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XHJB MOKJXliXU UKiSUUItflAN, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2H,
HEARD BY J
Mitchell and Hermann
CALLED BY GOVERNMENT
Congressmen Not Informed of
Testimony Against Them.
ALL WITNESSES NOT HEARD
Representative Hermann Will Finish
His Hearing Today S. B. Ormsby
Appears In Court, and C. E.
Loomis Gives Bonds.
The Federal grand jury listened to the
testimony of Senator Mitchell all of yes
terday morning and for a part of tho
afternoon. The rest of the time was taken
up by Representative Hermann, who was
In the jury room when the session was ad
journed for the day. He will resume his
examination this morning and will in all
probability finish by noon.
In spite of the fact that both Senator
ailtchell and Mr. Hermann had announced
that they would not appear before the
Jury unless the names of the Government
witnesses and the charges to be made
against them were shown prior to their
entrance Into the Juryroom, both Con
gressmen were ready to answer the call
of the Goernment attorneys when It
Senator Shows the Strain.
Senator Mitchell went into the room at
10 o'clock In the morning and remained
until noon- The Senator is much chagrined
at the notoriety which he is receiving as
the result of the land fraud investiga
tions and does not take kindly to any of
those who are conducting the case. Be
fore entering the room in the morning he
was silent and distant. He emerged at
noon tired and showing the strain which
the ordeal had apparently been to him.
XTpon the conclusion of his testimony In
the afternoon he left the, building for his
The afternoon with the jurors might
have been a session of Congress, however,
for all the effect It had upon Mr. Her
mann. He appeared shortly after 2 o'clock
In the afternoon and went into seclusion
In the inner office of the District Attor
ney, after he had greeted a few ac
quaintances in the outer office and tho
hall. When called to the juryroom shortly
before 3 o'clock, he shook hands with
those whom he knew In the corridor and
patted Mr. Heney heartily on the back as
he entered the door. When the session
had closed for the afternoon, Mr. Her
mann remained In the juryroom for some
time conversing with Mr. Honey and the
jurors, among whom he found several
whom he had known In various parts of
the state. These he gave cordial hand
shakes. Mr. Hermann Appears Again Today.
K The time of the Jury will be taken up by
Mr. Hermann for the greater part of tho
morning session today, but it is thought
that he will have told his story by the
The Government, so far as is known, did
not recede from its stand announced yes
terday to the effect that it would neither
ehow its witnesses to Senator Mitchell
and Mr. Hermann or tell them aught of
the case which would be made against
them. In fact, it is not thought that the
testimony of the Mitchell-Hermann con
nection with the land frauds has as yet
been taken up by the Jury specially. It
Is supposed that a great deal of what has
been told the jurors by many of the wit
nesses who have been examined prior to
this time has had an Indirect bearing on
the case which it is alleged 'will be
brought against the two men. It is
thought that Senator Mitchell and Mr.
Hermann were given an opportunity to
give their testimony and answer any ques
tions which might be asked by the jury
before the rest of the testimony had been
brought forward, in order that the two
men might have an opportunity to re
turn to Washington in time for the re
convening of Congress.
Indicted Men Give Bonds.
A part of the men indicted Tuesday aft
ernoon have appeared and all will give
the $4000 bonds fixed by the court. S. B.
Ormsby reached the city yesterday morn
ing and appeared . before Judge Bellinger.
He was given five days in which to enter
his plea of guilty or not guilty, and was
also allowed a day to secure his bond, in
the meantime being permitted to go on
his own recognizance. He returned to
Salem, his home, where he will secure the
signatures to the $4000 bond required by
the court, and will return to Portland to
day with his bail.
C E. Loomis. of Eugene, also reached
the city yesterday morning and gave his
bond as required. A. Q. Woodcock and
George T. Hall, both of Eugene, signed
Dr. W. H. Davis, of Albany, did not
reach the city yesterday afternoon as it
was expected he would. He will In all
probability appear today and give his
George Sorenson Is reported to have re
turned to Portland yesterday, but has not
ns yet made his appearance before the
Fnlted States Marshal or the court with
his bond. It is thought that he will ap
pear some time today and arrange for his
More Witnesses to Be Heard Today.
At the conclusion of the hearing of Mr.
Hermann this morning, it is thought that
the Government will begin the examina
tion of the witnesses who are supposed to
be able to clve evidence to .sninnnrt ha
attempt of the Government to Indict Mr. I
amtiicu iuiu .air. nermann. special
Agent Valk, who has been in Portland
for a month waiting to give what testi
mony he has ii his possession, will In all
probability be called by the jury at some
t'me during the day. There are now many
witnesses in the city waiting to be taken
before the Jury, while it is understood that
many more will be brought from various
parts of the state as fast as wanted. It
is cot thought that the investigation of the
cases against Senator Mitchell and Mr.
Hermann will be completed this week, but
that a part of the next will be occupied
In taking testimony.
WILL NOT DISCUSS CASES.
Senator Mitchell and Representative
. Hermann Both Under Oath.
Neither Senator Mitchell nor Mr. Her
mann will make any statement in regard
to their connection with the land cases
since coming from their conferences with
the grand Jury, both maintaining that they
are under oath not to discuss the things
taking place in the room, and for this
reason any remarks which they might
make would be wrongfully Interpreted.
Tou may say for me," said Senator
Mitchell, "that I have nothing to say. I
am under oath not to reveal anything
ddne In the Juryroom, and anything I
would say at this time would be miscon
strued. I will observe my oath and have
nothing to say at this time."
Mr. Hermann was of like mjnd.
"As far as I am concerned," he said, "I
have not a solitary thing to say. I am
under oath and do not wish to discuss the
land cases now."
POE WORLDLY PEACE.
Mass Meeting Called to Convene Sun.
A citizens' mass meeting is to be called
to convene at the Marquam Theater Sun
day afternoon at 2:30 P. M., for the pur
pose of agitating a movement to extend
the arbitration treaties between the Unit
ed States and other countries.
The object of this advocacy is to ulti
mately make war impossible. A worldly
peace, it is hoped, may universally be ar
rived at by inducing the Senate to re
spond to the suggestions of peace advo
cates and continue the good work of Sec
retary of State John Hay.
Prominent Oregonlans from every sec
tion of the state will be present at the
mass meeting, as well as many persons
from other states.
Those who have called the meeting are:
Archbishop Christie, Bishop Morris, Rev
Stephen S. Wise, Rev. E. P. Hill. Rev.
Thomas Li. Eliot, Rev. W. G. Eliot, R. W.
Montague. A. I. Mills, ex-Senator Simon,
Dr. J. R. Wilson. F. H. Page and C. H.
Prescott. Among the speakers will be
Rev. T. Li. Eliot, Rev. E. P. Hill, Rev
S. S. Wise and C. E. S. Wood, who was
formerly in the United States Army. It
Is hoped that Governor Chamberlain will
Action taken at the recent International
Parliamentary Union at the St. Louis
Exposition, the Peace Congress at Bos
ton and by President Roosevelt in ad
dressing the powers to reconvene The
Hague congress, have lately given a re
markable Impulse toward the strengthen
Ing of the world's peace; and the recent
utterances of President Roosevelt, Secre
tary of State John Hay. Baroness Von
Suttner, Rev. Charles Wagner, of the
"Simple Life" fame; Pastor Koenlg, and
others, along this line, have aroused the
most thoughtful attention of thinking men
and women. Peace meetings have been
held in New York. Philadelphia, Balti
more, Chicago and San Francisco, and
the time seems ripe to add Portland's
voice to the niovement.
At Sunday afternoon's meeting speeches
will be made calling for the spread of tho
Gospel of peace, and educating the peo
ple toward this end. Resolutions will be
presented asking that the United States
Senate pass arbitration treaties -that will
be brought up, governing the relations of
this country with Great Britain- and
France. It is probable that the Russo
Japanese war will be touched on by the
speakers. It is hoped that all who can
attend this meeting, men and women, will
WASCO OFFICIALS SUED.
Otto Eastlund Says His Arrest Was
Frank Menefee, prosecuting attorney
of Wasco County, together with tho
Sheriff of the same county and a num
ber of other residents of The Dalles,
were sued by Otto Eastlund for $10,000
in Judge Bellinger's court yesterday
for malicious prosecution. A number
of witnesses were heard during the
first day of the trial.
Eastlund, In company with his broth
er, went to The Dalles a year ago last
May with a timber cruiser and hired
teams to take them to Silver Lake,
which is said to be over.-300 miles from
The Dalles.' The evidence heard yes
terday brought out that they had cov
erd this distance in five days and left
the horses at the end of the journey,
returning by other means, telegraphing
to the stablemen: in The Dalles that
they had" left the horses.
It was learned also by the stablemen
that the horses were sick and when
Eastlund and his friends returned to
The Dalles they were arrested and
Eastlund claims that the fault was
not his, that the horses were sick, and
that the prosecution of him was mali
cious. He demands $10,000 damages.
DREDGES STOP WORK.
Lack of Funds Prevents Carrying on
Operations on Columbia River.
All but two of the river dredges op
erated by the United States engineers
in the Columbia River and its tribu
taries, are laid up for lack of funds
with which to carry on operations. The
W. S. Ladd, on the lower river, will
probably continue in operation for a
month yet and then will quit for the
same reason. The dredge Willowa, on
the Snake, Is also still In operation, but
the Columbia dipper dredges. No. 1 and
No. 2, and the snagboat are all out of
commission, as the engineers have not
sufficient funds wrth which to operate.
Knew Not Her Name
On Her Wedding Day Pretty
Arabian Girl Hears Who She la.
NNIE BISHARA, a pretty Arabian
girl, 17 years old, did not know her
own name until yesterday. With her
father and Gus Lope, an admirer, she
came to the County Clerk's office to ob
tain a license which would entitle her and
Lope to become man and wife. The girl
did the talking and when asked her name
by Deputy Bamford, answered promptly,
When she gave her age as 17 years!, Mr.
Bamford Informed her that the consent of
either of her parents or guardian was nec
essary before the marriage license could
be Issued. She brought her father for
ward and then, for the first time, she
heard her surname is Bishara and not Jo
seph. The father said his name Is Joseph
"I thought your name was Joseph,"
said Annie, In surprised- tones.
"It is, my child," responded the father.
The girl, who is Intelligent in appear
ance as well as pretty, accepted the ex
planation without further comment. The
father and child stated that they both
speak the English language- fairly well,
but cannot either read or write it- They
have been living at St. HelenB.
Sparks Burned Cordwood.
OREGON CITY, Or., Dec 28. (Special.)
Suit for damages In the sum of $2071.00
was today begun against the Oregon
Water Power & Railway Company by W.
L. Brewster, of Halley's Landing. Brew
ster alleges that because of a Are that
had its origin from the sparks emitted
by a locomotive belonging to the defen
dant company, last July, he sustained
tlie loss of 410 cords of wood and other
wood of the value of $1041, besides having
ruined timber that was capable of pro
ducing 4000 cords of wood, which is ap
praised at $1000.
A Certain Cure for Cronp.
When a child shows symptoms of croup
there Is no time to experiment with new
remedies, not matter how highly they may
be recommended. There is one preparation
that can always be depended upon. It
has been In use for many years and has
never been known to fall, viz.: Chamber
lain's Cough Remedy. Give It and a quick
cure Is sure to follow. Mr. M. F. Comp
ton, of Market, Tex., says of It: "I have
used Chamberlain's Cough Remedy in se
vere cases of croup with my children
and can truthfully say It always gives
prompt relief." For says by all druggists.
SENATOR MITCHELL AND REPRESENTATIVE HERMANN APPEAR
BEFORE FEDERAL GRAND JURY
WANT GLEAR SKIES
Fair Management Will Ask
TO STOP THE FOREST FIRES
Urged That Veil of Smoke Usual to
Early Fall Months Would Prove
Detrimental to the Lewis
and Clark Fair.
Following upon the attempt of the
tlmbermen to secure adequate laws for
the protection of Oregon forests at the
coming session of the Legislature, the
directors of the Lewis and Clark Ex
position will make a further attempt to
prevent "slashing" fires in the Sum
mer montns oi next year in the terri
tories immediately adjacent to Port
land. These "slashing" fires annually
darken the Summers here with smoke
and blot out all the scenery to the eyes
or the visitors, and this the Fair Board
wishes to Drevent next venr. As to
other years they are not particular.
as soon as tne tlmbermen have
framed the bill thev wish to nrpaont
to the Legislature, the fair board will
immediately take action, framing a bill
wmcn will work in harmony with the
tlmbermen's bill and bring about the
particular niece of legislation thev
wish. They will ask the Legislatures
or uregon and Washington alike to aid
In the cause of a clear skv. and thev
believe that this can be brought about.
No Fires During Fall Months.
The tlmbermen wish some svstem of
forest rangers to be introduced which
will make It compulsory for settlers
wno wisn to burn trees to secure a
permit and imposes a heavy fine on
those who do not. Thev wish this in-nr
for their own nrotection and do nnt-
themselves care particularly whether
tne bummer is smoky or not. But If
their wishes on the subject are fol
ldwed a worklntr means for th nrp.
ventlon of "slashing" fires in this lo
cality or any locality Is at hand. The
fair board wishes the Legislature to
Instruct the rangers of this particular
part of the state not to permit any
fires to be set during- the dry seasons
of August and September next year.
This, it SO hannens. is nnrlnrt n
which the tlmbermen likewise wish to
see no fires at all. unless there are
some unusual Summer rains. The two
forces, workini? In a common enus
believe they can bring about the re
As much of the smoke which olnnrto
the skv horeabouts in the Snmmor
from the State of Washington, blowing
over across the Columbia River, the
fair board will ask the Leelslturi nf
Washington to pass a similar law to
the one thev wish in Orecrnn. Thuv hn.
lieve that the Washington Legislature
win consider the cause common and
will pass the law.
Smoke Blots Out View.
"We will take up this matter as soon
as the tlmbermen have framed their
bill," said President Goode of the Ex
position yesterday. "We must have a
clear sky here next Summer, for the
scenery Is one of Portland's greatest
attractions. I believe we will have no
trouble In securing adequate legisla
tion either in Oregon or Washington."
Neither the tlmbermen nor the Lewis
and Clark board have forgotten that It
Is necesary to do a great deal of
slashing in the state each year in
order to clear land for settlers, but
they think a better time than the mid
dle of Summer can be chosen. In fact,
it Ig said that Immediately after tho
Fall rains or early in tfic' Summer, be
fore everything is dry as tinder, is a
far better time to "slash" brush, as the
ground burns cleaner if the leaves of
the trees and brush are not too dry.
INCREASE TO DESERVING-.
Best Salaries Will Go to the Best
..The action of the taxpayers in their
meeting, Tuesday night, assures an al
lotment of $30,000 for the purpose of In
creasing teachers' salaries, but as tho
matter of distribution has been left to
the discretion of the Board,, there is much
conjecture as to which teachers will re
ceive the benefits of the provision.
H. Wittenberg stated rather explicitly at
the meeting that he personally would op
pose giving an increase indiscriminately,
and, as he apparently has considerable In
fluence among the other members of the
Board, It Is difficult to discover Just where
the money will be placed.
It is reasonable to assume, however,
that those teachers who have proved
themselves most efficient will receive an
Increase nearer 30 per cent than 10 per
cent, and other teachers will be benefited
in amounts approximating between 10 per
cent and 20 per cent, while the remaining
teachers will receive no benefits from the
taxpayers' action, and continue In the ser
vice of the Board of Education at the
same salaries as before.
Mr. Wittenberg, it is said, is willing
that the granted increase should prevail
from January J. This decision will. In all
probability, be taken under favorable con
sideration by other members of the Board,
who will act accordingly and commence a
thorough Investigation which will ulti
mately result In assigning the respective
apportionments to the teachers who are
deserving of recognition.
This fund of 530,000 required an addi
tional tax levy for its provision, making
the entire levy for the maintenance of
the school department for the year of
1905 7.2 mills.
Just when the construction of the new
High School will be instituted cannot be
stated with authenticity at this time, but
Its erection, however, much to the grati
fication of the residents of the East Side,
is assured. It will be located on that
block adjoining the present Central
WILL DIVIDE RECEIPTS.
Baby Home to Benefit by the Ben
Each of 'tho four performances of the
"Star of Bethlehem," to be presented by
the Ben Greet Company at the Marquam
Grand Theater, will be a benefit for the
Baby Home in so far, at least, as the
tickets sold by members of the home
board are concerned. A handsome per
centage of these receipts will go to the In
stitution. There will be matinee and even
ing performances on both Friday and Sat
urday, and everyone intending to secure
seats is urged to get them from members
of the board, who are as follows:
Mrs. Charles E. Sitton, 493 Yamhill
street: Mrs. B. F. Riley, 455 Morrison
street: Mrs. Hannah Robertson, Fifth and
Yamhill streets: Mrs. Norris R. Cox, Thirty-second
and Thurman streets; Mra. John
Stewart, 340 Montgomery street; Mrs.
David Dalglelsh, 303 Twelfth street; Mrs.
O. M. Scott, 320 East Morrison street;
Judge H. H. Northup, Washington build
ing; F S. Akin, 623 Chamber of Com
merce; A. L. Keenan, Milwaukle and Pow
Holiday Beanh Rates.
For the holidays the O. R. & N. makes
the very low rate of $4.00 for round trip
to beach points. Dates of sale, December
23 and 30. Final limit, January 3. Par
ticulars of C. W. Stinger, City Ticket
Asentj Third and .Washington ajreetja.
LEVY 18 ESTIMATED
Multnomah County Levy Will
Almost Reach 39 Mills,
TAXES LOWER THAN IN 1904
Judge Webster Says County and Road
Tax Will Be Same as in 1904, and
Remainder of County Indebt
edness Will Be Paid.
ESTIMATED TAX LEVY FOR 1905.
State school 6.0
Special county (Library) -
Port of Portland 2.7
City of Portland 0.5
School District, No. 1 7.2
The total tax levy for 1905 will prob
ably be 33.7 mills, but may reach 39 mills.
The total levy In 1904 was 40 mills.
It Is safe to predict that taxes will be
lower In 1903 than In 1901. notwithstanding
the levy for school purposes In Portland
Is 7.2 mills, as compared with 6.5 mills
In 1904. The state tax for 1904 was 7.5
mills, part of which was to raise money
for the Lewis and Clark Exposition. It
is calculated that Multnomah County's
proportion of the state tax for 1905 caa be
raised by a levy of 5.G mills. County Judge
"Webster says the county and road tax
levies will not be lower than they' were
in 19046.4 and 2.1 mills, respectively. The
levies have all been made except the
county, road and state, and the list will
be completed by the beginning of Janu
ary. County Clerk Fields expects to have
the tax extensions completed and the rolls
ready for the Sheriff to begin collections
January 15 to 20.
Judge "Webster said yesterday that he
intends to arrange, together with Com
missioners Llghtner and Barnes, to pay
off the remainder of the county indebt
edness next year, amounting to about
$lio,XX). represented by outstanding war
rants. The county will then be entirely
free from debt, which has not been the
case since 1S93. The indebtedness when
Judge "Webster went Into office was near
ly 540.000. The county and road levy for
3905, with other receipts, will be sufficient
to pay the running expenses and also lift
the debt. The running expenses next
year will not differ materially from 1904,
except that the expenses of three elections
held in 1904 will not have to be met next
year, as there Is no county election in
Union Pickets Swarm About Shops.
NEW YORK, Dec 23. An effort has
been made to open the factories con
trolled by the Capital Manufacturers'
Association la this city, where about
1800 workers of both sexes are on
strike against the open shop. Union
pickets. Including- hundreds of women,
swarmed about the shops and Inter
viewed those who returned, and only
about 200 remained at work through
the day. At a meeting- of the manufac
turers it was decided to continue the
fight for the open shop Indefinitely.
TO CURE COLD EN' ONE DAY,
Taka Laxative Bromo Quinine Tablets. All
druggists refund the money if it falls to cure;
JX W, Grovs'a eisnaturts la on each bQX. 23c
ONLY ASSET GONE
Widow Suffers When Saloon
License Is Refused,
EXPECTED $50 MONTHLY RENT
Liquor Committee Is Pledged Not to
Vote for Two Saloons In Mr.
Flegel's Ward, but Refers
Application to Council.
LAST MEETING OF YEAR Commit
tee nnlflhes fiscal year's work. Hears
protest of Star Brewery Company and
STAR BREWERY COMPANY G. W.
Stapleton appeared, representing petition
of protest against committee's action at
last meeting relative to the late Charles
Sulllvan'B saloon, at Fremont street and
Williams avenue. Referred to Council.
ORPHEUil LICENSE Mr. Flegel vig
orously protests against granting license
to Orpheum, at Fourth and Stark, but
license Is granted.
LICENSES NOT GRANTED Several
applications were denied because saloons
were of disorderly character.
G. W. Stapleton, an attorney-at-law,
appeared before the liquor license com
mittee yesterday, representing the Star
Brewing Company, to protest against the
action taken by the committee at its last
meeting In granting a license to SI. "W.
Smith and refusing one to Samuel "West
for the maintenance of a saloon at Fre
mont street and "Williams avenue.
Mr. Stapleton argued that the commit
tee had acted, not being entirely familiar
with the circumstances or the nature of
the .transaction, by which the Star
Brewing Company was made an interest
He went on to relate a brief history of
the saloon as conducted by the late
Charles Sullivan, saying that as far as
he knew from the information he had
gleaned, Mr. Sullivan had won the con
fidence of those people living- in the vi
cinity of Fremont street and "Williams
avenue by conducting an orderly saloon
for about 15 years.
''Upon Mr. Sullivan's death, some six
weeks ago," said Mr. Stapleton, "his es
tate, the saloon, which was the widow's
only asset was left In debt, and as Mrs.
Sullivan wished to raise all possible
money on the place she planned to lease
It at 560 a month for a period of five
years, the entire rent payable in advance.
This man Smith made her a proposition
for $40 a month, which she refused.
"On the other hand," continued Mr.
Stapleton, "West wished to take the leas
at Mrs. Sullivan's terms, but only had
5600 In ready cash. He accordingly con
suited the Star Brewery people who ad
vanced him sufficient funds to consum
mate tho deal. For this reason we feel
that the committee does us an injustice
in refusing to grant Mr. "West a license
so that he may conduct his saloon as
before and reimburse the Star Brewery
Mr. Stapleton then introduced the fol
lowing petition, which was signed by SO
or more residents of that locality:
To the Honorable License Committee of tha
City of Portland:
Gentlemen We. the undersigned citizens and
taxpayers living In the vicinity of the Inter
section of Fremont street and "Williams ave
nue, in the City of Portland, desire- to express
our confidence In Mr. Samuel "West and in hla
ability and disposition to conduct an orderly
house in case a license should be Issued to him
to run a saloon at said point. We represent
that the saloon heretofore run by him and by
the late Charles Sullivan at the same point has
always been conducted In an orderly and quiet
manner, and that Mr. "West is a man deserv
ing of your confidence; and if a license is to
be Issued for said point, we would respectfully
petition that the same be granted to him. in
stead of to a stranger.
The committeemen had pledged them
selves at the last meeting to Mr. Flegel.
in whose ward the saloon it situated, not
to vote for two saloons. Rather than
take immediate action in the matter, It
was referred to the Council without rec
ommendation. Both applications will bo
disposed of nt the Council meeting next
The application for a renewal of tho
Orpheum's license was the occasion for
much discussion. Mr. Flegel was vigor
ously opposed to it and maintained that
the place was a "box-rustling joint," pure
and simple and that stringent measures
should be adopted to remove such a place
from within a block of Portland's main
"Erickson's place," argued Mr. Flegel,
"would never be tolerated in a like lo
cation, so why should the Orpheum,
which is as bad, if not worse than the
former, be allowed to continue disregard
ing every Tequest of the liquor license
"Kit" Carson, the manager of the Or
pheum, was present, and stated that the
place was as good as any 10-cent show In
the city and courteously Invited the com
mittee to come down and witness the
performance. He admitted, however,
that women were harbored in the house
and were paid a percentage on all liquor
sold through their Influence.
The license was finally granted, but
from certain remarks dropped after ad
journment, a crusade will be started
against the Orpheum In the near future.
The applications of G. A. Laue, 510
Savler; E. "Williams and Frank Olese, 49
First, and Joseph B. Horrick, 300 First,
were turned down because the committee
felt the places were of a disorderly na
ture and undesirable.
Yesterday was Mr. SIgler's last as a
liquor license committeeman. No meeting
will bo held until after January 1.
WANTS S0ASD MONEY BACK.
S. B. Ferree Brings Suit Against His
Sylvester B. Ferree, an engineer on the
Southern Pacific line, whose wife, Ida
May Ferree, obtained a divorce from
him in March, 1S04, yesterday ffled suit
against her In the State Circuit Court
through the Ames Mercantile Company,
to recover 5250 and 550 attorney's fees.
The complaint recites that on February
11. 1901, which was the time Mrs. Ferree
sued for a divorce, she signed a note In
favor of her husband for 5150. payable in
SO days. The note also contains a
promise that If she sold the "Waldorf
Boarding-House, which she conducted,
before the expiratloa of the SO days, the
note was to become due at the date of
such sale. Ferree also says that In
March. 1904, he paid Mrs. Ferree 5100 in
advance for four months' board at the
"Waldorf and she furnished him with
only two months' board, thus leaving 550
balance owing him on this account. He
further complains that he loaned her 530.
He has assigned the claims to the Ames
Mercantile Company for collection.
In the divorce case Mrs. Ferree testified
that Ferree threatened to kill her, pur
suing her with a loaded revolver. She
claimed she was afraid he would carry
his threats into execution. She said he
Dossessed an ungovernable temner and
was guilty of cruel treatment toward her.
The parties were married In Grant's Pass
in 1032. ana nave no cnildren. The divorce
was granted to Mrs. Ferree by Judge
Frazer, and by. the decree, slje. wag ner-
mitted to resume her maiden name,
Dimmick. Ferree accepted service in the
case and filed no contest, it-having been
agreed between them that they had dis
agreed, beyond hope of reconciliation.
E0BGER A SMOOTH ONE.
Takes In Numerous People on the
Six forged checks for various sums,
seemingly the work of one smooth and
plausible swindler, have been presented
for collection to the East Side Bank, cor
ner of East Alder street and Grand ave
nue, within the past few days. The last
one came In yesterday, from a. Morrison
street confectioner on the West Side. The
remainder were passed on East Side busi
ness men. Just how many other checks
were worked off has not yet been ascer
tained, but there is good reason to be
lieve that many more were passed.
The man who passed these checks was
finely dressed and of most prepossessing
appearance, and to this is attributed the
comparatively easy manner with which
the wholesale swindle was worked. His
audacity and courteous manner disarmed
suspicion wherever he went, and none sus
pected he was a swindler until H. H.
Newhall. of the East Side Bank, told the
holders that the checks were all worth
less. As far as learned, at only one place
did he fall, and that was at Henry Mey
er's liquor store, 113 Grand avenue.
Got Fooled dnce.
"A fine-appearing man came In my stora
Saturday evening," said Meyer. .'He said
there was to be a wedding at his house
at 28 East Twelfth street. North, Monday
evening, and he wanted some liquor sent
up. I surmised at once that the man was
a swindler and that he would offer a
check In payment for the liquor, but I said,
nothing and took his order for claret, port
wine and a bottle of whisky. Then ha
said, 'I am just out of change, but here Is
a check that will more than cover tha
bill,' at the same time pulling a check out
of his pocket and placing It on the coun
ter. I did not look at it, but informed
the man that I did not take checks, but
would deliver the liquor and collect at the:
house. He remarked, "xhat will bo all
right, but be sure and send tho liquor up.
I want the best you have in the house'
and then walked out. "When he left I no
ticed 28 East Twelfth street North was inj
tho grounds of the North Central School,,
and of course did not send out the liquor."1'
The suave swindler then dropped into'
the milliner and dry goods store at Ill
Grand avenue, in the same block with?
Henry Meyer. Here he bought a pair of
socks for 50 cents and laid down a check
for 59.S0. He said he knew Mr. Strow
brldge, across the street, and mentioned
names of other business men, convincing,
the women of the store that the check
was genuine, and, receiving the amount
of the check less Iho 0 cents, walked?
Easy Money at Wood Office.
Having got away with a pair of socks
and the money, the gentleman swindler
concluded he needed a load of sawed
cordwood, and walked up to Grand ave
nue, near East Sixth, where there is a
wood and coal office. He was in most
desperate hurry here, and Informed the
clerk that he was out of wood at his home
at 1111 East Taylor street, in Sunnyside.
"Would they send out a load at once? Tho
wood dealer agreed to comply. The man
fumbled in his pockets for the change,
but discovered he had left his purse at
homo and was out of ready change. Would
a check do as well?
He was sorry he did not happen to have
the change, so he threw down a check
signed by a well-known business house
in Portland, much larger than the cost of
the load of wood, and received the dif
ference in cash, which he pocketed. Af
ter saying that the wood should be de
livered at once, as his wife and children
were freezing, he walked out with the
air of a wealthy man. The wood dealer
then got a hustle on and soon had sawed
up a cord of choice wood, which he dis
patched for 1111 East Taylor with an in
junction to the driver that it was a rush
order. The driver rushed out according to
directions, and after hunting for two
hours for the place, came back and re
ported that there was no such place. It
then dawned on the wood dealer that ho
had been "taken in."
Incidentally Some Cigars.
Having bought his wood, the elegant
gentleman concluded to purchase some
cigars to while away the hours after busi
ness for the day was closed. He now
transferred his field of operations to tho
"West Side, and stepped into a cigar store,
where he ordered a 52 box of cigars. Hero
he was again surprised to find he was out
of ready cash, and he would esteem it a
great accommodation if the cigar man
would accept a check, giving the names
of several prominent business men -as hl3j
acquaintances and associates.
"Certainly," said the cigar dealer, and!
handed him about $7 in change after de
ducting the price of the cigars. This)
check was signed by the "Western Send
The swindler also worked a considerably
check at the bakery run by E. Muehllgw
3S7 East Pine street, where he purchased!
some bread and cake. In every case the
descriptions given of the swindler corre
spond irf every way, showing that the
checks were all forged and worked off byj
the same man. The checks were generally,
drawn for about 59 and some cents, andf
signed by different parties, among whom)
were Marshall-Wells, Western Sand Com
pany, George Long and S. Butler. Mrj
Newhall, of tho East Side Bonk, saidj
there were fraudulent checks other than!
those drawn on his bank, but the six were!
the only ones that were presented to him.
It is estimated that he must have cleaned!
up about 550 out of the six checks heard
of. None of the checks was signed byj
"Andrew Carnegie," or he might have!
realized more cash out of the transaction.
PABT OF GIBIS' EDUCATION.
Domestic Science in Schools Widely
The recommendation made by tho Board
of Education in its report to the taxpayers
that domestic science be Introduced Into
the public school for girls seems to be
meeting with general favor and It does
not seem improbable that this phase of
practical work will be added to the manual
training. Absolutely no plans have been
formulated or even discussed by the Board
of Education so far as to the manner in
which thla work will be Introduced. The
matter was proposed and no objections
were made to its incorporation in the re
port ao a recommendation. If the taxpay
ers feel Inclined to accept it the matter
will be taken up more definitely and all
Mrs. C. E. Sitton is a member of tho
board who is heartily in favor of the in
troduction of domestic training Into the
public schools and seems to feel that It is
a necessary branch of a girl's education.
"The only step which has been taken in
the matter so far is its recommendation
In the report read at the taxpayers' meet
ing last Tuesday evening." she said in
speaking of the matter. "If they see fit
to approve the recommendation there will
be plenty of time to arrange for the de
tails of the work.
T am convinced that domestic science
could be taught at a small expense and
that It would do a great deal of good, but
I can make no statements concerning the
future actions of the board as nothing
has been done or said further than I have
stated. No one has spoken against the
project, but a number have expressed
themselves in favor of it. That la all I
can say at present."
Seattle Woman Wants Divorce.
A summons and comDlaint in n di
vorce suit, filed in Seattle bv Rortha
Wells against Charles C. Wells, was
served yesterday by Deputy Sheriff
The Denver & Rio Grande sccnerv. la
even more beautiful in Winter than Sum
mer. Travel East via that Ijrv andjjjtend