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VOL. .XLYI.- NO. 14,099.
POBTIANB, OREGON, TVEDXES0AY, FEBRUARY 14, 1906.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
IS NOT POSSIBLE
Conclusion of Portland
SWING DRAW IS THE" THING
Inspect Every Type in? Big
Cities of the East ,
OBSTACLES ARE TOO GREAT
Engineers Point Out Itadlcal Differ
ences Between Chicago and Wil
lamette Itivers, "Which Slake
Swing: Draw Accessary.
CHICAGO,' Feb. 13. "We came Eas
strongly In favor of a bascule bridge for
the Willamette River, but, after Inspect
ing; structures in New York, Pittsburg,
Chicago and other cities where difficult
problems have been worked out, we arc
returning to PortlanB satisfied that there
aro Insuperable obstacles to the success of
a bascule bridge over the Willamette, and
that a swing: bridge is the only practica
While not voicing these sentlmonts in
words, as it would not be befitting to give
out Its conclusions In advance of a formal
report to the Port of Portland Commis
sion, the special Portland bridge commit
tee, composed of John Drlscoll, Captain
A. L. Pease and Engineer J. B. C. Lock
wood, nevertheless Is on Its way home,
impressed that this Is the net result of its
investigation at various cities and con
'fcrenccs with famous engineers. The
committee expects to arrive in Portland
Thursday aftornoon at 5 o'clock, and will
make Its formal report to the Port of
Portland Commission next Monday.
Swing Bridge Is Only Thing.
While it is not definitely known Jutt
wha.taUieTepdri will contaliL.'Vfllcrrnt la'-
nuTry here r-mong prominent' engineer:'
ana city officials, with -whom the commit
tee is known to have .consulted,, makes It
almost cert&itr that a swing bridge, wllle
recommended for ihe Portland & Seattle
Railroad across the Willamette River be
"The swing bridge on a center pier witli
a wide channel on each side is the only
practical method of building a bridge at
tills point," said Consulting Engineer
Ralph Modjcski, of tho Portland & Seattle
Railroad, who Is also chief engineer In
charge of the construction of the new
Objections to the Bascule.
"The bascule style of structure, favored
at first by some of the members of the
Commission, would prove loo expensive to-
operate and to repair, and -in my judgment
is entirely unnecessary. The bascule
bridges across tho drainage canal In Chi
cago swing from piers built on tho banks
of the channel, while at Portland the
arms of a bascule brldgo would have to
rest on piers built in tho middle of the
river. Complicated machinery woufd have
to be installed on each pier, requiring two
sots of engineers or operators to run it
Another objection to the bascule is that
gives dui one opening. Big ocean ves
sels could not easily pass each other
"By constructing a swing bridge rest
ing on a center pier, two fleets of ves
sels could pass through at the same time
thus avoiding delay. In making repairs
to the swing bridge, if, for example, any
thing should happen to the machinery,
the bridge could be swung by hand
power, if the machinery of a bascule
bridge got out. of order, navigation and'
railroad traffic would be seriously inter
fered with, because .machinery Is necc;
sary to move the structure. If the Com
mission decides, to recommend the "build
ing of a swing bridge, the length of the
fpan will probably be 462 feet, the same
as is called for" in the plans of the Van
'couver bridge over -the Columbia River."
Saw All Varieties In Chicago.
Engineer of Bridges Alexander von
Babo, who accompanied the members of
the committee on their tour of inspec
tion In this city, agreed with the views of
Mr. Modjcski. He said:
"The Portland committee spent one
whole day making a critical examination
of Chicago's bridges. Its members were
shown- the various types which span the
north and south branches of the river, as
well as those of the drainage canal.
Among these types are the Scherzer, the
Page, the bascule trunnion and the ordi
nary swing variety. The committee spent
considerable time in inspecting the one at
North Western avenue, constructed by
the city and "recently finished. It is a
Bascule trunnion design and its length
16 203 feet between the centers of the
trunnions. While the members of the
committee seemed generally disposed to
favor this style of bridge at one time. I
am quite sure that it will not be recom
mended for use at Portland. Mr. Mod
jeski has plans for a swing bridge already
drawn up in hip office. These plans were
carefully gone over by the different mem
bers of the committee, and in all likeli
hood will be adopted. There will be
three spans to the Portland bridge, vary
ing in length from 180 to 373 feet, on
which there will be a double-track rail
road." On its tour of inspection In this city,
the committee was accompanied by Mr.
Modjcski; C. H. Dart, engineer of the
sanitary district: B. B. Carter, consult
ing mechanical, csglneer of the city; Al-
cxander .von Babb, assistant City Engi
neer, and- W. -E. Angear,aslstant to Air.
HADLEY HASJJLEAR CASE
Gets Evidence or Standard Oil Mo
DES MOINES, Feb. IS.Attorney-Gen--eral
Herbert S. Hadlcy, of Missouri, ar
rived today to take depositions on alleged
unfair competition in the sale of oil by
the Standard Oil Company in Iowa.
With the taking of the testimony of
Frank R. Nortbrup and F. E. Lyman, of
Des Moines, former Standard OU Com
pany employes, Mr. Hadley announced he
had made out his case against the com
pany In'MIssourl and expects to.set a de
cision ousting the -company from doing
business in that state-.
Mr. Hadlcj' asserted he had positive
evidence that the Standard OIL the Waters-Pierce
and the Republic Oil Com
pany had formed a combination and di
vided the terrltoryJriMis-fourl among
F. R. Northrup, formerly agent of the
Schoflcld, -Shurrncr & Taglc Oil Com
pany of Cleveland in St. LouiB, said ho
had oral Instructions from the Republic
Oil Company after it had absorbed the
Schofield Company and the Cleveland Re
fining Company not to enter territory of
cither the WaterF-Pierce Company or tho
Standard Oil Company in Missouri, but
not to- relax the light upon the independ
Lretters also instructed him to follow
the price of the Watcre-PIcrcc Company.
Mr. Northrup testified that he was al
ways given one or 'two days advance no
tice of the prices of the Wators-Picrcc
Northrup testified that he received his
personal instructions as to non-competition
with the Standard Oil Company from
"Walter Tcagl'-ilf said that he received
letters front the Kcpy bi icyiMra pany
that it had bcon absorbeaBj" the Stand
ard OH Company.
"Have you any more letters belonging
to the company which you appropriated
from the Standard Oil Company?" asked
"None of your business," was the hot
Mr. Northrup was -manager of the Re
public Oil Company In Sf. Louis in June,
1101, when the xtepubllc Company -was
F. E. Lyman, of Dcs Moines, testified
that as traveling agent of the Standard
-Oil Company, in 1S91, he had been given
Instructions to turn orders from the
Waters-Pierce customers to agents of that
AWAITS MISSOURI DECISION.
Hadlcy Secures Delay in Proceedings
i Xcw York.
NEW TORK, Feb. 13. When tho taking
of testimony before a commissioner in the
case of th Stato of Missouri against the
Standard Oil Company of Indiana, the
Waters-Pierce Oil Company and the Re
public Oil . Company, to oust the compa
nies from the State of Missouri, on tho
ground of Illegal combination, was re-
aumeS in this, city today, onq wltesjjonly
exiMcSvJHo was a" process-Server
and was Introduced bjvtho lawyers actin:
for .Attorney-General Hadler. of Mfewurl.
-simply to -secure an adjournment of the
fW6ccdies, ntomUl;'JLho afternoon kn$.
lhvu unui ujinoiTp?v morning at jy.o ciock.
Tho purpose- 6C the dciav was to. await
the decision of tho. Supreme Court' of Mis
souri on me question, whether certain
questions must le answered. '
CANNOT HELP T. W. LAWSON
Jjh. Eolcttc Too" Busy to Bother With
WASHINGTON. Feb. 13.-Scnator La
Follctte has declined the Invitation ex
tended by Thomas W. Laws on to become
a member of the committee to vote the
proxies of a number of policy-holders of
two of .the life-insurance companies of
New Tork at their meetings tills year.
The Senator found it impossible to under
take the work because of the pressure of
Jerome and Cleveland Confer.
NEW YORK. Feb. IS. District Attorney
Jerome had a talk lasting an hour and a
half with Grover Cleveland today. He
declared that they luid not discussed in
surance, but would not rceval the nature
of the conversation.
NAPLES, Feb. 13. Mount Vesuvius'
eruption is assuming alarming propor
tions. The funicular railway track has
been' damaged at six points, and tho
principal station is threatened with de
struction. An effort is being made to
save the station by the construction of a
thick wall of masonry reinforced by em
bankments of Hand. StrewniS or lam are
flowing with considerable , rapidity, de
stroying everything In their course. Tho
authorities arc taking precautions to pre
vent loss of llf.
SeaaUr S. W. Velivt &t AUfema.
Senator E. W. Pettu of AUttnii
has authorized the annoonceaiat
tbat.he 1 & candidate for re-election.
Senator Pettu was born In 1821, went
to California In 1810. returned to Ala
bama in 1851, has held farious otnee
of trast la-Alabama ati'd ha been In
the "United States Senate sine JS7.
His jt;rm does not expire until l09,
so. that hcjvlll &8 yearsoid lfho
should succeed hlmselt an i -when
A CANDID ATK AT IHGirrT-rrVE. j
Harriman Has a Difficult Prob
Jem to Reach His High
Priced Depot Site.
ST. PAUL STEALS A MARCH
Tidclands for. TcrmlHals AVcrc Se
cured at Reasonable Figures Bc
Sorc Union Pacific Magnate
Awoke to Uic Situation.
BT E. Wi WHIGHT.
SEATTLE, Wash., Feb. U.-(Staff Cor
respondence.) Mr. Harriman lias "de
clared his intentions" regarding Seattle,
and, after weeks of secret warfare and
dickering, .Mas come into the open. At a
meeting of the City Council tonight, by
request of the Union Pacific local counsel,'
John F. Hortman, Councilman Mullen, in
troduced an ordinance asking a fraricbiee
for tho Washington Northcnva Harriman
line, to lay tracks around the catlre water
front of Seattle and thence on to SmliVs
Cove and Ballard. . ,
Harriman asks to come 'in from the Tm
wamlEh Valley, along Whatcom avenie.
where the other roads have already asked
for franchises, and thence up Railroad
avenue and Seventeenth avenue, west to
Smith's Cove, Salmon Bay and Ballard.
Ho thus spans the whole city.
This is a comparatively simple problem,
since all roads have .left it open to add
new tracks up Whatcom avenue. But Hill's
tidclands intervene between the country
and the Harriman passenger- depot. To
reach this depot is the most difficult
problem that confronts Harriman, and
will probably result In a fight between him
and Hill. The latter owns property -which
Harriman needs to reach the depot, and
Just who will win the contest over - tho
final disposition of tho property remains
to be seen.
Harriman Has a Eight Ahead.
In view of the great activity and
heavy real estate purchases made hy
the Harriman agents, the official peti
tion for a franchise did not create
very much surprise. Mr. Harriman
wljl undoubtedly get into Seattle, butt
In 'vletv -uf thc entertainment that he
has- bscn 'affording Mr. Hill and th
north-bank road; pot to mention, to-
Peninsula fight, bo will rind considera
ble 'work cut out. for him before hlx
petition- is granted; Mr. "liHl has a
'number of friends in tho Council, and
some ttC them may he a little slow in
recognizing the merits of the pro
posaL The application for. this .franchise is
the culmination of a protracted period
of highly sensational skirmishing for
desirably located tidelands that could
be used for terminal purposes. Indel
ibly stamped on the minds of every
citizen Is some great event In the his
tory of his town or city. Up .here at
Seattle a few of the oldest old-timers
tatc their yarns back to the period
when the townslte was shelled by a
Government vessel for the purpose of
throwing terror Into the Indians.
Coming farther down toward mod
ern times, the less ancient old-timers
use the big tire of 1S83 as a point from
which to' mark time. There are several-
thousand Scattlcltcs -who "wcr
sot here during the Indian fighting era
or even when the big fire advertises!
S&attle. Thrse late arrivals, howver.
nave been providd with an vent which
will sre admirably as, a period from
which to date all future commercial
and social events.
Agents Force Up Prices.
Nineteen hundred and six "will go
down In Seattle history as the year of
the tidcland boom, and nothing like it
has ever before been witnessed In th
West. Since a nhort time before New
Tear's the Harriman railroad Interests
have paid out in Seattle approximately
33.000,003 for approximately J300.000
-worth of tidclands. "Coil Oil Johnny,
in hlswildest bursts of extravagance,
never threw his money around with
such prodigal recklessness as has been
displayed by the Harriman real estate
buyers, who have secured a consider
able amqunt of tidclands at almost
The Chicago. Milwaukee & St, Paul,
which has completed a deal by which It
will enter Seattle over the tracks of the
Columbia & Puget Sound Railroad, began
picking up Seattle Udeland nearly two
years ago. Negotiations were conducted
so quietly that there was no undue infla
tion of values until practically everything
needed had been secured.
Mr. Harriman s men were less cautious.
They did not go out with a brass band
and banners notifying the public that
they -were in the market for tidelands at
any old price, but they gave the matter ao
much publicity that there was an advance
of from 400 to SCO per cent before the first
deed was signed, and the figures have
been steadily Increasing since.
St. Paul People In Good Shape.
"Thej' raised us clear out of the game
as soon as they -butted in." says a St,
Paul man. An discussing the matter to
day. "We did not get quite all that wo
wanted, but we can get the rest by con
demnation proceedings for less than half
the figures that are now asked."
By a trackage and terminal ground
lease with the Columbia & Puget Sound
road, the St. Paul is now pretty well fixed
for k grand entry. The terms by which
It secured entrance over rails already
laid were J20.CO3 per year. Included in the
lease being use of- two large dock?. These
facilities, together with the i.eg.A worth
of tidelands 'already purchased, will give
the new read very good facilities for
Mr. HarrlBiaa is generally regarded as
supplying 'the materials for obstructions
which are heteg ptaeed in the way or the
St- Paul In Rs efforts to secure a fran
chise over certain streets. This opposition
Is mild and latxptasivc when compared
with that which he" must put up la order
to make an !ipre(qn on Mr. Hill.
Site for Prospective ThiircI.
Within less than feet, of the south
entrance of tW Great Northern tunnel
Mr. Harrl man's. "Cal-Oil.Johnnles" have
paid' llff far a, -t'1 by 13 feet, and
have bid 3&i&& for ajslrallar-alzed tract
adjoining the ene purchased.
-In the ordinance introduced tonlsht the
route from South Seattle tf Ballard Is out
lined as areuad the water .front, but If too
much opposition develops to the franchise
It is not improbable thit Mr. Harriman
will -begin tuneling on his high-priced
property abutting the tidelands and par
allel the Hill tuane under the city, and
on the opplaitc side of Smith's Cove from
where the Hll docks, arc located build ex
tensive yards and docks.
A large tract of land was secured at
that point at reasonable prices before the
Harriman buyers became unduly excited,
and yet in spite of all the money that Is
being spent there is still a lurking sus
picion that it is a ganieofjbluff put up by
Mr. Harriman for mlfimppse of forcing
from Mr. Hill tcrnMmMituwlll admit the
O. R. & N. t'MatM?ftfeMit the neces
sity of bullttwy
If this fa a MmsT.
by Mr. HHL
Mtrtny dc a
tip his buff, or
for a is
the -franchlso he
MARRIXAX BLOCKS - ST. TAUL
- . .rpr t
Stt!c City Engineer a Close Friend
of Union Pacific-Attorney.
SEATTLE. WaHi.. Feb. IS. Special.)
Officials of the Chicago. Milwaukee & St.
Paul Railroad arc beginning to believe
their application for a franchise in Scat
tie is "being blocked, by Harriman Inter
ests. Men close enough to those officials
to speak with authority point out the in
dications of Harriman . activity to pre
Tent an early settlement of the franchise
fight unless the, Harriman Interests are
John P. Hartman is thoUnion Pacific
attorney in Seattle. He has several times
appeared before the corporation's com
mittee to oppose a grant to tho St. Paul
Railroad" -oYer Colorado" street, claiming
tq represent property interests that would
be affected by the road. City tngmecr
Thomson, who Is a clos; personal friend
of Hartman, is thoroughly familiar with
all ofHartraan's oVJetttons, and if there
is a man in SeAttlecu whom tho Union
Pacific franchise dcslrclfhavc been out
lined It is believed that Thomson Is that
r Tho strenuous objfjbon of tho City En-.
gtnec to gram i fppucauons iur
rVancfctfeji onhHP!$ayW,cV and n,a
rejection. jot lhN?tft G&ft applications
altogether. Tit In with these -theories. The
City Engineer has demanded that room
be left oil Whatcom avenue for a new
road and. he has refused to consider the
North Coast in the light of a Uew rail
way until it makes known substantial
Were It not for the fact that the City
Engineer dominates the Council in fran
chise, matters his attitude would not be
of such importance. But the engineer Is a
great deal of a, Csar in such matters. At
tho first meeting the St. Paul officials had
with the corporation committee the City
Engineer announced a policy that the city
would adhere to and nothing has ever
shaken the Council away from this an
nouncement. Apparently it was made by
the City Engineer In an off-hand expres
sion of opinion, but It was law to tho
It is not clear that the Harriman line
has anything at stake on Colorado street,
but the turmoil over that franchise has
hold up tho entire application and tlma
has been an essential in the Harriman
campaign here. Tho St. Paul franchlso
cannot go through for another week or
more and It may be. by that time the
Harriman interests will be ready to speak.
On Whatcom avenue the franchises
agreed upon by the Hill lines and the St.
Paul leave room for at least one more
road. But lour tracks on a 250-foot street
arc granted. As soon as this was agreed
upon, all efforts at blocking the What-com-avnuc
grant was stopped by the
City Engineer, and tho St, Paul franchise
held up on technicalities Involving tho
passenger and freight depot tracks. Tbeso
were straightened out today by the St.
Paul's agreement to dedicate a ten-foot
strip In front of the passenger station for
That the Harriman purchases here are
pretty nearly If not quite completed Is
fully believed in railroad circles. It Is
stated positively that the orders to buy
were all placed by J. R. Coryell, of San
Francisco. He was here with his wife
several weeks ago and was almost the en
tire time the guest of F. K. Struve. Jacob
Furth and X. H. Latimer, the thrrft men
who bought in Jands for the Union Pa
cific Coryell Is or a San Francisco law
firm close to Southern Pacific Interests.
BOMB IN SOLDIER'S BOX
Expressman Badly Injured While
Conveying to Transport Meade.
SAN FRANCISCO. Feb. 12. The Post
today says that H. L. Laughran, an ex
pressman, has been seriously injured by a
mysterious explosion and is now in a hos
pital. It is alleged that Laughran wont to tho
Santa Fe Railroad sheds last Saturday
morning to get a box belonging to Com-
f pany B, of the Second United States In
fantry, and convey It to the transport
Meade, which was about to sail. He ac
cidentally dropped the box. the contents
of which immediately exploded, wounding
the expressman and rendering him uncon
scious. The box is declared to have been similar
to one which previously had beh placed
on the Meade in the section of the hold
where the fatal fire occurred, the origin
of which remains a mystery. Both boxes
were said to contain personal effects of
the officers of Company B.
Major Devol, chief of the transport serv
ice, admitted today that the 'box, sup
posed to contain tho supplies, liad ex
ploded at the freight sheds. He said that
he had appointed a commission of officers
to Investigate the matter, but declined to
express an opinion regarding the cause of
the accident until a full report had been
. Chinese-Troops .for 31ancuurla.
PS KIN. Feb. 3S. Yuan Shi Kal. the
commander of the Chinese forces. Is
prepariag to sead" adiv!slon of. his
troops from 'Paotlng to' Manchuria, to
maintain' order la place 'of the Japan
ese, whlch'are'v withdrawing from
JOHN S. M'CALL
Hope of His Recovery Given Up
.and He Takes Last Cath
MAY LIVEFEW M0R& DAYS
Disease of Liver and Kidneys Ag
gravated by "Worry of Life Insur
ance Exposures Sinking.
Spell Causes Alarm.
NEW TORK. Feb. IS. The last rites
of the Roman Catholic Church were ad
ministered today to John A. McCall. cx
prcsldent of the New York Lifo Insur
ance Company, at Laltcwood. N. J., where
,he has been seriously ill for some time.
Father Hcaly, of the Church of Our
Lady of the Lake, which the McCall fam
ily Has attended whenever at Lakewood,
Mr. McCall had had a sinking spell,
and the doctors had been hastily called.
His condition was such that his family
was advised to be prepared for the worst.
Subsequently Mr. McCall rallied some
what, but his condition remains critical.
Besides Mrs. McCall there ana now in
constant attendance three physicians and
three nurses. Dr. F. G. Janeway and Dr.
John Vanderpoel. of New York, have
been called. In consultation.
Other members of Mr! McCall's family
were summoned to Lakewood this after
noon. John C. McCall went -yesterday.
It Is understood that Mr. McCall is suf
fering from liver complaint. The disease
has progressed with great rapidity, and
Mr. McCall has lost at least 60 pounds in
the last three weeks.
IIVJ3 THREE MORE DAYS.
Disease of Liver and Kidneys Makes
JLAKEWOOD. N. X," Feb. 13. (Special.)
Physicians who are In attendance on
John A. McCall. ex.prcsldent of the New
York Ufc Iruturanco Comnanv. -lonlsrht
said that he might live two dajC? pos,
azoiy tnrce. At a late hour tonight he
was resting more cosafortably than was
the- case during tho greater' part of the
Mr, McCall has been a very 111 man
at times, ever slnco he was first stricken
on December 30 last, but alarming symp
toms did not develop until Monday. He
had a bad attack on Thursday last, but
on Sunday had partly regained what he
Mooday his condition was so critical
that Dr. Charles L. Llndlcy, tho Lake
wood physician who has been attending
him, thought it advisable to .consult with
others. Dr. . E. G. Janeway, the New
York specialist, and Dr. John Vanderpoel.
Mr. McCall's family physician, were sum
moned. The malady from which Mr. McCall
first suffered was congestion of the liver,
but within the last week, it Is said, an
acute and incurable disease of the kid
neys has developed, with the result that
the- physicians have abandoned hope
The constant worry, to which Mr. Call
CONTENTS TODAY'S PAPER
TESTER-DAY'S Maximum temperature. 46
dcg.; minimum. 3S. Precipitation, none.
TODAY'S Rain. Southeasterly winds.
Ambauador "White ready to solve Moroccan.
problem. lro v.
China In ferment against foreigner and
training for war. rase -t.
King Christian's body seen by hosts of his
subjects. Faise S.
Countess de CaMellanc making financial deal
for divorce. Pago 7.
Fulton axks 2-100,000 for Columbia Jetty.
SenatA committee may be tied on rate bill.
Rouse debates fortification MIL Page 3.
Ship subsidy bill under fire. Page 3.
La Toilette exposes scheme to defraud In
dians. Tage 2.
Coal operators cry for -relief from monopoly
atlficd in House. Paso 3.
Woman suffrage convention ends. Page 5.
Hadley gets clear case against Standard Oil
Company. Page 4.
Anthracite miners and operators ready for
conference. 1'age -1.
Port Commission's committee decides against
bascule bridge. Page I.
Helnse'a mines transferred to Amalgamated.
John A. McCall at point or death. Pago 1.
Multnomah Club elects board of directors.
Coatmerelai' and Ma rise.
No Oriental demand yet for flour. Page 17.
More activity in wool at Boston. Page 15.
Dairy produce advances at San Francisco.
Copper stocks advance at New Tork.
Chicago wheat market treat: with narrow-
range. Page 13.
Chief engineer of fireboat Geo. H. "Williams
admits that firemen hare-feared explosion
of steam pipes for some time; arrange
ments will be made for Immediate re
pairs. Page 14.
Steamer Texan In dangerous condition at
Honolulu. Page 14.
Pertlad aad Vleteitr.
Merchants feel sura that Roanoke will be
put on the Portland-Alaska, run. Page 10.
List of fatalities In East Side fire Increased
to five. Page 10.
D. C Keltya trial for tho murder of Thomas
Flemmlngs progresses. Psge 10.
Prosecution against Richards ceases. Paged.
Daya record In the Municipal Court. Page 11.
Concordia Club gives an elaborate entertain
ment. Page 10.
la the Oregon Coast & Eastern - a paper
railroad 7' Page 1.
Get-Together Club hold a baaquet. Page l
has been subjected . as . a result of bis
enforced retirement from the head of tho
New York" Life, following the - exposure
brought about by the Armstrong com
mittee, has contributed largely to the
physical break-down which now Imperils
IN GRIP OF MONOPLY
COAL OPERATORS' APPEAL TO
Independents at Mercy of Pennsylva
" nla Railroad, Which Controls the
Miacs and Dictates to Trade.
; WASIUNGTON, Feb. 13. Representa
tive' Gillespie mado two unsuccessful at
tempts In the House today to obtain con
sent to have -included in the House rec-i
"ords a letter from the Bituminous Coal
Trades League ot Pennsylvania, de
nouncing the alleged combination of coal
carrylng railroads to control and regulate
the output of coal In the United States.
Both times Representative Payne of
New .York, the Republican floor leader,
objected, and Gillespie finally abandoned
Tho letter, which is referred to as a pe
tition for relief, was prepared by Frank
G. Drane, Secretary of the Bituminous
Coal Trades League of Pennsylvania. Mr.
Drane calls attention to Mr. Gillespie's
resolution and the threatening strike o
'hard and- soft coalv -'miners, and claims
there has existed for a. long time a com
bination of . the Pennsylvania Railroad
with the anthracite and "bituminous coal
mining companies and shippers to stifle
all compettlion in violation of the anti
Mr. Drane says It Is unfortunately true
mat not one ot his associates in the Bi
tuminous League would be able to give
sworn testimony before an Investigating
committee of Congress, "as we have
never been able to get evidence suffi
ciently strong to enter a suit at law, nor
have we been able to get the Independent
operators united so as to test the Elklns
law,, many fearing the consequences tho
Pennsylvania Railroad officials know so
well how to Inflict on any operator who
He recites the grievances to which the
independent operators are subjected
through alleged discrimination, particu
larly the soft coal operators In Pennsyl
vania. "West Virginia and Maryland, and
says the independents are helpless! The
letter asserts that the Pennsylvania Rail
road has established rules that only cer
tain markets can be supplied by one re
gion, and that the private care of the soft
coal trust have unlimited choice of mar
ket to ship coal in accordance to the
JIMINEZ STARTS A REVOLT
His Partisans Capture Town
?tf Aim to Prevent isieefinn-
CATS HATCTIEK, Hayti, Feb. 13. A
messenger who arrived here today from
Monte Christ!, in tho northern part of
the Republic of Santo Domingo, reports
that a revolutionary movement has
Broken out at Monte Christ!. General
Neney at the head of a numerous body
of troops, has attacksd and captured the
town of Dajabon, on the frontier of
Neney is a devoted partisan of. General
JImlnez. former President of Santo Do
mingo, and it Is generally believed that
the movement Is in favor ot JImlnez. and
that Its object Is to prevent the govern
ment trom holding tho approaching elec
Outbreak Xot Dangerous.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13. Secretary
Koot, Detore going to the Cabinet meet
ing today, received from the Navy De
partment a cablegram from Commander
Southcrland, from Monte Christ!, to this
"There is an insurrection; small force
at Dajabon, 2j miles south of Monte
Commander Southcrland adds that there
Is no danger if the do facto government
Caccres-Wlll 2ot Resign
NEW YORK, Feb. 13. A cable dispatch
to the Herald fromSsnto Domingo says:
"Yielding to the solicitations of his friends.
General Caccre3 yesterday promised to
-withhold his resignation, -which he had
intended to offer on the opening day of
tho session of the Chamber of Deputies.
It is likely that he will retain office until
the United States treaty Is ratified, pro
viding he finds that there will be no delay
In bringing-up the measure.
JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER DROPS
OUT OF SIGHT.
John D. Rockefeller, president of
the Standard Oil Company, has suc
cessfully eluded all subpena servers.
Attorney-General Hadley of Missouri
Is anxious to find Rockefeller In con
nection with the ar of that state
against the oil trust. Even Mrs.
Rockefeller says she does not know
where be Is. It Is suggested that
he Is cruising In the Caribbean with
H. II- Rogers. son. but there -Is no
direct evidence of this. Messages
have been sent everywhere, but tn. re-
sponse to every Inquiry the answer
has come that nothing has been seen
'of tho billionaire.
S THIS PROJECT
Oregon Coast & East
ern Arouses Question
DEMANDS LAND AND SUBSIDIES
Claims Backing of Millionaires
Who Have No Rating.
TILLAMOOK IS SUSPICIOUS
False Impression Is Cheated That
Project Is Indorsed by . Portland
Chamber or Commerce by Let
ters Written by J. Ji". TcaL
Though the Chamber of Commerce
has not Indorsed and has not been
asked to indorse TV. J. "Wllscy's "huge
scheme for making- a quadrlsectlon of
the State of Oregon, with a 52S.OOO.O0O
railroad, through the independent ac
tion of one of its committees the im
pression "has. been spread broadcast
that the Chamber is actively promoting-
the proposed road, and. as a body,
is standing- sponsor for Mr. "Wilsey and
his agents in all their acts, promises
and representations regarding- the
somewhat stupendous project.
A local paper, through the columns
of which Mr. Wilsey first sought pub
licity for his scheme a fortnight or so
ago, "has since that time done Its share
to strengthen thi3 false . impression,
but, as a matter of fact, except for
what vague information Mr. "Wilsey
may have given out through newspa
per interviews, the Chamber as a body
has never given tho "Biff T" railroad
scheme the slightest investigation or
attention, through Its officers or true
fees. Tt is'ttaruUtful. even. It more than
a score of the 365 active members of
the organization have further than a
-hearsay Tcnowlcdgc- ot its existence.
Though there are mysterious capi
talists ready to back his scheme for
?3QO,000;000, according- to Mr. TTil
scy's newspaper announcements, just
now money seems to bo a little tight
with them, for Mr. Wilsey says that
only tho lateral branch of tho "Big- T."
running from Portland to Tillamook
and down the coast, will be construct
ed at the present time. Moreover,
they insist on securing- the right of
way for this branch absolutely free of
cost to themselves. In addition to sub
sidies ot cash and land from tho vari
ous communities through which the
road may some day be built.
The discovery of this state of affairs
was made yesterday by members of
the Chamber of Commerce, whose at
tention was called to the "Wilsey proj
ect by an editorial in The Orcgonian
the day before, suggesting- that the
transportation committee would do
well to dlscourago the building of pa
per railroads into the Tillamook coun
try, in view of tho fact that E. E.
"Lytic, at the suggestion ot the com
mittee, had taken up that long-talked -ot
schemo and had financed and was
actually building a genuine railway to
Tillamook and into the Nehalcm dis
trict from this city.
Transportation Committee Indorsed.
A very brief investigation sufficed to
show that, far from discouraging the
"paper railroad," the transportation com
mittee, through J. N. Teal, its attorney,
had absolutely committed itself to the
Wilsey project and was tied hand and
foot by a letter of indorsement signed b
Mr. Teal and delivered to Mr. Wilsey and
his associates, presumably for use in
backing up their appeal to the people ot
Northwestern Oregon for land and moncf"
to float their railroad scheme.
Inasmuch as the transportation com
mittee Is to all intents and purposes an
independent commercial body, only nom
inally appointed by tho President of the
Chamber and not responsible to him
or to the Board of Trustees for its acts,
the discovery did not create any partic
ular surprise. It was only when mem
bers of the Chamber who were friendly
to Mr. Lytle and his railroad plan
learned that Mr. Teal's letter was being
construed by the rural press as an In
dorsement of the Wilsey scheme by the
Chamber itself that they began to sit up
and take notice.
It might be explained that up to a com
paratively recent time the transportation
committee of tiie cnamoer 01 i.ommerce
was an Independent business men's or
ganization, called tho Portland Transpor
tation Committee. Years after Its organ
ization It voted to annex itself to the
Chahiber of Commerce in order to facil
itate its operations, but in so doing it ex
nresslv reserved the right to independent
action, which It still asserts at all times.
Chamber of Commerce Bound.
For this reason the members of the
Chamber of Commerce who were looking
Into the matter had no criticism to make
of the committee's action, so long as it did
not bind the Chamber Itself. But such. It
was conclusively learned, was the effect
which Mr. Teal's letter was having In the
western part of the state, and as a result
there are things doing In the way ot em
Possibly Mr. lytles friends In the
Chamber would not be so emphatic In
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