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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 <tnd Personal Events Take
Place —Outlook Is Bright.
John, the 2 year oid son of John
Matta of Astoria, secured some match
es, which he ignited, and set his cloth
ing on (ire. When the boy's mother
found him the child was in flames
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 the 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 (i in the
grove to the south of Echo.
Manager Qulgan of the Alamo group
of mines. Alamo district, is expected
soon to commence operations at the
mine. The Alamo has been on the
idle lisi for some time past.
Mis. 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 agr
meni to close from 1 a. m. to 12 p. in,
Sunday. The coming session of the
grand jury in June is said to be re
sponsible for me closing.
Wh^at condition never looked bet
ter on N'ez Perce prairie.
The town of Payette seems assured
of a sugar factory. Of the required
."nil!) 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
Th'< appointment of John P. Thomp
son, the well lo do farmer, having 100
acres near Moscow, as state Inspector
and appraiser of farm lands, lias been
withheld by Governor Gooding.
Dana Murdoch was selected at the
preliminary contest to represent the
high school at the oratorical contest
to be held at Pullman in the near fu
ture, in which tin 1 schools of eastern
Washington will participate.
Arthur Anderson, a bright young
lad win, 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 sheriff's force and the
police department are working hard to
capture Use cracksmen who blew open
the safe of the Wallace postofnee, 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 the
year were, Bunker Hill, 318,122; Her
Ray W. Nanneß, 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.
James Hamilton Lewis, former con
gressman from Washington, is now a
lawyer-politician of Chicago.
The Auditorium Grand theater, at
Tacoma, was damaged by Brc recently
to the extent of 18000 to 110,000.
Work is about to begin on tho new
Masonic temple at Belllngham, The
structure will cost between $15,000 and
Between 1200 and 1600 church people
marched through the restricted dis
trict of Tacoma about ll o'clock last
The census of 1900 glvos North Ya
kima 8142 people, hut It is estimated
ihere are now over 8000 within the
A freight train ran over Frank Bol
torn while he lay on the tracks n few
miles west of North Vakinia and he
was ground to pieces.
September 4, 6 and 8 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 eigin feet from tip to
A man supposed to lie 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
the 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 i lection hold to vote on
the question of bonding the town of.
Harrington for $14,500 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.
Bassett of Spokane carried off the
championship and was awarded the
navy athletic silver medal.
Pour diamond rings valued af $1000,
property of Mrs. Prank Kiinball, a
wealthy widow, stolen from the fash
ionable boarding house of Mrs. ,T. C.
Halnea last March in Seattle, have
returned to the owner,
E. W. Ross, commissioner of public
lands, has departed for Washington
city to represent the stale in the pro
test filed in the department of the in
terior against the proposed reserva
tion by the Btate of land in Vakima
county for lrrlgai ion.
Federal Judge Whitson of Spokane
is in receipt •")' 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
Flat head 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
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 28. — 0n« of th« m
celebrated deals ever known on thfl
Chicago hoard of trade came to a dl
max Saturday. A daring cifoit b]
J. W. Qatei and associates to control
all ',of the wheat available in America
for delivery during the'month of |fa)
was apparently ended with a Vhote
sale sacrifice of proipective proflti to
escape possible huge losses on • \
Incidentally there was one <if the
wildest BeSßiom ever witnessed in the
Chicago wheat pit. At one time pi
showed a loss of ll'-c a bushel for
the day. the price of the option beiiif
driven down in a sensational
of rushes to 98% c a bushel. The ■
ing was $1, as against $1.23 less than
three weeks ago.
Scenes attending the day's startling
decline were such as are seldom wli
nessed in the world's greatest wfa
pit. Almost frenzied with anxiety. th<
traders in the wheat pit. awaiting the
ipenlng bell, huddled like steers about
to stampede. The sound of the big
svas the signal for a mighty roar <>t
I Ices, ;i din i"' tail 1> never boi
equaled, according to men who «
presnni ai the stormy sessions thai
marked the most ■■■-■■Ming periodi
the famous Letter and Harper d<
Clothing was torn, hats smashed and
bodies bruised in the frantic efT
to sell the grain. The gallery was
of spectators, while the ilimr of
board was crowded with tra
brokers. The din could be heard p ■
ly in the boulevard beimv. mal
wholly inaudible the clatter of hoi
hoofs on the asphali The ■;.'\m! Ii
the pit surged and pushed :i- tin
break In prices continued, and n
hers on the wrong sid", in effort
cover losses, Bhouted thei
trae, With perspiration
down their cheeks as they vai
ught to stop iin 1 runaway m
General opinion la to thi I that
tea and hl« I
the battle with but little, if any,
ual loss. Gossip insists that the]
fected an alliance with Armour
other leading traders, whereby
Gates party, while obliged sui
; to liquidate May w beat, on an ■
mous scale, were nevertl
protected by their prior operation
the allies in both May and latei
May Mean More Gigantic Corner.
Anothi r \ lew of the situal
cording to some obsen i
the new group of asi i I
Including the redoubtable I
cleared the road for a still n
-antic corner in wheat for ■ ■
during July. The idea is thai lh< I
price heretofore prevailing ft
srheat has Induced a scouring of the
country by grain traders to
wheat to sell to the bull tra^l
dropping the price 11 cents a bw -
the speculators, assumed to be In coo
trol, have made it clear thai if tin
country is raked over for wheat to
bring here they mean to buy it ,v
figure of their own making.
More Drastic Than Anticipated.
The rushing of the price down, i'
was argued, was more drastic action!
than was for the monent, at b i
required by the Gates and Armour in
terests, the result b*-ii g that they a<
cordingly jumped the price hack to $1
The Gates party, it is said, had fig
ured that the movement to saw
would be practically exhausted »>• -t
the month of May arrived. The fac
tor that is alleged to havp caused them
to give up the deal was the steadi!
with which heavy shipments from th«
interior continued, and the disappoint
ing, long drawn out dullness of th*
flour demand, and the apparent ueotl
cern of the millers.
Shorts had apparently completely
covered, and longs, little and lar*;.
hurled their grain at the. hands that ,
were closed against it. Nobody aMssl
ed to want May wheat above a dol
When $1 was reached the wild roar
that "larked the opening was doubled
But while the nearby option wan
plunging downward there was a steady
movement going on in July. Broken,'
presumably working for Armour and
his associates, whether including dates
or not, were taking on liberal lots of.
the latter options. In one hour a!'
it waß estimated that these brokers j
had bought more than 3,000,000 bush
This buying of July prompted fright
ened Bhorts to cover, they believing
that the Gates forces and the Armour J
crowd had combined to bull the month i
at (he expense of the bard hMu ered
May. Saturday t<!ght it sat • ■ i »»• d
that 5.000.000 bushel* of tbe M'j/ de
livery were unloaded here and at Min
LEAGUE BASEBALL OPENS.
Opening Game at Spckant Witt essed
by Large Crowd.
C. H. William*, proprietor ©■ the
Spokane tram In the Pariflc Nitlunal
league, Htartod the league tu-*ehall
season in Spokane last Wn-d esday
with n big *ireet |«r»de to ma k the
opening of the profe*shma! • -a-.
Tlii> parade preceded the pat • be
tween the Indian* and RcfUjrij Salt
Wednesday w*s tho '.•_•■• open-
Ing day in the history «.f S|M>kai c Tho
fame of Heilly. «.f lbs JlUJcrs -f Halt
Lake, as a baseball nianaper. a .1 that
if .Matt Stanley. <»f the Indian* A Spo
kane, is such that every taml all fan
in tin* Inland Kmpiro that cuuli attend
nan at the opening game.
It is expected to run *•*• ursion*
from nearby Idaho town* wen the
Boise team plays at Sj«>kac« brpin
i ii.« May iv.
The (if.!.i. Borips ptart* Ha/ I
Tho teams in ih«- l'a< iflr mnal
league Include Fp»»kan«>. Boi ip. Salt
l-iko nnd Ogdon. Tiny wm Jay five
tames a week.
Vis-itor* to Fjmkatie »i!l en oy g(H>d
ball by mending tho pmi's when in
Death of Senator Pia".
United States Senator Orrl lo Hitrh
eock I'latt nf Connectirvi *\\ d at his
summer home in \Va*binpti i. Conn.,
his native homo, at v.r.j KYi< ay ni>:lit.
Tlio end came almost une pertedly,
the Immediate cause being t io hreak
j ir-K nf the ahsi<>ss which h: «l formed
in tho ritht long and whirb produced
On FYidajr, March SI, t! ,• senator
was taken with tbe IQttea »Oicb prov
Orville I'latt was for i years a
member of tho United Sta «?s senate.
Mo v.us Is years old. !!•• n tered p*»!i
'ie~ in (jinnii ti«ut in t vr*7. and for 15
years was prominent in the date lepis
laturo. Then lie was eta fed to the
VJce President has named
the senators wh»« wtll a«t as a com
mittee to attend the fanei i. Amonj;
them ar<- Clark <.f WyomiD £ ! >atters»)n
of Colorado and.Cartef cf Uontana,
Complying wuh tbe wii u>s of Pr*^s-
Ident RooscTelt, Vlre Pn tidenl V'alr
*iat:ka represented th> t-u if executive
at tie funeral nf Senator t'latt. wblcb
juxik place at Conn., Tues
Congressman f-'mr -ley.
Elempstead, T»-x., Atm 25. — Con*
pressman John M. I'mcl i<<v and two
otJjer men wer»» killed at i | ..-» unit-
Hi). lien* call«-d fur the |v 'pnt*' vf peti
tioning the goxfTttfxt to vnd rrtujri-rs
fiero to enforce the local < ptioii law.
.T. N. Hnwn; «*onjrr«*i* awn John M.
I'inokney; Tom i'itK-kne ■. brother of
j the puiisrwiman. .Tuhn 4 ..- leading
jiri'hitntioni.-t, cannot sui .Tve.
!><>c Toiukms, jirir^te i«ecretary to
CniiKresMjian I'»nckn»-T, and Kollin
Brown, son of J. N. I'rov-n, mii badly
wounded, bat how mti'm vly can not bo
There an- ni«m aroirj! men < II the
street tonight, but it i* not ... v. ii
there will be any more t ■»iibl»'
The pivernor h*- be»- notlit-d and
will send raztgvtf hens.
Li/. Must Be I preme.
Milwaukee, Wls. —Ju<! ;* James Jon
kins, who recently re* red from the
l.'nited States rlrruit cart bench, has
written an article for ■•• Milwaukee
Journal, in which he holds that* a
peaceful strike would I • like a blood
less war. and that ooif through vio
lence can a strike sur -sod.
With reference to . UMI by
injunction. Judge Jenkiii cites the de
cision in the • •moral- • Northern Pa
cine case, restraining a strike, and
"The only naf'-cuar ' of society, of
life and of property is 'a maintain the
supremacy of tho law whether it be
challenged by corpora ims, by capital
or by labor."
Pray* for Ri ceiver.
Helena, Mont., Apr 125. —The Jeff
erson Valley Trading ■ Mnpany, one of
the oldest companies i tbe state, op*r
i ating at Whitha.il and ather points in
Jeffenon county, ha« «en ordered to
appear before Jcdjrw V. ilaani 11. Hnnt
of the United States « art May 1 and
show caaae why an ii junction should
not issned and a recei"-ar be appointed
for the concern as pr- red in the peti
tion U. Iby John K. »avis.
Fairchiid Af pointed.
Olympia, Waah., April 25. —The
definite annooncemi it that H. A.
Paircliild of IJellin* ham will be a
member of the rail*, » commission has
been made by for mat Mead. The
other two members 1 ira not been an
In every quarrel f * person who has
been the lesst to > tot is generally
the moat ready to be reconciled. —
NAVAL FIGHT RUMOR
JAPANESE SCOUTING DIVISION
BUMPS INTO RUSSIAN FLEET.
Rojeitven»ky Sailed North Last Sat
urday From Kamranh Bay and
Heavy Firing Wai Heard All Day In
Direction M Which They Sailed— la
Thought Jap. Are Playing for Time.
lV April 25.-U (■ believed hero
• hat there was Bomo fighting between
Admin] Rojestvensky 8 fleet hi,.l the
Japanese scouting division late Satur
day aftrrnoon. This belief is based
upon a special dispatch la the Temps
from its correspondent at Saigon, who
rallies as follows:
"The entire Russian fleet, which has
been anchored In Kamranh bay for
some days. Bailed northward at noon
Saturday. Boon after they had passed
out of Bight a vigorous cannonadiug
was heard In the direction in which
'hey had sailed Th,. firing continued
until late In the evening and is believ
<d to have been caused either by an at
iack on the advance guard of the Rus
sian fleet by a Japanese scouting
squadron or else an attack by destroy,
era on the Russians."
I later dispatch from the corres
pondent says: "Four tran*i>ortß, with
troops aboard, arrived at Saigon on
Saturday. No one. was permitted to
board them and there is no means of
linding out where they are round. The
captain of a coasting schooner which
arrived lure late on Saturday night re
ports that ii. Righted a Japanese cruis
« r squadron on Friday, and it Is sur
mised that these are the vessels that
have been engaged with the Russians.
The firing previously rej»orted Is de
clared to have been heard by a num
ber of vessels In 'ii. route that the Rus
sians took, and ii... belief is general
here that the Japanese an doing their
beat to harass the Russians, and will
continue to do to until Togo gets bis
main fleet into posit lon to give bat
Hefore the departure of the squad
ron Viie Admiral Rojestvensky vis
ited Admiral Jonquieres.
No Russian officer or sailor landed
from the fleet in Kamranh bay. They
had expected NebogatofTa detachment
of the squadron would arrive at any
Bank President, a Defaulter.
Milhvaukee, Win., April 2f».— Frank
<i. '.• until today president of
the Firht National bank of MiUwaa)*
•>••■ was arrested charged with the 'iii
bezzlement of over i ,000,000 of the
bank 'a funds.
The urn-fit of Mr. lii^elow followed
in- confession to the hoard of directors
of the bank that he wu ■ defaulter to
the extent of $1,460,000. Following
Mr. Bigelow'a confession he was re
moved from if presidency of the bank
and the facts in the case, were laid be
fore the federal authorities. lie com
plaint was sworn to by United States
District Attorney 11. <.. Uutterfield.
It cliHr;re« tint llijjelow, as |ir.-iMl»'iit
of the First National bank, embezzled
a -i.m exceeding $ 1,000,000. A com
jiiniiit and warrant identical with
those in low's case were made out
tor Henry Q. (toll, assistant cashier
of tin bank, but doll could not be
Inspect the Coulee.
The 0 R. & N. executive, operat
inn;. trafflc 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 It 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 d /wn 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 Oyaxna's plans await the re
sult of the naTal 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 belief at
the war office is that the Japanese will
forthwith attemtp to cut off and invest
Vladivostok and make of the place an
ether Fort Arthur.
Fires in Wisconsin.
• - . ■■_- *
Cumberland, Wis. —Forest fires rag-
Ing here and spreading throughout
northern Wisconsin threaten great loss
of property unless rain stops them