Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, June 04, 1910, Image 1

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"VOL.. I. NO. 15,451.
Five Reject Amendment
and Two Postpone.
'Twelve States Failing to Rati
. fyf Measure Is Lost.
' Kebraska Alan Thinks If Proposition
Is Made Issue In Fall Campaigns,
Legislatures of Three-Fourths
of States Will Fall In Line.
ington, June 3. Six Btatcs thus far
through their Legislatures have ratified
the income tax amendment to the Con
stitution, five have rejected it and two
have postponed action.
Most of the states will act during the
com ins Winter or the Winter following,
and the fate of the amendment will be
definitely known in two or three years at
the very latest. If 12 states vote ad
versely on the amendment it will be de
feated, but it remains to be seen whether
12 states will venture into the opposition
Friends of the income tax express the
fullest confidence that the amendment
ultimately will be adopted, and believe
that one or two of the states now on
record against it will reverse their atti
tude when new Legislatures are chosen.
The six states that have voted to ratify
this amendment are Alabama, South
Carolina, Illinois, Maryland, Kentucky
and Mississippi. The states voting ad
versely are New .York, Rhode Island,
Massachusetts, Virginia and Louisiana,
while Georgia and New Jersey have post
poned a vote until the next session of
their Legislatures.
Brown of Nebraska Hopeful.
Senator Norris Brown, of Nebraska,
who has kept close tab on the Income
tax fight, and who was one of the fore
tnost advocates of the Income tax while
the tariff bill was before Congress last
session, predicts that the Income tax
amendment will be a part of the Consti
tution within three years. He believes
that more than three-fourths of the
states will support it, and says it will
be Indorsed in every state where the in
come tax is made a political issue in the
legislative campaign.
He concedes that Pennsylvania, New
Jersey, Delaware and most of the New
England states will be among the oppo
sition, but all this was expected when
the fight opened. New York, however.
he believes will in the end fall in line
and vote to ratify the amendment.
States May Change Vote.
According to Senator Brown, all the
states of the West, without exception,
will ratify the income tax amendment
most of them during the coming Winter.
He predicts also that the Southern
states will ratify it within two years.
Virginia failed to ratify because the
Speaker of the Virginia House was able
to bring about an adverse vote. This
vote. Brown believes, may be reversed
particularly if the income tax is made an
issue in Virginia. The same thing may
be done In Massachusetts, though the
chances there are not particularly fa
vorable, he opines.
The recent New York Legislature failed
by one vote to ratify the amendment.
This narrow margin, it is thought, can
be overcome, for . It is figured that the
Income tax will of necessity be an issue
in the next New York legislative cam
palgn, and the supporters of the measure
are confident they will gain in strength
in the next Legislature. 1
Ratification Is Necessary.
In speaking of the outlook. Senator
Brown explained that since the Income
tax amendment has been submitted by
Congress to the states for their ratifica
tion, it remains before the country con
tinuously until it is ratified. It makes
no difference how the states may vote
In the first Instance; more than one
fourth of them may vote against the
amendment, but that would not kill it;
it would still be pending, and in case
enough subsequent Legislatures vote for
it to make three-fourths of all the states
the amendment will then go into effect.
While advocates of the income tax do
not believe that 12 states will, in the first
instance, vote against the ratification of
the amendment, they still maintain that
should such a thing happen, the amend
ment would not be dead, but that oppor
tunity would later be given the adverse
states to reverse themselves through fu
ture Legislatures.
Income Tax to Be Issue.
$t is proposed to make the income tax
an Issue in many states this Fall, so as
to keep public Interest aroused, on the
theory that the people generally wants
the amendment adopted, and if reminded
of it, will elect to Its Legislatures men
who will support the amendment.
In some states this will be necessary,
. particularly in the East, if enough votes
re to be secured to ratify at the next
cession of the respective Legislatures.
This very thing is counted on to make
sure of Georgia's vote, and it may bring
About a reversal in New York and Vir-
TTnited States Geologists Sail for
Territory to Solve Problem in
Unexplored District.
SEATTLE, Wash., June 3. Eskimos of
North Alaska for ages have made axes
and ornaments of a green jade which,
upon examination by experts, has been
pronounced equal to any found in China
and Japan.
The Eskimos say that a whole moun
tain at the headwaters of the Kobuk
River, In the Arctic Circle, is composed
of this Jade. As Jade occurs only in thin
veins, it is believed that a jade reef,
broken up by the erosion of a hillside
has been scattered as float over a large
area, making the natives believe the
green stone is the prevailing rock.
.Dr. Philip S. Smith and Dr. H. M.
Eakln. of the United States Geological
Survey, sailed for Alaska last night to
solve the Jade problem. From White
Horse they will go down the Yukon by
steamer to . the mouth of the Koyokuk
River and then ascend the Koyokuk to
By crossing a divide they will reach the
unexplored Kobuk River country, which
is known to contain gold, coal, copper
and asbestos, beside the jade. The ex
plorers will arrive at Nome in time to
catch the last steamer lor Seattle.
During the Summer they will examine
the Squirrel River gravels, reported to
contain gold.
Two Men Gain Freedom, Outside
Aid Being Suspected.
SANLUIS OBISPO, Cal.. June 3. (Spe
cial.) San Luis Obispo County was
treated to one of the most sensatiqnal
Jail breaks in its history when John Har.
rison and John Hodnett, on trial for
shooting John Rudt, a police officer, of
Paso Robles, last March, cut their way
through the iron bars of their cell with
a pocket-knife in the night, and burned a
hole in the board floor over the cell, es
caplng into the second floor of the Court
house. Tere they raised a window and
jumped to the ground.
The break was not discovered until 6
o'clock this morning and Harrison and
Hodnett have eight or nine hours' start.
There is considerable mystery surround
ing the affair. Hodnett is related to
'Wealthy people and there is a suspicion
that some influence may have been at
work to assist the men.
Both are known to be desperate char
acters and have previous prison records
in this state. There is no trace of them.
Eugene Defeated In finals lor State
EVGEN EJ, Or., June 3. (Special.) In
the final high school debate for the cham
pionship of the etate, held under the
auspices of the University of -Oregon in
"Wlllard hall this evening, Pendleton won
by unanimous decision over Eugene. The
judges were: Professor A. P. Mathews,
of Oregon Agricultural College; Professor
Kirk, Willamette University, and Profes
sor Elizabeth Irvine, of Albany College.
The question, "Resolved That the State
of Oregon Should Adopt a System of
Guaranteeing Bank Deposits," was ad
vanced by the Kugene team, while the
negative was supported by the Pendleton
The debate was exceptionally good and
was very closely contested. The teams in
order of their speakers were: Pendleton
P. Campbell Crockett, Lyman G. Rice,
James Hartell. Eugene Jesse Kellems,
Victor P. Morris, Harold Young.
State Railroad oCmmission Receives
Unusual Complaint.
SALEM. Or June 3. (Special.) The
Oregon Railroad Commission has a mys
tery to solve. A few days ago. a young
and valuable female Spitz dog was
shipped by express, by I J. Davenport,
from Aberdeen. Wash.. to Wlibur
Vaughan, at Coburg. I.ane County, Or.
The dog was shipped In a crate with the
boards fastened down with long wire
nails, just far enough auart to allow the
dog to breathe. When Vaughan called
for his dog at Coburg, the crate was
empty. The agent could not explain this
fart, but a few days later, it Is alleged,
called on Vaughan and offered him an
old, blear-eyed, decrepit male Spitz.
Vaughan could not understand how his
dog could have aged several years and
otherwise undergone such a remarkable
metamorphosis in such a short time and
refused to accept the dog offered him.
Now the matter has been referred to
the Railroad Commission for solution.
While Motoring, Royalty Is At
tacked Arrests Follow.
DETTMOLD, Lippe. June 3. Prince Leo
pold IV, the reigning Prince of Lippe,
and his brother. Prince Julius, were
stoned by a gang of Italian laborers while
motoring today.
Prince Julius received a wound on the
head. Iater several of the assailants
were arrested.
Hindu Is Denied Appeal.
SAX FRAKCISCO. June 3. The first
appeal of a writ of habeas corpus, on
behalf of a Hindu immigrant, was de
nied today by Judge Van Fleet, of the
United States Circuit Court, on the
ground that an appeal should have been
taken first to the Secretary of Com
merce and Labor. The appeal was
made on behalf of Fliona Kham. who
was detained at Angel Island for de
portation, - -
Republicans Unite At
Last in Support.
Insurgents Claim Voctory in
Adoption of Amendments.
Leader of Progressives Threatens
Defeat of Bill Unless Conferees
Uphold Amendments and Aims
Slap at Chief Justice.
WA3HIKGTOK, June 3. The Senate
passed the Administration railroad bill at
9:56 P. M. It had been under considera
tion for more than 12 weeks and prac
tically no other business except appro
priation bills were considered in that long
Only 12 votes, all by Democrats, were
cast against the bill. The practical
unanimity was due to radical changes
made in tne measures from the form in
which it was drafted by Attorney-General
Wickersham after numerous confer
ences at the White House on the subject
of amending interstate commerce laws. ,
All the "insurgents," who opposed
many features of the original features
of the original bill voted for it tonight.
"Progressives Claim Victory.
Through the elimination of the pooling
and merging sections and by reason of
the adoption of many amendments in the
interest of shippers, the progressive Re
publicans claim a signal victory and most
of the Democrats express themselves es
favorable to the large portion of the
Had it not been for the retention of the
section to create a Court of Commerce, it
1s considered likely that the vote for the
bill would have been unanimous.
Debate ceased at 9:50 o'clock, when El
kins, chairman of the interstate com
merce committee, moved to take up the
bill which was passed by the House, and
after striking out the body of the meas-
ure, to substitute the matter agreed upon
by the Senate.
Six Democrats Support Bill.
In that form the bill was voted upon
with the result that it was passed by a
vote of oO to 13.
No Republican voted against the bill
end six Democrats voted for it. They
were Chamberlain, Clay, Gore, Paynter,
Simmons and Stone. The Democrats re
corded against it were Bacon, Fletcher,
tFrazier, Hughes, Money, Newlanda,
Percy, Purcell, Rayner, Shively, Smith of
Maryland and Smith of South Carolina.
Just before the voting began LaFol-
lette, one of the "Insurgent ' Republican
leaders, served notice upon the Senate
that unless the Senate conferees made
a determined fight for retention of
amendments procured 'by progressives and
Democrats it could not hope to have the
conference report approved.
Speeches in explanation of their votes
tConcluded on Page 2.
Allowance .of $5,000,r00 Made
Necessary by Court Theaters and
Higher Salaries of Attaches.
BERLIX, June 3. A semi-official dec
laration was issued today explaining the
causes of the financial stress under which
the Emperor finds himself and the re
quirement for an increase in the civil list
of the King of Prussia as agreed upon
by the leaders of the Prussian Diet yes
terday. It has been decided to introduce a bill
to bring His Majesty's allowance up to
about J5.000.000. .
The public is reminded that the Prus
sian . crown surrendered to the state in
1820 properties yielding at that time near
ly $2,000,000 annually and the value of
which has been greatly augmented since.
The increased cost of living renders the
present allowance inadequate, the state
ment says.
Each year his support of the court
theaters alone costs the Emperor $700,000,
and in recent years he has increased the
salaries of the mfcddle and lower, em-
loyes of the imperial household by
total of $250,000.
The Weather.
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature, 75
degrees; minimum, 44 degrees.
TODAY'S Fair; westerly winds.
Pacific Coast League results : Portland 3.
Sacramento 2; San Francisco 6, Vernon.
4; Oakland A Loa Angeiea U. rage o.
Young blood continues to win In Irrington
tennis tournament, fage .
Corbett gets Into trim for first go with
Jeffries on Tuesday, page a.
Intercollegiate baseball title to be decided.
today at Corvallls. Page 3-
Commercial and Marine.
Eastern butter market is manipulated.
Page 19-
Stocks drop sharply on ' heavy selling.
Page 19.
Chicago wheat traders are timid. Page 19.
Trade conditions In West better than else
where. Page 19.
Transport Thomas, it is expected, will be
brought here for repairs amounting- to
$500,000. Page 18.
Pacific Northwest.
Portland Fire Chief and Councllmen see
Seattle motor fire apparatus vehicles
work out. Page G-
Rlch jade field, equal to those in China or
- Japan, discovered in Alaska, page l.
Oregon , threshers adjourn at Albany to
meet In La Grande, December 9 and 10.
Page . -
Clackamas . County's rose show proves big
success. Page 7. '
Wheeler County sheepman kills himself "in
Heppner barroom. Page 7.
Ellis protests Bourne's register of Vale Land
Office candidate; matter up to rait now.
Page 3-
Six states ratify Income tax amendment, five
reject It, Senator Brown sanguine. Page L.
President Taft disapproves "muckraking"
newspapers. Page 1.
Railway presidents decide to appeal to Taft;
stocks slump. Page i.
Serious outbreak in Chinese provinces feared.
Page 3.
Dead sugar trust head to be blamed, in de
fense of Helke. Page. 2.
Portland and Vicinity.
Minnesota bankers guests of Portland on
way to Rogue River Valley. Page 13.
Seventh Day Adventists open Western Ore
gon convention. Page 11.
O. R. &. N. announces immediate construc
tion of $175,000 freight house on West
Side. Page 14.
Draymen's association will not Import strike
breakers unless as last resort. Page 9.
Schoolteachers ask for pay increase. Page 9.
Holders of railroad land grants given 0O
days in which to reply to suit. Page 12.
Raker's wife, resenting husband's snubs,
sues for divorce. Page 14.
Acting Governor Benson may not run for
re-election, in which event brother will
be candidate for Governor. Page 5-
Banks will close next Thursday afternoon;
movement for general half-holiday start
ed. Page 3. -
President Comends At
titude of Roosevelt
Students Told There Still Is
Room for Men of Vision.
Future Problem Will Be Adjustment
of Property Aights, So as to
Eliminate Abuses Law Pro
fession in Need of Reform.
ADA, O., June S. Addressing the gradu
ating class of Northern University here
today. President Taft took occasion again
to arraign the muckrakers of journalism.
He was . speaking on the subject of the
opportunities and limitations of the va
rious professions open to young men.
The President said he believed the
problem of the future was the regulation
of property rights to prevent abuses
without inviting the extremes ' proposed
by Socialists. He believed that enlight
ened selfishness had done much to make
the world progress; and it was not dis
paraging human nature unduly, he said
to say that man's sense of justice to his
fellows alone was not enough to depend
upon to furnish a motive for industry-
The President also blamed overzealous
lawyers for frequent miscarriages of Jus
"Of the profession of Journalism there
is much to say," said the President. "The
increase in this intelligence and discrimi
nation of the people has in one way
largely modified the power of the press.
The editorial writers have by no means
any such influence on the popular view as
they had in days gone by. The news
papers are taken more for the news they
contain than for-the advice as to the les
sons which should be drawn from. it. The
people make more allowance now for the
bias of the paper than they ever did be
fore. Refutations Are Known.
"The reputation of a paper for accuracy
and veracity Is generally as well known
as the reputation of a member of a com
munity. There are some newspapers that
seek to effect their purposes end control
opinion by an attmpted misrepresent -.
tion or oppression of the facta in respect
to matters attracting public attention.
But in the end they do not prevail."
"The business of furnishing news to
a people is like the business of fur
nishing them entertainment from the
stage. An outsider is unable to under
stand the currents of the mind of the
reading: public except as he may study
the customs, the subjects ; 1 the
methods of treating: them that be finds
in lite, modern suvceasiul newspapers.
Pew newspaper proprietors have such
patronage as to enable them to make
their nwspaper that which they think
a newspaper ought to be, and they are
obliged in their papers to consult that
which they regard as the public taste
and the public desire.
"While the editor occupies the posi-
i Concluded on Fags 2.)
Weary of Dining Alone' in Solemn
Grandeur, Pittsburg Engraver
Sues for Separation.
PITTSBURG. June 3. (Special.) De
claring that his rich wife has more in
terest in her brother than in her own
husband, Rudolph M. H. Jantzen, head
of a large engraving firm, today en
tered suit for divorce against his wife,
Florence Adelaide Grey Jantzen, alleging
It la set forth by the husband that his
wife is now in some part of California,
traveling with her brother, who is ill, and
that his attorneys have not been able to
find her to serve papers on her. The
fortune of Mrs. Jantzen. is estimated at
about $250,000.
The husband seta forth that ever since
they were married here ten years ago
hw wife has paid more attention to other
members of her own family than to him.
He asserts himself as a man of means.
ready and willing to care for his wife
in the great home which he occupies
alone, at 242 Millvale avenue, but that
the wife apparently does not care for
his home. She has been at home only
three times In the last five years, he as
serts. She left for the Pacific' Coast last Fall,
after telling him that she would not re
turn to her Pittsburg home until satisfied
that neither her brother nor any other
member of her own family needed her
Jantzen asserts that his men have spent
much time and money following his wife
and her brother over California trying to
serve papers on her.
Lie Passes and oLs Angeles Court
Sees Fight Instantly.
LOS ANGELES, Cal., June 3. (Spe
cial.) A sort of curtain-raiser to the
Jeffries-Johnson fight was pulled oft
in. Judge Willis' court this evening.
"Big Tom" Thornton, an attorney, and
Charles T. Sutton, brother of May, the
woman tennis champion, being the
A Question of veracity arose between
the men. Sutton, was a witness. : One
contended that a certain agreement was
for 60 days and the other that it was
90. The lie was passed and in an In
stant . the . combatants were pounding
each other's- glasses into their faces
with their fists and the court officials
had to untangle the writhing mass of
arms, legs and . trunks. Spectators
saw a fine Greco-Roman wrestling:
match and some swift fist work.
Sutton and Thornton meekly apolo
glzed but Judge Willis reprimanded
them severely. He fined Sutton $50 and
Thornton $25, with the alternative of
five days in Jail.
Bar Association Not Worrying About
Attack on Fitzgerald.
The current report that Deputy Dis
trict Attorney Fitzgerald is to be called
before the Multnomah Bar Association
to answer charges preferred against
him Is denied by prominent members of
the Bar Association.
It was reported by an evening paper
that the official would be compelled to
answer before the Bar Association to
the charfe of irregularity in his office.
"It is .not the policy of the Bar Asso
ciation to make public any charges be
fore they ar esubstantiated." said a
prominent member of the Bar Associa
tion last night, "but the report. that
charges have been preferred against
Mr. iltzgerald are absolutely false."
President Charles J. Schnabel. of the
Multnomah Bar Association. when
asked to make a statement, said: "I
am a member of the Bar Association
and Mr. La Roche, the prosecutor of th
association, is connected with me, but
neither or us is aware of any charges
having been made against Mr. Fitzger
ald. It looks to me as merely a plot to
blacken the character of Mr. Fitzgerald
Dy irresponsible newspapers.
New Canadina Steamer Thought to
Be Disabled Off Oregon Coast.
VANCOUVER, Wash., June 3. (Spe
cial.) An unconfirmed rumor is in ef
fect here that the steamer Prince Ru
pert, completed in Hull, England, early
this year for the Grand Trunk Pacific's
coast steamship, service and due to ar
rive at Victoria yesterday, has met
with . mishap along the Oregon coast. '
The vessel is equipped with power
ful wireless , apparatus and was last
heard of Wednesday oft Cape Mendocino.-
Since then local officials of the
company have tried in vain to get word
of her and It is thought she has either
encountered a severe storm and put
Into some port for better weather . or
has been disabled.
She is now nearly a day overdue.
The vessel will, be the handsomest
passenger boat on the coast.
Princeton Elects Simeon Reed 'Winch
to Senior Council of "C"
PRINCETON, N. J.. June 3. (Spe
cial.) Simeon Reed Winch, of Poit
land. Or., was today elected a member
of the Senior Council of Princeton
University for next year, one of the
highest honors of the university.
The Senior Council comprises 15 of
the most able men of the senior class
and they are chosen by the Council of
the present graduating class. Winch
Is business manager of the Daily
Princetonian and has won prizes for
debating. He is a member of the'
Princeton Terrace Club and very dod-
J ular among -bis classmates- ' ; .
Sensational Tale Told
of Prosser Killing.
Tragedy Takes Place in Car
of Speeding Train.
At Coroner's Inquest Porter of Car,
Chance Acquaintance and Mrs.
Prosser Herself Describe
Shooting of Man by Woman.
SPOKANE, Wash., June 3. (Spe
cial.) While in her husband's arms,
receiving his caresses and returning
them, almost with his lips upon hers.
Mrs. Vera Prosser reached out her
hand, grasped a revolver and fired a
bullet into his head.
This was the testimony brought out
at the Coroner's inquest this afternoon
held over the body of Reese T. Pros
ser, shot supposedly by his divorced
wife in a compartment of a car on the
Great Northern while the train was
speeding through Montana on June 1.
Sensational in the extreme was the
inquest. Mrs. Prosser, apparently calm
and undisturbed, gave her testimony in
a cool and collected manner, she ap
peared absolutely without feeling, and
remarked that she had pasred a good
night, but was somewhat worried.
Porter Tells of Caresses.
The external details of the tragedy
were supplied by George Lindsay, the
negro porter of the car. He had served
the couple with three drinks, he said,
in the compartment which had been
reserved by the man. . When he served
the last drink, he said, he found the
woman seated on the lap of the man,
kissing him at intervals, while his
arms were about her closely.- This wast
shortly before the train reached Llbby.
Part of the woman's story was obtained
indirectly through C. C. Arlington, who
testified he became more or less inti
mately acquainted with Mrs. Prosser on
the train, and who repeated to the Coro
ner what purported to bo things she told
him at that time.
In Husband's Arms She Fires.
The revolver, said Arlington, she told
him' she procured from the porter. Lind
say, however, vehementely denied this.
After that third drink, when Prosser was
shot, Arlington said Mrs. Prosser related
to him how, when the porter had gone
out, Prosser pulled the cushions on the
floor, that they might be more comfort
able, and when they were together In
that way, with his arms about her, she
reached out for the revolver and shot
Mrs. Prosesr Tells of Life.
Mrs. Prosser spoke briefly of the
things leading up to the fatal ride on
the train. After she got a divorce in
Seattle, she said, Prosser hounded her
for a reconciliation. Soon after the
proceedings he came to her with an
offer to remarry her, she testified, and
this offer he repeated again and again.
He tried to get her to go with him on
a trip, she said, and was continually
trying to "make up."
One time, she told, her heart was
nearly broken when her husband
passed her on a train without speak
ing, for she loved him dearly, she main
tained. Coming to the ride through Mon
tana, which proved the last for Pros
ser, she told how, as she was passing;
the door of his compartment,, he
stopped her, drew ner within, and
kissed her tenderly.
All Alone but for Friends.
Mrs. Prosser talked rather freely about
herself and her affairs. She denied that
she was an heiress, as bad been pub
lished. When her father died, she said,
he left her $15,000 and some diamonds.
She remarked that she had plenty of
money to hire counsel, however, and
added that she had many friends all
over the country. As to relatives, she
said, she was alone.
As the result of the testimony brought
out at the inquest, the Coroner's Jury re
turned the verdict that "Reese T. Prosser
met death from a gunshot wound in his
right temple while he -was in compart
ment B, of train No. 2, on the Great
Northern Railway running east through
Llbby, in Lincoln County, Mont., on June
1. 1910; that the gunshot wound was in
flicted on him by one Vera Prosser, and
we recommend that said Vera Prosser
be held to answer for said crime."
Mrs. Prosser was arraigned In Justice
Miller's court at Llbby this afternoon at
3 o'clock, an information having been
filed against her by County Attorney
Maiden, charging her with murder In th
first degree. She pleaded not guilty,
waived preliminary hearing and wai
bound over to the District Court without
bail. V
Club Meeting Enthusiastic.
EUGENE, Or., June 3. (Special.)
The Eugene Commercial Club held a
get-together meeting at the clubrooms
tonight which was one of the best in
the history of the organization. Im
promptu speeches were made and a
largo number applied for membership.