Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, April 20, 1905, Page 11, Image 11

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    THE HCmmNG OREGON I AK. THURSDAY, . .APRlt 20, 1905.
Grows to Be City of Wealth
and Culture in Twenty
Years. -
.New Buildings Are Going Up and
Millions of Dollars Are Being
Expended in Municipal " Im
provements and Progress.
J. 3. Huntington, of Portland, who has
just returned from Boise gives an en
thusiastic account of the growth and pro
gress of that oity. Talking to an Ore
gorIan reporter yesterday, he said:
"'To one who knew Boise in the early
days and has not been here for 20 years
a visit to the capital city, the county
eat of Ada County, is a revelation. To
total strangers the city Is surprisingly
beautiful. In ante-railway days Boise
was the commercial, social and political
center of a vast region of the great In
land Empire. Here wore the headquarters
of the great stage lines traversing the
country from Kelton, Utah, and Win
nemucca, Hev., to Walla Walla, Umatilla
and The Dalles. Here also was the
famous Overland "Hotel where nearly all
through passengers 'laid over for the
next coach. This was the Mecca for all
commercial travelers who were always
glad to reach Boise after the tedious
journey of days, through dust and heat
or mud and cold. Boise became widely
known as a half-way "resting place' for
wear:' travelers. In Summer the green
foliage of the forest of ornamental trees
offered its acceptable shade, and the
orchards their luscious fruit. In Winter
there was always diversion enough for
people of all tastes. Here would be
gathered for the Winter a large number
of miners, stockmen, freighters and cow
boys, and the town was always lively m
Winter. In those days all the immense
stocks of goods carried by the -merchants
were transported from Kelton, Winnc
mucca or Umatilla by pack trains or
wagons, and merchandise was ip turn
hauled or packed from here to the neigh
boring mining camps and stock ranges.
This freighting business alone, was one
of the chief factors of Boise's prosperity
In those days, for freighters with
prairie schooners' must needs patronize
the merchant, the blacksmith, the sad
fc dler, the farmer and the grower of horses
and mules. In those days not only was
Boise a beautiful town but a prosperous
one a desirable place of residence. It
was also a citified town. The people
then, -were self-respecting, public spirited,
well dressed, hospitable people and In this
regard, one notices little chansrc unless
in the greater thrift, energy and pride
of her citizens.
From VliJto City.
"The writer first saw Boise In 1879, a
village of perhaps 900 people. Now it Is
a substantial, growing, wealthy, up-to-date
city of 16,000 people, with broad.
c'an streets, over five miles of which are
paved with asphalt and vitrified brick
and flanked with CO miles of the. very best
of cement sidewalks. There are about
seven miles of electric street-car lines
upon which there is an excellent service.
Inter-urban lines have been surveyed, and
parties are now in the East promoting
the sale of stock for their construction.
The Federal building, just completed. Is
one of the most modern buildings In the
West. It is four stories high. Its outer
S walls are of yellow pressed brick and
sandstone taken from the Boise quarries,
in sight of the city and where there is ah
inexhaustible quantity of the very finest
quality, and Its inner walls are mostly
of marble, as are. also its stairways. All
of the .finishings are of the very best and
of most modern pattern. The building
stands in a conspicuous place on Eighth
street, in the very center of the city, and
adds greatly to the appearance of that
part of the town.
A new Capitol is to be erected this year,
$350,000 .having been appropriated at the
last session of the Legislature for that
purpose. It is to be on the site of the old
one, which is a very central location.
New Military Post.
The old military post is to be replaced
with one fo be.a regimental headquarters,
and a full regiment of cavalrv is to be
stationed here. A half-million dollars has
already been appropriated by Congress
for expenditure, and it is thought nearly
$1,000,000 will be required to complete the
improvements already planned.
The Barber Lumber Company is now
constructing a dam in the Boise Itiver
fix'e miles above town, where will be ex
pended this season $1.0000,000 in a sawmill
plant, with every sort of woodworking
machinery and every auxiliary and ac
companiment of a first-class factory of its
A large brick manufrcturing establish
ment is in operation here, the product of
which Issaid to be of the very best quality.
The brick are of a light yellowish hue
and when laid resemble closely the Mil
waukee brick.
ilany substantial buildings are under
construction. On the corner of Main and-'
Eighth streets, where until recently stood
the old Overland Hotel, is being erected
a substantial steel and stone commercial
building, to be four stories in height and
to cost about ?30O,OO06
The Oddfellows are building a very large
and expensive building. The Boise City
National Bank is to add one story, to its
already three-story stone building, and is
also erecting a handsome building adjoin
ing its property to be four stories. A
Catholic Cathedral to cost 51,000.000 is to
he commenced this season.
There are also here two well-equipped
hospitals; one Catholic and one Episco
palian, and a number of private sani
tariums. "Wonderful Artesian Wells.
About two miles above the city are the
wonderful artesian wells, three in num
ber, from 400 to 455 feet deep, flowing
1,000.000 gallons o.f water per day, of a
temperature of 170degrees, furnishing the
baths and pool of the renowned Natato
rium. situated near the wells, and which
has become a favorite resort of the peo
ple of the city, and to visit Boise without
a plunge or bath in the "Nat" is to miss
one of the chief attractions. It Js claimed
the water has great curative properties
and many persons proclaim its virtues.
The Natatorium stands in spacious, well
kept grounds at the head of Main street
It is. a building about 220 feet in length
and about 160 feet wide. The swimming
pool, is about 120 feet long by CO feet in
width. Bathrooms with tub, dressing
rooms and steam baths are on either side
and at one end -of the pool. Waltlng
rooms, dancing parlors and a cafe are
provided. The prices are reasonable and
the place being well managed, patronage
is large. It cost the corporation owning it
over $130,000. The water from these wells
supplies heat in many of the public build
ings and homes of the city. It is also
used in the homes for domestic pur
poses. On Jefferson and Eighth streets 'stands
the Columbia Theater, built in 1S92 by
Hon. James A. Pinney, at a cost of $35,000,
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and for a town of Boise's size at that
time it was considered far ahead of the j
times. It seats comfortably 1000 people: !
its stage Is 37x60 feet, and it is one of the
prettiest theaters in the West.
There are a number of good hotels hare,
the Idanha being the largest and the most
modern. The building is of brick and
stone and six stories high. It is well
managed and said to be one of the'most
comfortable hotels in the West.
Many Substantial Banks.
There are five banks "in Boise, all sub
stantial, thriving institutions. Each has
a capital stock of $100,000. and each has a
considerable surplus fund, besides the un
divided profits. The aggregate deposits
are about $5,000,000.
There are $12,000,000 worth of property
in Boise, and it is said that it is one of
the wealthiest cities in tho United States,
per capita.
The public schools are excellent, and the
buildings are conveniently located in dif
ferent parts of the city. "They are sub
stantial and comfortable. All the public
buildings reflect credit upon the city. The
Capitol, the City Hall, the Courthouse, the
United States Assay Office, tHe Fire
Headquarters. Penitentiary, Soldiers'
Home and the Carnegie Library are all
well-built, expensive buildings.
The commercial business of the city is
rapidly Increasing. While the territory
tributary to this place is not so great la
area as it at one time was, the develop
ment of the resources of the country near
er at hand has greatly increased the vol
ume of business. . Many mines near the
citv have been developed, many thousands
of acres of land have been brought under
Irrigation systems which were before the
veriest desert, and now are groaning un
der the greac wealth of their productive
ness, and which have been turned from
wilderness to great expanses of smiling
farms, whore dwell in comfortable homes
an Industrious, happy people the kind of
people who Insure the permanent growth
and stability of a city.
Merchants Are Busy.
The merchants here receive 20 carloads
of freight per day, and had it not been
the good fortune of the writer, through
the courtesy of ex-Mayor Hon. James A.
Pinney, to enjoy a drive about the city
and to witness the evidences of its rapid
growth, he would have wondered where
the consumers are, notwithstanding the
fact that large quantities' of this mer
chandise Is sold to merchants of interior
towns and mining camps.
Much of the remarkable beauty and at
tractiveness of this city lies In the sub
stantial, stately homes, spacious, well
kept lawns, profusion of shade and or
chard trees, and the general air of order
and cleanliness noticeable evcrywhore.
While there are but few millionaires
here, there are a number of citizens who
are beyond the one-half million post, and
many $100,000 people. But the people who
are not wealthy seem to believe In having
their own homes- and comfortable ones,
and hence Boise may be said to a beauti
ful city of beautiful homes, peopled by a
thrifty, prosperous, hospitable, happy peo
ple. It Is a city whose location, climate,
permanence, tributary resources and en
terprising people commend It to any per
son seeking a dpsirable place of residence
or a new field for business investment.
It is a place destined tb become one of
the leading commercial Inland centers of
the Northwest, and when a great trans
continental railway shall pass its doors
Boise will spring into greater prominence
and soon record her 40,000 population.
Missing Boy Located in Portland
After Many Years.
Alfred Shepard and wife reached Port
land yesterday from their home in Battle
Creek, Mich.. In a search for their son,
Fred D. Shopard. He had been lost to
them for SO years, and they had thought
him dead until he communicated with
them recently, giving them his address in
this city.
The old folks had never been in Portland
before, and did not know where 350& Ald
er street is- They called upon Chief of
Police Hunt for an officer to accompany
them to the number given, and the Chief
assigned Detective Day to the case.
The father and mother found the son
where he had written the"m he was living,
and there was a reunion of the relatives.
Australia Sending an Exhibit.
Australia Is sending an independent ex
hibit of woods to the Exposition. The
exhibits department was advised yester
day that six cases of fine woods from the
Australian forests had' been shipped last
month on the steamer Ventura and
should reach Portland soon. Australia
has not participated In former exposi
tions, having declined to send exhibits.
The invitation to send an exhibit to Port
land was extended to the Marquis- of
Lansdowne by Jpseph H. Choate, Ameri
can Ambassador at London.
Woman and Little Daughter
Are Rescued From Burn
ing Building.
Fire in Beach's I?aint Store, First j
and Alder Streets, Causes Dnm-
age or $10,000 Origin
of FJamcs is'ot Known.-
Damage to the extent of approximately
$10,000 was wrought by fire of unknown
origin In the paint store of F. E. Beach,
First and Alder streets, at noon yester
day. While the flames crackled and smoke
curled skyward, Ed Rabior and James
Mullen, members of- Truck No. 1, res
cued Mrs. W. F. Grunow and her little
daughter Florence Deanc. from the third
story or the building amid cheers from
tho spectators. Other tenants In rooms
above were roused by Detective Rcsing
and Policeman Price, and escaped unhurt.
Roy W7hlte, a lad who was but recently
employed at tho store; was working In
the basement when the flames burst out.
He ran up through the fire. His Tralr
was singed, but he was otherwise unhurt.
He considers himself very fortunate. By
some he was blamed for the fire, as it
was paid he carried a lighted lantern and
was feen to throw it Into the street as
the firemen arrived. He denies this, and
Mr. Beach does not place any credence
In It.
The fire, while It was very hot and the
smoke dense., was not so destructive as.
was at first thought. The basement was
not Injured, and no damage except by
water and smoke resulted to the floors
above. Several canaries- were taken from
rooms, and one bird died from suffoca
tion. Firemen Delayed.
After the fire was discovered, a short
delay occurred -because an employe who
was sent to turn In an alarm went to
the wrong box, and called the firemen to
Third and Washington ' streets. Several
streams were soon playing on the flames.
Men from the firebdat . laid in. and did
good work. In an hour the fire was out.
"Our principal loss Ilea in suspension
of business," 6aid F. E. Beach, proprie
tor of the paint store in which the fire
started. "I do not believe the loss to
our stock will exceed $6000, and It is all
Insured. We do not know how tho fire
started. It originated In the rear of the
establishment and was very hot, and the
smoke made it far worse. We will ship
from our East Side warehouse tomorrow,
and will repair thjs place Immediately."
Adolph Dekum's hardware store, next
door north of the paint establishment,
was damaged by water and smoke to the
extent of about $2000. and damage to the
rooms and fixtures above the stores will
bring the total loss from the fire up to
about $10,000.
Policemen and firemen worked hard,
and vthe dense throngs of people who
gathered made matters worse. It became
necessary to stretch ropes and to call
for reserve policemen to keep the surg
ing crowd back. Traffic on First street
was stopped during the fire.
Executive Committee of Open River
Association Makes Good Moves.
When the executive committee of the
Open-River Association adjourned yester
day afternoon, a long step had been taken
toward the object for which this organ
ization stands, namely, an open Columbia
The great obstacle In the uninterrupted
commerce of tho river la the falls at Ce
Hlo, but with the construction of the
portage railway this difficulty is removed
pending the full relief to be furnished by
the Government canal. With the portage
road .assured and actually under comple
tion, the next matter of Importance was
and is yet the establishment of boats on
the upper river to aid commerce. Many
projects have been suggested, and even
the . Idaho and up-country people have
come forward with suggestions to fill the
necessity of boat accommodations, but
after a full consideration it was decided by
the executive committee not to wait or
depend upon outside assistance With this
view, plans were laid yesterday for the
organization of a company whose sole
business it will be to. provide freight car
riers, not only . on the Upper Columbia,
but on the Snake River as well. The
formation of this, company will be com
pleted at as early a date as possible, and
subscription lists to the stock will be sent
out for the purpose of enlisting aid in
the enterprise.
The Open-River Asspciation has as its
one great object the opening up of the
Inland Empire through a cheaper trans
portation scheme than exists at present,
and it is felt that with the open river
and. cheaper access to the seaports, the
tonnage, of this section would be so groat
and constantly increasing as to Justify
anyone in building up the enterprise pro
posed. "
Decision -of -Judge Bellinger Xtilliilcs
a City Law. '
The decis.Ion rendered yesterday by
Judge Bellinger in the matter of the pe
tition of Ernest Hutchinson for a writ of
habeas corpus has the full effect of de
claring void section 31 of the city ordi
nance entitled, "An ordinance licensing,
taxing and regulating certain business,
callings and employments in the City of
Portland and regulating the manner or
issuing licenses." This particular section
of the ordinance follows:
"Section 31. It shall be unlawful for
any person to sell, offer or attempt to
sell goods or merchandise by selling trad
ing stamps, checks, tickets or other
things of whatsoever nume to merchants,
the same by such merchants being de
livered to customers upon the purchase of
goods and merchandise, and then ex
changed by such customers with the per
son selling such trading stamps, checks,
tickets or things of whatever name for
his goods and merchandise, without first
paying Into the city treasury the sum of
$200, and. upon receipt showing tuch pay
ment, procuring a license issued by tha
Auditor of Portland authorizing the same.
Such license shall be Issued for the period
of 12 months."
The petitioner in this case. Ernest
Hutchinson, Is a member of the National
Stamp Company, of Michigan. Mr.
Hutchinson entered the Portland field
and sold trading stamps to merchants,
these stamps to be given to customers
and later redeemed by tho stamp com
pany. Mr. Hutchiiisln, however, failed
to take out a city license and was ar
rested by the city officials for violation
of the license ordinance. Upon his ar
rest Hutchinson made application for a
writ of habeas corpus in the United
States Court, and in presenting his case
offered evidence that the business con
ducted by him was simply one of adver
tisement for his company and tho mer
chants using the stamps, and was simply
a medium of co-operation and exchange
of value. Upon the testimony introduced
ana the decisions of other courts Judge
Bellinger rendered the opinion that the
ordinance in this respect was in viola
tion of the rights secured by the 11th
amendment to the Constitution of the
United States, since the work of the
stamp company was practically one of
advertising, and was In character similar
to newspaper or journals advertising.
Judge Bellinger found that the prisoner,
Ernest Hutchinson, was illegally held in
imprisonment and he was ordered dis
charged from custody.
Gty Offenders Before
Judge Hogue
No one was present in the Municipal
Court yesterday morning to represent
District Attorney Manning's office when
the case of contemot ot court, preferred
against W. T. Vaughn by Judge Hogue,
was called. This, in spite of the fact
that just before it was to be heard. Judge
Hogue had Clerk Fred.. Olson telephone
to the District Attorney's office request
ing that a deputy be sent over to assist
in the prosecution of the chaTge. Mr.
Manning refuses to have anything to do
with the case.
Attorneys Oglesby Toung and Thomas
G. Green, appearing for the defendant,
Vaughn, presented their argument sup
porting a motion for a change of venue,
and submitted an affidavit of their cli
ent, charging the court with prejudice
in the case.
After hearing arguments of the defend
ant's counsel favoring their motion for
a change of -venue to a justice court.
Judge Hogue took the matter under ad
visement, and at a later date is to serve
notice upon the attorneys as to his decis
ion. The point is as to whether the alleged
act of contempt, if committed at all, was
done in the presence of the court. As
alleged, it occurred in a room off the
main court, and Vaughn's counsel con-
' tends it wa3 not in Judge Hogue's pres
ence. This, together with their conten
tion that the court Is prejudiced against
Vaughn in the matter, constitutes the
grounds for a motion for change of venue.
"The affidavit of Mri Vaughn contains
allegations of fact." said Attorney Green,
and, besides, we wish it known we be
lieve our client has a right to ail privi
leges. We contend the court Is preju-'
"It so happens that the court knows
he Is not prejudiced," answered Judge
For - a time "yesterday it looked as
though Sheriff Word would have troubles
galore because of the arrests he made
Tuesday afternoon, of two. men charged,
with handbook pOolsclling. When the
cases were called before Municipal Judge
Hogue. Attorney Dan R. Murphy, ap
pearing for J. Easterbrook and J. E.
Smith, defendants, declared his Intention
of filing criminal proceedings against the
Sheriff for taking a Western Union tele
gram from one of the men; Later, upon
learning that the dispatch was not
opened by Word, the matter was drppped.
Attorney Murphy insisted upon jxn Im
mediate trial.' but as Sheriff Word wished
a continuance of 10 days because of an
opinion the Supreme Court is to hand
down in the poolroom cases. April 29 was
sot as the date for hearing.
Sheriff Word stated his belief that
when the Supremo Court hands down Us
findings In Jhe poolroom cases, portions
of it will be applicable to this latest af
fair relative to poolselling. In this he
was supported by Deputy City Attorney
Fitzgerald and Judge Hogue. and tHe
case was therefore continued.
Attorney Murphy, however, proposes to
put up a hard fight. He Intends to resort
to every legal point necessarj to win
against the Sheriff.
"When the case comes up for hearing
we don't expect to admit anything," said
Attorney Murphy. "Let the Sheriff
prove, if he can. that the men under ar
mrest were conducting a handbook pool-
selling concern. Then, if he is able to so
show, we will next set up the contention
that even so, we have not violated any
law. t
"Tho section under which the Sheriff
brings this action is 1030 of the code, and
relates to the outraging of public decency
and Injury to the public' morals.
"Now, I have talked to prominent law
yers, among them District Attorney Man
ning and ex-Governor Lord, and all agree
that handbook poolselling does not come
under this section of the code, and that
It Is not a violation of law. The Sheriff
must show that public decency has been
outraged, and that actual injury to the
public morals has been done. How can
he show this In a simple case of hand
book poolselling?''
On the other hand. Sheriff Word is
confident that he can win in the case.
He believes handbook poolselling to be a
very Insidious evil, and contends that
it does outrage public decency and Injure
the public morals.
Both defendants in the -action were held
I under bonds of $200 each, which they fur
Bakers May Ask for Rehearing.
NEW YORK, April 19. A call has been
issued by the executive committee of the
Journeymen Bakers' and Confectioners
International Union for a meeting in Chi
cago next Saturday to act on the decis
ion of the United States Supreme Court
declaring tho bakers' ten-hour law uncon
stitutional. The board will take up the
question of asking the Supreme Court for
a rehearing In tho case.
The Denver & Rio Grande scenery la
even more beautiful In Winter than Sum
mer. Travel East via that line and spend
a day In Salt Lake City.
SIC anjr rain who e-er wore a Gordon
Hat way ae nerer bljt any otter.
T T 7HY argue about a
VV certainty? Apply
this to your hat buying
and your new Spring hat
will be a Gordon (soft or
stiff). One who has
worn a Gordon Hat,
knows that there is no
better hat made than a
Hats $3
Blanche Thompkins Arraigned
for Causing beath of;,
Nora Stone.
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Woman "Who Threw .Burning .Lamp
at Victim Reported to Be Wife
of Millionaire's Son and1
Daughter of Judge.
Blanche Thompkins, who caused the
death of Nora Stone by throwing a lamp
at her on March 25, was arraigned before
Judge Frazer yesterday on a charge of
murder In the second degree. She pleaded
not guilty, through her attorney, John F.
Watts, and her trial was set for May 5.
! The witnesses who were examined In the
case by District Attorney Planning in
clude Detective L. G. Carpenter and a
number of men and women who live In
the house where the crime was commit
ted. Blanche Thompkins. the accused, was
at one time an Inmate of the insane asy
lum at Salem. She denies having thrown
a lamp at Nora Stone, but says sho
pushed her, causing her to fall against
the lamp, which exploded and set Are to
Nora Stone's clothing.
A story is told that Mrs. Thompkins is
a niece of the Chief Justice of the Su-.
preme Court of California, and that her
husband, Walter Henry Thompkins. is
the son of a Pittsburg millionaire, but
both these statements lack confirmation.
As told by Mrs. Thompkins. who Is a
native of California, 35 years old. she met
Thompkins, who came here from Penn
sylvania about a year ago on pleasure
bent, and they were married. Soon after
ward he went to China on a business trip,
and returned here on receipt of a cable
gram telling him of the trouble.
Mrs. Thompkins is a woman of good
education, and while she was once in the
insane asylum, she does not. show any
signs of mental derangement at' tho pres
ent time.
Victim of Elks' Train Wreck Wins
Suit Against Northern Pacific.
Charles Oberg, who was Injured in the
railway wreck of the Elks' special, in
August, 1903. and who brought suit against
the Northern Pacific Company for $&3,000
damages, was allowed $10,000 by Judge
Bellinger yesterday. This decision was
rendered upon the report of six disinter
ested physicians, five out of the six giv
ing the opinion that Oberg was suffering
from traumatic neurasthenia, or hysteria,
as a result of the accident.
Judgp Bellinger also granted yesterday
a new trial In the case of Llllerthal Bros,
vs. J. R. Cartwrigh-. This was a hop
contract jult, the decision of the former '
trial being In favor of the defendant.
Decision in Smith Case.
A decision on the motion entered by the
defendants for a new trial In the caj
of Henry Smith vs. J. G. and I. N. Day
was rendered by Judge Bellinger yester
day, and waa partially iri favor of the
This case, brought to recover damages
for Injuries received by . Smith occasioned
by blasting at the Cascade Locks, has
been on the court dockets several times,
and at Its- last hearing before Judgo Bel
linger resulted In a verdict for the plain
tiff of $10,000. Upon the motion for a re
hearing Judge Bellinger found that the
damages allowed were excessive consid
ering the present condition of the plain
tiff, and rendered the opinion that if the
plaintiff will consent to remit the amount
of damages- allowed over $3000 the mo-
Corked-Up Sunshine from America's
Most Famous Vineyards. . .
The favorite Olub and bananet '
Made by the French process of fermentation in the bottla,
it equals foreign wines in quality, bonqnet and flavor, at
one-half the cost.
Sold by all leading grocers and wine merchants.
For Safe by Blumauer & Hoch, S. A. firata & Co. and J. M. Gelfart.
Can your appetite conceive
anything more toothsome
than a sweet delicious choco
late cake and a cup of creamy
Ghirardelli's Ground Chocolate?
A pantry without Ghirar
delli's is like a garden without
Smoother and more economics!
tfun czke chocolate.
tfon for a. new 'trial -would h denied, "but
that otherwise the motion would ba al
Admitted to Probate.
The will of Joseph John Johnston. Clel
and, who died at Spokane on March 12
was admitted to probate yesterday by.
Judge Webster. The property is valued
at $5000. and 13 bequeathed to Henry
Cooke Cieland, Gayln Shaw Cleland.
brothor of the te3tator, and Sarah Eliz
abeth Clemes. a sister, all of whom reside
in Toronto. Canada.
The will of Martha A. Lent, deceased,
was admitted to probate in the County
Court yesterday. The property Is valued
at $22,000. and Is distributed among the
children, George P. Lent, Oscar E. Lent.
F. L. Lent. Emma L. McGrew. Lizzie
Wood. Rose GIddings, Ella Whitlock and
Oliver W. Lent.
Answers Divorce Charge.
Elsie Palmer.whose husband. George &.
Palmer, has sued her for a divorce, has
forwarded an answer from Woodstock,
Canada, denying his charges of cruel
treatment or that she drove him from
their home In 1SS3. She admits that she
declined to follow him to Oregon, and
gives as a reason that he drank and waa
abusive, and she was afraid to leave her
family, friends and children In Canada
and come here to live.
Charges Habitual Drunkenness.
Emma Smith has suil Henry Smith,
for a divorce because of habitual
drunkenness and cruel treatment. Sho
alleges that whenever he has money
he drinks until it fs all gone. She
says he struck her with a chair and
threatened to kill her. They wre
marrlej in Portland- 15 years ago and
have no children.
Demurrer to Complaint.
Edward Flouten. whose wife. Katr
Flouten, recently sued him for a di
vorce, yesterday filed a demurrer to
the complaint on the ground that it
does not state facts sufficient to con
stitute a causa of action.
S. W. Back Again in the Hands of
the Police.
Thre weks ago S. W. Back was1
dragged from under a barn at Twenty
fourth and Thurman streets by Police
man Circle, and declared that he had
gone in to starve himself to death. At
an early hour yesterday morning he was
caught in a warehouse In North Port
land by Patrolmen Courtney and Jones,
and locked up on a charge of burglary-
"I was looking for something to eat,"
was Back's explanation, when questioned
by the policemen at headquarters. .
Back Is a Finn, and claims he cannot
speak or understand much English. Of
this the arresting officers are not so posi
tive. "I think Back is a good deal wiser than
he pretends to be." said Patrolman Jones.
"It's a peculiar thing that he is always
found either in or under some other
person's property."
Judge Hogue hardly knows what to do
with Back. He studied over the case a
while, and finally decided to continue it
until this morning, and in the meantime
communicate with the head officers of
the Finnish Aid Society. They are to b
in court today and will be asked if they
can do anything for Back.
Burn to Death In Effort to Escape.
NEW ORLEANS. April 19. In an at
tempt to escape, three prisoners today
set on fire the parish jail at Pontcha
Toula, La,, mllf-s from New Orleans,
two of them being cremated and a third
fatally burned. The dead: Henry Taylor
and James Reilly. Fatally burned: Luclen
George Del as.
Questions Rousseau's Sanity.
NEW YORK. April 19. Recorder Goff,
In the Court of General Sessions today,
announced that he had apoolnted a com
mission to determine the mental condi
tion of Gessler Rousseau, convicted of
sending an explosive contrivance to the
steamship Umbria in 1903.
If Babr I Cutting Teeth.
Be ture ana use tfcat old and -well-tried remedy
Mrs. Wlplow Soothlnc Syrup, for chlldra
tcethln;. It soothed the child, softens the sun,
allays all pain, cures wind colic and. diarrhoea.