64 Pages Pages 1 to 12 VOL. XXVII NO. 20. PORTLAND. OREGON, SUNDAY MORNING, MAY 17, 1908. PRICE FIVE CENTS. FIRE SMOLDERS ENGLISH HOPMEN ASK. PROTECTION Tunis CLEAR EOF HELIE AND ANNA DODGE REPORTERS EXPRESS ROBBERS QUICKLY CAUGHT TWO MEN" WHO DYNAMITED SAFE IX NEW MEXICO. ENTER POLITICS RHLWAY EMPLOYES CONGRESS ORDERS COMMISSION MAJORITY TARIFF INQUIRY Both Houses Tell Com mittees to Act. GREAT DEMONSTRATION IX FA VOR OiF IMPORT DUTY. COMPLETE JOl'HXEY TO PARIS BIT AITO MOBILE. V 4 Discord Reigns in In terstate Board. CHARGES OF NEPOTISM MADE Two Members Employ Sons as Confidential Clerks. ONLY WORK TO DRAW PAY One Traveled With Father at Gov ernment Expense, Now Studies Law Working Clerks Jealous. . Deudlock on Spokane Case. WASHINGTON, May 16. (Special.) In administration circles it is well known that perfect peace and brotherly love do not exist 'any ' longer in the ranks of the Interstate Commerce Com mission. There has been no open breach, but the smoldering fires have been smoldering so long that a tiny flame now and then tries to burst out, though it ia extinguished before It has a chance to do much harm. The discord that ex ists in the commission is likely soon to lead to a few minor changes, and some "confidential clerks" are likely to lose ' their positions or ''sinecures," &a same of the commission call them. The charge of nepotism In a small way Is laid at tne door of at least two of the commissioners. Sinecures Given Their Sons. A long time ago some of the commis sioners thought it might be well to lighten their burdens. In order to do so, they succeeded in securing the right and the appropriation necessary to employ one "confidential clerk" to each com missioner. The salary was fixed at $2000 a year, but, of course, the duties of the new position were never defined. Not much was said regarding the mat ter when two of the commissioners, the only ones who have availed themselves of the privilege, selected and appointed their own sons to the positions of "con fidential clerk." For several year3 one of the commissioners used to take his "confidential clerk with him on all of his trips throughout the country. So far as an outsider could see, the clerk had pretty much of a holiday, with all of his traveling expenses paid and his salary thrown in to boot. Studies Law I'nder Salary. His traveling education finished, one "confidential clerk" settled in Washington and began the study of law. His course is uncompleted, but it is presumed that when he graduates he will be given the position of special examiner for his father, which position has a little better sound than that of "confMcnttal clerk." It also has more work attached to it than the present position as at present handled. The other "confidential clerk has not been quite so great a traveler, but his sinecure has been just as comfortable. For some time he did not even have a desk at the commission's . headquarters and was rarely eeen there. For more than two years, however, his father's health has been such that he could do very little work and the "confidential clerk" has had to earn a part of his sal ary, at least. Make Other Clerks Jealous. Both of these employes have fine quar ters at the commission offices. In fact their accommodations are so much bet ter than the average clerk's that the fact has created comment and jealousy. Space is valuable at commission head quarters, which are cramped. This does not affect the situation so far as the "confidential clerks" aj-e eoncerned. They have plenty of room, -which they use rarely, while other employes of the commission are huddled together in a more or less uncomfortable fashion. Fu rt hermore, the f act tha t the re are ciultft a number of competent and hard working commission clerks who receive only $1400 or $ltW0 salary and work very hard to earn it, adds to the talk and (Concluded on Page 2.) What Ai the. Wild Wivm Saying About That H !, Materf Growers and Pickers Say Dumping of American Hops Is Raining Home Industry. LONDON", May 16. A great army of men and women interested in the hop in dustry in. England, estimated to number more than 50,000, held a demonstration in Trafalgar Square this afternoon in favor of imposlns a duty of J10 on every hundred weight otf hops imported into this country. Special trains brought in thousands from Kent, Sussex. Hampshire, Worcester and Hereford, the great hopgrowlpg counties, while 1 the East End of London, whence emanate almost all the hop-pickers, fur nished a contingent perhaps twice as large as the growers and laborers from the provinces. After being marshaled on Victoria Em bankment, the demonstrators with ban ners flying and hands playing, marched to the square, where Englishmen with a grievance always have been accustomed to assemble. Speakers from half a dozen platforms harangued the multitude on the ruin of the . industry through the dumping of American hops into England, and resolutions were adopted by acclama tion calling upon the government not to delay in helping to re-establish the in dustry and placing a duty on all im ported hops. EDNA GOODRICH TO MARRY Announces Engagement and Brings Trousseau for Wedding. NEW YORK, May- 16. (Special.) Edna Goodrich, the actress, returned from Europe today accompanied by her mother. She brought with her a dozen trunks. Pointing to them, she said, with a smile: 'Yes, they contain my trousseau. I am going to marry Mr. McMillan in Berkeley on June 10. I want to deny right here all that talk about Nat Good win. He has no strings on me. My con tract . has expired and all I can say is that I am going to forget the stage, at least for some time. Harry McMillan is a well-known min ing man residing in Berkeley, California. He made a fortune in Nevada and re cently his engagement to Miss Goodrich was announced. A short time ago, when Nat Goodwin was interviewed in regard to the report that he was to retire per manently from the stage, he answered, "There is no more truth in that than In the absurd report that Miss Goodrich is to marry a mining man of Berkeley." After the announcement of the engage ment, Goodwin hurried from Rawhide, Nevada, to Europe, but if he hoped to in tercept Miss Goodrich he was unsuccess ful, as they passed each other on the Atlantic. OFFICER SHADOWS BRYAN Crank Makes Threat of Violence and Protection Ia Given. WASHINGTON. May 16. Unknown to himself, William J. Bryan, during the three days of his stay here this week in attendance upon the Gov ernors' conference, was the object of watchful care by central office detec tives. This was caused by threats in volving personal violence made against him by a white man who called at the office of Willis J. Abbott, a friend of Mr. Bryan. Mr. Abbott did not see the man, who left the message with a clerk in the office. Mr. Abbott thinks the man was simply a harmless crank, but as a matter of prudence communi cated with the police authorities, sug gesting that the mah be watched dur ing Mr. Bryan's stay here. The police, however, centered their attention on Mr.. Bryan. TORNADOES KILL FOUR Small Storms Sweep Louisiana, Do ing Little Damage. CROWLEY, La., May 16. Reports reached here tonight of four deaths today in tornadoes near this place. The dead: At Chatalgne Henry J. Young and a child of Thomas Young. At Plainuemine Ridge Two negroes. About a dozen persons were injured, but none fatally. HARRY MURPHY FINDS SOME THINGS TO MAKE FUN OF Somebody Bound to Get Hurt. All Delegates Elected and Totals Made. OPPOSITION WILL FADE AWAY Secretary Has. 592 Delegates . Nailed Down. CONFIDENT OF TWO-THIRDS Fairbanks Is Only Favorite Son Who Has Own State Solid Knox Is "Second in Race, 500 Votes Behind. FIGURES ON TAFT'8 LEAD. Instructed, or committed dele Kates 472 Uncommitted delegates for Tart.. 5! Contested delegates for Taft 64 Taft vote ' on first ballot (esti mated) 594 Necessary to choice 491 Taft's majority on first ballot ... ..103 WASHINGTON, May 115. (Special.) WJIliam H. Taft will be the choice of the Republican National Convention for the Presidency. His nomination is assured on the first ballot. It is within reason that all opposition will fade away before the balloting begins at the Coliseum in Chi cago, and that the unanimous nomination of the Secretary of War immediately will follow. The last delegates to the convention were elected this afternoon. The list of men who will represent the 46 states and the seven territories, whose delegates will gather in Chicago just one month from to day, furnishes the basis for the forecast which is presented herewith. Careful compilation, honest allowance for conflict ing claims, sifting and harmonizing of, statements which have issued from the headquarters of all of the candidates for the chief place on the National ticket produce the following results: Clear Majority Assured. Mr. Taft has tonight actually instructed fov him or otherwise committed to his candidacy, together with his friends among the uninstructed, a clear majority of the 9S0 delegates to the Chicago con vention. At the lowest estimate, one-third of the uninstructed and unpledged delegates expect to vote for Mr. Taft. Supporters of the Taft candidacy will be in complete control of the organiza tion and of the committees of the con ' vention. The "allies" in the antl-Taft camp can not control one of their native states solidly, with the single exception- of Vice President Fairbanks in Indiana. Taft Has Won in Walk. When the final figures came In late this afternoon, the Taft managers "toted up" the ' columns, sat back and with pleasurable pride announced that the fight was over and that the Secretary of War had won in a walk. Their figures indicate confidence in the claim that practically two-thirds of the delegates will take their seats In the Chicago convention prepared to vote for the Ohio man. The compilation of the states and territories, as indicated above, shows that nothing but a dispensation of providence will prevent the nomination of Mr. Taft on the first ballot. Sure of 5 92 Delegates. In the first place, Mr. Taft has 592 delegates either nailed down by in structions or definitely committed to his cause by resolution of the conven tions which chose the delegates, or by personal pledges and public announce ment of their pro-Taft views. In the next place, of the 106 dele gates who are either uninstructed or unpledged, or who have not expressed their feelings, the Taft managers could (Concluded on Page 3.) Interrupted Obsequies. Paris Journalists Go to Meet Lovers and Only Find Their Bag gage at Depot. PARIS, May 16. In order to escape observation. Prince Hells de Sagan and Mme. Anna Gould, who left Monte Carlo for this city last night, alighted from the train at La Roche, where two automobiles were in waiting" for them. The motors took them to' ' the Chateau Marais, Mme. Gould's Summer residence outside of Paris. "When the Monte Carlo train rived here, there were newspaper men at the station, but they found only the baggage of the couple. After taking luncheon at the chateau, the couple came into Paris by motor. Mme. Gould went to her residence on the Avenue Malakoff and the Prince de Sagan to his lodgings. CONTENTS TODAY'S PAPER The Weather. TESTER DAY'S Maximum temperature, 58 degrees; minimum, 43. TODAY'S Cloudy, with probably showers; warmer; southwest winds. Foreign. Anna Gojild and Helie de Sagarr cleverly dodge Paris reporters. Section 1, page 1. English hopmen m&ke great demonstration In favor of duty on American hops. Sec tion 1, page 1. National. House peases Government employes' liability bill. Section 1, page 1. Both houses of Cong re ss order tariff inquiry by committee. Section 1, page 2. Head of paper trust denies Its existence. Section 1, page 3. . Dissension In Interstate Commission grows out of nepotism. Section 1. page 1. Politics. . Last Republican delegates elected and Taft sure of nomination on nest ballot. Section 1. page 1. Officers appointed for Republican National convention. Section 1, page 1. Nebraska railroad employes will aid railroads? in fighting rate laws. Section 1, page 1. Domestic Roosevelt makes speech to Methodist bishops. Section 1, page 2. Canadian wheat crop will be bumper. Sec tion 1, page 3. Streetcar strike at Cleveland begins with riot ing ; strikers reject arbitration. Sectioa 1, page 2. Two men accused of New Mexico express rob bery captured. Section 1, page 5. Hearing of Thaw on Insanity charge com pleted. Section 1, page 5. Montgomery accused of stealing securities from bank and surrendered by bondsmen, ejection 1, page 4. Pacific Coast. Good conduct of sailors and marines during fleet's visit to San Francisco. Section 2, page 3. Gallagpc reveals Ruefs schme to mak Ach JMstrlct Attorney, Section ltpage Report tjhat cruisers will go direct to Phil ippines aenled. Section 2, page i. Washington Democrats may declare for in itiative .and referendum. Section 1, page 8. Prohibitionists working hard to make Doug las County "dry ; campaign in other courittes. Section 1, page 8. Head of Chehalis reform school resigns as result of friction. Section 1, page 8. Sports. Yale defeats Harvard at track meet. Section 2, page 2. Cornell wins field meet with Princeton. Section 2, page 2. Oregon track team wins at Pullman, 62 to 60. Section 2, page 2. Forthcoming- Multnomah field meet attracts stars of Coast. - Section 4, page 9. Oregon Yacht Club to hold regatta Me morial day. Section 4, page 8. Multrmmah Club making football schedule. Section 4, page 8. Beaver hitters still in lead. Section 4, page 9. Ketchel champion In his class. Section 4, page 9. Commercial and Marine. No snap to the wool market. Section 4, page 11. Wheat continues weak at Chicago. Section 4, page 11. Advance Is unchecked In stock market. Sec tion 4. page 11. Small decrease In surplus shown by New York bank statement. Section 4, page 11. Steamship Hornelen clears with lumber for La Boca. Section 4, page 10. Portland and Vicinity. Bourne men declare they will support Cake. Section 1, page 9. Methodists will demand prohibition plank in Republican platform. Section 2, page 12. Bell-Gaze "war of roses" aired In court. Section 1, page 10. Commercial Club moves to new quarters. Section 3, page 8. East Side children parade to be Rose Festival feature. Section 3, page 12. Episcopal Missionary Convention in Port land this week. Section 3, page 11. Federal grand Jury to probe Eastern Oregon land-frauds. Section 4, page 0. O. N. G. to take part in Army maneuvers at American Lake. Section 4, page 12. Judge Gantenbein sentences Army comrade. Section 4, page 12. Anti-saloon forces call local option election at St. John. Section 3, page 10. Heavy sentences for four criminals. Section 4, page lO. Exciting game of steamboat racing revived on Columbia River. Section 4, page 6. Farm lands are in great demand. Section 3. page 8. "Go It, Betay! tio It, Bear!" Purpose to Fight Rate Reduction. ENOUGH YOTES TO CONTROL Leaders Say They Can Swing the Election." 0PP0SIT0N IS DETERMINED Farmers and Other Wage-Earners Declare They Will Fight for Con tinued Regulation and . Jjower Kates. LINCOLN, Neb., May 16. (Special.) Employes of railroads in Nebraska have entered politics In earnest, and they are not a bit backward in an nouncing the fact that they have lined up with the companies against the reg ulation of the roads by the state and against a reduction in rates. Some of the leaders declare they have enough votes to swing the election, and they propose' to use the ballot against every candidate who will not declare himself in a satisfactory way. The committee which authorized the declaration, and which claims to represent practically the entire railroad working force in Nebraska, has been holding meetings In Lincoln and Omaha for a month past, The committee declares that the movement Is spontaneous among the men, and has not been stimulated by the managers. Means Political Revolution. The declaration is not wholly a sur prise, but if it is adhered to and the em ployes can control anything near the number of votes they say they can, it will work a political revolution in the state. Six years ago such a movement would hardly have caused a ripple, because ex cept for occasional spasmodic rising, no serious opposition to railroad domination had been attempted. As the situation now stands, every political party in the state is committed to railroad regulation, and the Legislature, at its last session, did more to correct abuses than any ten previous Legislatures. Regulation and rate reductions have been the order of the day for a year and it Is the fear that the reductions In freight and passenger rates will eventually fall on the employes in the shape of lower wages that has prompted the present action. Farmers Ready to Put Up Fight. Their declaration, they say, Is not sudden. . It has been brewing ever since the 2-cent fare law took effect. As to the strength of the movement, Rate Clerk Powell, of the Nebraska Hallway Com mission, finds there are 21,000 railroad em ployes in Nebraska. Of that number, roughly divided, there are 3000 in the train service, 5000 in the track service and 13, 000 in all other branches of railroading. The men assert that they control three times this number. As a reply to the threats of the rail road men, it is asserted that the farmers and wage-earners in other lines declare their readiness to combine and wage a battle for continued regulation and rate reduction, even if it be necessary for the time being to desert old party lines. The farming classes assert they have asked nothing unreasonable of the roads and that more than one can play at the proposed game. Xo Rivers and Harbors Bill. WASHINGTON, May 16. The an nouncement that there will be no riv ers and harbors bill at this session, and that no surveys will be authorized un til the next session, was made; today by Representative Burton, of Ohio, chairman of the committee on rivers and harbors. Mr. Burton stated that there would be merely an administra tive bill at the present session, slightly modifying plans already approved, but carrying no appropriations and author izing no surveys. IN THE EVENTS OF Serves Him Right. One of Them, Identified as Man Who Fired Charge, Is Sa-loon-Keeper. ALBUQUERQUE, X. M., May 16. A re port received late this afternoon from Dawson. N. M., says that L. E. Cart wright of the Santa Fe secret service, who had been heading one of the posses in pursuit of the men who robbed the Wells-Fargo Company of X35.600, at French, N. M., Thursday night, has cap tured one of the robbers at Roy, N. M. A dispatch received here tonight from Springer, M. M., says that Ben Williams, chief of detectives of the Santa Fe system, has arrested Henry Fair, a saloonkeeper at Springer, charged with being implicated In the robbery at French. Farr has been taken to Las Vegas for safe keeping. The man arrested at Roy today on the same charge by Santa Fe Detective Cart wright has been identified as Henry Stone. It is reported at Springer tonight that Farr has been Identified as the man who broke open the safe containing the money. LOST IN DIVORCE TANGLE British Columbian's $500,000 English Fortune Vanishes. LONDON, May 16. A decision was handed down in the Chancery Court this morning, holding that a divorce secured in Dakota was not valid in either Canada or Scotland. By it a youth named Richard Stirling, a resi dent of British Columbia, is deprived Of estates in Scotland worth $503,000. Richard's mother was married first to a Scotchman named George Smith and the couple went to Canada. Smith subsequently secured a divorce from his wife at Fargo. Mrs. Smith later married a man named Walter Stirling in San Francisco. Richard, an off spring of this later union, would have suoceeded to the estate of George Smith but for the decision of the court that he is illegitimate on the ground that George Smith was not domiciled in Dakota. The court holds that the divorce and the subsequent remarriage of Mrs. Smith both are invalid. C. E. KEYES IS PRINCIPAL Former Portland' Boy Chosen to Head Oakland Schools. SAN FRANCISCO, May 16. The Oak land Board of Education last night ap pointed C. B. Keyes principal of the Oak land High School vice J. H. Pond, re signed. Mr. Keyes will take charge at the end , of the present year, June 30, when the resignation of Mr. Pond takes effect. Mr. Keyes has been principal of the Lafayette School at Seventeenth and West streets 13 years, coming here from Portland, Or., High School. He Is con sidered one of the most capable and efficient educators in the state. He is being congratulated on all sides on his appointment, as he has many friends among both educators and students. CUB BEARS F0R WARSHIPS Aberdeen Will Present 1 6 "Teddies" to the Fleet. ABERDEEN', Wash., May 16. (Special.) George Wolff, a business man, proposed a few days ago. that when the excursion from this city by steamer to see the battleship fleet leaves Grays Harbor, that 16 live bear cubs be taken and one pre sented to each ship. The idea at once took popular fancy and up to this even ing ten Teddy bears had been gathered from surrounding- towns, and the total number necessary is expected to be rounded up by Wednesday next, when the excursion Is promised by the Cham ber of Commerce. . CHALLENGE BY AERONAUT Farnam, of England, Issues Aero plane Defi to Wright Brothers. LONDON, May 16. Special dispatches from Paris announce that Henry Farnam the 'English aeronaut who holds the aeroplane record in that country, has challenged the Wright Brothers to an aeroplane contest in France for a stake of 5000. THE WEEK. As Foraker Imagines Himself. JEERS FROM THE DEMOCRACY Williams Says Republicans Fear Political Storm. SCHEME TO FRY THE' FAT Payne Declares Programme Is 'to Es tablish Maximum and Minimum Tariff, With Which to Drive Reciprocity Bargains. WASHINGTON, May 16. Steps looking to a revision of the tariff were taken by the House when it passed a resolution au thorizing the committee on ways and means to sit during the coming rect of Congress. Payne of New York, who offered the resolution, said that, 'in order not to dis quiet the country before election, the com mittee would make no general Inquiry in volving the question of ra'tes in the sched ule. After the election, he said, that sub ject would be gone into. ' Only for Campaign' Purposes. Underwood of Alabama, a member of the committee, declared that the resolu tion came as a surprise to the minority. The resolution was described by Williams as one that could be under stood by a child 14 years of age. It was not, he said, the fear that business interests would be disquieted but that things would be disquieted in apolitical sense. He asserted that the Repub lican majority dare not bring up prior to election a proposition for tariff re vision. . In the opinion of Randall, of Texas, the resolution was but a "frylngpan to fry the fat for campaign purposes." Payne Tells Programme. Payne closed the debate by stating that the Republican programme for tariff revision "will be a protective tariff." He continued: "It will be a maximum and a mini mum tariff, putting us on an equality with France, Germany and Russia, and we will go out with the tariff as we did with the Dingley tariff in the firm belief that it will bring renewed pros perity to the people of the United States, that it will broaden our markets with the nations of the world and that it will bring blessings to all the peo ple." SENATE ALSO ORDERS ACTION Instructs Committee to Inquire as to Cost of Production. WASHINGTON, May 16. Senator Aid rich today reported from the committee on finance a resolution authorizing the committee to secure certain assistance in pursuing tariff investigations, and it was adopted by the Senate without debate. The resolution provides: "That the committee on finance is au thorized, in connection with investigations heretofore ordered by the Senate, with the view of promptly securing the infor mation necessary for a revision of the customs laws of the United States, to call to their assistance experts in the execu tive departments of the Government, and to employ such other assistants as they shall require, and they are especially di rected to report further legislation which is necessary to secure equitable treatment for the agricultural and other products of the United States in foreign countries. They shall also, in the consideration of changes of rates, secure proof of the rela tive cost of production in this and in principal competing countries for the vari ous articles affected by the tariff upon which changes in rates of duty are desira ble." It is announced that the committee will begin investigations shortly after the ad journment of Congress. The Mule -"Sure. I'm Republican; If You Don't Believe It, See the ReKiater."