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PORTLAND. OREGON, SUNDAY 3IOKNIXG. APRIL 26, 1908.
PRICK FIVE CENTS.
KILLED IN SOUTH
Tornadoes Cut Swath
LOSS MOUNTS INTO MILLIONS
From Texas to Georgia Is Path
NO ROOF TO COVER PEOPLE
Ttter Misery at Purvis, Which Once
Boasted 2800 People Strange
Tricks of Wind Lumber Is
Reduced to Toothpicks.
Ttrxl I.T OF THE STORM.
ATLANTA. Ga. . April 25 The
dead. 355; injured. 1213.
ThrH are the flsurea a nearly mm
can be estimated from reporle re
vived from the four alatea swept by
Frldiiy'a storm. Communication has
not been established with some por
tions of the country devastated, but
It la believed that the llt below la
ai near correct as can be had at
fleorgta. killed. 30: Injured. MO.
lxulelana. killed, 108: Injured. SSO.
Mississippi, killed, 183: Injured.
Alabama, killed. 31; Injured. 113.
Total, killed. 352; Injured. 1213.
NEW ORLEANS, April 25. Probably
S00 Uvea lost, 100 or more persons
fatally Injured and many times this
number painfully hurt, together with a
property loss running UP In the mil
lions, is the record so fur of a tornado
that originated in the West two days
ago, ' sweeping Texas, Arkansas.
Louisiana, Tennessee and Georgia. It
has left a path of death, desolation and
want In its wake, seriously interrupted
all communication between ctttce in the
South, and brought about chaotic con
ditions In many smaller towns.
Missltwlppl Suffers Most.
Mississippi, already a sufferer from
more than one tornado this year,
has again borne the brunt of the winds
and rains. Kstimates of the number of
those who loet their lives In that state
place the death list between 150 and
175. with a thousand or more injured.
In Texas. Louisiana, Alabama and
Georgia the death lists are also large,
with serious loss of life In Arkansas
and Tennesee. Authentic Information, is
In many Instances lacking, owing to
the crippled facilities for communica
tion and the lack of time to form any
thing like an accurate estimate of the
damage done In many sections.
Martial I -aw Checks Looting.
In half a dozen communities martial
law has been declared, so terrible was
the destruction and so helpless were
the stricken people left by the disaster.
Serious disorders have occurred In
some places, Including Amite, La.
Looting and other crimes have been
reported, but those Instances have on
the whole been rare.
Several places have issued appeals
for aid and in Missieslppl Governor
Noel has been asked to provide tents
for the homeless.
From Texas to Georgia.
The tornado has lasted In all a period
of nearly two days. It was Thursday
night that damage by tornadoes travel
ing was first reported from polnta in
Texas. This was followed during the
next 2 hours by similar reports from
Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and
Tennessee. Last night Alabama came
within the flight of the storm and to
. day reports of serious damage by the
wind in Georgia have been recorded.
Vtter Misery at Purvis.
Vtter misery of every sort was found
today at Purvis, Miss., by relief rartles.
Petplte the fact that of the 2500 in-
habltants which this little town boasted
yesterday morning, there were only 900
today, still there were not sufficient
accommodations in the wrecked village
for even the wounded. Negro mammies
and little black children lay wounded
and helpless under the broiling South
ern sun. Some had broken bones, some
were partly crushed and others had
been wounded by stick and splinters.
These unfortunates were lueky if they
had a blanket or a wrecked couch to
There was not enough shelter In the
town to protect them from the sun and
many of the walls which remained
standing had no' roofs, and by a queer
freak of the tornado many of the trees
which had not been uprooted had been
snatched off a " few feet above the
ground. The grove of pines was muti
lated in such a manner that It ap
peared as if a gigantic scythe had
swept thrugh the grove about 25 feet
above the ground.
Most of People Refugees.
The greater part of Purvis population
today were refugees In Hattiesburg
and Lumberton, Miss., about 150 of
them being badly Injured. Of those
who remained in town, many appeared
distracted, and they told remarkable
stories of the number of their fellow
townspeople who had been killed.
Many hurried funerals were held today
had a count of the visible dead re
vealed only 34, about half of them ne
groes. Many negroes were reported
killed in the vicinity of Purvis.
The manner in which the tornado
'acted at this village puzzled those who
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CONTENTS TODAY'S PAPER
TEPTBRPATS Maximum temperature, 00
degnpes; minimum. -40 deirreea.
TODAY'i) Fair and warmer; northwest
London specialist has new theory as to
how sex of babies is determined. Section
3. pag 1.
Due de Chaulnes death due to use of drug:
wax hounded by creditors. Section 1,
Scotch estate prixe in contest over North
Dakota Section 4, pace 1.
British cruiser wrecked by liner St. Paul.
Section 1, pare 1.
Revolt In two provinces of Argentina. Sec
tion 1 page a
Senate has warm debate on battleship ap
propriations. Section 1. p-ae 1.
Ample appropriations for Columbia River.
Section 1. page 3. '.
Inquiry Into paper trust begins. Section 1,
Murphy's hlfrb-handed methods cause great
.Democratic revolt in New York. Section
1. page 1.
Johnson men put joker In Illinois Demo
cratic platform. Section . page .
Herri n's tools show hand in opposition to
Taft. Section 1. page 1. .
Over 330 known dead In Southern tornado
belt. Section 1, page 1.
Large increase tn earnlnxs of Portland
Hallway Company. Section 1. page 2.
Fleet arrives at Santa Barbara. Section
1. Page T.
Man arrested for attempt to blow up Galla
gher Section 1, page 3- v
Chinaman killed, two wounded In tong wax
at San Francisco. Section 1, page 4.
Surgeon Case dropped from Army because
of activity on behalf of surgeon bill in
Congress. Section 1, page 6.
Lincoln County raises $1)00 for publicity
campaign. Section 1, page a.
Baker County Republican convention ' In
dorses Cake. Section 1, page T.
Second choice designation on primary bal
lot may be required to decide Guberna
torial nomination In - Washington. Sec
tion 1, page 7.
Coast League scores: Oakland 6, Portland
A; Los Angeles 7. San Francisco 1. Sec
tion 2, page 2-
University of California wins boat race with
Stanford. Section 2, page 2.
Good records made at Franklin field track
meet. Section 2, page 3.
Seattle carries off honors in Pacific Coast
tournament. Section 2, page 2-
Annual bench show of Portland Kennel
Club to open Wednesday. Section 4.
Oregon Fish and Game Association's draft
of proposed law. Section 4, page 6.
Endurance testa for local auto. Section 4,
Sale of thoroughbred horses this week.
Section 4, page 7.
Commercial and Marine.
Attempt will be made to get all produce
men In Board of Trade. Section 4, page 0
Chicago wheat market nervous. Section 4,
Tendency of stock prices upward. Section 4,
New York banks' holdings largest on record.
Section 4, page 8.
Moltere cleers with wheat and the Arabia
with general cargo. Section 4. page 8.
Portland and Vicinity.
Senator Bourne working for unpledged dele
gation to Chicago convention. Section L
Realty dealers well satisfied with market
conditions. Section 3, page ft.
O. R- N. to operate two special farming
demonstration trains In Inland Empire.
Section 3, page 10.
More buildings under construction on East
Side then ever before. Section 3. page .
Governor Chamberlain will not withdraw
from Senatorial race. Section 4. page 10.
W. G. Mcpherson reports conditions excel
lent In canal sone. Section 1. page S-
Horde of tramps In city and petty thievery
rampant. Section 3, page 12.
r Wim. X V OnS. s- . Mf ----- A . " V 'J I
Senator's Ire Aroused
SNAP JUDGMENT IS RESENTED
Four Battleships Voted Down,
PRESIDENT NOT QUOTED
Washington Senator Accused of At
tributing Remark to "President
That Executive Session Would
Vote, for Increased Xavy.
WASHINGTON, April 25. Another day
was spent by the Senate In considering
the amendment to the naval appropria
tion bill, but a vote was not reached at
the close of the discussion, which was
participated In by a dozen Senators. Hale
secured an agreement for a vote before
adjournment on Monday.
A canvass of the Senate made during
the day indicated that the four-ship pro
gramme will be defeated and that the
debate has changed several votes. Much
of the discussion today was devoted to
the improbability of war being forced
upon the United States. Beveridge end
Piles were sharply criticised by Aldrlch,
Perkins and McCumbej for their state
ments of yesterday, and several heatetf
colloquies occurred. Beveridge will reply
Piles Objects to Snap Judgment.
- When the naval bill oame up the
Plies amendment for four battleships
was' the pending business. No one ap
pearing to discuss the provision, a viva
voce vote was takesfs'eeMch. resulted
In 1U-defeat. Pile , w a? ,i 1 r t ' nuH
tne chamber when tiro vr: j,taaj.
but soon returned, an3";'vvKen he Va
advised of what had occurred, said he
had been called out and did not think
It was fair to have ' his amendment
voted down in that way.
Hale promptly disavowed any pur
pose to. obtain party action and asked
that by unanimous, consent the vote be
considered as not having been taken.
Culberson moved an amendment re
quiring contractors constructing battle
ships to work their men but eight
hours a day.
Aldrich Rebukes Opponents.
Aldrich regretted that such state
ments as those of Beveridge and Plies
made yesterday should have found ut
terance in the Senate.
"In my opinion," he said, "those Sen
ators had no authority whatever to
speak for the President of the .United
States, as, for Instance, when the Sena
tor from Indiana said If this amend
ment should be considered in executive
session it would receive the unanimous
vote of the Senate."
Aldrich plainly indicated that there
were facts known to him, and perhaps
to other people, that would "lead this
Senate to an opposite conclusion, and
that expression seems to me not to
have been justified."
Beveridge Did Not Say It.
Beveridge protested that he was not
quoted correctly and Hale interrupted
to say Beveridge did say that if this
matter could be discussed in executive
session, there would be no doubt that
four ships would be ordered '
Aldrlch deprecated all talk of a like
lihood of war with friendly nations.
Interrupting, Piles said he had not
spoken yesterday with authority of the
RELIEF W0JK A FIASCO
Chelsea Fire S offerers Suffer From
Too Much Red Tape.
BOSTON. Mass.. April 25. (Special.)
Relief work for the Chelsea fire sufferers
is being characterized by much incom
HARRY MURPHY THROWS HUMOROUS SIDELIGHTS ON
See Those Kntveat
petency on the part of those In char-re
of certain phases of the work, Endless
red tape retards relief of the needy and
worthy and at the same time af
forca opportunity to the unscrupulous Im
postors and refugees without any self
respect to obtain supplies and aid to
which they are not entitled and do not
A lengthy card investigation system,
coupled with careless work tn handling
cases, delivery of supplies, etc.. is re
sponsible for much of the trouble. More
than 5U00 people are now being supplied
with food and household foots as rapidly
as possible. The present system has
become such an annoyance, however,
that many private workers and powerful
people have withdrawn from the relief
company to carry on. the work more
The fault lies with the association
charities, who proceeded to "declare
themselves" in on the relief work, and
having been taken in, proceeded to ln-
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Colonel S. W. Roeasler, United
States Enjclaeer.tto Remain In
Portland Till July.
stitute a "system" which has proven any
thing but a system. On the contrary, it
has proven to be "chaos."
LINER SMASHES CRUISER
ST. PAUL KUXS DOWN BRITISH
' WARSHIP GLADIATOR.
Three Bodies Recovered From the
Cruiser and Only Few More Lost.
.'-'Knovr Stoi CuuarVCoiflsIoa.
SOUTHAMPTON. April 25. The Ameri
can line steamer St. Paul, which left
Southampton on her regular voyage bound
for New York, this afternoon, in a dense
snow storm rammed land destroyed the
British second-class cruiser Gladiator off
the. Isle of Wight.
The first reports stated that from 20 to
30 of. the Gladtator's crew had been
drowned, but later intelligence reduces the
number of casualties. The exact extent
of the disaster, however, cannot be accu
rately known until tomorrow. v
No one on the St. Paul was killed or in
jured, but the bodies of Steward Widgery,
Writer Cowdry and a Maltese steward,
Debras, all attached to the cruiser, have
been brought ashore: one officer, Lieu
tenant William G. P raves, who attempt
ed to swim to land, is missing, and eight
injured have been taken to the military
hospital at Golden Kill for treatment. It
is believed only a few others are unac
The Gladiator was beached and her
crew took to the boats. She is one of the
class of vessels designed to serve as rams.
She is 320 feet long, has a speed of 20
knots and carries & complement of 450
EVANS TO TAKE COMMAND
Will Hoist Flag Again on Connecti
cut Xext Thursday.
SANTA BARBARA. April 25. Rear
Admlral Thomas, at present commanding
the Atlantic battleship fleet, received a
telegram tonight from Rear-Admiral
Robley D. Evans, at Paso Robles Hot
Springs, saying that the latter would re
turn to the fleet and again hoist his flag
on the Connecticut as commander-in-chief
when the ships reach Monterey, on
Thursday evening. April 30.
Railroads Contribute $2000.
8 BATTLE, April 25. The reception to
the fleet committee was notified today
that the Great Northern and the North
ern Pacific had each contributed $1000 to
the fun for entertaining the Atlantic bat
tleship fleet when it arrives in Seattle,
May 23. The notification of the donation
came from Presfdent Louis W. Hill and
President Howard Elliott.
Offeree) Polnta the Way.
ALL JUMP INTO
Leaders of An ti-Taft
CANNON ALONE STANDS OUT
Roosevelt Sure of 700 Votes
on First Ballot.
OTHERS MAY DROP OUT
Conferences With Allies Bring Them
Into Line and Stamp Success on
Roosevelt's Bold Game
JELEOATES SO FAR ELECTED.
Taft Figures on RepabUran National
Convention to Date.
' Indian .. .
Kentucky . . ,
M assac h utts
Minnesota . . ,
Mississippi . . ,
5 ,... I
38 1 88
New Tork j.
N. tntiUlu ..
Philippines . .
Porto Rico ..
Tennessee . . .
w. Vinrlnia. .
Wisconsin . . .
46.. . .
4 . .
Total fr305S9i26 10612091 46
WASHINGTON, April 25. (Special.)
An all-star aggregation now fills the
Taft bandwagon. Leaders in Congress
who up to within a few 'days have
held back, practically conceding the
leadership of Taft. but unwilling to
give personal allegiance to the cause,
are tumbling over themselves to get
front seats. They have been trying to
do It as quietly as possible. Formal
announcements may be looked to as
the next thing in order.
Senate Leaders In Line.
Aldrlch and Hale, of the Senate, two
of the most' powerful politicians in
that body, have allied themselves with
the Taft forces. They have not pro
claimed It as yet from the hilltops,
but at this moment they are bending
their energies to strengthen the Taft
movement in every quarter. They have
-with them practically all the Senate
leaders who previously were with the
"allies' and Senators of power In
states which earlier in the season were
reckoned as antl-Taft If the Senatorial
power could control. Senator John
Kean, of New Jersey, has come Into
camp. Senator Crane was among the
most recent to give up the fight, but
has finally capitulated. Senator Knox,
who is a candidate for the nomination
himself, is declared to be the only one
of prominence among his colleagues
who still sees hope of defeating the
Secretary of War. He still believes
that there is 'a chance for himself in
Even Cannon Wavering.
Every House leader, with one excep
tion, it was declared In a auarter ex
tremely well advised as to every turn
A FEW EVENTS OF
This Is ire Immunity Bath.
of the card in the Presidential game
a quarter of the very highest political
authority. In fact concedes Mr. Taffs
nomination and Is for Mr. Taft. The
single exception is 'X'ncle Joe" Can
non, and he is declared to be wavering.
The Taft forces expect to number him
among their own very shortly.
No Other Name Presented.
During the coming week 11 state
conventions will be held, and these,
with the developments that quietly
have been taking place in Washington
during the last few days, are expected
to work toward speedy unanimity In the
choice of the Republican leader for
the approaching campaign. President
Roosevelt, as far-seeing as any poli
tician In the Nation, now looks ahead.
It may be said, to a clear 700 votes for
Mr. Taft at the start. Statisticians who
stick close to conservative figures call
It 500 now in sight. In the Roosevelt
opinion, 500 is good for 700, because It's
a majority of the convention. In short.
It now appears to many as a case of
the presentation of only one name at
Chicago, and that the name of William
What Made Allies Give lp.
The developments leading to the
capitulation of the field marshals and
lieutenants of the "allies" have come
through a series of conferences, some
of them public enough to have re
ceived attention In previous newspaper
reports, but most of them conducted
with the greatest secrecy. Some of the
conferences have been between Taft
managers and leaders of the opposition.
Something has been told of them al
ready. Far mora Important, however,
have been the conference In which no
original Taft men participated. They
have done the real business, the last
of them of which there Is knowledge
having been held within 36 hours,
while possibly and probably exclusive
gatherings to round up matters have
been held today or are in progress tonight-Roosevelt's
Bold Game Wins.
In the opinion of eminently shrewd
political observers, two things have
operated to bring about the concentra
tion of various forces in favor of Mr.
Flr-jt Mr. Taft's popular lead as the
favorite among the avowed candidates
for the nomination throughout the
Second The belief that. If Mr. Taft
should not be nominated there would
be a stampede to Mr. Roosevelt which
nothing would be able to stay.
Mr. Roosevelt Is given credit for hav
ing played one of the shrewdest, one
of the boldest games of politics In de
veloping the situation to a potnt where
the outcome of the Chicago convention
nost4nKactlcatly . ansuMd thai an
ever been 'playeln American political
"JOKER" FOUND IX ILLINOIS
Excerpts From Governor's Speech
Thought to Be Practical Indorse
ment for Minnesota Man.
CHICAGO, April 25. (Special.) Gov
ernor John A. Johnson's Chicago man
agers today declared they had discovered
a little "joker" in the Illinois Democratic
platform which was in effect a hint to
the 54 National delegates to use "common
sense" at Denver and get with the
The hint Is given in the paragraph im
mediately following the resolution on
states' rights. The Johnson men produced
a copy of the Governor's Shilob speech
and proved that the states' rights piank
in the Illinois platform was a palpable
paraphrase of the Governor's words on
the same subject, spoken on the battle
field. The claim was made that in copying
Mr. Johnson's states' rights views, and
then telling the delegates to nominate a
winner, the platform is practically an in
dorsement of the Minnesota Governor. In
spite of the emphatic Bryan Instructions,
which are contained in the last para
graph. News of this discovery was spread
abroad with diligence by Johnson sup
porters and among Bryan men it was
received with some consternation. When
the "Joker" is studied by Millard F.
Dunlap and the State Federation of
Bryan Clubs, it may have the effect of
reviving the rump convention plan, al
though on the other hand the claims of
the Johnson men may be regarded as
too groundless for attention. The para
graph in which the Minnesota boomers
see encouragement in is in the middle of
the platform, and reads as follows:
"We commend these thoughts to the at
tention of our deieffatea to the National
Convention of the Democratic party, to
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Imo "CtKWT n. Ill Send Yea Fleet
Take Wrong Cue.
RESENT ROOSEVELT DICTATION
Herrin Gang Gives Away Pol
icy of the Leaders.
DELEGATES GO UNPLEDGED
Meeting In 37th District Become
Enthused When Taft and Boom. .
Telt Poliolea Are Denounced.
Commits Bad Strategy, ,
SAN FRANCI3CO. April 25. 8pedal.
The hand of the machine, which has been
carefully concealed behind General George
Stone's fatuous straw vote for Presiden
tial candidates, was exposed last night at
a meeting of the Eddie Wolfe-Arthur G.
Flak "puh" in the Thirty-seventh Dis
trict. Speeches were made at this meeting
violently denouncing the candidacy of
William H. Taft for the Presidency and
at every repetition of the abuse the
speakers were Interrupted by vociferous
applause. The Herrin "push" know that
their master does not want Taft, but they
forgot, ir. the heat of their enthusiasm,
that their boss Is using Taffs name as
honey to catch unwary files. 80 they
cheeredwhen Taft was denounced. It
was bad political strategy, but very
The burden of the speeches was that
the speakers would be for Roosevelt If
he would run again, but unfortunately,
thui was out of the question, so they ob
jected to anybody who will carry out his
policies. This, of course. Is the Harr
man and Herrin programme, but it '
heva before been shouted from the
"Roosevelt Is a good man, but he can't
dictate his successor to me," said Gen
eral K. R Saloman. "I'm too good a
Republican. This handful of men here
reminds me of the three tailors of
Tooley street. The first time I voted
was for John C Fremont. I was a year
too young, but I voted anyway. We did
that sort of thing In those days. We
don't want to Indorse anybody."
"We won't take any man who Is thrust
down our throats' by Roosevelt," de
clared W. S. Williams. "Let our dele
gates go uninstructed."
PILES SECURES FORTUNE
Sen a (o r Co mes I n to Possess ion o f
Half of 91,000,000 Estate.
SEATTLE, April 25. United States
Senator Samuel Piles, of this city, yester
day was given possession of a one-half
Interest of the John Sullivan estate,
valued approximately at $1,000,000. This
ends a litigation that has extended over
a period of eight years and which has
been prolific In having the history of the
Sullivan family in Ireland well aired in
the various courts of this state.
Eight years ago John Sullivan, a prom- '
lnent citizen of Seattle, owner of one of
the biggest business blocks In the city,
and suburban and rural properties, died
leaving no will. Claimants sprang from
everywhere, although Sullivan had ho
relatives so far as known In this coun
try. Senator Piles, who was a friend of Sul
livan, went to Ireland to investigate.
Graves were examined, church records
scanned, and finally the true relatives of
Sullivan were located. They agreed to
give Senator Piles one-half of the estate
to defend It against the many litigants
who were endeavoring to secure a slice
of the valuable property. Edward Cor
coran and Johanna Calllghan, since de
ceased, of Dublin, Ireland, were declared
the rightful heirs. Senator Piles' law
firm will also be rewarded as well as the
Senator for bringing this fight, the most
remarkable of its kind In this state, to an '
JoasUh.n "1 Trust I Don't Disturb
As It Looks Over ea the East Side. Woader If That's What T. B. WaaU. Toe?
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