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THE MORXIXG- OKEGCXNTA5", U til) AhSDAT, yOTKJIBEK 18, 19Q3.
Wanted in San Francisco Bri
bery Cases, He Will Fight
SAYS HE KNOWS NOTHING
A. S. Lathan, Who Gave Long Chase
to Secret Service Men, Declares
He Could Not Afford to
Til tell you why I l"ft Pnn Fran
cisco. It was because Detective Burns,
who is running things in the graft
cases, made me come to court every
iuv. lied take me in his office and
kei p me there for hours. On that ac
count I couldn't work. I have a wife
to support, and so when I got tired of
the foolishness I left." '
This was ttie explanation made yes
terday by Alexander S. I-athan. former
ly chauffeur for the notorious Abe Ruef,
and the much-heralded missing witness
In the Ituef-Ford-Calhoun trials. La
than was arrested in Portland, at
Kourth and Main streets, during the
forenoon, at the instance of California
secret service men. He was taken Into
custody by retective Howell, the San
Francisco men wishing to remain in the
r-acksrround. Almost before Lathan had
reached the police station a rush tele
gram was reecived by the police from
liistrict Attorney Landon, of San
Kranclsco. It read: "Arrest and hold
A. tf. Lathan, wanted here for bribery.
Papers are on the way."
Told of Mysterious Box.
It is known, however, that no charges
of actual bribery rest against Kuef's
chauffeur. He is wanted for what he
knows about the bribing of Supervisors
ly Ruef and other boodlers. Lathan
made a deposition before he left San
Francisco last January giving impor
tant evidence against Ruef and Tirey L.
Ford, of the United Railways. One
night he drove Ruef to Ford's office,
he said In that deposition. Ruef
emerged with a large box which he
took at once to a safety deposit vault.
It has been alleged that this was boo
dle. "Yes. I admit the truth of that," La
than said in discussing the case. "But
I don't know that there was any money
In tiie box. Ruef may have been the
Hggest kind of a grafter for all I know.
I'm not familiar with his dealings, and
my testimony wouldn't be worth a snap
to the prosecution."
lAthan Intends to fight requisition,
Rnd says he will not go back to San
Francisco unless he is forced back.
W ill right Ills Case.
"I haven't got much money, but I'll
hire a lawyer and tight requisition to
the bitter end." he said. "I went to
see John M. CSearin before my arrest,
as I suspected I was being shadowed.
I do not know yet whether he will act
as my attorney."
Although ronsMenable mystery has been
attached to Iithan'a long absence and the
inability of the best secret service men to
get trak of him until lately, he said he'd
really taken no pains to keep out of the
'I went to the depot one night in Janu.
ary and bouht a ticket to Ienver." he
uid. "I was under order of the court to
wait around until the trial of the cases,
but I couldn't afford to spend all my fam
ily fund watting for those fellows to get
ready for the trial. I would have been
harsting around there yet. and hungry by
this tune, if 1 hadn't pulled out. From
fnn Francisco I went direct to Denver
and then on to New York. From New
York I n-turned to IH-nver and then came
to Portland, where I met my wife.
Here for Two Monihs.
We have been in Portland for two
months past and have been living at '6
Tillamook street. 1 have made no effort
to keep out of sight or to disguise my
lf. I've been working for C. S. Stanley
for the past two wtt kn nnd prior to that
I worked at the. Horse Show."
1-nthan wiu told that he is accused of
having been houeht off nnd sent away
by the I'ntted Railway boodlers.
"Say, that's the greatest band of hot
air artists for imagining all sorts of
things." he exclaimed. "They can figure
net more charges against a man In less
time than anyone on earth. I didn't get
a cent for leaving. My whole bank ac
count at this time ie only That is
on deposit at the Merchants National
Hank. Does that sound like I'd been
getting anv of their money?"
"In driving Ruef about were you ever
offered an thing?"
"Not even the price of a cigar.'
Lathan Is a man of 2S. and looks even
younger. He is dark and smnll and is
constantly smiling. His detention at the
i'1iy Jaif last nisht eeemed to cause him
'I've done nothing wrong, have got a
. liar conscience, and so why should I
do anv worrying"" lie said.
NevertheW-ws the San Francisco authori
ses look uwn him as a witness of the
greatest importance, and It is likely that
lathan will have a brisk fight on hie
harnls If he attempts to evade extradition.
WILL BUILD NEW CHURCH
Vnlversalists Start Campaign to
Erect $15,000 FxllUce.
This week Rev. James D. Corby and
the congregation of the First Uni
versalis! Church will start their cam
paign for a new building that will be
.reeled either near East Twelfth or
Vast Twentieth street. Public meet
ings will be held during the week, be
ginning this afternoon and evening ana
lasting until Friday night. The Gen
eral Convention of the I nivcrsallsts of
the I'nite d Mates has made a cash do
nation of J i'ijO toward erection of the
A building costing between 110. 0(J
and $l.V'Ht is contemplated. The pres
ent property at Ha-st Klghth and East
Couch streets is worth about 13500,
and will iirobablv be sold and the re
ceipts aodel to the building fund. It
was through the efforts of Rev. Mr.
Corby that the j;eoo donation from
the convention was secured.
CHARGED IN FIRST DEGREE
Daly, Who Killed Kenny, Is Incrim
inated by Bystander.
Desperate bravado or foolhardlness
contributed to the death of Harry
Kenny, a saloonkeeper, who was shot
and killed hy Harry Daly, a destitute
bartender, in Kenny's saloon at 52
sixth street. Monday night. It devel
oped vestrrtiay at an inquest held over
Kenny, that he dared Daly to shoot
him. nt. had his hands over hit head
when lly fired.
Thcni'i Lienj, th- ola -eyewitness,.;
of -he tragedy, told the story of the
killing as he saw it. Lyons was a
close friend of Kenny's.
"I went into the saloon a little after
8:30 o'clock." Lyons testified. "Daly
and Kennv were standing in front of
the bar talking. Daly was demanding
1150 which he said Kenny owed him In
back wages. Kenny denied owing him
-""'111 make you pay It," Daly said."
"You'll not make me pay anything,
-Then 111 kill you was Daly
"You've threatened that before. You
wouldn't harm anybody." Kenny ans
wered. Then Kenny walked behind the bar
and held up his hands."
-Go ahead and shoot if you're so anx
ious.' he told Daly. 'And at that Daly
whipped out his revolver and began flr-
There were no other eyewitnesses of the
affair. Testimony relating to Daly's con
duct and to later Incidents of the crime
were given by T. Erickson. Police Ser
geant Goltx, Patrolman Burke, and Chris
The Jury in the case found Daly was
responsible. A complaint charging first
degree murder was at once drawn up.
It will likely be pleaded In Daly's defense
that he was mentally irresponsible. He
had been regarded as a harmless lunatic
for more than a year since he was injured
about the head in an accident on board
a river boat.
The funeral of Kenny will be held to
morrow morning at 9 o'clock from St.
Mary's Church, Williams avenue and
TANGLE GROWS HATER
REFEREXBrM MAY BE INVOKED
OX FRANCHISES GRANTED.
Applications for 40 New Grants to
Be Considered in Special Session.
City. Attorney's Opinion.
While the City Council is considering
the question as to what it will do with
40 applications for franchises for ad
ditions and extensions to the system of
the Portland Railway, Light and Power
Company, it is learned that the refer
endum is to be called into the contro
versy, if the Council grants any of the
applications without the most absolute
safeguards being incorporated for the
public good. This puts an entirely dif
ferent aspect on the situation. It leaves
the Council helpless. If referendum
petitions are circulated, and will
probably have a strong influence with
the Councllmen In determining upon
the provisions of the proposed grants.
The situation is made the more acute
because of an oral opinion, rendered
by City Attorney Kavanaugh for the
benefit of the special committee of
Councllmen name-j by Mayor Lane
several months a;o to investigate va
rious public grants. Mr. Kavanaugh's
opinion was given at a meeting of the
committee, held yesterday morning,
and is. in brief, that the city is help
less: that the streetcar company has
the upper hand, and can do about as it
pleases with all of its lines. There
have been numerous instances, accord
ing to data gathered for the committee,
where the company has abandoned
lines without notifying the city offic
ials and without any official sanction.
However, the city has no redress, ac
cording to Mr. Kavanaugh; the com
pany can do this without forfeiting
any of its rights under its franchises.
At a special meeting ot the City
Council, to be held tomorrow at 2 P.
M., the matter of the applications for
40 new franchises 'for extensions and
additions, will be considered further.
It is probable the Council will reach
the place where it will have to Incorp
orate or refuse to incorporate into the
franchises the various public safety
clauses, which are contained in the
franchise of the United Railways Com
pany. These regulate the number of
cars to be operated, specifying the
grade and weight of rails to be used;
sprinkling of streets. regulation of
fares and other features calculated to
inure to the beneiit of the people. The
company has officially stated that It will
not accept franchises with these clauses,
but it is said that, if the Council does not
see to It that these clauses are in the
franchises, the referendum will be in
voked on the whole number, and the mat
ter put up to the voters, to see whether
they are willing to have the Council
give away the rights to corporations
without the stringent regulations
named". It is also said that the refer
endum will be used against the com
pany if It attempts to abandon certain
of its lines on the East Side, especial
ly some of those in the Holladay and
MEN'S W00L COATS $1.
Vests of pure wool cloth. ............. -50c
Youths' Suits, sixes to 3S.... H.50
uMen's Pants, splendid goods 11.00
Boys' Knee Pants, ages 6 to 15 25c
Men's All-Wool Suits 15.00
Men's tine All-Wool Overcoats $10.00
At the closing-out sale ofr the wholesale
stock. Front and Oak streets. In the
wholesale district. .
Reserved seats for the annual game be
tween Multnomah and University of Ore
gon, on Thanksgiving day, can be secured
at Powers & Estes drugstore. Sixth and
Alder sts. Sale commences Thursday at
W A. M. "
AN ACTUAL FACT.
You can buy ladies" suits, worth
thirty dollars, at Le Palais Royal, for
$11.75. 375 Washington 8U
Tomorrow and Friday positively the
last davg for discount on Kast Side gas
bills. Don't forget to read Gas Tips.
RECEIVE NEW RULES
Harriman Lines to Distribute
Uniform Bill of Lading.
WILL FACILITATE SHIPPING
Consignments Are Permitted Under
Two Classes Cnder Regulations
Effective on All Western
Lines December 1.'
Shippers and others Interested will re
ceive circulars today from the traffic de
partment of the Harriman lines calling
their attention to the operation of the
uniform Dill of lading that will become
effective on the Western roads Decem
ber 1. The circular sets forth the prom
inent points of the new bill of lading and
shows the importance of making arrange
ments to comply with it upon the date
The new bill of lading provides for two
forms of shipment. One covers so-called
"straight" consignments and the other
order consignments- The different forms
provide that a limited liability service or
a common carrier's liability service may
be had of the railroads, as the consignor
Unless otherwise provided, property will
be carried at the reduced rate specified
If shipped subject to all the terms and
conditions of the uniform bill of lading.
If the consignor elects not to accept all
the terms and conditions of this form, he
should so notify the agent at the ship
ping point. If he does not give such
notice, it Is understood that he desires
his property carried subject to the terms
and conditions of the uniform bill of
lading In order to secure the reduced
Property carried not subject to all the
terms and conditions of the uniform bill
of lading will be at the carrier's liability,
limited only as provided by common law
and by the laws of the United States
and of the several states in so far as
they apply,- but subject to the terms and
conditions of the uniform bill of lading in
so far as they are not inconsistent with
such common carrier's liability. The rate
charged therefore will be 10 per cent higher
than the rate charged for property
shipped subject to all the terms of the
uniform bill of lading.
Supplies of the new bill of lading will
be furnished shippers by the Harriman
companies on request. The circulars to
be issued today will explain to shippers
the requirements of the new bill of lading
and how to comply with its provisions.
FIRST TRAIN OX HILL ROAD
Regular Passenger Service Inaugur
ated From Local Terminus.
The first regular passenger train to leave
Portland over the North Bank road for
Pasco got away yesterday morning from
the new Hoyt street station. Just estab
lished by the new Hill line in Its freight
terminal yards. The train was well filled
with passengenj and tne indications are
that the new road will have a large busi
ness into the territory reached by its line.
Hopes are entertained by the Hill com
pany that an entrance may be effected to
the Union depot by some arrangement to
be made later with the directors of the
Northern Pacific Terminal Company, a
Harriman corporation, but up to this time,
negotiations to that end have been fruit
less. However, a separate passenger sta
tion for the Hill trains only is not yet
projected until all hopes of being allowed
to enter the Union depot are abandoned.
One of the freight sheds at Eleventh
and Hoyt streets has been transformed
into a cozy passenger station and W. C.
Wilkes, local freight agent, is in charge.
D W. Coate has been appointed ticket
agent G. M. Gllnes has been made chief
clerk in the local freight office.
Freight Rules Arc Withdrawn.
The railroads have decided to withdraw
the rule put into effect November 1 re
garding the marking of freight by ship
pers. At that time a rule was made
setting certain hard and fast require
ments in marking freight shipments.
Thi3 was for the purpose of guarding
against loss by the freight going astray
either through improper marking or the
erasure of the name or address. It has
been decided to withdraw this rule and
restore the former custom of marking
freight. The old plan will be restored
as soon as it can be done by the amend
ment of the Western classification. All
lines will take the same action and the
withdrawal of the order will be hailed
with delight by shippers.
Will Attend Whitman Conference.
William McMurray, general agent, and
R. B. Miller, general freight agent for
the Harriman lines in the Pacific North
west, left the city last night for Walla
Walla where they will attend the educa
tional conference now in session in that
city. They will attend the banquet to
be given there in honor of D. K. Pearsons,
the benefactor of Whitman College, as
representatives of the Harriman railroad
Hill Traffic Official Coming.
J. 51. Hannaford, second vice-president
of the Northern Pacific Railway,
in charge of traffic, will visit Portland
next week. It has been about a year
since Mr. Hannaford was here last, and
he visits this territory at frequent in
tervals to keep In touch with 5ondN
tions here as regards traffic for his
Schooner Queen at San Pedro.
SAN PEDRO, Cal.. Nov. 17. The
schooner Queen. Captain Larsen. arrived
this morning. 22 days from Tillamook,
with 250,000 feet of lumber.
ENTERTAINS PIG IN CELLAR AND
THEN DEMANDS PAY FOR BOARD
Louis Kelm's Unusual Hospitality Lands Him in Police Court, But' He Is
AcQuitted on Charge of Theft.
SOME days ago a pig entered the
premises of Louis Kelm. on th
Llnnton road. It was not of the
human variety, but an ordinary pig of
the genus Sus. Mr. Kelm's Inviting
cellar attracted the pig. and it was
having the time of its life In his corn
bin when he came in and discovered the
animal. And. being of a hospitable
turn of mind. Kelm made the pig com
fortable instead of driving It from the
cellar. His wife wanted him to chase
it off the place, but kind-hearted Mr.
Kelm simply couldn't do it.
That was the reason he was in the
Municipal Court yesterday morning on
a charge of stealing the pig. For It
seems that when Frank L. Smith, who
had reared the pig. came along and de
manded the surrender of his property,
Kelm had formed such an attachment
for the little wanderer that he hesi
tated about giving it up. He did finally
consent to surrender it If Smith would
pay board, eutd lodging, en the sis dur
ing the eight days It had sojourned
at the Kelm domicile.
-Mr. Smith, who Is a local butcher,
said it was -a rare thing to strain hos
pltalitv to the point of asking remuner
ation for the food and ed given an in
vited guest. He refused to pay for the
pig's accommodation, and when Kelm
then refused to part company with the
pig, arrest followed.
All these circumstances were fully
explained to Municipal Judge Van Zante
yesterday morning, and he was inclined
to believe Kelm had done wrong in de
manding pay for the pig's entertain
ment. True, it had gone into the Kelm
cellar uninvited, escaping from a drove
of pigs that was being driven out to
the slaughter pen.
"But you needn't have kept it. the
court said. "You are not obliged to
feed stray animals. There Is a pound
master and estray pound for that pur
pose. I do not believe you Intended
stealing the pig or that you were in
any way guilty of theft, as charged in
the complaint. I will not fine or im
prison you. but you'll have to surren
der ihe lU."
The Great Trade-Building Sale now in progress here is given another attraction, that no
doubt will make many new and intensely loyal friends for this great store Thisnew feature
is a SweepSfReduction of One-Fourth Of f the Regular Price of All Our-Overcoats.
.None are exempt from the sharp price cut, although some of them only arrived
from the factory a short week ago.
Overcoats Reduced One-Fourth
Measure the importance of this sale by the Overcoats themselves. Here are
Overcoats for every use business, dress, driving, fair or foul weather.
Here are Overcoats of every standard fabric from the best mills in the land.
Here are Overcoats in so great variety that every man is offered widest
choice Here are Overcoat values unequaled in this vicinity or any other
vicinity because "Brownsville" trade advantages, "Mill-to-Man meth
ods," and last but by no means least, our keen desire to make many new
friends, bring these coats to you at a saving of an even "fourth off reg
S15.QO Overcoats, A Off, Now $11.25
$18.00 Overcoats, 4 Off. Now $13.50
$20.00 Overcoats, A Off, Now $1S.QQ
$25.00 Overcoats, V4 Off, Now $18.7 ' .
S3Q.OO Overcoats, A Off, Now $22.50
The Free and Unrestricted Choice of
Anv Suit in the Store at
No Matter What They Cost Us, or the Fact That They Always
Sell in This Store at $18, $20, $22,5$25 and Some
at $30, the Special Price Now is Just $15.00
These are "warmer clothing" days assuredly, and we've been doing and
are doing our level best for the public in value-giving. That our efforts are
meeting with great approval is shown by the crowds that visit us daily.
Brownsville Woolen Mill Store
3d and Stark Sts. " MiU-to-Man Clothiers" Portland, Or.
WOULD ENJOIN CITY
Southern Pacific Will Fight
for Fourth-Street Service.
APPEAL TO FEDERAL COURT
Company Secures Belay Before Mu
nicipal Service, but Mayor Lane
May File TTew Complaints
Against Manager O'Brien.
It was officially announced yester
day that the Southern Pacific Railroad
Company, through its -lcgfil depart
ment, will seek an injunction against
the city In the Federal Court as soon
as the papers can be drawn. The cor
poration will seek to enjoin the mu
nicipal officials from -forcing obedi
ence to the provisions of an ordinance
which prohibits the operation of steam
locomotives or freight cars over the
This is the result of the arrest late
Monday afternoon of J. P. O'Brien,
general manager of the Harriman
lines in Oregon, who is charged with
violation of the ordinance. When his
case was called before- . Municipal
Judge Van Zante yesterday morning,
W. I. Fenton. chief counsel for the
Southern Paciflo asked a postponement
of the hearing until November 30,
which was consented to by Deputy
City Attorney Sullivan, but without
the knowledge of City Attorney Kav
anaugh. The latter declared .last night
that he may not let the matter rest
as long as the date named, if the
company should fail to institute its
suit in the United States Court on in
Mayor IJane, when informed as to
the decision of the company to seek
an injunction against the city, declined
te make any statement. It was inti
mated yesterday that he may instruct
Chief of Police Gritzmacher to pro
cure a complaint from the City Attor
ney daily and to arrest Mr. O'Brien
repeatedly until the matter is brought
to a focus. The general belief is that
the Executive will be guided in his
actions largely by the attitude of the
company officials and the speed with
which they carry their case into
One of the principal contentions of
the company will be that it is in duty
bound to carry the United States
malls on the West Side line, it being
under contract to do so. and that It
would forfeit its original grant from
the Government, should ti.e Fourth
street line be abandoned. Another
contention of the company will be
that the franchise of the line is not re
vocable by the City Council, and the
corporation will put up a strong fight
on these grounds.
Mr. Kavanaugh expressed confidence
last night that he will be able to dis
prove all of the contentions of the
company officials. He declares that
it will be easy to establish the right
of tb.a .Council to jegulate traffic ovet
the line in question or to revoke the
grant at any time.
GROOM GONE; MONEY', TOO
Bride of Four Days Tells Sorrowing
Tale at Seattle.
SEATTLiE, Wash., Nov. 17. (Spe
cial.) Four days after their wedding,
Bernard C. Long deserted his 20-year-old
wife, taking with him tiaX all the
money she had, according to the alle
gations made before Justice Joln B.
Gordon, who issued a warrant for the
The bride told a pathetic story of
Long's wooing and their marriage. For
the first two or three days after their
wedding day, she said, he treated her
kindly, but on the fourth day he gained
possession of her money and then left
her. Amid her sobs she told the Jus
tice that after his disappearance she
learned that Long had been married
before, and relate! how he had evaded
the subject which she had often
broached during their courtship.
The police believe the man has left
Tomorrow and Friday positively the
last davg for discount on East Side gas
bills. Don't forget to read Gas Tips,
Notice to stockholders, page 17.
"We solicit deposits sub
ject to check, savings ac
counts on which we pay in
terest, deposits for fixed or
indefinite periods for which
our certificates issue, trusts
under will, corporate or syn
dicate trusts, bond issues,
estates for final distribution
or other distribution, etc
Consult us freely concern
ing any phase of our service.
Savings S Trust
247 Washington Street.
,Grand Opening Day..
REX FURNITURE GO.
230 SECOND STREET, Bet. Salmon and Main
Today is the opening of our store
with a new and fresh stock of up-to-date
furniture of all kinds.
WHAT WE OFFER OUR CUSTOMERS
Honest dealings and good values
WHAT WE DO
Deliver goods promptly, in first-class condition
and just as represented. If not right, we make it
right. Come in and get acquainted. We can save
you money on that new home you are about to fur
nish. Remember, if not right we make it right.
REX FURNITURE COMPANY
Talking Machine Records
Cut Nearly in Half
A vast assortment of strictly brand new disc. records for all. makes
of talking machines retailed regularly at 0c the world over, will be
offered tomorrow at nearly half or 33c each (not more than six records
to each customer). All that is best in band ana operatic selections,
voca?ahnd insTumental numbers, exc. etc. are Included in this unpre
cedented offer. Here's a fine chance to get a Bplendid assortment of
new records at little expense. Come the first thing.
To call particular attention to our splendid Talking Machine depart
ment (acknowledged the finest and most modernly equipped in the
West) we will offer a limited number of high-grade Talking Machines
at drastic reductions. All are strictly brand new, very latest styles,
tapering arm, etc
The reg. $25 Talking Machines
and 6 records, only. . .$19.75
The reg. $40 Talking Machines
and 6 records, only. . .$24.90
The reg. $85 Talking Machines
and 6 records, only. . .$49.25
- i nA "V-. machines will
K1L 1UI1J icua.ttiitn.-. ..v
be sold to dealers at these prices ana
only one to each customer. This Is posi
tive. Pay cash or easy payments. e
reserve the right to withdraw this offer
just as soon as the certain number of
machines are sold. Arrange to come right
GRAVES MUSIC CO., Ill Fourtfi Street
The Largest and Finest Music Emporium in the West