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VOL.. XL.VI NO. 14,16..
PORTLAND, OREGON, THURSDAY, MAY 3, 1906.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
Prison Bars Confront
GARFIELD "HAS THE GOODS"
President Will Send Strong
Message to Congress.
Investigation Shows Handful of Men
Controls Commerce and Rail
road High Railroad Offi
cials Are Gnilty. '
WASHINGTON. May 2. (Special.)
standard Oil la about to go against some
thing stronger than the State of Mis
souri. The1 United States Government has
got around to the point at last where It
has a case against the parent of all
trusts, and. less all the advance reports
are greatly exaggerated, magnates who
heretofore have defied the authorities and
the people will soon be In the hardest
corner that ever has fallen to their lot.
Congress and the country will know all
about It when Commissioner of Corpora
tions Garfield's much-heralded report on
Ills Investigation of the oil combination la
nent to the Senate and House on Friday:
Tt will be submitted by the President, who
has received It from the Commissioner,
and tt will be accompanied by an execu
Greatest Conspiracy on Earth.
The message"ln all probability will have
for Its objective the clinching of the ef
fective railroad-rate regulation which the
Administration Is determined to secure,
as the report Itself will show how Tayor
itfsm n rates and rebates has built up-,
the most stupendous pohuco-flnancla! In
dustrial Institution in the world a power
that not only controls. the output and the
price of the commodity thot gives Its
. nanii but wtuoh. thtoii-- a handful of
men. dominates practically every branch
of trade and commerce In the country
and holds the transportation systems
themselves within Us grasp.
Imprisonment for Somebody.-
Officials of the Standard Oil Companj-.
moreover, have something more in store
to worry about than an exposure of the
rebates on . which their corporation has
fattened at the expense of the vast mul
titude of shippers, who have had to pay
the freight on which the railroads In turn
pay dividends. Criminal prosecution for
conspiracy under the .provisions of the
Sherman anti-trust law stares them in
Rebating, when the offenders are caught'
at it and brought to justice, means fines.
Conspiracy, when apprehended, means im
prisonment for somebody, if duty is per
formed fully. It Is asserted on the best
of authority thut Mr. Garfield. In the
language that is best understood, "has
the goode" on the Standard Oil Company,
the same as he had them on the beef
trust, with the essential difference that
Immunity baths have not been adminis
tered In the "present instance.
Learned Sensational Details.
Tt is admitted in inner administration
circles tonight that the things unearthed
by the Investigation of the Standard Oil
Company at the hands of the Department
of Commerce and Iabor are sensational
In the extreme. DetalLs are guarded to a
great extent and most of the speculation
that haa been Indulged in concerning the
, report has been based mainly on gen
eral knowledge of practices which the
Rockefeller combine has tndulged in for
years, and which It was taken for granted
would now come out with corroborative
evidpnc. The Investigation has covered
a period of a year or more, and has em
braced the work of agents of the Depart
ment of Commerce and labor in every
arvtlon of the country.
Information comes to The '"Oregonian
correspondent that in the oil Investigation,
moreover, the inquisitors have a much
freer hand than they had In the beef in
quiry, especially as to the matter of delv
ing Into the subject of rates.
Moody Ready to Prosecute.
The Department of Justice has been
In close touch with the Department of
Commerce anal Labor during the later
months, or at least weeks, preceding the
submission of Mr. Garfield's report to the
President, and it Is pretty well understood
in Washington today that the Attorney
General already Is prepared to make his
first move against high Standard Oil of
ficials and officials high in the railroad
world for violation of the EUlns antl
rebafe law andof the Sherman law pro
hibiting combines and conspiracies In re
straint of trade.
In getting evidence regarding rebates.
H has been necessary In many Instances
to examine the books of railroad com
panies and to obtain Information from
railroad officials. It is known that In
certain Instances railroad men have giTen
direct evidence of rebates paid to the
Standard Oil Company, and sensations
are likely to pile one on top of the other
as the details of the report are unfolded.
Kings of Finance in Penitentiary.
Direct connection has been estab
lished between the Standard Oil Com
pany and companies operating; under
other names, which on the face of af
fairs, ate OA aa independent . corpora.
lions. Some things the State of Mis
souri had such a hard time in trying;
to find out in recent proceedings are
said to .have been developed and . added
to largely by the wider scope of the
If the advance stories prove to be
correct, the combine of corporations
under .the parent company and the ex
istence of "dummy companies" will
show conspiracy in restraint of trade
sufficient to send some big men of the
financial world to the penitentiary.
Make Example of Rich Criminals.
There Is a strong belief that the
Government is anxious to make an ex
ample of . the millionaire offenders
against the statutes, who, along with
offenders at the other end of the In
dustrial structure, have been pilloried
repeatedly by President Roosevelt in
public speeches as enemies of the Re
public. Judged from one side, no more pop
ular action could be taken by the a
ministration than the institution of
the most rigorous proceedings against
the Standard Oil Company and those
who control it. It Is not believed, how
ever, that the President will yield to
any thought popular approval in di
recting the Government's line of ac
tion. If the facts Justify criminal
prosecution,-it will undoubtedly follow.
What About Rockefeller?
What is to be John D. Rockefeller's
portion In any case brought agatjist
Standard Oil? That is another partic
ular question exciting lively Interest.
It is regarded as possible that the real
head of the great trust may be reached
personally in some form of prosecu
tion, and It is pointed out that, in his
case, if action be taken against him,
an Immunity plea will have no stand
ing, as Mr. Rockefeller has not been
asked to give any Information that
might incriminate himself.
ASK 26,348,281 FOR CANAL
Commissioners Figure on Expendi
ture in Next Fiscal Year.
WASHINGTON, May i The Isthmian
Canal Commission met today and decided
to ask for an appropriation of $26,848,281
to continue the construction of the canal
during the fiscal year ending June 80,
These estimates are for a lock canal
and a letter from Chairman Shonts to
the Secretary of War, written to accom
pany the estimates, states that the exist
ing law authorizes a lock canal and, in
the absence of any other legislation, the
commission prepared estimates for a
canal of that type.
The commission considered the report
of the Army board of fortifications for
the canal, but decided that no action can
be taken concerning fortification until
the type of canal shall have been de
termined. EEK COMPROMISE . OX SMOOT
Opponents on Committee Would
Podge Two-Thirds Rule.
WASHINGTON, May 2. A poll of the
Senate committee on privileges and elec
tions developed that' a majority will vote
tn sustain the charges against Senator
Reed Smoot. but that the full strength
of the opposition cannot be held for a
report recommending the exclusion of
the Senator, which would require only a
majority vote of the Senate.
In view of this showing those who be
lieved the charges against the Utah
Senator were proved are seeking an
agreement by which a report can be
made In favor of unseating Mr. Smoot
without taking Into consideration the
constitutional questions involved. . If this
was done it would leave to the Senate
the determination of the question
whether a majority or a two-thirds vote
Is required to unseat him.
Confirmed by the Senate.
WASHINGTON. May 2.--The Senate
in executive session - today confirmed
John H- Edwards, of Ohio, as Assistant
Secretary ofthe Treasury, and Julius
Jacobs, of California, as Assistant
Treasurer of the United States at San
TREATED LIKE PIRATES
AMERICAN FISHERMEN CAST
INTO MEXICAN PRISON.
Crew of Pensacola Smack Kept in
Noisome Cells Without Chance
to See the Consul.
GALVESTON. Tex.. May 2.-Manager
Munn. of the Gulf Fisheries Company, of
this city, today received dispatches from
the Warren Fish Company of Pensacola,
Fla.. stating that the firm had Just re
ceived word from their fishing smack Silas
P. . Stearns, seined by a Mexican gun
boat Thursday last, stating that ten men
from the schqoner were held in prison
and communication was absolutely denied
The cargo of fish, in the meantime, la
Manager Munn sent a cablegram to the
captain of his company's detained smack
at the same time the Pensacola and Mo
bile boats were seized, but nothing can
be learned from that officer, and it is
feared that his crew have been thrown
into prison and denied . communication
with the American Consul.
Manager Munn communicated with
Senator Culberson and requested him to
American or the Italian Consuls. The
report to the State Department and se
PENSACOLA. Fla.. May 2. Languish
ing In a Mexican prison, half dead for
want of food and water, and with their
bodies covered with vermin, .is .the con
dition of the captain and crew of the
Pensacola fishing smack, Silas P. Stearns,
which was captured by a Mexican- war
vessel off the coast of Yucatan, April IS.
according to a letter Just received from
Captain Halfaline. The letter was writ
ten in Italian and was translated by
Italian Consul Caflero. a certified copy
thereof being sent to Senator Mallory for
transmission to the State Department.
The letter states that the vessel was
captured - near Grand Reef Island, the
cause of the seizure being the vessel had
no license to fish in Mexican waters. It
was towed to Progreso, where the crew
was thrown into Jail without an oppor
tunity to communicate with either the
American or the Italian Consul. The
schooner was placed in charge of soldiers
and the men treated like pirates.
Submits New . Court Review
Provision to Friends
of Rate Bill.
PRESIDENT CONSIDERING IT
Foreseeing . Overwhelming- Defeat,
Railroad Leader Tries to Sav
His Face Stampede to Vote
WASHINGTON, May 2 (Special.)
A compromise Is within the grasp
of the Republicans on the railroad rate
bill. Senator Aldrich. leading the con
servative or railroad Senators-, has pro
posed an amendment to Senator DolUver,
the leader of the radical or Administra
tion Republicans, which. It accepted, will
result In all the Repblicans of the Senate
voting for the bill. The amendment
seems harmless. It provides that "In
suits brought agalns-t the Interstate Com
merce Commission to set aside Its or
ders, the Circuit Courts of the United
States shall have Jurisdiction."
Mr. Dolllver Is Inclined to accept It. He
would do so unhesitatingly, did It come
from ' any other- source. -He believes It
Is a declaration of what Is now In the
bill, but his suspicions are aroused by the
fact that Mr. Aldrich proposes it. The
amendment has tonight been submitted
to the President and Attorney-General
Moody will tomorrow be asked for an
Mr. Aldrich and his forces, radical Re
publicans insist, are whipped In the
great fight which has been waged for
months In the Senate and axe trying to
save their faces. They have reduced
their former demands . to this simple
proposition and say that. If the amend
ment fs accepted by the friends of the
bill, they will Join in passing the meas
ure as it came from the House.
A careful weighing will be given each
word in the amendment to discover
whether there Is a negro concealed.; and
should It be found that the amendment
is not objectionable, the Republicans will
get together and pass the rate bill. Ignor
ing the. Democrats.
MAY STAMPEDE TO DOI.I.1VER
Republican' Senators Vonverted, and
- Aldrich Faces Defeat.
OREGONtAN'NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington, May 2. There is a general belief
In Senatorial circles that President Roose
velt' will carry tils -point- in the matter
of rate legislation and that the Senate
will pass a rate bill following closely the
lines of the Hepburn bill passed by the
House. There seems to.be no reasonable
doubt that Aldrich, Piatt. Depew and other
railroad Senators will be utterly routed
when the bill comes up for passage,
which means that a broad court review
amendment will be voted down. There
will be some amendments to the House
bill, but there is little prospect of sweep
ing changes such as jdvocated by the men
who have opposed the President In this
The railroad Senators have not con
fessed their weakness, but a number of
Senators upon whom they relied for sup
port are now intimating their intention
e .tnnrttn bv the President, and there Is
a possibility of a stampede when the bill
is up for final vote.
Aldrich sees his leadership tottering;
he. faces overwhelming defeat and for
the first time since the rate fight started
shows gTave concern over the outcome.
ALTj STRIVE . FOR COMPROMISE
Senators Busy With Court Review
Amendments to Rate ! Bill.
WASHINGTON. May 2. With only one
more day for general debate on the rail-
Rev. Algernon G. Crapsey, of Roches
ter, If. Y., Accused of Heresy.
ROCHESTER, X- Y. May 2. Tt is
understood that the ecclesiastical
court of the Protestant Episcopal
Church, which tried Rev. Algernon Q.
Crapsey for heresy, will meet once
more for the purpose of consulting-m-ith
Judge North at Batavia. where
the finding vlll also be prepared for
presentation to Bishop Walker.
It is thought that the court will
meet about May 13. as it goes out
of existence May 15. Tt will take
about 10 days to transcribe the notea
of tha trial, whlch include about
r ' v i
road-rate bill. Individual amendments and
combinations of several amendments were
circulated freely on the, floor of the Sen
ate today with a view to setting some
thing: on the subject of judicial review of
orders of the Interstate Commerce Com
mission on which a majority of the Sena
tors can agree in advance of voting.
One of the propositions discussed with
more than the usual interest given to
pending amendments was a combination
of amendment offered by Senators Long,
Overman and Bacon. The effect of these
would be to recognize the jurisdiction of
the courts, but provide that no writ of in
junction or interlocutory order could be
granted by any District or Circuit Court
without first giving rive days' notice to
the adverse party and requiring that the
order shall be conemred in and ordered
by at least two Judges, presiding in the
hearing, and that at least one of these
should be a Judge of the Circuit Court of
the United States, or a Circuit Justice of
the Supreme Court of the United Slates.
The first clause of this combination is
taken from the amendment agreed upon
at a conference between the President
and friends of the pending bill and strikes
out the provision limiting the jurisdiction
of the courts to a determination whether
the rder complamH of waa beyond the
autXoriiyof the Commission or in viola
tion of the rights op the carrier eecured
by the Consti im ),.-
From the posi t'on taken by leaders on
both sides over the court features of the
bill, it is bellevpd that the Senate will be
able to agree upon on amendment sub
stantially in accord with the combina
The original opponents of the bill have
not agreed to accept the compromise,
however, and some of them have claimed
the strength to adopt a more radical re
view amendment. Friends of the bill
have been equally positive In the asser
tion that nothing can be put into the bill
providing for a review oCie reasonable
ness of, rateflvkJ&Jr"fhe Commission.
Senator Till man circulated an amend
ment which takes the last clause of the
White House amendment providing for a
review of the constitutional questions and
adds the Bailey amendment prohibiting
the courts to suspend orders of the Com
mission pending the review. This amend
ment, however, did not meet with favor,
and it is no.t certain whether Mr. Tillman
will offer it.
OPPOSES BAILEY'S PROVISO
Daniel Finishes Speech on .Rates.
Senate Provides for Fort Mason.
WASHINGTON. May 2. Daniel con
tinued his- speech on the railroad rate bill
In the Senate today, reporting briefly his
objections to Bailey's proviso for the.
non-suspension by the courts of the or
ders of the Interstate Commerce 'Com
mission. In cases where the courts have
suspended the rates of the commission,
Mr. Daniel suggested that a substantial
bond be required of the railroads.
The rate bill was then temporarily laid
aside, and the Army appropriation bill
taken up. An Important amendment au
thorizes the establishment of a general
depot1 for" supplies at Fort Mason. San
Francisco, and appropriates 11.500.000 for
the purpose. Of the amount appropriated,
760,000 ! made immediately available.
Another amendment appropriating $500
nno for a cable from Key West to Panama
via Ouantanamo, (.'.;ba. wan made.
Consideration oj th- bill w not con
cluded when, .at 5: 1-M., tots Senate
went Into executive session.
Mlneworker Charged With Arson.
JOHNSTOWN. Pa.. May 2. Charles H.
Shank, president . of : the Windber , local.
Vnlted Mlneworkers of America, was ar
reted tonlg t on a charge of arson.
Shank.' It IS alleged, set Are today to a
tenement-house In Windber owned by the
CONTENTS TODAY'S PAPER
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature. 72
deg.; minimum, SO. Precipitation, none.
TODAY'S Fair and warmer. Northerly
The California Disaster.
Over S2O0.0OO.00O of capital available for
rebuilding. Page 1.
Kewland. proposes Congressional committee
to devise plan of Government aid. Page 4.
Relief work turned over to Army with per
fect system. Page 4.
Grafters on relief fund will be prosecuted.
What Oregon relief bureau is doing. Page 4.
Paris workmen have Isolated fights with po
lice and continue eight-hour strike.
' Page 5.
Britain threatens vengeance onv Turkey-.
Zulu rebels evade pursuers and raid Natal.
Witte succeeded as Premier by Goremykin,
a reactionary. Page S.
Russian parties hold conventions and Social
Democrats prepare revolt. Fage 5.
Garfield has discovered crimes of Standard
Oil and Roosevelt will recommend crim
inal prosecution. Page 1.
Railroad Senators foresee defeat on rate bill
and offer compromise. Page 1.
Heyburn has appendicitis and Illness is seri
ous. Page 2.
Work on Panama Canal as seen by cor
respondent. Page 3.
Kansas Republicans nominate ticket and in
dorse Roosevelt. Page 3.
Anthracite miners decide to strike if de
mands are rejected. Page e.
Stampede to sell stocks causes Immense de
cline. Page 2.
American fishermen imprisoned in Mexico.
Olympic games at Athens end with banquet
by King George. Page 7.
6ir Huon wins Kentucky Derby. Page 3.
Oakland takes opening baseball game on lo
cal diamond. Page 7.
Commercial and Marine.
Hops advance one cent in local market.
Stock selling on enormous scale. ' Page 15.
Chicago wheat market closes lower. Page 15.
Trade with Coot Bay is Increasing rapidly
and additional steamers are placed on the
run out of Portland. Page 14.
Portland mill charters vessel to carry lum
ber to Copenhagen. Page 14.
British steamer Kllburn will load lumber at
Portland for Italy. Page 14. -
, . . Portland and Vicinity.
William Ladd to submit defense to Johnson
heirs" petition. Page 11.
Thoroughbreds bring good prices at first day
of horse sales at Irvinirton Park. Page 11.
Pioneers will ask Legislature to make May
3. Champoeg day. a legal holiday. Page 5.
Council pasees Mt. Hood and Cascade Power
Company franchises. Page 1.
Portland relief fund now $248.:0O; Page 1).
Suit of D. K. Abrams through guardian to
set aside rift of land to Pacific Uni
versity on trial. Pag 10.
Toung gtrls testify against saloonmen in
Police Court. Page 11. .
No independent ticket will be placed In the
field In Multnomah County. Page .
O. R- & N. C. establishes a labor bureau.
Committee, from Initiative One Hundred con
demns City Health Officer fir alleged
failure to stamp out diphtheria in Ports
mouth School. Page 14.
Council Crest citizens petition Council for
annexation to city. Page 8.
Over $200,000,000 in Sight
Without Aid - From - the -National
FROM EAST AND ABROAD
Location of Chinatown Settled to
Satisfaction of Chinese Two
Weeks Since Disaster S,how
Restoration of Order.
i MOI.OK.tl IJ5CEKS RAISE FVNIK t
. HONOIXU", Ma.v 2. The lepers at J
4 the settlement of Molokal have held 4
t a mass meeting at which they adopt- t
T ed lengthy and eloquently worded 7
resolutions 1n the Hawaiian language 4
expressing 'sympathy for the suffer-
era from the San Francisco fire. Thev T
also raised a relief fund, representing J
the subscription of 400 persons, who
The resolutions are of a profoundly
religious tone and provide for the for
warding of the resolutions to Mayor
Schmltz of San Francisco. The money
I has been sent to the Honolulu Board
I of Health.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 2. An Investi
gation made today has demonstrated that
the fear that San Francisco will suffer a
period of hard times as an aftermath of
the disastrous fire is unfounded. Careful
estimates made by authorities competent
to speak show that within the next year
there will be over J200.0C0.0O0 available for
the rehabilitation of San Francisco. The
following; figures make clear where this
sum Is to originate:
Investment on new Geary-street
municipal road I 840.000
Home Telephone Company, ex
Insurance loses now due and
payable (approximately! 175,000,000
United Railroads, new construc
tions . 000.000
City- bonds of 1904. sum atlil
Ocean Shore Railway, approxi
mate expenditure here 1,000,000
Restoration of Pacific States ..
Telephone. Company. 1,000,000
Restoration fit Government build
Building of 'sea wall i.000.000
..Total. ; .- -..... -- .,':,7. np. ooo
Will Come From Outside.
It is expected that a large part, of this
money will come from Kastern and for
eign capitalists. In figuring the two hun
dred and odd millions which will be avail
able, the Investigators did not take Into
consideration the sums that may be
raised for the beautifying and Improve
ment of the city.
Will Not Worry Chinese
The vexatious problem of locating the
new Chinatown will probably be settled
to the satisfaction of the Chinese colony.
It An the desire of the municipality not
to harass this portion of Its foreign popu
lation and the dealrea of diplomatic rep
resentatives of China will be considered.
At a meeting today of Chinese diplomats
and a representative of the general com
mittee such understanding was reached.
Order Restored In City.
The two weeks that have elapsed since
the day of the earthquake have witnessed
a transformation from chaos to regular
order. The unburned section has been
nearly restored to Its normal condition
and when housewives are permitted to
return to their kitchens to cook after the
required inspection of chimneys, the
streets will have their old-time appear
ance. In the burned districts each day
brings its added share of Improvement
and the great task of cleaning up has
been fairly started. . '
WILli FIND EW CHINATOWN"
Conference Between Chinese Diplo
mats and Officials on Problem.
SAN FRANCISCO. May 2. Some fric
tion having arisen between the Chinese
and the authorities on the location of the
new Chinatown, a meeting was held to
day with the object of straightening out
the difficulty. Those present were Chlco,
First Secretary of the Chinese legation
at Washington: Chung HsI. Consul-General
at San Francisco; pwang King, Vice
Consul; Yee Lock, secretary of the Six
1 THK MAYOR OF VIENNA.
Dr. Leuyer, who is a Socialist, has
just been elected chief executive -of
the principal city of Austria,. He is
a powerful figure In Austrian politics.
Companies: the Rev. Thomas I. Filben.
Jeremiah Deneen and. Abe Reuf, chair
man of the committee on Chinese.
The Chinese representatives declared
that they were acting unofficially and
only wished to bring about some arrange
ment that would be satisfactory to all
concerned. They expressed pleasure at
the kindly treatment that had been ac
corded the Chinese refugees. It was ex
plained' to them that there was not the
least disposition to oppress the Chinese
or to drive them from the city.
The foreign diplomats suggested that
the ideal condition would be for their
countrymen to settle as they pleased,' but
admitted that congregation In, some lo
cality would perhaps be better for prac
tical purposes. They thought that the
only way to remove the Chinese from the
old Chinatown would be to give them a
place elsewhere' that would be acceptable
for their purpose, when they might be
willing to move. Some of the land In
Chinatown Is owned by Chinese, who
have said that they would rebuild, and
lawyers say that it will be difficult to re
fuse them building permits if they can
chow that they propose to conform to all
The meeting closed without any definite
result having been obtained. Tomorrow
Mr. Reuf will tour the city to look for
an acceptable permanent location for
Chinatown and will report to the general
WILL. PROSECl'TE GRAFTERS
Men Who Accumulated Relief Sup
plies Will Be Punished.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 2.-Military and
civil authority, represented by Mayor
Schmltz and Major-General Greely, will
unite In the detection and prosecution of
all persons who have preyed upon the
homeless and hungry of San Francisco.
After a conference with General Greely
this afternoon the -Mayor announced that
anyone discovered obtaining unlawfully
large quantities of supplies, or repeating
in the lines at -relief stations would be
prosecuted upon a charge of obtaining
money under faUse pretenses. The Mayor
at the request of General Greely, will to
day look up the law under which such
an offense may be prosecuted
The following statement was issued to
day at Fort Mason:
Several instance, of accumulating
pile, in large quantities ""
h.v. been reported to General Greely. paJu"
Knowing of such Instance, are requested,
communicate them to General ' J
in. with the assurance that such reports win
be'treated with the strictest -.'GenerS
not ' b cool5rd-
NO GRAFT, - SAYS DR. JORDAN
President of Stanford Makes Denial
With Some Admissions.
STANFORD A-NIVER3ITT CV May 1
rredent Jordan authorises thla state
ment to the Associated Press:
An article published yesterday declaring
that the university building, overthrown by
the earthquake were faultily
and that specification, had not been adhered
to in their structure wa. apparently baaed
on irresponsible gossip. The building.
der dl.cusslon. the memorial church, the
new- library and the new gymna.ium were
strong enough for ordinary purposes,, al
though the gymnasium wa. somewhat weak
and the dome could have been aet in a
There seems no truth in all the charge,
which have been made. If there has been
any graft In the construction of the gym
nasium, it remains for the university board
of trustee, to ferret It out. If there was
graft In building the chapel and library,
Mr.. Stanford wa. .wlndled, because these
structure, were put up out of her money
and under bar direction. Undoubtedly the
proper authorltle. will call In competent en
gineer, to Investigate the ruins. Certainly
the new Stanford will be made of steel, of
the best material and earthquake proof.
PERMITTED TO OPEN SAFES
Over 100 Apply, and Police Will
Issue Future Permits.
SAN FRANCISCO. May Z. During a
stay of one hour in hla office at Fort
Mason- this afternoon. Mayor Schmltg
signed 'over 100 applications- for per
mits to open safes and vaults in the
burned districts. A long line formed
In front of the building, and the appli
cants were admitted one at a time,
recognized nd then took the permits
to the military secretary for indorse
ment. In consequence of this, the Mayor
and General Greely have agreed that,
commencing today, no more permits to
open safes will be Issued by the Mayor.
Applicants must go to the sergeant or
lieutenant of police in their own dis
trict, for the reason that they are more
easily identified by the police officials.
Permits issued by the police wili bo
recognized by the military authorities
throughout the burned district.
GUARDSMAN A MURDERER.
Wantonly Killed Joseph Meyer, Says
Brother of Victim.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 2. A warrant
was Issued this morning by Judge Gra
ham for the arrest of John Steinman,
a member of the . National Guard,
charging him with murder. He is ac
cusing of killing Joseph Meyer, whose
brother swore to the warrant. The de
ceased was keeper of the children's
playground at Golden Gate Park. Four
witnesses were present In court this
morning to testify that the killing of
Meyer was not provoked.
Cannery Will Employ 600 Girls.
SAN FRANCISCO. May 2. Isidor
Jacobs, president o the California
Canneries Cpmpany, . reported, today
that he had leased a block of land at
Sixteenth and Channel streets, and had
secured over 300.000 feet of lumber.
In a couple of days he will have 150
carpenters at work on the place, and
expects to have 600 girls working In
the cannery In about two weeks. The
season for canning berries, early fruits
and vegetables is at hand, and when
the walls of the first story are up, a
temporary roof will b Improvised and
the cannery will be put In operation.
Ixss of -Northern Assurance.
ABERDEEN, Scotland. May 2. At the
annual meeting of the Northern Assurance
Company today the chairman, Sir David
Stewart, announced, that the company's
total risk in the destroyed portion of 8an
Frannlcso was a little over 12,500,000.
Cascade and Mt. Hood
BOTH FOR ELECTRIC POWER
Grants Nearly Identical in All
PASSED BY CLOSE VOTE
Supporters of Two Ordinances Ap
prehensive of Fatal A'eto by
Mayor Special Meeting, on
IMPORTANT FRANCHISES TASSKD
At Its meeting last night the Coun
cil passed by bare majorities the
franchisee of the Cascade Power Com
pany and Mt. Hood Electric Com
pany, both of which propose to fur
nish light and power to the people of
Portland, their source of supply being
streams in the vicinity of Mt. Hood
and the Hlg Sandy Kiver.
Mayor Lane may veto the two meaa
' urea on account of dissatisfaction
with the terms of the compensation
to the city. In that case It 1. be
lieved the franchises would experi
ence difficulty in passage over fie
Consideration of franchises formed
the feature of the Council proceedings
last night, no less than four impor
tant measures of this character com
iBg up. . .
The ordinance granting: the CnscadoJ
jruwer tumpany a .j-year iraiicms-
to construct, maintain and '.operate ai
electric power system in this cltv
was taken from the table and place
on its final passage, Annand, Benne'
Dunning, Gray. Kellalicr, Slastr
Presion. Kliepherd, Viiugim .-.nil V
voting to sustain thi; measure, wl
Beldlng, Sharkey and Wallace
posed. Both Mencfee and Uusnl
Forebodings of a A'cfo.
The ordinance now g "s tip to
Mayor, and there are forebodings
a veto, in which event it will reqti
the votes of the two absentees
well as all those who supported it 1
niglll U jit r.o il v v i . w - - ...... -
approval, the charter providing that
two-thirds vote of all the members fffi
the Council are necessary to pass a
francnlse, ana a inree-quanei s uic
thereof to pass it over the Mayor
As It was, Shepherd had to spar for
time when the question was first pre
sented, aa he had counted noses and
ascertained that a sufficient number
of tho Counjilmen were not on ,haiiI
to give It the required two-thirds,
Mayor Waxes Scarcastic. .
Mayor Lane sarcastically inquired
how much time Mr. Shepherd desired
to carry his scheme into execution, but
at this juncture Councilman Vaughn
put In an appearance, and the member
from the Fourth Ward smilingly ad
mitted that there was no further oc
casion for delay.
As passed by the Council last night,
the proposed franchise of the Cascade
Power Company Imposes a compensa
tion to the municipality of 1 per cent
on the gross earnings of the corpora
tion within the city limits for the full
term of its existence.
Must Give $50,000 Bond.
As ft guarantee of good faith, the
company is required to give a bond
in the sum of $50,000 at the time thu
transmission lines reach the city
limits, which amount may be with
drawn after the company has expend-
r aoa nnn unrtn itu nlnnt.
od the sum oi -k-
this being considered ample evidenced
of ffood Taitiu .
E. R. Richardson, the New Tork cap-
itallst. who- is already heavily interested
In local investments, is at the head of the
enterprise, which has acquired valuable
water rights on the Big Sandy and pro
poses to furnish to this community light
and power equivalent to lO.OOO-horsepower,
the work of construction to commence
wltfhin one year and to be completed bo
fore the expiration of two years from the
date of acceptance of the franchise.
Mount Hood Grant Similar.
The Mount Hood Electric Company
franchise, embodying practically the same
provisions as that of the Cascade Power
Company, was also passed, 10 to 3, the
only change in the previous vote being
that Wallace and Dunning exchanged po
sitions. The same compensation to the city is
prescribed in this measure, and it is
under precisely the same restrictions rel
ative to good faith. S. B. Cobb is its
president, J. E. Davis vice-president. C.
W. Nottingham trea.urer and Eimer B.
Colwell secretary. Samuel Conncll and
other local citizens are also interested In
Would Sell to Cily.
In addition to the application for a
franchise. It now has pending before the
Council a proposition fo sell its plant to
the city for J1.2i0,0o0. payable out of a.
40-year 4 per cent bond issue.
The gas franchises applied for by
Thomas McCusker and B. S. I'apue and
others, respectively, were both rcf"rred
to the streets and Judiciary and elections
committees of the Council, and will form
the basis for separate consideration at
a special meeting of the joint bodies.