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THE MCmOTNG OBEGONIAff, THTJESDAY, DECBMBEB 1, 190
E ACTS ALONE
Mayor to Employ New
TO REPORT FACTS TO HIM
Contractors Given Permit to
Repair Manhole Bottom.
REPORT SAID TO BE FALSE
While Mayor Does Not Credit This
Story, He Is Determined to
Have'a New Investiga
The breach between Mayor Williams and
the members of the Council is widening:.
Partly crediting- the tales of "false re
ports" that he has heard, the Mayor has
ordered a new examination of the Tanner
Creek sewer. He will employ experts
himself, and they will report to him alone.
After this Is done, some action, nega
tive or affirmative, will be taken by the
Mayor on the recommendation of the
Council that proceedings be begun against
City Engineer Elliott and his assistant.
The Mayor hopes to have the new report
in his hands in less than a week.
Written permission has ai&o been grant
ed to Riner & Rlner, the contractors of
the sewer, to repair the bottom under the
manhole at Sixteenth and Alder streets.
This permission is the result of a con
ference held Tuesday afternoon between
the Mayor, the City Engineer and R. M.
Riner. It was not announced until yes
terday morning, whcn the Rlners began
the repair work.
Permit to Repair One Spot.
"I have given Mr. Rlner permission to
repair tho bottom under the manhole,
which Is considered dangerous," said
Mayor Williams yesterday. "I have ex
pressly stated that he shall not touch
any other portion of the sewer. I will
also engage three or four men upon whom
I can absolutely rely to go through the
sewer and make an examination. If they
find that the sewer can be repaired, and
be placed in a serviceable condition, I
am in favor of the property-owners pay
ing for it."
Incidentally Mayor Williams is one of
the largest property-owners in tho assess
"I have been told that the experts who
went through the sewer for the Council
committee were induced to make a false
report. I don't say that such Is the case,
but I have been told so. People who said
they had gone through the sewer have
told me there are three rings of brick in
every place except where the timbers in
terfered; there only two rings were laid,
and one or two brick might be laid flat.
Wants the Actual Facts.
"I don't believe in cheating a man
out of his money s&lmply because we
have tho chance, and I want to get
the actual facts" of the sewer's condi
tion for myself."
It was suggested that the members
of the Council Investigation committee
might not altogether like the idea of
the Mayor's employing experts to do
the same work as those engaged by
'T will be sorry if we cannot co-operate
on this, but no matter what they
think about it. I cannot surrender my
authority to any one."
The Mayor did not altogether ap
prove of the committee's report recom
mending that City Engineer Elliott
and Assistant Scoggin be removed from
office, and some soreness was manifest
ed by members of the Council when ho
did not act according to the recom
mendation. If, by any circumstance
whatever, the Mayor's experts report
a different condition of things from
that said to be existing by the commit
tee's report, an open rupture and prob
able deadlock between the Mayor and
the Council may be looked for.
"Report O. K.," Says Greenleaf.
1f the men engaged by the Mayor
will make an honest report they will
find conditions really worse than we
said they were," said R. S. Greenleaf,
one of the committee's examiners, last
evening. "Our report was softened
down, for we put nothing in it but
what was seen by all four of us. We
did not report what any one Individual
saw or thought. We suggested at the
time that a Councilman or some other
official go with us, that we would be
sustained should the sewer be patched
up in the meantime, but we were told
that it was not necessary."
As to the bridge investigation, noth
ing further has been done because no
qualified expert has yet been engaged
by the committee.
CHINESE AEMY DRILLS.
Three Companies, Commanded by
Americans, Said to Be at Work.
Fresh hope in the sincerity of the
Chinese reform army has been instilled
into the breasts of applicants for of
fices by the receipt of acknowledge
ments from General English, which ex
plain more fully tho scope of the work
and depict coming glory on the bloody
field. Letters have also been received
by recruits already accepted, and they
contain information startling in the
In support of the dreams of glory on
the part of the recruits it is announced
that three companies of reformers aro
drilling in Portland at the present time,
their drillmasters being American of
ficers. These men have been uniformed
and carry on their warlike prepara
tions without regard for international
Doubting Thomases are of the opin
ion that there is a grand scale of kingdom-snatching
being prepared in these
Tnited States. From the fact that Gen
eral English has shown nobody his
credentials and writes answers to ap
plications in anything but military
terms. It is deduced by some that those
at the head of the movement are sol
diers of fortune who intend to make
use of war-loving American youths to
further their plans, it being also fear
ed that the pay of tho soldiery will
depend on the outcome of the campaign
-If one is ever indulged in by the men
being recruited. Others treat the mat
ter as the huge practical joke of some
retired Army officer, while there are
some who believe the thing is not with
out elements of sincerity.
Colonel Gantenbein, of the First Ore
gon, states emphatically that he looks
upon the whole proceeding as a fake of
the first water. He points out that the
men at the head of the movement are
evidently without knowledge of mili
tary forms and military etiquette, that
they are making moves no discreet of
ficer about to launch a revolution
would make, and that the very idea of
recruiting the nucleus of an army
among the Americanized Chinese, plac
ing them under the command of Ameri
can officers and taking them across the
sea to face a force many thousands of
times their superior shows that there
is no substantial bottom to the scheme.
Those military men "who have filed
applications for positions with the
army are divided in their opinion. Some
declare they believe the movement to
be without foundation, while others re
gret that their applications were filed
and announce that they have arrived at
the decision that they are the victims
of some practical Joker, who believestin
operating on a large scale.
Another opinion is that some Shrewd
grafter has worked on the nerves of
the Chinese until he has succeeded in
getting- them In line for the movement,
thereby hoping to reap profits in the
contracting of arms and in the demand
of a large salary.
KERAMIC CLUB EXHIBIT OPENS
China Painters of Oregon Display
The first public exhibit of the Oregon
Keramic Club, a recently formed organ
ization of the china painters of the state,
is thrown open at 10 o'clock this morning
in the rooms of the Camera Club, Mac
Jeay building. The showing made by
these artists is most creditable, and those
who visit the exhibit will be surprised
to learn that there are so many following
this line of art and that such fine work is
being turned out by them. Not one of
the exhibitors prepared for this show, for
MEN CHARGED WITH SETTING INCENDIARY FIRES
BOUND OVER TO GRAND JURY
A. B. Coon, alleged ma-ster-flrebunr, and Barney ililler and J. B. Bachelor, his
alleged employes, who are charged with having set fire to a house at 263 Fifth etreet
Saturday night, endangering the lives of the occupants, were arraigned before Judgo
Hogue, in Police Couri. yesterday morning. The trio sat mutely in court while
their attorney, Walter Wolfe, entered pleas of not guilty In " their behalf and
waived preliminary examination. Being unable to furnish ball, they were sent to
tho County Jail to await their appearance before the grand Jury.
It was only arranged a few days ago.
so that the pieces shown are only what
they had on hand. Next year it is the
Intention of the club to -create competi
tion by offering prizes, and to prepare in
advance. There will be a certain stand
ard placed on work for exhibition -and
that not reaching it will be rejected.
Of those exhibiting this year each has
a special line of work, and the efficacy
of this method Is proven by. the splendid
work which results from It. Mrs. Anna
belle Parrlsh shows some especially fine
work in miniatures and flesh work done
under glass. The tones and texture of
her flesh work stand Inspection under
the strongest magnifying glass and are
very beautiful. A collection of copper
enamels, done in exquisitely small and
dainty designs for Jewelry is a novelty.
One of her finest pieces is a Lemoge
transparent enamel on copper of "Tho
Sacred Heart." A copy of a design taken
from the Sevres Museum by this artist,
who studied In France, was exhibited by
the New York Keramic Club in that city
and was reproduced in Harper's Maga
zine. She also shows many fine copies
from the Louvre.
Mrs. F. A. Routledge has excelled In
several particulars. A dull finish vase.
In black, whlto and brown effects, will
be considered by many her best, while
those who prefer luster work will rave
over a mug done in copper-luster effect.
The vase mentioned resembles a piece
of cloisonne. She exhibits tho only tea
set done "in dull finish, and a large vase
in a rose design shows her careful work in
The specialty of Miss Minnie Parker
may be said to be Jeweled paste work
and conventional designs, although a
beautiful punch bowl done in a grape
design and a handsome luster-work Jug
show her to be versatile in her art. Miss
Parker's jewel work Is delicate and beau
tifully executed, and her conventional
designs are exquisite. A large medallion
placque done in poster effect well Illus
trates the latter.
The gem of Miss Kate Gibbs' collection
is a plate with an original border in
raised paste and luster work, and a cen
ter of growing daisies which look real
enough to pick. Old Dutch pitchers done
by Miss Gibbs are also very good, and
she shows good specimens in floral de
signs. Mrs. James Snyder has not had
the experience that the other exhibitors
have, but her floral work shows that
much may be expected of her in the
future. Mrs. James Mann also shows
most promising work in floral and con
Mrs. Mary Tonslng's best work is in
figures and strong, rich coloring.. A num
ber of steins she exhibits are much ad
mired, the figures being characteristic
and the tones of the background very
rich. Mrs. A. L. Reed, who has recently
come to Portland, has a handsome ex
hibit, a tea set of quaint design, mounted
on dark bases and showing excellent
work in raised paste, being the most at
tractive Mrs. Reed also shows many
floral designs. The only exhibitor outside
of Portland is Mrs. Laura E. Pope, of
Oregon City. Gold over raised paste
work may be said to be Mrs. Pope's spe
cialty, her floral effects in this being
very fine. A tea set done in this work
over a delicate green background is ex
quisite, and three other sets in her col
lection are also excellent.
Nearly every exhibitor shows one or
more enameled pieces. These are gen
erally referred to by the painters as "ex
periment pieces." for it Is harder to flro
such work than, any other. It is Hkejy
to come out of the kiln with white
blotches all over it, and" In some instances
a piece will have to be painted three
times before It takes tho fire properly.
The enamel work on copper referred to
Is interesting. The copper used Is thin,
and pliable, being cut Into shape with
scissors, then enameled over before being
painted. The copper used cannot be pro
cured in this country. The work shown
by the club is all excellent, and ceramic
art Is shown by this exhibit to compare
with anything In oils, water colors or
pencils, so other artists must look to their
laurels in the future.
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DENIES H!S GUILT
Major Rees Tells His Story at
EXPLAINS ALL HIS ACTIONS
Relates Why He Failed to Deposit
Money in the Bank, and Tells
Why He Borrowed Different
Sums From Officers.
VANCOUVER. Wash., Nov. 30. Staff
Correspondence.) Major Harry L. Rees
told his story to the officers of the court
martial today. Whether the rapid fire of
cross-examination by Judge-Advocate
Morrow made it look like a sieve or left
It a Gibraltar Is for the court to deter
mine. When the court convened at 1:30 P. M.
the defense opened Its case with the tes
timony of Lieutenant-Colonel William H.
Comegys. Deputy Paymaster-General, sta
tioned at San Francisco. Colonel Cbme-
gys said that he had selected Major Rees
for the Paymaster's service in the Philip
pines; that during the several years Rees
was under him he had performed his du
ties faithfully in every respect; that he
had watched Rees closely, had always
found him efficient, industrious, reliable
and very careful in hie accounts. His
whole testimony was distinctly favorable
to Rees as regards the latter's. cha meter
and ability as an officer and paymaster.
Colonel Huston. ' commander at Vancou
ver, next testified about Major Rees in
much the same strain.
The accused Paymaster next took the
stand. He proved not to be a ready talker,
but under the frequent questions and
promptings of his counsel told his story
substantially as follows:
Rees Tells Story.
"Since I entered the service as Paymas
ter my office has received and disbursed
very large sums of money, but never
until the present instance has a question
ever been raised in my accounts. I have
been Inspected at irregular intervals, av
eraging probably twice a year. Once
while serving in the Philippines a whole
year elapsed without inspection of my
"Early In October this year Colonel
.31111s, of the Inspector-General's office,
accompanied by Mr. Kent, chief account
ant of that office, came to inspect me. I
gave them every facility In my power,
and they went over all my accounts for
the period of my having the office In the
Department of the Columbia.
"They discovered the first error dated
December 12, 1903. No error prior to that
was found. The actual work on all books
and reports of my office after December 1,
1303, was done by Mr. Dana W. Morey.
"Taking up this Specification No. 1.
showing a difference of $100 between the
reported and the actual bank balance, I
have no knowledge or memory whatever
of that difference."
Being handed several other specifica
tions relating to similar differences, Ma
jor Rees donled all knowledge of them
Continuing, he said:
"I began to have a lot of trouble with
the books: they seemed to show disorgan
ization. Several errors by the bank com
plicated matters still more. One was tho
Issuance of two original bank receipts for
tho same amount. This would have shown
a surplus of the bank balance. Next. I
deposited about $600, and the bank re
ceipt was forwarded to Colonel Tucker,
chief of my office, who Inadvertently
pinned it Into the stubs of his own office
"Coming to the statement that I did
not always redeposlt the entire sums re
maining In my possession after my pay
trips to the Sound, I will say that it was
not always possible to do so at once; I
could not, anyway, until ascertaining how
much should be deposited from balancing
the pay rolls and accounts. Then, my
mind not being clear as to whether the
books showed the proper balance, I hesi
tated to deposit all the money, and, there
fore, sealed it up and put it in the safe
until such time as I could discover the
Did Not Blame Clerks.
"I do not hesitate to say that I have
ne'er questioned the Integrity of my
clerks for the reason that they have had
to do with nothing but the books, but I
do' question the integrity of the books. I
know that I have never spent any of the
money, and I am still convinced that
there Is an error in my books. I had
never been able to get the accounts
straightened up to my satisfaction. I
was not well, and I asked for a leave of
absence, which, had it been granted,
would have meant an Inspection of my
accounts before I could leave.
"The leave was not granted, but vhen
an inspector finally came June 17, I de
posited the $976.74 In order to balance my
accounts according to my books."
Under direction of his counsel. Major
Rees then took up the matter of the loans
from Captain Baker and Charles Baren
stecher. "About the middle of June, this year,
I was greatly worried and troubled by
private matters. I needed money badly
to pay obligations growing out of fam
ily matters, matters relating to the
divorce of my wife and myself. I had
been forced to borrow $1200 to settle a
Judgment against me. I owed W. It
Blake, my fathor-ln-law, a sum of
money, and through his agency I re
ceived a threatening letter."
At this juncture a letter (with a
portion probably containing the date
torn off) was Introduced. It was signed.
"A. S. Burt, Coi. U. S. Army, -Retired,"
and in effect demanded Rees' atten
tion to W. R. Blake's claim, or steps
to force such attention would be taken.
"This was what sent 'me to a Mr!
Herron. of Salem, to borrow $1200,"
continued Major Rees. "I had paid
Herron about $100 in small amounts,
when about the middle of June, being
much worried and fearing -further
trouble, I borrowed $500 from Captain
Baker and $400 from Baronstccher to
enablo me to settle with Herron."
At about this point Mr. Long arose
to say for his client that tho deposit of
$976.74 on the same date was simply
Denies He Used Money.
"I had the Government money in my
possession all the time," continued the
Major, "but never used a dollar of It.
I have tried my best to repay Captain
Baker. I Intend to pay him every cent.
I had paid him $160 and I handed him
$50 more this morning-.
"Barenstccher readily loaned me the
$400. I wanted to give him a note, but
he handed me a check. I told him flatly
that I had no funds at the bank, but he
said he would not present the check
but would hold It as evidence of the
loan. It was all a fabrication about
my promising to take up my check
with a Government check. Afterwards,
finding I couldn't pay Barenstecher, I
offered him my note, Indorsed by sev
eral property-owners. His partner
took It to the bank, but the bank re
fused it and so it was returned. I had
hoped for money from an aunt at Walla
Walla. Tes, I Intend to repay Baren
stccher if I have to work it out at a
dollar a day. Yes, those, two debts are
the only ones of importance that I
Taking up the cross-examination,
Judge-Advocate Morrow began very rap
idly to question the Major. The latter
admitted that he owed $300 to another
man In Portland. Regarding the threat
ening letter and its effect upon tho Major
and attendant circumstances, the 'witness
seemed unable to make all connections
clear to the prosecuting officer. Rees ad
mitted having received the letter several
months prior to June, ard explained how
the date came to be torn off as he had
pulled the letter out of a file.
"How, then, was It not until June that
your fears became so aroused by the
Didn't Have the Telegram.
"Why, I got a telegram In June from
the same parties to tho same effect, which
stimulated my fears."
"Have you got that telegram?"
"If you borrowed that $500 from Cap
tain Baker to pay Herron, why did you
tell him, as the Captain stated yesterday,
that you needed the money for the pur
nose of -reimbursinir the Government, as
you were about to be inspected and therexi
was an error in your accounts"
"If I made that statement to Captain
Baker it was erroneous."
"But the Captain wrote you a letter
inclosing one which he threatened to send
to the Paymaster-General if you did not
pay, and that lnclosuro contained tho
statement the Captain says you made?"
"I was away at the time."
"But when you returned you read that
letter and you never questioned that
statement or protested to the Captain."
"I was very busy and did not read the
"If on June 16 and 17 you deposited
$976.74 to balance your accounts accord
ing to your books, and the books havo
since been experted and that balance was
found to be correct, then Mr. Moreys ac
counts were correct,were they not?"
The Major did noC answer directly, "but
again went over the ground about various
errors which had left a confusion In hl3
mind about the account. In effect, how
ever, he appeared to' admit that the error
might be in his mind.
"How was It that you should have so
frequently after your return from pay
trips deposited only part of the sums left
oyer Jn your possession?"
MA I before stated, I was not clear
about the bank balance."
"Did you deposit certain portions of the
left-aver sums and put the rest in the
"Why should you have held out just
such sums arbitrarily?"
The Major was not clear on that point,
but insisted that he had always kept
Government money separate from his pri
vate money and always had the undeposlt
ed amounts either stored in the Portland
Hotel safe or In his office safe.
At this Juncture the court adjourned un
til 10 A. M. tomorrow.
UNABLE TO HELP MOTHERS.
Boys Running Errand Forbidden to
Work by Child Labor Board.
The Child Labor Commission, having in
hand the lists furnished by employers
of the ages of their employes, yesterday
made a few trips to such as hired young
sters under 14 years, of age. Employers
were informed that they would havo to
discharge the children at onco, regard
less of any cause, charitable or other
wise, for which they had them in their
In one specific case the law will work
a hardship. Ben Selling hires three boys,
below the age limit, to run errands on
Saturdays. Week days they gd to school.
In the case of two, the mothers are wid
ows and need tho money the boys bring
Mr. Selling was visited by Mrs. Millie
R. Trumbull, of tho Child Labor Com
mission, yesterday and told that he would
have to discharge the boys. He explained
"These boys," he said, "aro not in
jured by the work they do for me, and
tho money they earn 13 of material aid
to their mothers."
"I am sorry," said Mrs. Trumbull,
"but the law says you cannot employ
So Mr. Selling will have to tell the threa
boys when they come to his store Satur
day that he cannot hire them any longer.
CANTATA IS A SUCCESS.
"Faith and Praise" 8ung Before
Large Audience Last Night.
The sacred cantata, "Faith and
Praise," by John A. West, was sung be
fore a large audienco in the First Bap
tist Church last night by a chorus under
the direction of Mis3 Ella Frances Ho
berg, who was assisted by Miss Cornelia
Barker, violinist, and Mrs. E. W. Cham
bers, accompanist. The cantata was
well sung and tho chorus showed evidence
of careful training. The singers: "
Soprano Mrs. Thamer, Mrs. Joplin. Mrs.
Currie. Miss Chamberlln, Miss Compton.
Miss Hughes, Mrs. Poppleton, Miss Nor
cross, Miss Barth, Miss B. Soderback.
Miss Soderback. Mrs: Dunn, Miss McFar
land. Miss Schmadeka, Mrs. Konkar,
Miss Anderson, MIs3 Palmer. Contralto
Mrs. Hurlburt, Mrs. Ruff, Miss Stewart,
Miss Smith, Miss McClung, Mrs. Coleman,
Miss Bell, Miss Lundby, Mrs. Maulbetch.
Tenor Mr. Ackles, Mr. Hutcheon, Mr.
Shearer, Mr. Tripp, Mr. Currie, Mr.
Schoeppe, Mr. Ruff. Bass Mr. Steven
son. Mr. Joplin, Mr. Stewart, Mr. Craw
ford, Mr. Hurlburt, Mr. Meserve, Mr.
Cormack. Mr. Trengrove.
Rare Books Are Sold.
NEW YORK, Nov. 30.-Two of the rar
est books In the collection of Americans,
made by the late Bishop John Hurst
have Just been sold at auction. One was
a copy of the Mohawk prayer book, print
ed in this city by William Bradford In
1715. It brought $1200. The other was a
copy of the second edition of Eliot's In
dian Bible, and it sold for $410.- These
two volumes are rare. They were pur
chased by an agent for an unknown collector.
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TO ATTACK THE LAW
Local Option- Measure to. Be
Tested in Courts.
TEXAS PRECEDENT INVOKED
Court of Appeals in That State Held
Statute Authorizing Special Sub
divisions for Prohibition Elec
tions Was Void.
An attack will be made on the local
option law to test the constitutionality
of the provisions which permit prohibi
tion elections In subdivisions of pre
cincts. As the law stands 10 per cent
of tho registered voters In any con
tiguous group of precincts can call a
prohibition election. The Court of Ap
peals 'of Texas, a state which has a
locals-option law similar to 'that In
Oregon, has decided that tho provi
sions of the Texas statute authorizing
such subdivisions are unconstitutional
and that petitioners cannot legally
create a division for an election, but
must accept existing political divi
sions. This opinion, if followed in Oregon,
will invalidate the elections whereby
Hood River and the saloon district of
Roseburg' "went dry." The two pre
cincts of Hood River were grouped
with three outside precincts and the
whole subdivision was carried for pro
hibition by four votes. Anti-prohlbl-tlonists
in Hood River now propose to
fight the result of the election on con
stitutional grounds. They will set up
that while voters may by petition des
ignate an existing precinct or county
for prohibition, they cannot arbitrarily
create a subdivision by grouping pro
Dry Towns Embarrassed.
All the towns that will bo "dry"'
after January 1 face financial embar
rassment for a large part of their rev
enue hitherto has been derjved from sa
loon licenses. Plans are under way In
some of them to havo the Legislature
re-enact their charters whereby they
had power to collect license money. If
that were done their charters, being
later enactments than the local-option
law, would take the precedence and
prohibition elections could not bo called
In their municipal limits.
Foes of prohibition think they havo the
"dry"' element beaten to a frazzle In three
of the six counties that "went dry" No
vember 8, namely, in Gilliam and Yamhill,
where the election has been set aside by
the County Court as Illegal, and In Coos,
where the County Court has been en
joined from proclaiming prohibition.
These counties were to havo been "dry"
after January 1. The counties in which
prohibition is evidently to be enforced
aro Benton, Tillamook and Curry.
Prohis Predict Trouble.
Prohls declare that rumsellers are stor
ing up trouble for themselves In the fu
ture, and should beware of the wrath
to come. Cold-water partisans insist that
prohibition has been knocked out in Gil
liam, Yamhill and Coos on mero techni
calities. "Whether thoso technicalities
are accidental or Intentional." they say,
"the will of the people cannot long be
I. H. Amos, big prophet of the prohls,
avers that whether tho failure of prohi
bition in the counties mentioned came
from negligence on the part of his fol
lowers or from trickery on the part of
the liquor people, will make no difference
In the long run. for, if the mills of tho
gods grind slowly, they get there just the
CHARTER BOARD TO MEET.
Amendments to Be Discussed To
night. The revived charter board will hbld its
third meeting tonight in the Council
chamber. City Hall, for consideration of
amendments to the municipal charter, and
will endeavor to finish up the work for
which It has thus far vainly invited the
legislative delegation to conference. It
is certain that not more than four or five
members of the Legislature will be in at
tendance, and probably not that many.
The only State Senator who will be pres
ent is C W. Nottingham, who was out of
the city when former meetings were held.
The board has already adopted four
amendments, two for reducing the cost
of advertising special assessments for
sewers and streets; one for enabling tho
Council to suspend the general franchise
provisions of the charter in granting
street-car companies use of streets for
track connections and short extensions,
and one for simplifying clerical work In
the City Auditor's office when the City
Council declares an assessment for street
and sewer Improvements.
Amendments that will be considered to
night arc one to require deposits of city
funds to bo secured by municipal, Port
of Portland, school bonds or other stand
ard securities, Instead of by security com
panies; one to require tho City Auditor
to send to property-owners postal card
notices of the City Council's resolution to
Improve a street or sewer; one to author
ize improvement of several streets In a
given district simultaneously by one pro
ceding; one to remove from civil service
the Chief of the Fire Department and
such, city employes as laborers, street
cleaners and carpenters, and perhaps one
to make tho City Engineer the engineer
of the Water Department.
The board has already adopted a reso
lution recommending to the lawmakers
that all amendments be submitted to elec
tors of the city for ratification or rejec
tion. A lively debate Is sure to arise out of
the proposal to amend the civil service,
for the plan now In the charter Is the
especial pet of the charter framers.
CHINESE TROOPS ARE DRILLING
Portland Celestials Hope Some Day
to Go to War.
That Oriental affairs are not entirely
confined to the Orient Is evidenced by the
fact that at least three companies of
Chinese In Portland are daly being
drilled In the science of modern warfaro
and the use of modern arms.
Thi3 fact has just been developed, and
hehlnd It is concealed a part of the Inner
history of tho Chinese Empire of today.
Various parties aro at work, for tho re-
and mildly alkaline
it greatly benefits
the entire digestive tract
On receipt of 25 cents, the United Agency Co., 503-5 th. Ave., New York,
will mail an Apollinaris Bottlo Stopper. This excellent money-saving, stopper
will keco Acollinarifl fresh and sparkling after the bottle is opened.
Commences our Annual Holiday
Special Sale. It's full of great
opportunities for those who seek
special holiday bargains in Fur
niture, Crockery, Cut Glass, Pic
tures and Draperies. Watch our
windows and tomorrow's adver
tisement for details.
Tull & Gibbs
WE CARRY THE
LARGEST AND BEST
VEHICLES IN THE
organlzation ' bf a new China, and fore
most among these is the body of Chinese
Freemasons; who desire China for the
pure Chinese. With not only the expecta
tion, but the hope that they may havo the
opportunity of establishing themselves
and realizing the success of their wish
they are rapidly preparing themselves for
any possible developments.
As any solution to tho problem of
China's future Is apt to include tho strife
of warfare, the Chinese of this section
who aro supporters of the Ming or Free
masons' movement are anxious to.be pre
pared for this probabla event and aro
sparing no pains or labor to be ready to
answer the call.
Drills are held regularly In Portland and
it is said that tho instruction takes place
under tho command of Americans who
havo been drilled In tactics and other mat
ters of military knowledge.
Prairie Fire on Rosebud Reservation.
NORFOLK, Neb. Nov. 30. A prairio
fire on tho Rosebud reservation has burned
over an area or nearly 100 square miles
between Bonesteel and St. Elmo and is
still burning. Bonesteel City "had a nar
row escape from destruction. Several
thousand tons of hay have been desstroyed
and a number of ranch buildings burned.
Given Post in Porto Rico.
MADISON, Wis.. Nov. SO. Graham. L.
Rice, ex-Railroad Commissioner of Wis
consin, received word today of his ap
pointment as Commissioner of Immigra
tion to Porto Rico.
OP TAStS WATERS'