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TO GREAT CITIES
New York and Chicago
NO PESSIMISTS AMONG THEM
Country Merchants Find Trade
Good and Act So.
LAST YEAR IS SURPASSED
Purchases at Wholesale Houses Show
Business Becoming Normal Er
tra Help Required Hard
Times Talk Scoffed At.
CHICAGO, III., Feb. 2". (Special.)
Arrival of throngs of retail buy
ers in Chicago has made optimism the
ruling note in the wholesale district.
The Influx of merchants from cities
and small towns throughout the West,
which started early this week, prom
ises to exceed that of last year, when
thousands of buyers were brought by
excursions. Sales managers In vari
ous lines of Jobbing said' today that
the number of buyers is larger now
than for the corresponding time in
1907. Opinion was freely expressed to
day that the business of the country
1s rapidly returning to fts normal
level, and this view seemingly is
shared by the retail merchants, who
are making preparations for trade of
at least ordinary volume during the
Never More Buyers In Stores.
"Things look mighty good In Chi
cago," was the terse, manner in which
the present situation of the wholesale
trade was summed up today by Walter
D. Moody; business manager . of the
Chicago Association of Commerce.
"The manager of one wholesale house,
""the biggest in Its line in the world,
told me that his concern . was never
more satisfied with the present and
future outlook than It is today, and
that there never were more buyers In
its store. Look at the millinery stores,
for example, they are Just jammed
The sales manager of a wholesale
dry goods house described trade condi
tions as follows:
Buy More, but Conservatively.
"More buyers are visiting our stores
In person than last year at this
period. This is due In part to the
fact that they did not buy so heavily
as usual from the trade earlier in the
year. While they are preparing for
Spring and Summer trade of undimin
ished volume, they are buying con
servatively. This fact is a good thing
for Chicago, because, with Its central
location and superior transportation
facilities it is In the most strategio
position to cater to the wants of the
merchants who do not buy far ahead
and want their goods in a hurry."
Pessimists Weeded Out.
That there is no pessimistic note
among the customers Is noted by
the wholesale men. The "chronic
pessimists," according to one Jobber,
have been weeded out In a large meas
ure. He said the substantial mer
chants are seldom pessimists.
Mr. Moody also observed that the
pessimist Is the exception.-
Wo don't hear anything more about
panic," ho said. "Business men are go
ing ahead and making their plans Just
as if the panic had never happened."
NEW YORK FEELS PROSPERITY
Influx of Buyers Forces Merchants
to Employ Extra Men.
NEW YORK, Feb. 27.-The rush of
buyers from all parts of the United
states to New York City Is am
ple evidence that hard -times do
not prevail throughout the country.
Ten thousand men and women from
the West and Southwest are now In
the Metropolis, and they are spending
$100,000,000. They are not only buy
ing bi cause they have faith in the fu
ture, but because their business at the
present time is s"o good that their
tocks require replenishing, says the
The railroads leading to New Yoik
have given reduced rates to buyers, as
this Is the annual buying period for
the Spring trade and merchants are
pouring Into the city from small towns
in Texas, from Oklahoma and the big
centers of the Middle West
The registration books of the Mer
chants" Association of New York
show a roll of visitors within a, hundred-odd
of the phenomenal registra
tion of .last Spring, when prosperity
was tat Its height. About one-half of
those registering are women, and they
ire putting down their names at the
rate of nearly 200 a day.
Shows Country Is All Right.
The merchants of the city are doing
their1 part as hosts and entertaining
the Western visitors royally at clubs,
theaters, dinner parties and with au
tomobile rides. '
B. C. Mead, secretary of the Mer
chants' Association, said to a New
Tork World reporter of the Influx of
It means that the country Is all
right. The men who are coming to
New York now to lay in their Spring
stocks are mainly from the West and
Southwest. I have not heard one of
them talk about hard times. They
laugh at the idea and 1 tell you their
optimism is having a big effect here in
New York. Our merchants rather had
the Idea that trade was going to be
dull this Spring, but they have changed
their opinion in the past few days.
Buyers have registered here from
tov.-ns of not over '1000 population in
Texas, the new State of Oklahoma and
ths entire Southwest, as well as from
Chicago. Sr. Ixuis. Indianapolis, De
troit and the other big cities.
The most encouraging reports are
brought from Texas, Oklahoma and
Arkansas, where the crops have been
good. I have been surprised at the
number of new faces and have been
told that scores of new business houses
are springing up.
In the shops of the H. B. Claflin Co.,
Tefftweiler, C. B. Rouss, the Chelsea
Trading Company and others extra
employes have been hired to take care
of the Increased trade. There has also
been a boom in the mall order busi
ness, while' reports from commercial
travelers are to the effect that condi
tions are as good as they were this
time last year.
No Patience. With Hard-Time Talk.
Alexander Bombard, - representing
Coin, i fwrnaa Lincoln Din on. chair
man of the Democratic CouKrw-
J clonal Campaign Committee.
one of the largest houses in Galves
ton, Tex., said to the same reporter:
"We have had splendid crops down
in our State and we have no patience
with hard-time talk. I am here to pur
chase one of the largest orders for
expensive dry goods, that pur house
has ever put in. Texans have money to
spend and they are going to spend It
this Spring. My advice to New York
ers Is to cheer up." ' ....
A. S. Semmes, of Detroit, said:
I guess I wouldn't be buying $oj,00u
worth of clothing, mostly expensive,
too, if we were running bread lines in
Detroit. The outlook in our section Is
very bright, and I am sure It Is going
to be a good' business year."
'Business was never better in my
State," said Chester L. Walbrldge, of
Baton Rouge, La, "We anticipate a
big Spring trade and I am going to
take South with me the biggest stock
of goods that I ever purchased. Not
even the coming Presidential election
has scared us."
STUDENTS' REVENGE. FOR PUT
TING LIQUOR UNDER BAN.
Paper Secretly Distributed at Stan
ford Assails President and Rid
icules the Professors.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 27. (Special.)
A bogie, which has become recognized as
a means of publishing anoymous "slams,"
"knocks" and "Joshes" upon any one in
the college community, was secretly dis
tributed . broadcast over the Stanford
campus this morning.
The front page- was headed "Bogie,
Booze, Bums, Blunders," In the follow
ing words, the bogie directs its first at
tack against the new student affairs com
mittee and the presidenf" of the univer
sity: "With all due respect to Dr. Jordan, we
cannot but objeet to his arbitrary and ob
noxious motives In all matters pertaining
to the university, especially in his ap
pointment of the present student affairs
Speaking of the faculty of the univer
sity, the bogie says that Dr. Jordan has
acquired sbme men for instructors whose
proper place "Is in the museum with the
other freaks and fossils." ,
The bogle says that, if any professor
dares to raise his voice in opposition to
Dr. Jordan, he will suffer the fate of
Frofessora Ross, Abbott and Rentdorff,
who were dropped from' the faculty for
opposing the head of the institution.
The professors ' soon become "long-suffering
beasts of burden, whose mammoth
ears will be ever cocked for the word of
Dr. Jordan is.further characterized as a
Hoosier echoolmas-ter and it is suggested
that he divorce his wife and marry Carrie
The attack on Dr. Jordan was provoked
by his action in dismissing students for
drunkenness. " ,
FIGHT DUEL ON, PLAINS
Wyoming Sheepherder Kills His
GILLETTE. Wyo., Feb. J7.-In a duel
on the plains 60 miles south of here to
day A. B. Furrier was shot and killed
by Leonard B. Nicholson after a dozen
shots, were exchanged. The men were
sheephcrders and had been bosom
friends. The cause of their quarrel is
not known. Nicholson- disappeared after
telephoning the authorities at Douglas
that he would give himself un
1 - v .
Lax Conduct of Office
Charged in Petition.
TOO EASY WITH OFFENDERS
New York Attorney Said to
Have Smothered Cases.
MOVE BY STREET RAILWAY
Repeated Failure to Act on Com
plaint Alleged In Communication
to Governor Htfghes, but
Prosecutor Is Not Worried.
NEW YORK, Feb. 27. Twenty-two spe
cific charges are made In a petition pray
ing for the removal of William T. Jerome
as District . Attorney of the County , of
New York, which was sent to Governor
Hughes at Albany today by a committee
of stockholders of the Metropolitan Street
Railway, through their chairman, William
"Fixed" Jurors Not .Tried.
The petition alleged that Jerome failed
to properly prosecute charges .of "alleged
Jury fixing" and the giving of false tes
timony in street railway cases; that the
prosecution of violations of the criminal
law by the life insurance companies of
New York, as disclosed by the Armstrong
committee, had been delayed; that an al
leged criminal conspiracy to divert the
property of the Metropolitan Street Rail
way Company into the hands of a few men
was allowed by Mr. Jerome to go on. and
hundreds of stockholders were robbed of
their money and that no attempt was
made to punish men alleged to have com
mitted other frauds in connection wiiu
New York City traction deals. .
Mr. Jerome's statements as 'to Judges
are alleged to have been not only im-.
properbut scandalous In their nature and'
to haveTtended' to destroy the confidence
of-the people In the Intergity of their
Other ' Charges Are Made.
The committee also charges that the
District Attorney misconducted himself
In failing-to Indict and seek to convict
some one of the officials of the New York
Central. Railroad Company In connection
with the collision In that company's tun
nel in 1902. when 17 persons were killed.
Various other cases of alleged failure on
the part of the District Attorney to per
form his . duty are cited. In. the complaint.
The petition also charges that contri
butions .to the campaign fund to elect
Mr. Jerome were received by one of Mr.
Jerome's assistants from men connected
with large corporations seeking favors
from the District Attorney, and that the
sum, the amount of which is unknown,
was upwards of $50,000.
Hyde One of Contributors.
Among these contributors. It Is alleged,
was the attorney for James H. Hyde, who
contributed J5000. It Is also alleged that
the assistant who received these funds
and who has since resigned and entered
THE ELEPHANT WHEW! I SMELL, OIL ON
law practice, has undue influence with the
"I am not worried," was District At
torney Jerome's comment when told of
the charges and request for his removal
sent to Governor Hughes today. "This Is
another one, I suppose. They file them
up there every week or so against me.
The Governor has never asked me to ex
plain. If he dos not, we will take no cog
nizance of them."
HUGHES WAITS FOR JEROME
King Declares Attorney Has Pro
tected Rich Grafters.
ALBANY, N. Y., Feb. 27. Governor
Hughes said tonight that 'the charges
against District Attorney Jerome
would take the usual course. A copy
of them will be sent, to Mr. Jerome
so that he may send an answer' to
them to the Governor, after which the
Governor will decide as to his course.
William F. King, ex-president of the
Merchants' Association, who filed the
charges, gave out a statement' in
which he severely criticized District
Attorney Jerome. He said:
I maintain that much of the blame for the
present deplorable condition of affairs Is duo
to the falure of Mr. Jerome, as District At
torney, to prosecute the rich and influential
frraflere who have robbed our people and dis
graced the name of our' city, commencing with
the Ice Trust, the infamous clique who filched
the money of policyholders from the great insurance-companies
and last in the Hot, but
flret In open, shameless audacity and bare
faced stealing, the men who looted and
wrecked the Metropolitan Traction Company.
The public exposure of these rich criminals
and the failure to prosecute them and others
of the 'same ilk who owned and controlled
many great banks and trust companies. Is the
primary cauae of the want of confidence that
caused people 'to rush to banks to .withdraw
their deposits and place them In sate deposit
boxes, and although the so-called panic la
practically over as far as the banks are con
cerned, the want of confidence is here to stay
and will stay until the people see some of
these wealthy criminals punished, not fined,
but put in Jail, just the same as would hap
pen to criminals of less importance.
The failure to enforce our laws Is breeding
socialism and anarchy and only the greatest
vigilance will prevent ua from a repetition of
rioting,, only on a greater scale, such aa has
recently disgraced a neighboring city.
HEHHY - L CORBETT TO WED
PROMINENT PORTLANDER WINS
NEW YORK GIRL.
Engagement to Miss Gretchen Hoyt
of Senator Corbett's Grandson,
Who Is Noted Athlete.
SEW YORK, Feb. 27. (Special.) aar.
and Mrs. Henry Reese Hoyt have an
nounced the engagement of their daugh
ter. Miss Gretchen Hoyt, to Mr. Henry
Ladd Corbett, of Portland, Or. Miss
Hoyt, who made her debut a couple of
years ago, is well known in society and
is very popular.
Mr. Corbett Is a .' son of Mrs. Helen
Ladd Corbett and a nephew of Mr and
Mrs. Frederick B. Pratt, of Brooklyn,
and a grandson of the late Henry W.
Corbett, of Portland, twice United States
Senator for Oregon. He is a Harvard
graduate, class of 1903, and is engaged
in panning in Portland.
No date has yet been set for the wed
Henry Ladd Corbett is one of Port
land's most promising young business
men, and- during his college days and
after his graduation has been prominent
as an athlete. While at Harvard he
played football and since his return to
Portland -has been a member of the Mult
nomah Club football team.
After returning from Harvard Mr. Cor
bett began his business career. He is
president of the Portland Hotel Company.
Is a member of the board of directors of
the First National Bank and was a di
rector of the Lewis & Clark Exposition.
He recently purchased the old White
House property on Riverside drive and
has extensive stock ranches in Harney
County. He is one of the late Senator
BLOOD OF INDIANS
BOILS IN SENATE
Owen and Curtis
ABOUT RIGHTS AS CITIZENS
Oklahoman Denies Control by
GORE SAVES DAY BY JOKE
Olive-Skinned Senator Advances to
Center of Chamber to Confront
Opponent Hatchet Buried
, in Friendly Converse,
WASHINGTON. Feb. 27. One of the
most dramatic scenes in the Senate was
enacted today when Owen, of Oklahoma,
insisted, in tragic tones and with face
showing much emotion, that the Ave
civilized tribes of Indians were dead and
that he, as a member of the tribe of
Cherokee Indians, was not under the
control of the Secretary of the Interior.
The'event was rendered all the more In
teresting by " the fact that Owen . was
sharply engaged in controversy by Curtis,
of 'Kansas', himself a Kaw If.dlan.
It was the first time that two men with
Iruiian blood in their veins had ever
locked horns as Senators In the Senate
chamber. The controversy arose In con
nectlon with the consideration of the In
dian bill and was precipitated by a mo
tion on the part of Owen to have the bill
so amended as to recognize the citizenship
of the five civilized tribes of Indians by
putting the word "late" before this dcr g
nation, calling them the "late f .--e ol-M-
Kaw Indian Joins Issue.
Curtis sought to interrupt Owen before
the Oklahoma Senator had concluded his
"But," , Interposed the Kansas . Sena
tor, "your property Is under the control
of the Secretary of the Interior, ana you
"I do not," retorted Owen. . .
Curtis insisted upon his view of the
status of. the . Oklahoma Senator. He
did not contend that the property of the
Senator of Oklahoma, aslue from that
owned as a member of the Cherokee tribe
of Indians, was under control of the Sec
retary, but his tribe's was.
"I think you ought not to be under the
control of the Secretary, but you are,'
"I agree," quickly replied Owen, "with
the Senator from Kansas that I ought not
to be; but I disagree with him that I am."
Wordy Battle Begins.
The dramatic tones of the Oklahoma
Senator rather startled the' chairman, and
people in the galleries leaned forward to
see the participants in the wordy battle.
Owen left his place in the rear of the
chamber and advanced to the center aisle,
where he was within sight of every one.
The two Senators of Indian blood now
were facing each other, 20 feet apart.
Both appeared to have lost sight of par-
Uamentary rules and were carrying on
a personal colloquy.
Owen proceeded to say that the Supreme
Court of the United States had declared
that Indians holding allotted lands are
citizens of the United States. Rising to
his full height, his olive-colored face
showing that his pride had been pricked
by the suggestion that he was under the
control of the Secretary of. the Interior,
and with tones most tragic. Owe:, con
tinued: "The Cherokee Nation .an demand no
allegiance from me. I owe them no al
legiance. The only allegiance I owe is to
my Government, the United States, and
to the State of Oklahoma. I say the Su
preme Court has passed upon this matter,
and I shall insist that it is' right that the
word 'late' shall be included in that
Curtis Returns to Attack.
Curtis then took the floor and began
by saying he- had merely desired to in
terrupt the Oklahoma Senator so that
he might be able to make a correct state
ment to the Senate.
"When you made that statement about
the Delawares being absorbed by the
Cherokee tribe, of which you are a mem-
James M. Shumaker, ez-Superlntend-end
of Public Grounds and Build
ings of Pennsylvania, on Trial for
. Fraud In Furnishing New Capital.
ber, you should have told how they were
swallowed up by the Cherokees," he ex
plained, pointing his index finger at his
Owen insisted that a man belonging to
an Indian tribe is a subordinate or ward
and an alien which, he said, was not com
patible .with -American citizenship.
"Am I an alien?" he exclaimed.
Senator Carter came to the rescue and
attempted to show that both Senators
were right. He said he did not wonder
that the Oklahoma Senator, resented the
idea that he was under the control of the
Secretary of the Interior. His remarks
brought the Senate Into a better humor
and thereafter displaced the strained
state of mind that had prevailed.
Recognize Belligerent Rights.
Gore, the blind Senator, added to the
relaxed tension by making a suggestion
for a way out of the difficulty.
k It would be well;" he' said, "for the
Senate to recognize the belligerent rights
of these two Indians." Both of the ob
jects of this sally joined in the laughter
(Concluded un Pag-e 5-)
CONTENTS' TODAY'S PAPER
- The Weatller.
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature, 4T
degrees; minimum, 40.
TODAY'S Rain, colder; easterly winds.
Seven terrorists condemned to die In Russia
and one makes dramatic scene. Page 1.
British liquor license bill In Parliament
raises storm. Page 5.
Two Indian Senators have warm debate In
senate. Page 1..
Scandal In Patent Office- causes three In
dictments. Page 5.
Roosevelt calls for new recommendation for
iregon llstrlct Attorney. Page 4.
Senate committee may revive Brownaon-
Klxey controversy. Page o.
Charge against Jerome - cause demand for
ms removal, page l.
Preacher accused of causing girl's death.
Railroads plead for delay In enforcing nlne-
nour law. f age 4.
Rickey Indicted tor wrecking State Bank of
.Nevaaa. page 8.
Heavy buying by merchants shows return of
prosperity. Page 1.
Henry iUada Corbett - engaged to New York
girl, page 1
Northern pacific telegraphers reject reduc
tion of wages.- Page 3.
Uooe's perjured confession read at Hartje
conspiracy trial, page 3.
Roy expected murder charge and collected
evidence for defense. Page i.
Thomas A. Edison's recovery doubtful.
Auto racers refuse to give up Alaska and
Siberia trio.' Page 7.
Mrs. Martin shown to have mind of master
criminals Page 3-
Presldent Jordan lampooned by Stanford
students. Page 1. ,
Senator Kay tells sensational story of how
U'Ren got l)is $1100. Page 8.
Effort mada to bring lumbermen's conven
tion to Portland. Page 8.
Q. W. P. flies suit to test power of 'Oregon
Railroad Commission. Page 6.
Salem saloonmen force Council to back
down. Page 6.
Commercial and Marine.
Better undertone. In wheat market and
prices are advanced. Page 17.
Sharp advance In Chicago wheat prices.
Stock trading almost ceases at New York.
Chief Steward McAvoy, of the steamer
Roanoke, dead. Page 18.
' "Portland and Vlcinl.
Captain Bruin may be dlsmlesed In disgrace
for criticising superiors. Page 18.
Northern Paclilc land grant also to be at
tacked. Page 10.
Old residents testify In Myers" will case
Statement No. 1 defeated in primaries
Airbrake ordinance called up, but returned
to table by Council, rage 18.
Council votes for five-year lighting contract.
C r v ty J
One Spurns Aid of
SEVEN TO DIE FOR PLOTTING
Ali Refuse Aid of Lawyers in
TWO WOMEN CONDEMNED
Italian Journalist, Who' Conceals
Xame, Volunteers to Share Com
rades' l-'ale as Russian for
ST. PETERSBURG. Feb. 2T.-A milttarr
court, sitting In the fortress of St. Peter
and St, Paul, under the presidency of
General Nikiforoff. today condemned to
death seven of the terrorists charged
with complicity in the attempt last week
in this city upon the lives of Grand Duke
.Nicholas Xieolaievlteh, a second cousin of
the Emperor, and M. Chtcheglovitch. the
Minister of Justice, and sentenced three
others to 15 years' Imprisonment at hard
Among those upon whom the death sen
tence was passed Is a supposed Italian
Journalist, Calvlno. who has represented
in St. Petersburg La Vita of Rome and II
Tempo of Milan. A special attorney was
secured for him by the Italian embassy,
but Calvino spurned the assistance of tl.e
embassy, saying he wished to share the
fate of his comrades.
Addressing the court in broken Russian,
he made the sensational charge that the
passport that bore his . name was not
really his, and that he therefore desired
to.be tried as a Russian subject. All ef
forts on the part of the court to induce
him to- disclose his real name and status
Two women were also sentenced to death
and one to imprisonment.
The accused all refused counsel and the
court delegated two military advocates
ror the defense The public wa.s excluded
from the hearing.
ROW IX Till; RUSSIAN LEAGUE
Open Scandal Leads to Expulsion of
ST. PETERSBURG, Feb. 7.-Disaen-sions
which have existed in tile I.t-acn
of Russian People for some time past
have broken out In the last day or two
into an open scandal. The I-eague is a
reactionary organization and a most bit
ter foe of the parliamentary system and
has been accused of responsibility for the
anti-Semitic outrages at Odessa and else
The Lieague is now holdinc a nnnjMM
In this city. During the deliberations 12
prominent Representatives, including sev
eral members of the executive committee.
submitted a resolution criticizing the ad
ministration of the League under Its
president. Dr. Dubrovin.
Financial Irregularities were intimated
and an Investigation of the large stipends
drawn by the leaders was demanded.
This was followed by a stormv session.
at the end of which Dr. Dulrovln and
several other leaders were expelled.
BULLETIN DESCRIBES RECOV
ERY AS ONLY POSSIBLE.
Has Regained Consciousness and
Family Is With HlmSignifl
cant Change of Word.
VHW YORK. Feb. 27. rffinrcml
Thomas A. Bdison is in a critical condi
tion at the Manhattan Eve. Ear and
Throat Hospital. Mr. Edison has regained
consciousness, but his condition was so
serious that tonight his wtfe, son and
daughter were at the hospital with him.
JUBt how serious Dr. Duel considers his
patient's case may "be (fathered from a
correction in pencil in the typewritten bul
letin posted by him in the hospital office.
As first written the bulletin read:
While Mr. Edison's condition Is trava
it Is expected he will recover."
- The word "expected" was scratched nut
and the word "possible" written with
lead pencil In the corrected copy.
NEW YORK. Feb. :7.-Tliom A pmi.
son was operated upon for mastoiditis to
night at the Manhattan Eve. Kar &
Throat Hospital, where he has been a
patient since Sunday, when an abscess
which had formed in the middle ear was
Mr. Edison is 61 vear old and .-hit.
it was admitted that a recurrence of his
earlier ailment had brought about a grave
condition. It was believed by those In
attendance that he would recover.
Instruct Delegates for Taft.
RPRTViiFl KI .TV O J-oh n i
J. Warren Kelfer was nominated for a
third term in congress by the Seventh
District Republicans here today. Gen
eral Kcifer and Senator W. P. Orr, of
Plqua, were named as delegates to the
National Convention, and Instructed to
vote for Taft.