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VOL. XXII. NO. 48.
PORTLAND, OREGON, SUNDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 29, 1903.
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Seattle People Disgust
ed With Scandals.
CHANCE FOR DEMOCRATS
Grand Jury Discloses Change
in Public Sentiment
BALD FACTS ARE NAUSEATING
Though Agreements With Gamblers
Were Indorsed by Popular Vote,
Public Proclamation of "Rake
Off" Produces a Change.
Deniocrats la Seattle hope to carry
tb municipal election through the
disfavor Into "which the present ad
snlnlstraUon and all connected -with
It hac fallen, through disclosures
made before the grand Jury. A strong
Republican, unaffiliated with the pres
ent government, could command the
large normal Republican majority, but
for various reasons such leaders have
Known an unwillingness to make the
Democratic candidates for the Mayor
aitty arc numerous enough. State
Senator IV. H. Hickman appears to
r tbe strongest. J. TV. Goodwin
has striven bo often unsuccessfully that
hia ptrength Is In a measure weakened.
William Ficon Is handicapped by his
name. Below the "dead line" he will
be mistaken for the foreman of tbe late
SEATTLE, "Wash., Nov. 2S. (Special.)
A mistake In tbe head of the ticket com
mitted by the next Republican city con
vention would give the Democrats strong
hope of carrying Seattle. The Democrats
era hopeful, anyway. It doesn't Injure
their chance of success any to look for
ward with pleasing anticipation of victory
and there is a delightful sensation of sat
isfaction with, tbs world In general, as
the Bourbons figure out their chances In
the coming municipal fight.
The Democrats have entertained a hope
of carrying the city again ever since
Ronald went out of office and the "kid
committee" passed into political history.
But a generous Republican majority has
made the contests of the past something
of a quixotic quest for spoils and the
Democratic enthusiasm stored up to cele
brate the first victory has been kept on
Ice. But now that there Is something
of a chance of success the Democratic
preparations for the coming campaign
have something less humorous in their
aspect and Republicans would prefer to
be well out of the tangle.
Fight on Local Issues.
It seems almost ridiculous to insist that
the Democrats have a chance of carrying
a city that gave the Republican candidate
for Supreme Court Judge a majority of
Z28Q a year ago, but'tho fight Is more than
1 kely to be made on local Issues. Local
sentiment will not follow partv lines
closely if municipal affairs can be made
the rallying ground of the Democratic
Tfaere are Democratic candidates In
plenty, but a paucity of material exists
among the Republicans. There are plesty
cf good, strong men and men who could
carry the city without much trouble, but
they do not want the office of Mayor and
they do not care particularly about minor
The impression prevails among men who
have to do with politics that the Mayor
alty has proven In the past to be the
fteway to the political cemetery and
there arc ambitions that will not bo laid
away even though party duty demands it
This Is one of the principal reasons why
politicians cannot find etrong Republi
can leaders willing to make the fight for
Mayor of Seattle.
Mayor's Salary Insufficient.
There is the other reason, too, that the
jlarr is not commensurate with the
duties that the Mayor must perform. This
la sufficient to make some Rpubllcans re
ruse to rise to the bait that Is being held
out to them. It may be true that some
Mayors have not regarded the office as a
handicap on their private business Inter
ests; but to one outside tho office it
lx)ks as though the job were big enough
to take most of one man's time.
The present trouble that worries Re
publican politicians Is the fact that the
cnly men discussed thus far or who might
accept a nomination are connected with
the present administration. Mayor T. J.
Humes has said he will not be a candi
date; his friends say he could be Induced
to take another nomination, and there is
certainly evidence that the Piles leaders
would like to renominate him. Ellis Mor
rison will soon make an authoritative an
souncoment of his candidacy. He is of
the City CeuncIL "Will H Parry and Dr.
J E. CricBton, of the Council, have been
As a matter of fact It is extremely
doubtful whother any man connected with
the present administration will do. This
does not mean that there Is Justice in the
charges that weakens an administration
candidate, but the fact exists, neverthe
less. The sentiment in Seattle runs
strongly In favor nt a change.
Ashamed of Indorsed Policy.
It hould not be charged against the
administration that an "open town" was
Its doing. The matter has always been
put squarely before Seattle voters and
they have indorsed it. But repeated
scandals have had -a nauseating effect.
People, even though they authorized it. do
not like to hear of agreements that per.
mit gambling rake-offs; they do not like
to read of grand jury disclosures nor have
it publicly proclaimed that street Im
provements are poorly handled and fran
chises are too easily obtained. It is a
fact that this policy was approved by
popular vote when the issues were clearly
defined, but sentiment is running against
it now. v
It is not the Republican majority of
3290 last Fall when state issues and Na
tional questions were Involved that should
be considered in the coming fight. Humes'
bare majority of 600 when he had lined
up the district "below the line" solid and
had made a desperate rally among those
who had heretofore favored his policies
is more to the point.
"Dead-Line" Machine Broken.
An administration candidate could not
poll the heavy "dead-line" vote that
Humes got, for much of it is now gone
and the organization that kept It In line
is disrupted. This, to begin with, is a
serious handicap, and when one considers
the fact that a grand Jury's session and
innumerable scandals have caused a re
vulsion of feeling toward the administra
tion the seriousness of the situation is
understood. To nominate any man con
nected with the administration is to give
the Democrats the opportunity of charg
ing all the sins of omission aiv' commis
sion, both real and Imaginary, against
such a candidate. The Council and Mayor
have been in accord and a candidate
chosen from either office would be sub
jected to the same attacks upon his
TVhile all these facts contribute to the
showing of weakness and make the ma
jority of COO at the last municipal election
look slim in a city that registers 22,000
voters, any Republican nominee will have
one element of strength that must be con
sidered. The next will be Presidential
year and party feeling cannot be kept out
of a municipal contest. Seattle Is easily
several thousand Republican on National
issues and hundreds of Republicans who
might not be In sympathy with the party
nominee for Mayor will hesitate to cut
tho ticket when such action might have
an effect in the state.
Effect on the State.
Seattle's will be the first municipal
election In the state next year. The
moral effect of a victory of either party
will swing some doubtful votes else
where. There Is a desperate three-cornered
fight in Tacoma and Republicans
there would be weakened by a Democratic
victory In Seattle. A poor showing In
both cities would have a wonderful effect
in strengthening the Democratic organiza
tion throughout the state. For these rea
sons many Republicans can be counted
upon to accept any ticket that is nomi
nated; but this does not remove the
danger by any means.
The best opportunity the Republicans in
Seattle have tp win would be to pick a
candidate not closely identified with any
faction or the present administration.
Such a candidate has not yet appeared.
The factor Senatorial politics will cut
in' the municipal election Is uncertain. At
tempts are being made to keep that ques
tion out of the contest and to secure a
Republican victory. Neither Piles nor
"Wilson Is now in Seattle, though It is
reported Piles will return in December.
"When he left a few weeks ago it was de
clared he would spend the "Winter in Ken
tucky, but a story that bis health has
improved and he will come back next
month is told by his friends.
Senator "Wilson left a few days ago for
the East 'and will remain away for two
months. The absence of these two men
would make it easier to keep Senatorial
matters out of the municipal campaign.
, Democratic Candidates Aplenty.
There is no scarcity of Democratic
candidates and Democratic leaders pro
fess a confidence that they will be able
to nominate their strongest man to carry
the fight to the front. Of the number
mentioned it is probable State Senator
"William Hickman Moore is the strongest.
Moore has courted popularity with the
masses. He has been favored by organ
ized labor before and he has always con
ducted himself so as to remain in the good
graces of the corporations. He would be
strong with the masses that have rallied
about Humes so frequently and ought to
poll a good vote In the better residence
J. W. Godwin has been sent out to cap
ture the Democratic nomination so often
that he should have been weakened some
what by this time. He tried to win once
and failed. Moreover, ho Is an uncertain
candidate, for he will not givca definite
answer to pleadings that' ho announce
himself. Nor will ."William Plgott, treas-
(Concluded on Page 2.)
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: "WHEREIN IS THE UTILITY?"
"Strenuous days aro over.
And peaceful day begun;
It's desuetude forGrover,
Hia politics is done." ,
Dreyfus to Get Judicial
HE FOUGHT LONG AND HARD
The Famous French Officer
Wants Sentence Revised,
PROMISE SECOND SENSATION
Ex-Principal Keeper cf the Records
of the Headquarters' Staff Is
Said to Have Made Im
PARIS, Nov. 2S. The efforts of Alfred
Dreyfus to secure a judicial examination
of his case havo at last been crowned
with success. After examining the dos
sier in the case submitted to him by Gen
eral Andre, the Minister of "War, Minister
of Justice Valle has transmitted that
document, together with the petition of
M. Dreyfus for a revision of his sentence,
to M. Durand, the president of a com
mission instituted by the Ministry of
Justice. This commission will pronounce
upon the admissibility of the request for
a revision of sentence. Dreyfus owes the
favorable action taken to the careful
consideration of the case by Minister
Andre, whose conclusions are regarded as
in the highest degree favorable to Drey
fus, since they determined the Minister of
Justice to refer the question of a revision
to a commission.
Nothing has yet transpired to Indicate
General Andre has discovered documents
of doubtful authenticity, or that there
was maneuvering on the part of the Min
ister of "War during the Dreyfus trial to
conceal Important facts, though assertions
to this effect have been made. It is stated
M. Gribelin, formerly principal keeper of
records of the headquarters' staff, ha3
made important revelations. The com
mission will receive tho documents next
"Wednesday The decision of Minister of
Justice Valle to refer the question of
a revision of the Dreyfus sentence to a
commission, it is officially stated, is based
upon an article of tho criminal code
which provides that in case where, after
a condemnation, new facts develop, or
where previously unknown proof of a
nature which would tend to establish in
nocence, is presented, the condemned per
son has a right to ask for a revision of
sentence, and the right to pass upon such
request belongs to tbe Minister of Justice,
who will decide after having taken tho
opinion of a commislson composed of
three directors of his Ministry and three
members of the Court of Cassation. Tho
present commission consists of MM. Du
rand, Alphandery and Marlgnan, of tho
Court of Cassation, and MM. Mercier,
Geoffrey and Dupre, Directors of tho
Ministry of Justice. M. Alphandery is an
Israelite, M. Durand a Catholic and M.
Marlgnan a Protestant
Press Accepts Decision Calmly.
In the absence of specific Information,
the morning papers make various state
ments regarding newly-developed facts.
La Lanterne affirms that the decision to
grant a revision of the case is based on
the fact that false testimony was given
at the previous trial, and that M. Crlbe
Hn had made alterations In certain docu
ments of process. "While recognizing tho
importance of the Issue raised, and the
effect of the decision upon all France,
most of the papers accept the announce
ment calmly, though several of the less
Important journals mako savage com
ments upon the action1 of tho Ministry.
Dreyfus Will Make No Comment.
PARIS, Nov. 29. M. Dreyfus, In the
course of an Interview last evening, ex
pressed .his happiness because a revision
of his case has been granted, but de
NEWS OF GROVER CLEVELAND'S RETIREMENT FALLS LIKE
IL "GROYER'S QUIT IS!"
"Herer-JUd, I want a 'Thunderer-
Grovcr's retired, they say
And ob, but I'm a blunderer
To be abroad today."
CONTENTS OP TODAY'S PAPER
Engineers hold special session of Oregon leg
islature should provide for purchase of right
of way for Ths Dalles canal. Page X.
Kear-Admlral Slgsbee shows the Navy is
greatly In need of men. Page 1.
Several members of Congress will oppose plan
of Roosevelt to reduce tariff on Philippine
, goods. Page 7.
Chicago grand Jury Indicts youthful bandits;
sweetheart of one would wed him soon.
Northern Colorado miners vote to end etrike.
Estate of (tho late C. P. Huntington is ap
praised at $23,301,765. f age 3.
New York theater pays $30 a minute to hear
Pattl singula making up deficiency la re
ceipts. Page i."
Lord Roberts, Commander-in-Chief of BriUsn
amy. is likely to retire on account of ill
health. Page 3.
Dreyfus finally triumphs la effort to secure &
Judicial hearing of hia case, Page 1.
Brother of Princess Alice tells of cruel treat
ment she received at hands of husband.
Colombia will offer the Panama. Canal free of
cost to the "United States. Page 2.
General Heyes arrives in Washington to inter
cede for Colombia. Page 2.
Colombia will ask Latin-American countries to
protest against action of America, if Reyes
mission falls. Page 2.
Army eleven defeats the Navy," 40-5. Page 14.
Kaiser withdraws his offer of a cup for a
trans-Atlantic yacht race In 1004. Page 14.
Scores of Pacific Coast League: Sacramento 2,
Portland 1; Seattle 3, Los Angeles, 1.
Commercial and Marine.
Stock market dull, but closes Ann. Page 15.
"Week In "Wall street. Page 15.
New York bank statement shows largo in
crease In surplus reserve. Pago 15.
"Wheat situation mixed at Chicago. Pago 15.
San Francisco produce quotations. Page 15.
China Commercial Company may operate
Btearoers from Portland. Page 10.
Buoy changes in the Colombia. Page 10.
Marion County will have sample good roads
for next year's convention to view. Page 6.
Judge Morrow, at San Francisco, says minor
legatees must pay war tax. Page 7.
Strong demand for money from the state
school funds. Page 0.
Scandals in Seattle's city government give tho
Democrats an opportunity to elect a ilajor.
The title to the rich Bonanra mines, of Valdes,
Is confirmed to the Alaska Copper Company.
Portland and Vicinity.
O. R. i N. Incorporates subsidiary company
with avowed Intention of building Riparia.
Lewlston road. Page 1.
Mrs. Inez Harrison eays her husband Is trying
to obtain her property by fraud. Page 10.
Legislature will probably consider several
matters In extra session besides tax law.
Louie. Cohen and "Ben Hur" tickets missing.
I. "W. Mulkey elected president of Roosevelt
League. Page 12.
Abo Logan Is acquitted of murder by Federal
jury. Page 11.
features and Departments.
Editorial: Page i.
Church announcement?. Page 30.
Classified advertisements. Pages 24-27.
With busy men in a mall car. Pago SO.
I Thanksgiving at the Poor Farm. rage 40.
Home-coming of Lady Curzon. Page 35.
The Hon. William H. Taft. Page 33.
I Chimmle Fadden stories. Page 33.
' Frank G. Carpenter's letter. Fage 32.
I Ireland, past and present. Page 32.
I The domestic problem again. Page 3G.
Pioneer baseball up tho Valley. Page 40.
Obadlah Oldway's letter. Page 40.
Loss of the Incubator. Page 21.
Book relews. Page 37.
Ten years of Oregon. Page 30.
1 Social. Pages 20-21.
Dramatic Pago 18.
Musical. Page 22.
Household and fashions. Pages 34-35.
Youths' department. Page,3S.
clined to make any comments, holding
he should make communication only to
Important Discovery by Police.
BOSTON, Nov. 2S. Chief "Watts, of tho
bureau of criminal Investigation, said to
day he had identified George Mur
phy, who was sentenced In Newton yes
terday to serve ten months for obtaining
money under false pretenses, as Dominic
Klloran, brother of "Joe" Klloran, who
Is charged with stealing J2.000.000 from
The identification is regarded by tho
police as Important, because they assert
that Dominic Klloran received $300,000 of
the stolen money.
Wood Investigation Off for Day.
NEW TORK, Nov. 2S. Horatio E.
Rubens, of New York, subpenaed by tho
Senate committee on military affairs to
give testimony in the investigation of
charges against General "Wood, failed to
arrive today. The committee has no wit
nesses on hand and adjourned until Mon
HI. "GOODBYE, EDWARD, I MUST
"Ed'll ba sad, I'm thlnkin',
We kinder took a shine.
But mc for good old Lincoln
It's president for mine."
LOOK TO OREGON
Views of Engineers on
Canal .Right of Way;
THIS SESSION SHOULD ACT
Held State Can Buy the Land
Cheaper Than Others.
APPEAL TO CONGRESS FEARED
Need for An Increase in the Estimate
of Cost of The Dalles Project
Might Cause Unfavorable
Report to Be Made.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, "Wash
ington, Nov. 23. Engineer officers in
Washington are Inclined to believe The
Dalles-Celilo Canal situation is very much
simplified by the fact that there Is to
be an extra session of the Oregon Legis
lature. Tnese officers say such a session
presents an opportunity for an early and
a thoroughly satisfactory solution of the
problem raised by the recent restrictive
order of the Secretary of War, who de
mands that right of way for tho canal
shall cost the Government nothing. t
ft Is the opinion of the engineers that
the Legislature should make an ample ap-
proprtation to purchase the desired right'
, ,,. iu . i j .u .
Of wav. as thev nre convince? thf stntA
of way, as they are convinced the state
can not only get the needed lands sooner,
but cheaper, than could the general Gov
ernment, should It resort to condemna
Among engineer officers who are known
to be friendly to The Dalles-Celilo Canal
project, there Is a hope that It may not I
be necessary to go to Congress to ask for
a further appropriation for purchasing '
this right of way. They fear Congress is
asked to increase the limit of cost of
this work beyond the figure set by the
laSt Congress unfavorable action on the
entlro project may b.e taken, which will
delay (construction Indefinitely. They
therefore believe It Is better that the state
shall acquire the right of way under an
appropriation of Its Legislature, and pre
sent the land to the general Government,
as was contemplated by tho Secretary of
If the Legislature will make such an ap
propriation as has been suggested, there
will be no necessity for Congress to give
further consideration to The Dalles Canal
project, except to mako annual appropri
ation for carrying out the work which has
heretofore been authorized, and for tne
commencement of which there is now
over $300,000 available.
BILLS CUSHMAN WILL FATHER
Washington and Alaska Particularly
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington, Nov. 2S. Representative Cush
man will soon Introduce the following
Increasing the limit of cost of the pub
lic building at Tacoma to $1,000,000 and
at Spokane to $900,000; providing for tho
erection of public buildings at Olympla,
Aberdeen, Everett and Belllngham; to
establish a military post at American !
. Lake; dividing the State of Washington
Into two judicial districts, north and
south; establishing a mint at Tacoma;
enlarging and Improving the Puyallup
Indian School; creating a game preserve
In the Olympic Mountains; to construct
a Government bridge across Spokane
River; appropriating $100,000 for the im
provement of Mount Rainier National
Park; establishing a life-saving station
at Cape Flattery; amending the Consti
tution to provide for the election of
United States Senators by popular vote;
Alaskan delegate bill; providing a terri
torial government for Alaska; appropriat
ing $150,000 for a salmon hatchery In
A THUNDERBOLT IN LONDON.
Alaska; prohibiting tho location of min
ing claims in AJaska by power of attor
ney; making an appropriation for, Gov--ernment
roadways in Alaska.
Ho will also introduce bills for Im
proving and surveying different rivers
and harbors in Washington.
Mr. Cushman paid his respects to the
President today and took occasion to
urge strongly that the President in his
message to Congress Incorporate a rec
ommendation that Alaska be granted a
delegate in Congress.
WASHINGTON EXPECTS MUCH.
Congressmen Ask for Several Import
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington, Nov. 2S. The Washington delega
tion In tho House Is expecting big things
when Speaker Cannon passes around com
mittee places next week. Representative
Jones seeks an assignment on tho rivers
and harbors committee and will probably
get It, for he; has already been assured
by several prominent Republicans that
the Speaker has honored him with this
Congressman Cushman saw the Speaker
today, and announced his preferences. He
asked that he be assigned to the commit
tees on ways and means, appropriations,
and Interstate and foreign commerce. He
may possibly aecnro a place on the last
named, but ways and means Is already
made up, and appropriations, with one ex
ception the most Important committee In
the House, will probably not be within his
Congressman Humphrey Is asking for a
place on naval affairs. He believes this
committee can do a great deal for his
state. The Speaker has been made aware
of his preference, and Is known to look
with favor upon the Puget Sound yard,
but whether he will feel Justified In as
signing a new member to so important a
committee is a question. The chances are
rather against Humphrey, though this
committee, did he seek it, would be eas
ily within the reach of Cushman.
AGAIN SPEAK FOR COLE.
Senators Told Spokane Man Must Ex
plain Away New Charges.
TTrrX?T A XT -V" CTTTC? TTTTTT'TT TTreVi
, ". Z. If 7 J ' , ,
ington, Nov. 2S. Senators Foster and An,-
keny called on the President today and
formally renewed their recommendations
that Hal J. Cole be appointed Register of
the Spokane Land Office. Their visit was
not a success, for they were officially ad
vised that new charges had been made
against Cole, and were told that until
these charges have been thoroughly In
vestigated no action would be taken look
ing to the selection of a successor to
DECLARES PRINCE SEAT HER.
Brother of Princess Alice Says Di
vorce Suit Will Begin Soon.
ROME, Nov. 2S. Prince Jaime of Bour
bon, brother of Princess Alice of Schoen-burg-Wardenburg,
has arrived at Sourl.
He emphatically asserts the untruth of
the recent accusations against his sis
ter, and says a suit for a separation from
her husband. Prince Fre'derlc, which will
soon be begun at Dresden, will show the
brutality of the latter, who even descend
ed to beating his wife.
Blames Husbands for Reports.
PARIS, Nov. 2S. Princess Alice, of
Schoenburg-Waldenburg, in an Interview
with the Genoa correspondent of Le
Journal, announced she will leave Genoa
Monday for Dresden, where she will use
eyery means possible to secure the speedy
granting of a divorce from her husband.
"You can positively deny," she said to
the correspondent, "all the reports which
have appeared about me. They are mon
strous infamies Invented by my husband
to discredit me with the domestics who
were witnesses of his brutality, and who
wish to be heard by the Judge beforo
whom the divorce proceedings will be
brought. The Indignities to which I was
subjected by this man have revived my
courage, and I will recoil before nothing
which will enable me to show his con
duct." Count Despa, who Is with the Princess,
relates a number of Instances of Prince
Frederic's brutality and added: "When
one saw the coachman, he would under
stand that the report of an elopement
could not possibly be true. Ho Is too
Great Historic Discovery.
VENICE, Nov. 2S. SIgnor Manfredl, an
architect attached to St. Mark's, of Ven
ice, while engaged In reproducing the floor
of the Basilica, found the remains of an
cient constructions, among them portions
of a crypt and a tomb, with a Byzantine
cross of the seventh century. The discov
ery la considered of much historic impor
IV. -"I MAY BE IXDUCED TO RECON
SIDER." 'TJryan leaving Lunnon
Methlnlca I hear them shout
Well, since there's such a run on
Perhaps I may corno out."
TIKE FIRST STEP
O.R.&N to Build Lew-iston-Riparia
Will Run to Huntington, Ore
gon, Later On,
MEANS RIGHT-OF-WAY FIGHT
New Road Will Be Main Freight
Route From Southeast Into Port
land and Afford Water
Grade All the Way.
The incorporation of a company by
the O. R. S. N. with the avowed pur
pose of building a line from Klparla
to Lewlston. tvitli an eventual exten-
t sion to Huntington, Is perhaps the
most tansllble step jet made toward
the construction of a railroad in tlfat
section of the country.
The effect of tho announcement
upon the persona who aro now pro
moting other lines in that territory
will be probably to stimulate the ac
tivity of those proposed roads which
are being projected in good faith on
a solid foundation, and to put a
quietus upon wild-cat lines.
The Incorporation cf the Oregon. Wash
ington & Idaho Railroad Company, at
Lewlston, Idaho, for the purpose of build
ing a line between Lewiston and Riparia,
Is the first step in a plan of tho O. R. &
N. to build a line from Huntington, Or.,
down the Snake River to Lewiston and
through to Riparia, where it will connect
with tho main line into Oregon and Port
land. This new line is to bo tho main
freight line from the southeast into Port
land, the route affording a water grade
all the way, thus making a material dif
ference in the" cost of operating the road.
While tho route will be longer than the
present one, heavy loads can be handled
with much more ease, with less expense,
and a consequent reduction In freight
rates will be the result
Besides this, a well-populated and highly-productive
valley In Idaho, that Is now
without rail service, will bo opened up.
This western district of Idaho, rich in min
ing and farming resources, will be mado
tributary to Portland, and the products
of that section will be sent here for
Oriental shipment. This is one of tho
most important pieces of proposed rail
road work that has been announced in
some time, and an official of the O. R. &
N. is authority for the statement that the
road will surely be built. Routes have
been carefully examined, the country has
been studied and the company has de
cided to bufld. The time of commence
ment of work is indefinite as yet. The
officials declare that no decision has been
made relative to that point, but it is as
serted that in due time the line will be
constructed. The Incorporation of the
company at Lewiston Is taken as an in
dication that something will be done in
the near future, and as this project Is an
O. R. & N. one. It is looked upon as a
good guarantee of the fulfillment of the
rest of the promise.
The scheme will probably mean a re
newal of the fight between the O. R. &
N. and the Northern Pacific for the right
of way between Lewiston and Riparia,
but evidently the former company has
reason to believe that such opposition
will amount to but little as a block in tho
way of the consummation of their
scheme. According to the statement of
O. R. & N. officials they expect to seo
Portland become the leading seaport on
the Northwest Coast In the next few
years. They look for the introduction of
cheap and good coal into Oregon from its
own carbon beds, the consequent devel
opment of manufacturing industries, and
It is to enable them to handle the traffic
that will be created because of these de
velopments that the proposed new line is
to be built. They want to be able to give
the best rates possible, to handle the
traffic with as much ease as they can,
and with as little expense to the road as
possible. The through passenger" service
will be over the present line across tho
Blue Mountains, .but the diversion of
heavy freight from this line will enable
the company to make better passenger
Will Follow Long-Contested Route.
The Oregon, Washington & Idaho Com
pany's road from Riparia to Lewiston
will follow the long-contested route that
the O. R. & N. and Northern Pacific
have been fighting over for several years
past. The company was Incorporated
with President A. L. Mohler. of the O.
R. & N., as its president, and W. H.
Kennedy, chief engineer of the same road,
as the constructing engineer of the new
line. This in itself is sufficient proof that
the proposed line is an O. R. & N. con
cern, but there Is no denial of It by offi
cials of the Harrlman road.
Both Mr. Mohler and Mr. Kennedy are
out of the city, but it Is learned from an
authoritative source that the company
means business, and that work on this
section of the new line will commence
within the near future.
"I cannot say when, but the road will
be built," said an O. R. & N. official.
"Not only this portion, but the portion
( between Lewiston and Huntington, will
be built. Of course, the time of Its con
struction is an indefinite matter as yet,
but it Is coming, and that Ig a certainty.
The- other promoters who are talking
about building roads through this district
will never build. They are bluffing. This
proposition is not a bluff."
That a road would be constructed be
tween Lewiston and Riparia has long
been expected, but the other part of the
plan 13 a new one. There have been
hints that such a project was on foot,
and guesses have been made as to who
was back of certain schemes that have
been floated In the East lately. M. O.
Reed a Colfax attorney, announced in
the East a short time ago that he had
(Concluded on Pase 7.