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VOL. XLIX.-XO. 15,041. , PORTLAND, OREGON, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1009. PRICE FIVE CESTS.
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COTTON GIVES INSIDE HISTORY
Savs Oreoon Trunk Blocks
Road Up Deschutes. .
ATTEMPT TO BUY FUTILE
Desplt of O. R. & Counsel,
Chamber of Commerce Will Send
Lobby to Salem for the
Opposition from other railroads that has
retarded th construction of the Harri
man line Into Central Oregon was dis
closed at the special meeting of the
Chamber of Commerce yesterday after
noon when sharp criticism of the Harri
man interests was made for delay in
railroad construction In this state. Stung
to th point of defending the Harriman
system's operations here, W. W. Cotton,
general counsel for the Harriman lines
in the Northwest, explained that delay in
building the line up the Deschutes River
has been forced upon them by others.
Th Oregon TTunk Line has surveys
identical with a portion of the Deschutes
Railroad, the Harriman project into Cen
These facts, however, did not appease
the wrath of the members of the organ
ization, and a resolution was unanl
mously adopted calling for state support
for railroad construction. A strong com
mttte was named to go to Salem and
work for the passage of the bill now be
fore the Legislature that will give the
state or districts of the state power to
construct railroads. '
Two Offers to Sell Out.
Interesting Jnsido railroad history was
shown at yesterday's meeting, and it de
veloped that the Oregon Trunk Line, in
corporated by W. F. Nelson, of Seattle,
had made two distinct efforts to sell out to
the Harriman people once for JS2.000, and
later, when half of the property had been
i acquired by Porter Bros., for J310.000. The
! Harriman lines nibbled and paid over
J1T.O0O, but the Oregon Trunk Line did rot
deliver the property and the sum was re
turned. ' ,
Mr, Cotton revealed railroad history
; that has up to this time been hidden in
, the archives -of the two companies.
Litigation between the two warring
railroads has been In progress for
months and briefs and processes have
been filed by each side to the con
troversy. A representative of the legal
department of the Harriman lines has
been in 'Washington during the past
week trying- to get action on the maps
of the Deschutes Railroad, the O. It. &
N. branch, but without success.
Special Meeting Is Held.
Yesterday's session of the Chamber
of Commerce was a special one. called
at the request of the transportation
committee, and was well attended. Its
object was set forth as being to devise
ways and means to promote railroad
building in this state. The meeting
was held In the rooms of the organiza
tion In the Chamber of Commerce build
ing at 3:30 yesterday afternoon.
William MacMaster, president of the
Chamber of Commerce, presided at yes
terday's meeting. "Our purpose in
coming together today is to consider
the ways and means of furthering rail
road construction in this state," said
Mr. MacMaster. "A bill has been in
troduced in the Legislature that will
give the state power to proceed with
the construction of railroads. The up
state members of the Legislature are
in favor of it, but the Multnomah dele
gation is against it. The transporta
tion committee of the chamber wants
an expression from the business inter
ests and the members of this organ!-,
zatlon- on this measure."
Wood Criticises Harriman.
C. E. S. "Wood was called upon by
President MacMaster to speak on the
subject. "I cannot claim any original
ity in this matter, although I have been
urging it." said Mr. Wood. "What par
ticularly aroused me was a recent meet
ing at Vale, where a delegation from
Idaho pledged the Legislature of that
state to take any action that Oregon
might along this line.
"We who have seen both Eastern Ore
gon and Eastern Washington, alike
sagebrush deserts, can appreciate the
need for some action. Eastern Wash
ington is now settled, with its thriving
cities, while Eastern Oregon, which is
a better country for wheat and sugar
beets. Is still unsettled and is largely
lacant lands. While I have freely crit
icised the policy of the Union Paciflc, I
have never flung stones at Harriman.
I do not believe he is doing his duty by
Eastern Oregon. The policy of the rail
road is not my conception of the moral
duty of those who are allowed to build
railroads. To take millions earned in
one territory to head oft! other rail
roads that would build here is. In my
opinion, not doing the right thing.
"I believe Eastern Oregon needs a
railroad more than the Puget Bound ter
ritory needs a parallel line to the North
ern Pacific ' from Portland and tunnels
at Tacoma and terminals there and at
(Concluded on Page ll.
Answers Divorce STilt by Citing Mar
ital Oppression Cnder Which
ST. LOUIS,- Mo., Feb. 10. (Special.)
Sadly lacking in appreciation of the Im
port of those words, "love and obey,'
Is Charles B. Menaugh's characterization
of his wife, who 26 years ago framed an
Ironclad set of 10 rules and forced obe
dience through the years of their marital
existence. The meek and lowly Charles
at last has spurred his courage to open
revolt He submitted a cross-bill in an
swer to his wife's suit for divorce filed
several days ago. She charges desertion.
"Can you blame me?" he replies, and
appends these to his allegation:
Bang a gong as signal for him to re
Locked the house at 7 P. M.
If he wasn't In he slept in the wood
Forced to take off his shoes at the
Made him pay $10 a week board and
the grocer's bill.
Made him carry water from cistern
and wash his own clothes.
Gave her pet 'poodle Gary a bath twice
Denied him a plunge except on Sunday,
Forced him to eat with a fork, when
he was taught to use a knife.
Wouldn't let him eat at table with un
Barred use of tobacco because it dark
ened lace curtains.
Forced him to walk ahead of her on
the street and sit in front streetcar seat
to prevent his looking at other women.
WAS NOT BECKERT'S BODY
3fan Cremated at Chilean Capital
Gets Minister in Trouble.
SANTIAGO, Chile, Feb. 10. Baron von
Bodman, German minister, today made
the official declaration to the Chilean gov
ernment that the body found in the ruins
of the office of the German legation, de
stroyed by fire last Friday, was not that
of Chancellor Becker. This gives the
affair a very serious, though not ex
A sen-ant employed by the legation has
been missing since the fire, and it is now
believed it was he who was killed.
A report has reached here that Beckert
was captured at Chilian, the capltol of
the province of Nuble. The Identifica
tion of the man arrested t Chilian has
not been established.
Public opinion lias been aroused by a
speech which the German minister made
at the funeral, in which he declared that
he believed Beckert had been assassl
EMPLOYERS UNMAKE MEN
Eliot Condemns Methods as Xot En
CHICAGO, Feb. 10. Employers are
largely responsible for the making or un
making of people to whom they pay sal
aries, according to Charles W. Eliot, re
tiring president of Harvard University,
who spoke before the Religious Educa
tion Association tonight Among the ob
stacles named by Dr. Eliot to the wel
fare of the wage-earner were:
Insistence on exercising the power of
instant dismissal; neglect to provide in
ducement for a workman to create a per
manent home for himself, or. what is
worse, actually encouraging nomadic
habits in an employe; neglect to reward
loyalty in an employe by a systematic
rising scale; limiting freedom to rise or
deliberately to keeping every employe
at work on the same Job as long as pos
sible. ORDERED TO WED INDIAN
Bigamist's Sentence Has Unusual
Condition Added by Court.
HELENA, Mont., Feb. 10. Thomas
Hamby. a former South Carollnan, con
victed in the Federal Court here today
on a bigamy charge, was not only fined
f 100 and sent to jail for six months, but
also sentenced to marry an Indian
woman. . Hamby's first wife, learning
of his marriage to pretty Mary La
brecht, a Blackfoot maiden, secured his
indictment and a legal separation for
herself. Because of the first marriage
the second was declared void.
Judge Hunt not only ordered the
prisoner to be married, but Instructed
the Marshal to see that the order was
carried out immediately, and a Justice
of the Peace reunited the' couple.
Hamby made no protest.
TORNADO CAUSES DEATH
Tears Path Through Pennsylvania
and Unroofs Several Buildings.
PHILADELPHIA. Feb. 10. A ten
minute wind storm of almost tornado pro
portions struck the upper part of Del
aware and Southeastern Pennsylvania
this afternoon, causing the death of one
man and a child and doing much damage
in the narrow path it Viade through the
In Philadelphia the roof of Blockley
Baptist church was blown oft and one
of the heavy timbers struck Robert G.
Welghtman. who was so badly injured
that he died. The storm did considerable
damage In this city, blowing roofs oft a
An unidentified girl, about 11 years old,
was rolled into a culvert In West Phila
delphia and drowned.
Taft's Engineers Say
MUCH TIME WOULD BE LOST.
Expenditure of Money Would
NEW MACHINERY NEEDED
Result of Examination 13 Practical
Condemnation of Sealevel Ca
nal as Involving Cost Be
ON BOARD THE UNITED STATES
CRUISER MONTANA at sea making
passage from Colon to New Orleans,
via New Tork, Feb. 10. (Special.) in
line ahead, 800 yards distant, steams the
armored cruiser North Carolina, bearing
President-elect Taft and his party. The
party has spent 11 days upon the Isth
mus, and during that time made an ex
tensive inspection of the canal.
The work so far has been done with
a lock type of canal in view. The na
ture of it has been such that the plans
could -not hereafter be altered to fit a
sea-level type without extraordinary loss
of time and money because of the change.
The present stage once passed, the cost
of any future alterations would Involve
tremendous expense, so It was now or
never that a decision must be made.
If the sea-level type, then the work on
the much-discussed Gatun dam must be
discontinued and new machinery in large
quantities must be secured In order to
make excavations through the 22 addi
tional miles, which the water shed by the
Gatun dam would have flooded to a
depth which would permit vessels to nav
igate the canal for this distance. Plans
for placing machinery In order to permit
a deeper excavation to the rockbound
ridges of the Cordilleras must have been
drawn and some practical way of con
trolling the sudden floods of the Cha-
The opponents of the Eea-level type
maintain that all these things might be
possible, yet ,the cost would bo so. tre
mendous as to stagger humanity.
WILL FEAST A LA CREOLE
Xew Orleans to Feed Taft With Mas
terpieces of Cookery.
NEW ORLEANS, La.. Fob. 10. While a
heavy storm is blowing from the north
and tearing up the street decorations, the
city is preparing to feast President-elect
Taft In a style which only the Creole
cooks of Louisiana know, and every town
along the route from this city to Cin
cinnati is sending a request that Mr.
Taft stop to make a speech and be given
a welcome. -
The great event of the reception at
New Orleans will be the banquet on Frl-
(Concluded on Pa-ffe 4.)
Seattle Man, Despondent at Sea,
Shoots Self, and Boat Operator
BAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 10. A wire
less message from the steamer Queen
probably saved the life of Herman Eg
gert, of Seattle, who attempted suicide
by shooting himself aboard the vessel
this morning before the Golden -Gate was
reached. The Russian Hill wireless sta
tion was notified immediately, and when
the steamer reached the Broadway dock
an ambulance was in waiting to convey
the wounded man to a hospital. It Is
W. N. GHtcns, Governor Chamber
lain's Secretary, Who Is Slated
for Appointment to Circuit
BencU in Multnumnh County.
predicted by the attending physician that
he will recover. -
Eggert was accompanied on the Queen
by his father. Domestic difficulties had
rendered him despondent. This morn
ing his reason seemed to leave him, and,
crying out that he was pursued by In
dians, he placed a revolver to his head
and fired a bullet, which passed through
his temple and came out of the' right eye,
destroying its sight.
DOWN WITH EXECUTIONERS
Double Guillotining Causes French
Workmen to Shout. .
ALBI, France, Feb. 10. A double exe
cution was carried out publicly In Albl
today. .An Immense crowd was present.
There was considerable opposition to the
execution and during the night a crowd
of workmen, who paraded through fhe
streets, sang revolutionary songs and
cried, "Down with the executioners!"
SUNDAY BASEBALL 0. K.
Indiana Senate Passes Bill Making
It Legal to Play Game.
INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 10. The Senate
today, by a vote of -5 to IS. adopted the
majority report recommending the pass
age of the Brolley bill permitting Sunday
baseball. The bill had already passed th3
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Separate School Plan
Killed in House.
BIG BATTLE AT SACRAMENTO
Sudden Move by Transue Se
JOHNSON STANDS BY GUNS
Gillctt Rejoices Over Decision, as It
Robs Japan of Excuse for Turn
ing Loose Flood of Coo
lies to America.
SACRAMENTO, Cal., Feb. 10. Tlelding
to the pressure brought to bear by Pres
ident Roosevelt and Governor Gillett, the
California Assembly retired from its
previous position on the antl -Japanese
bills today by reconsidering the former
fvote on the segregation of Japanese stu
dents in the public schools and Anally re
jecting the measure by a vote of 41 to
37. An effort by the supporters of the bill
to reconsider further was lost by a tie
vote and the Assembly is now clear of
any anti-Japanese measure objected to
by the National Administration.
Defeated by Tie Vote.
The fight for the suppression of the
bill was won uiter many hours of heated
debate on the floor. The struggle started
at 10:30 o'clock In the morning, on the
presentation of a resolution by Assembly
man J. P. Transue, of Los Angeles, set
ting forth that, while the Assembly be
lieved it had the right to enact anti-
Japanese laws, and while it believed the
Johnson school segregation bill was con
stitutional and . did not violate any of
Japan's treaty rights. It was the sense
of the body that its recent vote, pass
ing the school bill, should bo reconsidered
and the measure withdrawn because of
the request made by President Roosevelt.
The debate lasted until 4 o'clock In the
afternoon, when Grove L. Johnson's mo
tion to reconsider further was defeated
on a tie vote, 38 to 33. 1
Little Chance in Senate. .
The school bill Is still to be considered
in . the Senate, having been presented
there by Senator A. Camlnetti, but there
is little chance tr.at the measure will be
'I am much pleasid with the action of
the Assembly," said the Governor. "The
East has been deeply concerned in the
measures pending here and I feared that.
If he anti-Japanese legislation were
pressed at this time, it would have a
The anti-Japanese forces In the As
sembly were led by Johnson, author of
the segregation bill on which the fight
hinged, while the opposition was directed
by Transue and Richard A. Melrose.
Transue's resolution opened the debate
and the fight was really made on this
measure, the reconsideration motion, not
(Concluded on Fag-e 5.)
After Two Years' Pursuit She Has
Him Arrested, but Is Recon
ciled in Court.
CLEVELAND, O., Feb. 10. (Special.)
Mrs. Delia Allen, who gives her ad
dress as 613 Clay street, Portland, Or.,
today finally succeeded in corrallng
Robert Allen, the recreant husband she
says she has been chasing the breadth
of this continent for the past two years.
She tracked Allen down at Elyria, a
small town near here, and had Chief
of Police Whitney arrest him. This af
ternoon, in the midst of Allen's trial
before Squire William Brown in Cleve
land, Mrs. Allen suddenly threw her
arms around Allen's neck and pro
claimed the prosecution, so far as she
was concerned, ended.
"We're reconciled; we're going back
to Portland," she announced, while Al
len red-facedly smiled acquiescence.
Squire Brown refused to dismiss the
case, but finally did consent to post
pone It a week, expressing a willing
ness to wink at the couple's going back
to Portland. .
Allen, according to the story his wife
told the Cleveland authorities, eloped
from Portland with another woman In
March, 1907. He was an Iron-roller
and his wife ran a boarding-house at
the Clay-street address. She sold out
and In a week was hot in pursuit. She
traced the couple first to Kansas City,
she says, then to Chicago, then to Oska
loosa, la., and then clear across to New
Haven, Conn. She arrived in New
Haven several days late. Allen had al
For want of funds she temporarily
discontinued the chase there and took
employment as a domestic. During the
last few months she made several wild
goose chases to different towns after
him, but she did not succeed in getting
a definite line on his whereabouts until
last week when she learned he was in
Elyria. She went there post haste and
located him In a boarding-house. The
police did the rest.
STUDENTS SLUR PRINCIPAL
Grilled as Czar of High School in
Posters at Stockton.
STOCKTON, Cal., Feb. 10. (Special.)
The citizens of Stockton were greatly
surprised this morning on passing
through the streets to find the fences
billboards and walls plastered with a
large poster grilling Principal E. B.
Wooten, of the High School. It was an
Imitation of a theatrical poster, and, In
stead of using his correct name as the
star of the show, he was billed as "Hank
W. Booten," starring In "The Czar of the
High School" In a three weeks' engage
For some weeks there has been friction
over the suspension of two students for
playing football when they were not up
to the standard In their class work. Their
friends took up the fight and several days
since a bomb, or something that was sup
posed to be a bomb, intended for "The
Czar of the High School," was found
In the basement. Since then there has
been a lot of talk and accusations.
An effort was made today to find out
who put out the posters, but it has been
impossible to get any clew to the work,
so cleverly were they distributed. The
Board of Education will probe the affair
and dismissals are expected.
JUSTICE E. E. SELPH DEAD
Wcll-Known Xatlve of Oregon Tasses
Away in California.
LOS ANGELES, Cal., Feb. 10. (Spe
cial.) Justice Edgar E. Selph died sud
denly at his home, No". 1205 East Twenty
fourth street, yesterday afternoon. His
health, bad begun to decline several
months ago, but his ceath was unex
pected, his ailment being Brlglit's dis
Justice Selph was born 48 years ago
last December, in Salem. Or., and re
mained In that state until he graduated
from McMinnville College. He served as
Instructor at that college for Ave years
and then began the study of law under
W. D. Fenton, now attorney for the
Southern Pacific Railway. He was ad
mitted to the bar in Oregon In April,
1S90. Ho came to Southern California
In 1S9S. He was well known in lodge
circles, being a Shrlner, member of the
Knights Templar, Knights of Pythias,
Woodmen of the World, Fraternal Broth
erhood and the Order of Eastern Star.
Justice Selph leaves a widow and two
sons. Bwald and Kaymona. lis latlu-r
William Selph, and his sister, Mrs. Adah
Morrison, are also living and reside in
POLICE RAID UNION HALL
Capture Eight Painters in Quiet
Game of Poker.
Eight members of the Painters' Union
were arrested by the police last night In
a gambling raid. made on the Building
Trades Council Hall. 162 Second street.
A quantity of poker chips and cards were
taken as evidence. The men admitted
that they had been playing poker. They
gave the names of H. Paulson. J. H.
Emerson, J. D. Smith, Charles McQee, F.
W.- Stohr, O. E. Nordstrom, C. Comodore
and J. Thompson. After some delay they
managed to secure their release on bail.
There had been a meeting of the ,union
at the hall last night and the men ar
rested had gathered about a table In a
friendly game when they were surprised
by the sudden and unexpected entrance
of the police. The raiding party con
sisted of Detective Sergeant Kay and Pa
trolmen Burstow, Owens and Thatcher.
Bill Passes Each House
and Will Be Signed.
GATENS TO GET APPOINTMENT
Judge McGinn Voices Strong
Protest Against Haste.
START INITIATIVE PETITIONS
Says Ho ITaa Nothing Against Ga
tens, but Declares Jio Emergency
Exists and Considers People
Should Have Voice in Matter.
STATE CAPITOL, galem. Feb. 10.
(Special.) The Multnomah County bill in
creasing tlio number of Circuit Judges
from four to five has passed both Houses
and will go to the Governor tomorrow. It
will be signed by the Governor, and Im
mediately the Governor will appoint his
private secretary, W. N. Gatens. to fill
the new judgeship. The bill was passed
with this understanding, it having been
announced from the Governor's offloe sev
eral days ago that if the bill should pass,
this appointment would be made.
Gatens will hold office until the next
general election, In November, 1910. when
his successor will be elected.
The bill creating the new judgeship wns
passed by the Senate this afternoon with
out a dissenting vote. Addresses were
made by Senators Coffey, Albee, Selling
and Nottingham, showing that the work
of the court in Multnomah County Is con
gested, and each of these Senators de
clared that an emergency existed Justify
ing flie addition of the emergency clause
to the bill.
M'GIXX WILL MAKE FIGHT
Proposes Law to Prevent Emergency
Clause on Such Bills.
"So they have finally log-rolled this
bill through, have they?" said Judge
McGinn last night at the Portland Ho
tel. "Well, I promised the Bar Associ
ation of Portland, and I now promise
the taxpayers and people of Oregon,
that I will at once have initiative peti
tions circulated for signatures, so that
the people of Oregon can pass Judg
ment on this new Judgeship at the next
election, and they can then say whether
or not an additional Judge is wanted in
Multnomah County, and whether they
will permit legislation in future to
append the emergency clause to such
measures as this.
"I want to have it fixed for all time
by a vote on this measure, so that the
Legislature will never add such a He to
(Concluded on Pag 4.)
INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature,
4T.1 deprees: minimum,
TODAY'S Probably fair, westerly winds.
Bill for another Multnomah County Circuit
JudKe. passes ootii nouses uiiuer r-inor-cency
Clause." Page 1.
Bill amending primary election law passes
House, rase o.
Houho Instructs committee to make provi
sion for all tnreo normal Bcnooih. msi .
Threfl "more" salary bills pass over veto.
Rumor Washington would require hondlngr
of JnpanoNfi visitors to lair to return i
quieted. Pace 7.
Indian legislator at Olvmpla defends orien
tal labor. pu'o
Riots in Mexico due to landlord oppression.
L,egal obstacle In Knox's entering Tan
"amm;t may be removed oy special iw.
Semite committee proposes to make Evans
Vle-Admiral niul reorganize Navy De
partment. Page U-
California House finally rejects Jap school
bill, rage l.
Engineers say cont of changing canal to
sea. level Btutenaou9. ras j..
Hawb-y detects landgrab scheme in Yaqulna
wagon road bill. Page 2.
"WMrelops telegraph thwarts TT.-ould-be sui
cide. Page 1.
Vessel wrecked on Atlantic Coast and crew
rescued with great bravery. Page 5.
Bell s-orns unwritten law as excuse for
killing Dury. Page 2.
Mrs. Letup produces evidence of 'husband' s
dissolute life. Tage 6.
Cincinnati nifn testify against Harriman
merger. Page 3.
Transrontlnental roads refuse to annul in
crease of ra'tes. Page 3.
Old master's painting of Madonna found In
rubbish in California, page .
Blurring placards about high school princi
pal posted at Stockton by students.
Portland and Vicinity.
T. B. Wilcox may acquire Olds, 'Wortman
& King annex. Page t
Chamber of Commerce will ask for state
aid in building railroad to Central Ore
gon. Page 1
Centenary of Lincoln's birth will be gen
erally observed in Portland. Pago 1 1.
Many teachers take examinations for state
and county certificates. Page 12.
Council of Jewish "Women holds annual
open meeting. Page 9.
F. V. Holman dissents from majority re
port of charter revision commission.
Mayor Lane charges that stock of Port
land Railway. Light & Power Company
is watered. Page 10.
Council asks Wills for report on gambling
conditions In North End. Pa.ce 10.
Water Board raises salaries of all clerks,
engineers and firemen in that depart
ment. Page 10-
Tralns to run to Spokane over North Bank
road by middle of March.- Page 16.
Mazamas decide to climb Mount Baker next
Summer. Page 9.
D. A. Shlndler must product property on
old debt or go to Jail. Page 10.
Sheriff Stevens captures third suspect in
O. R. & N. tralnrobbery. Page 4.