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MARSHFIELD, OREGON, FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 1909 EVENING EDITION SIX PAGES.
TOTALLY DESTROYED BY FIRE
Conflagration Causes Loss of
Between $75,000 and
WAS BEYOND CONTROL
Many Sustain Losses But
Simpson Lumber Company
The large warehouse of the North
Bend city dock and the warehouse
of the North Bend Sash and Door
Factory, the two In reality being one
building, was totally destroyed by
fire last night The loss will be
between $75,000 and $100,000 and
not a cent of Insurance. It Is
divided between a large number, the
full list of losers not being obtain
The origin or cause of the fire Is
unknown. There are various theo
ries one being that it was due to
spontaneous combustion, another to
the electric wiring and still another
that it might have been incendiary.
Little confidence is placed In the lat
ter, though. Owing to the fact that
there had not even been a fire start
ed in a stove in the building for two
or three days, complete mystery en
velopes the origin.
List of Losers.
North Bend Sash and Door Fac
tory, finished-output of sashes, doors,
mouldings, paint, oil and stock, over
Simpson Lumber Company, build
ing and goods stored, over $10,000.
Coos Bay Grocery Company, goods,
etc., over $2,500.
Tom B. James, lost heavily, an
estimate being impossible to obtain
owing to the absence of Mr. James
being in Portland. He will return
on the Alliance Monday.
North Bend Hardware Company,
stock amounting to several hundred
City of Coquille, sixty sections of
treated wooden water piping.
North Bend Mercantile Company,
stock valued at over $1,000.
It. D. Hume estate, about fifty
tons of merchandise, supplies, etc.
Estimate of value not obtainable.
There were about eight or ten
shipments of household goods, some
that was to be shipped away on the
vessels next week and some that
had just arrived. A list of the own
ers cannot be obtained until the safe
in Agent Tom James' office is open
ed. In addition to these, a number of
North Bend firms and individuals
had small quantities pf goods stored
in the building or shipments that
had not been removed.
Hud Gained Great HeadHiiy."
The fire had gained great headway
when it was discovered about 11:30
o'cjoi-k last night. Those first on
the ground said that the fire must
have started near the center of the
building or in the north end as it was
burning with tr-e greatest fury In
The North Bend fire department
soon had several streams of water
playing on the building from the
new salt water system and did ef
fective work. The Marshfleld fire
department quickly responded to the
caU, the tug Gleaner from Gardiner
which was lying at the Marshfleld
wharf taking them and their appara
tus to the scene.
The Gleaner proved a valuablo aid
in fighting the fire. Equipped as fire
boat, it pumped several heavy
streams of water and with the aid of
the Mnrshfleld department saved the
wharf between the warehouse and
the water line
There was little wind blowing and
to this was largely due the fact that
the f.io did not spread to the West
ern Oregon Grocery Company's build
ing o: the North pr the Sash and
Doc- Factory, proper, on the south.
Manpger Wornick of tho Sash ar.d
Door Factory, got out his men and
(Continued on Page 6.)
Carl Lattin and Phillip Lee
Severely Hurt While
Phillip Lee about fourteen years
old, was critically Injured and Carl
Lattin, about the same age, was
seriously hurt as the result of a col
lision while coasting on bicycles on
the "West Central Avenue hill last
night. For a time, it was feared
that both lads hod been perhaps fa
tally hurt but both were greatly im
proved this morning.
The lattin boy is a son of Mr. and
Mrs. Guy Lattin, proprietors of the
Lattin hotel, and the Lee boy lives
with his parents on Fourth street,
having recently come here from the
east. The former was badly bruised
and the cords of his neck and back
severely strained. The Lee lad had
his nose badly crushed and is feared
to ha,ve sustained severe Internal in
juries and also Injuries to his head.
The two boys with a crowd of
youngsters had been playing around
the steep grade on Central avenue in
West Marshfleld, where the street is
divided, one-half being a steep in
cline. One lad was coasting down"
on his bicycle and the other started
to see how far up he could ride.
They met near the base of the in
cline, the impact being a terrific
Aid was quickly summoned and
the boys removed to their homes.
The Lee boy was unconscious and
the Lattin lad was suffering intense
Venezuela's "Soldier of For
tune" Can Remain Only
Until He Can Leave.
(By Associated Preea.)
FORT DE FRANCE, April 9.
Castro health seems to be Improving.
He has received no official notifica
tion of the determination of the
French government to expel him
from the island
LET CASTRO REMAIN.
Will Not Be Expelled If It Endangers
(By Associated Pre.)
PARIS, April 9.- If Castro's
health is so grave that his removal
from Fort de France would be dan
gerous, the French government is
prepared to suspend temporarily the
decree of expulsion against him.
JOKE ON PUPILS.
Teacher nt Centralla Fails to Appro
ciutc "AH Fool's Day."
CENTRALIA. Wash., April 9.
Last Friday was the annual thrash
ing day in the Centralla schools. The
occasion Is the aftermatftW of All
Fool's Day. On April 1 tho teacher
was fooled by the unexpected ab
sence of practically all of the boys
In his room. April 2 those same ab
sentees were treated to a surprise
party given by the principal, M. L.
Carrier, which consisted of the vig
orous application of the birch to 23
individual cases. Protests were of
the usual variety but of no avail.
The programme was carried out on
business lines and with the princi
pal's usual vigor.
E. A. H
Noted Secretary of the Inter
ior Who Prosecuted the
Land Fraud Cases, Suc
cumbs After Short Illness.
(By Associated Press.)
WASHINGTON, April 9. Ethan
Allen Hitchcock, sccretnry of the In
terior under President McKlnley and
Roosevelt, died this morning aged
74. He had been critically 111 for
Hitchcock's body will be taken to
St. Louis tomorrow, arriving there
Sunday night. The funeral will be
His passing marked the close of a
career whoso pre-eminent feature
was an administration of tho In
RAO EXPLOSION IN
Two Killed and Three Badly
Hurt In Conflagration at
Stand Oil's Property at Port
Richmond,. Cal., Today.
(By Associated Press.)
POINT RICHMOND, Cal., April
9. Two men were burned to death
and three others, one of whom may
die, seriously Injured as a result of
the explosion of one of the oil tanks
Marshfield School Board Ar-
ranges For Domestic
At a meeting of tho Marshfleld
school board yesterdny afternoon,
arrangements were made to start
the domestic science department of
the Marshfleld public schools next
fall. Miss Elizabeth Kaufman,
daughter of I. S. Kaufman, who has
been taking a course In domestic
science in Brooklyn the past year
was elected instructor, in domestic
science and sewing at $75 per month.
Miss Kaufman will return this sum
mer and bo ready to assume her new
duyes when school opens in the fall.
Miss Laura Escott was elected
principal of the grades in the new
high school building at a salary of
Superintendent F. E. Golden was
re-elected superintendent for another
year at a salary of $1,500 per an
num. The' election of tho remainder of
the corps of teachers was postponed
until the next meeting.
Empty Ballcon Comes Down
Near Milan Without Its
j (By Associated Press.)
MILAN, Italy, April 9. An
empty balloon camo down near
Conto today and there is apprehen
sion for tho safety of tho threo
areonauts from Paris. Captain
Mayer, Lieutenant Gardlot and A.
Patterson. It is supposed they were
caught In a storm and tho occupants
thrown out. Searching parties have
found articles belonging to tho oc
'EASTSIDE' la a winner,
terior Department that stirred the
land problems an never before.
Hitchcock directed the most sweep
ing investigations, arousing the en
mity of powerful Interests. So
that his work is recalled today as
one of tho most unswerving and re-
llenMess inquisitions in the annals of
government prosecutions. He piose
cuted cases against numerous men In
public life nnd In private business,
including United States Senator
Mitchell of Oregon, who was con
victed and died not long afterwards.
Also former Congressman Blnger
Hermann of Oregon, who had served
as commissioner of tho General
Land Office; former United States
Senator Dietrich of Nebraska; Rep
resentative Williamson of Oregon,
and John A. Benson, the millionaire
broker of San Francisco.
BIG OIL PLANT
of the Standard Oil Company's
plant here this morning. Fifteen
hundred men are alleged to have
been called out to fight tho blaze.
The otl from the exploded tank
binned over elgljt acres. The fire Is
under control At noon, the danger
of the other tanks igniting was al
The oil tank contained 500,000
barrels. Sixty other tanks contain
ing fifteen million barrels of oil were
in the immediate vicinity.
Coptempt of Court Charges
Against Spokane Jurist
Are Dismissed by Court
(By Associated Prees.)
SPOKANE, Wash., April 9. Su
perior Judge E H. Sullivan will not
be punished for contempt of court
although, ho confesses he told his
brother, Attorney H. C. Sullivan,
what he had testified to before the
grand jury. Superior Judge Huneke
today dismissed tho charges against
two brothers, also against N. E. Nu
zum, counsel for former Judge Gor
don, whose alleged embezzlement of
$60,000 from tho Great Northern
and reported undue Influence with
ex-Justlco Root of tho State Supreme
Court, Is now being probed by a
ROOSEVELT IN EGVPT.
Former President nnd Party Reaches
(By Associated Press.)
PORT SAID, Egypt, April 9.
Tho steamer Admiral with Theodore
Roosevelt and party arrived hero
Six Killed and Large Portion
of Sarnia's Cargo Destroy
ed at Port Limon.
(By Associated Press.)
NEW ORLEANS, April 9. Re
ports today tell of a disastrous fire
on the Hamburc-Amerlcan steamer
Sarnla at Port Limon, British Hon
duras, April 1. Six lives wero lost
and a largo portion of her cargo was
There wouldn't bo so many sinners
if people struggled to get Into heaven
as they do to get Into society.
EXPLOSION ON .
SHIP IS FATAL
ROUSE INDICATES IT WILL
VOTE DOWN FREE LUMBER
BIDS TOO HIGH
County Commissioners Hold
Up Contracts On Account
of Contractor's Greed.
The effort of some of the road
contractors to ralso prices beyond
what tho Coos county commissioners
thought was a reasonable price re
sulted In most of tho bids for high
way improvement being rejected at
the adjourned session of the com
missioners at Coquille this week.
According to the commissioner's
knowledge of the cost of road con
struction the bids on planking wore
about $1.50 per rod' too high and
for grading, the1 bids wero similarly
In District No. 15, at Coquille, the
low bid for grading was $8.50 per
rod and for planking $G.9G per rod,
making the total cost of road build
ing there $15 46 per rod. This, the
commissioners decided, was .away
too much for the kind of improve
ment required but there was nothing
left for them to do but to reject all
bids. In consequence, the proposed
work will bo held up for sometime.
In District No 31, known as tho
Lee District, an $800 contract for
grading and clearing wns awarded at
the rate of $5.15 'er rod.
The commissioners aro having, dif
ficulty in getting the road super
visors to do work of a permanent
nature in repairing slight damage to
the various highways resulting from
the heavy rains. In pieces of stone
road, some of the supervisors started
to fill In tho small washouts with
dirt instead or using stone but Judge
Hall promptly put a stop to this.
FEAR TEN LOST
IN LIE GALE
Cabin of Tug George Floss
Washed Ashore Near Cleve
land Without Crew.
(By Associated Press.)
CLEVELAND, April 9. The
deck cabin of the tug George Floss
was washed ashore twelvo miles east
of here. There Is no tidings of tho
captain and crew of nine men. The
tug was caught in Wednesday's gale.
Thero is no longer any doubt but
that tho tug George Floss with a
crew of six and threo passengers,
sank in Lake Erie during Wednes
Operators and Miners of Penn
sylvania Unable to
(By Associated Pross.)
PHILADELPHIA, April 9. The
operators and miners who have been
holding conferences In this city con
sidering the wage conditions In tho
hard coal fields of Pennsylvania,
failed to reach an agreement and
have adjourned finally.
According to the mlno workers' of
ficials, thero will bo no strike.
Call at tho LADIES EMPORIUM
and see the swell lino of Spring
SUITS and COATS now on display,
First Vote On the Payne Tariff
Revision Bill Is Taken This
LONG WRANGLES ON
Tawney, Amendments Affect
ing It Are Voted Down
(Bt Associated Press.)
WASHINGTON, D. C, April t.
At 3:04 o'clock this afternoon, the
House began voting on tho Payne
Tariff Revision bill. The voting on
tho first ballot being on the commit
tee amendments. The commltteo
amendments to the Payne bill with
exception to those affecting tea,
nnffnn ImrlflV nrwl hnrlRV TTlfllh Were
( , , ,
i adopted In lump without revision.
Tho House adopted the committee
amondment placing tea on the free
list without restriction.
After tho committee amendments
had been disposed of, a long wrangle
ensued as to the order In which tho
amendments to the lumber sched
ules should he voted on. The chair
decided on votes on tho amendments
In order to the paragraph affected.
The first aye and nay vote was .onr
tho amendment eliminating the
hewn timber tariff, one of several
that Tnwney wll! offer In the lum
ber schedules, with a view of sub
sequently putting the articles on -the
free list. The Tawney amendment
to strike out the paragraph placing
a duty on hewn lumber was defeated
185 ayes and 198 noes, indicating
that tho HoiiBe will vote against ireo
Tho Tawney amendment reducing
tho duty on finished lumber eighty
per coift and striking out tho duty
on rough lumber was defeated, 1-80
ayes to 200 noes.
Tho amondment by Dearraond to
exempt from tho countervailing duty
all lumber Imported from countries
in tho western hemisphere was fle
feated by a vote of 133 ayes nnd
At tho suggestion of Chairman
Payne, tho action of the House dn
fixing a rato of one per cent on
crudo petroleum' and its products
was by unanimous consent reversed
and the articles placed on tho freo
The House adopted the commltteo
amendment t6 Payne bill which 1s
intended to prevent tho use of draw
back privileges , for. the purpose 'of
speculating In grain.
POWDER WOHK8 EXPLOSION.
One Killed and Five Injured Tu New
(By Associated Press.)
PATERSON N. J., April 9. Ono
was killed and five Injured in nn ex
plosion at the Wayne Powder WorkB
at that plaoe today.
CRAWFORD IS DEAD.
Noted Novelist Siiccimilib In Italy
(By Associated Press.)
SOItUENTO, Itnly, April 9. T.
Marlon Crawford, the novelist, died
hero tonight. He was born 1n 1845.
HONOR DEAD EXPERT.
Now York Pays Tiilnito to Lnto
(By Associated Press.) y
NEW YORK, April 9. Flags fly
ing at half-mast above tho city hall
and police headquarters mnrkod tho
arrival on tho liner Slavonic of the
body of Lieutenant Joseph Pctro
slno of tho Now York police depart
ment, who was assassinated nt Pa
lermo, Italy, March 12, while dngag
od on a mission looking to the Beep
ing of Sicily criminals out of ihe
United States Mourning flags wfero
flown from hundreds of windows "in
tho Italian quarter.