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VOL. III. NO. 248.
PORTLAND. OREGON. WEDNESDAY EVENING. DECEMBER 14. 1904 TWENTY-FOUR PAGES.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
LAND CASE POSTPONED AND GRAND JURY RECONVENED
TO INDICT. IT IS SAID. SOME OF THE BIGGER SWINDLERS
Prosecution Has the Land
Fraud Cases Put Over
GRAND JURY CALLEQ
TO MEET MONDAY
To Indict Men Higher Jp Before
Statute of Limitations For
bids May Be the Purpose of
Dnc more the prosecution of the
lnd fraud case, haa beep productive of
a sensational surprise. To the utter
amazement of the throng of witnesses
and spectator who filled the federal
eourtrom thin morning, expecting the
Sk ramencement of the second trial of
m A, D. Puter and hla co-defendants
a,j government moved a continuance
of thla and all other pending land fraud
oaaea "for reasons which cann.it now
be disclosed" until the April term of
court, and the continuance was prompt
United States District Attorney John
Hall then moved that the federal grand
Jury be directed to reconvene next Mon
day and an order to thla effect was
The postponement of the land fraud
prosecutions was wholly unexpected by
the general public, and even the attor-
reys for the defense had only an Inti
mation of the government a purpose.
Evidently the decision to ask a con
tinuance was reached at the last mo
ment for. active preparations for the
trial have'heen In progress and a small
army of wltneases had been subpoened.
Borne of them were brought from - dis
tant points, and only' a few days ago
the governments attorneys declared
their Intention of bringing the prosecu
tions to an early conclusion.
Grand Jury OgU Slgnlf loant.
But though there will be no more
land franf trials at thtt term of court.
the government has not aoatea tne ener
gy of ita efforts to bring to Justice
those who were implicated In the steal
ing of the public domain. The recon
venlng of the grand jury at this time
Is extremely significant. Many of the
witnesses brought here to testify in
the trlsl of Puter snd his confederates
have been notified to appear before the
grand Jury next week. It is well known
that the government expects to secure
the Indictment of persons who have
hitherto escaped the clutches of the
law, but who were deeply Involved In
In his address to the) Jury In the last
ease tried Mr. Heney plainly intimated
that evidence was to be submitted to
the grand Jury against C. B. Loomla,
formerly special agent of the land de
partment, and 8. B. Ormsby. formerly
superintendent of the forest reserve,
both of whom gave false reports upon
the fraudulent homestead entries In
township 11-7. He also declared that
George Borenson had been a party to
the Puter conspiracy, in addition It la
rumored that two members of the) stats
legislature and some other persons welt
known In the stats will be called.
It Is quits possible that the postpone
ment of the trial which was to have
begun today is due to the necessity "of
obtaining nsw Indictments before prose
cution is barred by the statute of limita
tions. It would be Impossible for the
grand Jury to hold Its Investigations
while the land-fraud trials are in prog
ress, as either would demand the en
tire attention of the government's at
torneys. Court Proceeding-. Brief.
The proceedings in court this morning-
were very brief. Judge Bellinger
had scarcely taken hla seat upon the
bench when Assistant Attorney-Oeneral
Heney arose and said:
May It please the court, for reasons
which the government does not wish to
disclose, but which are regarded by the
government as sufficient, we wish to
ask a continuance of the conspiracy cass
nd all other lend fraud cases for the
(Continued on Page Two.)
HUMBLE OIL FIELD
TURNS TO VOLCANO
(Jenraal Special Berries.)
Houston, Tex.. Dec 14. The Humble
II fields. 17 miles north of this city,
are a total wreck, due to subterranean
convulsions, which turned the deep wells
Into veritable voloaaoes. Borne of the
atones, mud and lava wsrs hurlsd 1.000
fset Into ths air and fell over a territory
f a mile in all dlrsetlone. The d est mo
tion of property Is almost total and will
People fled from the field when ths
outbreak began, which was preceded by
a terrible rumbling, and sought shslter
as best they could from the rsln of stone
and mud. Claude, of phosphorescent
Turns Rising Market and
Puts Bulls to Rout
CALLS GREENE'S BLUFF
AND WINS A POINT
Copper Magnate Changes Mind
About Denouncing Lawson
When Latter Proposes to
Meet Him in Street.
(Special Dispatch to The Journal.)
New York. Deo. 14. Thomas W. Law
son turned the tide of the stock market
today after a very desperate encounter
with the Amalgamated-Standard Oil
forces and the prices at the close show
The following message, sent by Law
son to President W. C. Oreens of the
Greene Copper company, was ons of the
principal factors In the movement of the
'To W. C. Greene, on board 10 a. m.
train New York to Boston:
"Tour wire that you would be at my
State street office at S p. m. received.
As you seem anxious to do your business
In public I will meet you at the time
named in State street In front of tbe
Old Stats House and I herewith notify
you that I will do all the denouncing
that will be done.
THOMAS VT. LAWSON."
Thla message was handed to Presi
dent Greene jus as he was said, to be
on his way to the depot to take the
train for Boston. As soon as he perused
it he seemed to have changed his mind
of making a hurried Journey to the old
city and denouncing Lawson in nis own
Oreene Chang.. Bis Mind.
Mrs. Greene said: "I do not intend to
make a fool of myself and will not be
egged on by Lawson to go to him. I
was hot when I ssid it. The episode
is closed as far aa I am concerned"
Am h reault of the heavy nuctuationa
in the market of late the failure of the
firm of C. Schumacher, an old institu
tion, waa announced. The liabilities are
not yet known. It Is said however, that
Mr. Schumacher's firm was vsry long
on the stock directly attacked by the
The following table shows the losses
at the close or the market toaay, as
compared with that of yesterday:
Today. Tues. loss.
83 4' sj.s'M
Sugar Refining .
Rock I si., com .
Rock Isl., pref..
Canadian Pac. .
Missouri Pac. . .
Southern Ry. . .
nlon Pac. com.
Ontario sV West
The market this morning opened gen
erally lower, but It soon transpired that
the Amalgamated-Standard Oil Interests
did not propose to allow the Lawson
crowd to have their own way.
Soon buying orders earns in in large
umbers and there was a sharp advance
all through the lists. Amalgamated
opened nearly $1 higher at 65 and
early went to . On the Influx of
orders the stock touched Its high point
but a few seconds after at . but the
tide began to turn here and the price
fluctuated badly from 64 to 66 and then
back to 64 again. It finally steadied at
66. Near the close on Lawson telegrams
and the selling by his friends the mar
ket showed a sudden slump and all of
the early advance was lost and more,
too. Before tbe Standard Oil people
could recover Lawson'. friends hsd
smashed the price to 64.
At this point there was general sell
ing by everybody not in the combination
and the market closed at the lowest
(Continued on Page Five.)
vapors enveloped the Held, giving It ths
appearance of a whole town wrapped in
flames. Detonatlona like the roar of
cannon could be heard 10 miles away.
Derricks were torn to atoms and ma
chinery shattered Orsat fissures opened
In the earth and from thsm mud and
tapors Issued. Work wss In progrese
at five wells yesterday morning when tbe
The earth suddenly shook, sll the holes
seemed to turn thomaetvee wrong side
out snd ths deep wells .became veritable
volcanoes. Pipes that were l.noo feet
In the earth were hurled from the
ground and twisted to fragments. . m
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Two Scenes in Port Arthur, One Showing a Great Gun Ready for Action, the Other the Home of a Res
ident Riddled by Japanese Shells.
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John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Who Has
Under Orders from
Correspondent of Rome Paper Tells of Proclamation Issued by
Oyama Heavy Reinforcements and Guns Are Being Sent
to Port Arthur Assaults Are Apparently Abandoned.
(Journal Special Ssrvlca.)
Boms, Dec. 4. A Toklo dispatch an
nounces that Field Marshal Oyama has
issued a proclamation provisionally an
nexing southern Manchuria to Japan.
Ths dispatch also states that 6,000
Japaneae troops have been, landed at
Pigeon bay to reinforce the Japanese
attacking army at Port Arthur. The
reinforcements are supplied with a num
ber of quick-firing guns and new trench
Those facts, the correspondent says,
can be taken to mean but one thing and
that la that Stoessei's resistance Is
proving much mors effective then wss
expected st tho time of the taking of
201-Meter hill. It was then freely pre
dicted that tho stronghold would In IU
entirety be In tho possession of the
Japaneae before the end of the week.
The repeated losses sustained by the
Japanese In their attacks have led to a
more cautious plan, aa shown by the
qusntltles of trenching tools sent for
ward It Is not believed here In Toklo
that another general assault may bo ex
pected for many days, and perhaps
weeks. The Russian Baltic neat has
been so divided In ita sailing to ths far
east that tho Japanese are confident
that Togo will bo able to meet tho dif
ferent squadrons ss they come and .an
nihilate them with comparative ease.
, Bevolationi.te Bold tho Police at
Bay for Two Days.
(Journal Special ServFee.)
I. Pitsrsburg, Deo. 14. It Is gener
Gone to Europe for His Health
ally admitted here that revolutionists
promise great trouble should ths war
continue. The reservists are constant
ly receiving revolutionary prlntsd mat
ter, snd wherever drafts are being made
Ill-feeling Is shown against ths officers
The latest revolt Is reported from
Odessa, where on Monday the police sur
roundsd a house occupied by IS revolu
tionists led try a girl 16 years of age.
The girl shot at a police lieutenant
from a window and the house waa bar
ricaded. A slegs wss begun which con
tinued for 46 hours, snd ended In a hand-to-hand
Seven of tho conspirators wars killed.
Including the girl, eleven conspirators
wounded, two police killed and nine po
Many stops srs being taken to mol
lify the countrymen, and most of ths
provincial authorities directing tho dis
tribution of alimony to tho families of
men serving in the wsr havs decided
to regulate the positions of tho Urge
number of houssholds where there is'
no legal msrrlaga owing t the Busalan
orthodox church refusing to perform the
ceremony unless both parties aro of that
communfon, and to their being no civil
marriage In Russia.
In place of ths marriage osrtincate
the Zemt.voe srs accept log a written
declaration announcing ths partis bound
to each other, and prepared to proceed
to full marriage ss soon ss the law per
mits. The step was found necessary,
ss many families physically resisted th
tsklng of their men to the wsr until
their claim to support wss recognised.'
Many Jews who hsve been taken to
(Continued OB Page Five.)
TEARS TINGE THE
Former Wife of Mormon Apostle,
Now Dead, Tells of His
AGAINST HEff PROTE8T
HE IGNORED MANIFESTO
Gave as Reason that Woman
Was Engaged to His Brother
Who Had Died.
(Journal Special Service.)
Washington, Dec. 14. With tears
streaming down her faoe, Mrs. Fred
Ellis, a former wife of Abrsm Cannon,
an apostle of ths Mormon church, now
deceased, told the senate committee In
the Sraoot hearing this morning of the
plural marriage of her husband to Miss
Lillian Hamlin after the Issuance of the
manifesto prohibiting polygamy, and
against the protest of the wltneas.
At ths time of this marriage, the wit
ness said. Cannon had three wives living.
He gave as a reason for the last mar
riage that Lillian Hamlin had been en
gaged to hla brother, then deceased.
Tho witness said aho thought Joseph
F. Smith performed the marriage, as ho
went away with tho couple.
The couple returned about July 6,
18H6. Cannon was 111 and died three
weeks later. Shortly before death he
confessed hs had married Miss Hamlin.
Wltneas ssid he knew he had broksn ths
law of the church. "I think It killed
him." she added, sobbing.
PIGEONS ARE BARRED
FOR CARRYING OPIUM
i J. .uma I Special s,w ,
Ssn Rafael. Cel.. Dec. 14. Pigeons
srs classed as contraband at Ban Quen
tln. Guard Edward Watson did not
know this, hence he Is now wandering
somewhere In search of a new Job. Wat
son passed two live squabs through the
lower gats to a convict and Warden
Tompkins, upon hearing of ths affair,
called Wataon forward, and explaining
that even squabs might be full of
"dope," gave him Ma walking papers.
Tho affair haa created much ooment
and la .taken to mean that San Que n tin
offlclala havo discovered that "dope" la
being smuggled Into tho prison by
mean, of the pigeons sbout the prem
ise.. There are hundreds of plgson. within
snd without ths waits. It Is thought
ths pigeons are sent out of the prison
in boxes, and afterward made use of
to carry opium back to ths prison.
Pigeons have long been suspeoted of
playing an Important part In smuggling
opium Into the prison, and the action
of Warden Tompkins In discharging
Watson confirms tho suspicion.
XSABXBO OB OBAXB BVA
(Journal Special Barrio. )
Louisville. Kv. Deo. it -The Inter
state commerce commlselon met here
Ltoday to take up the charges of unjust
-discrimination and undue prererenee in
grain freight rates In favor of Louis
ville on shipments to and, from points
east, north and west of this city. Ths
defendant roads are the 'Norfolk A West
ern, Chesapeake A Ohio. Chloago Al
ton, Big Four. Mobile as Ohio, Louisville
sY Nashville, Southern, Illinois Central.
Baltimore ft Ohio, Southwestern and the
i Journal Spectal gal I lot. )
San Francisco. Doc. 14. An unusually
heavy earthquake took place at 7 this
morning and lsated several seconds, but
there waa no damage.
Succeeds Late Senator
Hanna on lnteroceanic
SENATE LAYS TIMBER
AND STONE BILL OVER
Senate Committee Impeaches
Judge Swayne Forter's Bill
for Rainier Park Improve-
(Washington Bureau of The Journal.)
Washington, Dec. 14. At the opening
of the senate today the announcement
was made of committee changea to take
effect December 16 and Senator Mitch
ell of Oregon waa given the chairman
ship of the lnteroceanic canal commit
tee to fill the vacancy caused by the
death of Seriator Hanna. tho former
Senator Mitchell stated later that he
is much .gratified at hla assignment as
the chairman of the committee, and de
nies emphatically that tl re has been
any controversy In ths matter or fight
by him to secure It. The committee Is
an Important one In ita relation to the
Pacific coast Interests and Panama
The change gives Mitchell tho committee-room
of the late Senator Banna
and the patronage of a clerk and assist
ant. Senator Alger succeeds him aa
chairman of the committee on coast de
fenses Senate raises BUI,
The senate today passed Senator Fos
ter's appropriating $26,000 to Improve
the Rainier National park, $6,000 to
erect additional suitable buildings at the
New Dungeness lighthouse station and
$6,000 for the Pattery point post light.
Congressman Hermann toaay went De-
fore the house river snd harbor com
mittee in behalf of hla bill appropriat
ing $100,000 for a dredge for use In Pa
cific coast harbors. Hermann says the
chance for favorable action la good.
Timber and Stone Act.
The house public land committee to
day, by a vote of 10 to 4,- agreed to
postpone the bill which passed the sen-
ste to repeal the timber and stons act.
Senator Fulton today recommended
tho appointment as assistant paymaster
of the navy, of Harry McConnell of Sa
lem, at present private secretary to jus
tics Moore. The appointment will un
doubtedly be acted upon favorably. An
other Oregon nomination today was that
of Frank C. JsWett to be postmaster
Swayne Is Impeached.
Perhaps the action of greatest" gen
eral Interest in today's congressional
proceedings was that taken In regard
to the Impeachment of Judge Swayne
of the northern district of Florida.
Speaker Cannon of the house this
morning sppolnted a committee of
seven to draw up articles for the Im
peachment of Swayne. and Palmer of
Pennsylvania was made the chairman.
The committee with Palmer at its
bead appsared in the senate at 11:60
o'clock, was formally announced, and of
ficially Impeached Swayne. President
Frye assured the committee that the
senate would take proper steps In the
premises In duo time. The committee
(Journal Special gtrrtce. )
St. Petersburg. Dec. 14. Raioneff,
who threw the bomb which killed Von
Plehve, wss sentenced to pensl servi
tude for life and hla accomplice. Slkortf
aky, was given 20 years' Imprisonment.
XTAXT SIOXTS T HE ATT
Washington, Deo. 14. The arbitration
treaty between the United States snd
Italy waa stgnsd at the state department
(Joaraal Special Berries.)
Pueblo, Col.. Dec J 4. A apeclal from
Grand Junction, Col., says that 26 in
dictments for election frauds havs been
found by the grand Jury.
(Joeraal Special Barrte..)
San Francisco, Doe. 14. Luther Bur
hank haa succeeded in creating a beau
tiful everlasting flower, whleh he con
siders his greatest achievement in the
floral line. It Is sn ever-blooming
flower, one that, after It has been,
plucked will remain radiant for all time,
winter and summer alike.
There Is a bouquet of these flowers
In Burbank's library on Santa Rosa
avenue. The flowers wore plucked In
the Burbank garden a year ago and
their blossoms have kept as bright snd i
fresh ss If just nipped from ths plant, j
Burbank srolvad the flower after oars- I
IN A PLIGHT
Light and Power Shut Off
Because of Fire at
SLIGHT AND SHORT
Dressing in the Dark, Failure to
Find Toilet Articles, and Walk
ing to Work Extent of
Portland took breakfast In the dark
this morning, that is In those houses
where the General Elect rlo company la
depended upon to furnish light. An
electrlo wire pole caught fire at Oswego
at S o'clock this morning and played
havoc with the city's forenoon, commer
cially and otherwise.
A blase which destroysd a lot of old
buildings la tho village was wafted by
the winds until it reached the pole, and
within a short time one of the main wires
was down. This thrsw the General
Electrlo company's entire system out of
commission and Portland was In dark
ness and practically without street ear
facilities until 10 o'clock firs hours
after the accident occurred.
The main power house of the General
Electric company la located at Oregon
City, and ths current la transmitted to
Portland over a large system of wires.
Only one of 16 wires was down, but the
management was compelled to out out
all on account of tho danger ths repair
ing crew would encounter working1
among them alive. The break waa a
bad one, a good deal of delicate splicing
being necessary to bring the separated
Locate tho leak.
Secretary 8. G. Reed at ones started
men to locate the break and remedy It,
and then turned his attention to re
lieving ths uncomfortable situation by
AH the power In the steam plant on
Twenty-first strsst was called for and
distributed among the places which were
fitted for that particular current. The
arc lights In the business district wore
kept alive and some of the street oar
lines were able to run. Thanks to tho
fact that the old City and Suburban and
the Oregon Water Power and Railway
enmpnmea have steam plants, the Waah
Ington line was not delayed for a great
length of time, and on tho east elds
there was no line Inconvenienced untQ
the bridge was reached.
Tory Hard on Boomers.
The larger hotels had their own plants
to fall back upon, but as a rule the)
rooming-houses were In total darkness,
and the early risers had to feel around
for their clothing and get Into It aa boat
they could Many a man and woman ap
peared at the office with uncombed hair
and an unfilled stomach. They had
walked down town. too.
At the big department stores It was
reported that leas than half tho em
ployes were on time, the explanation
being thai they had started from their
homes at ths usual hour, but had boss)'
unable to connect with a streetcar, and
finally had to make a run for business.
The Journal was without powsr to op
erate Its hugs battery of linotype ma
chines, which are run exclusively by
electricity, until after 10 o'clock, and so
cured the necessary current at that hour
only after Secretary Reed had shut down
the heights car line and converted tho
power to the office.
There was no serious accident as tho
result of the disturbance, but the
schooner Annie Larsen cams near run
ning Into the Burnalde bridge and
wrecking a span of the structure. Lumber-laden,
and In tow of the tug Norman,
shs waa coming up the river. The draw
of the bridge waa covered with street
cars, unable to move. The tug whis
tled for the draw, but to comply with
the signal wag Impossible, tbe front
wheels of one car having stopped on
the draw and the hind wheels on tho
mainland section of the. bridge. It was
a case of plunging the car Into tho
river to move the draw. Meanwhile the)
(Continued on Page Two.)
ful crossing, ro-crosslng sad seleettss)
from a hardy annual discovered la west
central Australia. He has named It tk
"Australian star" flower.
The fragrance of the flower Is pecu
liarly pleasing, the color a rose urliaasal
.hade, sometimes approaching
white. The flowers form In
graceful clusters, which will
their form and color In perfawtlon
manently, no other flower Is hay way
equaling It In grace and keeping quali
ties Full-grown plants aro assail gfS
foot high and the same serosa. If
water la required to