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VOL. III. NO. 244.
PORTLAND, OREGON, THURSDAY EVENING. DECEMBER 15, 1904. FOURTEEN PAGES.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
CITY ENGINEER ELLIOTT, FINDING HE CAN
WITHSTAND PUBLIC OPINION, STEPS
nnww ANn nirr
In Resignation, Admitting Incompe
tency and Carelessness in His
Office, Says He Was Victim.
Mayor Williams Characterizes Criticisms of Citi
zens on Departmental Inadequacy as Kicks
and Knocks But Accepts Resignation.
City Engineer William C Elliott haa
tendered hie resignation to Mayor
Oeorge 11. Williams. Mayor Williams
lias accepted the resignation, to take ef
fect Januury 1.
This action on the part of the elty
engineer la a climax to the Tanner creek
sewer scandal. In which Klliqlt, Assist
ant City Engineer Scoggln. Inspector J.
M. Caywood and Contractors K. M. Ulnar
Ai Son are accused of being Implicated In
one of the worst frauds ever perpetrated
upon the cltlsens of Portland.
For the past five weeks the city en
gineer's office has been under fire. The
members of the city council and the pub
lic haver been delving to the bottom of
the scandal, and little by little the truth
was made Known until the blame for the
defective worX on (ho sewer was laid at
the door of t'ne city engineer.
Although )e hus attempted to explain
nway the defects In the aewer and the
cause of the bnl work which has been
done. Elliott has been unable to do so to
the satlstautlon cf the city 'officials and
The city council was the first to take
steps toward the removal of the city en
gineer. On report of the council com
mittee of investigation a resolution was
adopted holding Elliott. Scoggln and
'aywood equally responsible for the de
fective work on the drain, and recom
mended that ttiey be removed from of
fice. It was left to Mayor Williams 10
Dught the experts whs hod invest!-
.... ..,., nrniiidiced. and
gated the sewer were prejudiced, and
that politics had much to do Will the
He appointed his own committee- of
experts and property-owners. who
brought In a report which clearly showed
there were glaring defects In the sewer
nnd that the drain has to be repaired
soon to stand the great rush of wator
vli.ii flows through it.
Still the mayor refused to take ac
tion, but Elliott, unable to stand" the
strain, deotdad to step out of office.
What course Snwam will take he re
fiiHes to any.
On November 2 the first stop were
taken by the city council to Investigate
ti,. Tnner creek aewer. Coundlmon I
Zimmerman, B. D. Slgler and H. R. Albee
were named for that purpose
ATTACK MADE UPON
Denver Flooded with Circulars
Charging Patterson and Teller
with Neglecting Duties.
ij.mrnal Special Service.)
Denver. Col.. Dec. 15. A political
sensation has been caused by the flood
ing of the city with circulars charging
Henators Patterson and Teller with neg
lecting their duties at Washington in
order to remain at Denver and fight for
tho Democratic "crooks," now en trial
in the supreme court, and calling1 upon
them to resign because of fraud In the
election at which the legislature that
h- i,t them to Washington waa chosen.
In a signed statement this morning,
Patterson says that Teller Is here be
cause of the -Mlness of Teller Junior.
Me chargesTh Republicans with con
spiracy to rob Adams of his seat, ateal
the. senate and packing the supreme
court for corporation purposes. He
concluded by saying that he could do
more good in Denver than In Washing
ton by aiding to defeat the conspiracy.
The supreme court thla morning re
sumed the hearing of the contempt
rases against election officials. Police
Captain Lee, charged with fraud In pre
cinct 2. was discharged because of lack
CITY ENGINEER ELLIOTTS
The following la the, resignation of
City Engineer Elliott, handed to Mayor
Williams this morning:
' "Portland, Or., Dec. 14. 1604. Hon.
Oeorge H. Wllllama, Mayor of the City
"Dear Sir: In consideration, of the
numerous criticisms now made ooncern
Ing the work of the engineer's office,
and the determination on the part of
some of our cltlsens to punish someone,
whether guilty or not. I feel that It Is
my duty to relieve you. and I hereby
lender to you my resignation from the
office ,of city engineer of the city of
Portland, to tske effect Jsnusry L i05,
or at an earlier date, If you so elect.
In tsklng this step I feel that I may
In Justice to myself make some explans
tlnns In defense of my character, which
has been so wantonly assailed, and my
professional quslirieatlona, which have
ieen an mercilessly criticised.
I first desire to nail ettentlon to
the volume of work which has been
that day to the present developments
have followed in quick succession.
On the night of November 11 Con
tractor E. M. Riner Was stopped by
Councilman Slgler from going Into the
sewer a rut making repairs. November
18 the investigating -committee held
star-chamber sessions and examined El
liott and other witnesses. On the fol
lowing day tlKi committee room was
thrown open and the report of the ex
perts appointed by the council enmmlt
tee .to examine the sewer was made pub
lic, showing retiring defects.
Walter 1 booms, who was foreman for
the contractors on the .lob, testified be
fore the committee Novemtw.- .:' that
he had accepted bribes for leaving de
fects In .he dials.
At the meeting of the city coc-ncll No
vember 23 City Engineer Elliott and As
sistant City Engineer Scoirgin were de
clared grosslys-negrlgent, and the coun
cil recommended their removal and also
the removal of Inspector Caywood.
Mayor Williams refused to act on the
recommendations, and December 6 ap
pointed another committee, consisting of
W. W. Goodrich and Q. Wings te, civil
engineers.' and R. It. Lumson and N. A.
Ktng, property-owners, to Investigate
While this InveettoHlon was takinir
place City- Engineer eilflott made the
statement that politics was at the bot
tom of the scandal. On December I the
mayor's committee reported, practically
contentions of t he
Jr.-TKfT ' , ' ' ' ' TVtT Xr .(,!
mayors acceptance tcajsy of tht
to take effect January 1.
There la already much guessing as to
Elliott's successor. Mayor Williams
ays he does not know. He Is the one
who makes the appointment, after which
It is confirmed by the city council. He
stated this afternoon that he had no
idea who will be chosen to fill the va
There are many efficient engineers in
this city who have been spoken of.
Among them are O. Wlngate, one of the
experts appointed by the mayor to Inves
tigate the sewer, R. 8. Oreenleaf. W.
B. Chase and H. D. Oradon, all former
city engineers; W. A Orontlahl. for
years connected with the engineering de
partment of the 8nuthern Pacific and
J. a. Kelley, a railway engineer.
BURLINGTON FAST MAIL
LEAPS FROM THE TRACK
(Journal Special Service.)
Chicago. Dec. 15. The Burlington fast
mall train jumped the track at Bristol.
111., at an early hour this morning,
wrecking the train, killing Fireman
Oscar Johnson and seriously Injuring
Brakoman Farrell and six others were
The cause of the wreck Is not defi
nitely known, but Is believed to have
been due to spreading falls. The entire
train was hurled out across the right of
way, as Its speed st the time of the de
railment was 45 miles an hour.
MINNEAPOLIS HAS TWO
MORE SERIOUS FIRES
(JnnriMl Special Serflre.)
Minneapolis. Dec. is -The Holy
Rosary Catholic church, the largest In
the city, was destroyed by fire at noon
today. Inflicting a loss of (0.000.
But a short time after the Lincoln
school waa also damaged to the extent
of 130,000. The children marched out In
r.lerly manner through the snroke, end
all were saved.
to rou c
(Journal Special Serrlea.)
Madrid. Dec. 16. General Aicarraga
today" confirmed the report thst he had
been aaked to form a new cabinet. Senor
Maura, the retiring premier, has prom
ised him his support.
required from this department under the
present administration. The present
rhnrter nearly doublea the engineering
work required tn street snd sewer Im
provements over what waa required by
former charters, The volume of Im
provements made have been four tlmea
greater than was ever done during the
ssme period of time In the history ofj
this city. Much of this work has been
of the highest class demanding first i
'ing the Morrison street bridge was alone
of Importance enough to demand the
entire time of a high class engineer, and
would have receive, such had It been
hulJt bv private corporations or Individ
uals: yet this work wns only one of
many almost equally Important.
"Personal supervision ef all at all
times was Impossible. I was compelled
to scrept the work of aaalatent engin
eers and Inspectors. M my of these
received their positions through politi
cal Influences, and notwithstanding the
.ifT. uS. uJ. -t.s . uf.M.rmSSBSaKm ift
An Applicant for Position of Minister to Japan, Switzerland or
Mexico Would Not Scorn a Proffer of Portfolio of
W -nvf iMtri,, inWf to inthe'
(Waahlngton Bureau of The Journal.)
Waahlngton. Dec. 1G. The situation as
regards H. W. Scott of Portland, Or.,
Is developing rather an Interesting phase.
Not only has It become apparent that
Scott was seriously considered for a
cabinet position, but It Is now known
that he had two strings to his bow.
Scott Is actually an applicant for the
position of minister to either Japan,
Switzerland or Mexico. The defi
nite mode of procedure adopted
by him in his apparently great
desire for a cabinet position wns
one of Indirection. It la not In line with
political policy of the northwestern
newspaper man's adherents here In
Waahlngton to go directly after anything
wanted, but to cloak It over with an ap
parent aim at something else.
Thus It came about that Scott In real
ity sought a cabinet position but In his
FAMINE AND FEVER
(Journal Special Service.)
Corpus fhrlstl. Tex., Dec It. Ma
larial fever and starvation la causing
more deaths In the northern part of the
state of Slnaloa, Mexico, than was due
to the plague when It ravaged that ter
ritory some time ago. Slnaloa Is In
northwestern Mexico, on the Oulf of
California. A correspondent from Myra
"Malaria and starvation continue to
devastate that part of Mexico. The out
side world) has no conception of condi
tions thatr now exist. The corn crop is
a total failure and for months food has
been scarce, but the supply Is now prac
tically exhausted. More than half of
the population Is down with malarial
fever of the most malignant type. Chil
dren are crying to their sick and starv
ing fathers and mothers for food and
dying of hunger before their parents'
Another correspondent, - writing from
the town of Quasave, says:
"For weeks scourges of malaria and
starvation lias been sweeping over the
town and surrounding country. Prac
tically no meana of relief Is at hand.
Unless provisions and medicines are pro
vided without delay there will be hun
dreds of additional deaths."
cvll service examinations which they
paased. moat of them were wanting In
practical experience, executive force and
Integrity of character that would qual
ify them for the positions assigned to
"Some defective work baa evidently
been done, and I have relied upon the
report, of the assistants assigned to me.
The repairs of the Tanner creek sewer
Is the one moat notable Instance. In
this case" the evidence taken before the
Investigation committee shows the most
remarkable conditions: The most diffi
cult of locations In which io build a
sewer; the necessity of completing It
within the shortest possible time: con
tractors who may have been avaricious,
to ssy the least; and collusion, amount
ing to bribery, between outside parties
and workmen, the sole pwrpose of which
was in a spirit of retaliation upon a
contractor who would not or- did not
Join s pool to extort a higher price for
the work to be done.
From the Duluth Newe-Trlbune.
President's Cabinet. '
open work was ostensibly after a minis
terial place. One of the humorous con
ditions' presented In this fight for office
Is the part being played by Congressman
Hermann. Scott fought Hermann bit
terly for many years but. with a re
markable change of affection and front.
Is said to have worked for Hermann's
Immediately on Hermann's return to
Waahlngton he too had undergone such
a great change of heart that he is ap
parently willing to sacrifice almost any
thing to aid Scott's campaign for a po
It Is barely possible that Scott, who
is now probably out of the running for
a cabinet place, add that, too. largely by
his own attacks on Hitchcock, may suc
ceed In landing the ministerial appoint
ment either to Switzerland. Japan or
Mexico. It Is a positive fact that he la
an applicant for the place.
(Jon real IpectaT Service.)
Hermoslllo, Mex., Dec. 16. The mili
tary authorities are In receipt of ad
vices from Mlnas Prletas telling of the
villainies of a band of Taqula that Is
raiding the ranches and mining camps
in that vicinity. A band of 60 savages
appeared at the Calaveras ranch, which
they sacked and burned, murdering the
proprietor and a number of employee. A
few who escaped fled to the Torres
ranch, pursued by the Indians Large
numbers of men are employed there and
hurried preparations were made to meet
the attacking party. For two days they
were besieged by the Indians, when a
volunteer force under Augustln Riviera
came to the rescue.
In a fight the combined forces routed
the savages, killing 16 and taking five
prisoners, who were hanged near the
ruins of the Calaveras ranch.
Later reports are to the effect that
Jesus Rondon and party met death near
La Colorado at the hands of the same
Governor Ysabel has dispatched a
force of 200 men to the acene and an at
tempt will be made to apprehend the
Indiana who escaped. The military au
thorities are alarmed at the many re
ports of Taqul depredations.
"These are facta known to the public
now. but not known to ma and not gen
erally known while tho work was In
progress. Ths result Is an unsatisfac
tory piece of work. I may have erred In
not giving this sewer my undivided at
tention during Its conatrncton. at the
expense, perhsps, of other matters which
seemed at the time more Important, but
It hss been an error In Judgment and not
cf Intent, and I am the loser.
"I solicited a Investigation of the
work, ar.d I can only express my sat
isfaction that the same has been made,
and that the Interests of the public who
were to pay for the sewer have been
"AnVHttnnal errors hsve been msde
from time to time by surveyors, com
puters, clerks and Inspectors, but these
cannot In fairness be credited to dis
honesty or negligence on my part. They
are In a great measure the results of a
system under which the departments of
our municipal service are organised
Sevastopol, Orvazby and
Unknown Ship Return
ONE JAPANESE BOAT
y REPORTED AS MISSING
Battle Incessant for Many Hours
Big Battleship Shows
Effect of the Con
(Journal 8pedal Service.)
Cheefoo, Dec. 16. (Bulletin) It Is
reported that a Japanese cruiser is
ashore on Yungchlng bay, ! miles
southeast of Cheefoo.
(Journal Special Service.)
Toklo, Dec. 16. It was learned today
that the Russian battleship Sevastopol,
wMch Is being attacked by the Japanese
outside Port Arthur, Is not alone In her
She is accompanied by a torpedo-boat,
the Orvasby, and a commissioned ship
whose name is not known.
Today the following official report
was Issued, showing that the affair has
assumed proportions of a naval battle.
It abruptly starts with the statement.
"One of our torpedo-boats Is aUU.jmlasv,
Ing." which Is taken as a clear indica
tion that the war department has re
ceived several prior reports, of whloh the
one Issued Is but a continuation in
The report continues aa follows:
"The remainder of the torpedo-boats
have returned in safety from the at
"The Sevastopol's bow waa yesterday
reported to have sunk three feet, show
ing that the work of our boats was ef
"From lr:M o'clock yesterday up to 8
o'clock this morning the torpedo-boa Is
kept up an incessant attack on the Se
vastopol, the Orvasby and the commis
sioned ship whose name continues un
"Details have not been reported, but at
9 o'clock this morning the observation
. . , ... ,,.(,. h. HevHstonol'H how
has sunk still further and that her tor
pedo tuba is entirely suoraergea.
Btassla Alarmed Over the Growth of the
(Journal 8peclal Service.)
Bt Petersburg. Dec. 16. St. Peters
burg is gradually becoming more and
more accustomed to military uniforms
In civil occupations, as many reservists,
clad In reglmentala, continue working
In the various banks and offices where
they are employed until their dispatch
'to the seat of war. Nearly a score of
prominent lawyer's have bean called to
the colors, and. pending their departure
for the front, are appearing In court
dressed In military uniforms. The
municipality of St. Petersburg Is losing
a large number of employes owing to
the general mobilisation. It has been
decided to keep their posts open for
these men until their return, and even
to continue paying part of their salaries.
Reservists riots are spreading over the
provinces and rending -the empire.
Wholeaale desertions continue In Poland
and the southwestern provinces In spite
of the special force of mounted frontier
guards. It la said that the refugees
gather at the campflres of the guards
and share their rations. The talk at
such conferences is said to be about
In the Caucasus, especially Georgia,
bloody collisions are frequent between
the peasant workers and the military.
Bight persons were killed "and msny
wounded at Batoum recently. --
The Armenians are in revolt In many
places,, and even from trans-Caucaala
(Continued on Page Six.)
These errors when discovered have been
sdmltted and corrected, but have now
been magnified to the proportion of
crimes. To what extent this la due to
politics I am willing to leave to the
judgment of the future, when the poli
cies and purpose of the present are more
"In conclusion I desire to express the
most sincere gratitude for the confi
dence In me which you have constantly
shown during the past weeks of perse
cution. Your kind regard and whole
some advice have been and will be to
me an enduring good. Your long and
.honorable csreer In the highest official
life of our nation, as well as your pres
ent position ss chief executlvs of our
city, enhances the value of your opinion
of men snd. us I am not conscious of
wilfully doing a wrong act by which I
should forfeit your, esteem. I shell
vslue It fsr more than I can regret the
criticism of those who are Just now my
accusers. Respectfully submitted.
. "WM. C HHJOTT,"
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H. H. Rogers, the Moving Force in
Standard Oil, Who Is Doing Battle
With T. W. Lawson on 'Change.
CANNOT BE HELD
Supervising Architect Through
Fulton Receives Appeal from
Chamber of Commerce.
OFFICE MUST BE MOVED
INTO NEW BUILDING
Possible That Additions Will Be
Made, However, to Meet
Needs , of the City.
Waahlngton. D. C. Deo. Mi Senator
Fulton and State Republican Chairman
Baker called upon the supervising archi
tect today with a telegram from the
Portland chambf ft commerce recom
mending that the pstofflce be retained
In its present quarters, which are larger
than those In the proposed new build
ing. Baker called attention to the rapidly
increasing business of the Portland of
fice and urged the adoption of some plan
to obtain more room.
The supervising architect stated that
the contract had been let for $(,000 for
the completion of the new quarters by
May 16, and that It is too late to hold
up the work. He will, however, take
up the question of possible additions to
the new quarters to meet the needs of
the city at least temporarily.
(Waahlngton Kureaa of Th Journal. )
Washington, Dec. 16. Representative
Hermann intoduced a bill appropriating
1100,000 for the construction of a dredge
for service In harbors and bays along
FAVORS STOW STATE.
Washington, D. C, Dec. 16. The sen
ate committee on territories reported
favorably on the statehood bill admit
ting Arisona and New Mexico as one
state, and Okianoma and the Indian Ter
ritory as another.
oauobtt rjr OATuro will
(Special Dianatch to Tht Journal i
Davenport. Wash., Dec. 16. Ellas
Rasch. while curbing a well yesterday,
was caught under six feet of earth,
which caved in on him. With vigorous
aid the young man waa rescued unhurt.
To this Mayor Williams lost no time
In replying, and the following la his
letter accepting the resignation
Portland. Or.. Dec 16. 104. Mr. Wil
liam C. Blllott. City Engineer of the
City of Portland, Portland, Or.:
"Dear Sir: I regret the circumstances
which have Induced you to tender your
resignation aa city engineer, because. In
my Judgment, In your retirement from
office the city of Portland will lose a
valuable public servant. You have been
city engineer for two and a half years,
and during that Ume more than two
millions of dollars have been expended
tinder your supervision In the construc
tion of bridges, sewers, streets, side
walks and other Improvements, and in
Lall these transactions, with a good op
portunity for knowing, I have seen
nothing to ralae a doubt In my mind as
to your high attainments as an en
gineer, and your perfect integrity as a
Buying Public Leaves the
'Change to Giants of
T. W. LAWSON DENIES
Personally Answers London Ru
mor of His Murder He la
Quiescent Today but Prom
ises Things Tomorrow.
(Special nil patch to Tht Journal.)
New York, Dec. 16. Although the sur
face of the stock market looks pleasant
enough to the ordinary observer, to the
Initiated It la a volcano which may
burst forth at any moment.
The Standard Oll-Amalgamated-Oreene
copper latereats had their handa full to
day. Bvery broker that the oil Interest
could muster upon the floor was told to
buy Amalgamated, but this did not avail
T. W. Lawson's enemies very much.
It Is stated upon very good authority
that practically nine tenths of the total
number of Bales of stock today were
purchased and sold by the Standard Oil
people Just to keep things from looking
It is practically agreed now err the
leading Onanctal men who are unpreju
diced that a crisis has been reached in
the stock market and it would not take
very much to send every stock on the
list to the bottom. The buying public
Is completely frightened off, as can be
witnessed by today's small sales and
the market cannot survive their In
activity long before showing a saver
lawson was oat today with his usual
messages, hot they were not so violent
aa formerly. His representatives, al
though In the market today to see that
things did not get away from them,
were not very active. Lawson promises
to do something tomorrow and every .
speculator Is anxious to know Just how
much of a slump that something really
XOght Oalna Today.
The following table shows the ad
vances at the close of the market today,
compared with the prices at the close
Amalgamated . . .
Sugar RHInlng . . 1 5
C. N. W. 203 M
Bt. Paul ley
lUlnols Central ..161
I. & N lit j
MetroDOlltan . . ..119
Mexican Central.. 20!
Missouri Pao 106
Norfolk A West.. 764
N. Y. Central 11
Ontario A West... 43'
Pennxylvania . ..114'
So. Pacific (1
Tenn. Coal 67
i nlon Pac 106
Steel, com "1
Steel, pref. ,
Sawsoa Rea.snree Meads.
Amalgamated opened 11.26 higher at
and fluctuated between that point
and (14 for some time. On active buy
ing by the Standard crowd It went to
Its high market at (, but a statement
by 1 .aw son at noon forced the market
down to 64. It was weak and very
fluctuating around this point most of
the day, and closed at 64 M. an advance
of 11.50 from the closing of yesterday
and a loss of 11.60 from the point when
Uwaon attacked It today.
The Lawson message was:
"To ray old friends In Wall street:
"Don't miss an opportunity to give
the frensled financiers all the Amal
gamated Copper they want. Remember
that opportunity only knocks at a man's
door but onca Don't fall Into Takes'
about my being short of Amalgamated.
I am 21 years old, anyway, and know if
(Continued on Page Two.)
"The clamor against you about ths
Tanner-creek sewer amounts to this
and nothing more, that In the multitude
of your duties and trusting too much
to your subordinates, you did not give
that sewer the close personal attention
which the msgnltude of "the work and
the circumstances under which It was
constructed seemed to have required.
This mistake might have beeen made
by any man In your office with half a
hundred oontracts on hand to look after
at the ssme tlma
"The kickers, -knockers' snd fault
finders, however clamorous or nolay
they may have been, have not shaken my
coaadence In you. because I know bet
ter than any of them what you have
done and the difficulties you have had
to encounter with InefBclenl suhefsa
nates and unreliable contractors.
"Your resignation is eoilgtss. t fast
fleet January i.
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7 62 1.37
a 1S8W .21
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4 161 l.oo
l 137 1.60
a 20 .37
fc 77 1.00
4 166 76
I 42 1.0
h 134 .62
4 77 .75
4 60 1.00
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