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HOUSE WONT LET
STEINEH TALK NOW
Committee Not to Heed
ASYLUM HEAD UPBRAIDS WOOD
Resolution in to Allow Super
intendent to Explain.
INQUIRY WANTED FIRST
Refusal of Rrrreoentatlves to Report
on Request to Make Pefense on
Floor Is Likely to Add to
STATS CAPITOL. Salem. Or., Jan. !7.
(Special.) Failure of the House resolu
tions committee tomorrow morning to re
port favorably on Reynolds resolution
Inviting Dr. R- I. L Stelner. superin
tendent of the lr-sane aewlum. to appear
before a joint assembly of both houses
next Tuesday to defend himself against
charge of extravagance and mismanage
ment, will serve .only to add fuel to
the aoylum controversy which already 1,
a good-elsed wordy conflagration.
Representative Reynolds this afternoon
offered a resolution proposing that. In
the Interest of fair play and for the In
formation of the general public. Superin
tendent Stelner be soiled to appear be
fore the members of the two house at
10 o'clock, Tuesday morning and answer
the accusations that have been made
against him and his administration of
affairs at the asylum.
The resolution further proposed that
the head of the asylum should submit
to a: I Interrogations that might be ad
dressed to htm by the members of the
House and Senate touching on the affairs)
of the Institution and Ita management.
This course was suggested by Reynolds
In his resolution, which, lb la understood,
was prepared at Stelners request, that
the controversy might receive the fullest
Committee to Oppose Plan.
The resolutions committee to which the
Reynolds resolution was referred, to
night decided not to report the resolu
tion to the House In the morning. If
a report f demanded, the committee will
submit a report against the adoption of
the resolution. A majority of the mem
bers of the committee take the position
that there Is no occasion at this time for
the appearance of Superintendent
Stelner before the members of the Leg
islature. They argue that such a pro
ceeding, as proposed In Reynolds' reso
lution, would Involve a needles waste of
time and accomplish nothing. The com
mittee maintain that the Investigating
committees, provided by both houses at
this session with Instructions to Investi
gate and report on the asylum manage
ment, should, first be appointed, make
their Inquiry and submit their rrport.
When this has been done and there are
any explanations to be made, the com
mittee holds. Stelner can then attempt
Report Only Meager.
"Members of the Legislature are not
acquainted, with conditions at the
asylum." said Chairman Buchanan, of
the resolutions committee, tonight. "The
report which has been made by the leg
islative committee appointed two years
ago. Is only a superficial one and does
not deal In specific charges of ex
travagance or mismanagement. Until
we have such a report, a satisfactory
conference. Including Interrogation of
the superintendent, should not be held."
Friends of Superintendent Stelner,
however, will make an effort to force a
report from the committee even though
It be unfavorable and thresh the mat
ter out on the floor. They Insist that In
view of the general charges made
against Stelner by the legislative com
mittee of two years ago and the spe
cific charges preferred against htm by
Senator Bowerman, he Is entitled with
out further delay to an opportunity to
appear before the Legislators, meet the
accusations and If possible vindicate
himself of the charges.
Committee "ot Named.
Friends of Stelner allege that the reso
lutions committee, by Its action. Is seek
ing to force the appointment by Speaker
Rusk of the special House committee of
five members to inquire Into the manage
ment of the asylum. Such a resolution
was adopted by the House yesterday but
the Speaker failed to make the expected
announcement of the committee this
Early this afternon Superintendent
ptelner and Senator Wood. In the pres
ence of E. Hofer. of this city, and Dr.
Dr. George S. Wright, of McMlnnville.
a former member of the Senate, had a
wordy combat In one of the washrooms
In the Capitol over the report of the
special legislative committee on Stein
ere management of the asylum. It waa
a chance meeting; of the superintend
ent and the State Senator who was a
member of the Investigating committee
from tha Legislature. A personal en
counter was only averted by the Inter
ference of Wright and Hofer.
-Is It not a faA that the first thing
the members of your Investigating com
mittee did when they reached the
asylum was to "hit the whhky bottle?"
Inquired Stelner of Wood.
Senator Wood denied the accusation.
It la true. shouted Stelner advanc
tCoocluUed en Pace -l
NEW POTATO KING
MAtKICE ZCCKERMAX INVADES
FIELD AND RULES MARKET.
Expecting Shortage, Callfornlan Cor
ners Supply and Bids Fair
to Slake Fortune.
LOS ANGELES, Cal.. Jan. 27.-Spe-clal.)
Maurice Zuckerman. head of
large produce house and formerly South
ern California agent for George Shlma,
the Japanese "potato king." has gone
In for the spud monarchy on his own
account and apparently has Shlma fairly
1'otatori cost half a much again as
they did a year ago. because of last
year's general shortage. Zuckerman
foresaw, apparently, before Shlma, that
there would be a consequent shortage
this season, and began "cornering" six
Zuckerman Invaded Shlma's territory,
buying all the river and highland stock
k mr-t and simply holding It.
Then be sent agenta to Idaho, the next
source of supply, tying up practically
the whole crop, other producing
tlons. Including Oregon, were not over
looked. .Now the effect Is felt
Th. n.w Vina-" Is holding all his San
Joaquin potatoes for the San Francisco
market and supplying tne. nouiu
M,hn Prndura men here find It Im
possible to get rivers or highlands. Prices
are going up almost dally.
Znrkcrman. being a wise monarcn.
Is not trying to reallxe all at once, nor
nrwimi w i v ,v t - . f
ton notch, but letting out enough to .
meet the demands fairly and Keep u
Colorado and other distant potatoes. xi
holdings are known to bo enormous, a
third greater. Indeed, than Shlma waa
ever sble to control, and he will make
a fortune If nothing Interferes.
Jobbers say prices will Increase i
hundred pounds before April.
BERTHS MUST BE BOUGHT
Pnllman Reservations to Require
Cash la Future, Say Officials.
CHICAGO. Jan. 17. (Special.) Tray--i
. H.iroii of securing Pullman ac
commodations soon will have either to
make full prepayment of their Pullman
fare at time reservation is mu.
i. tit tha time of train departure
and take their chances or securing
ir nlan being considered by
tha Western railroads Is put into ef
11 . ntotinr lust held by tne neaas
of the passenger traffic departmenta of
the largest lines In- tne v est. tne jnmi
... mm .1... ronalderatlon. and defi
nite action upon It postponed only
because the, new Fuiimanraies r iv
mn into rffect on February 1. and the
passenger traffic officials decided to
defer final consideration until after tha
new tariffs have been Issued.
It Is asserted that the railroads now
labor under a great Inconvenience and
unnecessary expenses because of lax
regulations surrounding the manner in
which aleeplng car reservatlona can be
OIL TRUST IN LIBEL SUIT
Standard Sues Hampton's Publish
ers for $250,000 Damages.
NEW YORK. Jan. 27. The Standard
Oil Company brought suit In the United
Statea Circuit Court today for $250,000
damages against the Broadway Pub
lishing Company, Inc publishers of
Hampton's Magazine, and Cleveland
Moffatt. the magazine writer. The
current Issue of Hampton's contains an
article In which It, is alleged that sub
sidiaries of the Standard sell glucose to
"The only possible connection be
tween the Standard and tha manufac
turers of glucose." said counsel for the
Standard. "Is that two men who make
glucose are on the Standard directo
rate." So far as Is recalled the Standard has
never brought suit tefore against any
of the many publications that have at
MOB DENOUNCES LEASE
Ecuadorians Object to Giving Cncle
Sam Galapagos Isles,
OCAYAQCTU Equador, Jan. 17.
Immense crowds paraded through tha
streets last night In protest against the
proposal to leaee the Galapagoa Islands
to the United States.
The demonstrators gathered In front
of the house occupied by President Al
faro, who la stopping here and hooted
the government and Archer Harmon,
president of the Guayaquil At Quito
Railway Company, who Is regarded aa
being responsible for the project of
leasing the Islands.
Troops summoned to guard the pala:e
dispersed the crowds.
OSTRICH EGG ON MENU
Phoenix to Weigh Roosevelt Before
and After Eating Omelet,
EL PASO. Tex.. Jan. 27. The South
west Is ablaze with enthusiasm over the
Impending visit of Theodore Roosevelt.
At Phoenix. Ariz., March It. arrange
ments afe under way to serve the Colo
nel a unique breakfast of a specially
prepared omelet made of an ostrich
egg. The omelet will be weighed before
and after he tackles It, and Roosevelt
will be weighed after he finishes. It Is
also proposed to have a roasted ostrich
In the center of tha breakfast table.
The breakfast will be riven In the open
and It ts expected 10U citizens of Phoenix
Grand jury "Guard" Is
Named by Judge.
QUICK PUNISHMENT ASSURED
Vote Trafficking and Intimida
tion to Be Sought.
COURT DELIVERS EDICT
Action Is Taken Because of Revolt
of Inquisitorial Body News
paper Men Are Questioned
Regarding Close Secrets.
DANVILLE, III, Jan. 27,. 'Special.)
Elections In Speaker Cannon's baili
wick are henceforth to be held under
the grand Jury spotlight. Twenty
three men wll be on close guard as the
voters march to the polls and "border
line" Justice will be meted out to all
culprits. Vote-trafflcklna; and Intimi
dation of votera are to be the targets
of their efforts.
This ultimatum was delivered this
afternoon by Circuit Judge E. R. E.
Ktmbrouarh at the close of an eventful
day. The Vote fraud grand Jury had
all but revolted and 60 witnesses had
become possessed of a dementia pecu
liar to Danville at this time, namely,
that of forgetfulness. They could re
member nothing of vote-buying and
selling In the last IS months.
The revolt of the grand Jury started
seriously enough and ended In a com
edy. Newspaper Slen Subpenaed.
Some one made It known that Chi
cago newspaper men had some access
to grand Jury secrets and early this
morning the newspapermen were hur
ried to the grand Jury chambers for an
Investigation. After the writers had
been haled before the grand Jury, how
ever, no one connected with the case
would admit having issued the sub
penas. More than 100 subpenas for ward cap
tains and precinct workers of both
parties were Issued by the grand Jury
later In the day and a general rounding
up of the witnesses was soon begun by
a score of deputy sheriffs. AH of the
summonses were made returnable Mon
day. City Attorney Frank W. Jones, who
hal been under fire on charges of vote
buying In Sheriff Sbepard's campaign
and who haa been reported missing,
also came back Into publicity. His at
torney, James Dwyer, appeared at the
Courthouse and delivered a letter to
the grand Jury which stated that he
had not. been evading service, but
bad been 111 and would appear as a
willing witness on next Monday.
Jones Alleged Paymaster. , .
Jones was accused a few days ago
by R. T. Frankenberger and other wit
nesses of having been paymaster In the
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So many improvements of a
publie or semi-public nature
are under way in Portland that
a complete review of them can
be presented only in a large
special number, such as the
Fiftieth Anniversary Edition of
The Oregonian, to be published
February 4. At that time The
Qregonian will eover the field
thoroughly, and the showing will
reflect much credit on the city.
Dr. J. R. Wetherbee, of the
Park Board, will tell of the pur
chase and improvement of
parks; J. C. Ainsworth, of the
Water Board, will describe the
new pipe line that will double
the city's water supply; Lionel
R. Webster, of the Oregon Good
Roads Association, will call at
tention to what is being done
for better highways throughout
the state; President Foster will
write on the Reed Institute and
what it means to Portland, and
B. II. Bennett will outline the
"city beautiful" plan that he
These are only a few of the
contributed articles which will
cover some phase of Portland's
progress. There are other con
tributions along the same line,
from well-known citizens, in
addition to much material pre
pared by writers on The Oregot
TEN WANT WHIPPING-POST
House, However, Aids in Wiping
Out "BInr on Statute-Books."
STATE CAPITOL, Salem. Or., Jan. 27.
(Special.) With only ten dissenting
votes, the House today passed Buchan
an's bill abolishing the whipping post.
By the provisions of the bill wife beat
ing is made punishable In the same man
ner as other aggravated cases of assault
The debate on the bill, which was de
feated In the Legislature two years ago,
was brief. Buchanan argued that the
law was a blur on the statute books of
the state, while Its enforcement did not
deter any man from beating his wife.
Enton Insisted that the law was a
measure of prevention and should be re
tained on the statute .books. Peterson
and Smith concurred In this view, the
Josephine County man pointing out that
the publlo whipping of a man for beating
his wife was less barbarous than to send
him to the penitentiary.
Those voting against the bill were:
Chambers. Derby, Eaton, Gill, Graves,
Neuner, Pierce, Peterson. Rackleff, Shaw,
Smith, Sutton and Speaker- Rusk. The
abstentees were: Bonebrake, Bryant,
Carter, Eggleston, Lelnenweber, Magone,
Mann and Rushlight.
DEATH WINS RACETj'ER SEA
St. Lonlsan Dies When Son Reaches
New York From Europe.
NEW YORK, Jan. 27. Through the
fog that held John M. Swltzer a pris
oner on board the steamship Prlnz
Frlederlch Wilhelm and checked his
race from Europe to the bedside of his
dying father In St. Louis, a wireless
message came today apprising him of
his father'a death last night.
A tug held in readiness to convey
Swltzer to Jersey City, and a special
train awaiting there to rush him to St.
Louis were dismissed upon the receipt
of the message.
Doomed in Senate, Even
if It Wins in House.
BUT TAFT WILL STAND FIRM
If Republicans Reject Deal, He
May Try Democrats.
NEVER MORE IN EARNEST
President Intends to Stay With It
This Session and if Necessary Call
Extra Session He Wants
Cost of Living Cut. '
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27. Snags be
gan to loom up In the pathway of the
Canadian reciprocity agreement today
before It had been In the hands of Con
gress 24 hours and confident predic
tions of Its failure were made by pillars
of the protective tariff faith.
It was said that, even should the
House accept the terms of the arrange
ment (which Republican high tariff ad
vocates did not concede for a moment)
It could not pass the Senate.
These prophecies were carried to the
White House today by members who
visited the President, ostensibly on
other business, but Instead of their cre
ating a pessimistic feeling there, Mr.
Taft, It is said, received them with
smiles, which Indicated that one defeat
would not turn him from his purpose,
Taft May "Put It Up" to Democrats.
' If his own party, before surrendering
control of the House of Representa
tives, falls to seize the opportunity of
putting in this reciprocity agreement,
the President, it is believed, will not
hesitate to submit his programme to
the Democrats, perhaps even In an ex
tra session of Congress.
One man in the confidence of the
President, who has been the Adminis
tration mouthpiece on more than one
occasion, came from the White House
today with, the declaration that the
proposed Canadian arrangement would
not die an easy death while Taft was
In the White House.
"The President was never more In
earnest In his life," said he. "'He In
tends to "stay with It' through this
session and to carry it to the next, If
necessary. He would not hesitate to
call an extra session If he thought
such a course necessary."
Cost of Living Woulif- Fall.
Mr. Taft believes the mutual conces
sions arranged by the United States and
Canada, especially the large number of
articles of foodstuffs which would be
put on the free list, propose a great
humanitarian movement that ultimate
ly would mean a material reduction In
the cost of living. He Believes that.
If the promised reductions are not at
once apparent, the very presence of
this document In Congress will prove
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TAFT'S NEW SECRETARY LIKELY
TO BE LEROY VERXOX.
Graduate of Everett High School 'n
Line for Confidential Position
SEATTLE, Wash., Jan. 27. (Special.)
Word has been received by Postmaster
Vernon, of Everett, from Washington,
D. C, that his son, Leroy Vernon, cor
respondent for the Chicago News at tho
National Capital, is In line for appoint
ment as secretary to President Taft.
Secretary Norton will resign in March.
Leroy Vernon is well known, both In
Everett and Seattle, as a baseball played.
Before his graduation from the Univer
sity of Chicago in 1900, he played four
ears on the varsity team and often ap
peared on the local diamonds in vaca
tions. He was one of the first grad
uates of the Everett High School.
. For eight years he has been Washing
ton correspondent for the Chicago News.
He 1 a member of the executive com
rrittee of the Gridiron Club and chair
man of the committee on programme
and arrangements of that club.
NOTED SCIENTIST DEAD
Professor Frederick G. Hesse Was
Member of Parallel Commission.
OAKLAND, Jan. 27. Professor Fred
erick G. Hesse, of the University of
California, died at his home here to
day at the age of S6 years. Old age
is given as the cause.
Professor Hesse was connected'wlth
the departments of mathematics and
mechanical engineering for 29 years.
At thd beginning of the Civil War,
Hesse was one of the defenders of the
National Capitol, at Washington, and
in 1869 was appointed a member of the
United States Naval astronomical ex
pedition to the Southern Hemisphere.
He served as consulting engineer and
was also a member of the commission
appointed by Congress to establish the
46th parallel, which Is located between
Oregon and Washington.
Professor Hesse was 'a native of
TRUCK RACE RUINS ROADS
Voters Must Pay $10,000 to Repair
Damages of Test.
Ten thousand dollars , Jauiai". - ,J
courty roads by the. line of auto trucks
which made a test run through the
county several days ago as a feature of
the Portland Automobile Show. A re
pert to this effect was made to the
County Court and Commissioners yes
terday by County Road Supervisors.
As a result of making the test follow
ing heavy rains which softened the
roads, repair work wll' have to be un
dertaken at an early date, the super
visors report. The loss falls upon tax
payers. It is the Intention of the County Court
and Commissioners to communicate
with those responsible and prevent a re
petition of the test. The damage is on
Vancouver Avenue and the Sandy Base
Line and Foster roads.
PROFIT IN WEEK $1000
Lot at Eleventh and Mill Shows Gain
on Quick Turn.
One thousand dollars In one week
was the profit realized ty L K. John
son, who bought the northeast cor
ner of Eleventh and Mill streets a
week ago from Morris Marks for $17.
000. The property Is 60 by 76 feet. It
was turned again yesterday through
the agency of M. E. Lee, the purchaser
being Minnie M. Lee. She probably will
erect a four-story brick apartment
house, possibly with stores on the
ground floor, in the near future.
M. E. Lee yesterday sold also a lot
38 by 100 feet on Market street, be
tween Chapman and Nineteenth. The
property was owned by J. H. Middle
ton and was sold to O. W. Hodges for
CHICAGO CARS MAY STOP
Strike of 8000 Railway Men Over
Wages Is Imminent.
CHICAGO, Jan. 27. (Special.) Chi
cago is threatened today with one of
th. 'rrAtit labor disturbances in its
history. A strike of 8000 streetcar men,
meaning a tleup of all surface lines
In the city, is possible, on account of
differences between the scale of wages
paid by the Chicago Railways Company
and the Chicago City Railroad Com
pany. . ,
So serious ,has the situation become
that today Mayor Busse intervened in
an effort to prevent a possible repe
tition of the scenes of violence and
bloodshed which marked the last street
car strike in Chicago and have accom
panied these labor struggles In other
CREW PRAYS FOR SAFETY
Kneeling on Deck of Speranza Men
Petition for Prosperous Voyage.
ASTORIA, Or., Jan. 27. (Special.)
Kneeling on the deck, with heads bared,
officers and crew of the Italian- ship
Bperanza this afternoon offered pray
ers for a safe voyage. For more than
five minutes. In accordance with an
ancient Italian naval custom, the men,
led by Captain Luddanza, continued their
invocations despite a drizzling rain that
The Speranza left out Immediately
following the religious rites, bound for
Sydney, Australia. She carris 2,000,000
feet of lumber.
IS SLAIN II DUEL
Forcing Return of Cash,
He Is Shot Dead.
ANTAGONIST SAYS IT'S SUICIDE
San Fancisco Is Scene of
" Climax to Tragedy.
BOY TRIES TO SAVE HIM
Rendered Desperate by Losses, Gus
tave Postler Holds ITp Gambling
House Owner Borrows Po
liceman's Gun and Fights.
SAN FRANCISCO. Jan. 27. Bank
rupted by his losses In gambling re
sorts, which his wife and young son
had vainly begged the police to stop.
Gustave Postler, a contracting painter,
held up the bank at the Saratoga So
cial Club today and was shot dead in
the revolver duel which followed with.
Ed Kripp, proprietor of the resort, hi
14-year-old son witnessing his death.
The lad had rushed In to prevent
bloodshed when he saw Krlpp get a
gun from a policeman and run back to
the room where Postler was holding
the attaches of the place at bay while
backing from the room with 11000 in
coin, taken from the dealer in charge.
Krlpp is In Jail, charged with mur
der. He told the detectives that the
last shot of the Interchange was flred
by Postler into his own breast,when
he found himself trapped and sorely
wounded. The result of the autopsy,
held this evening, tends to confirm this
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INDE' OF TODAY'S NEWS
YESTERTJAY S -Maximum temperature. 49
degrees; minimum, 39 degrees.
TODAY'S Occasional rain, southwest to
Compensation act safeguards ' employes
against loss, but does not restrain right
to sue. Page 7.
Multnomah legislators differ on need of ad
ditional circuit Judges. Page 6.
House committee on resolutions to oppose
Dr. Steiner's request to defend himself
on floor of House. Page 1.
Representative Brooke opposes forestry bill
on account of the leeway It would give
Plnchot conservation men. Page 6.
Despite agreeement of House not to con'
aider liquor legislation, 22 Washington
Senators uphold bill Introduced to amend
local option law. Page 7.
Oregon Senate favors abolishment of gal-
lows; reconsideration of bill ordered.
Honduras revolutionists capture two large
cities. Page 2.
Portland leads in Y. M. C. A. membership
race. Page 12.
North Bank moves ticket office from rail
road row. Page 18.
P. H. D. Ross to make tour of Europe to
Induce foreign moneyed men to Invest
in Oregon and Washington. Pago 12.
Mayor Simon will remove Judge TazwelL
Leroy Vernon, once well-known Northwest
ballplayer, may be Taft'a secretary.
Reciprocity has stormy outlook In Congress
tir? Taft will push it, even If with aid ot
Democrats. Page 1.
Trans-Pacific shipping unprofitable but com
panies will enlarge. Page 5.
Pan-American commercial meeting due next
month. Page 3.
Boycott appeal In Buck stove case Is not
considered by Supreme Court. Page 2.
Securities Commission hears that Texas road
simulates poverty to avoid improving.
Land Commissioner Dennett urges need of
coal property legislation. Page 15.
Humphrey accuses foreign ship trust of dic
tating ocean rates for benefit of Ameri
can trusts. Page 2.
Lorimer election tainted, says Cummins, in
Senate. Page 8.
Deadlock In New York Legislature Assem
bly continues. Page 8.
Grand Jury "guard" will watch Danville
polls. Page 1.
Ruined . gambler holds up San Francisco
gambling-house and is killed In duel with,
owner. Page 1.
Lord Decles and Vivian Gould secure mar
riage license. Page 2.
Maurice Zuckerman deposes Shlma aa po
.ato king. Page 1.
Dr. Burke convicted of dynamiting woman
and babe. Page 4.
United Mlneworkers criticize methods of
Civic Federation. Page 3.
Schenk palace will be barred to woman h?
she is released. Page 4.
Automobile show to close with Business
Men s Day" today. Page 9.
Ball and Rodgers refuse to sign Portland!
contracts. Page 0.
"One Round" Hogan loses light on foul.
Page 9. ,
Senator Heyburn Is scored for alleged slu
on direct vote memorial. Page 5.
Wrecked Cottage City's passengers and erew
are being brought to Seattle on Snoho
mish. Page 8.
Oregon retail merchants adjourn after de
nouncing methods of wholesalers. Page 8.
Modoc reclamation plan to be carried out.
Commercial and Marine.
Hopbuyere turn to old growths. Page 19.
Proposal to remove duty on Canadian wheat
causes slump. Page 19.
Stock speculation on small scale. Page 19.
Iron and steel trade shows improvement.
Negligent watchman lets tanks overflow!
barbor fill with oil. Page 18.
Portland and Vicinity.
Railroad spur may simplify river Jetty im
provement. Page 14.
Contract for substructure of Broadway
bridge is let. Page 14.
Wife leaves with sweetheart she Jilted; hus
band gets divorce. Page IS.
Federal Court refuses to enjoin reduction
Valley freight rates. Page 14