The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, December 04, 1904, PART TWO, Page 16, Image 16

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City Officials Divided In
to Factions.
Investigation of Books May Re
veal Other Scandals,
Shannon Meets Him in the City Hall
and Only the Presence of Coun
cilman Rumelln Prevented
Blows From Passing.
Deep down into the affairs of the 'City
Engineer's Department a searchlight Is to
be turned. Investigation thus far has
been practically confined to the award
ing of contracts and the acceptances of
the work contracted for. Now the books
and records which tell of the office are
to be examined mlntuely, for at the meet
ing of the Council on "Wednesday of this
week It Is expected that a resolution ap
pointing another Investigating committee
will be in troduced.
"Troubles never come singly," and to
William C. Elliott, City Engineer of this
municipality, they have come, not In
pairs, but in hordes. At present he is the
mark for most of the odium, but before
the Investigation Is ended it is confidently
iflieved that others must publicly bear
their share of what blame there be.
If it comes to a showdown as to how the
Engineor's office is conducted, and if there
is anything which will not stand the light
of day, the investigators will have no
trouble in learning the exact truth, for
the employes of the department are epllt
into many factions, and if a trying time
comes It will be every man for himself.
Will Investigate Payrolls.
It's tho payrolls, the number of men
employed and what they have been doing
that the Investigating committee will
scrutinize. For a long time there have
been rumors that the city survey gangs
do private surveying, the gangs being
paid by tho city for days and days when
thej are steadily employed by 'private
companies and individuals. This is one of
the mast often repeated rumors.
The payroll case, dropped Friday tem
porarily, was brought to a climax yes
terday morning when A. M. Shannon.
chief deputy in the Engineer's Depart
ment, and City Auditor Devlin exchanged
the He direct.
The following paragraph appeared in
one of the papers:
From a. reliable source it is stated that Mr.
Shannon had been telling: some one that va
rious timekeepers had entered Shrake on
their slips for some months for work that
he had not done, but when George Bodman,
'he Bast Side inspector, had "been asked to
c"o so. he had refused, and the name had to
be rut on without coming from the time
records. This. It Is stated, caused the other
officials to find the fault.
Gives Devlin the Lie.
Mr. Shannon denied to Councilman
Rumelln that he had made any such state
ment. Mr. Rumelln said that he had said
the same thing to Auditor Devlin. Mr.
Devlin declared positively to Mr. Shan
non that such had been the case. Then
those ugly words "You're a liar!" were
exchanged. Mr. Rumelln was there, and
only his prowess as a peacemaker pre
vented an exchange of blows.
City Auditor Devlin said Immediately.
AH this season's make and intended to sell at $12.50, $15.00,
$18.00 and a few at $20.00, all placecton OUR ERUPTION
SALE TABLES atr suit . . . , . t f .
just 200
Men's heavy Cassimere
Pants, $2.50 values
after that ho would try to get to the bot
tom of the "padded payroll" story-
City Engineer Elliott denied that he had
ever Instructed his chief deputy to place
Shrake's name upon the payroll, as stated.
Nothing has yet been done by the bridge
investigation committee, as no expert
upon whom tho members can wholly rely
has been secured. But while the commit
tee is looking for the expert, the rumors
of a big and very crooked deal on tho new
steel bridges continue to fly. These ru
mors are not street talk generally, but
come from men interested in contracts
and such work. But the secrets, if they
are secrets, are closely guarded.
Neither has Mayor "Williams announced
his experts who are to make a second ex
amination of the Tanner-Creek sewer.
The Riners reported yesterday that the
stone-block bottom In the sewer under
tho manhole at Sixteenth and Alder
streets had been laid as agreed by them
with the Mayor.
White Ribboners Will Oppose Any
Move for Its Repeal.
tional "W. C. T. U. today closed Its an
nual convention after reaffirming its
faith in the beneficence of the anti
canteen law and pledging itself to de
fend the measure against all efforts to
have it repealed. In this connection
the following resolution was adopted:
"We rejoice in the position of the
Fifty-sixth and Fifty-seventh Con
gresses in passing the anti-canteen law
and protest against the continued agi
tation in favor of its repeal. We also
know that the wisdom of this law will
be demonstrated when a fair and im
partial test is made of the post ex
change buildings designed by Congress
for the use of the men In tho ranks."
Speaking in support of the resolu
tion, Mrs. Margaret D. Ellis, of Wash
ington, National legislative superin
tendent, charged that the Army officers
are pre-empting the post exchange
buildings erected for the accommoda
tion of the enlisted men for their ex
clusive use and thus robbing the prl
vates of what was designed as a sub
stitute for the canteen. This resolu
tion was also adopted:
"In view of the fact that the wealth-producers,-
and especially organized
labor, are recognizing the evil effects
of the drink habit on personal achlev
ing ability and prosperity and are or
ganlzing temperance societies In their
own ranks.
"Resolved, That we co-operate with
labor unions In their efforts in this di
Bright show windows and stores means
a stepping stone to success. The M. J,
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business with their new pagoda window
electric reflector and new Lindsay gas
burner, and furthermore guarantee to
reduce your lighting CO per cent. For
holiday lighting in electric and gas, see
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street, or phone and have our solicitor
go over the ground with you. His time
is yours.
To men: What shall I purchase my
wife for a Xmas present? Give her an
order for one of Gurney's tailor gowns
and same will be both pleasing and satis
factory and also good Investment to
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The M. J. "Walsh Co. just received a
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chandeliers, glassware In the different
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electric lighting. See them at their show
rooms, 343 Washington street.
"King Lear" Produced in French.
PARIS. Dec 3. The production this
week of Pierre Lotls' version of
Shakespeare's ''King Lear" was a nota
ble event at the Theater Antoinc It
closely follows tho original text,
whereas most of the French Shakes
pearean plays preserve but slight re
semblance of the original.
Child's Russiaii Overcoats
Military style, belted back, velvet collar; sizes 3 fo 8;. for girls -as
Boys' Long Overcoats
Velvet collar, belted back; sizes 8 to 14 year-, V -
Young Men's Long Overcoats
Ages 15 to 20, gray-striped cheviot, velvet collar
in the above lot
50 Dozen Men's All-Silk Four-in-Hands
Regular 50c values this week, while they last . . .
Eager to Face Chinese Bullets
Soldiers of Fortune All Over the Land Anxious to Enlist in Reform Army
GATHER unto yourself bravery and.
prepare to hear, of dire and sinister
things. Following the announce
ment that there is a Chinese reform
army about to invade the Celestial Em
pire commanded by American officers,
letters by the score have poured Into The
Oregonian office from ex-soldiers who
would like to be generals of the Chinese
force. Letters have .arrived from Texas,
California and even from Pennsylvania.
All the writers testify to their peculiar
adaptability for the work, give references
as to their military ability and are suro
that they are the men the army will need
to carry it to victory.
One man states that he would be ready
to accept a commission at a moment's
notice, another that he has served
through two wars and wants to end his
days in the midst of battle and a third
announces that he has served in both
Infantry and cavalry and is a crack drill
master and tactician in both.
Saw It in Philadelphia Paper.
From McVeytown, Pa.f comes the first
letter. The writer saw the item regard
ing the army in a Philadelphia paper and
hastened to And out particulars. His
communication reads as follows:
McVeytown, Pa., Nov. 20. (To the Edi
tor.) A few days ago I noticed In a.
Philadelphia paper an article stating that
there would be about 3000 officers in demand
to officer Chinese troops to be organized. Is
there any truth in it? I saw service in the
Civil War and have held a commission in
the State Guard, and still feel able for active
service and would like to spend my days in
that occupation. Kindly let me know any
thing you can pertaining to the subject.
Another From Illinois.
Another missive comes from Illinois,
where the writer saw the article in The
Oregonian. He writes as follows:
Qulncy, I1L, Nov. 23. (To the Editor.) I
would like to be put into communication
with the officer or agent who is recruiting
officers for the Chinese Reform army. The
Inclosed clipping explains what I want. I
have served four years In the United States
Army, filled all position from a private sol
dier up to a "commissioned" officer In cav
alry. Please grant my request and oblige,
yours truly,
The writer enclosed a clipping from a
Quincy paper also, headed "Officers for
Chinese Army Being Recruited In Port
land." He writes with a bold hand, but
it is evident from his epistle that he was
not educated at West Point.
Tennessee Heard From.
Tennessee Is also heard from. It ap
pears there are gentlemen In that noble
state who like to don uniform and sword
and fight any country's battles. The
Tennessee man encloses a clipping dated
Portland and beginning, "The Oregonian
prints the following today" and says:
Memphis. Tenn., Nov. 25. (To the Editor.)
Please note the Inclosed clipping from the
Memphis Commercial Appeal of this date.
Can you advise me concerning this matter?
I am a First Lieutenant commanding a. com
pany of the Tennessee National Guard. Tour
attention will greatly oblige, yours sincerely.
Golden State Butts In.
California, who Is near enough to Ore
gon to know better, also butts In and
wants to be represented In the Chinese
army. The writer has been a soldier,
but is now an. attorney, and wants to get
into military service again, that he might
win laurels in the name of his native
state. His epistle reads In the following
( manner:
Llvermore. Cal., Nov. 29. (To the Editor.)
I have seen a statement to the effect that
several parties In Portland had taken serv
ice with the Chinese Reform army and that
more are wanted. Now, I write you frankly
for the name and address of some one who
can glvo me accurate Information on the
subject, provided you are in a position and
at liberty to do so. I am a lawyer and
newspaper man. but have seen much actual
service in both Infantry and cavalry, was
an officer In the latter, and a crack drtll
xnaster and tactician In both. This Is straight
business, as I am very desirous of entering
the Chines arm- if the inducements are
reasonable. Tours fraternally, '
Louisiana Has Candidates.
From far New Orleans comes an
other appeal and- the gentleman whp
writes it was un officer in tho Spanish-
Men's pure wool Cassi
mere Pants,
$3.00 values . . ,
American War and Knows all about
things military. This is how he breaks
the nws:
Nef Orleans. Nov. 25. (To the Editor.)
I Inalose herewith clipping from the New
Orleori Times-Democrat and would like to
know f the information contained therein
is trurt. X am an ex-officer of the U. S.
Volunteer Arms and saw service, in the Span-ish-A'Aerlcon
War. I would gladly accept a
commission In the Chinese army and can
furnlsi Indorsement from all the superior
officers of my regiment. I am unmarried, 33
years, of age, and would be ready to accept
a coifimlslson at a moment's notice. Tours
. Another From Pennsylvania.
From Reading, Pa., there comes an
other, as follows:
Reading. Pa., Nov. 24. (To the Editor.)
I see an account In your paper entitled
"American Officers for the Chinese Army."
Will you please inform me to whom I may
write to find full particulars? I am very
much Interested. Truly yours,
Michigan is also represented, the rep
resentative being a Sergeant in the
State Guard. He writes on the letter
head of the Guard to prove it, and his
discourse Is in this manner:
Grand Rapids, Mich., Nov. .25. (To the
Editor.) On looking over a copy of your
paper I ran across an article on a party of
Chinese who are seeking officers for service
in China. May X trouble you for the address
of the Chinese Reform Association? By send
ing this address and any other information
you may have you will greatly oblige an
officer of the Michigan National Guard. Sin
cerely, Texas Also Runs.
Nor Is Texas, the state of ferocious
and never-fearing' combatants, left
without a representative. From Texas
comes a letter written In the name of
several inhabitants of Waco, and the
epistle is one of the best of tho lot.
The Texas man says:
Waco, Tex., Nov. 28. (To the Editor.) I
am Informed through Associated Press dis
patches from your paper that officers of
the Chinese Reform army are recruiting
trained officers for the reform association
as Instructors for the Chinese army, under a
nve-year contract. As several of our Texas
military men seen to be decidedly interested
In the matter, which has gained publicity
through The Oregonian. and our boys are
peculiarly adapted to Chinese climatic con
ditions, and have expressed anxiety for
connection, I have been requested to ask that
you will kindly Inform them through me
how to proceed to gain the desired Informa
tion, so that their wishes may be placed
direct before the proper agency. Thanking
you In advance, I remain.
And thus the soldiers of fortune
jump at a chance to teach the benight
ed Chinese modern methods, even
though there is a peace tribunal at The
Hague and times are not always peace
ful In the State of Texas. Kentucky Is
yet to be heard from.
Down-River Fishermen Protest
Against Up-River Wheels.
The old war between down-river and
up-river fishing interests seems likely to
be renewed this Winter in the Oregon' and
Washington Legislatures. The lower In
terests at Astoria last Wednesday showed
a desire to shut out the wheels of the
upper Interests by recommending to the
Legislatures of the two states the closing
of the salmon season above tidewater
from January 1 to July L This would
practically put the wheels out of busi
ness, since their best catches arc made
beiore July L
This desire of the lower Interests was
revealed at a conference of the Legisla
tors from Clatsop and Columbia Counties
and Master Fish Warden Van Dusen.
This week those Legislators will meet
the Washington Legislators from Pacific.
Waklakum and Cowlitz Counties to take
up the matter In 'Its Interstate aspect.
Other recommendations to be offered will'
be abolition of the closed seasons between
March 1 and April 15 and between August
lo and September 10, so that fish may be
caught at any time in tidewater, except
between Saturday morning and Sunday
evening of each week.
The argument against wheels Is that
whep salmon reach . the Cascades they
should be permitted to go to the hatch
well as for
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$1 .95
eries unmolested. But the wheelmen reply
that glllnetters should not talk of mercy
until they stop Ashing on the bar and
scaring the salmon out of the river. They
cite authorities to show that one of the
causes of the slack runs in the Columbia
is the presence of 1500 or 2000 gillnets.
which close the entrance to the river,
hold the fish out to sea and cause the
fish to come In late.
But for the gillnets at the mouth of the
river this year, the pack would have been
short. Mr. Van Dusen, however, in his
last report recommends that such fishing
be prohibited by establishment of "a cer
tain well-defined line at the mouth of the
Columbia" beyond which no fishing be
For many years the down-river Inter
ests have been longing to legislate the
wheels out of existence. The wheelmen
point out, however, that they catch less
than one-fifteenth as many fish as the
gillnets, traps and seines down the river.
A lower-river packer, John Fursey, of
Astoria, who has spent 33 years on the
Columbia, was in the city last night, and
said that he did not sympathize with the
effort of tidewater fishermen to monopo
lize the salmon. Mr. Fursey is connected
with the "combine" and last season wa3
engaged in pickling fish. He estimated
that the flsh packed on the Columbia -last
year were caught as follows: Gillnets, 70
per cent; seines, 32; traps, 12; wheels, 6.
The 1903 report of the late H. D. Mc
Guire, Fish. Warden, shows the destruc
tion of fish that year to conform closely
with Mr. Fursey's estimate this year,
except that traps did relatively better
then than this year. Mr. McGuire's com
parison was as follows: Gillnets, 64 per
cent; traps, 19; seines, 12; wheels, 5.
The efficacy of the closed Sunday Is
not disputed, but the possibility of its
enforcement Is doubted. Mr. Van Dusen
himself recommended the closed Sunday
in his last report and to enforce it asked
for two speedy patrol boats. It is gen
erally believed that a closed Sunday, If
enforced, would do more to save the In
dustry than any other system of closed
season, but the opinion Is widespread that
it Is Impracticable.
Candid Confession as to Vhat Social
ism Proposes.
BALLSTON, Or., Nov. 30. (To the Editor.)
The Oregonian has always been noted for
liberality of space to cranks and critics your
readers may place roe in which category they
The Republican party, being once more firmly
seated In the saddle, makes a shining mark for
the sllng9 and arrows alluded to by Hamlet.
We are promised revision by the friends of
the tariff, and this means a whole session
wasted In listening to special pleaders for
gigantic Infant Industries, ending in a big
Congressional log-rolling; result: Another ab
surdity like the Dingley bill. It won't do.
gentlemen. The G. O. V.'a new gorge at the
public crib is a. Belshazzar'a feast, and on the
wall Is the handwriting of Socialism! The
way to revise Is to revise, and the simplest
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method is that of "Horizontal Bill" Morrison,
to run a sllcer through the whole tariff
monstrosity and cut off, say, 20 per cent from
everybody's fat tariff bonus, and as soon as
business adjusts Itself, repeat the process, un
til the "tariff robbery" Is a thing of the past.
It Is folly to deride the Socialistic movement
as a fad that will die out as did Populism.
It Is too deeply rooted and too universal. As
Jack London says. It proposes to tear put the
very foundations of existing society, and build
a new structure from the ground upward. Yet
In this country its growth may be directly
charged to the policy and teachings of the Re
publican party. Ever "since de wah" that
party has been spelling nation with a big X;
every worklngrosn has been taught to look to
the Government for "protection," as to a
"great white Father." Everybody who wanted
a goose pond Improved or a wood pulp or other
industry fostered, was expected to turn his
eyes to Congress for help. Our pension list
has grown to be the wonder of the world. The
Populist demand for Government money at -per
cent, loaned on every man's property, was
based on the fact that Uncle Sam had for
years been loaning currency to National banks
to do burinesa with. Men like the late Gov
ernor Pennoyer. who took occasion to protest
against this overshadowing governmentalism,
were ridiculed from Dan to Beersheba. So
cialism in America is nothing but republican
ism gone to seed.
And there is no prospect of the G. . O. P.
attempting anything to Htem the tide. Puffed
up with power. It may still be expected to
show us the spectacle of foreigners buying
American goods, from harvesters to shoes, at
from a third to a half less than we poor "pro
tected" unfortunates have to pay. High wagea
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will be offset by enhanced prlcea to correspond.
Socialism must continue to grow under such
conditions The only possible counterfoil to
the rush of Socialism is a new and vigorous
party, the prize of whose high calling Is free
trade and Individualism.
As Xmas Gifts.
See The M. J. Walsh Co. new line of
andirons and firesets. They will make
both ' handsome and lasting Xmas gifts.
Call Monday and make your selection. "We
will set them aside for you until the
time for delivering comes. Showrooms
343 Washington street.
We are ready to take your
order for Xmas Presents and
will put them away till then
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This Bookcase and Desk
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many priced from $14.00
toj $50.00.
. Extension Tables are
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A full line of Office
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In Couches we are 23
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; you think if you haven't
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