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VOL. XLY.-NO. 13,943.
PORTLAND, OREGON, TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 1905.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
ON TRREE POINTS
Conference for Peace
HARD NUTS YET TO CRACK
Deadlock May Come on Sak
halin Cession. e
WITTE WINS AN ADVANTAGE
Japan Agrees Both Belligerents
Must Leave Manchuria Pro
tectorate Over Corca and
Cession of Railroad.
YOKBED OK BY PEACE CONFER
ENCE. Japan's preponderating influence In
Both Russia and Japan to evacuate
Manchuria, respect the territorial In
tegrity of China and maintain Hai
rights of all natlans in that province. I
Russia to ecde to China the Chinese
Eaxiern Railway from Harbin south
ward. PORTSMOUTH. N. H.. Aug. 14. Al
though very rapid progress -was- made
with the peace negotiations today, three
of the 12 articles which constitute the
Japanese conditions of peace having been
agreed to by Mr. Wltte and Baron Rosen
on behalf of Russia, neither of the two
articles to -which Mr. "Wltte in his reply
returned an absolute negative was
reached. The crisis, therefore, is still to
come. It may be reached tomorrow, as
the cession of Sakhalin comes fifth in
the list. The three "articles found." as
they are officially designated in the brief
communications authorized to be given
to the press, which wore disposed of to
day, arc in substance as follows:
First Russia's recocnitlon of Japan's
"preponderating la&uenca" jomd -special
position in Cerea. -which Russia hence
forth agrees Is outside of her sphere of
Influence, Japan binding herself to rec
ognize the suzerainty of the reigning
family, but with the right to give advice
and assistance to improve the civil ad
ministration of the empire.
Second Mutual obligation to evacuate
Manchuria, each to surrender all special
privileges In that province, mutual obli
gation to respect the "territorial integ
rity" of China and to maintain the prin
ciple of eaual richts of all nations to that
province (the open door).
Third The cession to China of the Chi
nese Eastern Railway from Harbin south,
There was never any question about
the acceptance on the part of Mr. "Wltte
of these articles, the first two covering
in more emphatic form- the contention of
Japan in the diplomatic struggle which
Railrond Is Indirect Indemnity.
The cession of the railroad, the build
ing of which cost Russia an Immense
sum, estimated bv some at between $109,
000,000 and ?200.000.000. is to China. Japan
and China, therefore, arrange between
themselves the method' by which, the for
mer Is to be remunerated, and, through
this financial operation, Japan might
have a very considerable portion of her
claim for the "expenses of the war"
liquidated. The railway Is ostensibly the
property of the Russo-Chinese Bank, al
though built by government money ad
vanced through the bank, and on its
completion operated, managed and pro
tected by the Russian government. Japan
cannot take the railroad herself. To pkfie
herself in Russia's shoes recardlnc- the
railroad would be militarily to control the
destinies of the three provinces of Man
churia, which she has promised to re
turn to China. But Japan Is entitled to
reimburserhent for the expense to -which
seh has been put In restoring the rail
road below the present .position of Llnle,
vltch's army, rebuilding the bridges and
narrowing the gauge. If China could not
find the money, some other power or
powers might do so. and the rbad -would
I become hypothecated to the powers -which
advanced the monov. as other Chinoso
Broads are to those who advanced the
Emcney for their construction. It was
Mr. wltte himself -who organized the
tusso-Chlnese Bank in 1895. and who has
Jways been considered the real orean.
iztr of the Chinese Eastern
Mr, Beig. the attorney for the Russo-
fclnese Bank, which owns oraetleallv n.
If not all. of the shares of the rnaA ie
Attached to the Russian mission.
Both sessions of the conference tndav
ire described as amicable." There were
leveral slight jars, but none of jthem
fas serious. The plenipotentiaries am
Ihowing admirable tempers. The change
tne weather may be partially rosnon-
ple for the serenity manifested at the
inference table, but it -would be probably
o much to say that the fate of such a
pgantie negotiation had been affected by
high degree of temperature and a few
Reach Stumbling Block Todny.
romorrow in the ordinary proceedincs
le first stumbling-block to a treaty of
race should be reached, as after Port
rthur and the leases of Liao Tunp
lilch are Included in article 4 i&nd which
jr, Witto Is undoubtedly prepared with
Ight modifications, to accept, comes ar-
fcle 5 the cession of Sakhalin. But it is
by no means certain that, when this ob
stacle is reached. It will not be post
poned until all the articles on which
agreement is more easily possible are dis
posed of. If this course is allowed, and
the Associated Press has high authority
for the opinion that it will bo. It will In
dicate a disposition to put off the real
struggle to the very last and the longer
the conference 'endures the brighter, the
prospects of a treaty arc likely to become.
"Even" day they sit." said a very high
authority, "increases the chances of
Mr. Sat told the Associated Press to
night that he came to Portsmouth hope
ful of a successful Issue of the negotia
tions and nothing had occurred to altar
The language of th three Articles
adopted today will form practically the
text of the treaty of Washington, if one
is signed, subject, of course, to a. final
revision. Each side has agreed to the
articles and they are added to the proto
cols of each day's session which are of
ficially signed by the plenipotentiaries the
next morning. In addition to the minutes
kept by oach side, there Is an abbrev
iated record of the discussions giving the
arguments made on each side of every
point, which are duly attested, so that,
when the conference Is ended, the rocord
of the proceedings will he complete. Of
course, the agreement article by article
does not bind either Russia or Japan
until a final agreement Is reached and
the treaty is signed. It Is, however, sig
nificant that Mr. Sato, while specifically
stating that he did not speak officially,
gave as his opinion that each power had
now bound Itself to the articles agreed to.
Russia's Diplomatic Victory.
In the discussion of the second article
(covering the evacuation of Manchuria) It
Is positively stated that Russia won a vic
tor. Baron Komura, so it is declared,
wanted to limit to Russia the obligation
to evacuate Manchuria and to surrender
special privileges In the province, where
as Mr. Witte contended that the obliga
tion of evacuation and the surrender of
special privileges should be mutual and
that the evacuation of the troops should
take place concurrently. Mr. "Witte is
said to have contended that he was de
fending not only the Interests of Russia
but of all the neutral powers. On the
other hand, the Japanese claim they did
not resist the demand for a .simultaneous
evacuation by the troops of both coun
tries because the distinct tone of the stip
ulation remains in the preservation of the
territorial integrity of Chine,
A Japanese authority said to the As
sociated Press tonight:
"The integrity of China to assured If
the treaty of "Washington is signed, as
Japan has Instated that this point be
set forth in language that can neither
be evaded nor mrpuadorsteod. Japan's at-
LONDON. Aug. IS. The Dally Tele
graph's Vienna correspondent under
stands that Ruwta will propose
dominion ever Sakhalin similar to
that which existed peter to' 1S4S.
titude has always been In line with the
Hay doctrine, and will find a more vigor
oup expression in the treaty of "Washing
ton " .
It is tfs declared on behalf of Japan
that she only asked that Manchuria rc
jnaln for a certain period under Japanese
control. Only enough time is desired to
enable the armies of Japan to evacuate
the province and by the time this evacu
ation is accomplished. It le expected
China will have established the neces
sary system of' courts and will be In a
position to maintain order throughout
Japanese Insist on Secrecy.
The Japanese are not swerving from
their policy of secrecy regarding the ne
gotiations. "Within the last few days the
strongest pressure has been brought to
boar on Baron Komura and Mr, Taka
hlra to modify their decision, but to no
effect. The Japanese reply to all such
arguments Is that, having entered into
this agreement at the suggestion tof Rus
sia. It is not for Japan to break it off.
"The subject has never been seriously
talked of," BAld the Informant of the
Associated Press. "I do not say that
Baron Komura and Minister Takahlra
should change their position, evon should
Mr. "Witte present the official protest of
which he says so much, but the presenta
tion of such a protect was at any rate
given an opportunity for serious discus
sion. To the suggestion that Amorfcan public
"might be alienated by the Japanese policy
of silence in the face of the publtc-ex-preBsod
wish of the Russians for -publicity,
the reply Is made:
"We do not seek to obtain public sym
pathy. American friendship. If It be sin
cere, as we believe It Is, will not be over
turned by the fact that Japan, after a
solemn compact entered Into with Russia,
refused, in pursuance of all International
precedent, to make public the negotia
tions now in progress until some agree
ment shall have been arrived' at- So far
from loring friendship in this country, we
believe the Japanese plenipotentiaries will
gain them by the stolid way by which
we follow this course." y
The special prlviioges enjoyed by Ruspla
in Manchuria, the retrocession of which
Is provided for In article 2, Include many
concessions, none of which are. however,
said to have groat importance, the prin
cipal one being the mining rights in the
Province of He Hiung Kian.
RUSSIA PUTS ON BODD FRONT
Says Japanese Must Abate Demands
If Peace Is to Come.
ST. PETERSBURG, Aug. 14. The Asso
ciated Press Is in a position to declare
that practically the only hope entertained
in high Russian official quartors for a
peace agreement at the conference at
Portsmouth lies In the expectation that
Japan will recede materially from her
terms as published. Official and public
sentiment regarding the possibilities of
peace outlined ,to the Associated Press
by an official who has constant and close
relations with the highest authorities Is
"That the terms are regarded In their
ontirety as quite Impossible of acceptance
and close scrutiny has not remo-ed the
very unfavorable Impression their first
FOR TEN SCORE
Chemical Analysis of !e and
Stomach. Show Its
MRS. VAN DRAN MURDERED
Xot a Clew' Is Discovered Iendlns
Toward the Perpetration of the
Crime "Which Caused the
Death of a "Woman.
The sample of gingerale remaining
in the battle bas fceen found to he
saturated with potassium cyanide.
The etomaeh contents have been also
analyzed aad found saturated with
the peuon. In the stomach the
potassium cyanide has undergone a
chemical change, due to the acids In
the stomach and has become hydro
The lining ef the stomach Is high
The bottle haa this Mown Into it:
Pioneer Bottle "Works, P. O.
That Mrs. Xaspor Van Dran's death
was causod b;. drinking- gingerale
which contained enough prussic acid to
poison at lout Sou persons, was estab
lished last night beyond any doubt.
Yesterday afternoon Dr. Mary E. Par
jeer and Dr. Marie D. Equl, assisted
by I Victor Hampton, M. D., re
moved the stomach of Mrs. Van Dran.
The chemical analysis prove J what the
doctors found In the examination which
they made for The Oregon Ian Sunday
night, that Mrs. Van Dran met her
death by drinking gingerale that had
been druggod with oyanide of potas
sium, which, aftor It had come In con
tact with the acids of the stomach, be
came hydrocyanic, or prussic acid. Xot
only did the analysis of the stomach
show this, but the fow drops of the
gingerale. which remained in the bot
Uo, when tosted by Dr. Parker, showed
the prosence of the same deadly poison.
Coroner "Will Hold Inquest.
Coroner Finky, who bas taken an
-active Interest- in developing eauee of
death of Mrs; Van .Dran.. will hold an
inquest this mcrnrag at ro o'ol'dfiL It1
had-been the Intention of Mr. Van Dran
to ship the body of his wife to Albany
for burial, but the funeral will be de
layed until aftor the inquest. The
mystery surrounding the death of Mrs.
Van Dran la still shrouded In uncer
tainty and In spite, of the work of De
tective Joe Day, who was detailed on
the case yesterday, no tangible' clew
bas been obtained. Every possible clew
that would tend to the unraveling of
the murder mystery, has been run down
and late last night the officers con
fessed that tfrey had been baffle J at
Jewels Were Xot Stolen.
For a time yesterday It was believed
that three rings, a solitaire diamond riag.
a Ting with three small diamonds and a
turquoise ring, surrounded with 14 dia
monds, whleh Mrs. Van Dran was In the
Habit of wearing, were missing, but the
jewels were found last night by Miss
Minerva Monteith, a sister of the dead
woman. In an onera-gtess hag in the dining-room.-
"When the loss of the rings was
discovered; it was believed that they had
been removed from the finger of Mrs.
Van Dran as she lay on the floor in the
kitchen. The family missed the jewels
and. had reported the loss to the police,
but they were anxious that nothing be
said about thorn. In some manner the
disappearance of the rings became known
to others outside of the family and found
Its way Into print. It Is believed now
that Mrs. Van Dran. Instead of wearing
thom on Saturday night, carried them
down-town with her In the opera-glass
Chcmlcnl Tests of Stomach.
The chemical tests of the stomach and
that of the small portion of gingerale
which was -left in the bottle, made by
Dr. Parker and Dr. Hampton, wero proved
as clearly as the tests which were made
Sunday night. The walls of the stomach
wore contracted and inflamed, and the
liquids taken from the stomach responded
as readily to the chemical tests as those
taken from the glass from which Mrs.
Van Dran drank the fatal dose. Both
doctors who made the examinations are
experts. Dr. Parker studied chemistry
under Professor Frank Green and Pro
fessor Charles Jones, and was an honor
student in Professor Green's class. Aside
from the fact that. she was asked to make
the analysis for The Oregonian. she has
taken a deep interest in the case because
both she and Dr. Equl were personal
friends of the dead woman. In the minds
of several persons who were present at
the Van Dran home shortly after Mrs.
Van Dran had swallowed the deadly gin
gerale, there was the opinion that tho
death-dealing drug had been placed In
the glasses, and4iot in the bottle. This
-was due to the vivid discoloration of the
fluid that was in tho glasses, which was
not apparont In the few remaining drops
loft in the bottle. The analysis which was
made, however, proves that the poison
was placed in the bottle.
Crime Is a 3Iystcry.
"Whether the death of Mrs. Van Dran
will ever bo solved and tho guilty ones
brought to justice Is a question. , Jt will
take the skill of a Sherlock Holmes and
an Old Sleuth to solve. Almost ahy per
son can buy cyanide of potassium, for
It is- used extensively In photography.
"While it Is one of the most deadly poisons
known, it Is less difficult to obtain than
carbolic acid or other poisons. Prussic
add is more difficult to obtain, and any
one purchasing it from a drugstore
would necessarily have to sign a book
Which is kept in all drugstores to regis
ter the sale of all poisons. It is believed
by Dr. Parker that either the powdered
or crystal cyanide of potassluniSvas used.
Both could have been used as a saturate
solution, emptied into the bottle and the
wire fastener wrenched back Into Its
place after the poison -had been poured
Into the bottle.
"Will Search Drugstores.
It Is tho Intention of Joe Day to make
a systematic search of all the drug
stores in the city, for the purpose of find
ing out if any person has recently bought
prussic acid. If druggists nave followed
the law. which demands that they keep
a register of all poisons sold and for
what purpose. If prussic acid has been
sold he will be able to discover, perhaps,
who bought the poison. If. on the other
hand, cyanide of potassium was used,
there Is little chance of discovery, aad
the death of Mrs. Van Dran may -pass
Into history as one of the unsolved crimes
Watt Monteith. a brother of the dead
woman, will arrive from San Francisco
Wednesday morning, and. on account of
tho Inquest, the funeral services, which
will be held at Albany, will not take
place until Thursday.
LOVERS KILLED TOGETHER
TrfEIR AUTOMOBILE DASHED TO
PIECES Bi" TRAIX.
Daughter of "Wealthy Chlcagoan and
Xcw York Police Commissioner
Meet Sudden Death.
RUTLAND. Vt., Aug. 14. Deputy Po
lice Commissioner Harris Llndsley, of
Xew York, and Miss Evelyn P. Willing,
of Chicago, were almost Instantly killed
at Pike's Crossing, near Bennington, XL.
this aftornoon. when a Xorth Branch
train on the Rutland Railroad struck the
automobile In which they were traveling.
Miss Wllllng's nephew. Ambrose Cramer,
and the chauffeur. J. Adarason, were
thrown out and badly bruised and cut.
but not seriously Injured.
The engine was thrown about IS feet
and the tracks were torn up for MO feet.
The automobile was dashed to pieces
and afterward was destroyed by fire.
Miss Willing and Mr. Lindsley were to
have bee. i married next week.
The Injured were removed to the hos
pital at the Soldiers' Home, and were
resting comfortably tonight
The accident occurred shortly after 4
o'clock this afternoon as the party was
travoling up a steep grade leading over
the crossing. Mr. Lindsley, and Miss. Wil
ling occupied the rear seat of the car. a
big touring machln The boy and the
ohauffeur-were, lnnjh front There Is a
curve near the crossing, and Adamson
stated that he did noi see the train until
It was upon them. Engineer Sibley and
Fireman Mangan make the same state
ment. The tender struck the rear .seat of
the automobile, which was thrown about
The locomotive left the rails and plowed
over the ties for nearly 100 feet. Lindsley
was Instantly killed, and Miss Willing
survived the accident but a few minutes.
Miss Willing and Mr. Lindsley were to
have been married next week. The for
mer was about 33 vears of age. a grand
daughter of cx-Governor Mark Skinner,
of this state, and the daughter of Mrs.
Willing, who gave the Mark Skinner U-
brary to the town of Manchester.
DAUGHTER OF RICH CHICAGOAX
Miss "Wllllng's Engagement Was Sur
prise to Her Xelghbors.
CHICAGO, Aug-14. Miss Evelyn P. Win
ing, who was killed near Bennington. Vt,
today, was a daughter of the lato Henry
J. Willing, who was a partner of Mar
shall Field for many years, and was ono
of Chicago's wealthy men. Mies Willing,
who waa prominent in society, spent most
of the Winter and the early part of this
year In Xew York, returnnlg to Chicago
early In July.
The announcement of her engagement
to Harris Lindsley. of Xew York, waa a
surprise to the fashionable set In Chi
cago. Xo definite plans for the w.eddlng
had been arranged. t Miss Willing loft
here for Xew York'July 29 to make a
motor tour of the East with Mr. Lindsley
and other friends-
STANDS FIRE IS
N REfiL UTILE
Captain Taggart Not Shaken
by Merciless Cross
Examination. FORCED TO TAKE PLEDGE
Says He Could Xot Banish "Whisky
From House, but Denies Being
Drunk "What Aroused
W003TER, O., Aug. 14. (Special.)
When the Wayne County Common Pleas
Court adjourned this afternoon. Major E.
F. Taggart. the plaintiff in the divorce
case now being heard here, was still on
the stand, still unperturbed and still
standing the merciless fire of a most
skillful cross-examination by Judge M. L.
Just before court adjourned this after
noon Judge Campbell read the following
pledge to which Taggart's name Is
I, E. F. Taggart. do hereby promUo mr
commanding officer to abstain from the use
of ail Intoxicant while I am an Army officer
in the United States Army, and I further
more promise never again to wrongfully ac
cue my wife of wrongdoing. I write this of
my own free will and without mental refer
"ration, and write this as my resignation from
the Army, to bo forwarded to headquarters
as my resignation, whenever, in the opinion
of my commanding- officer, I shall have vio
lated .thin pledge.
(Stsned) K. F. TAGGART.
July 5. 1SOS.
- Taggart's attorneys at once made ob
jectiou to the offering of the pledge, say
ing that It was given under duress and it
was the only method the Major had of
getting released from captivity.
Could Xot Banish Whisky. -
"Why did you not banish whisky from
your house?" shrieked Judge Smyser to
Captain Taggart on cross-examination.
"It was not practicable," said the officer,
biushlngiy. -Here a volley of quostlons
was fired at the witness 'about the beer
drinking contest In the garrison at Fort
Thomas. Judge Smyser wanted to knovc
why depositions had not been taken about
"Were you operating that canteen?"
said the Judge.
"I may have been- I did .operate, it at.
one time," answered Taggart.
"Would you take your wife's word?"
"I would then; now I would not!"
"When dkl you learn to doubt your
"It was when she came up from the
cellar with Lieutenant Fortesaue one
Until he went to the Philippines witness
thought the only troubles of consequence
were the Fort Thomas drinking bout and
the Matanzas inoldent.
There was one trouble that ran along
between us, which was never fixed up
until the final separation." said Captain
Taggart. "That was the subject of Mrs.
.Taggart's associates. We frequent?;
talked of that In Manila."
Alone, He Charges Drunkenness.
"In speaking about Mrs. Taggart's be
ing drunk at Fort Thomas," said Judge
Smyser, "of all persons who were there
that night you stand here singly and alone
as tho only person to charge this little
woman with being drunk."
"I left the matter with my attorney to
work up the evidence as he saw lit."
Tho Captain denied ever having been
"Did you ever call Fortescue's attention
to your wife's suspicious conduct on the
night in question?"
"I never did."
"I only slapped my wife once In Manila."
raid Taggart, Mrs. Vose was not there. I
was sober and had not been away from
my house that night" x -
On the occasion at Fort Leavenworth,
when the heart-to-heart talk in the up
stairs room between Taggart and his
wife occurred, the counsel endeavored to
put a different construction on the con
versation by asking witness if he had not
apologized to his wife for his conduct, if
he had not told her he. was not doing
right, if he had not said that he did not
know what was the matter with him, that
he must see a doctor. Witness denied
this In toto.
Denies Assault on AVifc.
Then, taking up the night of the event
ful June 30, .1901. when Captain Poore
brought Mrs. Taggart home. Judge
"At once you grabbed her?"
"She got those marks on her face from
"She did not."
"Were you drunk, or sober that night?"
"Sober as I am now,"
"Did not Thomas Moraklo get you a
cup of coffee the next morning?" .
Indications are that It will be two or
three days before the plaintiffs case is
REVENUE MEN SHAKEN UP
FOUR AGEXTS ASKED TO HAXD
Commissioner Yerkes Agitates Su
bordinates In Widely Scattered
. Sections of Country.
WASHIXGTOX, Aus. 14. The Star
tonight says: There has been a big
shake-up among the agents of the In
ternal Revenue Service, but just how
far it has gone is a matter of specu
lation. It Is stated, however, that four
well-known revenue agents have been
asked for their resignations and that
at least two of tho four have come
here for a conference with Commis
sioner Yerkes..of the Internal Revenue
These are Captain Charles II. In
gram, In charge of Xew England work,
stationed at Boston, and C. H. Burg,
who has had a section of the South
west under his charge and has been
located In Texas. The names of the
other two agents could not be learned
Sends Souvenirs to AVIlkesbnrre.
' WILKESBARRE. Pa.. Aug. 14. Presi
dent Roosevelt who was a guest here on
Thursday last, has sent autograph pho
tographs to Mayor Fred C. Klrketvdall and
Rev. J. J. Curran. of this city. The
photographs bear tie inscription. "With
pleasant memories of an interesting city."
CONTENTS TODAY'S PAPER
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature, 71
deg.: minimum. 57.
TODAY'S Fair and. warmer. Xerthweat
Agreement reached on Coroa, Manchuria and
the railroad. Page 1.
Discussion of Sakhalin may begH today.
Russia may proposed joint government ef
Sakhalin. Page 1.
Japanese defend, policy of sereey. Page 1.
Witte confers with Amerieaa Jews on op
pression of RuMtan Jews. Page 3.
Oyama ready te fight whenever negotiations
are broken off. Page 1.
Norwegian government tells nation's plans.
Russia buying heavily in Ameriea. Page 4.
Ignatieft's warning to Czar nt te dely re
forms. Page 4.
Referee make award on French ckttms
against Venezuela. Page -.
Shents tells of work or Panama Canal.
President hfts Moody's recommendation for
Oregon Judgeship. Page
Fulton denies he nakl Bean waa recom
mended, but his latter contradicts him.
Scandat in Army clothing contracts. Page 5.
Shake-up among internal revenue agents.
Taft abandons ambition for supreme bench
and turns towards Preaidoney. Page 1.
Pair of lovers, instantly killed in automobile
wreck. Page 1.
Decrease of yellow fever in New Orleans:
Increase on plantations. Page 3.
Major Taggart stands fleree are of cross
examination. Page 1.
C. A. Chapman, a Bend merchant, chokes in
well; friend who tritfs to h)p him is now
a maniac. Page G.
Mrs. Grassel wanders In sleep, near Tacema,
olad in night apparel. Page G.
Reform School escape fires fusillade of rocks
at his pursuers. Page
Oregon Library Commission meets and
maps out its general policy. Page 6.
Lawyer Collins enters violent denial to tes
timony in trial for extradition. Page c.
Commercial and Marine.
Hood River apple jjrop sold. Page 15.
Hop sales at Yakima. PageMR
Chicago wheat market weak on prospects of
largn Russian crop. Page 15.
Liquidation causes easy grain market at San
Franeisco. Pago 13.
Stock prices go up with a rush. Pago 15.
Steamers found at Astoria. '.Page 12.
Telegraph will run to the bar. Page 12.
Wrecked Tricolor abandoned. Page 12.
Japanese lines resume Trans-Oceanic run.
Iewi3 and Clark Exposition.
Admissions. ,16,060. Page 10.
Olympla. will have a day at the Exposition.
Portland and Vicinity.
Patriotic sons ready to save Oregon politi
cally. Page 11.
Fire truck and street-car collide and five
firemen are hurt. Page 16.
Council declares war on Mayor. Page 14.
Civic problems require genius. Pag 10.'
Validation of tickets Is heavy. Page 10.
Railways will fight Joint rates order of
Washington Commission. Page 14.
Crook Mitchell, through negligence of de
tectives, goes free. Page 14.
Special policeman accused of assault and
attempted extortion. Page 5.
Congress, of the West ready ta meet. Pago 10.
Chief of Police Grltzmacber asks for three
more detectives. Page 14.
Executive Board and street matter. Page 11.
Enough poison found in gingerale and In
stomach of Mrs. Van Dran to have killed
200 perrons. Page JU
TAFT TURKS EYES
Series of Successes Changes
Ambition From Supreme
SO SAY CLOSEST FRIENDS
Record as Governor of Philippine
and Secretary or War Has Put
3Iim in the Lead
OREGONIAN NEWS BURSAU. Wash
ington, Aug. 14. Men very ckwe to Secre
tary Taft declare that the Secretary of
War has turned his eyes away from tb
Supreme Bench and now ha thra riveted
on the Presidential chair. They mr he
has been listening Intently to tho bwcz
of the Presidential bee until he has ftaet
all interest in his protHiect of becom&tg
Chief Justice of the Supremo Ctuct.
They further declare that the Socrotoury
has now reached the siagu whr he
would decline an offer of the Chief Jo-tk-t-shlp,
fearing it wmtM injure Mk
chances for the Presidency.
This may be so: Taft 1ms not seafcon
of It publicly, ami no one ean speak au
thoritatively on the subject. But it b oah
natural that he shouhl have experteMMNl
a change of spirit. Moot men wwU
prefer the Presidency to the otfle of
Chief Justice, especially when there wufcl
be prospect of securing the litter oMeo
after a term In the White Hons. Tntft
would not be blamed if he uclmed tm be
come Chief Justice.' if he is strttfly
nursing a Presidential boom, mm! Mk
friends assert that he is.
His Ambition Has Grown.
In the days when Taft waa ruMttog
things In the Philippines, and even be
fore he was selected .for that duty by
President McKlnley. he aspired to a umce
on the Supreme bench. At nrst he wouM
have been content with a. more "ptaou."
but after he had made a success of his
administration in the Philippines, hie am
bitions rose and he aspired te become
Chief Justice. Since then Taft has nmdo '
a wonderful record as Secretary of War.
Like Ellhu Root,,' before him, he has
proven himself to be a man of the Roee -velt
typo, a man who "does thteg
And what Is more, he does them proper
ly. As Taft has grown in prominence, ho
has grown la favor, and as his popularity
increased, there has been more and more
talk of nominating him for the Premdoncy
In 1S0S. Naturally these nattering ropoctH
have come to his ears, he has been as
sured of the loyal support f many load
ing Republicans. While Taft has now
launched his own boom, his friends have
attended to that for him. and they novo
met with much encouragement. The re
ception accorded the Taft boem migJtC
very naturally Induce the Secretary to
decline a place on' the Supreme bench,
for It hns been demonstrated beyond a
doubt that Taft Is one of the two strong
est candidates the Republicans can.
produce In the next campaign.
Fight Between Hoot and Taft.
Many things ean happen before tho
Summer of 1906. but. if there is no ehango
in the eourse of events, and Taft uoen
not become Chief Justice, the Aght for
the next Republican nomination is al
most sure to be between Taft and Root.
Shaw will be in the running; so will
Fairbanks, but these men don't measure
up to Root or Taft, ami could probably
land the nomination only in the event oC
a deadlock between the Root and the
In some ways Taft has an advantage
over Root. It woukl be difficult to do
crlmlnate between them as to eompatoncy
or fitness for tho Presidency, but of tan
two, Taft Is much more anproachaMr.
much more cordial ami makes frionite
much more readily than Root. More
over, he lacks Root's tendency to satire,
an Instrument that has killed more than
one prominent politician. Both Root aad
.Taft are admired by the rank aad tile
of the Republican party; Republicans be
lieve the country would be safe under
either man as President, but when ic
comes to a choice; Taft's genial nature,
his whole-souled, open-hearted manner
and his ever-present cordiality are goto?
to count In his favor.
If Taft does not go on the bench. Root
will have the tussle of his life to seewret
the nomination, but from present indioa
tions, the chances of the two men are
about even. It Is impossible to plek tho
WIIiL SIT OX liAFOLLETTJE.
Senate AVill Kcscnt Xew Member's
Attack on Railroad Passes.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU. Wash
ington. Aug. 14. Governor LaFollette,
Winconsin, when' he resigns his present
office and takes up the duties of United
States Senator, 13 going to receive a very
severe Jolt at the hands of his colleagues.
If he carries out a programme which ho
recently outlined to one of his friends.'
He Intends, so It is reported, to iatroduco
and press a bill at the coming session
prohibiting Senators and Representatives
from accepting railroad passes. Of eeurso
the bill won't pass; It won't even be con
sidered. LaFollette may, if he persists,
be able to make a speech on the subject:
he may be able to point out the ill-effects
of tne National Legislators accepting
favors from the railroads for which thej
must legislate, and in his arguments he
will have tho right of It, strictly speak
ing, but his words will have no effect.
The Senate is not going to pass any bill
depriving Its members of one of their
most sacred and most valued privileges.
LaFollette is a very radical reformer;
Concluded 4m Pag