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8th YEAR. NO. 74.
ASTORIA, OREGON, FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 1909
PRICE FIVE CENTS
DUTY STILL' Oil
In Payne Bill on Lumber
DIMENSION LUMBER FREE
Flgurt Ff tight From Canada Would
Uptet Difference In Manufacture on
Btttr Grtdet Cull Lumber to
Have Duty Now.
WASHINGTON, D, C March 25.
The mcmberi o( (he Senate, finance
committee reasserted today that they
would be ready to report on the tar
Ill bill at soon ai possible. With every
day't consideration of the Payne
bill, the Senate committee it Impress
ed with the fact that it renuint
close to the lines of the Dingley law
at a remit of the work of the com-,
mittee it much simplified- The changes
to be made will be fewer than at figtt
expected. The proportion submitted
to the committee on the subject of
lumber wat received with tome favor.
It provides for free importation of di
mentioned lumber lut the continuance
of the duty on cull from which lumber
of inferior grades ' in manufactured.
From some of the figures it is assert
ed Hint the difference between the
cost of producing dimensioned lum
ber in Canada and the United States
not sufficient to make up for the dif
ference in the freight rate from Can
ada nd American mills to American
markets. The deduction being that if
the duty is removed . the American
producer will not be injured, but at
the same time the duty on culls
would compel the manufacture of
these culls into inferior lumber for
packing boxes instead of permitting
it to be burned as is now the esse at
most large American mills. The only
effect, according to these arguments
of adopting these schedules will be to
prevent waste In the United States
and aid to conservation of ' forests.
While no agreement has been reach
ed regarding the "wool schedule the
general opinion seems to be in favor
of retaining the Dingley rates.
GRAND JURY INDICTS.
Former Police Commissioner at Lot
Angeles in the Toils.
LOS ANGELES, March 25.-The
special grand jury investigating the
graft charges today brought in an in
dictment against former Police Com
missioner Schenck. The indictment
wnt based on the charge that Schenck
offered to bribe County Prosecutor
Flemming to refrain from prosecuting
the managers and Inmates of disor
derly houses on about September, 14,
1907, which was during the" early part
of Harper's administration.
HERE'S WHERE THE
PEOPLE GET THEIRS
Hill and Harriman, Sick With Rheumatism, Head
for Paso Robles Harriman Goes East Soon
PASO ROBLES, Cal, March 25.
The Harriman special train of five
cars arrived at Paso Robles Hot
Springs last evening. In the party
were E. H. Harriman, Miss Mary
Harriman, E. E. Calvin, , vice-president
and general manager of the
Southern" Pacific Company; Dr. and
Mrs. Dixon, Mr. and Mrs. Goclct, Dr.
McKenzic, Superintendent Ahcarn
of the Coast division of the Southern
Tacific Railroad, and a corpt of sec
retaries and clerks. Owing to the In
clement weather the party decided to
WILL GO TO DEL MONTE ?
PASO ROBLES, Cal., March 25.-
K. H. lUrrlman, who ia here taking
the baths, and expected , to remain
two or three days, suddenly changed
his plans and will leave for Del Monte
early tomorrow. He expects to re
main in Del Monte and then go north
to Burlingam'e. Harriman gives every
appearance of good health.
CALHOUN JURY SECURED.
SAN FRANCISCO, March 25.
For the second time since the begin
ning of the Calhoun trial the jury
was completed today. Two men were
accepted provisionally and the third
is subject only to peremptory chal
lenge. ,-; . , ! , -.
STARTS FOR KOE
EXPECTS TO START SOME
THING AS SOON AS HE
PARIS, March 25. Cipriano Cas
tro, the former President of Vene
zuela, and the members of his party
left this city this morning for Bor
At the railroad station Senor Car
tro confided to a group of Vene
auelans, adherents and admirers, his
intention of reestablishing his power
in Venezuela by a revolution, should
this be necessary. After entering the
car whe.re he donned the gilt em
broidered skull cap that has figured in
every description of Castro whe& he
was an occupant of the yellow house
at Caracas, the deposed President of
Vcneiuela leaned from a window and
spoke to his countrymen with an
earnestness and passion which left no
doubt in their minds that he was con
vinced that he was another Napoleon
returning from Elba to reconquer his
"Like Francis I, all is lost save
honor." ex-President Castro declared.
"I am going back to Venezuela. My
country needs me and my mission."
Castro declared that bit trip to Eu
rope had been mitunderstood both at
home and abroad- He bad ctfiie to
the continent' not only because he
ncedeij medical treatment, but also to
serve hit country by interesting for
eign capital in Veneiuelan industries.
He spoke bitterly of the treachery of
Juan Vincente Gomez, and predicted
that those now In control of the state
would drive the country into bank
ruptcy. ,,i r 1
In conclusion, Castro denounced at
lies the stories of his wealth, and said
he was not even rich enough, to re
main in Europe, where, furthermore,
life had no attractions for him. His
impassioned nature. : he explained..
yearned for activity, and forced him
again into the tumult. As the train
nulled out of the station. Castro s
parting words were:
I believe that God and destiny
calls- me back to Venezuela. I intend
to accomplish my mission' there, even
though it involve revolution."
stay in the train for the night. It is
the intention of the party to remain
here several days to permit Mr. Har
riman to take the baths.
James J. Hill, of the Great North
ern Railway, accompanied by his fam
ily, arrived at Paso Robles Hot
Springs in his private car last even
ing, following the Harriman special.
Mr. Hill brought his .automobile with
him and intends to stay at Paso
Robles for a week or two, taking
treatmentfin thu bathhouse and mo
toring about the country in ' this
LOS JUS TO
First Election to be Held Under
This Statute Takes Place
ALEXANDER WILL BE MAYOR
Election Enda One of the Most Tur
bulent Chapters of Municipal Gov
ernment in the Annals of Any City
Pint Practical Litt of the "Recall"
LOS ANGELES, Cal., March 25.
Tbe first practical test of the "recall"
system in America will culminate to
morrow with the election of a mayor
of Los Angeles. The downfall of the
machine politicians appears to be
complete. The recall faction is in
high feather and sect nothing but
The election ends one of the most
turbulent chapters of municipal gov
ernment in the annals of this or pro
bably any other American city. Tlje
turmoil began some months ago when
the grand jury rendered its report on
itt investigation of Mayor Harper's
conduct of the city's affaira. The
grand jury found no indictment but
caustically scored Harper for numer
ous trips of "inspection" to the ten
derloin, one of which trips was termed
an "orgy". The grand jury report re
sulted in the waging of a fervid cam
paign against the Mayor under the
banner of civic purity.
The municipal league fathered the
movement to oust Mayor Harper and
leading citizens lent their support, A
method of relief new to municipal
politics in this country was at hand.
The charter just granted to Los An
geles by the legislature gave the city
the right of initiative, referendum and
recall. Under its power the oppon
ents of Mayor Harper had only to
secure the signature Of a certain per
centage of the legal voters to a pet
ition demanding the recall of any un
satisfactory city official, and a new
election for the unexpired term,
Quick advantage wat taken of. this
right by the opponents of Mayor Har
per. Petitions for the ouster of the
Mayor were opened at various places
in the business district of the city.
Committees canvassed the electorate,
working up sentiment, public meetings
were held by both sides, and the ex
citement reached fever heat. In a
very short time the required number
of signatures were obtained and an
election was called for March 26.
There was nothing in the law to pre
vent Mayor Harper's re-election, and
his supporters promptly renamed him,
relying on the straight Democratic
strength and the anti-recall element
among the Republicans to pull him
through. ' .
The anti-Harper faction named ex-
Supervisor George Alexander as their
candidate for Mayor. Thus the cam
paign began and daily it became more
spiriteyl until, totally (Unexpected.
Mayor Harper added to the political
turmoil by withdrawing from the race.
The fire of his opponents became too
hot for him. Fearful, it is said, that
the threat to publish facts regarding
his private life would be carried out
he withdrew from the race rather
than face the music. Crushed in
spirit and deserted by his henchmen,
he fled from the city and left his en
emies in full possession of the field.
The news of Harper's withdrawal
from the ticket caused a sensation.
Opinion varied1 as to just what were
the proper steps to be taken under the
circumstance. Finally the city coun
cil solved the problem by accepting
Harper's resignation and designating
W. D. Stephenson to serve as Mayor
until the election is held tomorrow.
The Socialists and the Prohibition
ists have named candidates to be
voted for tomorrow, but the election
of Mr. Alexander, the Republican can
didate, is believed to be assured. Los
Angeles is normally a strong Republi
can city. 'Harper, who it a Demo
crat, was successful at the last elec
tion because of a serious split in the
Republican party. This year there
are no prominent factional troubles.
George Alexander, who in all prob
ability will be elected Mayor, hat been
prominent in the business and public
life of Lot Angeles. Against him the
only charge that have been brought
by hit opponent! are that he it too
old for the office and is of indecisive
nature. He hat been supervisor and
hat a record for honesty end upright
ness of personal life.
GOTCH STILL CHAMPION.
' KANSAS CITY, March 25.-Frank
Gotch, the champion heavyweight
wrestler of the world retained his title
tonight by defeating Raoule De Rou
en in two straight falls. The winning
fall was won with Gatch s famous toe
hold. Gotch was the aggressor nearly
all the time. The time of falls were
34:45 and 13, respectively. The win
ner's end of the purse was $5000.
FATAL NEVADA WRECK
Three Killed in Southern Pacific
Freight Train Wreck. ,
WINNEMUCCA, Ncv., March 25.
Three men were killed and traffic
blocked for hours by the derailing of
10 cars of a freight train today near
Los Graves, a flag station on the
Southern Pacific Railroad. 18 miles
west of here. The dead:
Lon Versme, of Winnemucca.
Two tramps, names unknown
All of the train crew escaped in
jury. The train was in charge of Conduc
tor Filmartin and was thrown from
track by a broken rail. A wrecking
car has arrived at the scene of the
accident, and it it expected that the
track will be cleared by 6 o'clock this
evening. ... . : .
GO IN SPECIAL CAR TO PITTS
BURG GUARDED BY 15
PITTSBURG, March 25--Fearing
for the safety of the prisoners 1f tak
en to Sharon or Mercer, the county
seat, the police tonight brought John
H. Boyle and wife, .accused of having
kidnapped Willie Whitla to this city.
They were brought in a special car
guarded by 16 detectives. The pris
oners will be kept here for several
days, and when the public is not ex
pecting they will be removed to
Mercer where the grand jury con
venes the third wee kin April. Boyle
and wife waived extradition.
CINCINNATI, March 25-Edward
Faulkner, an inmate of the Longvicw
insane asylum of this city, is believed
to be the father of Mrs- James Boyle,
the woman in the Whitla kidnapping
case. He is an old soldier and came
from Sandusky and is about 70 years
FOUR KILLED AND FIVE
WED 111 ACCIDENT
BRICK WALL CRASHES DOWN
ON WORKMEN EMPLOYED
AT SWIFT St COMPANY.
CHICAGO, March 25. Four were
killed and five seriously injured today
when a 35-foot brickwall, left stand
ing after the fire of a month ago
which destroyed the butterine plant
of Swift & Company, crashed down
on them without warning. The men
were laying .the foundation for a new
building a few feet from the tottering
wall which the wind blew over.
Mortiiiior Astorian, 60 cents per
month, delivered by carrier.
Mrs. Pierre Loriilard Wife of the
Tobacco Magnate Found
SOCIETY GAY WORLD TIRES
Enhalei Gas and Dies on Floor of
Bathroom All Attempt! to Revive
Her and Bring Her Back to Life
WASHINGTON, D. C, March 2S.
Weary' of the gay whirl of society
and face to face as she believed with
years of physical suffering, Mrs.
Pierre Loriilard. Jr., aged 49, wife of
the tobacco magnate, committed sui
cide at her home in this city today.
Her tragic death shocked the social
circles of the capital as has nothing
else in years.
A butler in the Loriilard residence
detected an odor of gas this morning.
The smell of gas was traced to Mrs.
Lorillard's apartment! and on enter
ing the butler waa horrified on behold
ing the body of his mistress stretched
lifeless on the floor of her bathroom.
The alarm brought Loriilard from his
apartments. Servants were dispatch
ed for a doctor while, Loriilard at
tempted to revive his wife. Two phy
sicians vainly used every scientific
method to restore life. Extreme re
ticence is being maintained by the
Loriilard family and all others who
possess information concerning her
sudden death. AH inquirjes were met
with the response that Mrs. Loriilard
did not commit suicide but that she
had died of heart failure.
Mrs. Loriilard left a letter which
the coroner has seen but which Mr..
Loriilard declines to make public. It
is understood it contained no declara
tion of the intention to commit sui
cide. Mrs. LoHBard was seemingly in the
best of spirits last night. Her bed
had the appearance of not being occu
pied, she had disrobed and when the
body was found it was clothed In a
dressing gown. Before her marriage
Mrs. Loriilard was Miss Caroline J
Hamilton. She is survived by two
sons. ...... i -
WREELAND SAYS WHAT HE
DONE WAS IN INTEREST
OF GREAT INDUSTRY,
WASHINGTON, D C, March 25.
The voluntary 'admission by Vrce-
land that he is to some extent respon
sible for retaining in the Payne tar
iff bill the counterveiling duty on oil
was the climax of today's tariff dis
cussion in the House. Vreeland
had heard various insinuations that
the duty which some characterized as
a "joke" was to'be levied solely in the
interest of the Standard Oil Com
pany. This he denied and explained
his action was in response to requests
from thousands of oil producing men
in behalf of 400,000 men engaged in
the same business. Numerous speech
es made by Democrats whose argu
ments were for a tariff for revenue
only, while Republicans attacked such
schedules as those on wool, ' wood
pulp and print paper. The House
adjourned until tomorrow when, ac
cording to a general understanding, a
decision wiil be reached to meet at 1
o'clock and remain in session until
five when a recess will be taken until
8. The debate will continue three
.hours at night.
TWO ENGINEERS KILLED.
Southern Pacific Lose Two Men by
ASHLAND, Or., March 25.-C. C.
Scott, a Southern Pacific locomotive
engineer between Ashland and Duns
muir, and in the employ of the com
pany for nine years past, was ground
to death beneath a monster locomo
tive last night about 9 o'clock in the
yards at Ashland. His body was lit
erally torn to shreds. He had come
in from his run, turned bit engine
over to a yardman and started for the
roundhouse for something, when he
was caught under one of the locomo
tives that was just being housed. He
was aged 48 years and a widower
with four children. ,
An engineer on the S- P. steam
shovel operating in the. Siskiyout
south of Ashland was crushed , to
death yesterday afternoon. His name
was Genshall, and he is not known
here. The Coroner is making an in
BtfiK ROSBBI CONFESS
ES u ira
HELPED TO ROB PORTLAND
EAST SIDE BANK LAST
PORTLAND, March 25--Claud V.
Wells, who was arrested some weeks
ago in Tacoma and brought to this
city to answer to the charge of par
ticipating in the east side bank rob
bery on December 14, last. " today
made a confession to Sheriff Robert
L. Stevens, who was mainly responsi
ble for running Wells down. After
the confession Wells was taken before
the circuit court where he pleaded
guilty. Iri consideration of his being
instrumental in securing a return of
part of the stolen money, Wells was
sentenced to an indeterminate impris
onment in the penitentiary of from
one to seven years. Wells in his con
fession maintains that he was not one
of those who actually robbed the bank
but stood outside and was given $5100
of the loot. He says he stayed in
Portland several days, during which
time he changed several f 100
bills. It was one ofthese which di
rected suspicion towards him. From
here he went to Ogden, mailing be
fore his departure $2400 as third
class matter directed to "Charles L.
Price." At Ogden he applied for his
mail, but supposed something was
wrong fjom the postofhee clerics ac
tion and ran out of the postoffice. He
went to Wood's Cross, then back to
Ogden and Salt Lake, from there to
Butte and Helena, next to Seattle and
finally winding up at Tacoma where
he was arrested. ,
WILL TRY HASKELL.
MUSKOGEE, Okla., March 25.
Judge John A. Marshall. United
States judge for the District of Utah,
has been designated by Judge San
born of United States circuit court of
appeals to preside at the trial of
the cases against Governor Haskell
and other Oktahomaians for town lot
frauds. " ' '' ' '
CRAZY PEOPLE ARE
COMING TO OREGON
Emery's and Jap Lover on Way to Portland Where
They Will Meet Warm Reception
SACRAMENTO, Cal.. March 25.
Miss Helen Gladys Emery, her moth
er and Gunjiro Aoki, the former's
Japanese affianced, passed through
Sacramento at midnight on the Ore
gon Express. They held tickets for
Portland and declared their troubles
would end there. Further than that,
they made no statement. There was
no demonstration at the railroad de
pot. The train remained here but a
few minutes. The party should ar
rive in Portland tomorrow morning.
Battle Takes Place Between "De
puiies and Hundred Negroes
With Fatal Results
DEAD AND KANY WOUNDED
Negroes Refused to Let the Officers
Search Houses For Cattle thieves
and Fire on Posse, Which Fire is
Returned With Telling Effect
GUTHRIE, Okla., March 25.-AI
Hickory Settlement today three ne
gro were killed, five injured, and 41
captured in a battle between 20 depu
ties and a hundred negroes. The fight
ing began late Wednesday and con
tinued" until 10 o'clock this morning.
A posse of five deputies went to the
negro settlement to arrest some
cattle thieves thought to be concealed
in the negroe's house. The deputies
were met at the outer edge of the
camp by a party of armed negroes
who refused to allow them to enter.
The deputies persisted, were fired on
'and retired. ,
A few hours after the first clash a
larger posse reached the settlement.
Someone fired and the rioting was on.
When night fell the excitement in
creased and the negroes roamed
through the woods firing their guns
and yelling. The fight continued as
a series of duels throughout .the
night. The negroes barricaded them
selves in huts and could not be dis
lodged. At daybreak the firing ceas
ed and neither party made another
move until 10 o'clock when the depu
ties renewed the attack. About 300
shots were fired in the last encounter.
Three negroes, were killed and Deputy
Bowler wa9 wounded. At the first on
slaught the negroes were dislodged
and fled. . ,.
NEW YORK. March 26.-The
scarcity of competent wireless opera
tors was emphasized in Hoboken, N
J., yesterday when, authorities of the
North German Lloyd line made fran
tic endeavors to obtain the release of
Kort Schleder, operator on the
Steamer Frederick Wilhelm who was
arrested in Hoboken yesterday on . a
charge of exhibiting a postal m the
streets.. Jack Binns, the hero of the
Republic disaster,, was sent by the
Marconi Company to plead for Sch
leder, but the magistrate declined to
fine the offender and ordered that he
be Vocked up till the grand jury could
hear his case. A representative, of
the North German Lloyd said that
C-M.Wc Hrtpntinn nrohiihlv would
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ean that the Friederick Wilhelm
j will sail unprotected by a wireless
j operator, but the court remained ob
durate. : M - , :
PORTLAND, March 25. In leav
ing California for Oregon, with the
intention of being married, it is evi
dent from the determination of the
District Attorney's office, that Miss
Helen G. Emery and her Japanese
fiance, Aoki, are hopping from the
frying-pan into the fire. It is an
nounced that in case their appearance
in Portland causes public commotion,
not only Miss Emery and the Jap, but
the mother of the infatuated girl will
be placed under arrest.