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- THE MORNING OREGONIAN. FRIDAY. MAY 4, 190G.
Radical Action Proposed by
GIVE LAND TQ PEASANTS
Caucus Today Will Propose to Abol
ish Landlords "Marseillaise"
Their Tarty Song Short
Life for New Cabinet.
ST. PETERSBURG, May 1. Several
more districts held elections for members
of the National Parliament today. In
the Baltic provinces the results were fa
vorable to the Constitutional Democrats,
while Poland elected candidates of all
parties, which, however, are for subordi
nating all other Issues to the one of au
tonomy for Poland.
Kvidence of the spirit reigning among
members-elect is furnished in a dispatch
from Viatka, where a fete was given in
their honor. Friends of the representa
tives went by a steamer to a prison, in
front of which they stopped, hoisted a
red flag and sang the "Marseillaise." The
prisoners smashed the windows of the
jail, waved red shirts and Joined in the
The Constitutional Democrats intend to
halt at no half way settlement of the
agrarian question, judging by the pre
liminary draft of the programme elab
orated by the executive commute for
submission to the caucus of the Consti
tutional Democratic members-elect, which
will convene In St. Petersburg tomorrow.
The essence of the programme is the ap
pointment of committees representing
each province to determine the size of
farms through government expropriation
of lands exceeding the maximum, these
to be expropriated even if the owners are
cultivating them properly, and, Inaddl
tion, to expropriate without exception all
lands not cultivated by their owners,
whether rented to tenant farmers or
farmed on shares by peasants. There is
also a recommendation for the expro
priation of lands devoted to extensive
lee finds that it can be cultivated to advantage.
UirtXOVOS SCHEME EXPOSED
Loquacious Agent Betrays Plan to
Control Peasant Delegates.
ST. PETERSBURG. May 3.-The
scheme hatched and put into operation by
Durnovo to control peasant members of
Parliament as soon as they arrive In St.
Petersburg has come to grief. It trans
pires that Koreneff and other secret
agents had for weeks been traveling In
Russia, trying to organize a governmental
peasant party and to secure the adher
ence of the, members-elect to Parliament,
for whom lodgings In government build
ings at low prices had been arranged by
Durnovo, and secret Instructions were
sent to the Provincial Governors to in
duce the -peasant members to occupy
these lodgings. The plot was exposed in
several provinces and aroused excite
ment among the peasants and protests
from 38 governors. Nevertheless, it was
partially successful. About 40 members
elect were already occupying government
Hwwever, hy became suspietous at
the cheap accommodations, the exclusion
of radicals and the activity of Yerodin, a
member from Grodno province, in trying
lo form a distinct peasant Parliament.
Yerodin was previously a government of
ficial, and, when a comrade displayed
Mans of resentment at his dictation. Yero
din gave out the t'hole plot by saying he
had been elected to watch the peasants,
and. If they were Insubordinate, they
would be expelled from St. Petersburg.
Thereon the peasants broke out Into open
rebellion and vacated the government
The Constitutional Democrats then or
ganised posts of students at the railroad
stations to meet the Incoming members
of Parliament, conduct them to lodgings
and keep them away from the "baneful"
influence of the government.
The situation is not unlike the tactics
of rival political parties at American con
ventions in their efforts to capture coun
TUNNEL TO BIG ARSENAL
ACCIDENT FOILS PLOT OF AR
Elaborate Work to Steal Million
Cartridges at Baku Conspir
ators Ail Escape.'
BAKU. Caucasia. April IS. (Corre
spondence of the Associated Press.) A
daring plot of Armenian revolutionists to
rob the magatsine In the arsenal here,
guarded by the Snlivansk regiment and
containing over 1.000.WO rifle cartridges,
the entire reserve xupply for all the regi
ments composing the garrison, has been
accidentally discovered when the conspir
ators were already on the very verge of
success. They bored a tunnel 700 feet
long in the direction of the arsenal. It
was one of the most pretentious exam
ples of subterranean work In revolution
ary annals since the days of the- terror
ists of the 'SOs.
From the basement of an Armenian
hut, the revolutionists worked their way
under several intervening residences to
a depth of 20 foet. They constructed a
completely sided tunnel, roofed it with
planks and provided it with electric light
and electric bolls, connected with the
stations of the several revolutionists on
watch. Owing to a slight miscalculation,
the tunnel. In burrowing upward, entered
not the magaiine. but an adjoining store
room In .the ars.jnal containing uniforms.
Before they had time to rectify their
mistake, the revolutionists were acciden
tally discovered by an officer, the alarm
was given and a cordon of troops was
Immediately thrown around the adjoining
houses. But ong to the length of the
tunnel, the Armenian hou.se from which
the conspirators started was not suspect
ed and they had ample time to escape.
The tunnel entrance was eventually
discovered by volunteers, who entered U
from the store-room and traced the pass
age to its source,
MINISTRY OF BUREAUCRATS
New Russian Cabinet More Hated by
Liberals Tban Witte's.
ST. PETERSBURG, May 4 (S:30 A.
M.) The Novo Vremya, which, under
the new regime resumes its old rela
tions with the government, prints to
day what it says Is an authoritative
statement of the GoremyVin Ministry,
coupled with an Intimation that, as
nss been predicted by the Associated
press, the official announcement may
not be given out before the convoca
tion of the. National Parliament. The
Ministry, however, which contains sev
eral unexpected names, Is as apt to
find far less favor with the Liberal
majority in the popular branch of the
Parliament than the Witte cabinet.
The object of postponing the announce
ment of the new Ministry Is hard to
A remarkable feature of the slate is
the selection of Count Ignatieft as
Procurator, instead of. as anticipated,
M. Shirinsky Shakoatiff. and M. Stin
hinsky, an arch-reactionary and no
torious aide to the late Minister of the
Interior Plehve, as Minister of Agri
culture. These two names alone are
enough to put the Ministry under
eternal ban with the Liberals.
The additional names are Goremy
kin, who, like Count Witte, is to be
Premier without a portfolio; Stolypln
Gallitzin, Minister of Instruction; Ko
kovsoff. Minister of Finance; Izvolsky,
Foreign Minister; Ruckloff, a former
aide to the Grand Duke Alexander
Mlchaelovitch, Trades and Industry.
Schwanebach, ex-Minister of Agricul
ture, Controller; Nemechaieff, who dur
ing his tenure of office has kept his
fingers out of politics, and Blrileff,
Rediger and Fredericks, who are not
responsible to the Premier, retain their
portfolios, according to the Novoe
Even the Novoe Vremya gives the
cabinet not over a month of life.
CZAR STILL HESITATING.
Outcry Against Goremykin May
Cause Recall of Witte.
ST. PETERSBURG, May 3. Much mys-
CAN'T AVOID STRIKE
Anthracite Mineworkers De
liberate All Day.
DECIDE QUESTION TODAY
Mitchell Tells of Negotiations and
Talks of Strike for First Tltie.
All Efforts at Arbitra
tion Are Abortive. .
SCRAN.TON, Pa., May 3. Today's
sessions of the miners tri-district con
vention were unprofitable, except in
sofar as they revealed that the senti
ment of practically all of the 600 del
egates in attendance is for a strike. At
the conclusion of the afternoon session
President Mitchell made a statement,
in tho course of which he used the
GUESS WHO THIS IS? QUEEN PRESUMPTIVE NO. 3
L-I'- - ..J
This la one of the flrat of the out- of-town aspirants for the attention and
const deration ' of tho cabinet of queen electors who are to say who snail enact
the roles of Miss Columbia and the queen of the industrial float on the 22 d.
Each day aa the number of photographs of the claimants increases It would
appear to the uninitiated that the task before the committee become more dif
ficult. However, the "Made-in-Oregon Exposition invites more candidates to send
in their photos. If the contestant desires her photograph should not be published,
unless she Is successful, the wish will be respected. None of the young ladles
whose photographs are published Is known to any member of the committee and
the only method that could be employed by the committee to notify their choice
to report to headquarters for their regal robes is by means of advertisement.
tlfication has been aroused by the fact
that Emperor Nicholas hag not yet in
definite words accepted CountTVLtte's res
ignation as Premier. It seems that Witte
received a letter from the Emperor
thanking him for his zealous and able
services in the past, and Witte accepted
this, In connection-with his proffered res
ignation and the report of M. Goremy
kln's appointment to the Premiership as
equivalent to his dismissal.
The delay in the appearance of a mes
sage accepting M. Witte's resignation is
further cause for comment and the theory
Is advanced that the Emperor is still hes
itating:, in view of the general expres
sion of opinion in regard to M. Goremy
kin, to discard the old Premier. At the
same time it is known positively that In
terior Minister Durnovo's resignation' has
Denies Rebels Murdered Gapon.
BT. PETERSBURG. May 3. M. Margo
lin, the attorney for Father Gapon, who
recently received the mysterious package
from Berlin containing several of the per
sonal belongings of the missing man, to
day published a statement that he pos
sessed proof that Gapon was not mur
dered by revolutionists.
Great Decline in Stocks.
ST. PETERSBURG. May 3. The news
of Count Witte's retirement from the
Premiership produced heavy liquidation
on the Bourse today. New 5s touched
88, but closed at SS4.
SHOT DEAD BY FOOTPADS
Leading Citizen of Memphis Meets
MEMPHIS, Tenn.. May 3. Major W.
T. Bowdre. a prominent cotton factor
and director of the Commercial Appeal,
of this city, was shot and instantly
killed by an unknown person tonight
while walking toward his home.
He was within 50 yards of his home,
in one of the most prominent residen
tial sections of the city, and was re
turning: from a visit to relatives. So
far as known, there were no witnesses
to the killing:. The only plausible the
ory Is that he probably was intercept
ed by footpads and, on his refusing
their demands, the shooting resulted.
The bullet pierced his heart, and death
' Amendments to Land Lam.
OREGONIAN NEW S BUREAU. Wash
ington, May 3. The Senate passed the
bill which recently passed the House
providing for the entry under the
homestead act of agricultural land
within forest reserves. It provides
that the land to be homesteaded shall
be taken up in areas of not over 160
acres, the tracts not to exceed one
mile in length. Homesteads taken up
under the act shall not be commuted.
The House committee on Irrigation
today reported favorably the Mondell
bill permitting the Secretary of the In
terior to fix lesser area than 40 acres
as the minimum entry under Govern
ment irrigation enterprises and to es
tablish farm .units of not less than ten
or more than 160 acres.
word "strike"' for the first time since
the present negotiations began.
At the opening of the afternoon ses
sion Mr. Mitchell briefly reviewed the
negotiations so for as they have pro
gressed and said the committee had
perhaps gone even farther than it
should have gone In "endeavoring: to
bring about a peaceful settlement of
existing difficulties. He told of the
propositions made by both sides and
"We have offered to arbitrate all
the demands we made upon them; or,
in other words, we have offered to ar
bitrate the differences between us,
either through the board of concilia
tion with Judge Gray as chairman,
or through the Anthracite Strike Com
mission. We have made the reserva
tion, however, that It must be the full
commission, not a part of it."
A motion to strike was not second
ed, and then a motion to go into ex
ecutive session was made and adopted.
The convention remained in executive
session until 5 o'clock, when an ad
journment was taken until tomorrow
morning at 10 o'clock. As far as could
be learned, the discussion was purely
general. Strike talk prevailed all
CAXXOT MOVE THEIK SHIPS
Lake Vesselmen Almost Put Out of
Business by Strike.
BUFFALO. May 8. The vessel tie-up
here is almost complete tonight. The fire
men struck on four of the six vessels
which arrived from upper lake ports. Offi
cials of the various package freight lines
are making no efforts to get their boats
awav with nonunion crews, and they an
nounced today that the boats were to be
laid up as fast as they make port. ISO
grain is being unloaded.
CLEVELAND. O., May 3. The third day
of the big lake tie-up passed without any
thing developing that would cause either
side to make preparations for quitting the
fight. Local vessel men today reported
that they had not lost a single mate dur
ing the day, and have filled the places of
a few men that left their boats. The
boat-owners say that the strike aboard
the vessels would cut little figure.
CHICAGO. May 3. The big excursion
boats that run during the Summer months,
being an Important factor in the amuse
ment of Chicago people, may be tied up
indefinitely as a (result of the general
strike of marine men.
Union men declare that no passenger
boats which employed nonunion mates
could have union employes. Two excur
sion boats will be affected at once by
There are more than a score of these
boats scheduled to begin the season with
in the next few days.
Licensed tugmen last night decided to
walk out as soon as orders were received
from their National headquarters, prob
Electricians of Three States Out.
ST. PAUL, May 3. The electricians of
all the telegraph companies In Minneso
ta, Norrh and South Dakota struck at
noon today. About S00 men are out.
Or eon Editor Guilty of Forgery.
KANSAS CITT. Mo.. May 3. M. A.
McGinnis, ex-colicge professor and au
thor of a standard work on mathematics,
was convicted of forgery In the criminal
rfliirt her. v.etArHnv and npntenced to
ten year in the Penitentiary. McGinnis
ana a conreaerate rorgea a. oeea w a cnjr
lot and sold the property for $300.
McGinnis for three years was principal
of the High School at Oconto, Wis. In
1894 he established a newspaper at Med
ford. Or. Later he published & paper at
Julesburg, Colo., and held Important po
litical positions in Logan County, Colo.
He is a direct descendant of John Napier,
inventor of logarithms. While publishing
a newspaper in Newton County, Mo., he
was sent to the Penitentiary for misuse
of the malls. In the Penitentiary he
wrote the book which made him famous
with mathematicians throughout tha
world. He called it "Algebra, the Uni
versal Solution for Numerical and Literal
Equations." After his release from pris
on the book was published simultaneously
in America ana Jingiana.
AT THE THEATERS
What tha Press Agents Say.
POLLARDS AT THE HEILIG
Famous Lilliputian Opera Company
AV1H, Present Three More Operas.
The Pollard IJlllputlan Opera Company
will present the musical-comedy success.
"The Belle of New Tork." at the Heilll
Theater tonight at 8:15 o'clock. Tomorrow
(Saturday) afternoon a special matinee will
be alven. when "H. M. S. Pinafore" will be
presented. Tomorrow night the closing opera
will be "An American Mllllorolr.." ThM
BASEBALL TEAMS AT THE
The Portland and Oakland base
ball teams will attend the HelHg
Theater tonight to witness the Pol
lards in "The Belle of New Tork."
The managers of the two teams ac
cepted the invitation extended by
Mr. Calvin Hellig. lessee of the
Hellig;. and Mr. Joseph Muller, man
ager of the Pollards: The players
will occupy Boxes.
clever children have certainly won the
hearts of Portland theatergoers who have
been attending their performances for the
past four years, and eem to appreciate more
each year the wonderful versatility of these
bright youngsters. Whatever you do. take
the little ones to. see Gilbert and Sullivan's
greatest success, "H. M. S. Pinafore," to
morrow (Saturday) afternoon; it will be a
great treat for them. Seats are now selling;
for the entire engagement at the Hellig
The S. F. Vaudeville at Baker.
The San Francisco vaudeville acta at tha
Baker thia week have received well-deserved
patronage at every performance. Not only
is it one of the strongest and most enter
taining vaudeville bills ever got together on
so short a notice and under such conditions,
but all these professional people are refugees
from the stricken city, and this is an op
portunity to help them to help themselves.
This temporary lift haa tided them over,
until no,w they have perhaps all secured en
gagements for the future. The last three
performances will be given tonight, tomor
row matinee and tomorrow night.
"The Silver Dagger."
There are but three more performances
left of the startling melodrama, "The Silver
Dagger," which has been pleasing large au
diences at the Empire Theater all week.
The play is unusually thrilling and melo
dramatic at timea, the scenery vivid and
realistic and the action rapid and absorbing.
It la the kind of play that appeals to all
lovers of melodrama. "The Silver Dagger"
la by the author of "Brown' In Town,"
"Whose Baby Are You?" and is following
along the lines of success that has marked
these well-known plays.
Great Play Well Acted.
Portland has a surprise and a treat in
store. "The Chriatian" company, opening
for three nights, commencing Sunday even
ing. May 6, at the Heillg Theater, la a beau
The story of the play la too well known to
require retelling, and the production has
been a tremendous success wherever it. lias
been presented. "The Chriatian" has made
the phenomenal record of having played to
over double the average receipts of the rep
.reaentative theaters of the continent. The
reason of the success ia easily understood.
"The Christian" appeals not only to all
classes of theatergoers, but to those who sel
dom or never attend a dramatic perform
ance. Though powerful, the story la strictly
moral, and advisea a liberal religion, which,
acceptable to all, does not offend any sect
or creed. One of the strongest proofs of thjls
waa offered up In a special matinee given at
the Knickerbocker Theater, in New York,
it being attended by 330 divines of all dif
ferent denominations, many of whom had
never before been inside a theater. John
Salnpolla will play John "Storm and Lillian
Laurence will play Glory Quale. Seats now
The Last Burlesque Company.
The closing burlesque company of the sea.
son at the Baker will be "The California
Girls.' who open a week run next Sunday
This company, numbering many o.f the
best artists in the profession and carrying
a carload, of elaborate scenic equipments,
stands alone aa the most novel and unique
attraction that will be seen here thla season.
Wholly different from the usual burlesque
attractions, this company combines farce
comedy, musical comedy, extravaganza and
vaudeville, blended into a two-act play, with
a plot that holds the audience from start to
An aggregation of bewitching chorus girls
in New York's latest musical novelties, via.,
"The Swinging Song" and "The Ballet of
the Hour," are only a few of the number
"The Inside Track" Next.
Starting Sunday matinee, next week'a at
traction at the Empire will be Byron'e thril
ling melodrama, "The Inside Track." Thla
plav ia not new to theatergoers, and it
atands high In their estimation. It has al
ways been popular .and haa not visited Fort
land enough to make it shopworn. It tails
a atory of the pretty daughter of an old
miller and breathes the atmosphere of the
rural acenea and aurroundlngs.
"The Inside Track" is a good play, an in
teresting one and one that contains all the
elements of popularity.
AT THE VACDEVIIXE THEATERS
Novelties at the Grand.
Cleverness and novelty stamp the vaude
ville programme at the. .Grand this week.
It Is easily one of the best vaudeville en
tertainments of the season. The headline
turn is contributed by the Rizleya, who have
the only specialty of Its kind on the stage.
The act is unique and well worth seeing.
"The. Good Ship Nancy Lee" is a comical
sketch given by Gllmore, Haynea and Montgomery-
Thla is aa humorous a sketch as
haa been produced locally In months. Vane
and DeClairville are human fly a with a
startling specialty. Jolly Jokers are Mack
and Tate, the men who tell funny stories
nd ig up-to-the-minute .parodies. Ida
Howell Is a vocalist and comedienne. Mas
ter Harold Hoff has a new Illustrated ballad,
with beautiful slides, and the Grandiscope
pictures are on Interesting subjects. The
bill la replete with good thinga and is giving
big value at the Summer prices.
Many Features at Pantagen.
It would be-hard matter to get together
under one roof a greater lot of vaudeville
acts than are put on by Pantages thla week.
Several of the acts are from the best houses
at San Francisco, from, whence the players
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fled after the earthquake. The list of
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SCHEME IN HIGH FINANCE
Franchise Sought and Sale to the
PORTLAND, May 3. (To the Editor.) In
this day of graft, or high financing, the
most subtle attempt to get something for
nothing is contained in an illusive proposal
on the part of the Mount Hood Electric
Company to build for the City of Portland
an electric power plant of a capacity of
10,000 horsepower for the sum of $1,250,000,
to be increased to a capacity of 25,000 horse
power at an additional cost of $400,000.
The Mount Hood Electric Company has a
capital stock of $1,000,000 and a water right
appropriation on the Sandy River. These
are Its only assets, visible or invisible. For
several months past It has attempted to ne
gotiate a sale of its bonds with every bonding-house
between Maine and California, but
to date they have been unable to get any
one to purchase these securities based
upon wind -and hope. In their prospectus,
compiled by the officers and engineers of
the Mount Hood Electric Company, which
has been mailed to the different bonding
houses these gentlemen have attempted to
interest, they estimate the cost of the con
struction of this plant, having a capacity of
25,000 horsepower. Including water power
development, hydraulic and electric ap
paratus and transmission lines to Portland,
at not to exceed $000,0OO. and state that the
construction of this plant in Its entirety
can be let to a 'responsible construction com
pany for that sum.
This brings us to the "meat in tbe cocoa
nut." The Mount Hood Electric Company
has not a dollar back of it, no digestible,
indigestible or any other kind of assets or
securities, and for that reason can make no
financial arrangements with any responsible
bank or construction company that will ena
ble it to develop its water power or build a
power plant of any capacity.
The next clever move of these promoters
in their financial dilemma shows them to
be resourceful, to say the least. That is,
to get the City of Portland to finance the
If they can make a contract with the tax
payers, who are responsible, to buy a plant
for $1,850,000. paying for it in bonds, the
best security in tho state, they can forth
with let a contract to a responsible con
struction company for its construction, pay
ing for it In these bond-f. and realize a clear
profit of $1,050,000 in the transaction.
Their proposition Is simply -this: Dear
people, the Mount Hood Electric Company
has a water right (that belongs to the
state?). It cost $1 for filing notice of ap
propriation; it has $1,000,000 in brand new
stock certificates; cost $23. It has tried to
sell its bonds to any and everv old banking
house between New Tork and Ban Francisco,
but can't land a single sucker. Now, behold.
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who are trust-cursed, gas-ridden and tax
poof, to give us $1.6r0,000 for a power plant
that will cost $600,000 our financial troubles
are over, and see the great work we have
done delivered you from the trust and the
Portland General Electric. True, we get a
rake-off of $1,050,000. but philanthropy
comes high. Aside from this, if we can
work our little scheme of contracting for
the surplus power, or the power not used by
the citv for llthtlng purposes, we stand to
make about $0,000 annually, but you tax- ,
payers have had the blessed privilege of fur
nishing the money or securities with which
to build the power plant at a profit to us
of $1,050,000, and to ever afterwards pay
its operating expenses; but we will get all
of the profits under our surplus-energy
agreement. Doesn't the scheme- hatched by
the second families of our city entitle them
to social recognition by the first? All the
matter with It is it came too late; the tax
payers are on.
The writer believes that Portland should
own her own power plant and furnish elec
tric power to her citizens for every purpose
at a reasonable price.
Thousands of horsepower are available on
the mountain streams near here. Let the
Council appoint a Board of Engineers to in
vestigate these available water powers. If
the Mount Hood Electric Company has an
undeveloped water power, buy It for what
it is worth; that Je, give them a fair return
on thfiir investment say $500 for their in
vestment of $1: otherwise condemn it. Let
the city advertise for bids and build the
plant for the least possible amount of money
fnd" own and operate their own plant in
heir own way. Cut out the $1,030,000 prof
its, surplus-energy contracts and other
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WASHINGTON, May 3. Senator AI
drlch, chairman of the committee on
finance, today appointed a sub-committe
to take testimony on the free alcohol bill
aa follows: Aldrich, Allison, Burrows,
Spooner, Hale, Money and Bailey. The
chairman stated that the committee
would take up the matter immediately
and that, as far as he knew, all mem
bers were in favor of the widest possible
use of alcohol in the arts and industries
and for the other purposes indicated in
the House bill, free of tax. so far as it
could he done with safety to the revenue.
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