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PORTLAlfD, OREGON, THURSDAY, MAY IS, 1905.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
GREAT BLOW TO
Decision on Purchase of Canal
Supplies Abroad Scares
CABINET BADLY DIVIDED
Taft, Morton, and Cortclyou Favor
Xcw Policy, Shaw Leads Oppo
sitionAction "Will Compel
Revision Xcxt Session.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington, May 17. Comments in Eastern pa
pers regarding the action of the admin
istration in deciding to purchase supplies
for the Panama Canal in the cheapest
markets, "whether at home or abrdad, in
dicate that the effect will be momentous
and far-reaching. High protectionists are
very badly feared. The Washington Post,
independent protectionist, but always ad
vocating revision of the present schedules,
declares editorially that a greater blow
has been struck protection by the object
lesson of President Roosevelt than was
delivered by President Cleveland in either
tho Mills or Wilson bill.
It Is believed that one of the immediate
results of the President's action will be to
compel revision of the tariff in the Fifty
ninth Congress, as the people will not con
pent to pay high protective prices in or
der to maintain American Industries when
the government which imposes these
duties buys in a cheaper market. Such is
the argument of those who arc close to
It is known that there is very serious
division in the Cabinet regarding this new
determination. Messrs. Taft, Morton and
Cortelyou are understood to be moderate
protectionists, while Messra Shaw, Moody,
Hitchcock and "Wilson are high protec
tionists. The President sides with Mr.
Taft, and, of course, his decision is final.
Congress itself is to blame for the pres
ent conditions. It devoted the entire
three months of last session to a moot
discussion, of the admission of states,
when it was understood perfectly that no.
new states should be admitted. As much
time was given to consideration of the
Swayne Impeachment, when it was well
known that no impeachment was possible.
Congress' Ignored the demand for a mod
erate revision qC the tariff or the sur,
gortlon of Mr. -Tft -thafsomethlng ought
to be determined relative to the purchase
of supplies at home or abroad.
These members of tho administration
who favor the determination that has just
been reached do not believe it will result
in the purchase of any largo proportion of
supplies abroad, but that American man
ufacturers will lower their prices to meet
competition from abroad.
LABOR AXD CAPITAL TOGETHER
l';ht Against World's Prices and
for Eight-Hour Law.
WASHINGTON, May 17.-(Special.)-La-bor
and capital will be together when the
final fight over the Administration policy
in Panama is pulled off. The controversy
provoked by the announced purpose to buy
supplies for tho construction of the canal
in the cheapest market is likely to be fol
lowed by an even fiercer dispute regarding
the purchase of labor and whether it is to
be subject to laws applying within the
It is confidently expected that the "spe
cial interests" which overlooked an im
portant point in the passage of the Pan
ama Canal legislation by leaving a loop
hole for the Government to purchase sup
plies at world's prices will attempt to
override Secretary TaftV decision when
Congress meets next Winter, and it is
likely that labor may have an opportunity
to try its hand before the Attorney-General's
office is through with its opinion on
the eight-hour law to canal laborers. Mr.
Moody has recently been quoted in an
opinion on this law, and It is likely that
the full text will he printed soon in order
that it may not be misinterpreted, as it
has been in the past.
In all probability the bulk of the sup
plies for Panama will come from .the
United States, and the main question at
issue will be whether the Government
shall pay the "inside" or the "export"
prices'to the manufacturers.
ROOSEVELT AVILL STAND PAT
Purchase of Canal Supplies Gives
Him Club Against Trusts.
WASHINGTON, May 17. (Special.)
Secretary Taft's determination to pur
chase machinery and supplies abroad
for the Panama canal, whenever it Is
found that the prices for similar goods
are higher at home has carried con
sternation into the camp of the stand
patters and heroic efforts are now be
ing made to persuade the President to
rescind the plan.
Several members of his Cabinet, fear
ing the effect of a misconstruction of
the idea upon the minds of the people,
have urged him to "call Taft off," but
as yet he "has not Indicated any in
tention of "doing eo. Instead of ordering
the War Secretary to reconsider, the
President is in full sympathy with the
spirit of the programme, which is
meant to be a demand upon the manu
facturers to bring their prices down to
what Is considered to be a profit-making
"The President is resolved to bring
the trust jnagnates to a realization of
their obligations to the people of this
country," said a close friend of the
President, in commenting upon the sit
uation today, "and will accomplish that
result, even at the risk of bringing a
jitaxaa about ux cl&xs, Ma yishta to
make Congress act on this question,
and the sooner It takes action the bet
ter he will like it. Very few supplies,
relatively speaking, will be purchased
by the Canal Commlssian between now
and the time Congress meets. The
President hopes, however, that enough
will be bought to serve, as an object
lesson to the country on the subject In
"For instance, he believes it is little
short of criminal for tho big manufac
turers to charge the home consumers
a triird more or double the price for
their goodH that is charged the people
of Europe for the same products of fac
tory and shop. The high-protection gen
tlemen will probably cry out very loud
ly over what they will term the 'out
rage perpetrated upon the American
workman,' but the people at large will
understand who is perpetrating that
outrage. It is the man who is selling
the product of their labor for twice
what it is : worth here .at home, and still
making a good profit on sales abrdad.
"The President expects to recejve
calls from a great many protesting
magnates of -the party before this thing
Is settled, but you may accept it as a
'straight tip' that he will not recede
one inch from his stand. This is rignt
in line with his demand that the tar
iff schedules be modified to meet present-day
conditions and he is very glad,
indeed, that the matter has been
brougat up to emphasize his position."
SHOULD BIT GOODS AT HOME
Cannon Declares Against Tnft's Pol
icy Coining to the Fair.
WASHINGTON, May 17. Speaker Can
non arrived in Washington today. In
connection with the recent decision of
the Panama Canal Commission to pur
chase ships and materials abroad, Mr.
Cannon soon after he reached here called
for documents containing the treaty
with Panama and the law authorizing
the construction of the canal and read
them carefully. He said:
"So far as the purchase of materials
for construction is concerned, we have
the greatest market in the world, mak
ing one-third of the whole manufactured
product of the whole civilized world 1
take It for granted that all the sup
plies needed should be and will be tho
product of our own labor wherever prac
ticable" The Speaker has decided not to go on
the trip to the Philippines with Secretary
Taft's party, and it is likely that he will
go to tho Pacific Coast to visit the Lewis
and Clark Exposition along with the
party of Senators and members of the
M0R0 CHIEFJS KILLED
His Army Almost Exterminated, and
Survivors Being Trailed.
MANILA, May IS. News has been re
ceived thU Pala. -the outlaw Moro chief,
who has been pursued the past two weeks
on tho Inland of Jolo by troops under the
command of General Leonard Wood, has
been killed. His few surviving follow
ers are being trailed by the troops.
At the beginning of the uprising Pala
was reported to have a following of 600
well-armed men, most of whom have
CASUALTIES IX MORO WAR
Long List oC Dead and Wounded in
Battle in Jolo.
WASHINGTON. May 17. The follow
ing cablegram has been received at the
War Department from General Corbin,
dated Manila today, relative to General
Wood's campaign against the Moros:
"Have as yet no official details of fight
in Jolo. Medical officer furnished Chief
Surgeon of the division the list of killed
and wounded, and that is all the informa
tion we have. No report has been re
ceived from General Wood. Will forward
as soon as received. The cable south to
Jolo and Zaraboanga lias not been work
ing for several weeks. Cableshlp Is con
stantly at work, and will doubtless havo
it restored very soon.
"Following casualties engagements.
Island of Jolo, May 2, 3, 4 and 5:
"Killed Hcarj' Balbach, Dan Burke,
Troop M. Fourteenth Cavalry: Everet C
Fowler. Troop I,, Fourteenth Cavalry; Lewis
Williams. John Kelley, Company K, Seven
"Wounded James C. Gunn. Hospital Corps;
Murray 1). Hlgplns, Company K, Third Bat
talion Engineer; Harry A. Southard,
Charles E. Carlson. Frank C. Carpenter.
Troop L. Fourteenth Cavalry: Theodore E.
Thorsen, Troop SI, Fourteenth Cavalry:
William II. Grips. Twenty-elKlith Battcry
Fleld Artillery: Elmer E. Gore. Nelson G.
Hughey. Company A. Twenty-second Infan
try; George C. Brock. Georjte Adams, Com
pany B. Twenty-eecond Infantry; James
Wild. Howard Glasgow. Company C, Twen
t -second Infantry: James J. Stamates, Com
pany X. Twenty-second Infantry; Jacob Or
ken, Company I. Twenty-second Infantry:
Luther Jc?suj. Company L, Twenty-second
Infantry; Fred K. Paul. Company 31. Twenty-second
Infantry; William A. rutnam.
Company F. Seventeenth Infantry: Thomas
F. Brewer. Company H. Se-cnteenth Infan
try; Pat J. Conlin, Company C, Seventeenth
"Engagement Camp Ylckars. April 25
Wounded: Garrett Butler. Joe Miller. Archie
W. Sorrelle. Troop C, Fourteenth Cavalry."
SHOULD CONSIDER SOURCE
Massachusetts Preachers Say Tainted
Money Affects Public Morals.
LOWELL, Mass., May 17. A resolution
bearing on the discussion engendered by
the acceptance of a gift from John D.
Rockefeller by the American Board of
Commissioners for Foreign Missions was
adopted today by the general association
of Congregational Churches in Massachu
setts, which is in session here. A spirited
discussion preceded the adoption of the
resolution, which is as follows:
Resolved. That our Congregational
churches and" their representatives. In their
dealings with persons whose character and
business methods are In serious question,
should have due consideration for the effect
of such action on public morals and on the
efficiency of the church as a moral and spir
3Illitary Attaches Going to War.
WASHINGTON. May 17. Brigadier
General Thomas H. Garry, Colonel John
R. Van Hoff. of the Medical Depart
ment, and Captain Sidney A. Cloman, of
the General Staff, in this city, will pro
ceed to St, Petersburg and report to
the United States Ambassador prelim
inary to their Joining' the Russian amy
juacAuria. as salutary, attack.
Aged Contractor Is Convicted
of Having Attempted- to
Obtain Money Falsely.
RESULT OF SEWER SCANDAL
Penalty for Crime Is Imprisonment
From One to Five Years, hut
Verdict Is Accompanied by
Plea for Mercy.
THE JURY THAT CONVICTED K. M.
S. B. McBride.
Wm. M. Cake. Sr.
H. J. Schemer.
A. R. Stringer.
u. Mgun. f
William Price. James Shaunessy. j
R. M. Riner is guilty of having at
tempted to obtain money by false pre
tenses. A jury of 12 men, some of them
almost as old as the defendant himself,
having heard the evidence of numerous
witnesses for both the State and the de
fense, after deliberating for 30 minutes
yesterday afternoon, rendered a verdict
of guilty, with a recommendation of
mercy at the hands of the court. R. M.
Riner was the contractor who con
structed the now justly Infamous Tanner
Creek sewer, a piece of sewer building
that will stand in the history of the city
of Portland, as the worst ever con
structed. He tried to obtain payment for
this work after filing certificates stating
that the work was completed according
to tho plans and specifications, when in
truth the construction was a steal.
Riner Denies His Guilt.
The trial of this old man, a man whose
eighty odd years have been spent in Port
land, has been going on for days. Tues
day at noon the attorneys for the prose
cution rested and the defense began. Be
yond attempting to establish the honesty
and good character of the defendant.
Attorney Mendcnhall attempted to prove
little beyond- the fact that R. M- Rlnor
did not superintend .the building of- the
sewer in "person" In the afternoon Riner
took the stand. On account of his defec
tive Scaring he was a difficult witness to
handle. He denied that he had ever in
structed his workmen to do a poor job
on the sewer. He admitted that he had
never been in the sewer and gave as his
reason for this that his hearing was bad
and that for the past few years his eye
sight has been falling. Riner told the
jury tliat he had left the construction of
the sewer to his son. 13. W. Riner, and'
his foreman. Once the aged contractor
grew fretful under the stress of examina
tion and he told Attorney Mendenhall not
to ask him again whether he, Riner, had
given his son or the men employed on the
sewer Instructions regarding the class of
work to be done on tho sewer.
It was S o'clock when the arguments
began. Deputy District Attorney Moscr
opened for the defense and In the brief
time that he had in which to present his
sido to the Jury, he made a splendid argu
ment. Attorney Mendcnhall took an hour
and District Attorney Manning closed for
the State. The District Attorney's argu
ment was a convincing one. There was
no attempt upon the part of Mr. Manning
to heap abuse upon Riner. His address
to the Jury was not a scathing denuncia
tion of the man, but at the same time he
held that R. M. Riner was the responsible
one and should be punished. He contended
that by convicting Riner it would mean
the end of graft among contractors, that
an example had to be made of some one,
and that it might as well start with R.
M. Riner. When it came mentioning
the names of W. C. Elliott, E. W. Riner
and others who arc under Indictment in
connection with the Tanner Creek sewer,
Mr. Manning was not so lenient. He de
nounced their connection with this steal
in unmeasured terms.
Listens "With Pitiful Eagerness.
While Attorney Mendcnhall was making
his argument, Riner drew as close to the
attorney as he could. "With his ear trum
pet held closely to his car, he listened
with an eagerness that was almost piti
ful. He followed the argument as closely
as he could and at the end seemed to be
convinced that his attorney had done his
best. While Deputy Moser was talking,
the little gray man grew tremendously
nervous. Several times he tried to re
main In the courtroom. The strain was
too great for his old nerves and he would
get up and walk Into the corridors, back
into the courtroom again, only to remain
a short time and then get up and walk
out again. He seemed to dread what
District Attorney Manning would say.
While the District Attorney "was arguing
Riner sat in the anteroom of the judges'
chambers. He tried to smoke a cigar,
but in his anxiety he let it go out several
times. Once while Mr. Manning was
talking loud he remarked to a reporter
that he guessed Manning was handling
"Absolutely Innocent," He Says.
"I'm absolutely innocent," he said earn
estly. "This Is the first time I was ever
on trial. I was never even sued, never
in court except to serve as a juror. I
don't think they will convict me, do
The newspaper man told him that he
did not think a verdict of guilty would
be returned and the assurance that was
destined to be wrong seemed to soothe
tlic old man. Riner remained in court
until after Judge George had Instructed
the jury. Then he went home. When.tlie
Uuxors announced that they, tad reac
a verdict. It was 5:30. Riner was not
present, but his son was. -A telephone
message was sent to him and he Jiurried
back to the courthouse. As soon as he
arrived the verdict was read. As Clerk
J. H. Bush rose to read the verdict, Riner
stepped close to him. He was deadly in
earnest then. A spasm of half fear and
half doubt crossed his wrinkled face. The
withered" hand that clutched the hearing
trumpet shook as if he had been suddenly
stricken with palsy. He seemed to com
prehend rather than hear the word
guilty and as he realized that the verdict
was against him his face grew ashen
white and he tottered for a second. With
an effort he pulled himself together. The
pallor still' clung to his face and he
seemed to grow suddenly a very, very old
roan. His voice shook as he turned to
his attorney and remarked that he could
not understand why, the Jury convicted
him because he was innocent of any
wrongdoing 'In the sewer contract. At
torney Mendenhall "asked for, and was
allowed, 10 days In which to file a motion
for a new trial.
Penalty Is Imprisonment.
The penalty . for attempting, to obtain
money by false pretenses, is from one to
five years. "What part- of this sentence
Riner will have to serve remains with
Judge George. - ,
District Attorney Manning and his
deputy, G. C. Moser. were greatly pleased
over the verdict. They both feel that the
conviction of Riner is a great victory for
the State. During the morning session
Attorney Mendenhall moved for the
quashing of the indictment against Henry
Chandler so that he could place him on
the witness stand. Mr. Mendcnhall made
the same motion for Et W. Riner, but the
court ruled against him in both instances.
City Auditor Devlin and Fire Chief
Campbell were called in rebuttal.
BOXVEX HAD DOCUMENTS RE
FLECTING ON LOOM IS.
They Were Sent to Hay and Could
Not Be Found After Loomis
Had Examined Bundle.
WASHINGTON, May 17. Developments
in the Loomls-Bowen inquiry today were
few, but interesting. As stated officially
to the press, they were about as fol
lows: Mr. Bowen called upon Secretary Taft
early in the day and told him that upon
looking over the papers submitted to
him by th?teecretary as embodying the
State Department's correspondence on
the subjectVf the rumors current In Car
acas relative to Mr. Loomis, ho had
found ;Uft'at least two. papers were lack
injCTf?iech be- was cognizant. The first
6C!r"-waBr-JA letter from" President
Castro to Mr. Loomis. then Minister to
Venezuela, introducing a negotiation In
behalf of that country concerning an ar
rangement with an American syndicate.
The second was an asslgnrr.net of a
claim against Venezuela by Mr. Jaurctt
to Mr. Loomis. Mr. Taft sent immediate
ly to the State Department, and a thor
ough search failed to discover either of
Mr. Loomis explained that four days
before he left Washington for his Cali
fornia trip, and before Secretary Hay's
departure for Europe, the Secretary
called his attention to a mass of papers,
among which were some transmitted to
him (Mr. Hay) by Mr. Bowen at Caracas,
which had been found by tho Minister
in the Legation at Caracas, In order
that Mr. Loomis might select from them
such papers as he might regard as his
own. These papers had been on the
Secretary's desk for a long time. Among
R. 31. RIN'KK, WHO WAS FOUXD
them was a certificate of stock which
Mr. Loomis said belonged to him and
which Mr. Bowen does not regard as
bearing on this case.
Mr. Taft and Mr. Loomis. upon learn
ing through Mr. Bowen that he had
copies of the missing papers, agreed to
waive all technicalities and receive Mr.
Bowen's copies as sufficient for the pur
poses of the investigation. Mr. Bowen
later in the. afternoon submitted these
copies to Mr. Taft, who in turn supplied
copies of -them to Mr. Loomis for con
sideration and comment.
Having supplied Mr. Taft withthe pa
pers found in the legation at Caracas'
concerning Mr.'Loonils. Mr. Bowen's po
sition Is that he"-has discharged bis duty
as he sees it and will rest' bis case,
taking the, ground that it Is row for the
GavenMSMltrat --WsLRhinsrtfWi-fo 'dplcrmini.
S HOOTED OUT
C. F. Lord Is Forced to Leave
Citizens' Mass Meeting
INDORSEMENT FOR DR. LANE
Hot Words Make Session Sizzle, hut
Gathering Calms Down Enough
to . Choose Nominees for
All Offices but One.
Citizens' ticket nominated at mass
convention last night:
Mayor Dr. Harry Lane, Democratic
Auditor A. X. Gambell, Indepen
Treasurer J. E. Werleln, Republican
City Attorney Xo nomination.
Municipal Judge T. B. McDcvitt. In
H. . Stone. Prohibition Independent.
A. X. Will. Republican nominee.
A. F. Flesel. Democratic nominee.
R. R. Steele, Prohibition nominee.
Dr. S. A. Brown, Independent Repub
lican. Ward Councilman:
FIrwt T. J. Cencannon., Democratic
Second II. W. Wallace, Independent
Third L. L. Paget, Prohibition nom
inee. Fourth John Corktefc. Independent
Fifth W. V. Matent, Republican nom
inee. Sixth II. W. Parkar. Democratic nom
inee. Seventh Samuel Morrow, Prohibition
Klghth M. A. Raymond, Independent
Ninth S. P. Anderson, Prohibitionist.
Tenth W. T. Vaughn, Democratic
A convention of some 200 foes of
Mayor Williams,- oftentimes in tumult
-and sizzling with white-hot rhetoric, last
night in Alisky Hall, Third and Morri
son streets, nominated the foregoing
Citizens' ticket, after a three hours' tus
sle. So boisterous was tho gathering
when C. F. Lord let loose his voice in
defense of Mayor Williams that Lord
was threatened with ejection, and after
an angry fight of words beat a retreat
from the hall.
After him went Jay H. Upton, presi
dent of the Toung Men's Regular Repub
lican Club, Dudley Evans, Alfred Green
er and others of a delegation of Williams
stalwarts, amid hoots and yells. Among
the many epithets hurled at them were
"rowdies" and "cowards" and "petty
larceny thieves" for having tried to
"steal" a conention not their own.
The uproar started after Dr. Lane, the
Democratic nominee, and Mr. Paget, the'
Prohibition nominee, had been present
ed for the choice of the convention. Then
GUILTY OF ATTE3IPTING TO OBTAIX
up rose Lord to present a third man.
.Williams. E. C. Bronaugh, chairman,
scenting the wind, endeavored to shut
him off, but after Lord had asked wheth
er "gag rule" was to prevail, the chair
relented and allowed him to proceed. The
meeting went into disorder, but Lord
raised his voice above the din, shouting:
"All virtues are not consigned by God
Almighty to the two gentlemen (Lane and
Paget) who have been named. I wish to
present a man who has honored Oregon
in Congress and as Attorney-General of
the United States "
Groans and hoots drowned the speaker's
voice, and the chair called for order in
vain. When the din had lessened, some
body cried -xt Lord, "For shame!"
"Sbajae oa.yeu!" retorted the A&eaker,
'and on every man, who raises a hand
against George H. William?. You haven't
any shame In you."
"Put him out!"
"I'll bet there isn't a man In this whole
house." declared Lord, adverting to a
speech of J. P. Newell's about the Tanner-
Creek sewer, "who knows whether the
sewer is right or not." .
Almost dead silence fqllowed, but it was
ended by somebody's shouting:
"Did you ever smell one?"
The roar that ensued shook the build
ing, but the disturber held his feet against
the tempest and declared that it was no
part of the meeting's business to Indorse
Joseph Gaston What's the reason we
H. D. Wagnon. In a very stern voice,
called Lord and those with him "row
dies," and said that if they had come to
break up the meeting the anti-Williams
people were willing to turn over the hall
C. W. Nottingham next jumped into
the fray to say that the conduct of Mayor
Williams friends at the meeting was a
"disgrace" and an exhibition of ''cow
ardice" and "petty larceny."
"Such ammunition won't hold water,"
went on Xottingham, mixing his meta
phors a bit, "that is, it won't carry
"That's all right," spoke up I. H. Amos,
reassuringly, chairman of the cold-water
party In Oregon.
"Wasn't this to be an open meeting of
citizens?" asked Lord.
Just a few moments before Alfred
Groener had presented the name of Albee
for Indorsement. This aroused the wrath
of Mr. Nottingham further, and he de
clared it a trick "to sidetrack us."
Others sallied into the fray against
Lord, among them George H. Howell,
William Horan, E. S. J. McAllister and
O. P. M. Jamison, the last named of
whom hotly moved that Lord be ejected,
but the motion was not put.
Finally the Williams minority with
drew, after which the convention became
peaceful, but suffered several convulsions
even after that time over the nomination
Amos Proposes Bronaugh.
The gathering was mostly of persons
who were Albee Republicans in the pri
maries, and was well spiced with Demo
crats and Prohibitionists. The first out
break occurred when Lord called the
meeting to. order, and nominated Jay H.
Upton for chairman.
The meeting did not perceive for a few
moments that Upton was of another
camp, and actually voted him into the
chair. But before he arrived at the plat
form, I. H. Amos had called the gather
ing to Its wits by proposing E. C.
Bronaugh for chairman, who was chosen
against only two or three negative votes.
Bronaugh, on taking the chair, said that
in municipal elections the ticket should
be kept, free from party politics.
Tt needs no eloquence." said he, "to
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CONTENTS TODAY'S PAPER
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature. 53
deg.; minimum, 43. Precipitation, 0.04 of
TODAY'S Fair and warmer. Northwest
The War In the Far Fast.
Russian fleet beyond reach of communica
tion, with land, rage 3.
New commander sent to Vladivostok.
Togo watcblnic outh of Formosa- Page 3.
Great land battle at hand. Page 3.
Reforms will pacify Poland and Baltic prov
inces of Russia. Page 5.
Henry Watterson. maXes speech in Paris
twisting British lion's tail. Pass 7.
British Coxey army marching on London.
Canadians furious at Uruguay's treatment of
sealer. Page 5.
Taft's decision on canal material splits Cab
inet and may force tariff revision. Page 1.
Plan of constructing Klamath irrigation
project. Page 3.
Bebel Moro chief killed and his army almost
exterminated. Page I.
Itinerary of irrigation committees of Con
gress which will visit Fair. Page 5.
Latest development in Bowen-Loomls case.
Baptists of North and South unite. Page 5.
Teamsters seeking way out of strike. Page 5.
Manufacturers Association declares against
Government rate-making. Page 3.
General Manager Worthington will manage
Western Pacific Road. Page 0.
Columbia University baseball team defeats
High School 7 to 1. Page 12.
Great trans-Atlantic yacht raco begins,
American ahead. Page 3.
Pacific Coast scores: Saa Francisco 3. Port
land I: Oakland 5, Seattle 2; Los An
geles 5. Tacoma 0. Page 12.
Frank Dillon, of the Angels, Is said to aspire
to the management of the Portland
Giants. Page 12.
Washington 'varsity men meet O. A. C.
athletes on Oregon track today. Page 12.
Northern Pacific announces officially the
building of a line to Grangeville, Idaho.
Evidence shows that Mrs. Biggs rifle was
used to kilt Foss; widow disappears.
Oregonlans have some new laws to keep.
Xew mining district Is discovered In Baker
County. Page 4.
Commercial asd Marine.
Hop market In waiting attitude. Page 13.
Poultry market demoralized. Page 13.
Llgftt southward movement in wheat. Page
Butter war on at San Francisco. Page 13. '
Buying movement In St. Paul stock. Page 13.
Chicago .wheat market closes weak. Page 13.
Splicing of Xorth Head cable temporarily
abandoned. Page 12.
Big lumber-carrier Bapollo due here today.
PortlaBd aad Vlclalty.
R. M. Riner Is convicted of attempting to
obtain money under false pretenses.
Williams delegation hooted from Citizens
mass meeting. Page 1.
License of Orpheum Theater revoked by
Council. Page 8.
German girl who came to wed Portland maa
Is deceived. Page 8.
Council gives monopoly on billboards. Page 8,
Fear-haunted Austrian was victim of knock
out drops. Pags 9.
Frank Montgomery is stabbed by friendly
actor during progress of play at the Em
pire Theater. Page 10.
Chief Hunt will place new district police
station Bear Exposition entrance. Page 9.
Expos-itloa grounds, lighted fr first time.
Dr. H. W. Coe elected president City aad
County Medical Society. Page. 8.
Hallway conductors leavlag for homes -oa
SBAclaX I rVpa. P&xa J.
TO BUILD A LINE
Northern Pacific Rails to Fol
low on the Heels of the
OFFICIAL NOTICE IS GIVEN
It a II road Officials Say Xo IHght of
Way Is to Be Stolen or Eleci
trie Railway Lino Pro
TACOMA', "Wash., May 17.-(Spccial.)
All doubts that have existed as to the in
tentions of the Northern Pacific Railway
Company with regard to operations in
the vicinity of Lewiston, Idaho, were set;
at rest today by the official announce
ment made by C. M. I.cvey, assistant to
President Howard Elliott, that the North
ern Pacific -win build a line to Grange
ville, Idaho, just as soon as the sur
veyors now in the field can locate a route.
At the present time three different
routes are under consideration by the
Northern Pacific, ono of which "will be
selected for the route to Grangeville. Ono
of these routes provides for a branch line
extending from Culdesac to the high
plateau on' which Grangeville is located;
another provides for a branch from some
point on the Clearwater shortline, while
tho third route will call for a new line
beginning at Lcwiston and extending
along an old survey- made by the North
ern Pacific several years ago, which
gradually makes its -way Into the high
land, after which tho route to Grange
ville is comparatively easy.
The most significant feature of the an
nouncement made by Mr. Levey I3 that
the Northern Pacific -will build the
Grangeville line just as soon as tho route
can bo decided upon, which undoubtedly
means this Summer.
"You may state that tho Northern Pa
cific Is not going to steal any right of
way," said Mr. Levey, "and we are not
attempting to block any electric project.
If we should decide to bnild out from
Lewlston we will probably follow,, the line
of our old survey."
Regarding the report that the Northern
Pacific had decided to build a bridge
across the Columbia River at Vancouver,
Mr. Levey said there was nothing to give
"The newspapers usually build such
thlpgs long before tho railroads do," wa3
Mr. Levey's explanation.
CLASH OP PARTIES AVOIDED
Northern Pacific Surveyors 3Iove to
a Xew Point.
LEWISTON, Idaho, May 17. (Spe
cial.) Possibility of a conflict between
Northern Pacific 'surveyors and elec
tric line -workmen today was removed
by withdrawal of Northern Pacific men
from the electric line rights of waya
south of this city, which -was done early
today. Much, surprise was occasioned
when two teams with the engineering"
party and supplies came into town and
waited at the stables in tho city for
orders. Engineer Pollard, of ' the
Northern Pacific, was seen, but would
give no information concerning this
It was thought for a time that the
Northern Pacific had withdrawn from
the field permanently, but during; the
afternoon the entire party left for the
Waha country south and east of Lew
iston, and from advices received had
camped for the night about 16 miles
from the city. While nothing- is Scnown
as to the ultimate destination of the
surveyors, the general impression pre
vails that the Northern Pacific desires
to avoid a conflict which waa Imminent
and moved to another poini. It is be
lieved that the party will begin work
again on the electric line right ofway
in the Waha country and work towards
Reports received tonight from the
reservation country are to the effect
that one party of Northern Pacific
surveyors are running a line south
east from Little Canyon and another
running a line northwest towards the
Culdesac grade, which would connect
up with the Culdesac branch oi the '
Northern Pacific now in operation.
The Lewiston & Southeastern Elec
tric Line Company, through, its attor
ney, tonight appeared before the City
Council asking- for a franchise to lay
rails for the operation of cars of its
proposed line. They ask for a franchise
over a number of streets and the ordi
nance will become void if the actual
laying of rails in good faith has not
commenced within six months and two
miles of road completed and operated
by June 1, 1907.
The attorney In presenting- the mat
ter to the Council read an editorial
which appeared In The Oregonian of
Monday's Issue entitled "Same Old
Tactics," showing that It was very ap
plicable to the situation here. The mat
ter 4of franchise was referred to the
City Attorney, with Instructions to re
port on the same at the meeting; to
be held tomorrow night.
Road Xorth of Weiser.
BOISE, Idaho, May 17. (Special.)
E. M. Heigho, general manager of the
Payette & Idaho Northern Road, running-
north from Weiser, was In the
city today. He stated work on the pro
posed extension of the line would be
gin as soon as material, which has been
ordered, should arrive. Part of the
grade to Meadows. 30 miles distant, has
been made. Mr. Heigho said the exten
sion would reach that place this year
and probably be carried to Payette
Lake, 12 miles farther. It was part of
the general plan, he said, to build a
narrow guege line from the lakes to
Big Creek and Thunder mountain, but
that would be by a different corpora
tion. It is understood large operators In
terested In the Big Creek section are
back of twe narrow-guage project, but
it Is closely allied with the Payett &
lJaho Northern. Mr. Heigho declined
to. sake any atatessent-oa tkis point.