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WASHINGTON, IDAHO, MONTANA,
AND OREGON NEWS ITEMS.
A Few Interesting Items Gathered
From Our Exchanges of the Sur
rounding Country—Numerous Acci
dents , and Personal Events Take
Place—Outlook Is Bright.
John, the 2 year 01U son of John
Mattii of Astoria, secured some match
es, which he ignited, and set his cloth
ing on fire. When the boy's mother
found him the child was in flame?
from head to foot. He received injur
ies before the flames were extinguished
from which he died three hours later.
Fred Selle, aged 15, a trusty at the
Multnomah county jail, recently held
15 escaping prisoners at bay with a
revolver until his shouts attracted
deputies to the scene. Selle's atten
tion was attracted to the intended es
cape by seeing one of the prisoners
run from the door leading from the
corridor to the street. Suspecting
what was about to occur, the boy
secured a revolver and returned to the
corridor as tue others were about to
escape in the same manner.
Nan Patterson's third trial on the
charge of murdering Caesar Young
Preparations are being made in de
tail for the huge citizens' meeting and
basket picnic to be held May G in the
grove to the south of Echo.
Manager Guigan of the Alamo group
of mines. Alamo district, is expected
soon to commence operations at the
mine. The Alamo has been on the
idle list for some time past.
Mrs. Lillian M. N. Stevens, National
president of the Woman's Christian
Temperance union, and Miss Anna
Gordon, her vice president at large,
are making an official tour of the west
For the first time in 43 years Pen
dleton saloons were closed for Sunday.
The saloon keepers reached an agree
ment to close from 1 a. m. to 12 p. m.
Sunday. The coming session of the
grand jury in June is said to be re
sponsible for >.»e closing.
Wheat condition never looked bet
ter on Nez Perce prairie.
The town of Payette seems assured
of a sugar factory. Of the required
6000 acres, 1100 only remain to be se
The Kamiah townsite is to be sold by
the government May 8, and the future
of the town hangs on the result of
The appointment of John P. Thomp
son, the well to do farmer, having 400
acres near Moscow, as state Inspector
aid appraiser of farm lands, has been
withheld by Governor Gooding.
Dana Murdock was selected at the
preliminary contesi to represent the
high Bchool at the oratorical contest
to be held at Pullman in the near fu
ture, in which the schools of eastern
Washington will participate.
Arthur Anderson, a bright young
lad who was sent to the penitentiary
from Latah county for 13 months for
burglarizing a hardware store at Mos
cow, has been paroled by the board of
pardons at Boise. His time would ex
pire on June 22, but on account-of his
extra good conduct while in prison
the board decided to parole him now.
Although the sheriffs force nnd the
police department are working hard to
capture the cracksmen who blew open
the safe of the Wallace postofflce, the
men who committed the crime have
not yet been taken. A later check
shows that the safeblowers secured
$524.47, which includes $11 worth of
According to a statement presented
to the Shoshone county assessor, the
net profits of the Bunker Hill & Sul
livan mine for the last year were
$938,868. The Hercules owners also
reported their net profits for 1904,
which amounted to $430,418. Accord
ing to the sworn statement of manage
ments, the tons extracted during tho
year were. Bunker Hill, 318,122; Her
Ray W. Nannes, the Indiana young
man who was recently the subject of
a practical joke perpetrated by a num
ber of people at Lake Waha, in which
he went through a mock holdup and
who later suffered a nervous shock to
the extent that he was taken to a hos
pital and was then adjudged insane,
has been taken to the Blackfoot insane
asylum. Nannes is in a pitiful condi
tion and his mind is a total blank
as to his past life.
A number of Kittitas valley farmers
will experiment with sugar beets this
Grain sacks are higher in price. Cal
cutta product is expected to sell at
$6.75 per hundred.
Jamee Hamilton Lewis, former con
gressman from Washington, is now a
lawyer-politician of Chicago.
The Auditorium Grand theater, at
Tacoma. was damaged by fire recently
to tiu> extent of $5000 to $10,000.
Work Is about to begin on the new
Masonic temple at Rellingham. The
structure will cost between $15,000 and
Between 1200 and 1500 church people
marched through the restricted dis
trict of Tacoma about 11 o'clock last
The census of 1900 gives North Ya
kima 3142 people, but it is estimated
there are now over SOOO within the
A freight train ran over Frank Rol
tom while He lay on the tracks a few
miles west of North Yakima and he
was ground to pieces.
September 4. 5 and 6 has been fixed
as the date for the annual meeting of
the Washington State Press associa
tion, to be held in Spokane.
A. L. Stahl. a farmer near Barry.
Douglas county, recently caught a
large bald eagle in a steel trap. The
bird measured eign,. feet from tip to
A man supposed to be E. H. Minsker,
recently from Walla Walla, committed
suicide in Seattle by shooting himself
through the head in the business dis
Former City Treasurer George Hol
comb, of Everett, will have to stand
trial on the charge of having embez
zled |11,136 during his incumbency In
the office of city treasurer.
Commissioner Elmer E. Johnston of
♦he Lewis and Clark exposition com
mission for Washington has selected
for his private secretary a young man
who bears the name of Lewis Clark.
Miss Elizabeth Severance, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Severance, of
Spokane, was elected assistant editor
in chief of the Vassar Miscellany, the
college monthly magazine, recently.
The special election held to vote on
the question of bonding the town of
Harrington for $1.4,500 for the purpose
of buying the present water system
and franchise, resulted in its defeat.
Leslie Zadow, the 7 year old son
of Frank Zadow, a carpenter residing
at Spokane, fell into the Spokane river
about a quarter of a mile below the
falls and was drowned before he could
A passenger train struck a section
man a short distance below Ellensburg
last Friday. The trainmen put him
aboard and brought him to Ellens
burg, but he died as they reached the
At the final contest in fencing at the
United States naval academy at An
napolis, Md.. held recently. Claude O.
Rassett of Spokane carried off the
championship and was awarded the
navy athletic silver medal.
Four diamond rings valued at $1000,
property of Mrs. Frank Kimball, a
wealthy widow, stolen from the fash
ionable boarding house of Mrs. J. C.
Raines last March in Seattle, have
been returned to the owner.
E. W. Ross, commissioner of public
lands, has departed for Washington
city to represent the state in the pro
test filed in the department of the in
terior against the proposed reserva
tion by the state of land in Yakima
county for irrigation.
Federal Judge Whltson of Spokane
is in receipt of a copy of the recent de
cision regarding the sale of liquor to
Indians. It is stated that there is no
prohibition of the sale of liquor to
Indians who have a title to their lands
and all such cases will be dismissed.
Field day at the Montana Agricul
tural college will occur May 20.
The University of Montana has won
the interscholastic debate from the
Washington Agricultural college.
One of the largest and most harmo
nious Indian councils ever held on the
Flathead reservation has come to a
Kid Sealer of Spokane and Fred
Forbes of Whitefish, lightweights,
matched for a 20 round go, fought re
cently, Sealer winning in the 10th
Olaf Nelson, building contractor,
who erected many of the business
blocks in Billings, was killed in a run
away while driving from Billings to
his ranch, five miles west.
Advices received state that the in
terior department has withdrawn from
entry the Medicine Hat reservoir site
on the Blackfoot Indian reservation,
with the consent of the Indians.
The Montana Traffic association,
composed of representatives in Mon
tana of railroads operating in the
northwest, has been organized for the
purpose of promoting harmony among
The jury in the Slattery murder case
at Butte, after being out more than 72
hours, disagreed and was discharged.
Jerry Slattery killed a bartender nam
ed James Mahoney in a local saloon
10 months ago, after a quarrel over a
A deal has been consummated where
by David P. Morgan of New York win
take over the Bellis group of gold
claims located at Maiden. The prop
erties were well known and are con
sidered very valuable. The consid
eration is not known.
He is a wise man who wastes no
energy on pursuits for which he is not
CLIMAX ON WHEAT
WILDEST SESSIONS EVER SEEN
IN THE CHICAGO PIT.
J. W. Gates Crowd Failed to Corner
All May Wheat in America —Price
Dropped Nearly 12c a Bushel in a
Day—Corner on July Wheat Is Look
ed for—Millions of May Delivered.
Chicago, April 23.—One of the most
celebrated deals ever known on the
Chicago board of trade came to a cli
max Saturday. A daring effort by
J. W. Gates and associates to control
all of the wheat available in America
for delivery during the month of May
was apparently ended with a whole
sale sacrifice of prospective profits to
escape possible huge losses on ex
Incidentally there was one of the
wildest sessions ever witnessed in the
Chicago wheat pit. At one time prices
showed a loss of 11 a bushel for
the day, the price of the option being
driven down in a sensational series
of rushes to 98 a bushel. The clos
ing was $1, as against $1.23 less than
three weeks ago.
Scenes attending the day's startling
decline were such as are seldom wit
nessed in the world's greatest wheat
pit. Almost frenzied with anxiety, the
traders in the wheat pit, awaiting the
opening bell, huddled like steers about
to stampede. The sound of the big bell
was the signal for a mighty roar of
voices, a din possibly never before
equaled, according to men who were
preseni at the stormy sessions that
marked the most exciting periods in
the famous Letter and Harper deals.
Clothing was torn, hats smashed and
bodies bruised in the frantic efforts
to sell the grain. The gallery was full
of spectators, while the floor of the
board was crowded with traders and
brokers. The din could be heard plain
ly in the boulevard below, making
wholly inaudible the clatter of horses'
hoofs on the asphalt. The crowd in
the pit surged and pushed as the
break in prices continued, and mem
bers on the wrong side, in efforts to
oover losses, shouted themselves
hoarse, With perspiration streaming
down '.heir cheeks as they vainly
sought to stop me runaway market.
General opinion is to the effect that
Gates and his friends emerged from
the battle with but little, if any, act
ual loss. Gossip insists that they ef
fected an alliance with Armour and
other leading traders, whereby the
Cites party, while obliged summarily
to liquidate May wheat, on an enor
mnnf scale, wore nevertheless fully
protected by their prior operations of
the allies in both May and later op
May Mean More Gigantic Corner.
Another view of the situation, ac
cording to some observers, is that
the new group of astute speculators,
Including the redoubtable Gates, has
cleared Hie road for a still more gi
gantic corner in wheat, for delivery
■hiring July. The idea is that the high
price heretofore prevailing for May
wheat has induced a scouring of the
country by grain traders to secure
wheat to sell to the bull traders. l!y
dropping the price 11 cents a bushel
the speculators, assumed to be in con
trol, have made it clear that if the
country is raked over for wheat to
bring here they mean to buy it at a
figure of their own making.
More Drastic Than Anticipated.
The rushing of the price down, it
was argued, was more drastic action
than was for the monent, at least,
required by the Gates and Armour in
terests, the result being that they ac
cordingly jumped the price back to $1
The Gates party, it is said, had fig
ured that the movement to market
would be practically exhausted before
the month of May arrived. The fac
tor that is alleged to have caused them
to give up the deal was the steadiness
with which heavy shipments from the
interior continued, and the disappoint
ing, long drawn out dullness of the
flour demand, and the apparent uncon
cern of the millers.
Shorts had apparently completely
covered, and longs, little and large,
hurled their grain at the hands that
were closed against it. Nobody seem
ed to want May wheat above a dol
When $1 was reached the wild roar
that niarked the opening was doubled
But while the nearby option was
plunging downward there was a steady
movement going on in July. Brokers,
presumably working for Armour and
his associates, whether including Gates
or not, were taking on liberal lots of
the latter options. In one hour alone
it was estimated that these brokers
had bought more than 3,000,000 bush
This buying of July prompted fright
ened shorts to cover, they believing
that the Gates forces and the Armour
crowd had combined to bull the month
at the expense of the hard hammered
May. Saturday night it wan estimated
that 5,000.000 bushels of the May de
livery were unloaded here and at Min
LEAGUE BASEBALL OPENS.
Opening Game at Spokane Witnessed
by Large Crowd.
C. H. Williams, proprietor of the
Spokane team in the Pacific National
league, started the league baseball
season in Spokane last Wednesday
with a big street parade to mark the
Opening of the professional season.
The parade preceded the game be
tween the Indians and Reilly's Salt
Wednesday was (he biggest open
ing day in the history of Spokane. The
fame of Reilly, of th<> Elders of Salt
Lake, as a baseball manager, and that
of Matt Stanley, of the Indians of Spo
kane, is such that every baseball fan
in the Inland Empire that could attend
was at the opening game.
It is expected to run excursions
from nearby Idaho towns when the
Boise team plays at Spokane, begin
ning May iv.
The Ogden series starts May 3.
The teams in the Pacific National
league include Spokane, Boise, Salt
I^ake and Ogden. They will play five
games a week.
Visitors to Spokane will enjoy good
ball by attending the games when in
Death of Senator Platt.
United States Senator Orville Hitch
cock Platt of Connecticut died at his
summer home in Washington, Conn.,
his native home, at B:f>:s Friday night.
The end came almost unexpectedly,
the immediate cause being the break
ing of the abscess which had formed
in the right lung and which produced
On Friday. March 81, the senator
was taken with tne illness which prov
Orville Platt was for 24 years a
member of the United States senate.
He was 78 years old. He entered poli
tics in Connecticut in lsr>7, and for 15
years was prominent in the state legis
lature. Then he was elected to the
Vice President Fairbanks has named
the senators who will act as a com
mittee to attend the funeral. Among
them are Clark of Wyoming, Patterson
of Colorado and Carter of Montana.
Complying with the wishes of Pres
ident Roosevelt, Vice President. Fair
banks represented the chief executive
at the funeral of Benator Platt, which
took place at Washington, Conn., Tues
Hempstead, Tpx. , April 25. — Con
gressman John M. Piucknev and two
other men were killed at a mass meet
ing here called for the purpose of peti
tioning the governor to send rangers
here to enforce the local option law.
,T. N. Brown; Congressman John M.
Pinckney; Tom Pinckney, brother of
the congressman. John Mills, leading
prohibitionist, cannot surivve.
Doo Tomkins, private secretary to
Congressman Pinckney, and Hollin
Brown, son of J. N. Brown, are badly
wounded, but liow seriously can not be
There are many armed men on the
street tonight, but it is not believed
there will be any more trouble.
The governor has been notfied and
will send raugeis here.
Law Must Be Supreme.
Milwaukee, Wis. —Judge James Jen
kins, who recently retired from the
United States circuit court bench, has
written an article for the Milwaukee
Journal, in which he holds that a
peaceful strike would be like a blood
less war, and that only through vio
lence can a strike succeed.
With reference to government by
injunction, Judge Jenkins cites the de
cision in the memorable Northern Fa
cine case, restraining a strike, and
"The only safeguard of society, of
life and of property is to maintain the
supremacy of the law, whether it be
challenged by corporations, by capital
or by labor."
Prays for Receiver.
Helena, Mont., April 25. —The Jeff
erson Valley Trading company, one of
the oldest oompanies in the state, oper
ating at Whithail and other points in
Jefferson county, has been ordered to
appear before Judge William H. Hunt
of the United States c art May 1 and
show cause why an injunction should
not issued and a receiver be appointed
for the oonoern as prayed in the peti
tion filed by John E. Davis.
Olympia, Wash., April 25. — The
definite announcement that 11. A.
Fairohild of Bellingham will be a
member of the railway commission has
been made by governor Mead. The
other two members have not been an
In every quarrel the person who has
been the least to blame is generally
the most ready to be reconciled. —
NAVAL FIGHT RUMOR
JAPANESE SCOUTING DIVISION
BUMPS INTO RUSSIAN FLEET.
Rojestvensky Sailed North Last Sat
urday From Kamranh Bay and
Heavy Firing Was Heard All Day in
Direction 'in Which They Sailed—ls
Thought Japs Are Playing for Time.
Paris, April 25.—1t is believed here
that there was some fighting between
Admiral Rojestvensky's fleet and the
Japanese scouting division late Satur
day afternoon. This belief is based
upon a special dispatch to the Temps
from its correspondent at Saigon, who
caliles as follows:
"The entire Russian fleet, which has
boon anchored in Kamranh bay for
some days, sailed northward at noon
Saturday. Soon after they had passed
out of sight a vigorous cannonadiug
was heard in the direction in which
they had sailed. The firing continued
until late in the evening and is believ
ed to have been caused either by an at
tack on the advance guard of the Rus
sian fleet by a Japanese scouting
squadron or else an attack by destroy
ers on the Russians."
A later dispatch from the corres
pondent s.iys: "Four transports, with
troops aboard, arrived at Saigon on
Saturday. No one was permitted to
board them and there is no means of
finding out where they are round. The
captain of a coasting schooner which
arrived here late on Saturday night re
ports that he sighted a Japanese cruis
er squadron on Friday, and it is sur
mised that these are the vessels that
have been engaged with the Russians.
The firing previously reported is de
clared to have been heard by a num
ber of vessels in the roure that the Rus
sians took, and the belief is general
here that the Japanese arc doing their
best to harass the Russians, "and will
continue to do ho until Togo gets his
main fleet into position to give bat
Before the departure of the squad
ron Vice Admiral Rojestvensky vis
ited Admiral Jonquieres.
No Russian officer or sailor landed
from the fleet in Kamranh bay. They
had expected Nebogatoff'l detachment
of the squadron would arrive at any
Bank President, a Defaulter.
Millwaukee, Wis., April 25.—Frank
d. Bigelow, until today preKidont of
the First National badk of Millwau
kee, whs arrested charged with the em
bezzlement of oyer $1,000,000 of the
bunk 'h funds.
The arrest of Mr. Uiyelow followed
his confession to the board of directors
of the bank that he was a defaulter to
the extent of $1,450,000. Following
Mr. Uigelow's confession he was re
moved from the presidency of the baifk
and the facts in the case were laid be-
fore the federal authorities. The com
plaint was sworn to by United States
District Attorney H. (i. Uutterfield.
It charges tliat Bigelow, as preisdent
of the First National bank, embezzled
a sum exceeding $1,000,000. A com
plaint and warrant identical with
those in Bigelow's case were made out
tor Henry Q. Goll, assistant cashier
of the bank, but Goll could not be
Inspect the Coulee.
The O. R. & N. executive, operat
ing, traffic and legal officials are mak
ing a grand inspection of the Wash
tucna coulee, which the reclamation
service of the government has asked
the road to abandon so that It can be
used a reservoir for irrigating about
100,000 acres west of it.
The coulee is 30 miles long. The
government proposes to divert the wa
ter from the Palouse river into it and
to store it there for irrigating purposes
in the summer. The railroad has a
line down the bottom of the coulee.
It has asked the govenment for $300,
--000 to pay for moving the road out of
the coulee, but so far the government
has refused to pay such a sum and has
Waiting on Naval Battle.
St. Petersburg, April 25.—The news
from Manchuria indicates that Field
Marshal Oyama's plans await the re
sult of the naval battle, it being too
risky for the Japanese army to under
take serious operations while the out
come of the sea fight is in the balance.
Should Admiral Rojestvensky reach
Vladivostok, and Admiral Togo still
be able to protect the Japanese lines of
communications, the general beilef at
the war office is that the Japanese will
forthwith attemtp to out off and invest
Vladivostok and make of the plaoe an
other Port Arthur.
Fires in Wisconsin.
Cumberland, Wis. —Forest flres rag-
Ing here and spreading throughout
northern Wisconsin threaten great loss
of property unless rain stops them