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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.
One of the new laws which went
into effect in Idaho May 4, provides
for a juvenile court.
From present indications at least
$!\<mi,ooo will be spent for new build
ings or additions to old ones at Poca
tello this season.
Monday morning at 7:30 the cadets
of the University of Idaho left for
their annual encampment, which this
year will be held at Coeur d'Alene.
James Wing, an employe of the
Morning mine at Mullan, was killed
Sunday by falling down an ore chute.
How the accident occurred is not
Horticultural Inspector J. R. Field
says that the prospect for a good
crop of fruit in the Payette valley of
Idaho has never been better than at
More large buildings will be built
this year at Wallace than any year
since the fire of 1890, which wiped out
the business section. The volume of
the building indicates the prosperity
of the district.
The Hunker Hill & Sullivan mine
at Wardner, Idaho, for the second
time this year has raised its monthly
dividend to $ir>o,ooo and distributed
that huge sum last Thursday among
its stockholders. That makes total
dividends of $525,000 paid since Jan
uary 1, and $1,796,000 to date.
Burglars entered the postofflce
building at Kellogg and rifled three
tills, securing between $30 and $40.
The greater part of the money be
longed to D. Price, who conducts a
store in the building. The exact
amount of the postofflce loss is not
The council at Twin Falls has fixed
the license for saloons at $2000 each
Drexel Van Arsdale, the 14 year old
son of C. C. Van Arsdale, was drown
ed late Sunday afternoon two miles
b*low the mouth of the Clearwater
river. He was caught in a whirlpool.
Nearly 3000 men are now employed
in the great producing mines of the
Coeur d'Alenes and in the prospects
of the various sections of the district.
It is doubtful if ever in the history
of this silver-lead region there has at
one time been so great a number of
H. J. Rice, former treasurer of Sho
phone county, has returned from To
nopah and Goldfleld, Nev., where he
and several other mining men from
the Coeur d'Alenes spent three months
examining and prospecting the gold
fields. Mr. Rice was greatly disap
pointed in the country and says that
he is satisfied to remain in the Coeur
d'Alenes. which far surpasses the Ne
vada mining district.
The first bounty on cougars, under
the new law, was paid at Rathdrum
to Patrick Fox of Laclede, who
brought in a large cougar hide and
was paid $15 by warrant on the cur
rent expense fund. The animal meas
ured almost nine feet from tip to tip.
It was accidentally caught in a bear
trap, and is the first one that Mr. Fox
has seen in that neighborhood.
Of the several railroad projects in
the northwest, that which contem
plates a line from Palouse, in Whit
man county, toward the east and into
the timber belt of Idaho, is one of
notable importance. According to
present plans, it is to be only 45 miles
long, but it will tap an unusually rich
country, and as a result of its con
struction there will probably be man
ufacturing and agricultural develop
ment tatty as important as any that is
now tributary to any piece of road of
The town of Eugene proposes to
raise $1000 for a Fourth ef July cele
Mayor George H. Williams of Port
land was renominated for mayor by
the republican party in direct pri
mary by a plurality of 1000.
C. K. Mclntosh, formerly assistant
rashier of the First National bank of
San Francisco, has positively identi
fied William Barrett, now under ar
rest for robbing the Hotel Portland
bar of $135. as the man who attempt
ed to steal $20,000 from the San Fran
cisco bank last September.
Citizens of Hood River have sub-
Bcribed $20,000 worth of stock in a
company to operate the woolen mill
which was recently purchased at
Union. The plant will be moved at
Saturday was the greatest event in
the history of Epho, when the town
entertained royally 350 visitors from
Pendleton, 50 from La Grande, 12
representative men of Portland and a
huge crowd from Echo and vicinity
and other places at the farmers' bas
ket picnic for Echo and vicinity.
Colonel R. W. Richardson, secre
tary of the isational Good Roads as
sociation, says the Pendleton good
roads nif.-tinß, May 15 and IG, is the
most important to be held b<>rore the
national convention at Portland, June
The flour mills or Spokane manufac
ture about 860,000 barrels of flour ev
The city council at Ellensburg has
instructed the marshal to suppress all
gambling in the town.
The remains of an unknown man,
badly decomposed, were found about
20 miles north of Spokane.
Palouse City business men have de
cided to pave four more blocks on
the east end of Main street.
Charles Allen, a porter, was stab
bed twice during a fight at Puyallup
with a stranger, and is likely to die.
Frank W. Thrall and wife are un
der arrest at Hellingham. charged
with intercepting United States mail.
Jeremiah Cusick committed suicide
at Chewelah by shooting himself in
the head with a rifle. He has been
in poor health.
Mrs. Frank Horsley has been ap
pointed by Mayor Fechter as hostess
to represent Yakima county at the
Lewis and Clark fair.
Mrs. Hople Hunt, wife of Mayor
Gilbert Hunt, has been appointed as
hostess for Walla Walla week at the
Lewis and Clark fair.
The mayor has named Mrs. Harry
S. BIWOOd as hostess for Ellensburg
day at the Lewis and Clark exposition
during Kittitas county week.
The State Rar Association will hold
its annual meeting at Spokane In
July instead of in North Yakima. as
decided at the late annual meeting.
Governor Mead has appointed Dr.
George W. Overmeyer of South Bend
to succeed himself as a member of
the state board of medical examiners.
Roy R. Underbill, 27 years of age,
a married man, accidentally shot and
killed himself on his Onion creeV
homestead, lfi miles south of North
The postofflce department has ask
ed Congressman Jones to recommend
a man for postmaster at Harrington,
in place of F. M. Lighthizer, who is
slated for removal.
A serious accident occurred at Al
mota Saturday when a crowd of high
school pupils from Colfax were thrown
from a four horse carryall and J. S.
Ruck, the driver, and Miss Pearl Lake
were seriously injured.
The county commissioners have
closed a deal for the lease of the
Riverside hotel for courthouse pur
poses for Benton county under
the law creating it, will be organized
and ready for business July 1.
While Ada, the 6 year old daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Freeman Staley, of
Chattaroy, was playing in a field with
other children, her clothes caught fire
and she was so badly burned that she
died in terrible agony a few hours la
The buildings, real estare and equip
ments of the educational institutions
maintained by this state are valued
at a total of $2,063,453, of which sum
11,293,000 is credited to the state uni
versity, according to inventories fur
nished the state auditor.
Nellie Maude Bell, a pretty young
artist of 22, living at Spokane, was
horsewhipped Saturday afternoon by
Mrs. Janus S. Mitchell. Her assail
ant was furious over the attentions
which she believed that Miss Bell was
receiving from Mr. Mitchell.
The final contest in the Whitman
County Declamation leagitfc took place
at the Garfield opera house Friday
evening before a large audience. Miss
Cyrena Gannon of Pullman, who rep
resented district No. 1, was declared
the winner and received the gold
medal, and Miss Hazel Smith of Endi
outt, who represented district No. 2,
was awarded the silver medal.
The report from Olympia that ex-
Congressman Samuel C. Hyde had
been appointed commandant at the
state soldiers' home seems to have
been an error. The place has been
offered, it is announced to ex-State
Land Commissioner S. A. Calvert of
Bellingham, who has been serving
temporarily in the position for sev
eral months. If Judge Calvert does
not accept, it is said it will be offered
to Mr. Hyde.
A creamery plant costing $4000 will
soon be in operation at Eden, Cas
At a recent Mormon convention held
in Hutte it was decided to continue
work in that city by a house to house
canvass.. Eight traveling missiona
ries have been at work in Rutte.
Of $170,000 in gold from the mines of
Montana received in the Helena assay
office over $100,000 came from Fergus
The Pickering hotel of Wibaux was
totally destroyed by fire, along with
Orprain's store, Landis' barber shop,
Kidd's millinery store. Cornell's sa
loon and restaurant and slightly dam
aged the front of a bank building.
All were partially insured, the total
loss being about $7,0000.
gound by a Spell
CHAPTER XX ,—(Continued.)
Montgomery did take some dinner,
keeping up a running fire of sarcaßtn nil
the time, which greatly disconcerted liis
host, but affected Judith not at all; for
she felt convinced that he had some sub
ject of mutual interest in view, or he
would not be there.
"Now," said Montgomery, after he had
got himself into a more genial mood,
"Rijppose we proceed to business; for I
guess that you begin to think I nm not
here altogether for pleasure, much as I
love you. But, ah! 1 forgot; you are
too pious to transact business ou a Sun
'There are exceptions to all rules, you
know," grinned his host.
"That la to My, you don't object to
business when anything* to be got by
it —00 any day. This is your adver
tisement, isn't it?" he went on, with a
sudden change of tone, nnd producing a
newspaper from his pocket
A look of eager interest came into
Judith's face, and her father began to
brighten up as he answered, '"Yes."
"Very well, then; I know where to put
my hand upon the lad at this very mo
"You do?" cried the listeners both to
"1 do. But before we go any far
ther, I have two conditions to make. In
the first place, you must make a clean
breast to me of everything you know
concerning this youth. You must tell
me your motives for hunting him down;
and. lastly, if there is anything to be got,
which 1 am certain there is by the trou
ble you are taking, I must have my
eh a re."
Protesting that he would speak simply
the bare truth, Mr. l'orter proceeded to
relate the same story that he had told
Silas, suppressing, however, the mention
of the Im-ket. He knew that if he could
once come face to face with Silas' friends
that locket would be an all-powerful
lexer to raise the price of his silence. To
the narrative, however, he added other
particulars—telling how, when he had
gene up to the city upon certain busi
ness of his own, he had seen the woman
who hid committed the child to his care
c< ming out of the office of Messrs. Fogle
& Qnieft; how he had followed her nnd
heard her ask for a ticket for a ceTtniu
station In Hertfordshire; how he had
taken a ticket for the same place, nnd
gor out upon the same platform.
"Ami her destination was a mansion
called 'The Willows/ " put in Mv, Mont
gomery. "You see, I know a little." he
added, in answer to the narrator's aston
ished look; "so be cautious."
Her destination was "The Willows."
He hnd loitered about the neighborhood,
in the hope of gleaming some intelli
gence; but all he could learn was that
tho woman's name was Madame Borne;
that she was housekeeper and confiden
tial friend to Mr. George Moraut, the
gentleman who resided at "The Wil
lows;" and that those two, with the
servant, constituted the entire household.
"Nevertheless, I had learned quite
enough to tell mo that Master Silas was
a family secret that might turn out nn
cemmon profitable one day," he concU'd
"But how did you contrive to track
this Woman without being recognized?
Your lace, once seen, is not easily for
"Well, you see, 1 was very cautious,
and kept at a good distance behind her
—except when I had to press close at
the ticket office, to overhear what place
she nsked for. Then I put my handker
chief up to my face, as though 1 had the
toothache. And she never once looked
right or left as she wnlked, but stalked
straight along, with her eyes right be
fore her. Well, that Silas had not bolt
ed more than a month, when I got a let
ter from Fogle & Quick, to say that he
was come into an annuity, and I was to
send him up to their office at once."
"Hut I cannot perceive what hold you
have upon thil youth. What is the se
rioui charge you threaten to bring
"Well, he cnrrie<l away n suit of
clothes with him, fdr one thing," said
Mr. Torter. "The other tiling is for
deserting Jtis wife!"
"Deserting his wife!" echoed Mont
gomery, in a loud tone of astonishment.
"Do you mean to say he is married?"
"To Judith there."
Montgomery was struck speechless
with astonishment, and. for a moment,
could only stare with the most bewil
dered of expressions, which quickly
merged into one of intense satisfaction.
"More food for revenge upon that
woman," was his first thought. "Well,
you have astonished me this time!" he
cried. "But 1 should have thought Silas
Cnrstou was the last man in the world
that Judith would have selected. Rather
a hazardous spec to risk thnt much on
the fellow's probable marketable value.
I wouldn't for the world make mischief
between man and wife," he said, snter
ingly; "but I can tell you that he is
making up to a girl in the city. He
seems to have a weakness for golden
hair," he added, glancing sarcastically at
Judith's red tresses. "This girl has the
most That reminds me No,
such a coincidence could never occur out
of a novel."
"Oh, the depravity of the human
heart!" snuffled the Rev. Obndiah IY.r
ter, forgetting himself for an instant,
but the color had again flushed up into
Judith's face, and there was a dangerous
look in her eyes.
"I met your old friend, Rodwell, the
<*her night," said Montgomery, sudden-
ly looking up. "We were talking about
Judith became excited. It was a
chance shot, but Montgomery perceived
it had told.
After a momont'i deliberation he said,
fixing his gaze upon her, "I know you
are pretty well versed in Rod well's se
crets. Do you know anything about a
girl with bright golden hair, blue eyes,
and fair complexion—a relation, I should
fancy, by what he has told me? I see
you do, by your glances. Well, he has
set me ou the hunt for this girl, who
ever she is, and I believe I have acci
dentally discovered her. I will tell you
how. Somehow or other, I have felt
a strange interest in this Silns Canton.
Well, of late he has grown wonderfully
Spruce in his style; added to which, he
is frequently out the whole day no one
known where. Now, patting all these
signs together, I began to think, in the
language of Shakspeare, 'The sweet
youth's in love.' Heing naturally of a
curious disposition, I thought I would
watch my gentleman's movements. With
some little difficulty I discovered his
destination, and saw him standing at the
window with his arm very lovinglf
round a young girl's waist. I got into
conversation with the servant next door,
and learned a few particulars; but until
this moment it never occurred to me that
this girl precisely answers to the de
scription given me by Rodwell. It's the
same, and 1 have killed two birds with
Long and earnest was the conversation
that ensued between the trio. But it is
not necessary to repeat it in this piece.
Both its explanations and results will
Between six and seven o'clock on the
next evening, an elderly man, dressed
like a gentleman farmer, hastily entered
the shop of a picture dealer, situated in
the West End, and asked, in a nervous,
impatient manner, to inspect some very
pretty water-color drawings that were in
the window. The shopman produced
them. Instead, however, of examining
the picture itself, the gentleman seemed
chiefly interested in the back of it. It
was growing dusk, and he carried the
picture to the door and carefully exam
ined thcs blank surface at the back. In
one corner was faintly inscribed in pen
cil the word "Clara."
With an exclamation of pleasure, and
a brightened face, he went back to the
counter, and asked the shopman for the
address of the painter. The young man
hesitated. "I beg pardon, sir," he said;
"but it is not usual to give the addresses
of the ladies and gentlemen who work
for us without their permission."
"Let me see your master," said the
In a few minutes the principal himself
"I wish to purchase all the drawings
you have by this aitist, and at the same
time to be favored with her address. I
am not asking this for the gratification
of idle curiosity. The lady I believe to
be a very near and dear member of my
family, whom I have lost night of for
several years—whom I believed to be
dead. Five days ago I was looking in
at the window of a picture dealer's in
the Strand, when I saw exposed for salo
a water-color painting, representing my
own cottage down in Suffolk. I have
just such a picture at home, and there
was a peculiarity of touch about this
one that led me to believe, wild as the
thought seemed then, that both were the
work of one hand. I went into the shop,
and purchased the picture. I was not
deceived. Inscribed in a corner at the
back was the word 'Clara.' But the
salesman could give me no information
about the artist; they had bought it
about two years ago, with several others,
o( a young girl whom they had never
seen since. My nephew dined with me
that day, and 1 told him of the circum
stance. He at once requested the affair
to be left In his h::nds. He came to my
hotel last night to tell me that he had
Inquired) ami caused others to Inquire, of
every likely picture dealer, but had not
met with the slightest success. As this
was my last day in the city I thoughi
I would take a look round the picture
shops myself. I have been about all
day, and was just about to give op my
search in despair when I caught ■ifrht
of these. I thought they looked like her
work, and, sure enough, here is her sig
nature iv the corner. Yet, stay a mo
ment; to make assurance doubly sure, I
will show you her likeness, painted some
six years ago. You will be then able to
tell me whether it is the same."
Ho produced the Identical miniature
thnt Silas hnd found in Little Bethle
hem, and which, it will Ik? remembered,
he hnd left In ft poi-ket of the clothes
deposited with Mr. Jonathan ftadwell.
The shopkcepfr hesitated do longer,
but at once handed over to him the re
quired address. The gentleman purchas
ed the pictures at n very handsome price,
got into a cab thnt the shop hoy hnd
fetched for him. and drove away in
the direction of the northwest.
lie arrived at .Mrs. Wilson's about 8
o'clock, and knocked at the door. T<i
his inquiries, the servant replied, "Miss
Clara has gone with missis to the pl.iy
hnuse; and I do not expect she will be
home until late."
"Does she frequent plnces of nmnsp
ment much? Is she often out of ■■
"Oh. dear nof this is the first time I
have ever known her to go; she is never
"How unfortunate! But I must see
her to-night, nt whatever hoar ili« may
return. I will come back at twelve."
Mary looked very much astonished at
! the Idea of inch a j lute visit. Mr. Jona
than Hodwell ordered the cabman to
drive to the nearest hotel, .where he en
j gaged a bed and Raited impatiently th«
passing away of time. \'-'(
At 121 o'clock he knocked again at
Mrs. Wilson's door. They had not re
turned. "Would Mary permit him to
come in and wait?" Mary did not like
the idea of admitting a stranger at such
an hour, and she alone in the hou§e.
i "But he looks a gentleman," she thought,
! "and he is old enough to be my father."
"Don't be afraid; I am not a burglar,
my dear," said Mr. Jonathan, smiling,
and slipping a coin into her hand.
He walked into the parlor, and Mnry
lit the lamp. One o'clock by hia watch,
and still they had not come. He was
growing uneasy; he could not sit still;
ho walked up and down the room, with
his watch in his hand, counting the min
utes. The rumble of wheels at last.
He ran out to the door; the night was
dark,4he could not perceive any object;
but faster and faster, nearer and nearer,
came the roll of the wheels, until they
■topped before the house.
The render will probably remember
that Monday night had been fixed be
tween Clara, myself and Mrs. Wilson
for our visit to the theater. Ha\iog
hud to wait a very unreasonable time for
the old lady to complete her toilette, we
did not arrive until nearly half-past sev
en. A magnificently mounted spectacu
lar drama was at the time in the height
of it* popularity; the consequence was
that when we presented ourselves at the
pit pay-place we were informed that
every seat was full. At the upper boxes
we were received with the same intima
On the opposite side of the road was
a row of billboards of various theaters.
We crossed over to road them. "Here
i.s the piny, my dear," cried Mrs. Wil
son, suddenly; "the 'Lady of Lyons.'
I saw it the very first night it was per
formed, ami a lovely play it is, too. You
will lie delighted with it. Let me nee
which, house it is at. The Corinthian.
Oh, th.it is close by. We can get there
in a few minutes."
I ilid not like this arrangement. Since
I bad seen Mr. Rodwell there, I desired
to moid the Corinthian; besides which,
I might encounter Josiah, or Mr. Mont
gomery, which would lie awkward; for,
as I have before mentioned, neither
Clara nor Mrs. Wilson knew anything
of my theatrical employment. Hut as
I could offer no plausible objection to
Mrs. Wilson's proposition, I was fain
to quietly acquiesce. So to the Corin
thian we went.
I Miring the whole of the play Clara
had been rapt in an ecstacy of delight
The noveltj of the situation, the liril
liance and hustle of the house, the de
lightful music, the peculiar charm of the
story that was being represented, its
vivid reality, the passionate earnestness
of the actors, the enthusiasm of e\ery
one around, and the heat of the ntmos
pl'ere—all this was overpowering to a
moibidly sensitive mind, totally Dunned
to excitement of any kind.
As I was leaving my seat, with Clara
leaning upon my arm, I noticed n stago
box in the upper tier. There, attentive
ly observing us through n lorgnette, was
Mr. Rodwell. As quickly as possible, I
turned away, filled with that vague, bod
ing fear which always oppressed me at
the sight of that num. We did not re
turn to our first seat, but sat nt the
back, where it was much cooler, to wit
ness the remainder of the performance.
Presently a man enme and seated
himself in the rear of us. I thought
I recognized him as an employe behind
the scenes, and I kept my back towards
him lest he should recognize me. As the
play drew towards a close I felt a hand
laid upon my shoulder, and on turning
round, saw that this man had risen from
his seat and was making signs to me.
Clara and Mrs. Wilson were breathlessly
intent upon the scene, which was the
last I glanced at them, rose quietly
and moved away without their being
conscious of the movement.
"You are wanted behind," said the
man. in a whisper. "Mr. Montgomery
wants you directly. If the ladies miss
you, 1 will look to them till you come
"Do not toll where I have gone." I
I pawed through tho i,it entrance nnd
weni round to the stage doer. Mr.
Montgomery had been playing au officer
in the previous scene, and was still in
his stajre drera.
"Oh! one of the parti yon copied In
the new drama hat been lost, sod you
will have to do another," he said. "Wait
a moment, and I will bring yon th o MS."
(To lie continued. >
The Hi eßt Shin Afloat.
The Baltic warn built primarily with
a view to securing enormous freight
capacity, although she has excellent ac
oommodwttans for passengers. This
steamship embodies the same prlncl-
Pies as the Celtic and the Gedrfc, hlho
belonging to tiie White star Line, she
is one of the few vessels now afloat
which are longer than they are. The
length of the Celtic aaul her twin sis
ter Is 7W feet The Oceanic .surpasses
them by four feet, the Kaiser Wilhelm
by six and a half, and the Baltic by
uv.-nty-flve. it ig (wiy to Bnderstaiid,
therefore, that in respect to displace
ment the Baltic is practically without
a rival. Although the two freight
stamers built at New London for Mr.
"Hi's use on the l'acitic are much
shorter, they are deeper than any of
the vessels Ju.st QftOMd, and perhaps
they will carry as much freight as the
new White star liner. Unfortunately,
I'owever, they an- lu >t now running.
Ihe Raltlo, then, has the honor of be
nig the biggest ship in actual service
on any sea.—New York Tyibwie.