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EDITORS' HIGH TIME
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION ENTER-
TAINED IN WILD WEST STYLE.
Miller Brothers, at Their 101 Ranch,
Near Bliss, Okla., Entertain 50,000
People at a Buffalo Hunt and Indian
Celebration —Stage Robbery and
Parade of Indians.
Bliss, Okla., June 12.—Fifty thou
sand people were entertained by Mil
ler Brothers, at tue 101 ranch Sun
day, the visit of the National Editorial
association to the ranch being made
the occasion for the buffalo hunt, a
buffalo dinner and an Indian celebra
tion. The editors, many of whom were
accompanied by ladies, arrived on the
ranch at 11 o'clock over the Santa Fe
in a special train.
The general public had been invited
to the entertainment. The Santa Fe
railroad, which runs through the
ranch, carried 20,000 people to 101, and
as many more drove in to attend the
show. An immense grandstand extend
ing around the arena was built for the
visitors. The arena itself was half a
mile long and a third of a mile wide.
To handle the crowd required nearly
200 passenger coaches.
The Fonca and Otoo Indians, whose
lands aro being allot ted, had planned a
celebration to take place some time
during the spring, to which they ex
pected to invite all the other Indians
in the territory to help them celebrate
the dissolution of their tribal territory.
This was arranged to take place at
the same time of the editors' visit.
The ranch bought 3fi head of buffalo
in Montana, and planned a buffalo
chase by tho Indians. Each one of the
special guests, and there were not less
than 2000, was served With a piece of
buffalo meat in connection with the
dinner. Besides the buffalo the pro
gram included a wild west show with
roping and riding contests, Indian
dances, a stage robbery and a minia
ture reproduction of the rush into the
Cherokee strip. The program also in
cluded a parade beginning with the
Indian, attired in paint and feathers,
followed by the ox team and prairie
schooner, and ending with an automo
GROWS VINELESS POTATO.
Can Supply New Tubers at Any Sea-
son 01 Year.
A Great Falls, Mont., man has pro
duced potatoes without vines, and as
serts that he is now able to supply
new potatoes for the market at any
season of the year. The Inventor will
not reveal the process in detail. He
has conducted his experiments in a
box 4xS feet, in which mere is a steam
coil for heating.
He states that he has succeeded,
after much experimenting, in perfect
ing a compound resembling soil that
when heated is a fertile field for tne
development Of plant life. In a layer
of this compound he plants potato
eyes, then another layer of the com
pound with more potato eyes, and so
on until the box is tilled. He claims
that in this compound potatoes grow
without any portion of the vine or
sprout appearing above the surface;
that all growth is in tubers and that
it is nut necessary for either light or
air to reach the potatoes at any stage
of their growth, elements in the com
pound serving the purpose of oxygen.
At Brat the potatoes, when exposed
k> the air, rotted quickly, but now
this has been overcome, he says, and
liis experiment is an unqualified suc
cess after many years. Those who
saw the box he exhibited showing po
tatoes in varying stages of growth
were greatly impressed with the re
sults. A Chicago man has offered him
1100,000 for his inventions, he says.
Chicago's Big Strike.
The Chicago Team Owners' associa
tion, an organization employing 8000
union teamsters, has decided to re
main neutral in the present labor
struggle, now in progress in Chicago.
Ever since the commencement of the
teamsters 1 strike the team owners' as
sociation has been anxious to have the
question of making deliveries to strike
bound houses submitted to arbitration.
The teamsters, by a unanimous vote,
reftued to agree to the proposition
and for a time it seemed that the
team owners would force a strike of
these 8000 drivers by ordering them
to make deliveries to firms involved In
Negotiations for peace, which prom
ised for a time last week to be suc
cessful, have apparently been aban
doned for the present, as both sides
are so far apart on any plans of set
tlement that further efforts are be
lieved to be lutile.
The employers declare that they
have conceded every point possible.
The strikers assert that settlement
along the lines proposed by the em
ployers would mean "dishonorable sur
render," and this the officials of the
teamsters' union emphatically declare
they will never do.
THEY HAVE AGREED TO AGREE
Through the Efforts of President
Roosevelt Peace Is Assured
in the Far East.
Official assurances that tho presi
dent's efforts to bring Russia and Jap
an together to discuss peace will be
crowned with success was brought to
the White House Monday by Count
Cassini, the Russian ambassador, who
called by appointment and in the name
of Emperor Nicholas formally acoepted
the president's offer of good will. The
following official statement regarding
the conference was issued at the White
"Ambassador Cassini has called to ex
press the Rußsian government's assent
to the president's proposition and to
say that they would appoint plenipo
tentiaries to meet the plenipotentiaries
of Japan to discuss the question of
peace. The place of meeting is at
present being discussed."
During the past two weeks the presi
dent's efforts liave been directed to
ward a mutual agreement to consider
terms of peace. This he accomplished
finally Monday. It remains now for
the belligerent powers to name their
plenipotentiaries and agree upon a time
and place for them to meet to discuss
terms and to negotiate a treaty of
peace. These detiails are now under
consideration, with a bright prospect
that suoh minor differences as may ex
ist will be resolved within a few days.
Conferences of supreme importunce
were held Monday in Washington. The
blue room of the White Huose was the
scene, and President Roosevelt, Count
Cusßini and Kogoro Tnkahira, the Jap
anese minister, were the principal con
ferees. President Koosevelft now has
unequivocal assurances from both Rus
sia and Japan of the acceptance of his
proposition that they enter on negotia
tions for peace.
The president is likewise assured of
the absolute sincerity of both govern
ments in acceding to Ins suggestion.
Japan was the first of the two powers
to indicate its acceptance of President
Roosevelt's proposition. The formal
response to his identical note of Thurs
day last was received from the Japan
ese government Saturday. Infoimal
assurances of acceptances of the presi
dent's suggestion were received from
the Russian government a little later,
but the assurances from St. Petersburg
were not of the same definite character
as had been recieved from Tokio.
Early Monday Ambassador Meyer,
at !St. Petersburg, informed this gov
ernment that Russia had accepted the
president's proposition and would name
preresentatives with plenary powers to
meet plenpotentiaries of Japan. While
satisfactory, the response of Russia
was not in the same definite form a&
that of Jipan. It had been the expec
tation of the president to publish to the
world the replies of the two govern
ments to his identical notes, but under
the circumstances this could not be
ROOSEVELT'S NOTE FOR PEACE.
Sent to Japanese and Russian Gov-
On June 8 the following dispatch
was sent by the president through dip
lomatic channels to the Japanese and
"The president feels that the time
has come when in the interest of all
mankind he must endeavor to see if
it is possible to bring to an end the
errible and lamentable conflict now
being waged. When both Russia and
Japan the United States has intimacy
and friendship. It hopes for the pros-
lerity and welfare of each, and it
feels that the progress of the world is
set back by the war between these
two great nations. The president ac
cordingly urges the Russian and Jap
anese governments, not only for their
own sakes, but in the interest of the
whole civilized world, to inaugurate
direct negotiations for peace with one
"The president suggests that these
peace negotiations be conducted di
rectly and exclusively between the
belligerents; in other words, that
there may be a meeting of Russian
and Japanese plenipotentiaries or del
egates without any intermediary, in
order to see if it is not possible for
;hese representatives of the two pow
ers to agree to terms of peace. The
president earnestly asks that the Rus
sian and Japanese governments do
now agree to such a meeting and is
asking the Japanese and Russian gov
ernments to agree likewise.
"While the president does not feel
that any intermediary should be caii
ed with respect to the peace negoti
ation! themselves, he is entirely will
ing to do what he properly can, if
the powers concerned feel that his ser
vices will be of effect in arranging the
preliminaries as to the time and place
of meeting. But If even these prelim
inaries can be arranged directly be
tween the tWO powers, or in any other
way, the president will be glad, as his
sole purpose is to bring about a meet
ing which the whole civilized world
will pray may result in peace,"
Dynamited Policeman's Home.
Everett, Wash., Jane 14.—The home
of J. O. Williams, a policeman, was
dynamited Tuesday morning at 3
o'clock, bat no one injured.
WASHINGTON, IDAHO, MONTANA,
AND OREGON NEWS ITEMS.
4 Few Interesting Items Gathered
From Our Exchanges of the Sur
rounding Country—Numerous Acci
dents and Personal Events Take
Place—Outlook Is Bright.
The cerfew bell at Ellensburg now
rings at 8:30 p. m.
Grain near Wilbur is well advanced
and barley is beginning to head.
The May tax receipts at Tacoma
amounted to $163,0U0, an increase of
about $33,000 over last year.
Collegiate work at the University
of Washington has now been closed
for the present year.
-The annual reunion of the pioneers
of Spokane county held last week was
enjoyed by between tiOO and 700 peo
The May flour shipments from Se
attle amounted to 122,G51 barrels, val
ued at nearly one half million dol
Governor Mead has decided that
Judge S. J. Chadwick of Colfax is in
eligible to the oflice of railway com
Ernest Tough, aged 13, son of Jas.
Tough, a farmer near Rock Lake, had
his left arm shot off while hunting
The body of George Wright, a de
serter from Vancouver barracks, was
found Sunday in the river, about a
mile below Spokane.
The congressional irrigation com
mittee has agreed to spend one day in
eastern Washington, devoting three
hours to North Yakima and the re
mainder of the day at Spokane.
A grand jury to probe into rumors
of corruption in the Spokane city and
county government was drawn in the
superior court Saturday morning by
direction of Judge Poindexter.
Mark A. Fullerton of the supreme
bench of the state of Washington is
to be given the degree of doctor of
laws, by the Washington State col
lege on commencement day, June 22.
Arnold Kohler shot himself with
suicidal intent at a sheep camp on the
Columbia river. He died just as rela
tives reached town with him. He shot
himself in the head with a big re
The annual encampments of the
Grand Army cf the Republic and the
Women's Relief Corps for the depart
ment of Washington and Alaska, will
begin at Vancouver June 20 and con
tinue for three days.
John S. McMillin of Roche Harbor
and J. C. Lawrence of Colfax will as
sist Chainrian Harry Fairchild of Bel
lingham In regulating the railroads of
the state of Washington, according to
the governor's latest determination.
A fine flow of water has been struck
in the well drilled on the farm of
John Bradley, in Horse Heaven, eight
miles south of Prosser. The water
was encountered at a depth of 168
feet and stands 24 feet deep, the sup
ply being inexhaustible.
The Woolgrowers' association of
Pierce county has sold the*ir clip to
Theodore Berheim at Portland at 27%
cents, the highest price received in
many years. Six bidders competed,
all figuring at about 27 cents. The
(lip will be about 8000 pounds.
Peter Curry, a man who had been
convicted a short time ago in the su
perior court at Olympia on the charge
of horse stealing and who was out
on bail pending an appeal to the su
preme court, shot and killed himself
in Lewis county.
William Lovering and Thos. O'Con
nor who were arrested at Seattle a
few days ago after a duel with officers,
in which a number of shots were fired
last Sunday morning, have pleaded
guilty to the charge of burglary and
been sentenced to serve 14 years each
in the state penitentiary.
Beginning with the 20th of this
month and lasting until after the
Fourth of July, hundreds of Indians
will assemble at Nespelem, on the Col
ville reservation, and hold a meeting
that will be one of the most noted
gathering! of the red men ever held
in the west. The occasion will be com
memorative of the death of Chief Jo
Chris Parkhurst, proprietor of the
Cecil hotel at Aberdeen, nes in the
tiospltal with a cracked skull as the
result of a shooting scrape which oc
curred early Sunday morning between
himself and a roomer named U. A.
Welsenberger. The quarrel was over
I'aiUhursfs Stepdaughter, whom, it is
alleged, Weisenberger had insulted.
Weisenberger lireu two shots, one tak
ing effect in the skull. He also flred
:it I'arkhursts wife, but missed her.
Threa thousand Odd Fellows of Ore
gon and Washington paraded in Port
land in celebrauon of Odd Fellows'
day at the Lewis and Clark fair.
CftlTia Easterbrook, aged 83 years,
who was injured by being thrown from
a cart into a pile of rocks near Wea
therby station, died from his injuries.
Miss Wavello Cunningham, a young
woman of Pondleton. was found dead
in a Portland lodging house recently.
She had committed suicide by inhal
ing illuminating gas.
The decision of the management of
the Lewis and Clark exposition to al
low the grounds to remain open on
Sundays and hold religious services in
Festival hall has been the occasion
for much comment.
The formal transfer of ownership of
the Portland Consolidated Street Rail
way company was made Saturday for
a consideration of $ti,000,000. The
buyers are beligman Bros., of New
York and E. W. Clarke & Co., of Phil
Large delegations oi traveling men,
principally from Seattle and Tacoma,
attended the Lewis and Clark expo
sition Saturday. Before proceeding to
the grounds the traveling men to the
number .of 2500 traversed the princi
pal streets of the city in a parade.
The town of Stites will celebrate
A good roads convention was held
at Moscow June 15 and 16.
John Smith, a well known civil war
veteran of Coeur d'Alene city, was
The mills in and around Coeur
d'Alene city are sawing on an aver
age of 500,000 feet of lumber daily.
Miss G. Massam of Walla Walla,
Wash., while visiting at Coeur d'Alene,
was relieved of a beautiful umbrella.
During May, 17 prisoners were re
ceived at the Boise penitentiary and
five were discharged, leaving 199 at
the end of the month.
Sunday morning the first service
was held in the new $8000 Catholic
church at Lewiston. It is the hand
somest house of worship in Lewiston.
William Bennett, a citizen of Harri
son recently killed an enormous black
bear. It weighed 500 pounds. The
hide, which he will have mounted,
weighs 40 pounds.
Two robbers held up the barkeeper
of the Brashear & Davis saloon at
Bellevue and took $270. They fired a
shot to intimidate the man. There is
ho clew to the holdups.
Alfred L. Picard, an electrical en
gineer and contractor who went re
cently from Hope to Boston, shot him
self, after his wife, a Boston woman,
for whom he had sent just previously,
refused to see him.
It is reported that the great Her
cules silver-lead mine had opened a
new ore body in its lower levels. The
ore body was reported to be 18 inches
wide and of unknown length.
A severe electrical storm visited the
Grangeville section recently. Light
ning struck at several places in and
near town. In the southeastern part
nf town the house of Will Briscoe was
struck, and all the members of the
family in the house were severely
shocked. Mr. Briscoe's mother was
affected the worst.
Bonner is beyond doubt the banner
fish center of Montana this year.
The May receipts at the Helena
assay office were $189,130, an increase
of more than $29,000 over May, 1904.
Martin Miller of Billings died from
the effects of a lightning shock receiv
Livestock growers in Dawson coun
ty are happy. They have had abun
dant moisture this spring and are
assured of a good grass crop.
H. H. Swartz of Helena, Mont., who
is in charge of all the special agents
of the general land office stationed in
Montana and Idaho, has been at Wal
lace investigating the proposed forest
reserve in Shoshone county.
"Any man who pays his liquor bill
and is not too boisterous is entitled
to get drunk once a month," said Po
lice Judge Warren recently at Butte
in acquitting Luther Wilson, charged
with being a periodical drunkard.
Accidental though it unquesionably
was, the discovery of oil at Kendall
is none the less genuine, and the own
ers of the Billiard tract are now try
ing to figure out whether they have a
bonanza or a white elephant on their
The excitement at Kendall and vi
cinity during the past few days over
the discovery of oil has brought hun
dreds of people to that point and over
2000 acres of land in that vicinity
have been filed upon, according to a
report from Lewiston.
Angered because his friend ordered
seltzer instead of whisky when invit
ed to take a drink, Claude Billings, a
miner from Eureka, Utah, sent a bul
let into his brain after shooting his
companion, l.cvi Bacon, in the thigh.
The tragedy occurred in Dan Drew's
saloon in Butte. Billings lingered but
a few minutes after the shooting.
A peculiar accident at the Red
Lodge Coal company's mine recently
resulted la the deaiu of the master
mechanic, C. E. Hymer, a well known
young man, and son of the manager
of the company. He was leaning over
the shaft when suddenly a heavy pul
ley wheel dropped from the frame
work above and struck him on the
head, breaking his neck. Death re
suited a short time after.
MISSISSIPPI IS HIGH
Hannibal, Mo., June 14.—The flood
in the Mississippi river has spread ovet
all the unprotected lowlands and is
from five to ten miles wide between
here and Keopkuck, lowa. Near Alex
ander, Mo., a farmer was drowned and
seven other persons are reported miss
ing. Great numbers of carcases of
live stock are floating past Hannibal,
and from Alexandoria, Canton, Mem
phis, West Qaincy and Keokuk reports
have been received of the general less
of live stock. The flood came so sud
denly that the farinnrs in the low lands
had no time to do more than save their
families. The river continues to rise
here at the rate of three inches an
hour. An army of men is at work in
hte lower portion of Hannibal endeav
oring to save property. The railroad
yards and factory districts are inundat
cd. All availnbel boats are making'
trips up and down the river rescuing
persons who fled to points above the
water line. Many of the small levees
have broken. The property loaa al
ready suffered, it is estimated, will
run into the millions.
WAR STATUS LAST WEEK.
No Military or Naval Operations in
There were no important military or
naval operations in the far east last
week, as all Influences were making
for peace. No aggressiveness was
manifested in Manchuria, although
both armies have apparently been in
condition to wage heavy battle. Field
Marshal Oyama evidently decided to
postpone his contemplated forward
movement until the question of sea
supremacy was determined and by so
doing he has undoubtedly effected an
Immense saving in blood and treasure.
The week closed with an expression
of willingness by both belligerents to
accept the suggestion of President
Roosevelt for the appointment of plen
ipotentiaries who are to consider
peace terms. This does not necessari
ly mean that the conditions proposed
by Japan will be acceptable or that a
permanent end of hostilities is assur
ed by the calling of the conference.
Hut it signifies that Russia has in a
measure recognized the hopelessness
of her cause, and with the intimation
that peace would be agreeable to her,
the first essential step toward getting
it has been taken.
The striking figure in these impor
tant preliminaries has been that of
President Roosevelt, it is now admit
ted at all the great, capitals that he
was in the best position to advise the
opening of negotiations that might
bring to a dose the bloody conflict
now more than a year old. He has
done it with dignity and felicitous
terms and both powers interested
have not been slow to praise the ad
mirable manner in which he has la
bored for peace.
Masonic grand lodge of Washing
ton, Bellingham, June 13; Eastern
Star, June 15; Royal Arch, June 19;
Knights Templars, June 21.
Washington State Bar association,
Spokane, July tj-N.
Whitman and Latah Veterans' en
campment, Pullman, June 14-16.
Idaho Women's Relief Corps, de
partment convention, Coeur d'Alene,
Montana Press association, annual
convention, Billings, July i::.
Montana state convention Epworth
league, Missoula, June 15-18.
Idaho Firemen's state convention,
Lewis!on, September 5-8.
Idaho liaptist Young People's union,
district, convention, Coeur d'Alene,
Washington State Pharmaceutical
association, Long Beach, July is.
Lewis and Clark centennial exposi
tion, Portland, June 1 to October 15.
Spring Sown Wh,eat Is Good.
Preliminary returns to the chief
of the bureau of statistics of the de
partment of agriculture on the acre
age of siniitg wheat sown indicate an
average of about IT.tHU.OOO acres, an
increase of 472,000 acres, or 2.8 per
cent over the estimate of the acreage
sown last year.
The average condition of spring
wheat on June 1 was 93.7. as com
pared with 93.4 at the corresponding
date last year.
The average condition of winter
wheat on June 1 was 85.5 as compar
ed with 92.5 on May 1. 1905; 77 7 on
June 1. 1904.
Rear Admiral I'rii; has played an
Important part In the naval cam
paigns of the present war, although
hii oame hai been referred to out
few timei .since iiic battle of Chemul
po on February 9, 1904, when be sunk
the VariaK and the Korietz, He is
Togo's second in command and led
the cruiser division in the battle with
Uriu was born 47 years ago and en
tered the United States naval acad
emy in 1577, taking the full course of
four years and graduating 14th in a
class of 136 in 1881.