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ROSEBURG, DOUGLAS COUNTY, OREGON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1904
No. 1 oa
Ormsby, Loomis, Mayor
Davis Must Answer
Demands the Names of the Persons
Who Have Testified
Pokti.asd, Dec. 27 Precisely at 3
o'clock i his afternoon the federal gram!
jury returned indict ments against S. B.
Ormsby, William H. Davis, Mayor of
Albany ; C. E Loomis. Henry E. Young,
George Sorensen and two others, win se
names are iKiknown to the grand jury
Warrants for the arrest of the parties
named in the indictment have been is
sued and their bond- are fixed at $4000
each. They are charged wi;h violation
of statute 5440, or conspiracy to defraud
the government of a portion of its pub
Senator Julvn H. Mitchell has made a
request ef the Inderal grand jury that
be be acorde-1 the privilege of appear
ing bef ire that li xiy at 'lie conclusion
of the joveriini' nt's cast, and that he
be furnished wi h a digest of all the evi
dence there introduced against him, and
further that he be furnished with the
names of the witnesses who may testify
against him. This petition is set forth
in a letter to Assistant United States
Attorney Francis J. Heney, and in an
other letter to the grand jury.
Mr. Honey declares that tbe request
is a most extraordinary one, and gives it
to be understood that it will not be his
policy to give to the senior Senator any
thing more in the nature of privileges
than would be accorded any other citi
zen of the United States in a similar
It is regarded as probable that the di
verging views of the two official with
reference to the rights or privileges
claimed by the Senator may lead to ex
It was t he original plan of Senator
Mitchell to appear before the grand jury
this afternoon, but Ut has changed his
mind, and instead of appearing to testi
fy has made the request stated in tbe
Mr Heney says it is within the prov
ince of the grand jury to grant the re
quest of the Senator if it ehall see fit to
do so, but he personally sees no reason
why be should be accorded more privi
R. W. FENN
Lately with tbe govern
ment geographical and
geologies 1 surrey of Bra
zil, South America . . .
GAMES The New and Popular "Bunco Card Game,"
Albums,Toilet Sets, and a score of elegant and inex
pensive gifts for ladies, gentlemen and children.
Fancy Baskets from 5 cts to $2 99
Swell line of Combination Cases
Ranging in Price from $15 to $28
Take a look at our Buffets
From $25.00 to $38.00. ::
IB. W. STRONG!
THE FURNITURE MAN
leges than the humblest citizen in the
land. Mr. Heney appear d surprised at
the new turn of affairs, and said that he
had all along been prepared to accord
Senator Mitchell the right to appear be
fore the grand jury as soon as he ar
rived, according to a desire expressed in
the following telegram from Senator
Mitchell, dated Washington, Dec. 18:
"Francis J. Heney, Assistant United
States Attorney-tieneral : 1 will be in
Portland Saturday morning next, and I
demand a full investigation tiy a grand
jury ot any and all charges, if any,
against me. I also demand the right to
testify concerning the same before the
"JOHN EL MITCHELL."
Senator Mitchell's Letter.
Following are the letters sent by Sen
ator Mitchell to Mr. Heney and the
grand jury today.
Portland, Dec. M, 1904.
Hon. Francis J. Heney, Assistant United
States District Attorney, Portland,
Dear Sir 1 will this evening or to
morrow morning, send to W. II. II
Wade, Foreman of the Federal li rami
Jury now in session in this city, a let er
of which enclosed is a duplicate. I
trust that you will agree that I shall Ik-
accorded the privilege l ask. i am
ready and earnestly desire to go before
the Grand Jury as soon as you have
produced before the jury all the evi
dence you have on part of the Govern
ment, but not until then.
JOHN H. MITCHELL.
Letter to tbe Grand J try
Portland, Or , Dec. 26, 1904.
W. EL H. Wade. Eq . Firemin Federa
Grand Jury, Portland, Or. :
Dear Sir Street rumor in this city
for the past ten days, and press dis
patches from this city to all parts of the
United States are to the effect that I am
being charged with complicity with
others in certain land frauds, and that
the jury of which you are the foreman,
is investigating such charges. I have
heretofore requested of the prosecuting
fficers, Hon. Francis J Heney, Assist
ant United States District Attorney,
and Hon. John EL Hall, United States
District Attorney, the privilege of going
before your body for the purpose of an
swering, under oath, any charges that
may have been lodged with your body
against me, which in anywise implicate
me in any such frauds.
I therefore respectfully ask you, and
through yon, your associates composing
the Federal grand jury now in session in
this city, tbe privilege of going before
yon for tbe purpose of answering, under
oath, any and all such charges that may
have been made, just as soon as the
Government hs.e concluded the taking
of such testimony as it de-ires to before
you in support of any ch irges against
If, therefore, you will kindly advise
me when all such testimony has been
submitted on the part of the Govern
ment, I will then be ready to go before
yon in answer to any such charges as
may be made, and I respectfully ask
that on my appearance before you at
the close of the Government's case, as
above mggested, I then be advised fully
as to tbe precise charges, if any, made
a.-ainst me, and of the nature of the evi
dence submitted by the Government in
support thereof. And I also should be
glad, if not deemed improper by your
advisors, that the names of the witness
es m king the same be submitted to me
at that time.
Sincerely trusting I will be accorded
this privilege, I am.
JoHN H. MITCHELL.
. . U. & Deputy . .
Office over Postoffice.
: for all f
Prof. Jordan's Opinion of
(VIZARD IN PLANT
Has Not Made a Perpetual Flower
But Raises Prunes
Portland, Doc. 28 "I do not know
of any so-called perpetual flower that
has been propagated by Luther P. Bur
hank he places no special emphasis on
any particular one of his produc
tions," said David Starr Jordon, presi
dent of Stanford university, today, talk
ing about the wizard horticulturist of
California. "This 'wizard' business In
hurt the cause. People come and hang
about on the fence, and wait to see the
wizard wiz, an I itlends an u-iw-irra-i i
ble color of legerdemain to his work a
well as interfering with operations in
"Mr. Burbank," continued Or Jaw
dan, "has changed the color of lias yel
low poppy to crimson, and makes it
bloom all the year 'round, and he has
roses and other flowers that bloom all
the year. He has carried on the mot-t
extensive experiments with plums and
peaches. He is now propagating a seed
less prune. It was started by breeding
an inferior French prune, of imperfect
seed, with tbe California prune His
sugar plums have made a great hit, and
the plum was sold for $5,000. That is
all he can get for his invention, as the
graft,- are so plentiful after the first year
that they are sold .it almost any price.
This is the reason Burbank carries on
his experimental work at a I ss. There
is no way by which the result of his
work can lie protected financially. The
C .m gie people, recognizing this diffi
culty, have provided for payment of a
gift of $10,000 each year for 10 years to
csrry on his. experiments. He has two
experimental irardens two acres at
S.i jta Rosa for flowers, and six acres at
Sevastopol for vegetables and fruits "
Mr Burbank was formerly a nursery
man. Hi? first experiment was the pro
pagation of the Burbank potato, in Mass
achusetts. After he came to California
he took up fruit propagation.
"He is simply a breeder of plant life,
possessing marvelous skill in the hand
ling of pollen and working with it under
a glass," said Dr. Jordan. "He posses
ses more knowledge than any oUierman
living concerning the sexes of the pol
lens. I regard him as a more remark
able man than Edison."
The Burbank plum has made a hit in
South A irica, where it is almost exclu
sively grown. He is working on a wal
nut tree that will grow faster for lumber
and wood. He has produced a dwarf
chesnut that bears at 18 months old in
stead of 20 years. He has crossed black
berries and raspberries with success.
When be tried to breed the blackberry
and strawberry the plant blossomed
profusely, but would not bear fruit.
Burbank is about 53 year old : he has
been appointed a lecturer at Stanford
Dr. Jordan leaves Portland this even
ing for Spokane, where he will lecture
before the Washington Slate Teachers'
association, and return direct to Cali
Savages at Portland Pair
Portlavi), Dec. 28. Native villages
will be a feature of the Philippine dis
play at the Lewis and Clark Exposition,
and they will embrace a more compre
hensive showing of the manners and
customs of the wild tribes of the Islands
than did those at St. Louis.
The villages will be inhabited bv
about three hundred natives represc nt-
ng several different tribes. There will
he head-hunting dog-eating Igorrotea,
tbe fighting Moron, tbe Negritos, who
are the real aborigines of the Iilanda,
and the gentle, civilized Visayans. The
natives will arrive at the Exposition
some time in April and will build their
own houses out of bamboo and nipa.
The villages will be located on the Gov
ernment peninsula in the center of
Guild's Lake. Tbe Moros will build
their houses on poles over the water as
tbev do at home, while the Igorrotea
and Negritos will build squatty little
huts in the wooded portion of the penin
aula. Tbe Visayans will be located on
the Trail where they will conduct a na
Tbe natives who were at the St. Louis
Exposition are now on their way bock
to tbe Philippines, having left Seattle
Dec. 13, on the Iyo Nam, a Japanese
vessel. They are returning home with
the intention of telling the people of
their tribe of tbe wonders of America,
and many are also looking forward to
their return to Portland next spring.
Antonia, chief of the Bon,toc Igorrotes,
a warrior who has five butnan heads to
his credit, visited Portland recently
with Dr. T. K . Hunt, wbo collected and
bad charge of the exhibit at St Louis.
As Antonia will return ' i the Lea.s ant
Clark position, he dee red to look
over the grounds, so he could tell tbe
p op e where they were coming next
year Antonia waa much pleased with
tbe Exposition and the Rose Citv, and
will exert his influence in Dr. Hunt's
beha'f, m tbe collection of the natives.
THE HIGHEST SALARIED RAILROAD PRESIDENT.
L. P. Lore, who recently rasigMd the pra.id.DCT of tha Rock Island sjaiaas was the
highrat salaried railroad president 10 th world. Winn ha left the BaHi mora and Ohio Is
J I to the Rock Island he waa giraa a boaaa of $300,000 and a contract for fir Teats at
75.000 a year, with the proviso that if he should dia the salary should be paid to Bat wale
Id the and of the contract period.
ARE GIVEN A HEARING
i he Senator Remained on the Stand
Nearly all Day-Congressman Next
Portland, Doc. 28.
peared before the federal grand jury today to testify in his
own behalf concerning his
land frauds. For two hours
jury and he was again Ixiforo them when they reconvened
at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Congressman Binger Her
mann was notified that he would be the next witness
called, as soon as Senator Mitchell's testimony was concluded.
Senator Mitchell's request that he be furnished with a
tatement of the charges against him, of the nature of the
evidence and of the names of
ed. He was himself the first witness in relation to the
transactions which are supposed to involve him in the
land frauds. No previous testimony having been given ae
to these transactions, it was, of course, impossible for the
grand jury to comply with his request, even had it been so
The names of the witnesses to be called and the na
ture of the charges against Mitchell and Hsrmann are
known only to Assistant Attorney-General Heney, and
even the grand jury is ignorant of them, except so far as
they were disclosed by the
A few minutes twfore 10 o'clock
this morning Senator Mitchell left the
Portland hotel and walked unattend
ed, to t'ae postonce hauling. Reach
ing the big, bare hallway upon the
second floor of the buiid:.ig. he took
his seat among the waiting throng of
witnesses who had gathered outside
the jury room. A dozen ranchers,
farmers and timber cruisers who had
been subpoenaed from ceit'al and
southern Oregon occupied the chais
placed in the lobby, and offered a
&t.-ange contrast to the veaeraole
figure of Oregon's sonior senator a
he took his seat among them.
Senator Mitchell plainly sknwed
the strain of the past few days, and
the respectful greying of t iose
who spoke to him were t:ngei wi-h
sympathy. He soon retired to the
comparative privacy of the United
States district attorney's office whe e
he waited for the summons from
the grand jury room. He had not
long to wait. Mr. Heney came out
from the juryroom and informed the
senator that the ju y was ready to
hear him. Gaming a bundle of
papers and letters, to which he evi
dently expected to refer ii his tes
timony, Senator Mitchell wen- before
It was close upon noon hour whan
the juiy adjouued and Senator
"I Can Say Nothing"
"I can say absluielj nothing", he said
in responce to a question concerning
the proceedings. "1 am under oath
not to diVUige anything fiat took
place in the juryroom, and I have
nothing whateve- to a-.'."
Seiator Mitchell aided:
"I do not w'sh to say aiything
whatever even though you : ik ques
tions which would be prope: for me
to answer. If I say anything it is
An elegantly mounted wild eat shot
fifteen years ago on the site of the Ag
ricultural Building at the Lewis and
Clark Centennial, will be on exhibition
at the Fair.
Senator John H. Mitchell ap
alleged connection with the
this morning he was before the
the witnesses, was not grant
testimony given by Senator
liable to be construed into a orach o
my oath before the grand jury and
the only thing I can do is to maintain
It was after the conclusion of
Mitchell's testimony this after, tin
that Binger Heimann waa summoned
to appear before the grand jury. The
closest secrecy is observed as to the
nature or the questions asked c
Mitchell and Hermann and it is be
lieved that even if known they would
gve no hint as to some of the evi
dence which is in the government's
The presence in Pouland of Her
mann's former private secretai , H
liot Hough, is regarded as especia ly
significant, as it is thought he m j
give import" nt evidence cuueeuing
the former 1 in 1 c mm sshner.
S. B. Ormsby, who was indicted
yesterday with C. E. Loomis, Henry
A. Young, George Sorenson and Dr.
W. H. Davis, appeared in the federal
couit this mo ling and through his
atto neys 0''ay & Taipley, asked for
30 days' time in which to p ead or
demur to the indictment. United
States District Attoue.. Hall object
ed to the allowance of so much time
and said that five daya shook! be am-
' pie time.
Judge BvlHuger nstaijea Mr. HalFs
objection and Uiinsby was allowed
five days, it being farther agreed that
he should be allowed to remain at
large today upon his own recogni
zance, on the understanding that he
would ornish bondsmen in the svn of
$4,000 some time this after uoon.
Clark E. Loomis arried soon after
wards, accompanied by Judge Pipes,
A. G. Woodcock and George T. Hall.
The two latter are from Eugene, and
both signed Loomis' bond as securi
ties, the amount of the bond being
Lewis and Clark souvenir gold dollar
are proving (popular aa Holiday pres
enta. They are mounted as stick pins,
or used in group ot two or three as
Of the Water and Light
Plants oF Roseburg
Resolutions Adopted at Citizen's
Meeting -LeisUture to
Pursuant to a call issued through the
local paper a number of citizens and
tz payers of Roes burg aasembled at the
city hail Monday evening to diacuaa and
u k w seme definite action looking toward
the moniciple ownership of an electric
light and water system. Tbe meeting
waa called to order in City Recorder H .
L. Marsters office and organisation ef
fected by the election of J. G. FTook as
chairman and F. H. Churchill, secre
tary. rievance against the treat
ment received by the city and its inhab
itants at the hands of the local water
and light company were recited, one
gentleman quietly suggesting that he
would not mind being held up and
fleeced so much if it waa done in a po
lite manner. Aa suggested by I . H.
Churchill it was decided to adopt tbe
method prescribed by tbe Portland city
charter regulating tbe municipal owner
ship of water and light plants. This
brought about the passage of the follow-
. Whereas: It being the aense of
the citizen of Rote burg aasembled that
the time baa arrived for the municipal
ownership of wa'ar and light plants, be
Resolved, that the legislature be re-
quested to grant an amendment to the
city charter whereby ownership may be
obtained either by purchase or construc
X. Resolved, that a committee of fire
be appointed to draft an amendment
based on that under which Portland ob
tained her water plant j to also interest
oar senator and representatives in same.
The deliberations of this meetins were
backed up by tbe following petition con
taining me names 01 zuz prominent cm
sens and taxpayers of tbe city of Rose
berg. We, the undersigned residents of
Roseburg, Oregon, hereby express our
selves in favor of the City of Roseburg
owning and operating ita own water and
light plants and hereby request thi sen
ators and representatives from this
county to the next legislative session to
work for the amendment of tbe charter
of tbe city of Roseburg eo as to author
ize amid city to establish by purchase or
otherwise a system of water works and
a lighting system! for public use, and
with foil power to furnish both water
and lights to tbe inhabitants of said city
with full power also to issue bonds to
tbe extant of 9 to establish said
water and lighting system.
The framing of the bill to cover tbe
proposed amendment to tbe city char
ter for presentation to the legislature
waa fatly discussed. It was pointed oat
that it waa aeceasary to specify in the
bill what amount ot bonds the legisla
ture would be aaked to authorize. Whits
no one present seemed to think tbe pro
ject would detail a cos: ot ever 1100,000
nevertheless it waa deemed advisable to
aak for tbe privilege of making an lasue
of $200,000 worth of bonds, if neceasary,
so there would be a wide enough mar
Kin in case the estimate tell ho t. The
amount of 200,0( 1 waa voted with oalv
one dissenting voice that of Cart Hoff
man, who feared that such a large
amount might offer a temptation to
The workings of the Portland charter
was explained by K. H . Churchill and
that part of it to be 'ollowed oat in this
local movement :ecifiea that in the bid
to be d resented to tbe legislature there
wilt be embodied the names of nine citi
zens and taxpayers, who will be desig
nated as the construction committee,
which will supervise the establishment
of a water and light plant and system
under municipal ownership. In order
to exoediate matters this commutes will
after the plant and tbe system are in
stalled, appoint mother committee to
iiDarintend the operation and business
thereof until their aaocesao.-s can be
elect d by the people. Tbis body of men
will be known as tbe waier and light
... a . - .
LinWataU Afoot lies.
As Drovidwd in the foregoing resolu
tions. Chairman Flook appointed tbe
following committee to draft aa amend
ment to the citv charter after the plan
of Portland's charter amendment, for
tbe action of the forthcoming legisla
ture: B. W. Strong, r. M. Beard, II.
0. Stanton, F. F. Patterson and F. H.
Churchill. Mr. Stanton declined to
serve, and I. Wollenbarg was appointed
in his stead.
This bill wdl be introduced in the
senate by Hon. O. P. Oosbow and in the
house by one ot the Douglas county rep
resentatives, at the forthcoming session
of the legislature which convenes at Sa
lem one week from next Monday.
Among the prominent citizen taxoav
era to participate in this important pro
ceeding were: L Wollenberg, F. H.
Churchill, J. . Flook. Alfred Wolien.
berg, B W. 8trone. F. M. Beard. H. f!
Stanton, H. L. Marsters, F. F. Patter
son, J. is. Beyers, Robert Robertson. V.
8. Patterson. Carl Hoffman, Rev. G. C.
This takes this very important move
ment out of the hands of the dtv ennn.
mi wnicn Dad been considering the mat
es! ana places it entirely where it be
longsin tbe bands of tbe citizen tax.
Portland Centennial Notes.
& handsome boildins- will ha awtan
by Mew York tbe Empire State at
iewis ana Ulark Centennial.
Almost every county in the t.t rJ
Oregon will have an exhibit at the
Lewis and Clark Centennial.
Almost every nation that nana tn th.
dignity of a place on tbe map wiU be
represented at the Lewis and Clark Cen
tennial. An exhibit is assured from far
Persia. Valuable collection of rnm.
tapestriea and paintings will be sent to
Lewis and Clark Exposition.
Idaho fruit growers will ntwnaiw for
the Lewis and Clark Centennial an
apple exhibit which promises to rival
tboee of Oregon and California.
Photographs of several hundred avJwml
buildings will form an interesting fu
ture of Oregon's educational exhibit at
tbe Lewis and CUrk Centennial.
California will probably increase ita
appropriation for the Lewis and Clark
Centennial from !$20,0C0 to 166 000 or
$73,000 and build a state pavilion.
The Italian Commissioner, Mr. Zes
gio, is now in Venice arranging for tbe
collection of an exhibit of Italian works
of art for the Lewis and Clark Fair.
Apples for tbe Centennial will be sun-
plied in abundance. Many Western
States will compete in displays of this
staple fruit at tbe Lewie and Clark Ex
Tbe Legislature of the state of Wash
ington will be aaked to apDropr.ate 175 -
000 for the erection of a state building
and tbe collection of a suitable exhibit
for tbe Lewis and Clark Centennial.
Coos county, Oregon, will have ana.
vmon of its own at tbe Lewis and Clark
Centennial. Tbe building will be con
structed entirely of Coos county woods,
and will be in itself an exhibit of inter
est. The building which will boose R
exhibit of paintings by modern
artists at the Lewis and Clark Centen
nial will be a replica of an old Moscow
palace need by tbe kings of tbe early
Prof. R. F. Robinson, superintendent
of tbe Portland public schools, has been
chosen superintendent of Oregon's edu
cational exhibit at tbe Lewis and Clark
Exposition in place of Pro!. P. 8. Lyman
wbo resigned on account of ill hoalth
I FULLERTON & ROARPSON
1 ARE NOW DISPLAYING THEIR
HO .UIDAY GOODS
Dressing Cases of Ebony. Silver Mounted, French Stag
and Celluloid; Glove. Handkerchief and Necktie Boxes in
Beautiful Designs. Fancy Perfume Atomizers, Hand Bags,
Card Cases, Cigar Cases, Japanese Enameled and Uquer
Ware in Photograph, Handkerchief, Glove Boxes and Trays,
Pretty Wort Boxes and Jewel Cases, German Plate Hand
Mirrors and a great variety of novelties
Oar Display of Box
Near the Depot
em as sa.
I HAVE EASTERN CUSTOMERS
AND CAN SELL
Confirmation of General
West Virginians Ready to Go
Her Bond t tite Extent
Tokio, Dec 28 The reoort from
Port Arthur that General Stoesaei,
tbe Russian commander-in-chief, was
injured by faJhsg from his horse and
that General Uondrachanko was killed
has been confirmed. General SblO
noff is reported wounded.
Tbe battleship Sevastopol has sank
in shallow water. Her bow is dam
aged in two places and her steering
gear is also damaged. The garrison
is said to be cheerful and confident
thaw relief will arrive before March 1.
It is said the army has sufficient nro-
visions toast tOI Februai , and the
navy about a month's store.
Only a few junks bearing supplies
reached Port Arthur the past month.
The price of food is very high.
Nan Patterson in Lack.
FxiRiiorsT, W. Vgv, Dec. 28. ft,
A. Deveoey, one of the wealthiest
men in the city, confirmed the report
today that he, H. J. Brice and Ed
ward Stack would furnish Nan Pat
terson a bond to the extent of $50,-
000 if necessary because they believe
the girl innocent, a W. Swisher,
secretary of state, assart the nee ef
his name in this connection was aa
anthorized. New York, Dec. 28. Nan Patter
son is in good spirits today. She re
ceived a telegram announcing that
four Wheeling, W. Vtv, men are pre
pared to furnish bail for her in any
amount up to $50,000.
Don't make tbe
Come in and yon will find
equal to those of last year. Put on yonr
bat and coat and come now to S . K .
OF RNE QUALITY
will delight yon aaat the
BatasllsS 1 uYV
t. W. SBN80N ,
r.m. unaon, a. a. bootm j. a booth,
j. t saiOHrs, joa. Lions, a. a liajuvntns
K. L. MILLS.
A QENBRAL. BANKING
Tour Ranches and limber
Lands with me. : : :
n en awasn. . en
R. R. JOHNSON,
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