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HIE SUNDAY ORBGOXIAX,. ydRTLAM), DECEXBER 31
Murder, Highway Robbery and
Hold-Ups of Saloons
' the Features.
POLICE ARE ALL AT SEA
IVliilc the Detective Department Unr
dcr Bruin Keeps Up Its Squab
ble?. Criminals Ply Their
Trades Without Fear.
The police -record for December,
even when many of the pftty crimes
ar left out and only the more seri
ous one reported. Is the blackest in
th- hlitory of Portland. Murderers,
highwaymen, robbers and thieve
have made Portland a Mecca and
have pllwl tlilr nefarlou trades In
the city without molestation. Th
detective staff under Inspector of
Police and Captain of Detectives
Bruin lias done practically nothliiK
and for the numerous crimes that
have been committed only one cap
ture has been made, and this one
created such Jealousy that charges
of Incapacity as detectives were
brought ajtalust Kerrlcan and Snow.
While crime runs rampant and the
detective department under Bruin
quabbles with Itself like members of
a sewhifr circle, highwaymen smile
and rap their victims over ihe head
with sandbass. One murder has
been committed, an almost fatal
stabbing affray has occurred, and
citizens have been heaten over the
head with clubs by footpads and
money taken from them times with
out number. In the meantime d
tectlves and policemen anxiously
await the time for their turn before
the Police Commissioners and the
Civil Service Board, belnn more
frlKhtened' of their Jobs than of
Not to mention hold-ups. house robber
ies, dangerous assaults, heinous crimes
end other little things. 17 sensational
crimes, notorious for their boldness, have
occurred during December. To the credit
of the Follce Department, two suspects
against whom there was enough evi
dence to hold them, have been arrested
But to the discredit of "the department
and of Captain Bruin s staff In particular.
crime has run riot, while detectives wer
staked out In the woods or were so mixed
up lu the matter of assignment that the
Idea of a capture wns almost an lm
possibility under the present system. To
cap the "climax, the latter part of the
month closed with one of the blackest
criminal days in the history of the city.
Capture Drunks and Vagrants.
Of course, the police have arrested the
usual number ot drunks, vagrants, gin
llends. women and children, who have
committed acts which offend the eyes of
the law and of society, but no murderers.
and only one suspect In a highway rob
bory case, out ot the great number that
have occurred, have been arrested.
The most sensational crime of the month
was the murder of Thomas Klcmmlngs.
the shooting of S. L. Roush and the hold
up of 15 men in the Centennial Hotel at 6
o'clock at night, December 15. So sensa
tional was the crlhie that detectives
worked steadily on the case almost a week
before interest lagged and the case was
lost sight of in the light of following j
crimes' of a serious nature. In fact, dop- :
redatlons against the laws have run so !
fast during the month that detectives '
have been unable to keep up with them
and were compelled to "jump" certain ;
crimes to keep up with the latest.
List of Crimes.
Out of the 17 serious crimes which have
occurred, two suspects 1i.va been arrest
ed. Thomas RussoTi. Jr.. was taken Into
custody charged with sandbagging Paul C. ,
Aylesworth In the terminal yards Decem
ber IS. and Vic Calaconl was arrested on
suspicion of having stabbed John Dellno.
hut was sentenced only on a charge of.
carrying concealed weapons.
The following crimes have taken place
during the month, and with the two exr
captions no arrests have been made,
cither by policemen or detectives:
December 2 D. T. "Wood, chief clerk In the
superintendent's office. O. K- &. X.. held up
by unmasked hlKhwayman at Grand avenue
and Clackamas street and robbed of a cold
watch and JT. No arrests.
December 2 P. G. 'Wascher. manager for
the Fifteenth and Broadway grocery store of
. Dwr, held tip and robbed by the same
unmasked highwayman at Tenth and Broad
way, and Mlsn Ieonard. the store's bookkeeper,
saved herself from being robbed of 15 she
earrled by keeping her purse hid behind Iiit.
December 4 Christopher Connolly, third
mate steamer 1-abaun, held up and robbed
near Oceanic dock; robbed of $3.50. No ar
rests. December C Frank Fuller, Kucene, buncoed
out ot $25 by old freight bill trick. No ar
jests. December C Mrs. M. Korns, while pausing
l'ark and Main .street, had her purse natefccd
by a young man. whose description she gave
the police. The following mornta; niie met
tho robber face to face at the scene of the
rime, when she wont there to eeek sem
money that foil from her purse. No aired.
December 7 Burglars ransxek and rob
home of H. A. Moore, X Dvorett street. c
turlng ?17l. No arresta.
December 10 Home of J. B. Garretson. 511
Sixth, burgtarlred and robbed of No ar
December 15 Two masked mon hold up
Centennial Saloon. 4S1 Sherlock trect. rob till
i't f 125. murder Thomas Flenmilngs and shoot
L. Itouah through the right arm. A gm
ral round-UD ordered and twvtcal suspects
brought to hcadQuarters.
December lt Jajuinese oolony terrorized by
t rooks of the same nationality, who poured
into the city and demanded blackmail. No
December IS Paul C. Aylesworth knocked
down and robbed of ?'J In the terminal yards
by highwayman. Thomas Bushel arrested by
1? now and Kerrigan.
December 24 Two masked men attenuX. to
force entrance Into rooms of Dave Forbes, but
are driven oft after j-hots are fired, at tbera
through the door. No arrest.
December 24 John Dellno, an Austrian
stabbed six times In the body and is now lying
TltlcalIy 111 at t. iuccnt. vie Calaconl
arrested, but Is thought to be the wrong mau.
December 27 Woman snatches purse be
longing to Mrs. D. 1 Rica In the waiting
room of the O. W. P. Company. Detectives
knew the woman and had her address, but
no arrest was made.
December 29 Dr. V. 1L Drcsnen sand'
bagged at Sixth and Madison streets by high
waymen. His dog King saved him. but ihe
thuw made their escape. ro arrests.
December 2H Two marked men hold un St
Charles Hotel and get 312 from the money
tin. io arrests.
December 20 Highwaymen astault J.
Innls.'.of SOI Pettygrove street, but are fright
ened away, thinking they had killed their vic
tim. ro arrests.
December 3 Mike Martin attempts to
shoot J. Allen Harrison, and after .firing two
sbois at nun is overpowered.
Pytldans AVI 1 1 Iay CorHcrstGHC.
The cornerstone ef the new Xnlghta
of Pythias liall, at leveata and Aider!
street, will be Tald -with lpreeIve
ritualistic ceremonies New Tear's af
ternoon. The building:, which will be a
very handsome and attractive struc
ture, will result In the expenditure or
about $22,000. which Is being furnished
by lvanhoe Ixdge, No. X. i
The line of xaarch will start from m i
front of the Marquam building at 2:30
o'clock on the afternoon on New Tear's.
The ritualistic ceremonies accompany
ing the laj-Ing of the cornerstone will
begin at 3 o'clock In the afternoon-
Grand Chancellor Marlon F. Davis, of .
Union, wm deliver me oration aitcr tne
address of welcome by Chancellor Com
mander I E. Crouch. At night a" smoker
will be held at the Elks' Hall for the
entertainment of the visiting Knights.
Ivanhoe Lodge. "So. 1, Is the second
largest lodge of the Knights of Py
thias in the United States, and the
membership Is enjoying a healthy in
crease. PORTLAND BOY IN CALGARY
Hal. E. Middlcton Writes of Whcat-
llaisinpr In Northwest Territory.
James P. M.?ffott. df the board of!
fire underwriters. Is in receipt of an 1
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Kor the paK aix rears. JMm Uertrufle Schacht ha acted a ytat4c and
aecomnatiMe cm the eccatfeax of manr aectal evening at Ut ! Bltaemih
clubliouce, ami has eiberwfpe datte her nbare tat the advaMtnMt f mn?k- In
this city. Mlex SfhseM undoubtedly pnnrewew marked miH4ea ta!M. Hr 11
et work If the emptUn t the MuHmmah CUth tw-eii. dedicated to Ir
feFr Kebert Kretoa. The two-itep a clever contribution and Is lte a fav
orite at I'M-tlnnd daitcea.
Interest in- letter from Hal 11 Middle- J
ton. formerly In the employ of the 1
board office here, but mow loomed In
Calgary. N. W. T.
Mr. Middlcton left Portland alOHt '
two yoirs ago to take a position with 1
the Manitoba & N'orthwcm. PIrc Vn- J
der-.vriter3' Association at Winnipeg. 1
Manitoba, ami upon the resignation of ;
Rollin Mears KHley. as secretary. Mr.
Middlcton was unanimously letod as
his successor, the duties of which posl-
iion he performed in a manner most J
satisfactory to all concerned for a
period of more than ils months, only
resigning same heeause of greater op
lKrturitlcs offering In n busolness way
in Northwest Territory, which is a
veritable Mecca for thousands of cn-
Thi is eortainly going to be a
great country for wheat. We raise tho i
finest on earth. 1.500.00 bushels this
ts.,, .....I n.. nniulnutli 1Un . I la 111 A I
wheat acreage yet in cultivation.
Winter wheat go Sfi bushel to
tho acre. Hive years ago practically no
wheat was grown here the rattle In
dustry only nourished and no one
dreamed of wheat. Now American
farmer? ure pouring in by the thou
sands annually. The Kummervillo fam
ily Is located at Kdmonton. 240 mlle
nortli ot here, as is Uob Mays, brother
of Pierce. He was elected Alderman last
The many friends of Mr. Middlcton
will be pleased to leant that he Is
pleasantly located and successfully en
gaged In business.
Ben Selling Kcmcinbcrs Ktnploycs.
A handsome New Yr' gift of an
amount equal to one-tenth of his salary
for the past year was presented to each
of the employes of the stores of Ben Sell
ing and the Moyor Clothing Company hy
the proprietor. Mr. Selling, last night. Mr.
Selling is an employer who believes In
sharing the profits of his business with
tho men behind the counter, and has
made a custom of presenting each with
a share of the earnings for several years
Each of the employes of the two stores
was a sharer In the gift. 4rom the cash
boys to the hlshost-salarled clerk. The
money distributed among them amounted
to something more than flOOO. It has been
Mr. Selling's custom in the past also to
give an annual banquet to the men in his
stores, but Instead of doing so this year,
he added the amount usually spent In this
way to his subscription to the relief fund
for the Jews In Russia.
Trtiht Companies Xecd Supervision.
BUFFALO. X. Y.. Dec. 30. Alfred H.
Curtis, president of the New York State
Bankers' Association, created a mild sen
sation at the annual meeting of Group No.
1. New York State Bankers Association,
here last night, by his criticism of the
operations ot trust companies In the bank
ing business with practically no reserve.
In New York City, he declared, the trust
companies liave over 51.O00,OW.O00 on de
posit and less than 2 per cent cash in
their vaults. The last report of the Su
perintendent, of Banking, he said, showed
that one large trust company in New
York had nearly 5C0.O0O.OOO of deposits and
did not have one dollar of cash Inits
vaults, although It had a bank account.
Resolutions were adopted urging amend
ments to state laws relative to suitable
Civil Service Examination.
It Is- expected the Municipal v.lv!l Serv
ice Commission will shortly issue a call
for an examination to fill the eligible list
in the position of a Building Inspector,
salary JIE0 a month; Superintendent Fire
Alarm Telegraph, salary a month;
blacksmith and machinist at &T4 a day
each; civil engineer at S196 a month;'
chalnmen at MS a month; firemen, iacl-wd-Ing
mddermea. ho men. trvekmen and
drivers, at from JSa ts ITS a month, benldeg
promotions In tfce Fire Department far
e&ptaAas and tfewtvaaaU.
UNION FLEES ILL
Merger of Cumberland and
CLERGYMEN APPROVE IT
Declare That It Is In Line With the
Progress of thp Times and AV11.1
.Itcsuit in Strengthening
Now that the union of the Cumberland
and Northern branches or tne rrcsatcr-
hm Church is an aured fact, the merger
having been consummated at St- Iouls
Friday. tb,ere h great rejoicing among
the leaders of the two branches directly
affectd." as well as In all othero. That
the anion mets with universal approval
there stms no doubt. It It said that
even the nmrt stubborn disinters on the
Cumberland 4o of-ibe question have
been completely mm over to the great
advantages of the union. A complication
win probably arbe over the property
question for there U a minority of Cum-
i,eraindrf who do not cm re to turn into
th genen I ehrch the property accumu
lated during the century of that dcnoml
nation's existence. It has been suggested
by me pastor that the case of the
churches in Scotland, whoa the minority
took untj Itself all the property, might
be reencted here, but tM fear is not
Action of Committee.
The action of the committee In session
at St. Iouls was but a consummation of
the plans of the General Assembly made
last May. the joint committee of 21 hav
ing be ii instructed at that time to adjust
all local and denominational differences
and announce the union at the termina
tion of its duties. Now that th" commit
tee is through Its work and everything
ha.? been ratl?factorily arranged, the two
createst bodies of Presbyterians In the
United States will join forces. The North
ern or old-school Presbyterians were
more than LOOOXOO strong, and the Cum
ber lands number more than 200.000. The
union seems to be the natural outcome
of the advanced conditions of tod-y and
all brant hes ot the denomination regard
It for the general good of the church.
Origin of Cumberland Church.
More than a century ago a small num
ber of Presbyterian! seceded from the
gonoral church. They had been conduct
ing evangelistic service In 'Kentucky,
and when some of these men wished ap
pointments as ministers of the gospel
they were refused by the General Assem
bly on the grounds of lack of education.
There was1 also a difference In ritualistic
.questions, so they withdrew and formed
the Cumberland branch of the Presbyter
ian Church, a branch that has since
reached large proportions. There Is only
one Cumberland Presbyterian Church In
Portland, but Its pastor. Rev. E. Nelson
Allen. Is Inhearty sympathy with the
movement to Join th two churches. He
has long affiliated with the other PresJjy
tcrian Churches of the city and freely
expressed himself as to the benefits that
would arise from a reunion.
Makes n Strong Church.
"This union will make a church of
1.LO3.0O3 members." said Mr. Allen yester
day. "Tills will be a religious body of
great strength and Influence and It will
doubtless lead to tho ultimate union of
the other branches of the Presbyterian
Church, there being iz In alt I expect
this great union to be effected within at
least aO years.
"The union ot the Northern Presbyter
ians with the Cumberland?, combining
the force? of these two great bodies, will
advance the cause of religion materially.
manifesting to the world a spirit of unity
which will be an inducement to other de
nominations to do likewise denomina
tions similar in polity and doctrine. I am
much pleased with the action of the joint
committee and hope nothing will retard
the consummation of movement by the
wwo general assemblies.
Highly Gratified at Result.
Rev Jerome R. McGlade. pastor of the
MIzpah Presbyterian Church, expresses
hlmaelf as highly gratified with the com
mlttee'a work which finished the plana
laid by the Assembly. "It is the natural
outcome of the assembly's work." he
naM. "and we are all glad to see thlr
plana consummated wo smoothly. It y
-the praner thing to Ming these two groat
bodies together, and It cannot h4' bttt
strengthen the general eaae. It wU not
vatr be an hnnuan boaeflt i the Cvnu
ekrkms, bwt t the Mfcer kutk as wHl.
tad I mi gktd t se tie rcwifcm." Mr.
VcQMe evoke fmrtber f the great a wai
ter f anBibers hi both feraaefces awl of
the great iMece their vait4 stresgtfa
wevM Iwve the reiSgtoa of the world.
Believes lm TJbIob.
Re A. TV. Wilson, pastor of the First
Halted Prcsbytertaa Church. Is delighted
with the move, although It does not at
this time directly affect the United
Church- "We unltedjone..tlme." be said,
"and we know It Is "a. good thing to do.
We united with the Reform and Asso
ciate Reform. I ast glad to see the
Cumberland and Northern denominations
com together and think that It will
strengthen the entire church In all Its
branches. It shows the growing spirit of
the Oneness of God. and I hope to live
to see the day when every branch will
be united, all one happy church. The
fact that there are so many divisions!
Well, that may have been from traits of
human nature originally, but now that
they are coming together I think It Indi
cates that religion Is taking a. stronger
and deeper hold upon the hearts and
minds of men."
Wltat Other Clergymen Say.
Rev- A. D. Soper. superintendent of the
Men's Resort. Is another who expresses'
greatest satisfaction over the union of
the two branches of the church- "Per
sonally I have been favorable to the
union all along." he said, "and I heartily
approve of it. as every one seems to do.
The general church has always encour
aged this union and It rested with the
acceptance of the Cumberland branch. Of
course, the main question is that of
union, but I hope the property differences
of the minority will not interfere In any
way with the plans which have been so
Rev. William S. Gilbert, retiring pascor
or the Calvary Presbyterian. Joins In the
general approbation which greeLs the
union, "I was heartily In favor of the
union." he said, "and am" delighted that
It has been effected. Tfcemo4t I can say
Is that this Is the prevailing sentiment
among all Presbyterian: In this part of
Rev. L. M. Boozer, -of the Piedmont
"I consider this union a great advance
movement in church circles and. one that
will be productive of nne results spiritu
ally. It if In line with the great spirit of
federation which Is asserting Itself In all
denominations and In the Prcsbyteriani
it make- a great spirit of strength and
PAVING WAR NOW BEGINS
RIVAL COMPANIES ARK SEEKING
Trrn Petition,. IVIII Br Submitted
ImprotloK rrk Street Other
Another conflict of paving Interests
is wnllvcnlng the deliberations of the
street committee of the Council In the
shape of contention on the part of the
Warren Construction Company and the
Barber Asphalt Paving Company, over
the privilege to compete for street Im
provement contracts. .
It appears that several weeks ago
the Council authorized the Improve
ment of Park street, between Stark
and Salmon in conformity with a pe
tition of rfroperty-owners calling for
a bltulithir pavement. The Barber As
Dhalt Company was the only bidder.
hut the City Attorney held that inas
much as the specifications called for
a certain Datented brand of pavement
the Barber people could not legally
submit bids. Moreover. k.vcruing
Fat roll, who own the lot Immediately
north of the Star Theater, entered a
vlcorous Drotest acainst the improve
ment on the ground that they had put
down a hard-surface pavemont less
than a year before.
Under the circumstances, Mr. Mc
'arj thought there was a- legal risk
involved, and advised the commence
ment of new proceedings. Another res
olution was therefore introduced, based
on the petition of the requisite num
ber of property-owners, calling for
bitulilhlc pavement and eliminating
the block between Washington and
Stark streets. It was referred to 'the
street committee, and when it came up
about two weeks ago, II. M. Cake ap
peared on the scene with a remon
strance against specifying any partic
ular brand of paving material for tne
thoroughfare, claiming to be a prop
erty-owner and that the Barocr As
phalt Company had offered to lay a
hard-surface pavement on a concrete
foundation for -less money than orig
Rather than decide the question off
hand, the committee concluded to
postpone action until, last Friday, at
which time Attorneys Dan J. Malarkey
and W. M. Davis, representing the rival
paving ccmpanics. locked horns over
tho legal phuses ot the situation, .sia-
larkey presented a petition of property-owners
representing nearly one-
half of tne frontage, asking for spec
ifications calling for the Ictor-
brand of the Barber Asphalt Paving
Company, which has a concrete foun
The Warren Construction Company
also submitted a counter petition, fa
voring the -Puritan" brand, and a long
wrangle ensued over the relative merits
of the two materials. Mr. Malarkey
contended that while the concrete
foundation feature of the Victor brand
was as yetnn unknown quantity local
ly, nearly one-half the property-owners
along the route were sufficiently satis
fied with the Idea to give yit a trial.
After much discussion the committee
decided to postpone further action
until the next meeting, and In the
meantime the two rival paving com
panies will indulge In an Interesting
race as to which can secure the -most
signatures to their respective petitions
to be allowed to put down the pave
menu an agreement between them hav
Inc been reached to the effect that
whichever concern mustered the larg
est amount of frontage should be en
titled to the job.
The committee adopted resolutions
recommending the laying of bltulithlc
pavements on Burnslde street from
Sixth to Washington: on East Burn
side, between Union avenue and East
Tenth, and on Union avenue from East
Oak to East Burnslde.
A resolution was also passed per
mitting the laying of a hard-surface
pavement on Crosby street from the
steel bridge to McMHIen. the specifica
tions calling for the Victor brand of
paving material, as furnished by toe
Barber Asphalt Paving Company.
Receiver for lighten Ir Asked.
BOSTON. Dec. M. Contending that the
firm of H." R. Lelghton fc Co.. stockbrok
ers, who asMgned yesterday, was not en
sared In a genuine brokerage business.
but In the Illegal and fraudulent business
of a "bucket shop, without any actual
a!s or purchases, except rarely. Olive
M. Da. vies today Med a tun in equity m
the Superior Court, asking for the ap
pointment of a receiver. The bill also
asks that the company be stopped from
doing: business aa a "bweket shop" and
that a receiver be appointed to marshal
Its assets and t dtetimute them among
It hi aHged that tne amtxMMat to
Caarles 8. A Hen. who had actod an the
lafcfe. An-MMMtinn to'anked-'.to root rain
th fmpanr Iron inr of war ntU
BIG AH II REALTY
Record for 1905 Breaks All
Preceding Ones. f
PASSES FIFTEEN MILLIONS
Transfers Show Wonderful Increase
and Building Keeps Pace AYIth
the Sales Made In
. Te3teray witnessed the clo.se of the
most active year In local real estate
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CUAIIAM DCKEHART. LYRIC TEN O It
It is always mare than an ordinary pleasure to meet Portland musicians trho
return heme o this Portland of ours after study in foreign land?, and cne of
this clan ot meritorious student musicians Is Graham Duke hart, who cave a.
pleaaant vocal recital at his home. 924 Xorth Seventeenth street, last Wednes
day evening-, beforp a party of friends. Jtr. Dakehart Is the lucky possessor of a
purr, lyric tenor voice and marked musical temperament. Ills voice; although
not powerful. Is a Ktrong one. and Is oC agreeable, artistic quality. In his various
b;. Mr. Dukehart aim Miowci! that he understands the delightful art of In
terpretation In portraying the Inner moods of a composer. Mr. Dukehart has
JtKt returned from Germany, where he was a hard-working vocal student under
the dlfeeti ef the bst masters, and his singing norv Joes them credit It In
the ynmg tenor's iHtentlen to again proceeil ti German? for further musical
attad). next Summer. At Wednesday evening's recital th. accoropaniste was Mrs.
!. W. Chambers. ThV vooal programme: "Ihr BHil" (Schubert- -Valth In
SpriHg" (Schubert); "Aua Meinen Grosaen Schmerzen" (Franz); "My Uttle
Love" (llawley); "Wanderer's Nlghtsong" (Schubert): Trockne Blumen" (Schu-.
brt): "IIr ieh da I-ledehen" (Schumann); "Die -Llebe. hat gelogon" (Schu
bert): "Oh That We Two Wore Maying" (Nevin): "Der Jfcuglerige" (Schubert);
"Naeht and Traarr.e" (Schubert); "Elnsamkelt" (Schubert).
and building circlet which Portland
has ever known. Tho official records
of building permits and property trans
fers show an advance over previous
years both in number and in the total
Real estate transfers for the year
reached the enormous total of $15.006,,
193. which far surpasses the record
for any other year. The sales during
1904 come next with ,a total of $10.
S50.400. In last year's figures, how
ever, were Included the sale of tho
Portland street railway system, so
that the figures showed an excess of
the actual deals In business and resi
dence property. The figures of the past
six years, moreover, show a steady
Increase. In 1900 the total transfers
amounted to $3.521.9 S3, or less than
one-fourth of those of the past year.
The sales of 1903 amounted to $6,914.
2S9. less than one-half the sum spent
for real estate during 1903.
Itecord by Months.
Taken by months the record of trans
fers during the past year show a re
markable Increase. The sales for Jan
uary amounted to $494,069. and the
sales for December show a total of
$1,813,590. During each of the last
'eight months the total sales have
passed the million mark, witn tne ex
ception of May. when the total was
$864,965. Only one month, October, has
a better record than December- The
sales during October were the largest
of the year, totaling $1,936,670.
In building permits, as shown by the
city records the increase has been
somewhat less, but 1905 has more than
held Its own as compared with former
years. The total permits Issued during
the year amounted to $4,178,945. Dur
ing only one year In the history of
the city have the permits represented
a larger expenditure. Thls was dur
ing 1903 when the total was $4.2Sl.055.
In 1902 the building permits amounted
to only $2,739,660. and each of the
preceding years shows a considerable
decrease from this figure. During 1904
the records show that $4,029,223 was
spent by builders
Money Spent In Building.
There Is every Indication that the
amotint of building during the coming
year will be far In excess of the total
for 1905. There never was a time
in the history of the city when so many
large business blocks were being plan
ned as at present. Many of these
structures are already under way. but
no permits have been taken out, except
for the excavation work- If permits
had been issued for all of the balld
lngs upon which work- is nw In prog
ress, the ftgarea for 1SS wo Id ne far
in exceaa ef thoe of any other- year.
A It I. a larger number of permits
have noen loaned during P U
Months than dttrtnc r nhr erl
period- In all SflT perinJw wore; pv-
Ma durir Um ynr. In IfrM. 173
permits were tae-tted. In 1904 tho total
Httmfeer was 242.
During the month of December the
bulldiag permits amounted to $321,673.
which la aa unusually large amount for
this season oC the year. In March of
the past year, high-water mark was
reached for building- permits, the total
CONTRACTORS NOT PAID
Governor Pardee to Inspect Califor
nia Building Before Destruction.
SAN FRANCISCO. Dec. . Although
the California State building that stood
at the Portland Exposition as a represent
ative of mission architecture in this state
has been sold to Lafe Pence for 500. the
controversy over the structure, that has
been hot at times, is not ended. In fact.
Governor Pardee has decided that the sit
uation Justifies his taking a hand in the
Owing to changes in the original plans
of the hulMlng. a controversy arose with
the contractors that has resulted in the
failure of the contractors to get their
money. The Commissioners are winding
up their affairs, and It Is necessary that
something shall be done to adjust the
STUDY IN .GERMANY
building matter. In this view of the case
Governor Pardee has decided to call In
William Veltch. a contractor and builder.
Vcltch. with Commissioner Filcher. will
go to Portland to view the California
building before it is torn down, and ex
amine it for the purpose of submitting a
Growth of Pullman State College
and Its New Conservatory.
Under the direction of Professor Herbert
Kimbrough. the Musical Department of
Washington State College, at Pullman
has experienced a most wonderful growth
In the last three years. A fine new two
story Conservatory Building, to be occu
pled exclusively by the musical depart
ment. has just been completed. The build
Ing Is said to have .cost in the neighbor
hood of $15,000. and contains six teaching
rooms, 16 practice rooms and a finely-appointed
recital hall, with a seating ca
pacity of 500. The recital hall is located
in the center of the building, around
which the practice rooms are so arranged
that the whole Interior can be thrown
into one large auditorium, the practice
rooms having virtually the same arrange
ment with reference to the main hall as.
do the boxes In a large theater. There Is
also a large .gallery.
The division walls of the building are
sound-proof so that one pupil will not
disturb another while practicing. It Is
modern, being heated by steam and light
ed by electricity.
Tho board of regents, composed of the
best musicians in the Northwest, has just
let a contract to the Ellers Piano Housc
of this city for a sufficient number of pi
anos to equip the entire building. Every
known make of piano was thoroughly ex
amined and tested, but the order was
placed with the Ellers house after bids
had been received from a number of pi
ano dealers throughout the Northwest,
and from several Eastern factories. The
pianos to be used will be of the very
highest grades. Chickerings, Webers.
Kirn balls, Hazelton Bros.. Haddorffs. Ho
bart M. Cables and. Marshall and Wen
dells. Make Mornionism "World Faith.
CHICAGO. Dec 30. Tho prophecy
that Mormon Ism Is to some day en
circle 'the world as the ruling-religion
of the universe was made last night
by Joseph I. Smith and other Mor
mon leaders, who spoke to aa audience
ot 400 people at the Latter Day Saints
"All elders of or- church are for
M4de to eat ice pooole to our bollet
against their wUL' said Mr. Smith.
W do not oek t coax women away
from thoir famirios. I wtMt yott. te
know that tfce krh doeoa't tolerate
To jHHMg mea Mrt tootgat I wotM
Tuesday, January 2, to
Wednesday, Jan'y 31,
See the papers
for special an
nouncements OUR POPULAR PRICES
LOWER THAN EVER
The Green Discount Store
144-146 Third Street
Between Alder and Morrison
leave this message. I want you to
live above -suspicion. It is essential
that you live pure lives, that you
keep your wofd sacred and that you be
honest In your business dealings.
Dor.'t tear down other people's belief,
but show them yours. Und if yours Is
better they will choose It. This is our
Idea of religion."
All tho speakers praised Joseph
Smith as the true prophet of God. The
party left after the meeting for Salt
Michigan Society Entertains.
A very successful masnuarade ball was
given by the local Michigan Society in
Concordia Hall last night. About 40 cou
ples were present. The costumes wern
were quite elaborate. Excellent music
and pretty decorations added to the en
poyment of the occasion, which proved to
be one of the most pleasant of the many
functions given by the various state or
ganizations during the past months.
C H. Weston, chairman of the evening,
was assisted by the following committee;
Dr. II. A. Start. W. H. Taft. James R.
Kahler. Mrs. Franc Hood. Mrs. F. E.
McLean. Mrs. F. A. Ballln. Mrs. F. Krebs.
Mrs. Transhell. Mrs. Nordstrom and Mis?
School Iievy at St. Johns.
The voters of School Dlstric No. -met
yesterday at St. Johns and estab
lished a tax levy of S.ff mills to cover
the expenses of the coming year. The
levy was based upon the following es
timate: General school fund. 1.7 mills;
outsanding note. .67 mills; outstanding
bonds. .33 mills; interest, .52 mills,
and street Improvements. A mills.
The valuation of property for the
past four years follows: 1302. ?1S2.
460: 1903. J304.901: 1904. 5419,580, and
1905. $1,542,595. The total tax levy for
St. Johns is 15.8 mills. The levy por
tion of the school district outside of St.
Johns, 10.8 mills-
Dowry Incident Is Closed.
BAKER CITY. Or.. Dec. 30. Commo
dore Tom C. Gray, a mining man of Sump
ter passed through here tonight, on his
way East. When asked. "What are you
doing about the Alice Booscvelt dowry
fund?" he replied. "To use a Presidential
phrase, the Incident Is closed, as far as I
Gray is the man who Christmas night
started the popular subscription to a fund
for a dowry for the President's daughter
at her wedding in February.
There are 20,000 more men than women in
Iowa, and the ctate Is also short of school
Dr. Humphreys Seventy
Seven breaks up Colds and
The symptoms of Grip and a
bad Cold are so nearly alike, that
even an expert may be deceived
mark you Influenza, Catarrh;
Pains and Soreness of the Headr
CHiest, Back or Limbs, Cough,
Sore Throat, General Prostra
tion and Fever. If you have any
one or all of these sensations.
tJie use of "Seventy-seven" wilt
cure you and keep you well.
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