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PORTLAND, OREGON, THURSDAY, MAY 13, 1909.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
WIRELESS USED TO
LOVE FEAST HELD
WITH SEATTLE MEN
IN INTERIOR RATES
SEVERE BLOW TO
VICTORY WON BY
TAFT AND TRAVIS
SCORE HURLED TO
DEATH BY BLAST
HARRIMAX ELECTRICIAN DOES
RAILROADS PROPOSE PLAN TO
PRESIDENT MAKES REMARK
ABLE DRIVE AT GOLF.
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tion Is Closed.
STATE TREASURER TO BE NEXT
John G. Lewis Asked That His
Books Be Checked,
STATE OFFICERS TREMBLE
Iiax Methods of Auditing Stir Up
Public Sentiment and Disclosures
of Unintentional Law-breaking
Are Feared Everywhere.
KEALKD CKABT.ES ARK HIED
AGAINRT K. W. ROSS. LAND
OLTMPIA, May 13. When th
. legislative committee that la investi
gating state offices met today,
sealed ' charces against State Land
Commissioner E. W. Ross were filed.
The charges were sent from Beattle.
and their nayire was not announced.
The findings of the committee In
the case of ex-Secretary of 8tate
Sam H. Nichols, resigned, and In
surance Commissioner John H.
Schlvely, both charted 'with exact
Ins; exorbitant fees from Insurance
companies. will be submitted to
Governor Hay next Monday.
Members of the committee deny
charces have been filed against Land
BY J. H. BROWN.
OLTMPIA, Wash., May IS. (Special.)
Insurance Commissioner J. H. Schlvely,
by his attorney, George Israel, today re
fused to testify before the legislative in
vestigating oommltteo on the ground it
might tend to incriminate him. The
committee then announced no more, wit
nesses would be called in the Insurance
department investigation., and alter writ
ing aome documentary evlderoe into the
record, the Investigation of that depart
ment would, te .considered closed.
phalrman Allen announce! the commit- -tee
will now check up. the office of the
Ptate Treasurer, as requested by Treas
urer John G. Lewis, "and at the conclu
sion of .that . examination will possibly
hold another open session this week, if
anything develops that we want to take
up in open session."
State Officers Disorganized.
Washington's entire state administration
is disorganized, officials and clerks are
ill wondering "where they are at." and
nearly every one on the payroll ls unset
tled whether his official bead la to fall
into the basket or not.
A week ago thlnirs were different. Then
It was thought the resignation of Secre
tary of State Sam H. Nichols and the ex
pected resignation of Insurance Commis
sioner J. H. Schlvely would clear up the
atmosphere, the legislative Investigating
committee would make Its report on those
two offices, the Attorney-General would
decide to prosecute no further, so long
as the two officials had quit, and things
' here would settle down to the usual calm
that obtains when the Legislature is not
The Hamilton expose was a bomb. It
exposed the carelessness, the recklessness
and generally unsatisfactory condition of
the Auditing Department of the state.
That Hamilton, whom all men had trust
ed, whom all had felt confidence In, had
broken this trust, threw suspicion upon
every other officer.
Investigations following this expose, so
far have shown only carelessness in the
expenditure of state moneys or In the
performance or lack of performance of
state duties. Nowhere yet has there been
any charge openly or by Innuendo that
any other employe of the state has per
sonally or pecuniarily profited by these
conditions, other than Nichols, Schlvely
Carelessness Found Everywhere.
But the same carelessness and inatten
tion of checking officers which allowed
Hamilton for months to rob the state has
obtained in practically every department.
And there eeeme to be no law either to
Drotect the official who is honest nor
At the Attorney-General's office the
other day newspaper men brought up
questions which provoked a long, in
formal dieeuMton. and at that time the
legal advisers of the state expressed the
pjrsonal opinion that under existing laws
the sole power of the State Auditor or
of any state .auditing board was confined
to determining that the vouchers were"
in proper form, that Is, made out cor
rectly upon the legal blanks and signed
or' executed, and that the claim was
against some appropriation made by law.
The questions of the necessity of the
expenditure, of the extravagance of the
price paid, were beyond the power of the
Auditing Board. The argument advanced
by these attorneys in favor of this con
i' tention was plausible. They held that if
the Auditor or auditing boards had power
to refuse to allow any bill, they had
power to refuse to reject all, and that
such assumption of power by the Auditor
would make htm greater than the Lgis
lature. the courts or the Government, for
without his warrant the state cannot
pend a cent.
They held further the sole purpose of
Transmits Power Six Miles in Air,
and Floods Omaha Hall With
OMAHA. Neb., May" 12. Lighting; by
electricity without the use of wires was
successfully accomplished by. Dr. Fred
erick H. Milliner at the Electrical Expo
sition now In progress at the Omaha Au
ditorium. The doctor Is with the Union
Pacific as experimental electrician, and
Is working on a cab wireless signal for
the control of . trains. This Is to be
worked in connection with the block
One year afro," In the ' Union Pacific
shops In Omaha, Dr. Milliner construct
ed an electric truck to travel about the
yards by wireless. This truck Is started
by wireless and goes four speeds ahead
and four speeds back without any power
other than the wireless. By an appar
atus somewhat similar to that used with
the truck, the switch at the Omaha
Auditorium Is opened and closed.
The lighting of the Auditorium is some
thing that Is beyond the power of any
person to explain. Through the cour
tesy of Colonel Glass ford at Fort -Omaha,
the wireless apparatus there is put
in operation, then at the Audltorum, six
miles away, by an instrument con
structed by Dr. Milliner, the electric
waves are gathered, brought Into the
Auditorium, -where, after the electric
power from the lighting plant has been
cut,- they pass to the switchboard and
out , over the . wires and through the
hundreds of lamps. This wireless
power can be thrown on or ofT simply
by pushing a button In the little machine
constructed by the doctor.
TAFT FAVORS ROAD WORK
Thinks Good Roads Movement Will
Aid Unemployed Men.
VASHINGTON, May 12. President Taft
today addressed ttis following letter to
C. Jefferson Davis, president of the Un
employed Protective Association, .whose
headquarters are at Cincinnati, O.:
"I have your letter and suggestion
with reference to methods which shall In
crease the amount of work and render
employed the unemployed. I understand
you are about to attend the Good Roads
convention at Baltimore, and I have no
doubt that the proposition for the con
struction of good roads and further at
tention to them means a .great deal more
woik for the unemployed. I write this
to you to express my sympathy with the
work you are trying to do, and my will
ingness to assist wherever it Is consistent
with my views of the National jurisdic
tion.' DEPUTY LOCKED IN JAIL
Prisoner Makes Escape From Clark
VANCOUVER, Wash., May 12. (Spe
cial.) Slamming a heavy door of the
County Jail shut in the face of George
Johnson, a Deputy Sheriff, Charles
Kitchen, sentenced to 15 years for burg
lary two weeks ago, - left the unlucky
deputy locked In the Jail and made a
dash for liberty. :
Using the deputy's keys. Kitchen 'un
locked the front door and ran off. Officer
Cre&ap, who saw the fugitive, fired two
shots at him when he would not halt.
but neither - is thought to have taken
effect. All exits from the city are being
Mrs. Sappington, wife of the Sheriff,
heard Johnson's knocks and cries and let
WASHINGTON OFFICIAL AGAINST WHOM SEALED CHARGES
ARE SAID TO HAVE BEEN TILED.
Sound City Says Nice
Things to Portland.
"HEALTHY RIVALRY" STIMULUS
Trip Over Fair Grounds and
TOWNS GIVE GREETINGS
Stops Made at Oljmpia and Tacoma
and 'Villages Along Koute Turn
Ont to Welcome Party With
Brass Bands and Speeches.
SEATTLE! Wash., May 12. (Special.)
The Portland business men who are on
an excursion trip througn Washington
visited the Alaska-Tukon-Paciflc Exposi
tion last evening, approved of everything
that has been done and predicted that
the Fair would be greater even than the
Lewis and Clark Centennial . In 1905.
"We're proud of Washington, for your
people are the children of Oregon," said
A. H. Devers. "Mamma Portland showed
you the way in 1905, and it looks as if
you had not only gone one but a half
dosen better." -
There are 75 Portland business men
In the party. It was a neighborly
visit and the friendly feeling between
Seattle and Portland was strengthened
by the fraternizing of the men who
represent the business Interests of the
"There were two great events that
made the Alaska-Tukon-Paciflc Expo
sition a possibility," said Joslah Col
lins, chairman of the committee on
ceremonies and. special events. "These
events were the discovery of gold In
Alaska and the holding of the Lewis
and Clark Centennial Exposition In
Seattle Boosts Portland.
At the-dinner given on the Exposition
grounds tonight by the (Beers of the
Exposition and - the Chamber of Com
merce, the glory of Portland was. ac
claimed as earnestly as that of 8eattle.
It was also pointed out that the A-T-P
Exposition was not a Seattle show, but
a fair that would result In .benefit to the
entire Northwest. The hosts and guests
also -agreed that the healthful business
rivalry between the two . cities was a
stimulus that could bring only good re
sults. The train bearing the Portland excur
sionists arrived In Seattle shortly after
o'clock. The visitors were met at the
station by a committee from the Cham
ber of Commerce and the officers of the
Exposition. Special cars were provided
to take the party to the Exposition
grounds, where the visitors were shown
about the buildings. At 7 o'clock a din
ner was given at the Washington Cafe,
on the grounds.
Before introducing ' the speakers,
President J. E. Chlllberg paid a com
pliment to the people or Oregon for
"Oregon was the first state to make
an appropriation for participation in
the .fair." said he. "Tou were the first
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Will Deal Blow to Pacific Coast Cit
ies for Benellt of Interior
CHICAGO, May 12. (Special.) The
most radical change in the history of
Western railroads in the method of rate
making will soon be made, if the plan
prepared by transcontinental railroads
should be 'approved by the Interstate
Commerce Commission. A committee of
traffic executive officials of Western
roads is in Washington and will appear
before the commission tomorrow and
present to - that body- a comprehensive
plan for a reduction In rates from the
Middle West to interior Pacific Coast
points in line with the decision of the
commission In the Spokane rate case. The
committee is headed by J. C. Stubbs,
traffic olrector- for the Harriman lines,
and the proposed reductions in many of
the commodity rates vary from 25 to 50
If the plan goes through It will be a
severe blow to Pacific Coast cities; will
Increase the business of the Middle West
and Intermediate points and will result
in- the building ur) of jobbing centers at
Salt Lake, Denver, Reno and other In
land points. '
VALUES HAIR ABOVE LIFE
Denver Woman Dlea Because She Re
fused to Have Haircut.
DENVER, May 12. That Mrs. Manna
Patter Walley, 24 years old, sacrificed'
her life rather than submit to the loss
of her luxuriant, taesses is the belief
of. Denver physicians who attended the
woman until her death. Mrs. Walley
died yesterday at her home In Berkeley,
where she had gone In the hope of re
gaining her health. .
It is the opinion of the physicians
that the vitality which should have sus
tained Mrs. Walley was consumed in her
great wealth of hair, which had at
tained the' length off 90 Inches, and was
of a. deep auburn color. When told she
must lo'se her tresses or perhaps die
she chose the latter course and would
not hear of having her locks shorn.
TAFT TO AID AT OPENING
President Accepts Invitation to Visit
MONTROSE, Colo., May 12. The com
mittee having In charge the celebration
incident to the approaching opening of
the Gunnison tunnel today received a
letter from Secretary of the Interior
Balllnger accepting an invitation to at
tend the opening. Acceptances have
also been received from Dir.ector New
ell, of the Reclamation Service; Chief
Forester Plnchot and President Taft.
The acceptance of President Taft is
conditional upon the exercises being
held between August 15 and 20.
WESTON ENCOUNTERS GALE
Wind Blows Veteran Pedestrian Into
Ditch, but He Plods On.
ELLSWORTH. Kan., May 12. Edward
Payson Weston, who Is walking to the
Pacific Coast, had not reached here at
midnight, although he was momentarily
expected. Ha left Salina. 40 miles east,
shortly after 12 o'clock. He was reported
as making good progress, despite rough
roads and high winds. Weston was
blown into ditches several times and the
light 'n his lantern was extinguished, but
he kept plodding on, declaring he could
lose no time.
FRAUDS ON COLLECTORS
London Art Dealers Accused ol
Swindles Involving Huge Sums.
LONDON. May 12. Frauds involving
hundreds of thousands of dollars are al
leged against a " number of well-known
Bond street dealers In a suit now being
heard before Justice Grantham. The
charges are brought by the executors of
the estate of the late C. J. Dickens, who
are suing a dealer named Arthur EUiss.
They allege that EUIss defrauded Mr.
Dickens by palming off on him spurious
Mexican chinaware as old Dresden.
DIVORCE RECORDS BROKEN
San Francisco Judge Grants Seven
Decrees in 28 Minutes.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 12. Seven di
vorces in 2S minutes Just four minutes to
a decree was the new record established
today in the speedy' dissolution of the
marriage bond by Superior Judge George
H. Cabaniss. The Judge was in a hurry
and took the examination of the seven
plaintiffs and seven corroborating wit
nesses out of the hands of the attorneys.
The quickness with which questions and
answers came made the court gasp.
MORE FROST IN FRUIT BELT
Colorado Orchards in Danger ol
Freezing Weather Again.
GRAND JUNCTION. Colo.. May 12.
The weather observation tonight pre
dicts that before morning the tempera
ture will probably go below the freez
ing point in some portions of the Grand
Junction fruit region. The advanced
conditon of the buds makes cold weath
er at this time doubly dangerous. Prep
ara Lions for smudging have been made.
Host of Most Active Men
CONTEST MAY BE GENERAL
All Paris Unions Prepare to
Aid Postal Employes.
MINERS REFUSE TO-HELP
Walk-out on First Day Is Only Scat
tering and Mails Are Interrupt
ed at Few Points Vio
lence Is Discouraged.
PARIS. May 12. The Cabinet tonight
summarily dismissed 228 men in the
postal service under the decree is
sued on March 18. which authorizes the
discharge of strikers from the state
service and makes other provision for
dealing with recalcitrants. The min
isters are confident that the removal
of the principal fomenters of the agi
tation will crush the movement.
The first sign of the Intention of
outside unions to participate in the
strike movement came tonight when,
at a meeting of delegates of the United
Syndicates of the Seine Department, It
was decided "that the moment has come
to throw down the barriers separating
the state employes from the workmen."
The delegates bound themselves to
start an organization of the respective
unions, so as to be ready to march
out ' in a body when a general strike
should be called, and Invited the Gen
eral Federation of Labor to take all
steps necessary to create a general
movement in France.
No Help From Miners.
The strike leaders experienced discour
agement in the failure of the miners'
congress at Lens to . vote a sympathetic
strike. . - '
At -.he same time the government is
hurrying the preparation of its promised
bill rejulatlng the fetatus of state em
ployes, which ' will be presented to a
committee of the Chamber of Deputies
Official figures place the number of
strikers in Paris at 465 out of 11.000. Ow
ing to the defection of a majority of the
mail clerks the outgoing mails are more
or le3s stranded.
The hotbed of the previous revolt, the
Central Telegraph Bureau. Is quiet, the
nighty phift reporting for duty as usual
Little Headway in Provinces.
Reports from provinces show that the
movement has not made much headway
except at Havre, where a special service
arranged by the Chamber of Commerce
'will be inaugurated. At Bordeaux,
Lille and Chartres conditions are nor
mal. In some cities, notably Lyons, the
postal employes .have . openly . expressed
their disapproval of the strike. There
is some anxiety at the Paris hotels,
where numerous Americans are expecting
letters containing bank drafts. .
A mass meeting of postal employes to
night was not so well attended as. that
of last night. The meeting, however,
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MAN WHO HAS DECLARED WAR ON UNIONS OF FRENCH
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PREMIER. CLEHEXCBAD OF FRAJfCE.
Exciting Game With ex-Charaplon
as Partner ' Against Butt
WASHINGTON, May 12. With victory
perched on his golf stick. President Taft
returned from the Chevy Chase Club
links late today. Taking Walter J.
Travis, ex-National and international
champion, for his partner, the President
helped defeat by a score of 1 up the op
posing team, composed during the first
seven holes of play of General Clarence
R. Edwards, Chief of the Insular Bureau
of the War Department, and Oden Horst
mann, crack player of the Chevy Chase
Club: Mr. Horstmann's place was taken
after the seventh hole by Captain Butt.
The feature of the game was a remark
able drive made by the President, who,
on the ISth hole, led with a long, straight
drive to within threi feet of the home
green hole. Hundreds of the members of
the club, who were gathered around the
home green, applauded the President's
extraordinary play. Unfortunately, he
foozled his put and made the hole in
At the 17th hole the President and Mr.
Travis were 2 up, but General Edwards
and Captain Butt won the 18th hole, mak
ing the score 1 up in favor of the Presi
dent and Mr. Travis. The total Individual
score of Mr. Travis was 74 and that of
Mr. Taft 92.
From start to finish the game was ex
citing, the two players at no time being
far apart in their score. The President
entered with unwonted zest into the
PLAN BIG COAL MERGER
United Companies Will Have Capital
of Over '$37,000,000.
BALTIMORE, May 12. The Consoli
dated Coal Company today announced
that negotiations had been completed for
merging the Piedmont Coal Company, the
Somerset Coal Company, the Clarksburg
Fuel Company, the Pittsburg & Fair
mont Fuel Company and their subsidi
aries. Including railroads, floating equip
ment, docks and other property with the
Consolidated,' thus making the latter cor
poration the largest mining Industry of
its kind in the world.
The companies have a combined capital
stock of $37,650,000 and own and control
200,000 acres of coal lands In Maryland,
West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
SCIENCE FAILS TO CURE
Consumptive Girl InJiales Gas While
Reading Eddy Cult.
LOS ANGELES, May 12. Miss Myrtle
Brown, a High School pupil, daughter
of well-to-do parents in Glendale. was
found dead in a lodging-house here to
day. She had Inhaled gas and while
dying had read from "Unity of Good,"
by Mrs. EHdy, the book being found be
side her body clasped In her hand.
Her father, who Identified the body,
can give no reason for her suicide other
than that Christian Science had failed
to cure her of consumption.
BONI WILL GO HUNTING
Anna Gould's Former Hnsband Go
ing to Canadian Rockies. '
MONTREAL, May 12. The Canadian
Pacific Railway today received a com
munication from Count Boni de Castel-
lane, ex-husband of Anna Gould, asking
that arrangements be made for guides,
etc.. for- a hunting trip after big game
In the Rocky Mountains the end of July.
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Half Ton of Dynamite
CITY OF ALBANY IS SHAKEN
Officers of Quarry Company
Among Those Killed.
DEAD SCATTERED ON HILL
Preparations to Enlarge Quarry by
Firing 80 00 Pounds of Explo
sive Had Been Made When
ALBANY, N. Y., May 12. At least 20 men
were killed today by a premature blast
of dynamite In a stone quarry operated
by the Callanan Road Improvement
Company near South Bethlehem, 11 miles
southwest of Albany.
John Hoyt Callanan, vice-president and
general manager of the company.
Leroy McMillan, assistant superintend
ent. John Hendrickson, steam driller.
Fred Snyder, master mechanic.
James Maloney blacksmith.
William Baum, fireman.
Fred Zappert, agent of the National
Powder Company, New York.
Thirteen Italian workmen.
1000 Pounds Explode.
One thousand pounds of dynamite ex
ploded and the bodies were hurled hun
dreds of feet. As darkness was falling
a wagon drew up to the engine-house
loaded with bodies that had been picked
up back on the quarry hill.
The preparations for today's blast had
been going on for six weeks.
Thirteen holes. 76 feet deep, had been
drilled at points about 25 feet back of the
big quarry and the explosion of the dyna
mite, with which they were to be loaded,
was expected to displace 40,000 tons of
Part of Charge Placed.
More than 8000 pounds of dynamite were
to have been ' used. The workmen had
placed 500 pounds In six of the holes and
were working on the seventh, when a
percussion cap was discharged prema
turely. A .terrific explosion followed, throwing
tons of rock into the air, and scattering
the bodies of the victims In all directions.
The explosion was distinctly felt in this
city, and many people thought the shock
was one of earthquake. As no second
shock followed, the alarm soon subsided.
INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
TODAY'S Fair and warmer; 'northwest
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature, S9
degrees; minimum. 46 degrees.
Postal strike not generai In France and
failure Boems probable. Page 1.
Survivor of Turkish massacre tells story of
. butchery of Armenian preachers, page 3.
French government dismisses many strikers;
movement to make strike general.
Abdul Hamid forced ,to give up bank de
posits and keys of treasure-rooms.
Senate discusses glass tariff and Crawford
peaks ,or free trade in KatlonaJ pro
ducts. Page 2.
Leaders of all parties in Porto Rico con
damn Tart's message. Page 4.
San Francisco fishermen fight, battle with.
fish commissioners. Page 2.
Railroads submit to Interstate Commission
new rates which will injure Coast cities.
Haiel Moore takes refuge with mother and
denies sharing Hamilton's stealing. Page
Twenty men killed by dynamite explosion In
quarry in New York state. Page 1.
Ex-Mayor Phelan testifies at Calhoun trial
Wrights tendered big reception at New
York and make brief speeches. Page 8.
Farmers union begins convention to adopt
plan to maintain wheat price. Page 8.
Wireless electric light proved success at
Omaha. Page 1.
Portland business men fraternize with Se
attle people on trip through state.
Schlvely refuses to testify efore In
surance investigating committee. Page 1.
Joker in Washington criralnal code works
western team. Page 5.
Wife of Dr. C. L. Large makes sensational
cnarges in suit for divorce. i Page 6.
Commercial and Marina,
Sharp advance In valley wool prices.
Slump In wheat at Chicago. Page 17.
Violent fluctuations In stock market.
Steamship companies cut rate in stop -over
tickets to Los Angeles and San Diego.
Columbia University defeats Lincoln High
School at baseball 9 to 1. Page 7.
r'oaat leagus scores: Portland 0, Vernon 0;
Los Angeles 5. Sacramento 1; San Fran
cisco 7, Oakland 0. Page 7.
First horse races without betting begin at
Belmont Park today. Page 7.
Taft and Travis win golf match at Wash
ington. Page 1.
North western League scores : Portland
Tacoma 5; Aberdeen 3. Vancouver 2;
Spokane 3, Seattle 2. Page 7.
D-ugdale gives advice to Portland North
havoc with laws. Page 8.
Portland and Vicinity.
Albee says he will run for Mayor if no
other independent candidate comes out.
F- H. Newell, chief of Reclamation Service,
discusses Oregon projects. Page 12.
City Auditor completes count of Republican
ballots. Page 10.
Council orders East Side tract condemned
for park. Page 11.
Thirty-two measures will appear on mu
nicipal ballot. Page 12
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