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CHARLES SWEENY THROWS SUP
PORT TO SEATTLE MAN.
It Is Said Legislators Demanded of
Sweeny Large Sums for Their Votes
and He Spurned Their Desire— Piles
Signed Written Agreement Protect
ing Eastern Washington Interests.
The history of Samuel H. Piles' elec- ;
tion to the United States senate from
the state of Washington may bo sum
marized in a single sentence —Charles
Sweeny refused to be held up.
A few legislators demanded extrava
gant sums, and Mr. Sweeny declared 1
that he WOUld not give them one dol
lar. When his determination was
made known, his managers saw that
he could not be elected, and with his
consent opened negotiations with the
Mr. Sweeny said that he wanted
tern Washington to be protected in
any deal which might be made, and
his managers respected his wishes i
with the result that Mr. Piles agreed;;
to sign a written agreement embody- h
ing the following propositions:
First, that he would, if elected,
stand with President Roosevelt in en
larging the powers of the interstate
Second, that a commission bill sat
isfactory to eastern Washington* would ;
be passed with tue help of the King
Third, that Mr. Piles, as senator, '
would support the opening of the Co-j
Fourth, that he would stand with '
Senator Ankeny and Congressman
Jones in advocacy of an eastern Wash
ington federal judicial district, with
headquarters at Spokane. Also that
he would support an eastern Washing- '
ton man tor federal judge.
Fifth, that Spokane should speedily .
be made a subport of entry. '
After Mr. Sweeny had withdrawn
and asked his supporters to vote for '
Piles, the caucus sent for Mr. Piles,
and he signed the foregoing agree
ment. He pledged himself to carry
out every feature of it. Then it was \ '
that the Sweeny men voted to support
Outside of the written agreement
Mr. Piles pledged himself to protect
United Slate- Marshal Charles B. Hop
kins of Spokane. Mr. Sweeny Insisted
upon that. George H. Stevenson, one
of Mr. Sweeny's managers, asked that
Mr. Piles agree to protect Hal. J. Colo} '
and E. B. Hyde, respectively register)
and receiver of the Spokane land of-r
fice, and Mr. Piles consented. lie
also agreed that Postmaster Hartson '
Of Spokane be retained in office, and
reappointed at the end of his present
It was also understood between
Messrs, Piles and Sweeny that Senator '
Piles will Stand by B. D. Crocker, col- '
lector of internal revenue, in case an J
effort is made by Senator Foster or (
anybody else to dislodge him. It is '
claimed further that Sweeny stlpulat- '
ed that George H. Stevenson, who was '
deposed as head Of the railroad lobby
by J. D. Parrel! last April, shall be re- !
stored to favor, and that warfare on
him shall cease.
One clause, of the written agreement
which was signed was that Mr. Piles
and King county shall support Senator
Ankeney for reelection four years
hence. In the event Senator Ankeny
is not a candidate for reelection it is
provided that King county shall sup
port any^ man satisfactory to and!
agreed upon by the southeast combine.
Another feature of the Piles-Sweeny
agreement which leaked out today was
that the "_'S Sweeny supporters are to
be consulted in the distribution of all
federal patronage, including postmas- 1
ters, in their respective comities. Mem-;
bers of Senator Ankeny would stand
with Senator Piles in recognition of
the Sweeny men. It was specifically
stipulated and agreed that Representa
tive Peter McGregor of Whitman coun
ty was to have the controlling voice
with Senator Piles and Ankeny in all
Whitman county matters.
"I am pledged to support Senator
Ankony for reelection if he seeks the
office again four years hence," said
he. "I made that agreement long be
fore the November election. It was in
view of it I got the support of Senator
Ankeny and his following*.
Summing up the whole deal Mr.
Sweeny protected every man who has
gone down the line with him in the
fight. It does not appear that he asked
anything for himself. He has told
everybody that he is done with poli
tics, and that never again will he be
a candidate for senator.
Senator Piles Kissed by Ladies.
After the joint session adjourned
Senator-elect Piles held an informal
reception in the hall of the house of
representatives. The feature of the re
ception was his kissing of a number
of women. Nobody seems to know
•who started the kissing bee, but be
fore Senator Piles knew what was
happening to him ho was being liter
ally Hooded with kissing women. a
bunch of politicians stood on chairs
in the back of the room and howled
for three cheers for "Samuel Hobson
Career of Samuel Piles.
Samuel H. Piles was born in Ken
tucky 41 years ago. His father was a
lawyer. Before reaching his 2 1st birth
day he was admitted to the bar of
Kentucky. After that he removed to
Kansas, locating in that state, but
leaving it with the approach of hard
times. Next the young man traveled
to the west, where he worked for a
time in a railroad camp. Then he
drifted to Washington in 1883. For a
time he worked in logging camps of
the sound. Later he undertook the
practice of law in Snohomish, then in
Spokane, and finally went to Seattle.
There he became assistant prosecuting
attorney under J. T. Ronald. The part
! nership which he formed with Mr.
Ronald became one of the best known
law firms of Seattle during the 90s.
On Mr. Ronald becoming mayor Mr.
Piles became attorney for the old Ore
gon Improvement company, now merg- ,
od into the Pacific Coast company, for
which he has been the legal adviser
during late years. In the recent cam- ■
paign business men of Seattle, irre
spective of party, formed an organi
zation and insisted that he enter the
senatorial race, which ended with his
It seems settled that C. M. Steams
of Nev. Perce will be given a position
in the land department.
It is felt the construction of the
Spokane International Railway would
make Bonners Ferry a most lively
town. ' j
Sandpoint will have a large and well
equipped pleasure steamer on Pond i
d'Orellle lake the coming season. It
will be called the Eagle. 1
The body of Henry Miller, who fell j
through the Ice in Sucker lake recent- ; 1
ly and died from the effects of the i
chill, was taken to Rathdrum for i
Bessie Snow, or as her correct name '
is said to be, Cora Spicer, died recent- j
ly at Wallace, after having been in | '
a comatose condition for over LM hours. | ,
The doctor decided that her death '
Wai due to apoplexy. ■
Whisky was the cause of a tragic !
ending to a dance near Culdesac at 5
o'clock last Saturday morning. An
tone Broncheau, a Nez Perce Indian,
is dead, while his syaler, Jack Math
ews, a quarter breed Flathead, is at
large with sheriff's officers scouring
the country in search of him.
Judge Featherstone will soon adver
tise for sale the rifles which were dis
covered last summer by the sheriff i
when lie and several of his deputies
swooped down upon the premises of
Paddy Burke at Mullan. There are
over a dozen of the guns. They will
be offered to the highest bidder.
('. C. Titus, who has been the rep
resentative of the American Smelting
&Reflning company in the Coeur d'-
Alenea for several years, left Monday
for the main offices of the company in
New York. After conferring with the
officials Mr. Titus will be sent to Mex
ico, where he will be permanently lo
cated in the interests of the smelter
When Edward Rusk returned to
Coeur d'Alene city from a few hours'
business trip to Spokane Saturday ev
ening he found no wife to greet him
at the door. Passing into the kitchen
he found the body of his bride of two
weeks hanging at the end .f a short
rope. The handsome young woman
had evidently been dead several hours.
No cause is known for the deed.
Five hundred pounds of powder, ac
cidentally became ignited recently
while being transported to the face of
the workings on No. 5 level of the
Morning mine at Mullan, and burned
without exploding. A number of the
men working on the level became ter
rified when they were Informed of the
great amount of burning powder.
There was no way in which they could
escape, and they were compelled to
remain imprisoned in the tunnel until
the powder had been consumed.
Wants Free Trade.
Secretary Taft made an argument
recently before the house committee
on ways and means in favor of the
Curtis bill reducing the duty on sugar
and tobacco from the Philippines. He
contended that as the Philippines be
long to the United States, thereby im
-1 posing a sacred trust on this govern
merit, it is our duty to establish and
"tain the best possible conditions
Beckwith Is Seriously 111.
President C. T. Beckwith of the de
funct Citizens' National bank of Ober
lin, Ohio, is reported today to be in a
very serious condition. Beckwith was
ill with heart trouble ever since the
Close of the bank, and has gradually
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'. Severe Cold in Italy.
Severe cold is being experienced In
' Italy. Mount Vesuvius is covered with
I snow, and even at Palermo, Sicily,
-snow fell abundantly for the first
i time in 20 years.
mmm u\ failed
UNABLE TO BKEAK THROUGH
JAPANESE LEFT WING.
(imcriil Oyuiim'H I'osHlon oti Shukhe
Kirtr Wan too Strontl for the Kua
bluiih Intently Cold Weutlier l're
vuiled — Gtuerul Urippeiiberu Put
v KtruiiK l>efen»e.
St. Petersburg, Jan. 81. — General
Kuropatkin's attempt to break through
the Japanese left wing and outer flank
of Marshal (Jyama's position on the
Bhkahe river seems to have failed en
Field Marsha) Oyama, as at the bat
tle of Mhakhe river, appears to have an
■wered the Russian advance with a
counter offensive movement, but no
great disposition was shown t carry
the warfare into the territory held by
At the war ofiioe there is an inclina
tion to lay the chief blame for the fail
ure of the movement to a sudden
change of tho weather to Intense cold
(20 degrees beWwzero), with a high
wind, which drifted the snow and ren
dered it hazardous to expose the troops
to Damping in the open plain and also
impeded the transportation of guns,
supplies and the wounded.
The operation entrusted to the sec
ond army, under General Gripi»enberg,
was the capture of Sandepas, which
proved too hard a nut to crack, and the
Japanese, taking advantage of the
checks of the Russians, hurried up
their reinforcements and assumed the
offensive on tho Hun river as well as
along the railroad and the Great Man
darian road. The Russians, however,
appear to have been completely suc
cessful on the defensive, repulsing all
the Japanese attacks. Under the cir
cumstances, General Grippenberg de
cided not to press the attempt to storm
Bandepaa, which is situated in a fiat
country and therefore more difficult to
take by assault than in a hilly country.
Ownig to the Hat trajectory and the
enormous penetration of modern pro
jectiles, the capture of the outer line
trenches on Thursday entailed heavy
oasnatlies. There is no official esti
mate of the losses, but it is expected
that some thousands ou both sides
were killed or wounded.
The news Qf this defeat, coining at
this time, is especially hard for the
.The popular idea continues to be
that the advance 'was undertaken iv
order to divert the attention of the peo
ple from the events iv European Rus
LATE NEWS FROM OLYMPIA
Fair Commission Getn Busy —A New
Labor QommiMioner Named.
Olympia, Wash.. Feb. I.—The Lew
is and Clark fair commission has elect
ed E. L. Reber, a newspaper mau of
Seattle, as its secretary at a salary of
11 96 per month. The commission also
decided to tender the appointment of
executive commissioner to Elmer I
Johnson of Everett, who server! iv a
similar capacity at both the Pan-Amer
ican and St. Louis expositions. The
salary was fixed at $200 per mouth.
The commission has decided to visit
Portland Friday next and view the fair
grounds with a view to selecting a site
for the Washington building.
Governor Mead has appointed ex
iState Laud Commissioner S. A. Cal
vert as acting commander at the sold
iers' home at Orting. It is announced
that Mr. Calvert will serve only until
a permanent commandant can be se
( knrernor Mead also announces that
Charles F. Hubbard of Tacoma will
succeed William Blackmail as state
hibuor commissioner, on April 1. Mr.
Hubbard is a locomotive engineer.
Bomb Among the Cavalry.
Czentschow, Poland, reports that a
bomb was thrown into the cavalry bar
racks there and that many soldiers
were wounded. The act is supposed
to have been in revenge for brutality
in dispersing a workmen's meeting.
Other dynamite outrages are reported
to have occurred in the neighborhood
of Lodz, a gendarme is reported to
have been killed.
Choate Guest of King.
Ambassador ami Mrs. Choate have
returned to their London realdenct af
ter a visit to Windsor castle, where
they were the guests of King Edward
and Queen Alexandra a few days last
To Look After Jap Prisoners.
Thomas Smith, United States vice
consul at Moscow, Russia, has gone to
Medved to Investigate the condition of
the Japanese prisoners there, at the
request of the Japanese government
Weber Buys Zigfield Out.
I Florence Zigfleld. Jr., has disposed
. of his interest in the weber and Zlg
t field musical hall. N. V., to Joseph
Weber, his partner.
Colfax Is to have several new brick
hii incss I,Hillings next summer.
The noniination of George If. Stew
art as postmaster at Seattle has been
sent to the senate for confirmation.
The directors oT the Wilbur school
district are advertising for bids on the
proposed new high school building.
A mad dog was seen on a Tacoma
street recently. The animal spread
terror among the workmen, but it was
The wheat fields of the Big Bend
are thoroughly soaked by the recent
rains, and farmers are preparing for
Another one of Dayton's old timers
passed away at the age of more than
SO years, Julia Ann Killingsworth, who
had been a respected resident of that
place for 25 years.
The trustees of the Spokane irriga
tion association met in the chamber of
commerce rooms recently and voted
to ask the legislature to appropriate
(26,000 for topographical survey work
in this state the next two years.
Ralph Garry, the voting man of Hart
line who was arrested upon an alleged
confession of murder of Judge and
Mrs. Lewis s.'iid to have been made
to Edward Brusba, has been released
from custody and has returned to his
The rtinmr thnt the Oregon Railway
& Navigation Co. will build the main
line through Dayton and Waitsburg
after acquiring the Washington & Co
lumbia River railway's interests in the
Turner extension is emphatically de
nial at Walla Walla.
For the first time in the history of
many attempts to secure uniformity in
the fishing laws of Oregon and Wash
ington as affecting the Columbia riv
er, the conference of the legislative
committees of the two states have
recahed an amicable agreement that
promises to be productive of the uni
The reclamation service is in receipt
of information which says that the
interior department and the O. R. &
N. Co. will shortly reach an agree
ment whereby the latter company will
share the cost of the expense inci
dental to the removal of the railway
tracks in the Waphtuena coulee. An
agreement of this kind will Insure the
success of the Palonse irrigation pro
The mass meeting held in Klk'ns
burg recently was attended by L'^u peo
ple, mostly farmers, called to consid
er the irrigation bill prepared by the
state commission. A vigorous discus
sion of the bill war. had, sentiment be
ing divided. A resolution that the bill j
should not pass was voted down. Aj
committee of 12 from nil over the val
ley was named to consider the bill and
report next Thursday,
John Archibald, who lives 10 milt's
east of Downs, was found dead recent
ly, lie had started home from Downs
with a wagon load of lumber, pulled
by six horses. The supposition is that
t ho wagon slipped off Oak creek bridge
as the man was found under the bridge
with the entire load of lumber on top
of him. He lay under the lumber and
wagon ih Oak creek about eight hours
before being found.
DOWIE CAN NOT STAY DEATH.
Inroad of Sickness in Zion City Can
Not Be Stayed.
Mrs. J. G. Speicher, wife of acting
Overseer Speicher of Zion City, is dead
as the result of consumption. Her's
is the second death which has follow
ed a recent inroad of sickness among
John Alexander Dowie's chiefs and fol
lowers, and against which the prayers
of the "First Apostle" have seemingly
been of no avail.
The body of Deacon Carl P. Stoin,
for many years Dowie's chief of po
lice, is expected to arrive in Zion City
Stein died while en route to me Ba
hama islands, where Dowie is suffer
ing from chronic stomach trouble, and
his wife is desperately ill. It is said
that an investigation of the death of
Mrs. Speicher will be made by the
state board of health and the coroner.
Trains Collide, Head On.
A northbound passenger train on
the Atchison, Topeka & 'Santa Fe rail
road and an extra freight collided head
on at a point 20 miles north of Ard
tnore, I. T. One person, Guy Gossett,
fireman of the freight, was killed, and
several others were injured.
At Denver, Henry Wianand of Sioux
City. lowa, shot and probably fatally
wounded his wife and made an unsuc
cessful attempt to commit suicide at
the home of hit brother in law. Wian
and was arrested. Mrs. Wianand Lap
only a slight chance of recovery.
Two thirds of the coal extracted
from the mines at St. Etienne Is con
sumed in the department; the remain
-1 ing third is exported to the neighbor
' ing departments, to Switzerland and
to Italy. The mines employ about 19,
--i 000 men.
Of 6S samples of sausage examined
by the government analysis at Mcl-
I bourne, Australia, not one was found
■ unadulterated. In the so called pork
i sausage not a particle of pork could
MAN OF MANY WIVES, CAUGHT
John llncb of Chicago Accused of
5',!| liiuatiiy uud Murder.
New York, Feb. 1. — Johann Hoch,
charged with bigamy in Chicago, and
who, it is alleged, married 20 women,
has been arretsed. He admitted his
identity, although when first arrested
he gave the name of Henry Bartels.
At the Forty-seventh station where
he was taken, he siad: *
"I am Hooh, and a much abased
"How abased?" he was asked. He
had nothing to say.
He gave his name as John Joseph
Adolphus Hooh, aged 45 years, a ma
chinist, living at 6340 Union avenue,
Chicago. Hoch denied that he had
been married 20 times. He said that
he had been married only twine, and
that his first wife is still alive.
Mrs. Catherine Kimmerie, his land
lady, said he engaged board on Satur
day and had not been in the house 20
minutes when he asked to be allowed
to peel some potatoes fox her. Today he
proposed marriage, and she then told
In his room were found nearly dozen
new suits of clothing. In most cases
the tags had been torn from these, but
those that had not showed that the gar
ments bad been bought in western cit
ies, among them Seattle.
Chicago—Although the police hope
to convict Hoch of murder, the only
specific charges that they have against
him at the present time ar>i bigamy
and wife abandonment. From all ac
counts Hoch baa been married to 25
different women and .six of these have
died under circumstances which the
police declare to be suspicious. Those
Mrs. Mary Schultz Hoch, disappear
ed from Argus, Ind., in 1900.
Mrs. Hoyle Hoch, disappeared in
Mrs. Mary Steiubrecher Hoch, died
in Chicago in 1902.
Mrs. Lena Hoch, died in Milwaukee
Mrs Mary BcekerHoch, died in St.
Louis in 1902.
Mrs. Marie Hoch, died in Chicago,
January 11, 1905.
TWO MONSTER BATTLESHIPS.
House Naval Committee Recommends
Them in Its Report.
The house committee on naval af
fairs has decided upon the naval in
crease program to ho Incorporated in
the naval appropriation bill, providing
for but two battleships. They are to
be of IC.OOO tons each, representing
the largest type, and carrying the
heaviest armament and armor. The
vote by which the two were adopted
was 13 to 4.
The naval bill carries approximately
The bill provides for 3,000 addition
al seamen and gives the marine corps
200 additional noncommissioned offi
cers and 3,000 additional privates.
Rooavclt, Guest of Honor.
Philadelphia, Jan. 81. —President
Roosevelt was the guest of honor and
principal speaker Monday night at the
42nd anniversary banquet of the Union
league. The president came to this
city over the Pennsylvania road from
Annapolis, where he attended the ex
ercises this afternoon incident to the
graduation of the senior class of cadets.
An immense throng greeted Mr. Roose
velt at the railroad station, and he re
ceived an ovation on his way to the
Union league. At the clubhouse he
passed through two lines of cheering
members of the reception room, where
from 61:6 to 7 o'clock he stood and
shook hands with several prominent
citizens. The first troop, Philadelphia
city cavalry, acted as the president's
escort while he remained in the city.
When President Roosevelt arose to
make his address he was greeted with
long continued applause. Then the
enthusiastic assembly stood and sang
"The Star Spangled Banner," accom
panied by the First Regiment band, N.
Given More Power.
Washington, Jan. 81. —The house
committee on interstate and foreign
commerce, by a party vote, Monday
authorized a favorable report to the
house on a bill "extending authority to
the interstate commerce commission
to fix rates, increasing the size of the
commission from five to seven mem
bers, and creating a court of transpor
The bill is a combination of the
Esch-Townsend measure, with amend
ments taken from the Hepburn bill.
Banker W. H. Hunt Embezzler.
W. H. Hunt, who was connected
with the Pan-American Bank of Chi
cago, which closed its doors several
days ago, has been arrested at the re
quest of the Chicago police, who no
tified the New York authorities that
they had a warrant for Hunt on the
charge of embezzling $36,000.
Civil Service Jobs in Alaska.
The president has issued an order,
effective March 1, taking Into the com
petitive classified service all customs
service positions in Alaska, except
those restricted to the navigation sea