Is only Injuring his party
by recognizing the negroes "in making
ington, Jan. 2. Civil Service Commis
sioner Proctor today sent 10 the Attorney
General and Postmaster-General copies of
so-called charges that were filed -with
him, alleging that Marshal Matthews of
Oregon, has interfered in the selection of
the Portland Postmaster and had active
ly identified himself with the Republican
party in the state.
Proctor says the charges are so trivial
and Inconsequential that he will do noth
ing with them himself. In fact, they are
not of sufficient Importance to warrant
consideration by the commission. He
transmits copies to the other departments
as a formality, not expecting that any
thing will result Tlie charges are re
garded as expressions of a disgruntled in
dividual and are weighed accordingly.
Mitchell SecnreH Promises of Early
Action for Veteran. 1
ington. Jan. 2. Senator Mitchell through
the holidays has been giving special at
tentloh to the claims of the old Indian
war veterans In the Pension Bureau and
is Just in receipt of a letter from the
Commissioner of Pensions in which that
official says:
"All these Indian war veteran pension
claims to which you refer will have care
ful consideration at the earliest practi
cable date. There were on file in the
Pension Bureau on December 1, 1502, 2000
claims of survivors and widows. Realis
ing the advanced age of these claimants
and the necessity for early action, an ex
tra force of clerks have been detailed ta
this work In order that these claims may
be-adjudicated as speedily as possible. I
assure you no effort will be spared to ad
judicate these claims at the earliest prao
ticabie moment. No claim, however, can
be made special without an injustice, tc
other claimants equally old and equally
Antl-IIopkliiH Men In JIHiioIm DInnp
polntcd IiyCannnn.
ington, Jan. 2. Several men who were in
the speakership fight for a little whlla
previous to the time that they were
willing to acknowledge that Canno.n would
have a walkover, pricked up their ears
today whon they learned that there was
a possibility of Cannon being elected to
the Senate from Illinois. It appears that
the Republicans are not at all satisfied
with the deal which has been made for
Hopkins, and there Is quite a number of
men In the Illinois Legislature who are
kicking over the traces.
Cnnnon was regarded as the most avail
able man, but he has sat down very hard
on any suggestion that ho should be a
candidate. He is sure of the Speakership
and will hold the position as long as the
Republicans of the House are In power,
and that is a much more powerful posi
tion than any place in the Senate. Be
sides, Cannon realizes that at the end of
six years in the Senate he would be quite
an old man and still be far from the in
fluential position which he now holds in
Southern Democrat. "Want Old-Time
Democrat for President.
ington, Jan. 2. Democratic statesmen in
Washington are lining up on the next
Presidential nomination, and declaring
themselves quite freely. Senator Car
mack, of Tennessee, Is out for Judge
Parker, of New York.- and Representative
Underwood says that Richard Olney, of
Massachusetts, Is his choice. Both of
these men have been rampant free silver
ltes, but they are now willing to go for an
Eastern man who Is known to have al-
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