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PORTLAND, OREGON, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1903.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
BELTING, PACKING AND HOSE
GOODS OF EVERY DESCRIPTION
CRACK-PROOF AND SNAG-PROOF BOOTS
oofly car Rubber Company
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Comprising the individual
exhibit of MRS. CLAUD
GATCH before the Camera
Club, of Chicago
NOW ON EXHIBITION
lur new ground floor Photographic Dept., cor. Fourth and Alder Sts.
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED
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Wholesale, Importing and Manufacturing Druggists.
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This week -we will give away free, a 50c collection of
bulbs with every purchase amounting to $1.00 or over.
sweet Peas, Pansles and Early Garden Seed can be planted now.
Choice lot Japan Palms, Shrubs, Etc., Just In, 50c to $1.50 each.
ORTLAND SEED COMPANY
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ttNDLE OF J. P. MORGAN
Irgcd Bills of Truat-BnIIder Have
Decs Sold in London.
5NDOX, Feb. 11. Inquiries at the
Irgan banking-house here today -con
ned the main points of the story print-
by the Dally Chronicle this morning
I the effect that bills signed J. P. Mori
h. In payment for purchases of pic
es and bric-a-brac, have been returned
e with an Intimation that the slgna
es were forgeries.
wo bills for $57,500 each, purporting to
drawn by M. de Bosdarl, with J. Pler-
,t Morgans acceptance, were present
er payment here by a London bank.
! suspicions of J. P. Morgan, Jr., were
used, and he withheld payment unUl
er the day. .lieanwniie ne caoiea to
father, who repudiated the signatures.
Ii. Morgan, Sr., bought one picture
in . r taj4.I ttrhf Analm In a email
In art objects. The police are ln-
Itleatiac the matter.
be Morgans here fear that similar
extensive forgeries have been dls-
Eed .of In London. The signatures are
nounced to be excellent Imitations of
k Morgan s ibandwnting.
SSIIE IS DODGED
Senators Are .Afraid of
THOUGH STATES DEMAND IT
Action Always Smothered in
able to the election of Senators by direct
vote and had advocated It several times In
the Senate. The committee as now consti
tuted would favor the resolution If It was
in a proposition by Itself, but the tangle In
which the Depew amendment has placed It
will always make It dlfflcult to pass such
BY ENEMIES OF THE MEASURE
Twenty-nine Stntea Have Demanded
Amendment Providing Direct Elec
tion of Senators, bat Senate
Twenty-nln of the 45 Mates have de
clared through their Legislatures In
favor of direct election of United Statea
If SO states demand It. Congreas rnu.t
call a constitutional convention on the
question: hut all 30 states must make
the demand In one year.
The question has come up In the Sen
ate in the form of resolutions, hut a
direct vote ha been dodged, or the res
olution has been burled In the commit
tee, or the Issue has been confuted
with cth so as to 'Insure Its defeat.
When Senator Mitchell was a membr
of the committee on privileges and elec
tions be tried to secure a, vote on the
question. 'When ho returned after an
Interval ha was refused & place on that
committee because at his known advo
cacy of direct election.
SHXATORS DV DIRECT VOTE.
Movement Started lu Wlftcoiinln for
MADISON. Win.. Feb. 11. A Joint reso
lution was Introduced In the Assembly
today Inviting other Legislatures to Join
In a Constitutional convention to secure
an amendment to the Federal Constitu
tion providing for the election of United
States Senators by a direct vote.
Among the bllla Introduced was one to
encourage the production of beet sugar
by exempting It from taxation for a
term of years.
STRANGE RACE OF BOOBIES
West African Who .cver Waali, bat
LONDON. Feb. 1L Lieutenant Alex
ander,' who has Just returned from the
Island of Ferdnaopo, an Island of Spain
in the Bight of Blafra. Western Africa,
gives an interesting description of the
curious Inhabitants of the practically un
explored portion of the Island. These are
known as "boobies." Very few of them
have ever eeen a white man, and they
never leave their primitive dwellings In
tho rocks except on organized drinking
bouts. The race is fast dying out from
the effects of rum and palm wine.
The natives are mostly quite naked, ex
cept for a curious straw bonnet. They
paint the bodies with colored mud, are
unspeakably nithy, for they never wash,
but occasionally use a knife to scrape off
the surface dirt, and create artificial de-
; f ormltlcs by tightly wrapping their limbs.
The natives are exceedingly timid, and
when sighted by the whites bolted into
rhe depths of the Jungle, where they set
up fearsome wails.
At certain hours each day the villager
are quite deserted, every one. Including
the children, going off on a spree.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU. Wash
ington, Feb. 1L Twenty-nine of the 43
statea have declared through their Legis
latures for the election of Senators by di
rect vote of the people. Some of these
states have gone far enough to ask for a
Constitutional convention In that particu
lar. Should SO states apply under the Con-stltutiorr-ttat
is, two-thirds of the states
Congress would have to provide a Consti
tutional convention. But the applications
would have all to bo made at once, ac
cording to the present understanding.
Thoso states which have asked that n
Constitutional amendment be submitted
for tho election of Senators by popular
vote are: Arkansas. California, Colorado,
Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana. Iowa.
Kansas, Kentucky. Louisiana, Michigan,
Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana. Ne
braska. Nevada, New Hampshire, North
Carolina. North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon,
Pennsylvania. South Dakota, .Tennessee,
Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyo
ming. It is almost impossible to say what Sen
ators have failed to carry out the wishes
of their states In this regard, because
there has never been a vote, direct or In
direct, upon the subject. Many efforts
have been made to obtain a vote, but all
have proved futile. The proposition has
been made to discharge the committee on
privileges and elections and refer the con
sideration of the subject, but some way It
has been passed over without a vote. The
committee on privileges and elections nan
once or twice reported the resolution ad
versely, because a majority of tho com
mittee was against It. and It has been
called up for discussion in the Senate, but
never has there been a vote upon the
proposition to show how the Senators
They Dodice a Vote.
As with all other matters upon which a
majority of the Senate does not wish a
record vote.- the majority has been
busy to prevent such a vote being taken,
knowing that It could not pass. It was
easy to displace this subjeot with other
legislation. If It once got before the Senate
as the unfinished business, but the reso
lution has never got to that point yet,
and it is doubtful whether it will ever be
voted upon directly.
Many Senators are perfectly willing to
express their opinion on the subject, but
there are quite a number who are very
pronounced in their views, such as Hoar.
Depew, Pettusnnd others, who are strong
ly opposed to the resolution, while Bur
rows. Beveridge, Blackburn and some ofh'
ers arc in favor of it. These men are
members of the committee on privileges
and elections, which has the matter In
During the last session a resolution was
discussed in the committee, and It would
have been reported favorably, but Depew
tacked on art amendment which provided
that. In case the resolution should be rati
fled. It should provide for an inquiry into
all methods of election In every state, as
to whether voters were denied the privl
lege of voting. This, of course, turned all
the Southern men against the resolution.
They were willing to vote out a straight
proposition from the committee, but the
Republican majority voted the Depew
amendment on, and then the Senators who
were opposed to the election by direct vote
and those who were opposed to the Depew
amendment prevented the resolution from
being reported. The matter was discussed
some time In the Senate and then dropped.
Mitchell's Vnln Efforts.
According to the present outlook, unless
the personnel of the Senate should change
very materially, there Is no possibility of
the passage of tho resolution providing
for the election of Senators by direct vote.
When Senator Mitchell was chairman of
the committee on privileges and elections
ho made every effort to secure a direct
vote upon this resolution. , After his defeat
for re-election and his return to the Sen
ate he was refused a place on this com
mittee, although he had been a member of
It nearly all the time he had been In the
Senate, because he was known to be favor-
FAVOR LITTLEFIELD BILL.
Mnjorlty of Senate Committee Wants
Drastic Antl-Tmut Law.
0RE30NIAN NEWS BUREAU. Wash
ington, Feb. 11. The position of the Judi
ciary committee of the Senate In regard
to trust legislation Is agitating those lead
ers who declared that there would be no
trust legislation save the Elklns .Inter
state commerce bill and the Nelson
amendment. The Judiciary committee is
'favorably disposed to tho Llttlefleld bill
or something equally effective, and what
is more surprising is that four or Ave Re
publican Senators are among thoee who
say that something ought to bo done.
Hoar of -Massachusetts, Ne!eon of Min
nesota, McComas of Maryland, Simon of
Oregon and Clark of Wyoming arc said to
be the Republican Senators that cannot
agree with the men who have promised
nothing but "mill" trust legislation. Re
liance is now placed upon some of the
Democratic Senators to prevent anything
from being done. Among those who are
mentioned as looking at the. subject from
a conservative point of view are Pettus
of Alabama, Turner of Washington and
Blackburn of Kentucky.
. While it Is not known definitely how any
of these men stand. It Is claimed that
come of the Constitutional questions in
volved have caused the Democratic Sen
ators who are known as strict construc
tionists to view with some alarm pro
visions in the Hoar bill and In the Little
field bilL Of course, no vote has been
taken, and it. Is only from rumors that
the alleged poeUlon of Senators on the
committee can be learned. There Is an
Intimation that the Llttlefleld bill. If It
Is reported, will cause a great deal of dis
cussion In the Senate before It Id allowed
SOUTHWEST IX COXGHESS.
Indian Lanil to Be Sold Llirhthonae
for Waska Coaat.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, .Wash
ington, Feb. II. The House public lands
committee today favorably reported the
Senate bill authorizing the sale of Iso
lated tracts of land of lceo than 160 acres
lying within the limits of Indian reserva
tions that have been opened to settlement.
provided such' tracts remain unoccupied
for three years after all surrounding lands
have been entered. Such Isolated tracts
tihall not be cold for less than 11.23 an
acre. This bill affects tho Umatilla, Ool
vllle and other Indian reservations where
lands have been opened to settlement.
Senator Burton, at the. request of Sen
ator Mitchell, today offered an amend
ment to the sundry civil bill to pay
Harry C. Robertson, secretary to Senator
Mitchell, tSCO for work In reporting hear
ings of the Hawaiian subcommittee last
The lighthouse- board has recommended
and tho Secretary of the Treasury ordered
the erection of a lighthouse at Cape Sari-
chef, Alaska, to cost 23.G7X It Is stipu
lated In the department order that all
materials and supplies for this work shall
be purchased in Portland.
MAJOR SYMOXS PROMOTED.
Engineer Well Known In Pacific
Xorthvreat Goes to Wnnhtnfrton.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU. Wash
ington, Feb. 11. Major Thomas W.
Symone. the engineer officer who ha.i been
assigned to the position of superintendent
of public buildings and grounds In the
District of Columbia, with rank of I Colo
nel, Is well known throughout the Pa
cific Northwest. He was the engineer of
ficer of the Department of the Columbia,
and constructed military roads at the time
of the threatened outbreak of the Sauk
and Skagit Indians. He was at Portland
In charge of the river and harbor Im
provements of Oregon, Washington, Idaho
and Montana up to 1SS5, and many of the
important works on rivers and harbors
were executed under his direction.
Colonel Symons Is a personal selection
of President Roosevelt, and. In addition to
his other, dutlfw, hart direct charge of all
social affairs and social functions at the
White House. He will take the position
on Juna 1.
Passes the Senate.
NOT A WORD AGAINST IT
All Sections of State Support
scheme, since at best It will take several
years to complete the Government work,
and that In the meantime the benefits In
freight reductions will. In his Judgment.
Justify the state expenditure for the port
FULTON ASKS QUICK ACTION
GLAD rOHTAGC BILL PASSED.
Commercial Ilodlex Congratulated 1y
Chamber of Commerce.
President Livingstone, of the Chamber
of Commerce, yesterday sent a telegram
of congntulation on the. passage of the
pcrtage road bill to the Commercial Club
of The Dalles, the Commercial Club of
La Grande, the Commercial Club of Pen
dleton, the Chamber of Commerce of Spo
kane, Wash.; the Clumber of Commerce
of Walla Walla. Wash., and E. H. Llbby,
of Lewlston. Idaho. The telegram fol
lows: "Both houses of Legislature of Oregon
have passed bill for the portige railroad
between The Dalles and Celllo. Onen
I river now assured. Congratulations."
Yesterday afternoon he received the
Lewlston. IJaho. Feb. 11. Robert Living
stone, president Chamber of Commerce: Lew-
ston-Clarkston greetings to Portland. Heartiest
congratulations upon tho auspicious event. The
Oregon-Dalles-Cilllo portage railroad appropria
tion tne most Important step ever taken tor the
Northwest since Oreson territory was assured
to uie American nag. - E. it. LIBBT.
McBride Bill Put on the
Secnres Snapenalon of Rnlen, and,
After Short Dlacnsalon of Merita
of Important Measure, Favor
able Vote Is Promptly Given.
The Dalles-Celilo portage rallwarblll
passed tho Senate yesterday with prac
tlrallr no opposition, and as soon as
the bill Is enrolled It will go before the
Governor for his approval.
No one spoke a word against the
measure, and only four Senators voted
"no" Daly, Miller. Smith of Yamhill
and President Brownell.
ALASKA HOMESTEAD UILL.
Pnaaed by Senate nnd Has Good
I'roariectfl In Home.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREU, Wash
ington. Feb. 11. The Senate passed a bill
Increasing the size of homesteads In Alas
ka to 32 acres, and permitting the enter
ing of uniTUrveyed as well as surveyed
lands under this law. provided all entries
are rectangular In form and not more than
one mile In length. No homesteads in
Alaska cro to be commuted, five years'
recidence being required before patent will
Issue, and, furthermore, all entries munt.be
privately surveyed before approved. The
bill also contains a provision limiting the
width of rights of way for wagon roads
in Alaska to 200 tiet.
The House public lands committee has
elgnlfled Its willingness to accept the Sen
ate amendments to this bill, which Insurer
Its final passage and signing by the Presi
dent. It may possibly be sent to confer
ence for final adjustment.
MITCHELL IS IMPROVING.
Still Xot Allowed to Attend to Dnal
neajt or Visitor.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
Ington. Feb. ll. senator Mitchell con
tinues to Improve. He Is gaining strength,
and was able to eat up longer today than
yesterday. He Is still prohibited from at
tending to his correspondence or from re
SALEM, Or.. Feb. 1L (Spcclal.)-Only
for.r votes were recorded against the port
age railroad bill when It passed the Sen
ate this morning. No Senator had aught
to cay against it. but representatives of
every section of the state gave It their
support. It passed the Senate under sus
pension of the rules, moved by Senator
Fulton, of Clatsop County. The bill
parsed the Senate upon its merits as a
rneasure of vast import to the Industrial
and commercial interests of all the Colum
bia River region.
As soon as the Senate convened this
morning Senator Fulton asked unanimous
'consent to call up H. B. 213. which is
known as the portage railroad bill. There
was no objection and the bill was read
tho second and third times.
'In my opinion, Mr. President," said
Senator Fulton, "this Is the most Important
measure that has been before this Legis
lature. It does not carry so large an ap
propriation as one other bill we have
passed, but I undertake to say that," as
measured by the beneficial results that
will be realized by the commercial Inter
ests of the state, this will prove a more
meritorious appropriation than any other
we have made or coujd make. Its pur
pose Is the opening of the vast grain fields
of Eastern Oregon to .the markets of the
world. The construction of a portage
road as contemplated by this bill will ef
fect a reduction In freight rates, which
ore now almost prohibitive. For this rea
son it Is of the greatest Importance In
aiding tho development of that rapidly
growing section of tho state. It I thought
this bill would meet any opposition, I
would speak further upon the beneficial
results that will follow the passage of this
bill: but I believe that the Senators so
fully appreciate its importance that it will
be passed by an almost unanimous vote."
"I would feel that I had failed In my
duty to my constituents if I did not give
my voice and my vote to the support of
this measure." said Senator Pierce. "The
construction of this road will be of benefit
not only to Eastern Oregon, but to all the
Columbia River country."
Senator Kuykendalt said that he ex
pected to support -the bill, although he
realized that the size of the appropria
tions of tills Legislature will be very
great. "I know that this Legislature will
receive mar.y kicks on account of its ap
propriations, but I belfeve that it Is due
to the people and business Interests of
Eastern Oregon that this bill shall pass,
and that the portage road shall be built.
We are supporting this bill upon the un
jlerstandlng that the people of Eastern
Oregon will consent to a repeal of the
scalp bounty law. The construction of
the, portage road will cost no more than
the scalp bounty law, and the results will
be vastly greater."
No one spoke against the bill, and only
four voted bgalnst It Senators Daly. Mil-
kr. Smith of Yamhill and President
As soon as the bill Is enrolled It will go
to the Governor for his approval. '
RIGHT OF WAY FOR PORTAGE ROAD
Moody Will Sccnrc It an boon na He
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU. Wash
ington, Feb. 11. Representative Moody Is
delighted at the passage of the bill for the
state portage road between The Dalles
and Celllo, and says as soon as he Is ad
vised of the right-of-way requirements he
hopes to secure tho necessary permit from
the Chief Engineer of the War Depart
ment. N Representative Moody anticipates that
the Board of Engineers which examined
tho obstructions in the Columbia there
last Summer will submit plans to over
come this obstruction by canal and locks
within the limitations authorized In the
last liver and hnrbor bilL He says that
from the best Information he can get. the
Board's report cannot be completed until
after Congress adjourns, but he hopes It
will be filed early In the Spring, and that
If Its estimates are within the limitations
of the river and harbor bill, work can
begin at once, since it was authorized By
that act, providing the engineers' report
shows that the obstruction can be over
come for not to exceed H.OOO.COO.
A favorable report on the Government
project, he says, will not In any way
quallfy the utility of the state' portage
Gratlrrln;r to People of The Dallca.
THE DALLES. Or.. Feb. H.-(Sr.eclaL
News of the passage of the Celllo-Datlcs
portage bill by both houses of the Legis
lature has betn the topic of general com
ment In this city today. Satisfaction Is
general that the project so long hoped
for and needed has finally received state
recognition. It Is cited by prominent citi
zens fiere today as tte most gratifying
event in the history of The Dalles eincc
the contract for building the cascade
locks was awarded.
WAR CLOUD IN BALKANS.
Turkey Determined to Flcht nnd
VIENNA. Feb. "lL Dispatches from
Sofia report that martlil law will be pro
claimed In several districts with a view
to Increasing the agitation among the
There are rumors of conflicts between
the Turks and the revolutionists, the
Turks losing miny men. The revolution
Uts are reported to be gaining a number
SULTAN RESOLVED TO FIGHT.
Will Grant Xo Reform, and War
With Ilnlirurln Most Follow.
LONDON, Feb. it According to a dls
pitch from Phlloppopolls, published In the
Standard this morning, the Sultan of Tur
key Is absolutely resolved to fight rather
than accept reforms calculated to dlmln
lsh his authority In Macedonia. The
Macedonians, however, says the" cqrre-
ondent, will pot .wait, and Turkey will
almost Inevitably bo drawn Into war
BULGARIA CALLS OUT TROOPS.
Concentration of Tnrkl'ab Troops on
Frontier In Pretext.
SOFLV Feb. H. The government la
crihtemp'ating calling out two army divi
sions, Sofia and Phllippolis furnishing one
each. The concentration of Turkish troops
on the Bulgarian frontier Is given as the
reason for this partial mobilization.
To' Command Conntnlinlary.
WASHINGTON. Feb. ll.-C.iptalu David
J. Baker. Jr., Twenty-fourth Infantry, and
captain William J. Scott. First Cavalry
have been afe'gned to duty as assistant
chiefs of the Philippine constabulary
with the rank of Colonel. The officers
named are now In the Philippines.
FRIENDS WERE NAPPING
The Senate Secures Indefinite
PLAY NEAT TRICK IN HOUSE
Where Mcaaure Coca Before Com
mittee of the Whole, arid Jlay Bo
Kept All Seaalon Day Given
The anti-commission members secured
a signal victory at Olympia yesterday.
The Senate Indefinitely postponed the
railway bill, while the House rehrred
it to the committee of the whole, and,
ar it will require a two-thirds vote to
brine the matter up again, the meas
ure is hopelessly lost.
Considerable 'oratory was displayed in
the discussion ot the measure In both
houses, much of which touched on the
work of the Republican party in the
state during the last year.
Excitement in the House ran high for
awhile, and the opponents of the measw
ure carried things with a high hand.
C0XTE.TS OF TODAY'S PAPER.
. XntlonnI Affairs.
The Senate ratifies the Alaska boundary
treaty. Page 3.
Department of Commerce bill finally
puszcu. rage 4.
Large aDnronrlatlon bv thp Hons tn fin
lsh the Capitol and erect new office
uunaing. Pnge 3.
Many states have petitioned for popular
election of Senators, but Senate refuses
to act. t'age I.
Governor Odell confers with President
uooseveit on politics. Page z.
Retd Smoot coins to Washington to de
mand nis seat in senate, fuse 2.
Gover:yn-nt arsenal at Rock Island
surnec!, wiin great, stores ot arms ana
ammunition. Page 2.
Wholesale frauds by which Italians have
obtained vast rams from Insurance
companies. Page 2.
Secretary Shnw sneaks on the p6wer of
ine iTesiuenu "agp 2.
Turkey and Bulgaria both prepare for
war; ngnting oegins in .Macedonia
Germany repudiates her agreement In
Venezuelan negotiations. iage
Trial of Humbert swindlers begins in
i'ans. rase 11.
Crown Princess of Saxony divorced. Glron
not allowed to see nor. P:ce 2.
Terrible tales of famine In Northern
bweden. Pace 2. 1
The rallwny commission bill Is, put to
sleep at Olympia. Page 1.
Dalles-Celilo portage railway bill passes
the Senate. Pace 1.
Oregon will probably elect a Senator next
week. Page 4.
Dl?euslon of commission bill at Olympia
brings forth a flood of oratory. Page 5.
Governor Chamberlnln returns, with his
veto, bill' for garnishment of salaries
of public officials. Page 5.
Nelll and Rel'.ly confident of victory In
boxlns contest. Page S.
American srortsmen In convention at St.
PauL Page S.
Alaska homestead bill Is passed by the
Senate. Page X
Salt Lake suffers heavy damages from
fire. Page 10.
Coinincrclnl mid Marine.
Review of trade In the local markets.
May wheat drops a cent at Chicago.
Outsiders hold aloof from New York stock
market. Pane 13.
Sales of California prunes for export.
Heavy anchor and cable Is nttached to
stern of bark Alsternlxte. Page 12.
Full cargo nf steel rails for Southern Pa
cific arrives from Antwerp. Page 12.
Portland nnil Vicinity.
County Commissioners asked to levy tax
for benefit of Indigent soldiers, sailors
and marjnes. Page 14.
Gong Hee masters trade of electrician.
Ex-Fireman George Kronbcrgiarrested on
charge of robbing Brown Hotel. Page
Sixty-four teachers take state and county
examinations. Page 10.
Union company will Incorporate to run a
sawmill. Page 10.
C W. Fulton writes a letter on the open
river. Page la
OLYMPIA, Wash.. Feb. lL-(Staff cor
respondence.) All other business In both
houses of the Washington Legislature
wae overshadowed today by the railroad
commission bill. This great Issue, which
has hung like -a .cloud over the politics
of the state for nearly a year, came o?
for execution In both houses. The Sen
ate, after over thr.ee .hours of debate, put
It to sleep with a motion for Indefinite
postponement. The House-took it up in
committee ot the whole, and kicked and
cuffed It around for a couple of hours,
and then arose to report progress. "Re
porting progress" Is merely a figure of
speech In this case, for the measure in
cludes 463 lines on the printed bill, and
the progress this afternoon only reached
as far as the fifth line, and even on that
limited space definite action was Impos
sible, owing to the continual stream of
amendments that flowed In from all di
rections. The commission men were
caught napping by permitting It to ever
go before the committee of the whole, and
a few minutes after it was there they
discovered that it could be kept there for
the remainder of the session and still with
no definite action resulting.
It was a day of oratory In both houses,
and the merits or demerits of the bill
under discussion were for the greater
part of the time obscured by the discus
sion of political history. The oratory
covered a wide range.- It carried the
minds of the people back to that beer
garden of a state convention at Tacoma
last Fall, back to the county conven
tions and to the primaries. Some of tho
speakers went ptlll farther back to the
manifesto which Governor McBride Is
sued last May, and In a few cases they
reached far enough Into the past to find
the Governor fighting an appointive com
mLtston bill and his chief lieutenant work
ing with the awful railroad lobby. Ona
learned Senator was so grieved over the
expected action on the measure that ha
boldly asserted that his colleagues who
failed to vote for' the commission bill
should be sent to the penitentiary. AH
of the talk, however, failed to change
matters In the slightest, and the bill was
killed In the Senate by Indefinite post
ponement, which carried by a vote of 23
The fate of the bill In the Senate waa
expected. In fact. It has been plain for
months that It could not pass that body,
but It was In the House that the unex
pected happened. Governor McBride and
his friends had long ago given up hope
for success In the Senate, but they hoped
to find consolation In "placing on record
some of the men whom they claim hava
gone wrong since reaching Olympia.
Even this melancholy pleasure la to bo
denied them for the antl-commlsalon
forces In the House today succeeded In
hanglng'up the bill for the rest of tho
session without placing a single man on
record. This was accomplished by re
ferring the bill to a committee of tho
whole, presided over by a chairman who
came from Ferry County, and not from
Missouri, and did not need to be shown.
Mr. Johnson handled the gavel, and he
wan running the enow. Every motion de
cided wsj on a. viva voce vote, and the
ayes and nays were shouted until tho
low-hung rafters trembled, and then Mr.
Johnson would announce his decision, and
calmly Ignore calls for "division" or
Excitement ran- high, but progress waa
slow. There was plenty of latitude al
lowed the speakers, and toward the close
of the session the' debate at times de
veloped Into a frolic. So much so In fact
that Martin Mnloney, the Democratic
statesman from Stevens, with a disgusted
look on hl3 face. Implored the House. "In
the name of humanity, stop this hot air
and vote." But Martin's request was not
heeded, and It never will be on this meas
ure, so far as the Lower House of tho
Eighth Legislature of the State of Wash
ington Is concerned. The status of the
bill, according to the antl-commlsslon
men. is that of any bill that has been re
ported to a committee. As the committee
must report it back to the House before
action by the House can be had to get the
bill out of the committee of the whole,
it will be 'necessary to again resolve the
House Into such committee, and it re
quires a two-thirds vote to do this. As
the most fantastic claim that has been
made by the commission men would not
give them more than half a dozen ma
jority in the House, the hopelessness of
securing a two-thrlds vote on the matter
Is apparent. It 'Is the general belief that
no serious attempt to revive the question
will be made. The calendar Is pretty well
crowded with business of Importance, and
so long as the bill has been killed in the
Senate, there Is nothing to be gained by
wasting any more time with It In the
House E. W. W.
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