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VOL. XLYIII. XO. 14,901.
PORTLAND, OREGON, TUESDAY, DECE3IBER 15, 1908.
PRICE FIVE. CENTS.
Confession of Browns
CAUSES ATTACK ON ROOSEVELT
Boyd Conyers, One of Negro
MERCY IS RECOMMENDED
Special Mrajte Sends Details of
Itiot to Senate and Starts For
alter Again on Hunt for
Roosevelt's ' Scalp.
WASHINGTON. Dec. 14. The
Brownsville riot case asln became a
live issue In the feud between Presi
dent Roosevelt and Senator Foraker
today. The Senator reopened the con
troversy by reading: letters from some
of the discharged soldiers, telling- of
attempts of detectives to extort con
fessions. Then he offered an amend
ment to his bill for the reinstatement
of the ex-soldlers. providing- that evi
dence as to their guilt or Innocence be
taken by a commission of three retired
Army officers as a prerequisite to their
re-enllstment. thus taking this power
from the President.
This assault was met by a counter
blast from the President. A special
message was read, accompanied by the
report of detectives, who have ascer
tsined what purport to be the facts
about the riot, with the names of the
ringleaders. The President recom
mended that those ex-soldiers who
could show their Innocence be rein
stated. The correspondence embodied
the report of Lawson. a negro detec'
tlve, who told the story of the riot ai
related to him by Boyd Conyers. one
of the ringleaders, at Monroe. Ga.
Would Take Away Power. ;
In his first speech, delivered before
- the message was read, Mr. Foraker
said that during the Bummer letters had
been coming to him front these discharged
negro soldiers, declaring that detectives
were constantly engaging them in conver
sation. The Senator spoke of the actlV'
lties of the detectives, as outlined by his
correspondents, saying that in many cases
they went ao far aa to take up their
dwelling' with the discharged soldiers for
the purpose of securing their confidence
and spying upon their movements.
Ut approved ferreting out the facts,
hut declared that there was a right way
to do It-
Mr. Foraker again took the floor as
soon as the President's message and
the accompanying reports had been
read. He read a letter from Conyers,
in which the latter speaks of the visit
of Lawson to Monroe. Ga., where Con
vera had been living. Conyers says he
learned that Lawson was there to 'pick"
him and that he had the "High Sheriff"
arrest Lawson. As Lawson had not
had any opportunity to talk with Con
yers. according to the tatter's letter. It
made him angry and Conyers says
Lawson "told lies" to the Sheriff about
Scores Xcgro Detective.
Mr. Foraker referred caustically to
the colored detective, calling attention
to the fact that his "high-sounding,
smooth, logical report is signed with
his mark, and then added:
"Oh. Mr. President, when this thing Is
gone to the bottom of. all honest mti
will be ashamed of it."
Taking up a second letter from Con
yers. and before reading It, Mr. For
"This Is a little tedious, perhaps, but
I think It Is due to this soldier, due to
the truth and due to common decency
that the story be told."
Mr. Foraker said the President's
statement concerning this investiga
tion by detectives showed the propriety
of adopting such a provision aa that
embodied In his amendment.
"It seems to me," he said, "that one
of the worst features of this whole un
fortunate business is that this man
should now be pursued in this way by
secret detectives In the manner I have
Will Look After Detective.
Mr. Foraker read a letter he had
written to Conyers, In which he said
he would "look after the detectives
who are visiting him."
"That promise will be made good,"
declared Mr. Foraker. "Enough has
been shown to make It the Imperative
duty of the Senate to create a tribunal I
before which these men can go and re
ceive a hearing. Is there anything
more atrocious than this case against
these men? This Is the sixth time they
have been put on trial and five times
they have been acquitted. In my opin
ion." Mr. Foraker concluded by declaring
that the President's statement that the
espionage against the soldiers of the
Tweny-flfth regiment would be con
tinued was additional reason for some
prompt action by the Senate.
President Also Recommends Leni
ency for Less Guilty Soldiers.
WASHINGTON. Dec. ' 14. The Presi
dnt's special message on the Browns-
XCoadudcd on Fag I
MME. SCHEFF AND
JOHN FOX, JR., WED
'PRIMA DOXXA" PRIMA DOXXA
. SURPRISES FRIEXDS.
Appears as I'snal at Knickerbocker
Theater In New York, Looking
Both Happy and Radiant.
NEW YORK. Dec 14. (Special.)
Frltxl Scheff, prima donna of the
"Prima Donna" company, who was re
cently reported engaged to be married to
John Fox. Jr.. the novelist, was married
to Mr. Fox last Sunday at 3 o'clock at
the residence of Rector H. Fox. brother
of the groom. In Mount Klsco. The wed
ding at this time completely surprised the I
friends of both bride and groom.
It was also reported that Mrs. Alfred
Peats, a friend of the comic opera star,
had obligingly given up her apart
ments at 471 Park avenue to Mme.
Scheff and Mr. Fox, and had transport
ed her own household to the Plaza
Hotel temporarily. ,
When Mrs. Peats' home was called
up on the telephone, a woman an
swered the telephone, who. after some
persuasion, admitted that she was
Mme. SchefT's maid. She was asked to
call Mme. Scheff to the telephone. With
decided Germanic accent she said:
"No. I cannot do It. Mme. Scheff Is
not yet awake. I cannot disturb her.'
Mrs. Fox appeared as usual tonight at
the Knickerbocker Theater, looking very
happy and radiant.
PORTLAND GIRL ROBBED
Tells Chicago Police Man V1k
Lured Her Away Bobbed Her.
CHICAGO, Dec. 14. (Special.) Miss
Annie Deacon, a property-owner in Port
land. Or., told the police today that she
was lured to Chicago by Albert B. Carroll
upon promise of marriage and robbed of
tlOOO In cash and fcOO worth of Jewelry.
Expecting- to be married today. Jliss Dea
con donned her wedding attire at Wind
sor-Clifton Hotel and awaited the bride.
groom. He failed to appear and soon, she
charges, she discovered he had disap
peared with her property.
. Miss Deacon explained to Captain H.
D. O'Brien, of the Detective Bureau, that
she had brought the cash at the request
of Carroll, who said he wanted to en
gage In business here. Carroll, she as
serted, took her money and Jewelry "for
safe keeping." They had not come far
on the eastward Journey, says Miss Dea
con, when Carroll said that his trunk had
fallen off the train with all of his cloth
ing and valuable papers. Upon reaching
Chicago he disappeared. Thinking that
h was. detained by making necessary
purchases, her suspicions were not aroused
until noon. , ,
BRYAN WILL NOT DICTATE
Peerless One Only Seeks to Have
Party Pledges Kept.
LINCOLN, Ncb..Dep. 14. That Wil
Ham J. Bryan will not attempt to die-
tate the action of the Nebraska Legis
lature this Winter, but will act only
in an advisory capacity, is indicated
by a statement made public here to
"I have only one Interest in the Leg
islature," said Mr. Bryan, "and that Is
to see every pledge of our platform
Mr. Bryan said that he would spend
part of his Winters in Texas here
after, but that he had no intention of
changing his residence. Regarding his
interest in Democratic newspaper ven
tures, Mr. Bryan entered a denial to
the report that, his support extended
to other ventures than his own paper.
Named as a logical candidate for
Senator from Nebraska, Mr. Bryan ex
plained his position by saying merely
that the ' election does not occur for
two years, and that no one could tell
what might happen.
TRY TO MOB SCHLATTER
nealer" Calls McKinley an Anar
chist Leaves on First Train.
MACOMB. 111., Dec. 14. Declaring
at a meeting here last night that Presi
dent McKinley was an anarchist, that
he turned more people loose to prey
on society than any man In the world
and that the assassination of McKinley
waa all right excepting that it did not
happen soon enough, the self-styled
Divine Healer" Schlatter only es
caped personal violence from a mob
through intervention of the police. The
officers escorted Schlatter to the first
train out of town, followed by a mob
of citizens threatening violence.
DYING MAN J3URNS MONEY
Russian Millionaire Then Tells Rel
atives About Evils of W ealth.
LONDON, Dec. 14. A special dis
patch from St. Petersburg to the Daily
Mail relates that a dying Moscow mil
lionaire named Peterhof had his whole
fortune drawn from the bank and the
nank notes brought to the sick room.
They were then piled before him and
set on fire. Peterhof then called his
relatives and showed them what he had
done, congratulating them on escaping
from the evils of wealth.
ROOSEVELT SEEKS PERMIT
Wants to Hunt Big and Little Game
In Belgian Africa.
BRUSSELS. Dec 14. President Roose
velt has applied to the Belgian gov
ernment, through the American Lega
tion, for a hunting permit In Belgian
territory in Africa, This will be
granted. It will cover 1909 and In
clude both big and small gamer
Package Found in Mail
Clew to Robbers.
SUPPOSED PART OP PLUNDER
$2400 Wrapped in Newspaper
Received by Wrong Man.
SECRET SERVICE AT WORK
Government Detectives Join Chase
for Highwaymen Bank Takes
Steps to Recover Money
Found in I tan.
Fifty secret service agents and private
detectives are at work on what' is be
lleved to be the first live trail yet found
of the three robbery who took nearly
$15,000 from the East Side Bank a week
ago. At the same time negotiations are
under way whereby the East Side Bank
may recover $2400 of the stolen money.
This money is now in the hands of the
postal authorities at Ogden, Utah, and
at the same place the live trail of at
least one of the robbers has developed.
Two $500 bills. 14 $100 bills and ten $1
bills, all wrapped In an old newspaper
and shipped as second-class mail to
Ogden Saturday was claimed by the
wrong man end thus the presence of the
loot in the mails became known. The
money was addressed to Charles, Price
and was called for, a few hours after
reaching the postoffice by Charles Price,
an Ogden plasterer. Price, on finding. the
money in the package honestly returned
it to the postoffice, knowing that it waa
not intended for him.
Money Is Ordered Held.
The connection between this bundle of
money and the Portland bank robbery
was eeen Instantly by the Ogden postal
authorities and the attention of the police
was called to the discovery. Communi
cation was at om-e entered into with
Portland. Vnd word was sent out by til
local police department to hold the money
and arrest and investigate any persons
who might call for it. Officers were im
mediately sent to the postoffice to watch
for the Charles Price who had shipped
It Is said that this second Price called
at .the postoffice late Saturday, but be
came suspicious at the conduct of the
clerk who attempted to delay him. At
least he has not been detained as yet.
although every train In the West has been
searched, the detective agencies of every
Important town stirred to action on the
case, and the telegraph wires of the coun
try have been fairly weighted down with
messages on the subject. No fewer than
eight telegrams have been received by
. (Concluded on Pffe IS.) I
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I READ IT FIRST; THEN SEND
I The annual New Year's num-
bcr of The Oregonian,is always
I a fine paper to send away to
one's friends; and . many thou
I sands regularly are so distrib-
uted every year. This year's is
i sue will contain much of value
J and interest to the regular read
t era of The Oregonian, as well as
I to the stranger who may wish to
know about Oregon and the Pa
cific Northwest. - Pictorially the
Annual will have ,roany fine
t features, some of the views be
ing exceptional and all of them
being new. Indeed, the pictures
will: be the most conspicuous
and attractive ' thing about the
Annual. There. will be a great
variety of articles covering every
phase of life in Portland and
Oregon, all " by competent and
well known writers.' Altogether,
the forthcoming- Annual will be
a number that, very .likely, you
will want to read clear through.
At any rate, you will look with,
care and appreciation at every
picture in it. .
Look for the' Annual's appear
ance on January 1, 1909. .
LINK FURNITURE STORES
Middle Western Men Propose Chain
Throughout United States.
CHICAGO. Dec, 14. (8pecial.) Plans for
the formation of a chain of furniture
stores throughout the United States were
considered at a meeting of Middle West
ern furniture dealers and manufacturers
held at the Stratford Hotel today and
tonight. Details of the proposed com
pany were not made known, although It
waa declared "this is no trust, simply a
corporation for the general retail furni
ture business." - - -
The conference will be concluded to
morrow, when details will be arranged
for the new project. There were present
J. N. Moore, Detroit; C. F. Sweet, Grand
Rapids; N. T. Sloan, Detroit; Thomas
Larson, Manitowoc; A. G. Barron. She
boygan; J. J. Schneider, Grand Rapids,
and representatives from Missouri, Ken
tucky, Ohio. Indiana and Illinois.
PUT TAX ON CIGARETTES
House Passes Bill Aimed at Coffin
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14. The House
passed a bill placing an annual tax of
$100 on all dealers" In cigarettes or cigar
ette papers. The measure was offered
ly Representative Mann, of Illinois, as
an amendment to a bill imposing a tax
of $12 on all dealers handling manu
factured tobacco products.
WILL ELECT TAFT FEB. 10
Congress to Assemble and Canvass
Vote for Chief Executive.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14. Senator
Burrows, chairman of the Committee on
Primaries and Elections, today intro
duced a resolution providing that the
two houses of Congress shall assemble
in the chamber of the .house on Wed
nesday, February 10, to canvass the
vote for President and Vice-President.
THE DROP j
Him on Arrival.
SICK, BUT FULL OF ENERGY
Man Whom France Scorned Is
GREETINGS SENT KAISER
While Dutch Squadron Ravages
Venezuelan Shipping and Riots
Disturb Caracas, Castro Pre
pares for Surgical Operation.
.' BERLIN, Dec. 14. President Castro,
of Venezuela, arrived here this even
ing. The train was late but was await
ed by, a dense crowd of people. No
precautions had been taken to prevent
the public from crowding the plat
forms,' and, as the train steamed into
the depot, the President was greeted
with shouts of "Long live Castro!"
There was a general lifting of hats and
The Venezuelan Charges d'Affatres at
Berlin, Senor Veloz Goetlcca; Senor
Nachod, the Consul at Berlin, and other
prominent Venezuelans, had the great
est difficulty in making their way to
the entrance of the car, where Castro
stood waiting to descend. The Presi
dent, although having the appearance
of a sick man, was full of energy. He
wore a gray soft hat and a black over
coat. -As soon as the train came to a
standstill he stepped out quickly and
cordially embraced Senors Veloz and
Germans Play Venezuelan Hymn,
Further cheering broke out as the
President's wife and the 15 other mem
bers of his party descended. They then
left the station and found, drawn up
outside, several motor, cars. In which
they drove to the Hotel Esplanade. The
corridors of the hotel were crowded
when they arrived, and a band struck
up the Venezuelan hymn as President
Castro entered. The President declined
to be interviewed.
Sends Homage to Kaiser.
Members of Castro's suite stated that
he President had sent a dispatch to
Emperor William from Hebestat, stat
ng that he had come to Germany for
medical treatment, and expressing pro
found homage to His Majesty.
According to the same . authority.
when he learned the news of the cap
ture of a Venezuelan vessel by the
Dutch cruiser Gelderland he was great-
(Concluded on Pace 6.)
ON COMING NORTH
RETURN" SOUTH AFTER
Governor-Elect's Son Says Father Is
Better Than Any Time Since
He Became Sick.
SEATTLE. Wash., Dec. 14. (Special.)
In a dispatch received at Walla Walla,
from Paso Robles, this afternoon by
Eugene Lorton. editor -of the Evening
Bulletin. Howard G. Cosgrove states that
his father, S. G. Cosgrove, is nearer him
self than he has been at any time since
the Republican state convention In May.
"I found that Monday father had not
been expected to live 24 hours, but that
Monday noon he had braced up a little
and had held Us own until about Thurs
day noon, when, to the surprise of every
one, including the physicians, one by one
the alarming sj'mptems began to disap
pear. The change for the good has con
tinued steadily and father today is nearer
himself than he has been at any time
since he was taken sick following the
Republican state convention in Spokane
"Father may go to Olympia for inaugu
ration in January and immediately return
here until sunny weather comes again
in the north, or he may stay here, taking
the oath of office at this place. These
are matters as yet undecided.''
JUDGE JOHN GARBER DIES
Well-Known California Jurist Suc
cumbs to Typhoid Fever.
BERKELEY. Cal.. Dec. 14. Juilse
John Garbcr, well known in California
and Nevada as a Jurist and mining law
yer, died at his home here' late last night
from the pffeets of an attack of typhoid
fever. Judge Garber came to California
in the early days from Virginia. Later
he went to Virginia City, Nev., where
he practiced law until he was elected
to the Supreme Court of that state. At
the end of his term he returned to Cali
fornia. Since that time he has been
engaged as attorney in some of the
most famous litigations in this state,
including the Blythe and Fair cases and
the Government suit against the Central
Paciflc Railroad and the Stanford es
tate. SET DOWN CALHOUN TRIAL
Alleged Briber to Be Given Heitring
January 5 If Convenient.
SAN FRANCISCO. Bee. 14. Judge
Law lor today &vt for January 5. the
trial of Patrick Cullinun on the indict
ment charging him . with having offered a
bribe to Supervisor F. P. Nicholas to
vote for a trolley franchise for the I'nit-
ed Railroads, of which he is president.
It was agreed that If Mr. Calhoun did
not arrive from the 13a st by that date
another continuance should bo had.
Continuances also were granted in the
cafces of Tirey Ford, Thorn wall Mul
lally, E. E. Schmitz and Supervisor
Nicholas, F. G. Drunim, John Martin,
Ku gene DeSahla.
The cases against Abraham Ruef were
all allowed to stand on the calendar, his
counsel beins absent.
CONFER ON LIVE PROBLEMS
Straus May Call Leaders to Consider
Affairs of Labor.
WASHIXCSTON". Doc. 14. Secretary
Straus has referred to a special commit
tee of the Department of Commerce and
l.abor the advisability of calling together
Important labor leaders, publicists and
directors of big industries for the purpose
of considering several questions of im
portance throughout the country.
Some subjects are the extent-ion of the
steamboat inspection service, the preven
tion of misleading information being dis
seminated in Europe concerning demands
for labor in the United States: more ef
fective work in locating immigrants: the
problem of the unemployed, and the
Roosevelt foundation for the promotiun
of industrial peace.
WANTS . RECEIVER NAMED
Court Asked to Take Hand in St.
Louis . Transit Company.
ST. LOUIS. Dec. 14. Declaring that
David R. Francis. Murray Carleton.
James Campbell. Judge Henry Priest.
Brown brothers of New York and other
stockholders of the St. Louis Transit
Company owe that corporation more
than $10,000.01)0 as the result of the sale
of the company's common stock in 18!'9.
J. Brooks Johnson applied to the Cir
cuit Court today for a receiver for the
corporation, which was absorbed by the
United Railways Company several years
ago. Johnson holds claims amounting
I to $30,000 against the transit company.
RAINEY TO INVESTIGATE
Illinois Congressman Will Probe
Into Panama Canal Scandal.
WASHINGTON. Dec. li .Not content
with a review of the official papers in
the Panama Canal purchase case. Repre
sentative Rainey, of Illinois, author of
the resolution for a Congressional in
vestigation of the case, will spend the
holidays in New York interviewing a
number of persons who have information
on the subject.
"If I find that a mistake has been
made and that no improper relations
existed in connection with the deal. I
shall drop the entire matter," said Mr.
Rainey today. Otherwise, he said, he
should make public his information.
BANKER JURY DISAGREES
Twelve Men Unable to Give Verdict
in Uhineliart Case.
WAYNESBURG. Pa.. Dec. 14. The
jury in the case of J. B. F. Rhinehart,
cashier and vice-president of the de
funct Farmers & Drovers National
Hank, could not agree on. a verdict
and Ks discharged today.
The hank failed two years ago for
$-'.000,001. Rhinehart was charged
with forjery and false pretense.
Ships Equal to British
of Same Date.
LATEST BEAT DRE ADNAUGHT
Admiral Answers Critics With
ARMOR IS WELL PLACED
Scoffs at Ueuterdahl's Statement
Our Ships Like Those Russians
Lost Only Blunder Due
to Line Officers.
NEW YORK. Dec. 14. The latest
battleships built by this country are
vastly superior to England's Dread
nought Is emphatically stated by Rear
Admlral Robley D. Kvans In a maga
zine article written by him. wherein
he strongly defends the American
Navy and replies to criticisms of it.
"I do not for a moment claim that
the Indiana and her sister ships are
equal to the Dreadnaught of the Kng
lisli navy." says Admiral Evans, "only
that she Is the equal of the English
ships designed at the same time. But
I do claim that our latest ships are
vastly superior to the Dreadnaught,
and I believe, that every fighting man
who has given the subject Intelligent
consideration will agree with me."
The Admiral urges the superiority of
the 13-lnch gun over the 12-lnch gun
and asserts that the change to the
lesser caliber to conform to England's
type was a most serious blunder. This
Is chargeable, he says, to the seagoing
officers of the Navy and not to any
Armor-Belt Is Safe.
Regarding the waterline armor belt,
"I am sure, after many weeks of
clorfe observation, that the lower edge
of the armorbelt is too high rat'lier
than too low." It had been strenu
ously contended by critics that the low
location of the belt was a vital point
of weakness. "As the upper edge of
the belt Is always even with or above
the level of the protective belt," con
tinues Admiral Evans, "the danger to
be apprehended from a projectile pene
trating above the bell, beyond the
wrecking effect of such projectile. Is
that due to the amount of water that
may enter the hole. It Is the damage
that may be done by such projectiles
entering below that may cause the
ship to sink by exploding magazines
or boilers, but this is Improbable. It
will require many 12-Inch shells on the
waterline or on any other to disable
or sink such a ship. If the officers and
men know their business and want to
Admiral Evans dednres the state
(ConnliKied on Pace 2.)
INDEX OF. TODAY'S NEWS
YESTERDAY Maximum triune' ature, 4-7
degrees; niinlniuin. :ts degrees.
TOD A V Fair; nort herl v winds.
Castro arrives at Berlin and is cheered hy
sreat crowd, rage 1.
Seizure of Venezuelan ships by Holland
causes riots at 'araras. Page I.
House ve it Ferris cm fission of Browne Hie
rlntr to Senate and recom mends clem
ent y to leys guilty; Foraker renews at
tack, rage 1.
Leadpr of Brownsville riot tills whole story.
Japan t sr-ip pll emigration to United
states. Page $.
Steel magnates summoned to tariff hearing
Adn'lral Kvans defends Navy agfli:i?t critirs.
House insurgent s any they have doubled
law a. Page 7
Supreme Court decides ftarrimin and Kahn
need not answer disputed quest lent.
John Fox and Fritzi Scheff are married.
Portland girl lured to Chicago and robbed
by man she was going to marry. Page 1.
Fn paneling- of Jury to try Jenkins Halm
teg'ns. Page G.
Dudley R. Clarke, of pnrtlaml. elected rap
tain of Cnlversfty of Oregon football
siuad. Pr.ge 7.
M''i'reiHe thinks Spokane team will fail to
swamp Beaver. Page 7.
Salmon interest s o Oregon and Washing
ton to frame legislation acceptable to
both states. Page 8.
Oregon I rrigation 'ongress meets at Baker
City today. Page s .
Secretary of State Nichols may tak chair
aa acting Governor of Washington.
Commercial and Marine.
H"p buying continues on large scale.
Wheat still lower at Chicago. Page 1H.
Flurry !n rail money at New York. Page In,
Hill interests may place steamships Presi
dent and Governor on San Krancisco
portiand route. Page IS.
Portland and Vicinity.
Money found In moil at Ogden believed to
part of East Side bank loot. Page 1.
Three men hold up East side grocery and
get $1.5. Page 13.
Bowernian leads in race for President ol
Senate; Kay second, page 14.
Local lumber mills can now compete with
Seattle on Government contrarts Page 14
School Board has trouble adjusting increase
in teachers' pay. Page 14.
Council committee would take liquor li
censes from hotels and restaurants
Legislature to consider bill for state water
regulation. Pae S.
ncstaurant men get out Injunction against
city officials, page I-.
State surprises defense In murder ca fcy
its raniUity. Page 12.