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THE MORNING OHEGONIAN, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1904.
SEEK AN EXPERT
DfFiGIAL INQUIRY BEGUN
Grand Jury Also Takes Up
Tanner-Creek Scandal, .
WITNESS THOMAS IS MISSING
Mass of Testimony Concerning Sewer
Contract Is Taken Contractor
Riner Hclds Conference With -City
Engineer and Mayor.'
KELT AVAXTED 3IAXK.
WANTED EXPERT ON STEEL. BJtlDGES.
Must know all about Cooper's specifications.
No attache of City Engineer's department
need apply. Apply bridge Investigation com-
mlttee of Council. City Hall.
TOR A LIMITED TIME THE GRAJfD JURY
will continue Its Investigations of the Tanner
Creek wer case, begun yesterday.
LOST AST) FOUXD.
LOST-OXE WALTER THOMAS, "WANTED
as witness In sewer case. Height, 5 feet, S
Inches; . weight. 185 pounds; red face, blue
eyes; miner by occupation. Apply Grand Jury,
A start on the investigation of the
bridges "was made at 4 o'clock yesterday
when the special Investigation commit
tee of the Council held Its first session.
Jt was an informal meeting and the fact
quickly developed that little could be
done until the services of some man who
knew all about steel bridges could be ob
tained. C E. Rumelin, the chairman, knows all
worth knowing about lending money. Dr.
"Whiting can hew out an appendix as well'
as the best of 'em, and Matt Foeller is
an authority on modern cigars. But steel
From the City Auditor's office came a
. copy of the specifications for the Balch's
Gulch bridge, the contract for which was
let to. J. C B. Lockwood on March 4, his
bid being $28,384. Owing to the constant
rush of business in the Auditor's office,
the desired information about the other
strutures in question has not yet been
compiled. All such bridges are built ac
cording to regulation specifications pre
pared by one Cooper, who is a recognized
authority on the subject. So an Inter
preter of Cooper's specifications is badly
needed by the committee.
The committee authorized Chairman
Rumelln to employ such a man. A num
ber of experienced hrldgemen had been
suggested to the committee, but almost
invariably they admitted that they were
better acquainted with -wooden bridges
-than with "steel structures. But the cost
of -securing the right man Is to be no hin
drance. If he can't be found in Portland
he will be imported from the East.
Grand Jury Takes Up Sewer Case.
Yesterday the grand jury began on the
Tanner-Creek sewer case. All the pro
ceedings are shrouded with the mystery
becoming those of a grand jury, but it is
known that a mass of testimony on con
tracts and acceptances was taken. Ev
erybody concerned with the case was
very busy yesterday. City Engineer El
liott and B, M. Rlner, the official builder
of the Tanner-Creek sewer, were seen to
gether in Mayor Williams' office during
the day. The result of the conference is
Meanwhile those Interested In the
sewer case are hunting for one of the
most Important witnesses. Walter Thom
as,' the night foreman on the sewer, who
testified at a committee meeting that he
had been paid $70 to make hidden, defects
in the sewer has not been seen for sev
eral days and he is badly wanted by both
sides. The Rlners and their attorney. A.
B. Mendenhall. -want him to show that
influences were at work to injure the
Rlners In every way. Thomas' testimony
was not entirely credited by those present
at the committee meeting, as he was dis
appointingly indefinite at critical mo
ments. But he is a very Important wit
Mayor Williams does not believe that
much will come of the grand jury's In
quiries. T do not -see how they can hold any
MOUNTAIN SIDE IN WHICH S. B. ORMSBY REPORTED
Photo by C, Aerne. Jr.
"A log house 1(5x26" feet, woodshed talO, and e rmall outbuilding Three buildings were built In a substantial manner at first.
Some land was cleared ot brush and sown In crass seed. The remains of a brush fence new In decoy. No alga of recent occupation
f the Improvements. These were made, no doubt by the claimant, and occupied by him for a time.
"The land Is growing tip In brush and the Improvements generally are going to iflecay. The Improvements when first made
cost about $150 to $200. The value at the present time la but little, save that the -buildings could be repaired and made habitable
for some time to come. Ills abandonment cf continuous residence seems to have been unavoidable."
The above Is the report made to the Government by Forest Superintendent S. B. Onssby. in answer to the order to make a
rpeclal investigation of the-catm of George A. Graham, held under suspicion by the Interior Department, in company with 11 other
claims, now the foundation ot the care occupying the attention of the Federal Court. The, above picture represents the location upon
which the house was said, to haw been built; in the middle of a cleared area of xveral acres seeded to grass.
Since the opening of the trial,. S. "B. Ormshj. who was yesterday evely arraigned by Francis J. Hency, and declared to he
equally guilty with Puter. McKlnleyt at., hast disappeared, an4 cannot now" be located by the prosecution.
one guilty unless It is proved that some
city official took a bribe." said lie yester
day. "I do not know of a statute under
which a man can be convicted lor taking
money to neglect his work."-
Woes of Property-Owners.
"With complaint against the City Engi
neer's Department being made officially
by the Council, property-owners are
bringing in all their woes to the City
Hall. Several remonstrances are now on
file for the Council's consideration. Property-owners
on Alblna avenue remon
strate against the assessment for the
Improvement of that street. Last year a
hard gravel Improvement was made on
that portion of the street leading to the
cast landing of the Alblna ferry.
This year the. gravel foundation, which
was an excellent pavement for all pur
poses, was blown up with dynamite and
the street cut down to the soft earth. A
new grade -was thus established, "but con
trary to the regular order for such pro-,
ceedlngs. The remonstrance further
states that no abutting property except
that of the O. K. & N. Company was
benefited by the new grade, for which all
UNDER WEATHER BUREAU.
Wireless Telegraph Stations of Navy
The transfer of all United States -wireless
telegraph stations to the Navy De
partment and the -work of ocean meteor
ology to the Weather Bureau will begia
Heretofore experimental and actual
work has been done In -wireless telegraphy
by three branches of the Government, the
Navy, Array and Weather Bureau. A
board was appointed recently to make
recommendations for the benefit of this
service, and It was decided and later or
dered that all work along these lines
shall be done hereafter under the super
vision of the Navy Department. This de
partment will take up the -work of coast
wise communication, and furnish all in
formation to the Weather Bureau.
It was decided also to give the work of
ocean meteorology to the Weather- Bu
reau. The hydrographlc office has had
this work In charge, but It was felt that
better results could be obtained through
the Weather Bureau.
It will be the duty of the bureau now
to take a transcript of the log of each
vessel entering harbors, in so far as it
covers the weather at sea. This will all
be charted, and It Is expected that a
great deal now unknown will be learned
regarding the character and behavior of
storms at sea.
This will be of advantage to the Pacific
Coast, since no warnings can be. given at
present of ocean storms until they ap
proach the shore. With a clew to the
characteristics of such storms some bet
ter forecast will be made in advance of
TRIED TO LEAP INTO BEAR PIT
John Dingmore Says Evil Spirits
Prompted Him to, Rash Act.
While violently insane, John Dingmore
last night made a desperate effort to
leap Into the bear pit in the City Park,
but was restrained by three stalwart Dep
uty Sheriffs, on duty there. It is believed
that the man's life was saved, as the
bears are very savage, when molested by
strangers, and would probably have at
tacked and killed him.
A call to police headquarters caused
Captain Moore to dispatch a patrol wagon.
In charge of Policeman Isaacs and Lulls.
When they reached the park Dingmore
was lying on the ground, tied fast by
ropes. His hands and feet were bound,
but in his insane desire to get loose he
was still striving to break his fetters,
but was unable.
Dingmore was removed to headquarters,
where Dr. Samuel C. Slocura examined
him and pronounced him to be undoubted
ly insane. Today he will be taken before
County Judge Webster for examination.
Dingmore went to the City Park be
cause, as he stated last night, he was told
to-do so by an evil spirit. He said the
spirit wanted to meet him there and en
gage him to be one of the chief imps of
purgatory, but that he wanted to get
into the bear pit and escape the spirit.
OFFICERS STUDY TACTICS.
National Guardsmen Are Instructed
in School of the Squad.
The weekly officers' school, of the Third
Regiment Infantry, O. N. G.. was held
last night, the school of the squad being
The new regulations contain eo many
revisions and changes that the officers feel
the necessity of much study. Consequent
ly these schools are well attended and a
great deal of conscientious work Is gone
through. Their resulting benefit Is already
to be seen and this regiment Is still main
taining the reputation made in the man
euvers of last Summer.
Kaiser to Cruise in Mediterranean.
BERLIN, Nov. 29. Dispatches from
Kiel aver that Emperor William will
cruise In the Mediterranean in the Spring.
The Hohenzollern has been refitted, and
Is ordered to be ready for sea February 28.
S. A. D. PUTER, ONE OF
KNOWS THE FIREBUG
Fred Westenfelder Keeps
WAS ADVISED TO KEEP QUIET
Insurance Men Urged VHm to Protect
Man Who Started Lodging-House
Fire Arrest May Now
Other arrests may be made In connec
tion with the fires alleged to have been
set in the building used ao a lodging
house and owned by Fred Westenfelder,
at 263 Fifth street, as he declares ho is
in possession of the name of the person
who set the . first fire. That occurred
about one month ago. No action was
taken by the officials at that time, be
cause, after learning who did the deed,
Mr. Westenfelder adjusted the matter and
kept the secret. This he stated to a re
porter last night.
"But this last piece of work was too
strong," said Mr. Westenfelder, "and I
shall prosecute It hard- The other time
my Insurance men advised me to keep
quiet, and although I knew the name of
the person who set the fire I did not say
A. B. Coon, Barney Miller and J. B.
A CABIN WAS BUILT
THE DEFENDANTS, AND OTHER FIGURES AT THE
xVc uSTWb "TO
Bachelder, charged with arson, are still
confined in the City Jail, being unable to
provide the required bonds.
This morning the cases vlll come up for
hearing before Municipal Judge Hogue.
Deptuy District Attorney Haney will ap
pear for the state and Attorneys Logan
and Wolfe for the defense.
It is reported that Co fin has hitherto
borne a splendid reputation and that he
Is wealthy, being the ownerbf very valu
able land in Billings, Montana. His. wife
and children, as well a his brothers and
his sisters. " from Montana, will arrive
early this morning to be present to ren
der what service he may require.
The state hopes to have a good case
against all three defendants. Detectives
Hartmon. Kerrigan and Snow have all
evidence ready for presentation. Coon Is
a Kaloon-keeper and Miller and Bachelder
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT'S'LEFE.
Miss Hassler Tells Children of Their
Children, as well as grown people, al
ways like to know about the lives 'of
their favorite authors, and the story of
Louisa Alcotfs life, which Miss Hassler
told yesterday in the children's reading
room at the Library was Intensely Inter
esting to them. They had heard before,
many of them, that Jo. Beth, Meg, Amy
and Laurie In "Little Women," were
real, but they had not known of Miss
Alcott'3 own brave determination in writ
ing the stories to give "Marmee a com
fortable time, even If she had to sell her
hair," which meant more than one might
think, as her hair, like Jo's was "her one
For Lousla Alcott's father, the brilliant
man and teacher, the friend of Emerson
who said he was "a majestic soul, one
with whom conversation was possible,"
was throughout his life peculiarly In
capable In caring for his family finan
cially. Louisa Inherited the fine spirit
uality of her father's nature and the
common sense of her mother's, and to
both parents was always the most devot
ed of daughters. Her first success In
writing came from the sale of the "Hos
pital Sketches," written through her own
hard experience in an Army hospital in
1SS2. She always liked to write for boys
and it was at the request of her publish
ers that she wrote "Little Women," put
ling into it much of the girlish experience
of herself and her sisters. It was very
successful, and when "Little Men" was
under preparation It had an advance sale
of 50.000 copies. She made a fortune of
$100,000 with her books and was able to
realize her dear ambition of making
"Marmee's" life comfortable and delight
ful. 2TET IS TIGHTER.
(Continued from. First Page.)
The witness said he was.
"Shall I ask him to tell?" asked Mr.
Heney, turning to the defense with a
placid smile. i
"I object to this." remarked 'Judge i
Pipes, while Judge. O'Day sat down amid
a burst of laughter from the. court.
Judge O'Day eprang to his feet again, j
I would ask the court to keep the spec- ;
tators In order or have the room cleared,"
he raid. "This Is not:a mob." .
Judge Bellinger cautioned the audience
to keep order, and promised to clear the
room If it were not done. t
W. A. Holt was the last witness and the
most important, perhaps, of the day. He
Is the assistant cashier at -the Welle
Fargo Bank, and was familiar with the
handwriting of McXInley, Puter and Wat-
son. He Identified the writing of Puter i
in the homestead entries, and on the pa-
pers found in the Chicago hotel when Mrs. j
Watson was placed under arrest. '
More Signatures Identified. j
He went farther than that and Identified .
the signature of Smma Porter as in the I
hand of Emma L. Watson, thus ehowing j
that the latter had made the entries and i
affidavits In the Emma Porter claim" . ,
At the :lose of court Judge Bellinger
cautioned the jurors to allow no one to
converse with them except in the presence
of an officer of the court. He cautioned
them that any violation of the rule would
be a contempt of- court and punishable,
and state that he had made the state
ment In order to protect them from any
possible trouble, am -well as to protect the
caee at Issue.
we twos v.
WHISKY FOR BOYS
, Youngsters1 Evidence,
CHILD r DRUNK FOR HOURS
Men's Resort Superintendent Obtains
Strong Material for Case Against
Three Proprietors in North
Boys from 11 to 16 years of age have
been obtaining liquor so readily In certain
parts of the city that an active crusade
has been started against the saloons at
which they buy. Yesterday on Informa
tion furnished by the boys themselves to
A, C Rae, superintendent of the" boys
department of the Men's Resort, three
saloonkeepers were arrested and held on
$100 bail for trial Saturday. That date
The claims mw mtikr conteatkm In
false and fr&aduUet afltSkvlU and forrrj
us. Thomas WiikUtc, , Jotepls Wilson,. Zen
Soai PorUr. Ger A. How. Thy are
... I izCOND STANDARD PARALLEL SOUTH . k -.ptJ
was set because the witnesses arc so
young that they are all In school.
Warrants were issued yesterday upon
the complaint of Deputy City Attorney
Fitzgerald for Edward Byrne, owning a
saloon at 115 North Tenth street: Felix
Antlch. 441 Glisan, and John Keller, 460
Gllsan street. These men were arrested
and released on ball to appear Saturday.
The three saloons are In one limited
district, the evidence against the pro
prietors having been obtained by Mr.
Rae from a few boys who happened to
come under his own surveillance. It Is
known that there are many other places
where young boys can buy all the liquor
they ,want, and those promoting the cru
sade hope to cause the arrest of all the
In Alblna there are two or three saloons
where boy3 habitually buy liquor, and It
Is believed that there are some In the
South End. But no evidence against
these has yet been obtained.
At present the prosecution will be di
rected against the three men arrested
and who are considered the worst offend
ers. Last Sunday one boy was found
within a block or two of these places so
drunk that he did not recover for hours.
He was perfectly limp and helpless, and
had apparently consumed considerable
The evidence having been gathered
from the boys who have been buying the
liquor themselves, it Is feared that the
saloonkeepers may seek them out and
prevail on them not to appear as wit
nesses, but they will find it of no use.
Mr. Rae and Deputy City Attorney Fitz
gerald have been trying for some time to
lay hands on a few guilty saloonkeepers
and bring the law upon them.
May Lose Licenses,
Their purpose is not to stop with a fine,
but to prevail upon the City Council, if
the men are found guilty, to revoke their
itopnsM- The defense which the saloon
keepers are expected to put up is that the j
boys said they were sent by their par
"The trouble in securing convictions."
said Deputy City Attorney Fitzgerald
yesterday. "Is that often the parents are
so depraved that they will stand with the
saloonkeepers and say they sent the boys
even when they did not. It Is hard to
prove they are not telling the truth,
and doubly hard to convict the saloon
keepers under these circumstances."
PLEDGES AID TO CRUSADE.
Prohibition Alliance Against Liquor
Selling to Minors.
The. Multnomah Prohibition Alliance
last evening adopted a resolution heartily
favorlng the crusade against the sale of
liquor to children. The alliance pledged
Itself "to active Individual and organized
support of all measures that shall be
taken to arouse the public conscience and
bring to justice all saloon-keepers who
are io grossly viclatlng the public senti
ment and the provisions of the license
laws of the state..'
Pastors of churches were asked in an
other section of the resolution to further
the crusade by speaking upon the subject
next Sunday. The resolution was drawn
up by Mrs, A. A. .Unruh and B. Lee
Paget. The meeting was held at the home
of Mrs. Unruh. 880 East Yamhill street.
T. S. McDanlels presided. Remarks were
made by L. D. Mahome, F. L. Pos3on and
others. F. O. Miller told of the result of
the recent Prohibition election and said
that- where plans had. miscarried it had
been through the ignorance or willful
.neglect of county politicians rathej than
neglect of Prohibitionists.
THE WOMEN BLAME THE MEN
Women Who Seek the Ballot Protest
Against Being Blamed.
PORTLAND. Nov. 29. (To the Editor.) The
comprehensive report In your yesterday's Issue
of Rev. Dr. Creaseys Interesting sermon of
Sunday last on "The TTatural Rlzhts of
Women" bar brought- to me, by person, roat
and 'phone, eo many requests to-offer a pro
test against one paragraph therein that I
cheerfully comply. Dr. Cressey Is reported as
"We may- safely aiflrm that 'when a large
majority of women of all classes earnestly de
sire the privilege, there will -be little dispo
sition and probably still less ability long to
deny them. It rests for the most part with
the women themselves."
While the thanks of all thinking- women are
due to Dr. Cressey, or any other voter who
has the ear or eye of the public, for givlns
prominence to the fact that women are making
honorable progress toward liberty (progress
made only as a result of the equal suffrage
movement through the past 56 years which has
Instigated it all) not one patriotic woman can
help but- be sorry that men. even when
friends Of their enfranchisement, so generally
seek to cajole them with the gauzy sophistry
that places the blame for their political
classification with "Idiots, Insane persons, crim
inals. Chinamen not native-born and Indians
not taxed" upon "the women themselves."
Since when was any class of men required
to secure the demand of a "large majority" of
all classes of men for the ballot before It was
WHICH ARE ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN OBTAINED
the Federal Court which are alleged by the Government to have bees secures by lfee use of
are thase marked with the name fallowing: Frank H. Wolgamot. Xaude Witt, XeJJfe 'Back
JC yftXmte, A winder R. Brows, Gecrg L
alt in towusbl 11 aoaUu za 1 mmC.
REV. J. F. WOODS
w"IuS,w th? R?blict0 know that I hava
2l5iun??tfs paw-Paw Tonic for the cure
. muijjciwuu, Money irouola ana Ner
vousness, and can truly
remedy. Of course, I do
not court or desire public
ity of this character, but
I feel it my Christian duty
to aid In protesting the
neaiut ana happi-
ness of ths human
"Rev. J. F. WOODS.
"&J5 Main St.,
"Wheeling, W. Va."
Mr. Wood is only
one of many minis
ters who have had
reason to testify for
dies. A s e p a r at
cere for each disease
should be in. every
family. They are
safe, reliable, and
will enable you to
and mar save a pre-
TUT 83 EAT
Munyon's : Paw-Paw Laxative Pills win
cu? Constipation, Biliousness, Jaundlca
and all ailments arising from a torpid liver.
Munyon's Witch Hazel Soap Is the purest
granted 7 And. why demand this of women?
It Is well known to old Oregonlans that
women In this state have petitioned for their
ngnt to the elective franchise, through their
own officers and representative leaders (the
only avenue through which they can speak) In
large majority and In greater numbers than
the men that have ever yet voted against
them at the polls.
Susan B. Anthony, in summing up the gains
made by women In the past half century, teays.
In the Introduction to the fourth volume of
the History of Woman Suffrage:
"(But) wherever woman turns in this boasted
republic, from ocean to. ocean, from lakes to
gulf, seeklnsr the citizen's right of self-representation,
she Is met by a dead wall of con
stitutional prohibition. . . . The suffrage
alone must be had through a. change of the
constitution of the state, and this can" be ob
tained only by consent of the majority of the
voters. Therefore this most valuable of a'H
rights the one which If. possessed by women
at the beginning would have brought all the
others without a struggle Is placed absolutely
In the hands of men to be granted or with
held at will from women."
Among the women who requested me yes
terday to write some sort of a protest, or
statement. In accordance with the abovev facts,
calling the attention of clergymen, lawyers
and the public generally thereto, were one
from Walla Walla, one from Forest Grove,
one from La Fayette and mqre than a score
in Portland. They do not seek to burden the
columns of their family newspaper with a lot
of Individual letters, hence this compliance by
ABU AIL. SCOTT DUXIWAT.
Honorary President O. S. E. S. A.
INCOEPORATION IS OPPOSED.
Motint Tabor Residents Fear Big Debt
if Suburb Becomes a City.
Strong oposition has already devel
oped at Mount Tabor against the incor
poration of that suburb, as proposed by
the Mount Tabor Improvement Asso
ciation Five remonstrances are being
circulated against incorporation and
they have been quite generally signed.
I . S. N. Normandin. a well-known busi
ness man of Mount Tabor, yesterday
expressed .himself as opposed -to incor
poration. . .
"1 have talked with a. larger number
of people at Mount Tabor,, sald Mr.
Normandin, "and find they fear that-incorporation
means a large bonded debtr
and heavy taxation."
Dr. O. P. Botkins says he is opposed
both to Incorporation and annexation.
"However, if the charter that Is being
drawn up is submitted to a vote of the
people," says Dr. Botkins, "I shall .sub
mit to the result, be that what it may,
but I doubt whether It win carry here
at Mount Tabor."
The charter committee Is working on
the charter and "will have It ready by
the next meeting of the Improvement
Considering Appropriation Bill.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 29. A subcommit
tee of the House committee on appropri
ations today began consideration of the
executive, legislative and judicial appro-,
prlatlon bill, with a. view to having it
ready" to report to Congress soon after
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