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Of The Journal
Tonla-ht ' and . Thursday.
warmer tonight; high southerly
VOL. III. NO. 255.
PORTLAND, OREGON. WEDNESDAY EVENING. DECEMBER 28, 1904 FOURTEEN PAGES.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
TREMENDOUS INCREASE IN
OVER BEST EVER DONE
Year of Greatest Pros
perity Closing for Port
. land Merchants.
CHRISTMAS TRADE WAS
LARGEST KNOWN HERE
Reasons for Wonderful Increase
in Business Just as Satisfac-
tory as la the Splendid
Growth in Trade.
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Portland haa established a new rec
ord for volume of retail business. It
wan made during the week ending laat
Saturday night. All prevtoua big rec
' ords were amaahed.
Six weeks ago there waa grumbling
boat the retail trade. The year n busi
ness did not promise to round out to tha
satisfaction of all. Today there la hard
ly a dissatisfied man to be found In
all Hie liat of Portlanda retallera. Tha
increase over any previous year aver
aged at leant to par oent.
Tit enormous business of laat week
haa placed tha year 1(04 to the front
aa the banner year In retail trade. The
hoflday revival began early In December,
and there were practically two reeka of
thla iMiatneaa. Laat Saturday waa the
great day. It waa the top-notcher In
the whfile hlatory of Portlands retail
trade. There are atorea In thla city
that did more buatneaa than ever before
by from $500 to 11, WW on that day.
One merchant's explanation of It r that
the combination of Saturday and the day
preceding Christina made It the greet
' When Chrlatmaa falls on Sunday there
te a full Week of atrlctly holiday ehop
pfng. aa the buying begins on the lion
day before Christmas. Thla season the
weather changed at the right time, and,
the people had money a part of the
14.000,000 that haa, hem spent In Port
land this vear In bulldln ODeratlons.
Interesting- Phases of tan US I
The Increase over the holiday business
f a year ago presents some Interesting
phases of the trade problem. There are
many Portland merchants who study
these question, and who can talk Inter
estingly on them.
. Here Is what some of them say:
William F. Woodward secretary and
treasurer of Woodard. Clarke A Co.:
' While there haa been an enormous
incresse In our holiday trade this year
over that of any previous year. Individ
ual purchasers have not been so large
aa they were a year ego. The aggregate
Inoreaae of trade comes from a very
large lncreeae In volume of buyers. In
other words, more people are buying,
but few of them are purchasing expen
' elve goods In our line. We attribute
this condition to two things the ab
sence of a large and flourishing sport
ing, element that waa In Portland a year
ago, and the fact that Installment home
builders are buying only what they need,
not what they want. There haa been a
vast amount or home-building In this
city during the last season These
hnme-bulldera are .husbanding their re
source, and when Christmas time cam
they Bought useful and Inexpensive
X OS of Gambling Melps Trad.
"I am not one of those who believe
that the -closing of public gambling
house hurt retail store trade. We
have h'td an extensive trade from the
gambling fraternity. A store friends
go they have been friendly to this store.
Whlle'the gsmbler who a year ago came
In and purchased a ftO gift for a friend,
perhaps, did not come last weak, the $(0
came Just the same through perhaps
a doxen channel Instead of a single ene.
The dollar a dosen wage earner spent
In gambling place a year ago, remained
In their pocket tht year, and were
(Continued on Page Three.)
NOISY LUNATIC IS
BEATEN TO DEATH
( Joarna I Special service.)
. Napa, Cel.. Dec. St. Because he made
loo much noise Joseph Louis, an inmate
of the Insane asylum her, was .beaten
to death on Sunday night by Attendants
Bhanahan and Retxman. Ixiuls waa a
Wig powerful man. some times Violent.
On Christina dsy he made a good deal
of not and two attendant triad to
subdue htm. He restates and the two
men lost their tampers
They threw Loots to the floor and
pinned him there, but were not content
with merely overpowering him. He must
be taught a lasson. So they rslned
blow after blow upon th crasy man
prostrate form and finished by staving
In hi rib.
While the man was hlpless and at
their merer they beat him with a heavy
sarajt on which, waa a bis bras buckle.
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United States Senator John M. Mitchell, Who Is Testifying Before the
Federal Grand Jury Today.
About Jen 'Thousand Dollars the Result of The Journal's Bar
gain Day in Subscriptions This Newspaper's Mall Cir--.
culation Now the Largest North of San Francisco.
In on of the large windows on the
Washington atreet atdai.ttfj.the Wood
ard & Clarke 'drug store there Is a sight
good for the eyes a display of about
110,000, In gold, stiver, greenbacks,
ohecls and money Orders, representing
the result of The Journals bargain
subscription day, December 24. In
other word, enough subacriptlon to
Portland's popular paper poured In on
that date to make up a total of between
19.000 and $10,000, which send all rec
ords shimmering down among the things
Last year, when The Journal was virtu
ally an Infant, but not without a reputa
tion, the same plan was tried. For one day
only the subscription price of the paper
waa lowered about to'per cent. The
result was more than satisfactory, the
receipts for that day, being $6,300. This
year, with a like reduction, even that
much was not expected from bargain
day, because the paper's subscription
list Hss grown so rapidly 'since then.
The wonderful result, however, Is there
In the window to be seen until 9 o'clock
Bargain day was advertised by means
of personal letters to 'agents and known
friends of The Journal. That these ex
ist In large numbers and in all quar
ters of the Oregon country Is demon
strated) by the postmarks on letters re
ceived In return. Subscriptions cairn,
from Washington. Idaho. California and
there la . scarcely a postofflce In the
state of Oregon not represented In the
collection now on exhibition, either by
money order or check. The amounts re
ceived range from SO cents, from an In
dividual subscriber, to $146'. from an en
terprising canvasser who knew a good
thing when he saw It.
In the unique collection these -age
checke of almost every denomination.
These, with bank note and postal or
ders, cover the entire floor space of the
Urge window, three or four deep, while
laid out upon glass shelves are piles of
gold and silver. The currency amounts
to about $2,700, th uotn total $3,000,
The autopsy showed that all but one
or two rib wer broken and great
gaah mad In the abdomen by th
buckle. The coroner' verdict charged
the attendants with causing death.
Both men have been arrested on the
charge of murder Rumor have been
current for some time of cruelty towards
patients practiced by narss and at-"
fendanta and a thorough investigation
by the etate commission Is probable.
Several year ago similar charge of
cruelty against the superintendent and
phyalclana In charge, which led tn a
sweeping Investigation and created a
political acandal of wide proportions
snd resulted In th public trial of Dr.
LaWlor and hi removal, Governor
Qage took an active part In the pre
reernngs. refusing to dlmia th super-IsMadanW
and the rest of the $10,000 Is In postal
paper or" checks, with the exception of
$200 In stamps. Needless to say, the ut
most precaution was used in transport
ing the money and the window ha been
watched all day by Plnkerton detec
A Boon aa the treasure was placed
on exhibition a crowd surrounded the
window. A good many pairs of aye
literally bulged at the light and ex
pressions of congratulation on th un
paralleled record established by the pa
per were countless. Some of the small
boys of Portland haven't taken their
eyes off the window except for lunch.
"Gee! exclaimed a newsboy to his
spee. i i less companion, "she gets the
money; eh. Jimmy? Doee guys knows
how t do blsnesa!"
The record of bargain day. 1(04, give
The Journal the largest mall subscrip
tion north of Ban Francisco and will bs
substsnttally Increased hy the registered
mall, which la usually slow to arrive.
There are several thousand names to be
entered upon the subscription books,
and the circulation department is
swam.ped. This work cannot be com
pleted within two or three dayB. which
Is responsible for the delayed arrival of
your paper. But The Journal haa your
name and address, and will send along
what you purchased just aa early a pos
sible. The following appeared in the circular
letter advertising bargain day and Is
now printed as a message to all read
er of Th Journal:
"A publisher of The Journel, I de
lr io thank you for the support given
this newspaper. We are striving to
mske The Journal a, live, honest, fair
and interesting newapaSer. snd have
succeeded, as proven by the strong sup
port given The Journal by the people of
the Oregon country. Irrespective Of
party. The Journal la free to say It Is
"read by the multitude.' and that It 4s
the paper of the plain people. The
Journal grows better as It grows older
and in 1905 It Will endeavor to be the
beat ever' among tn newapapi
'the Oregon country." "
LUMBER FOR PANAMA
TO COME FROM SOUND
(Joaraal Special Serrlee. i
Washington, Dec. t. The Panama
canal commission has awarded the eon
tract for I.I97.00O feet of lumber to be
delivered on the Isthmus to J. J. Moore
ft CO. of Sen Francisco for the price of
I6I.1S1.4I. The entire supply will corns
from Puget sound.
(Local lumber dealers had opportu
nity to bid on this contracfand the fact
that Puget sound dealers were success
ful Is tsken to indicate that trad I
brisker her. nd the local manufac
turer have uch demand elewhere
that they did not car to go down to the
low price of Puget sound lumber.)
(Joarna I Speetal Service.)
Vienna, Dec. It. Premier von Koer
ber. It I reported, owing to the difficul
ties that surround hi -position, haa de
cided to resign.
PORTLAND'S BUSINESS THIS YEAR
BY RETAILERS IN CITY'S HISTORY
Dread Disease Breaks Out
Among Cossacks From
MORE TROOPS RUSHED
Wants Capacity of Siberian Road
Increased From Twelve to
Fifteen Trains a
(Joaraal Special Service.)
St, Petersburg. Dec. 28. Dispatches
from Kuropatkln state that a disease
similar to bubonic plagu. thought by
some to be that disease, has broken out
among the Klrghls Cosaacka from the
Ural district. During the past fw
weeks 190 deaths have been reported
from thla caue, and th disease is
maklna raold headway in aplte of all ef
fort to check It.
Th plagu ha many of th symptoms
of th Asiatic scourge and prdduces
- .Iwnat h.fnra ftSMM sMhfaet ts MWBie
of affliction. Heroic sanitary measures
are Ming resorted to In order tn stamp
out th disease, which It 1 feared will
swsep through the army with terribly
fatal result unless Immediately checked.
The cold weather Is favorable to the
suppression, for such an outbreak In the
hot season would speedily be beyond
Kuropatkln baa again requeii as
many reinforcement a possible rushed
to his relief. He desires that additional
troops be eent him In order to make of
fensive" movements possible before
spring Bets fairly in. He reports that
the Japanese are steadily recruiting
their ranks with fresh troops, and ac
tively preparing for an aggreive cam
paign ss soon aa the weather moderate.
Kuropatkln suggests that the capacity
of the Trane-Slberlan railroad be In
creaaed immediately from tl to 16
trains a day. thus permitting the
speedier movements of troops and Bup
plles. A part of the railway la prac
tically useless for days at a time now
on account of the heavy snows which
block traffic, and the numerous slides
that hav come with the winter. Whole
regiments are engaged In clearing the
tracks snd using all possible means to
promote speedy service.
(journal Special Serrlee.)
London, Dec. . A dispatch from
ti ...t,. ,eu- atatoa that two Japanese
cruisers have been sighted off there.
and that a tnira Japanese warauip
reached Amoy this morning. The ves
sels are supposed to be pan or i ngi a
a.,.., ..nHv released from the block
ade of Port Arthur, and are thought to
be on coutlng net-vice from the fleet
reported to have been eni ouin io
meet the Baltic squadron.
EXPECT RELIEF SOON.
Fort Arthur OarrUon Hopes to Mold Out
(Journal Special Service.)
. t Th. rrwrt from Port
Arthur that Oaneraf Btoessel was Injured
by falling from his horse and tnat uen
eral Kondrachanko was killed Is con
firmed. General Smtlnoff la reported
ti,. k.inuhin Sevastopol has been
sunk In shallow water, her bow dam
aged In two places and hr steering gear
The garrison Is said to ne cneeriui ana
confident that relief will arrive before
March 1. ' It I said the army ha suf
ficient provisions to last through Febru
ary and til navy shout a month's store.
Only a few Junk bearing upplles
have reached Port Arthur during the
past month, and th prlc of food I
Authorities this morning published a
list of 13 officer killed and 0 wounded.
Th presumed casualties occurred at
Port Arthur. Naval authorities also
publish a list of nlpe offlcsr and 7
men killed on special duty, and It Is
surmised that another cruiser haa been
sunk or damaged, and that the offi
cers and men lost their live In this
manner. . '
(gpeelal Mspatrtl to The Journal I
Colfax. Wash.. - Dec. IL The farm
house of M. S. Scott and all It con
tent waa burned yesterday while the
family was visiting. The In la ft.OOO.
with no Insurance. The cause Is un
known. a at rouiou.
Journal Special Service.)
Washington. Dc. 17. Japan haa no.
tlfled th state department that mine
hav been placed a I Kelung, on the
northeast coast of Formosa. Shipping
lias bean notified. i
City Teachers fo Have
Ten Per Cent Increase
After This Year.
PROVISION MADE FOR
HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING
Taxpayers Decide to Erect New
Structure on Lot Adjoining
Hawthorne School, E. Four
teenth and Washington.
Portland will have a new high school.
This was decided upon at the annual
meeting of the taxpayers of the school
district laat night. It will b con
structed on the vacant lot adjoining th
Hawthorne chool i Et Fourteenth
and Waahlngton streets and.-irllI-eo
1100,000 or more. Fund with which to
build it will b ralaed by bonding th
. I tut T- I , ' I
Teacher will reclve an Increase of
ur,.vimutiv 10 our eent In their
salaries after January 1. The funds
with which to meet this increased ex
,.. -, the dletrlct will be secured
;.n additional tax levy of .
mu no nnnnalflnn to the Dro-
po '. v'gh school and no one raised hi
voice against granting the teachers an
Increase In salary Th dlculon
hinged -on the location for th proposed
high school building, and the amount of
Increase which should be granted the
Thomas HI stop of Beat Portland- wa
the champion of the proposed high
school. He introduced a resolution
granting the llrectora power to issue
bonds to build the high school on the lot
sdjolning the Hawthorne Grammar
W. B. Ayer presented the opportunity
for a heated discussion when he moved
to amend the resolution by striking out
the location of the achooL He thought
a more aultable location could be se
cured. Discussion on Location.
Whitney L. Boise spoke In favor of
piecing the high school near the Haw
thorne achool; th lot waa centrally lo
cated, and aa the district already owned
the ground it would be an unnecessary
expense to purchase land elsewhere.
Director H. Wittenberg made a plea
to the fathera and mothers on behalf of
the little children of the Hawthorne
school, who used the lot as a play
ground. "If you cannot do better," he said,
'1 say sell this block and purchase land
in another location, but do not place all
the children from the two schools In
such a small place."
Dr. Josephl agreed with Mr. Witten
berg regarding the space.
"Why leave this question to be de
cided by the dlrectorsr' he continued.
Why can it not be settled intelligently
at this meeting of taxpayers t The di
rectors were unable to come to a decis
ion on teachers' salaries, although they
were considering It for months, snd
placed the matter before us tonight
without recommendation. Maybe they
will not be able to decide upon a loca
tion for the high school. "
Mr. Wittenberg ttempted to apeak
again, but call for the original motion
nu( i.t ,.,o,.
The resolution ws adopteo, v. n.
Ayer having withdrawn hi amendment.
J. N, Teal moved to increase n
levy .. mill to provide for a 10 per
cent increase In teachers salaries.
Rnmnai t'onneil thought a 10 per cent
increase not sufficient. He favored a
20 per rent ra Is.
Favor gribstantial Increase.
Mr. Teiil anoke In favor of a 10 per
cent advance In aalaHea He argued
that the clly e taxes veer to be Very
heavy, amounting to nearly 1700.000. and
that the tax levy wouia oe orr '
ii.. r.,..,...i .. .iihatuotial increase, but
he was not In favor of laying down rulea
for the directors. Me was oi me- opin
ion that the director would use discre
tion reirardma salaries snd give sn in
crease to those -deserving It. He ssld
that with a 10 per cent approximate in
crease In salaries the grade teach-
. gtmm -l,..n, Ih. aitvinfl in WRtfes Was
meant, would receive what was due them.
i believe the grade isacners were
forced to ask for a JO per cent increase."
suld Mr. leal, in orovr nun nu iwvmbi.
. . ,v,.i. ..lorlai rmtauwl I do not
wuuiu ri ,i - -
think they asked for such a large ad-
vance on tneir own account. i ".
Increase In salaries properly divided will
be sufficient. It behooves everybody to
use Judgment In this matter. xne in-
...... in ih. amount of taxes dtlrlllK re-
Cent years Is greater than th Increase
In the assessed valuation oi prop-ny.
Dan J. Malarkey favored a 50 per cent
Increase He thought Mr. Connell'a
proposition fo levy an additional 1 mill
tax the proper thing.
Fair Wage for Hdnoators.
"I submit to you that the question In
volved la a question of fair wag to
tho who educate our children." said
ha "All other question are foreign.
.iConiluueu oa Pag His.).
Herman Wittenberg;. Who Made a
Hard Fight for a New High School.
WATER FOR DESERT
Of Projects Under Consideration
Contracts for Several Have
AGGREGATES MORE THAN
ONE MILLION ACRES
Cost Ranges Eighteen to Thirty
' Five Dollars, Average Being
(Washington Bursas of Th Joarna t. )
Washington. Dec. St. Great Interest
l1tmnK"tn1g ma tn the operations
of t he reclamation service under the
national Irrigation act. which haa now
been on the statute book about two and
one half year,' and th forthcoming re
port of the chief engineer of the er
vlce Is lookgd for with th pectatlon
that It will show that fair progress Is
being made toward actual irrigation
under government ausplcea. The report
will show that between 10 and 40 large
Irrigation projects have been examined.
IS have been recommended for approval
and contracts for construction have
been either advertised or let on six
projects, as follows:
Advertised or te t.
Truckee-Carson project In Nevada;
construction commenced September,
Salt river project. Artsona; construc
tion commenced November. 104,
Minidoka project. Idaho; construction
commenced November, 1904.
Hondo project. New Mexico: construc
tion commenced December. 1904.
North Platte and Pathfinder project,
Nebraska and Wyoming, proposals ad
vertised to be opened January 9, 1905.
Tha preliminary work of road build
ing and telephone line ha been under
taken also on the Shoshone project.
The reclamation project approved
contain n total of 1.1S1.000 acre of
arid lauds situated In Artaon. Cali
fornia. Colorado. Idaho. Montana, Ne
braska. Wyoming. Nevada, New Mexico.
North Dakota. South Dakota. Oregon
The total amount of money appro-
Vriated for the work on these approved
projecta Is fSl.S96.000. an average cost
an acre of 27 2. The lowest ' coat
shown Is SIS an acre and the high
The Salt rtver project Jn Ariaona com
prises lfo.000 acres at SS0 an acre,
amounting to IS.SOO.OOO.
In California the Yuma project con
sists of sr.000 acres, st an average cost
of SSI an acre, making a total of
The I'ncompahgre project In Colorado
contains 100.000 seres, at a cost of 48,
(00.000. or an average of SS( an acre.
In Idaho the Minidoka project of
,0,000 acres, calls for sn expenditure of
SI. 820.000, or SS sn sere.
(Continued on Page Two.)
S m .
(Joarsal Speelet Serrlee.)
I.os Angeles. Dec. JS. -Capt. P. K.
Fall of the British ship Lnadale. ISO
days' from Newcsatle-on-Tyne to Port
Angeles, tells s story of the rescue of
S oaetawaya who had been drifting
around Cape Horn for over a week. The
condition of the men wss pitiful. Tha)
tbln. emaciated Sailors wept for Joy
when rescued and aaveral were In
frensled condition for day. They had
abandoned the British collier Blvlon,
Late In the afternoon of October
a small beat waa sighted. While ra
tied to an oar waa waved frantically
aa the boat drew near faint call from
the starving man were Heard. Th hoat
contained eight men and had been drift-
last far at days. Pmvlalon wer
Uott tnat en
Senator Questioned as to
His Connection with
HERMANN TO FOLLOW
HIM THIS AFTERNOON
Federal Grand Jury Makes No
Concessions to Oregon's Sen
ior Representative in the
U. S. Senate.
Senator John H. Mitchell appeared be
fore the federal grand Jury today to
testify In his own behalf concerning
his alleged connection with the land
frauds. For two hour this morning h
waa before the Jury and he wag again
before them when they reconvened at -o'clock
this afternoon. - Congressman
Blnger Hermann waa notified that ha
would be the next witness called, as
soon a Senator Mitchell' testimony
Senator Mitchell's request that he be
furnished with a statement of the
charges against him, of th nature of
the evidence and of th name of th
witnesses, waa not granted. He wg
himself the first witness In relation to
the transactions which are supposed to
Involve him In the land frauds. No pre
vIoub tsstlmony having been given ntsT
to these transactions. It was. of course,
impossible for the grand Jury to com
ply with hla request, even had It been
The Dames of the witnesses to be
called and the nature of the charge
against Mltchll and Hermann are
.,i n Aaaiatant A 1 1 nmey -Oen-
I ,)IIV i, Ul.l, -
i eral Hny. and even the grand Jury I
Ignorant of them, except so iar mj
' -- Ai.nmA hv the testimony given
by Senator Mitchell today.
aTtrehT" Shows Ska Strain.
A few mlnutea before 10 o'clock thla
morning Senajtor Mitchell left, the Port
land hotel and walked, unattended, to
the postofflce bulldlne-. Reaching tha
big. bare hallway upon the second floor
hiiMinr he took his sent among
the waiting throng of wttneeses who
had gathered outsioe ins jrjiv.. "
dosen ranchers, farmers and timber
. h.n anbooenaed from
cruitssra shv ,,". - .
central and aouthern Oregon occupied
the chaira placed in tne ioooj, an" -fered
a Strang oontrt to th vener
.ki. ,f Oregon's senior senator
aa he took his seat among them.
Senator Mitchell piainiy
strain of the past few days, and the
- - - of those who spoke
to him were tinged with sympathy. He)
soon retired to tne compar.ii" i"i
oTThe United State, di.trtct attorney'
office, where he waited for the
from the grand Jury room. H. had noj
long to wait. Mr. Heney cam out from
he Juryroom nd Informed the aenator
. . , roa.tv to hear him.
Carrying a bundle of papers and letters.
to which he eviaenny
in his testimony. Senator Mitchell went
before the Jury.
It waa close upon the noon hour when
the Jury adjourned end Senator Mitchell
I Can Say sTothlng."
"I can say absolutely nothing," Mat
aid In response to a queetlon concern
ing the proceedings, "t am under oath
not to divulge anything that took place
In the Juryroom, and I have nothing;
whatever to say."
Th ordeal had evidently been a Wear
ing one. Senator Mitchell added:
"I do not wish So say anything what
ever, even though you aak questions
which It would be proper for me to an
swer. If I say anything It Is liable to
be construed Into a breach of my oath
before the grand Jury and the only thing
I oan do la to maintain absolute si
lence." It was after the conclusion of Mitch
(Continued on Page Two.)
UP AT SEA
strongest men when confronting
The men suffered severely from th
drifting about, ir they had not gon
Captain Fall decided not to leeve until
11 hope of rescuing the Others hast
passed. The Lonsdale cruised first
then west snd east It wa on th
ond day that they sighted another
tlon of th crew In vn worse
than the first These
s board aad given tha
The captain a gig
a aaaond search
up and tn