Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, July 30, 1907, Page 4, Image 4

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By Removing Ownership Issue
He Makes Himself Solid
With rloiYiftp'itc
Fairbanks, Cannon, Root or Knox
"Would Stand No Show in Race.
Taft or Hughes Needed by
the Republicans.
ington, July 29. When William J. Bryan,
through the Commoner, announced that
"Government ownership Is not an Im
mediate Issue," he removed all doubt
as to his destfe again to be the Presi
dential nominee of his party, and by that
same stroke he did more to make his
nomination (rtaln than he couiu have
done by all other means combined.
Politicians of both parties, and news
papers of both political faiths, generally
concede that Bryan Is the most likely
aspirant for the Democratic nomination,
and the feeling Is quite general that
he will be the nominee unless there Is
some happening within the next 11
months. If Bryan is nominated, his ul
timate success or failure Is believed to
depend In no small degree upon the man
nominated by the Republicans.
Eleven months ago Jttryan landed In
New York, after a tour around the world,
and sent cold chills up and down the
spines of thousands of his admirers
who had gathered to welcome him, when
he declared in favor of Government own
ership of railroads. After studying the
operation of railroads abroad he had
concluded that Government ownership
was the only practical solution of the
railroad problem in the United States,
and he freely and frankly discussed his
opinion at the reception tendere- him In
New York. Bryan had been away so
long that he had gotten out of touch
with the people of his party, or else he
made the worst miscalculation of his
long political career, for his New York
speech had the directly opposite effect
from what he expected; it turned Demo
crats against him.
Bryan's Greatest Mistake.
From August 29, 1906, when he for
mally declared his belief in Govern
ment ownership, until July 20, 1907,
when he declared Government owner
ship was not an immediate Issue, Bryan
continued to lose ground. Democrats
who had stood by him through his two
unsuccessful campaigns, and those
whose loyalty had not since been
shaken, turned when Bryan advocated
Government ownership, but nowhere
did he lose support bo generally as In
the South. The South can stand for
a good deal; It stood for free silver
wheii It had no direct Interest In the
Issue, but It could not stand for Gov
ernment ownership, ana leading South
ern Democrats those who had sup
ported Bryan and the few who had op
posed him declared that they could
not support him If he held to his views
expressed on August 29.
The ame reversion that took place
in the South was found in the North
and In the West, but to a lesser de
gree; but the adverse sentiment was
so strong that it would have been
difficult and probably Impossible for
Bryan to have landed the nomination
next year had he clung to his Gov
ernment ownership Ideas. When he
got a cold reception at New York,
Bryan thought the party would pon
der over what he had said and ulti
mately come to his way of thinking, as
It had done before. But there he was
wrong. He vis compelled to acknowl
edge for once, and for the first time
since 1896, that his party was greater
than he. Mohammet was at last
obliged to go to the mountain. Bryan
wanted the nomination so badly that
he was willing to sacrifice what he
had hoped to make the paramount issue
In order that he might again be the
nominee of the Democratic party. But
for the personal equation but for his
longing to again lead his party In a
national campaign Bryan would never
have been willing to sidetrack the
Government ownership issue, for it is
"evident from his own announcement
that he himself Is firmly committed to
the policy, but for a reason not- an
nounced he is willing to drop the dis
cussion for the time being. There
could be but one motive. There is only
one man that Bryan wants to see in the
President chair. He .would not sac
rifice a pet Issue for ny save this one
man. Ergo, Bryan makes this sacri
fice in his own interest.,
What Republican Can Beat Him?
Now that it is reasonably certain that
Bryan will be the Democratic nominee, ijt
behooves the Republican convention to
nominate a man who can beat Bryan. On
the list of availables that has long been
paraded before the people, there are sev
eral who could not accomplish this.
Among all the Republican possibilities,
none would fall easier prey to Bryan than
Charles W. Fairbanks. In a campaign of
'Fairbanks against Bryan, the Republican
party might emerge from the fray in as
bad a condition as the Democracy came
out of the last Presidential fight, when
Alton B. Parker led his party to ignomin
ies defeat. The people believe that
Bryan Is 'not subservient to the will of
corporate wealth; they believe he is
honest in his desire to regulate the trusts,
even though many question his proposed
methods of regulation. There is not this
same feeling towards Fairbanks, who is
now generally suspected of a very friend
ly feeling toward Wall street and all It
represents. Fairbanks would not be a
strong candidate tinder any circumstances.
but he would be easy prey for the popular
The old-time relations betwen Senator
Knox and the corporations would make
him almost as weak as Fairbanks. Knox
and ' Fairbanks are open to a common
objection, but ' Knox enjoys a distinct
advantage in that-he Is a man of much
larger caliber and much greater ability
than Fairbanks, and for that matter Is a
much brainier man than Bryan. Where
Bryan Is superficial, Knox Is profound.
But Knox's great ability Is offset by
his lack of personal popularity. He is the
kind of man who Is admired by those who
come In contact with him, but he Is not
a mixer; he Is not close to the people,
and he would not draw with the very
classes that make up the great majority
of voters; the very classes with whom
Bryan Is strong.
Root could not beat Bryan In 1000
years. He would be a candidate after
the Knox order, though with less of
the corporation brand. Shaw Is not to
be considered, and Cannon, while he would
make a better showing than Fairbanks,
would not have one chance in ten of de
feating Bryan.
If , the principle of homeopathy was to
be applied to the next campaign, the Re
publicans might nominate Senator "La
Follette, of Wisconsin. He la the nearest
aDoroach to Bryan that has so far been
"kflersxi bx the B.ejubUcaa jiart -Ha la
believed to be honest of purpose; a deadly
foe of corporations, and he would stop
at nothing to fight the trusts to a finish.
But It would be a long stride for the Re
publican party to take from Roosevelt to
LaFollette from a persistent and con
sistent campaign against corporation
aDuses, to a harum-Bcarum attack on
corporate wealth. And even If the Re
publicans should nominate LaFollette he
would never be elected over Bryan. When
It comes to Bryan methods the people will
have Bryan, the real thing, if they want
Bryan policies. They will not take a sub
stitute, which is what LaFollette would
Must Be Taft or Hughes.
LaFollette, if nominated by the Re
publican convention, would not re
ceive the support of a large part of
the Republican party. He made bitter
enemies since he entered the Senate;
he has arrayed hlmslf with the Demo
crats on nearly every party vote; many
believe that he Is a demagogue, and
such a man will not command the sup
port of the better element of the Re
publican party. As a very great Re
publican of this city expressed it,
"LaFollette is too wild and erratic; the
people don't know what he will do
next." That is the principal reason
why he will not be nominated,
and it is the chief reason why Bryan
would defeat him if he should be nomi
nated. If President Roosevelt should be
renominated, his election would be as
sured. There is no other Republican
who stands the same chance. Appar
ently Taft or Hughes are the only ones
on the list who would have an wen
chance. At least either would not be
easy to down.
' The Taft boom is not making any
progress, but no more are the booms
of other avowed candidates. Yet It
must be acknowledged that Taft is free
from criticisms that would be made of
Fairbanks, of Knox, of Cannon and of
LaFollette. His nearest approach to
being a corporation man Is the fact
that his two brothers are immensely
wealthy, and the fact that the Presi
dent believes himself that Taft Is hon
est and could not be aproached is
sufficient evidence that those who
know Taft well have confidence In him.
Then, too, Taft comes nearer to the
people than any other of the Republi
can candidates, and in that respect,
while he has less of a following than
Bryan, he has a charming personality,
and once nominated, his popularity
would spread. But Taft would be no
sure winner over Bryan.
Negotiations for American Tariff
Treaty Can Proceed.
PARIS, July 29. What has been char
acterized as the obstacle in the way of
continuation of negotiations between
France and the United States in regard
to the tariff has been removed. for
France has notified the United States
that he has extended from August 1 to
October 1, 1907, the decree providing for
the collection of the minimum duty on
coffee brought from Porto Rico.
France makes clear that she considers
this extension purely an act of courtesy
and good-will, and an evidence of her
hope that the negotiations upon the prop
osition submitted through M. Jusserand,
the French Ambassador at Washington,
will result in an agreement. The nego
tiations will now proceed between Am
bassador White and the Foreign Office.
Ready to Come to Pacific When
President Gives Word.
OYSTER BAY. N. Y., July 29. Act
ing Secretary Newberg today laid be
fore the President the report of the in
vestigating board upon the Georgia
disaster, and a report by naval officers,
looking to a complete revision of the
method of instruction at the United
States Naval Academy.
Mr. Newberg said no orders had yet
been issued to send the Atlantic battle
ship fleet to the Pacific. "The fleet is
ready to sail." he added, "and when
ever the President Indicates his desire
to have the cruise made, the trip will
He Indicated that it might be Fall
before the order to sail would be Issued.
Salvador Lifts Molssant Embargo.
WASHINGTON, July 29. Information
has been received that the government
of Salvador has raised the embargo
upon the estates of the Molssant
brothers In that country. The State
Department has not yet altogether de
termined its final course in the matter.
Kaiser and Czar Arrange Meeting.
BERLIN, July 29. Emperor William.
on his way home from his Scandi
navian cruise, is due at Swlnemundo
August 1 to witness the target shoot
ing of the fleet. He probably will
meet the Emperor of Russia oft
Swlnemunde August 80. Emperor Wil
liam will be accompanied by Prince von
Buelow, the Imperial Chancellor, and
tne iumperor ol Russia will have with
him M. Iswolsky, the Russian Foreign
Balloon Steers Well In London.
BERLIN. .Till V fiA A rrtllftntf K 11
started over the principal streets under
excellent control. Alter a flight of an
hour or more it returned toward the
Tegel at the rate of 12 miles an hour.
Two Portland Railway Mall Men.
ington, July 29. B. F. Johnson and John
v. raamej, ooin or t-oruand, nave been
appointed railway mail clerks.
W. R. Ken yon, ex-Mayor of Butte.
AMSTERDAM, N. Y., July 29. William
R. Kenyon, twice Mayor of Butte, Mont.,
and chairman of the Democratic State
Central Committee of that state. Is dead
at his country home, near this city, of
acute indigestion, aged 67. Mr. Kenyon,
who for many years was a partner of
Senator W. A. Clark, wat a native of
Oswego, N. Y.
Willis G. Witter, San Francisco.
OAKLAND, Cal., July 29. Willis G,
Witter, former Assistant United States
District Attorney at San Francisco, died
yesterday of apoplexy. He was a native
of Wisconsin, 46 years of age.
Laura Matthews, Kansas City
Girl, a Suicide at Colo
rado Springs.
Prominent Chicago Automobile Man
Mentioned in Connection With
Case' He Denies Being
More Than Friend.
The body of Miss Laura Matthews, of
New York City, was found lying In a
lane near Ivy Wild this morning with a
bullet hole through her head. Miss Mat
thews and her maid arrived In Colorado
Springs several days ago and had apart
ments at the Acacia Hotel. Last evening
Miss Matthews ordered a saddle horse-
end rode in the direction of Iry Wild.
This was the last seen of her alive.
Peculiar circumstances surrounding the
finding of the body of Miss Matthews
gave rise to the belief that murder had
been committed, but later developments
Indicate suicide.
Miss Matthews was a well-known mu
sical comedy actress, -19 years of age. It
Is said she had been engaged to a wealthy
Chicagoan and -was despondent because
of his failure to fulfill his promise of
Not From Chicago Man Found In
Dead Girl's Effects.
CHICAGO, July 29. (Special.) Miss
Laura Matthews, 19 years old, a dra
matic student who formerly lived in
this city and whose body was found on
the Broadmoor slope of Cheyenne
Mountain, a short . distance from Col
orado Springs. Col., this morning, is
believed to have killed herself. De
spondency over a love affair in which
the name of C. A. Coey, president of
the automobile firm of C. A. Coey, 1424
Michigan avenue, is involved, was re
sponsible for the act that haa shocked
the Summer residents of Colorado
A note inclosed in an envelope bear
ing Coey's business card was found
among Miss Matthews' effects. The
card contains these penciled words:
"You are as dear to me as ever.
Abandon any such thought. Charlie."
At the South Shore Country Club,
where Mr. Coey is living, the automo
bile man denied emphatically that he
was or had been engaged to the girl.
Laura Matthews Had Been on Stage'
bud a Short Time.
KANSAS CITY, July 29. Mrs. Jennie
Matthews, of this city, mother or Miss
Laura Matthews, whose dead body was
found1 near Colorado Springs today,
said tonight that she was quite sure
her daughter had not committed sui
cide. Mrs. Matthews denied that the
girl was an actress or that she was en
gaged to a wealthy Chicago man. She
said her daughter had never lived in
New York, but had been living with a
sister, Mrs. Nell Manson, 6458 Jeffer
son .street, Chicago, and that she had
been studying dramatic art in Chicago.
Members of the family here had recent
ly received cheerful letters from the
dead girl and only yesterday a present
came to one of the children in the fam
ily from her.
American Ordered Out of Republic
American named Wilkinson, who. wai
among those arrested for the recent at'
tempt on the life of President Cabrera,
but who was released after proving his
Innocence, and departed from the' coun
try, returned two weeks ago, following
an absence of two months. Shortly after
his return, Wilkinson was summoned to
the foreign office and was ordered to
leave the republic. He made a statement
to the American Consul-General, demand
ing that the Guatemalan government re
call the order, for, according to the law,
foreigners cannot be expelled without due
process if they have resided here for
seven years. Wilkinson has been engaged
in building railroads in Guatemala for the
past ten years.
289 Washington Is tha center of In
taraat for mu indax. a
Dead Girl Had Been Engaged to
Coey and He Had Left Her.
Sheriff Grim had a lengthy conversation
today with Ames Richard Rumbach, who
was frequently seen with Miss Matthews
since she came to Colorado Springs. He
declared that the dead woman had often
told him that she had been engaged to
C. A. Coey, the well-known automobile
dealer, of Chicago, and also that he had
abandoned her. Miss Green, the nurse
who accompanied Miss Matthews from
the East, also declared today that Coey
had broken his promise to marry the
girl and threatens to wreak vengeance
upon him for her dead friend.
C. A. Coey 'Says He Knew Ml-
Matthews Only Slightly.
CHICAGO, July 29. C. A. Coey, an
automobile dealer of this city, today
received a telegram from Miss Tillle
Green, the nurse who accompanied Miss
Matthews, saying that the girl had
killed herself. Mr. Coey said:
"1 received a telegram announcing
Miss Matthews' death, but that is all
that I know about it. I knew her
slightly, but that was all." "
"Are you a relative of Miss Mat
thews?" "No, I was merely an acquaintance
of hers. She was here for some time,
but she was not an actress. At least
I never knew of her being on the
Other friends of Miss Matthews in
this city declare that she had often
talked of committing suicide and on
several occasions had requested others
to buy poison for her.
Only One Claim Is Presented in 60
Days In Washington.
TACOMA, Wash., July 29. Special.)
The reciprocal demurrage law seems to
have proven a failure. After Its having
been In operation for nearly 60 days, only
one claim has been presented to the
Northern Pacific Railroad by a lumber
manufacturer seeking to collect damages
for the non-delivery of empty cars. At
torneys for the Northern Pacific' an
nounced that It would contest the con
stitutionality of the law on the grounds
that "a man cannot be made to sell
something that he does not possess."
None of the mlllmen care to stand the
expense of securing a decision, from the
Supreme Court,
Men Putting Up Seattle Federal
Building Will Lose Heavily.
SEATTLE, Wash.; July 29. (Special.)
McGrath & Duhammett, contractors on
the Federal building, nearlng completion
here, will lose approximately $100,000 by
the two years' delay In the construction
of the building. Nearly every item in
volved, except the steel work which is
had by contract, has cost the contrac
tors more than their estimates covered.
Teamsters are being paid a 60 per cent
advance over the original estimates. Other
advances have been bricklayers, $1 per
day more, stonecutters, $1.60 advance;
plasterers, $1.50 more.
A rigid Government inspection has re
jected enough stone to build two build
ings of the size of the Federal building,
but most of this loss falls upon the
quarry. The building contractors were
delayed by a regrade of Third avenue and
a fight over the acceptance of Chuckanut
sandstone, both of which causes led the
Government to order work stopped.
More than a year's loss of time Is
traceable to the Treasury Department.
The building Is to be completed about the
first of the year.
Astoria Saloons Observe Law.
ASTORIA. Or., July 29. (Special.) The
Sunday lid was down tight here yester
day for the first time In the history of
the city. Every saloon In Astoria was
closed promptly at 12 o'clock Saturday
night and remained closed all day Sun
day. So far as can be learned the law
was strictly observed. A few of the
saloonkeepers announced that they would
sell "soft" drinks in the front part of
their saloons, but none xf them at
tempted it. Sheriff Pomeroyand his dep
uties visited the various sections of the
county to ee that the law was observed
at the saloons outside the city.
- Committed to Astoria Jail.
ASTORIA, Or., July 29. (Special.)
The preliminary examination of J. H:
Andrews, on an information charging
him with the larceny of $70 from Louis
Tennel, was held in the Justice Court
this afternoon and the defendant was
committed to the County Jail in de
fault of $200 bail to await the action
of the Circuit Court.
Army Deserter Arrested.
ASTORIA. Or., July 29. (Special.)
A. A. Bozard, a deserter from the post
at Fort Stevens, was arrested here last
evening by one of the post officers and
was taken back to the fort this morn
ing. Steamer Comes to Port Ablaze.
NEW YORK, July 29. The steamship
Hamilton, of the Old Dominion line, came
into port yesterday with part of her hold
ablaze. The Hamilton was at her dock
before any of the passengers knew there
was a fire on board. The flames were
extinguished after about $15,000 damage
had been done.
Heney Confident of Convicting
Glass on New Trial.
Proof That Glass Authorized Bribe
Comes From Another Telephone
Official Second Trial Will
Begin Next Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO, July 29. Detective
Burns was this morning put in posses
sion of the much-needed evidence which
E. J. Zlmmer could have given. This
testimony, however, comes from an en
tirely different source, said to be one
of the higher officials of the telephone
company, and in touch with the affairs
of the telephone officers.
"We will go ahead with our work
just the same aa though the Jury had
been able to agree." declares Mr. Burns.
"We still believe that it is possible to
get a fair Jury in San Francisco, no
matter who is defendant. We won't
believe otherwise."
Following the trials of Halsey and
Glass, the first of the United Railways
defendants will be b'rought to bar. It
is the plan of the prosecution to bring;
TIrey L. Ford to trial as soon as pos
sible, and following him will come Pat
rick Calhoun. Assistant District Attorney
Heney said:
"The next time Glass comes to trial
the Jury will have no opportunity to
doubt that the defendant was the man
who ordered the bribe paid. We can
prove this beyond a doubt and are
ready to do so."
Glass appeared this morning in the
custody of Sheriff O'Neill and Attorney
Coogan before Superior Judge Lawlor,
where his ball was fixed and his release
from custody secured. Bonds for
$10,000 were given by the Pacific Sure
ty Company, an equal sum by the same
company as before. The case was that
upon which he has Just been tried, the
giving of a bribe to Supervisor Boxton.
In order that -there may be no question
as to the validity of the order naming
next Monday, August 6, as the date of be
ginning the retrial. Judge Lawlor vacated
his order of yesterday, Sunday, and made
a new order to the same effect.
Glass appeared as lmperturable as ever,
but looked as If in need of sleep. He de
clined to make any statement in regard
to the disagreement of the Jury, in his
case. v
Detective William J. Burns said: "I am
astounded at the position taken by some
of the Jurors In this case. There are others
whom I expected to act as they did."
Mr. Heney Bald: "I have no comment
to make on the action of the Glass Jury.
The Independence of jurors In the jury
room should be guaranteed above all
other things. It Is more important to the
American people than the conviction of
Louis Glass."
Ex-Soldier Fatally Wounds Corporal
and Ends Own Life.
SAN FRANCISCO. July 29. William
Shepard an ex-soldier, shot and mortally
wounded Corporal William L. Shutmeln
of Company K, Twenty-second Infantry,
at Angel Island this evening and ended
his own life with a bullet from the same
revolver. The shooting took place near
the quarantine dock where Shepard land
ed in an Intoxicated condition after a
day spent at Bchutzen park.
Dynamite Kills Railroad Men.
HELENA, Mont, July 29. One man
was killed and another badly injured
as the result of a dynamite explosion
on the routo of the Chicago, Mllwaukle
& St. Paul, now building through this
state. The dead:
Charles Butler, representing Dtttmer,
Bradbury & Whltbach,. construction
The injured:
Joseph Roberts.
Roberts struck his pick against the
primer, which had been buried in the
mire, and which was covered with dirt.
The blast discharged in their faces.
Roberts was brought to Helena, where
It Is said at the hospital that he will
Wants Red Cross for Islands.
HONOLULU, July 29. Secretary of War
Taft has asked that a Red Cross organi
sation be formed in the Hawaiian Islands.
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