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Thursday, enow; southerly winds.
VOL. II. NO. 271.
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"I Will Not Let the Matter' Drop with
the Fishbeck Case," Declares
i the District Attorney
Will Proceed . on His Own Initiative Claim of
Mrs Minnie Fishbeck for $165 Lost by Her
- Husband Will Stir Up a Storm
"I shall not - let the matter
drop with this case. The dis
trict attorney has power to pro
ceed - on ' his own - initiative
against the gamblers, and I shall
exercise that t power." District
'Attorney John Manning.
When the question" was puj squarely
to him this afternoon, District Attorney
John Manning Bald:
"I shall not let the matter drop with
the Fishbeck case. The district attor
ney has the power to take the Initiative
in cases against the gamblers and I
hall exercise that power. I have al
ways stood -iready to take up any case
that la brought to me In- good faith,' and
have pever refused' to issue a warrant
under these circumstances,"
Previously the district attorney made
this statement:
"I have no Interest In the case further
than to see a poor woman get justice. She
has lost her money through the short
comings of her husband, and It is only
right that if any consideration Is shown
it should be to the woman instead Of the
gambler. .-
"I have not singled out fcrlekson for a
mark to prosecute. Any other house
would - have been served In the same
manner under the circumstances.
"I have no desire to interfere with
the policy of the city tn the regulation
of gambling as it is up to the city to
-. control that as they see fit '
". "However, when a woman la deprived
of her money and comes to me to help
her recover it. and the owner of the gam
bling house tells me to tell her to go to
"hell, I could not take a back seat and let
the matter pass over. It has been cus
tomary In cases of this kind for the pro
prietors of gambling houses to make
good money lost. I have since learned
-that Erlckson was drinking and probably
not responsible for what he said.
"They can all roast me as much as
they please, but Erlckson will not open
his club rooms until the woman is paid,
that Is if I can find any way to keep him
ojosed." , ,
Mrs. Plshbeck's Story.
Mrs, Minnie Fishbeck,, gave. her. Bide
of the case, as follows:
"I had saved 1 185 by working as a
domestic. This sum I gave to my hus
band to make a payment on a lodging
house which: we had, arranged to buy.
He lost the money gambling. It means
iiiccn nrncnuiiiv
(Journal Special Service.)
, Berlin, Jan. 10. The Kaiser ' is
angered at government officials for their
failure to make preparations for such an
emergency as has arisen in Africa,
where natives are In revolt and he is
personally supervising arrangements for
rushing reinforcements. '. He has issued
a call for volunteers and several royal
princes volunteered among the first The
kaiser .refused them as. not desirable
policy, that ruling princes should risk
their Uvea
. The emperor will leave Berlin tonight,
traveling all night to be in time to
reach WUhclm Haven and bid his de
parting troops 'Godspeed. .
(Journal Special Service.) , ,.
Walla Walla Jan. 20. The body of
Mrs. Margaret Adams, a widow, aged 74
years, was found in the Touchet river a
short distance below Waiteburg yester
v day. She had been very feeble for some
'time and It Is supposed that she fell. in,
TFlve children survive her, --
(Journal 8ecll Berrlo.)' - .?
Sacramento, Cal., Jan, 20.-William
Glover; who Is sentenced to hang on
February 6 for a murder committed in
1'lacer county, has made-application for
a commutation of the sentence to life
Imprisonment. . The governor- will in
vestigate the case. -
.......... (journal Special Service.) ;
Laporte. Ind., Jan. 20. The Jury In
the Mrs. Rhoda Benham 120,000 will case
this morning after 12 hours deliberation
gave a verdict , for the defendant, and
anstalning the will.' The testatrix was
h spiritualist and the teffttmony showing
that the communicated with her friends
much to me as it represent months of
hard work, And as I am the one who
must suffer through the loss I have
SWOm tO BOme cnmnlalnta' In tlia.luiM
that they will refund to roe the little
fortune which means so much to me,
and surely makes but little difference
to a big gambling house. Mr.. Manning
Is being abused for trying to get jus
tice for me, I don't know anything
about the law and have left everything
to him. He has promised me that he
would try to recover -the money that I
hbvo iont inrougn no rauit of my own.
I don't want to do anyone an Injustice,
and don't have any further interest in
the affair than to try and recover the
money. . . -
The Storv that. Ir 1 all anlf ,1,
on my 'part because Mr. Erickson would
nut Hive me employment to run one of
his rooming houses, is not true,' J never
worked for Mr. Brlckson nor made any
arrangements to do ao. I for a time
wonted xor the woman who kept the
St. Paul house, which was afterward
bOUttht bv Erlrliann and f nnm hslr, .
modeled. I can show by the people for
wuuiu 4 nave Deen worKing that I had
the monrv an1 am an hnno,, nn.n
The loss of the money is a great blow
to me as I have' been laboring and Bay
ing for months to get together enough
to make a. navmunt fn rn intn
for myself. My hUsband was drlnklpg
ur uo wouia never nave tost the money."
Had Been Drinking.
The storv told hv M n.hwv
lows; ."I took $166 from my, wife to
mane a payment on a rooming bouse.
The man with whom I was dealing la a
saloon roan and did not show up during
the forenoon as agreed, to close the deal,
but left wor that he would be around
that afternoon; I Strolled about town,
and met some friends and took enough
drinks to make me reckless. drifted
Into Ericknon s to see some of the carr
penters with whom I had previously
worked, and made a few small bets at
'21," which). I lost. Thinking that I
would get even I made larger bets and
in a Yew minutes was broke. It has
been said that I did not lose the sum
of money that I claimed, but this I can
prove by men who knew what I had and
were present, when I lost It
' "The story that I was discharged by
Krickson is all a myth. I never worked
for Erlckson. I was employed by the
Wendllng Brothers who have charge of
the work of remodeling the Erickson
place. I was let out by them along with
five others, as . the work had arrived at
a stage where all $he men could not
work to advantage. - Erlckson did not
enter into the proposition."
(Journal Special Service.) ,
San Francisco, Jan. 20. The state to
day began the closing arguments In the
case of Mrs. Martha Bowers, who Is on
trial for the murder of her husband.
The , prosecutor bitterly arraigned the
defendant for hf aUirrA nalotinn. with
Patrick Irvy. He pointed out that the
mm naq. -nconiestaoiy proved thlit the
couple frequently drank together tn the
neighborhood saloons ni that
htm her watch containing the picture of
ucr .iiunimna, wnicn . . ne suDsequently
scratched out. He declared that the de
fense had failed In averv Una nt l.
deuce. ' -
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. xz.oxxd yrrxn two. ' A
(Journal Special Service.) .
X Grande, Or., Jan.-20. No' informa
tion has yet been rwelvAHf th mh.,..
a bouts of Mrs. Jt Wi Bowers and Mrs.
vnnora or Elgin, who eloped with W, T.
Hoaglln a few days ago. Mr. Bowers,
husband of one of the women, was in
this city yesterday, and afterward took
the train for Portland, Where he be
lieves Iks guilty partner-Is. Mrs. Clif
ford was deserted a short tfma arn hv
her husband, '
(Journal Special gervlpe.l
.Tan 9n - IkrinM T rtfu.M
iroy of
Detroit today secured the degree oil a
doctor of ecienee; being the first womaii
ever so honored in. Berlin. '
since their death by slate writing regard
ing the contest of her will was allowed
to go to. the Jury..' The Jury declared
that Mra Benham was sound mentally
and was not Influenced when she made
her will. This practically sustains the
fact that slate writing and other spirit
ualistic communication Is true and com
petent testimony, ' , ,
,6 K,
accuses ; .
Diplomatic Agent of Rus
sia Says Uncle Was
Unfriendly in Acts.
', (Journal Special Service.).
" London, Jan. 20. The Port Arthur
correspondent of the Dally Mall cables
that he had an Interview today with
Admiral Alexteff, the Russian viceroy In
the. far East, who spoke hopefully of the
possibility of arranging a i modus
ylvendi with Japan. The viceroy than
referred the correspondent to his. diplo
matic agent, M. Planchon, who empha
sised ' the impossibility of Russia's
evacuation of Manchuria, and said:
"Orders were given six months ago to
evacuate New Chwang and Manchuria,
provided the Chinese would agree to
my simple terms, but owing to the
Intrigues of the Japanese minister with
the Wat-Wu-Pu (Chinese foreign board)
these orders were countermanded." '
Planchon declared that the action of
the United States in "making a commer
cial treaty with China without Russia's
consent, undr existing circumstances,
was unfriendly and undiplomatic. Rus
sia, he said, would not open Mukden and
Antung under the present regime nor al
low consuls there. . If Japan wanted
Korear Russia would not Interfere, pro
vided other powers allowed It. . ,
Will Sue for Peace. ; v '
London, Jan. 20. The Berlin : corre
spondent of the Pall Mall Qasette wires
he is assured on absolutely trustworthy
authority that Russia has positively de
cided for peace and will answer. Japan's
latest note by complying with all the
Japanese important demands." Russia Is
now hesitating whether it should notify
Japan exclusively that it means' to have
peace or send a general notification to all
the powers. . .
i ; (journal Special Service.)
' ' Indianapolis, Ind., " Jan. 20. At the
United Mine Workers' morning session
the delegates adopted a resolution call
ing for appeals to different state legis
latures asking . the enactment of laws
compelling railways to pay -cent i a
ton on all coal, carried out of the state
and also for. operators to pay -cent a
ton on all coal mined, and miners one
half of 1 per cent of their : wages into
a general fund to "be used for building
and for the maintenance of a home for
aged and crippled miners,
(Journal Special Service.) .
Columbus. O., Jan. 20,-r-Colonel Brire,
superintendent of the Central Ohio pas
company, while attempting to shut off
gas In a trench this mornings was burled
by a caveln beneath 11 feet of earth.
Tfte gas caught Are from a torch and
the' entire' Are department battled for
hours to extinguish the spreading flames.
Brice was - unrecognizable when re
moved. ' .
Elijah H luxuriantly Quartered at Palace Hotel
Question of Alms Giving Comes ..Up with ;
' ' Things Not ; Answered,
' (San Franctaco Bureau of The Journal.)
' San Francisco, Jan. 20. James Alex
ander Dowte was at home this morning
in his palatial quarters at the Palace ho
tel. He refused to open his extensive
mall before eating breakfast ' and , re
ceiving a few. believers in his strange
creed, who listened to him speak of his
tour of the country, and of his prospects
of overcoming ' the so-called- prejudice
against him by the newspapers. .
Dowie is not a lover of newspaper
men, especially those of the ' press of
"damnable sensations," as he terms cer
tain Philadelphia and JNew Xork. publi-
xatlons. To reporters Dowie appears in
the being of his secretary, Arthur New
comb, and .will not hold conversation
direct with scribes. Only, the Dowieltes
are supposed to have a right to speak
with Elijah II. . .. :
"Do you think that Christ and his
disciples would travel in private cars
and occupy; expensive rooms at leading
hotels and partake of a 175 luncheon?'
was asked Newcomb.
"I don't know what Christ' might do.
if he returned to earth." was the ai
swer. '
When" pressed for a . definite ., reply,
Dowie'a secretary said: . , ,
"Well, I think that Christ, would avail
himself of the luxuries at 'the' present
day. Times have changed lnce Christ
was . on earth. ' Our business , requires
that Vt. Dowie should stop at this ho
tel." . . ; - : , -:-.': - !
zxoqtjois xvQxnmr. mat civora
- . (Journal'' Special Service.) ;
Chicago, Jan. 20. More- than 100 wit
nesses . remain, to be examined, in the
Iroquois fire case and It will require at
least another week. . If the coroner de
cides to call only' the important ones
the trial may close" this week, , Edwin
Price, manager of - "Bluebeard," was on
the stand this morning. His testimony
showed the. work of the Chicago build
ing inspectors in a poor light compared
with the' inspectors of other cities. He
laid all the blame on the'theatre man
agement and tried to: exonerate, Klaw ft
Erlanger. ;.. , : -Q:t i. ;
. (Journal Special Service.)
Washington. Jan. 20. The government
attorneys this morning in the - Macben
conspiracy' trial, launched into their ex
position an immense mass of 'circum
stantial evidence and great exhibits, of
ledgers, deposit slips, drafts, and stub
book. , ',:.. ,
JANUARY 20. 1904.
V'l-'a ..
Whenasked what , the nature of the
business was. Newcomb replied that It
was a personal matter and i refused to
explain.' ' ,
Dowle's secretary was then questioned
ae to what charity Dowie or his officials
had extended since they had arrived la
California ' ' ;- r
Newcomb said: "What charity have
you ever-doner ' -
He was informed that his interviewer
did not put himself on the same financial
plane that Dr. Dowie did, but also said
that newspaper men very often assisted
the needy. .
When-pressed .for an .answer as to
Dowle's .charity, Newcomb muttered:
' "Just what Dr. .Dowie has done in the
way. of charity Is a , personal matter and
I decline to answer, all questions con
cerning. It." ;..i7t.-;. f,-'
When asked the condition of affairs In
ZionyCity, Newcomb made the following
statement:, i - ;-r-V . '
. Things are- In a prosperous condi
tion. .Our enterprises, such as lace-making,
.brickyards and candy factories, are
doing well. t Our. property .is valued at
$25,000,000. There was no need of a
receiver being, appointed. It was all
spite work and. the receivership was set
aside in a few days. .Dr. Dowie did not
make a failure, of -his crusade in New
.York City. He, did . not , solicit fund
from people' In that 'city, nor in Zton
City, toihelp him. out."
Dowie , wlll speak , again tonight and
leaves for Australia tomorrow.
TAHOB. , (Journal Special Service.)
Chicago,. Jan. 20. Today was one of
the most strenuous. days, in the wheat
pit In recent-years. May wheat closed
at 92 oenls.. ? The i excitement at the
close was terrific. Armour was long, on
his line of 15.000,000 bushels and did
not appear-In the market until the ad
vance was already sharp. The advance
netted him nearly $340,000 profit on to
day's trading. The traders now predict
$1 wheats The advance today, was due
to the frantic efforts of the shorts to
get , to cover before the market . went
higher. . ; . . ,.",'i.-V"'..-'v-.:; ' ' ,.
, . (Journal Special 8rvlc. - " ' ,
New York.. Jan., 20. George Francis
Train's body will lie in state in the
undertaker's , chapel from o'clock to
night until 1:20 tomorrow afternoon,
where; children, workmen, and all will
be allowed to view them, i There will be
no public funeral ervice,
; . tn
Commissioner Boise Has
Left Washington and
Reports Success. ;
( Washington Bureao ef The Journal.)
' Washington, Jan. - 20 Commissioner
Boise of, the Lewis and Clark fair will
start for home today and the other com
missioners will soon follow. Mr. Boise
stated in an interview today that all
the commissioners consider Lewis and
Clark matters in excellent shape
and , are confident that the exposition
will receive full -recognition and a very
liberal appropriation of funds.
. Chairman Tawney of the house expo
sitions committee has Invited Senators
Mitchell and Fulton to confer with him
relative to the form of the report from
his ' committee,' ' Which may take the
shape of a substitute bill embodying
Mr. Tawney's views." He is opposed to
having a national commission, and fav
ors placing ' the control of funds ' with
the officers of the local corporation and
an official of the treasury department
He also opposes the proposition of a
permanent memorial building and favors
several minor changes In the bill pending,-
" ' . -
He has asked Senator Mitchell to
defer the passage of bis bill through the
senate until the house measure Is agreed
on in committee, and this will be done.
Commissioners Boise, Scott snd Myers
all state today they are satisfied that a
feeling favorable to .the exposition ex
ists - In congress . and that favorable
and satisfactory legislation will be enacted.-
.' ' - '.
(Washington Bureao ef The Journal.) .
Washington. Jan. 20. Senator Fulton
was authorized by the claims committee
today to report favorably on Senator
Mitchell's bill for the relief of G. O.
and I. N. Day, contractors on the canal
and locks at the cascades of the Co
lumbia and claiming $62,000 as extra
compensation- over the contract oh ao
count of damage to work by the floods
of 1894. -
A. wanderer, on the face of the earth,
Joseph M. L, Newell, if he but knew
It, is one of , three heirs to an estate
valued at nearly 18,000. and until he Is
found not one of the, three may touch
the property. .For over , nine , months
not a word has been heard concerning
the whereabouts of - Joaeph . Newell, al
thought his last address was, Crawford,
Neb. -'::-:.:.': : ::hh -i ' ' V'
Mrs. Bridget Newell, aged it years,
the mother of the missing man. died in
St, Mary's hospital at, Vancouver, Wash.,
January 4, 1804, of paralysis leaving her
property to h equally divided between
her two sons, Leo and Joseph, and
Clara Silver, the daughter, of her 'oad
The etnte consists of 4 lots In Santa
Rosa park. Kant Portland, and a house
and to lots ia .V ancouver. , The 'exact
Thoroughly Up-to-Date
all the Requirement of a Modern
- Newspaper That What the People
Say of The Journal ' '
Wooden Theatres Should
Be Torn Down, Say :
Report Recommends Many Alterations
to Bring ' Portland Amusement -Places
Up to the Require
ments of City Ordinance. .
The .principal feature at the-regular '
session of the city . council this after
noon la the' report from the special com-'
mission appointed to investigate the;
condition of theatres, halls, public build-
tngs, and other places of amusement or
public gatherings, with particular refer-,
ence to fhe safety of the inmates in case
of fire or riot. This report shows that
the Inquiry has been extended to only
five theatres ao far, arid the commission
desires further time In. which. to com
plete" the remainder of the work. ' "
"We do not. Intend to rest with merely
the theatres," explained Councilman
Bentley, chairman of the commission,
"bu will continue our efforts to ascer
tain the conditions in tenements, halls,
churches, or. any placer wherr there is
any . large , gathering of people. .The .
schools should also be looked after."
The findings of the commission with
ref those playhouses which have'
already passed under Its scrutiny shows
that many p' the ordinances are neg- ,
lected. The complete report la as follows-.
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. "'Tour committee is unanimous in the
Opinion that one of the first requisites
for public, safety in the city of : Port
land. Is a full paid, life department.
Should a fire, occur now in one of the
theatres It would be a matter of from
10 to 30 minutes before the extra men
could, all report .for duty. These minutes-lost
might mean the death of a
great many people,? and we wish to Im
press the necessity of a full paid lire
department. , i ' , 1
';., . Baker Theatre.
' "We find that the Baker theatre and
the Coidray theatre are constructed of
wood and. the only way to make them
safe or fireproof is to tear them down.
In the Investigation of the Baker theatre
we find and recommend the following
changes to make this class of building
ss safe as possible and to comply with
the present laws. Mr. Baker, the man
ager of the theatre, is ready and will
ing to make such change. We recom
mend as fellows:
"That the skylight over the stage be
mado larger and to open automatically.
It Is now operated by a man in the
files.- ' , .- -.
- -"That the. atajidplpe and hosereels
which are now in use be changed to
comply with the present ordinance.
"That the sprinkler system (which la
now being erected) be put in on separate
and independent water service from the
standplpe system and be automatic.
"Some minor changes in the aisle and
aisle arrangement of the Baker, which
we understand will be. made.
"That the fire appliances be submitted
to the chief of the fire department or
his deputy for inspection.
"There has been a new exit made from
the gallery to Third street, which "will
be a great help In time of need. ' ;
'That the exit on the -north side of
the building running Into the hallway be
made at least eight feet larger.
'That the posts all be removed front
the aisles.
'That two additional doors be put In
on the Third street front, with the cen
ter aisle straightened out. and leading;
directly to 41 and running down to a
point where there are no seats more
than six seats from an aisle, as provided
by the ordinances at the present time. 1
"That the stage portable attachments
snd the spot .lights and plugs jised on
the stage be made In accordance with
the national code of rules for this pur
pose. .. ..,'
That the-wires on the back of the
switchboard Be changed to comply with
national code of rules. Otherwise the'
wiring in the Baker theatre Is In good'
condition. ..
'That the door to the property room
.(Continued on Page Two.)
value of the property la hot known, but
It Is estimated to be about fK.000,
Leo Newell Is In Porilaud and is strlv
ing to locate his brother. 'The last let
ter I received from him .was dated
April 1. 190S." said he. "and was mailed
at Crawford, Neb. Since then my brother
has been completely lost track of. I
don't know what business he Is In."
Leo Newell le a Jockey, and during
the last race season was at the Ottklniid
track.. He attended his mother durlntf
her illness. The niece, Miss Silver, re
sides in Vancouver.
Mrs. Newel) was born In lrrhin.1 ari l
came to the Wllliimette valh-y tn
early '60's. Io Newell WrfH (.urn In
Portland' In 1X02. Ills father. )' u. '.
Newell, died here In 1S73. 'i hd .sv :'
have a half brother. th fin 'f i
father. Rev. I'nthcr Jtmt ,Vp"ll.
Is a Itoniun CtUuUo pi Unt If fc'.'U i i -Cisco,