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VOL. XLIIL XO. 13,152.
PORTLAND, OREGON, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1903.
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Says Malchlesa Mine TVn Fraudu
lently Sold Under Execution.
DENVER. Feb. 4. A suit for $3,200,000
damages has been filed in the District
Court by Elizabeth B. Tabor, the widow
of ex-Senator Tabor, agilnst James W.
Newell. Warren F. Page and the Ransom
leasing Company. The damage which
Mrs. Tabor alleges to have incurred -resulted
from a sile on an execution of the
Matchless mine, near Leadvllle. which'
belonged to the Tabor Mines & Aiming
This mine was sold In, 1S99 for little
more than $12,000 to satisfy Judgment
which the defendants and William H.
Harp are said to hive held against Ta
bor. Fralid Is alleged againsC the de
fendants for the manner In which they
secured possession of the mine.
LADRONES GIVE BATTLE.
Four Hundred Defeat 30 Constable,
but Flee Bcfore More.
MANILA, Feb. 4. Scattered bands of la
dMnesIn Cavlte, Rlsal and Bulacan Prov
inces who had formed a junction near
Polo, Bulacan. to the number of 400, at
tacked and defeated 30 of the constabu
lary last Monday. The constables retreat
ed, and afterward returned reinforced,
whereupon the ladrones fled.
Xo More Cholera In Manila.
MANILA, Feb. 4 The -United States
quarantine officials have declared Manila
to be free from cholera, thus ending the
quarantine, which has lasted nearly a
year. Though, cholera has disappeared
from Manila, It Is still epidemic In parts
of the Islands.
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. EET1IL .
AND IRON FENCING
ARIZONA ENTERS PROTEST
"Wonld Rather Remain a Territory
Titan Be Joined to Xtw Mexico.
PHOENIX. ArtxFeb. 4. Although the
admission of Arizona and New Mexico aa
one state has been frequently suggested.
It was never given serious consideration
here until the presentation today of dis
patches announcing that friends of the
omnibus bill were favoring such a com
promise. The news created consterna
tion here, and the protest Is almost uni
versal. Upon the assembling of the Leg
islature today, a telegram was read from
I Delegate Smith reciting the conditions and
stating ne. was opposing me compromise.
If his attitude was not In accord with the
people, he wanted to know it, so he could
inform Congress. A resolution was passed
opposing the compromise.
The opinion of all those interviewed,
both in official and commercial life. Is that
It must either be statehood for Arizona or
a continuance of the present status of the
territory. There is no feeling against New
'Mexico, but Arlzonans claim there Is noth
ing In common with' her racially, com
mercially, politically or otherwise, and
that the union of the two would bring
confusion In the adjustment of public
debts, government, laws, and everything
Inquiry Into Coal Famine.
TOPEKA, Kan., Feb. 4. The Legislative
committee to Investigate the cause for
the coal famine held Its first meeting here
tills afternoon. Fourteen witnesses were
summoned, and every effort was made to
get at the facts. It Is announced that the
Investigation will continue as long as
necessary. It being the purpose to prevent
a possible recurrence, .of the coal famine,
rather, than relieve the present condition.
TO BUILD JETTIES
Plan to Deepen Mouth
of the Columbia.
BOARD OF ENGINEERS' YIEW8
Complete and Extend South
Jetty Two and a Half Miles.
THEN BUILD A NORTH JETTY
If South Jetty Does ot Give a Forty
Foot Channel, North Jetty Cer
tainly Will Whole Cost Xenrly
The 'board of engineer officer has
reported on the Improvement on the
mouth of the Columbia River, and rec
ommends The extension of the south jetty 2J4
It this falls to Inserts a. 40-foot chan
nel across tbe bar, build & north' Jetty
miles from Cape Disappointment
towards the south Jetty.
This, says the board, will without
doubt attain the desired depth of water.
The cost of the Jetties and the con
version of the Grant Into a dredge will
Towards the beginning- of this work
J1.5O0.0O0 will be available on July 1.
more than can be expended In the suc
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington, Feb. 4. The Board of Engineer
Officers that has for six months past
been considering the project of the perma
nent Improvement of the mouth of the
Columbia River reported to General Gil
lespie today, recommending the exten
sion of the present, or south. Jetty due
west for two and a hilf miles, or so much
of this distance as tho depth of water
will - permit-. T"ji -'boa ml, jntortalns. some
doubt whether this single Jetty will pro
duce and .maintain .a permanent, chan-
nrt' 40 feet deep, and to insure such a
channel; If the extended Jetty falls short
of "that accomplishment. It recommends
the construction of a north Jetty two and
a half miles long, designed to project
from Cape. Disappointment towards the
south Jetty and operating with the Ut
ter to force through an opening two
miles in width tho full volume of the
If this Is done, the board says, there Is
no doubt about the permanent mainten
ance of the desired channel across the
bar. Tho board Is not sure that a north
Jetty Is needed as long as projected, and
If a shorter one will accomplish the pur
pose, it can be stopped short at the
The board estimates the proposed ex
tension of the south Jetty will cost 12,
JGO.OOO, and the construction of the north
Jetty tl.205,000, to which 3230.000 Is added,
being the cost of operating the dredge
Grant, making the total coit of the pro
posed Improvement $3,715,000.
Build South Jetty First.
The board says the work of extending
tbe south Jetty should be pressed sea
ward as speedily as possible, with the use
at first cf only so much stone as may be
necessary to secure the construction tres
tle against destruction by the sea. T,he
Jetty should subsequently bo 'brought to
the level of mem low water throughout,
and ultimately the old and new portions
of the Jetty "should be raised to midtlde
level. The board sees no necessity for
railing tho Jetty tp or above the level of
high water, as this could not be done ex
cept ot enormous expense, by surfacing
with heavycement blocks, although It is
admitted that a higher Jety would tend
to produce a greater accumulation of
sanfl, and thereby afford more protection
to the wprk Itself. The board does recom
mend the construction of groins to old
In the accumulation of sand along the
jetty thereby Increasing Its security.
Method of Construction.
The board Is by no means srre the south
Jetty, when complete, will afford a -10-foot
channel;, nevertheless. It recommends that
this Jetty be completed before any other
work is undertaken. If then It Is found
lhe desired depth has not been gained a
jetty Is to be constructed extending
southwesterly from a point on Cape Dis
appointment across Peacock slip to a
point two miles north of the end of the
proposed Jetty extension. Tho outer end
or the north Jetty la to be kept In rear
of the outer end of the south Jetty.
To obtain the 10-foot channel across
the bar it Is self-evident that tbe flow
of the river must be concentrated within
one channel of moderate width and dis
ctarge a "unit to tho sea. The volume of
witer must be held together until It has
passed entirely over the bar. so that no
dispersion may take place until after Its
work Is done.
The board believes the south Jetty cx-
- tension alone will produce a channel depth
on tne Dar mucn in excess of the SO feet
temporarily resulting from the old work,
but greater concentration may be neces
sary, such as would be afforded hy the
construction of the northern Jetty confin
ing to a single outlet the full discharge
of the river.
The board believes that a low or midtlde
Jetty, built upon the line recommended,
can be maintained under the protection of
the sand that' will be held byjt, but that
the maintenance of a high-tide Jetty Is
uncertain and very doubtful unless
the method of costly construction with a
userstructure of heavy concrete blocks
be employed. Such expensive construc
tion is not Justifiable when the desired
results can be better and more economi
cally secured by another method. The
construction of a north Jetty, should the
south Jetty alone fail to secure the pro
jected channel depth of 40 feet, will un
doubtedly give better results than the
raising of the south Jetty from midtlde to
high tide, and at a cost less than that ot
a concrete superstructure for the latter.
With the extension of the south jetty
the sand deposit upon Clatsop spit will
also be extended seaward, and the sand
cplts lying against either side of the Jetty
will be the actual directing and controll
ing banks of the channel. It Is not ex
pected or desired that the jetties them
celvcs shall act as training walls, and with
the shifting character of the sands of this
entrance it is doubtful if they could be
compelled to do so, were the attempt
made, subjected as they are to tho leveling
Influences-of the heavy seas. The sta
bility of Jetties ol moderate height is only
too precarious under most favorable con
ditions, and additional risk of undermin
ing would follow frcm their use as retain
The safety of the Jetties against under
mining requires that the distance between
the north and south Jetties shall be con
siderably In excess of the effective width
of channel. The approved plan, while
concentrating the flow Into one channel,
which was at its best In 1S33, will also
permit It to flow to the southwest across
tbe bar. In accordance with the well
defined set of the currents.
The board admits that tho "advance of
the bar at this point will follow the con
struction of the Jetties and the removal
of the large quantity of sand necessary to
secure a 10-foot channel. The bar ad
vance, however, will be a minimum, as
the waves and strong lattoral currents
have a maximum effect, herein retarding
a counteracting bar advance, and unless
the story of the last 60 years la mislead
ing that advance will be speedily checked
and probably rehearsed with a return of
the outer bar slope toward Its present lo
cation. The two Jetties proposed are to
be built on the banks least likely to be
moved, and where they will be least sub
jected to violent wave actions.
Plenty of Money Available.
The plan submitted by the board will
undoubtedly be aproved by the Chief of
Engineers, so that contracts) may be let
during the coming Summer. On July 1
there will be 11,500,000 available more than
can be expended during the coming year.
The Jetties prbposed are to be ot random
stone and built after the same fashion as
the old Jetty, although the sea ends will
be of heavier cross section to meet the
greater exposure. In conclusion the board
"The board, although aware that the
total estimated cost of the two Jetties rec
ommended for. the ultimate Improvement,
of this entrance isMn excess of the limits
tdels that the Importance! of this entrance
justifies the plan herein recommended, for
Its complete and permanent Improvement,
and that, while partial Improvement may
be obtained at a less cost, no less exten
sive a project "will assuredly secure and
permanently maintain a channel 40 feet
deep and ot suitable width. The Columbia
River entrance is the only deep-water port
In the 709 miles of stormy coast between
San Francisco and the Straits of Fuca,
and. If suitably Improved, will be an In
valuable harbor of refuge. Its value as a
commercial port is well known, as la fur
ther evidenced by the fact that the people
of the largest port within the entrance.
Portland, have spent about 1,000,000 of
their own money In the betterment of the
channel leading to their harbor.
"The board's plan Is such as to permit of
the carrying forward of the project within
the UmltH prescribed by the act of June
13, 1902. After providing for the conver
sion of tho Grant into a seagoing dredge,
and for its operation for a temporary
deepening of the bar channel, there re
main available sufficient funds for vthe
completion of the south Jetty and its Z'A
mlle extension. This work should be
pushed as rapidly as funds will permit,
subject only to tho limitations, with regard
to Impracticable depths, and in the opin
ion of the board it alone will secure a bar
channel ot greater depth than has ever
existed heretofore. Provision should,
however, be made for the construction of
the north Jetty, bo that the work may be
prosecuted under the most advantageous
conditions, and whenever it la necessary
for securing a channel of the full dimen
sions prescribed, there is every assurance
that, when additional money Is needed for
constructing the north jetty. It will be
promptly authorized b Congress."
The board reports adversely on the
Haupt reaction Jetty plan as Impracticable
In ways and amounting In effect to a mere
extension of the old Jetty.
ALASKA COAL LA!D SURVEYS.
Bill Favorably Reported Attempt -to
Revive Checkerboard Bill,
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington, Feb. 1. The land committee today
favorably reported a bill permitting en
tries on surveyed coal lands In Alaska,
after the lands have been privately sur
veyed under direction of the Surveyor
General of Alaska, all entries to be rec
tangular and. embracing 40, SO or 160 acres
each, and tot be distinctly marked on the
The publlc.'lands committee reported an
amendment to the "Checkerboard" land
exchange bill, recently voted down In tho
House, limiting exchanges to townships.
Instead of counties, so that when lands
are relinquished to the .Government, the
lands taken in exchange must be within
the same township as those surrendered.
The exchange Is made to meet the charge
that the bill would permit corrallng; of
large tracts by single owners, hut it will
probably not rehabilitate the bill.
By Polaon and Diphtheria.
DAUPHIN. Manitoba. Feb. 4. Three
children have mysteriously died - In one
family at 'Laurler. Whether death was
caused by accidental poisoning or diphthe
ria has not yet been ascertained, but an
investigation Is being asked for by citi
zens of the town.
Children Cremated In Their Home.
ORLANDO, Okla.. Feb. 4. Fire - today
destroyed .the home of A ,B. Deselms.
and Mrs., Deselms and her two children,
aged 1 and, 4 years respectively, were
burned to death, their bodies-being burned
beyond recognition. ' '
CASTS VOTE FOR HARRIS
His Arrival Makes Situation
HERMANN IS EXPECTED TODAY
Question of TonRue's Successor May
Cut Some Figure In Senatorial
Contest Clatsop Mun Expect
ed Coup Xot Vet at Hand.
SALEM, Or., Feb. 4. (Staff corres
pondence.) Representative Hume arrived
from San Francisco today and before he
was sworn testily Inquired of the news.
paper representatives why they had as
signed him to the Fulton .column.
"Becauso the Fulton people have
claimed you, and nobody had authority
to say anything to the contrary," was
"Well, that la scarcely reason enough,
he rejoined. "I do not belong there. I
have told no one that I would vote for
"Whom will you vote for?"
"Walt till noon and you will see," he
said, and the Legislature and the crowd
at 1:20 o'clock saw that Mr. Hume had so
high a regard for his young friend Speak
er Harris that he voted for him for United
"I have come from San Francisco to
help elect a Senator," eaid Mr. Hume to
tbe reporters. "I was In, a hospital there
TT3r ftmeTflme ana I hoped togeT"bacIc
before I did. The trip has done me no
good,, for I 'have been able to get no sleep
and I have been Jolted up a great deal.
We need a young and able man for Sen
ator and when we get him we should keep
him there, eo that In time he would be
able to be of great value to the state."
IlarrI as Congressional Possibility.
Speaker Harris comes up to the required
ments fixed by Mr. Hume, for he us young,
active and able. Whether the Curry
Cdunty representative will persist In an
effort to start a boom for the bright
Lane County Legislator remains to be
seen. He might have better success If
he were to endeavor to land Mr. Harris
In the lower house of Congress, for sen
timent Is by.no means confined to Mr.
Harris' immediate constituency that he Is
a growing man and he is justified In an
ambition, if he has any, to represent the
state at Washington. Mr. Harris has
powerful allies In Mr. Hume, Mr. Booth
and Mr. Kuykendall and they are likely
to prove strong factors In the district con
vention to name Mr. Tongue's successor.
But Mr. Hume may determine that Din
ger Hermann is the man for that place.
He has been a very Influential supporter
of Mr. Hermann In the past, but It would
by no means appear to follow because he?
Is Interested favorably in Mr. Hermann's
political welfare, that he is by the same
token also bound to help Mr. Fulton In
his campaign. That is what Mr. .Her
mann's friends here seemed to think, but
just there is where Mr. Hume did not
agree with them. He is a man of indepen
dent thought and habit, as today's events
disclosed, and he does not always do
what somebody has asked or expected
him to do.
It should be added that Mr. Fulton has
at no time personally claimed that Mr.
Hume would be for him nor did he take
the trouble to dispel the common notion
so lndu&rloualy cultivated among and
by his friends that the Curry County
man would fall In line and he delivered to
him along with others of the Hermann
following. It Is said that Mr. Hermann
himself will be here tomorrow or. next
day. It will be Interesting to ascertain
whether he will And it to his Interest to
do personally what he can for Mr. Fulton.
Still Eleven Short.
This was the day generally looked for
ward to as the high water mark of Mr.
Fulton's efforts for the present week. It
has passed without a break In the oppo
sition and without an accession to bis
strength. The arrival of Mr. Hume has
on the contrary strengthened the opposi
tion by one and has left Fulton Just 11
votes short of an election. With Mr.
Adams absent. It will take 43 to elect
and Mr. Fulton now has 34. If he decides
that It will b-j proper to go In and record
his vote for himself, he will need ten. It
looks now as if all sides think there will
be no Issue to the contest until the end
of the session, more than two weeks dis
tant. Mr. Fulton will, of course, not remit
his efforts, to bring matters to a climax
before then, but his tactics now are de
voted in part to inspiring a sentiment
among his followers that If they hold to
gether the minority is bound In 'the end
to come to them.
Not the Majority Candidate.
It Is scarcely correct to spaak of Mr.
Fulton as the majority candidate, be
cause he has not In his camp a majority
of all Republicans. They number 72 and
the combined opposition Is 37. He has
more than twice as many votes as his
nearest Republican competitor. Fulton
men say that they are well equipped for a
prolonged struggle and have no fear that
they will1 suffer any- losses. It la well
known, however that the Fulton men are
not easy about the Clackamas County
delegation and they are not unprepared
for defections there. The memory of the
Paulsen incident continues fresh in their
The Geer supporters In the Marion
County delegation had a meeting tonight
and decided to continue Indefinitely In
their present course. Mr. Fulton has
within the past few days interviewed
personally every member from Marlon
County and has presented arguments why
they should settle the question now by
coming to him. But they have not come.
E. B. P.
HUME VOTES FOR L. T. HARRIS.
Delayed Representative I Xot for
SALEM. Or.. Feb. 4. (Special.) Repre
sentative .Hume was on hand today. He
had been supposed to be lined up with
Mr. Fulton, but friends who talked with
him before the noon hour learned that he
was not a supporter of the Clatsop states
man. He would not say for whom he
would vote: and, naturally, there was
great interest in his attitude. When his
name "was called on rollcail he responded
with "L. T. Harris." Speaker Harris
blushed with pleasure, and the crowd with
whom the Speaker is quite popular got
noisy with satisfaction. There was no
other incident except that Senator Stelwer
created a slight ripple of amusement by
answering "Hermann" Instead of "Geer."
He quickly corrected himself. The vote
For C. W. Fulton Booth. Both, Brown
ell, Carnahan, Carter, Cornett, Dlmmlck.
Eddy, Edwards. Emmltt, Farrar. Gault,
G!nn, Hahn. Hale, Hansbrough. Harris.
Hawkins. Hermann. HInes. Huntley,
Kuykendall. LaFollett, Marsters, Miles
Paulsen, Phelps. Purdy, Rand, Riddle,
Shelley, Smith of Yamhill, Webster, Will
For T. T. Geer Burgess, Crolsan. Daly,
Danneman, Davey, Hayden. Hobson,
Kowe, Johnson of Grant. Johnston of
Wasco. Judd, Kay, Mulkey, Simmons.
Stciwer, Whenldon 16.
.For C. E. S. Wood-BIlyeu, Blakley.
Burleigh. Cantrall. Claypool, Galloway,
Kramer, Miller, Murphy, Olwell. Pierce,
Bobbins, Smith of Umatilla. Sweek. Test,
Wade, Wehrung 17.
For A. L. Mills Bailey. Cobb. Hodson,
Holman, Hudson. Hutchinson, Jones of
Multnomah, Malarkey. Mays, McGinn,
Myers, Reed 12.
For George H. Williams Banks, Orton
For W. D.
Fenton Fisher, GUI, Not-
For M. C. George Hunt. Smith of Mult
For BInger Hermann Jones of Lincoln.
For L. T. Harris Hume.
Absent Adams, Fulton 2.
REJECT HALF A LOAF.
Trainmen of One Railroad Send
Back Offer With ' Ultimatum.
ST. LOUIS. Feb. 4.-Committccs repre
senting the trainmen and conductors ot
the Missouri. Kamtas & Texas Railroad
Company received notice today of a raise
In wages of approximately- II per cent, xj
a reply to the demand for a 20 per cent In
crease; The orderasrsaaedlateljrcot-T.
ed end counter proportions made to the
officials, of the road, with an ultimatum
tnat it must be answered by tomorrow.
P. H. Morrissey. grand master of the
uruer of Railway Trainmen, said tonight
that a new proposition had been received
from the Missouri Pacific officials, but had
not been acted upon. The propositions
from the St. Louis & San Francisco and
thp Cotton Belt railroads are being voted
on by the employes, he said, and it is ex
pected that the result of the vote will be
Want Wind River Reservation Open.
CHEYENNE, Wyo., Feb. 4. The Wyo
ming Industrial Convention today adopted
resolutions that a strong memorial be sent
to the proper departments of the general
Government for the allotment in severalty
of lands included in the Wind River or
Shoshone reservation In Wyoming. The
rtscrvatlon comprises 2,808,000 acres, and
there are on it 1G00 Indians.
Thirteen Bnllots, Xo Choice.
DOVER, Del.. Feb. 4. The 13th ballot
for United States Senator taken today
was without definite result.
CONTEXTS OF TODAY'S PAPER.
Statehood bill affords opportunity for Senators
' to bandy epithets.' Page 2.
Tariff debate springs up In the Rouse. Page 2.
, , Domentlc.
William Hooper Young' has become a physical
wreck in Jail. Page C
Fierc blizzard sweeps over Middle West and
cuts off Chicago from the world. Page 3.
Pay-day passes in almost perfect peace at Wa
terbury. soldiers guarding cars. Page 7.
Bowen aciees to give allies' claim priority for
a short period. Page 3.
Reported death of the Empress Dowasjer of
China. Page 7.
Crushing defeat of the pretender In Morocco:
he barely escapes capture. Page 7.
Xorthvreat Leclsln t urrs.
McBrlde commission bill will go to its death
earlier than was expected. Page 1.
Representative Hume's opposition to Fulton
upsets calculations somewhat. Page 1.
Two attempts at constitutional amendments
are turned down at Salem. Page 4.
Malsrkfy'x Inheritance tax bill gojs through
the Senate. Page 4.
Bankers meet and discuss proposed banking
hill at Olympla. rage 3.
Nottingham has bill to protect birds. Page 5.
Vancouver railroad la to connect with Wash
ington and Oregon; will lay 12 mltas ot new
rails. Page C
About 4500 scuare miles of forest land Is to
be added to reserves in Washington. Page C
Plan of board of engineers for deepening wa
ter on Columbia River bar. Page 1.
Student at Washington Agricultural College
quarrel over election. Page 10.
Al Nelll arrives from San Francisco ready to
meet Rellly. Page 10.
University cf Oregon freshmen sill wear class
caps. Page 10.
Commercial and Marine.
Weekly review of the local wholesale and pro
duce markets. Page 15.
Strength ot Reading the feature of stock trad
ing at New York. Page IS.
Wheat advance' at Chicago on strong cables.
More inquiry for prunes from exportera. Page
Another veseel la tow collide, with Morrison-
street bridge Page 11.
Portland and Vicinity.
Council nasses Increased wage scale for city
employes after long debate. Page 10.
Fruitgrowers form a combine to establish mar
ket place in Portland. Page 14.
Forty-five students win High School dfblomaa.
Page Hi t
Three .disinterested men to Inspect East Burn-
side improvement. Page 14.
County School Superintendent Robinson favors
bill for consolidation of school dl.trlcts.
McBride's Pet Measure
Soon to Be Slain. -
WILL NOT CO INTO HOUSE
Senate Committee Will Put
It Out of Sight.
M'BRIDE IS NOT TO fiETALIATE
Railroad CommUxlon BUI, Which
Threatened TJInruptlon of the Re-
publican Party In Washing
ton, -la Doomed.
Unless a change ot programme occurs,
the McBrlde railroad commission bill
will be Indefinitely postponed today by
the Senate committee.
The measure Is now practically dead,
and It only remains to decide the
courtesies and formalities of its funeral
It had been rumored that Governor
McBrlde woald get back at the enemies
ot the bill by vetoing appropriation
measures, but this fear was put at rest
yesterday by Senator Hamilton, who
held a conference with the Chief Ex
ecutive, The Legislature may pass the hill ap
propriating 110,000 for expenses in
fighting .the merger case.
OLYMPIA, Wash.. Feb. 4. (Staff cor
respondence.) The railroad commlrslon
bill, thit burning Issue that has shared
honors with the Senatorial flpht, not only,
for the past month, but since ktst Spring,
when Governor McBrlde Issued his
femous manifesto, is nearing the day ot
ttr, execution much more, rapidly than has
previously been expected. The project of
bringing It up in tbe House, where It
would stand perhips an even show for
Us life, has been abandoned, and unless.
there la a change ot programme In tbo-
meanflmet If raa'r come up In the Senate
The railroad committee of the Senitei
will hold a meeting tomorrow morning,
before the Senate convenes, and may put
the big Issue of the last campaign before
the Senate as soon as It convenes. It
tta,s the intention until todiy to have the
matter come up In the Senate and bo
made a special order for some day next
week, but tonight It Is reported, that tho
Senate will send It to a speedy death by
the Indefinite-postponement route as soon
as It Is reported by the committee to
A Mere Mutter of Obaequles.
Except for the formalities, the bill la
dead already, and the only hitch In the
programme at the present time Is over
the manner In which the obsequies are
to be conducted. If , It is not given a
rpeedy shove Into oblivion tomorrow. It
will be due to tho tact that Senatoriil
courtesy will permit some of its .friends
to preach a farewell sermon over its
remains. Incidentally a few who are not
friends ot the measure which has
brought about so much strife in the Re
publican party may wish to make a
few farewell remarks on the matter.
That It will be called up from the com
mittee in the morning is a certainty, and
It definite action Is not taken then, a
date for the execution will be set early
The meisure Is known as the Tolman
bill In the Senate end as. -the Dlx bill in
the House. If the Senate makes a speedy!
disposition of it tomorrow, the Dlx bill
may be called up in the House on Fri
day. As previously stated, the fight In
tho House Is much closer thin In the
Senate, and the views of ' the opposition
forces will probably be thoroughly aired
before It Is finally killed or pissed. If
It should succeed in getting past the
House by a majority, which cannot well
be otherwise than small, the Senate will
hive another chance at it-
Mcnrlde Will Xot Retaliate.
Governor McBrlde has for some 'time
realized that there was no hope for his
pet measure, and there have' been numer
ous rumor that he would retaliate by
vetoing appropriation bills which the
commission members would like .to have
pissed. Today It is stated that there la
but a faint possibility of anything ot this
kind- happening. Senator Ed 'Hamilton,
who Is .one of the principal leaders ot the
railroad forces, had a conference witn
the Governor, today, and the chief ex
ecutive assured him that the appropria
tion bills would be considered strictly on
their merits, and no fight would be made
on any appropriation bill that was de
serving. This position of the Governor
will expedite matters groitly, and but
little trouble Is anticipated in this direc
tion, as a result of the very fierce fight
that has raged between the commission
and anti-commission forces.
It Is also reported that tbe rallroid
forces In the Senate will permit .the pass
age of the bill appropriating $10,000 for
the expense- of fighting the merger case.
This bill could be killed as easily as the
commission bill, but there seems to be a
disposition among the Governor's oppo
nents to let It become a law. Whether
this is due to their belief that McBrlde
will loso the merger fight and thus bo
left in an awkward position, or whether
it is because they have a sincere desire
to help him In this last move, is un
known, but he could never get tht meas
ure through both Houses without the aid
of the men whom he bis been fighting
on the Senatorial and railroad commission!
issues. E. W. W.