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"RATHER FORECAST: TOMORROW, PBOBABLT FAIR.
WHAT WILL YOU DO IF THEY MOVE FROM SPOKANE?
Defeat of the Commission Bill is One of
the Vital Questions Which Concerns
Every Class of Business, Every Wage
Earner and Every Merchant in City.
The manufacturer nnd the merchant—
Tlie wholesaler and the retailer—
The rich man and the poor man—
Tlie taxpayer and the citizen—
Tlie landlord and the tenant —
This series of stories on the effects of the cam
paign for a railroad commission bill is dedicated.
By William Francis Guion.
Every man, woman and child living
In Spokane ls directly or Indirectly
Interested ln the defeat of Durhnm
tsm as represented In the attempt to
force a railroad commission upon the
unwilling manufacturers and jobbers
Let me tell you why.
In the first place, as I told you
yesterday, Spokane has $100,000,(100
Invested In manufacturing and Job
bing business. On this Investment
are paid wages annually amounting
This wage money goes to the men,
women and children of Spokane. It
represents to them food, shelter,
clothing and the necessities and lux
uries of life. For them it is what
makes life worth living in Spokane.
What are the resources of Spo
Primarily It was mining. Then
lumber and a little agricultural busi
Hut today Spokane's prosperity Is
based on her commercial enterprises
—her mills, her factories, ber whole
sale houses. From them come the
13,000,000 which turn the wheels of
Take away this $100,000,000 of the
factories, the mills and the wholesale
houses. Cut off the $3,000,000 paid In
What have you left?
It Is true you have the Washington
Water Power company, the Spokane
Traction company und the retail
Put upon what do these home cor
porations and retail stores feed? Is
It not upon the money you and I earn
from these factories, these mills and
these wholesale houses, Which we
turn Into them directly and Indirectly.
You, Mr. Small Home Owner, are
working; for a factory which is tight
lug against the strangling competi
tion of Seattle and Portland., If that
factory is compelled to shut down,
or remove, because railroad rates
have been so levelled that it can not
compete from this shipping point, you
lose your Job. You can not buy food,
much less ride upon the street cars,
or buy of the retailer.
You must move, or starve!
And you, Mr. Hmidoye of the street
car company, or the retailer. When
the employe of the factory quit!
spending money for ear rides or retail
goods, is your employer going to
keep you around waiting for the cus
tomer who Is broke, or has gone
away? Will he pay rent and buy
stock when no one enters his store,
or buys his goods?
HAS ITS TROUBLES
War In Peaceful Valley.
The peasants in Russia have no
harder time to get the government
to grant them concessions than have
the residents of Peaceful Valley to
get the cesspool on the hill side
A few weeks ngo the council, at
the request of Peaceful Vnlley resi
dents, ordered the engineer's office
to see that the cesspool was emptied.
Last night it was emptied.
But now the kick ls bigger than
aver, for, instead of pumping the
contents of tjie cesspool Into the
"MOTHER IS DEAD, I HAVE
NO MONEY EOR A FUNERAL"
Have you noticed a little 16-year-
Sld girl soliciting money with which
to give her mother a Christian burial.
It was Margaret Mahlert. Bhe Is
the only daughter of Mrs. Kllsabeth
Mahlert, who died at St. Luke's hos
Mrs. Mahlert has been married
twice. Her second husbsnd wus a
man by the name of Swanson.
Shortly after their marriage his
wife became 111 and Swanson packed
np and left. For over a year little
Margaret Mahlert has worked at
The Spokane Press
That is why the defeat of this com
mission bill is to your interest. I
reiterate that the establishment of a
railroad commission will force the
factory man and the wholesale man
out of business in Spokane.
This brought about —this support
of Spokane prosperity swept away—
and what have you?.
An empty shell—a deserted village.
Too strong, you say. Spokane is
builded on a stronger foundation, you
But let us go into figures nnd facts
Every piece of goods, every article
of trade in Spokane ls sold for a
price based on the cost of transporta
tion. To the original cost of manu
facture of an article must be added
the freight charges. To tho mer
chant, the freight charge Is as the
tax, or the rent, added to your cost
of living—fixed and Inevitable.
If these freight charges are dis
proportionate, the merchant either
adds to, or lowers, his selling price,
according to whether the balance ls
against him, or In his favor. A lower
freight rate means a lower cost to
the consumer. A higher freight rate
ls a higher tax on the cost of sell
other things being equal, If a
hardware merchant can sell you n
lawnmower cheaper than can his com
petitor, It is because he has secured a
lower freight rate. No matter how
he secured that better rate, his price
makes it nn object for you to buy of
him. The other hardware man loses
Portland and Seattle enjoy lower
freight rates than does Spokane
The local rate from the Missouri
river, on first class goods, ls $4.15.
Because, to the railroads, Spokane is
a way station, nn intermediate point.
To Portland nnd Seattle the rate
on the same class of goods Is $3.00.
This 1h a terminal rate as applied
under the system of Interstate com
As a counterbalance to this lower
terminal rate, the railroads give to
the Portland and Seattle Jobbers a
distributing rate of $1.18, for which
charge those coast jobbers can ship
their goods all the way back to Spo
kane, to compete on nn equal basis
with the Spokane Jobber In the hit
With an equality of goods and cost
of selling, the prlcen would be even
and it would be much a matter of
sentiment whether the retailer bought
Of the Portland or Seattle Jobber, or
of the Spokane jobber.
sewer, It was pumped DUi and the
stuff run In the yards of the people
It seems tbnt Oeorge W. Rolls bor
rowed a pump from the scavenger
and when he found It was too short
to reach tho sewer turned It down
hill, to go where It would.
Now the residents of Peaceful Val
ley and the health office want some
one urrested for gross carelessness.
The engineers' office has sent a
gnng of men out to clear away the
muss and It Is expected that peace
will be declared by night.
housework to keep her mother alive.
A few we. its ago she wan sent to
si Luke s hospital, where she died.
Her last request for that her daugh
ter bury her as Mrs. Mahlert, and not
Swanson, because Bwanson had left
her destltue at the time she most
needed his support.
"Mother is dead and I have no
money for a hearse, but I will never
let mother be haulod to her grave In
an express wagon," were the words
of brave little Margaret.
She then told her sud story to
Dut thus far Spokane jobbers have
held their own through favor in the
matter of distributing rates out of
Spokane to intermediate points west
for a prescribed distance.
That is, rates to points within the
100 mile radius are so adjusted that
the Spokane shipper gets the advan
tage of a lower cost of transporta
tion to a given point in that terri
tory than does the Portland or Seattle
It ls through this that the Spokane
Jobber can compete successfully witli
the coast shippers.
What will happen when two coast
commissioners and one Spokane com
missioner take control of the local
rates as a railroad commission?
It is this very adjustment of rates
which the Seattle and Portland ship
pers declare to be unfair and unjust
to them. They accuse the railroads
of discriminating ln a certain terri
tory ln favor of Spokane shippers
and insist that the discrimination is
Will not the two commissioners
from the coast vote that such dis
criminations are illegal? Will they
have to violate their oaths of office
or go outside the legal procedure to
And when that rallrond commission
has decided such rates Illegal and
has levelled them to enable the Se
attle and Portland jobber—the latter
shipping by way of Vancouver —to
compete on an equal or lower price
basis with Spokane, will not Seattle
and Portland get the business?
Won't the man In Lincoln, Douglas
or Okanogan county buy his lawn
mower of the Portland or Seattle
jobber? If he does, can the Spokane
Jobber keep on doing business, when
his customers refuse to buy of him?
Do you think that $100,000,000 In
vestment is going to remain in Spo
kane, If no returns can be secured
Do you think those financiers will
continue to pay you $3,000,000 an
nually as wages when you can do
nothing to earn It?
Rather, will not those men seek
other places of Investment, where
they can secure returns?
This is what I mean when T say
every man, woman and child In Spo
kane Is Interested in the defeat of
Durhamlsm. Your homes, your lux
uries, your very existence is threat
ened because, with the annihilation,
or removal, of the mills, factories and
wholesale houses, Spokane will lose
that which has been her support—
which has grown to be her very life—•
her commercial Interests.
Will you believe the men who sign
ed that telegram sent to Olympia
protesting against the passage of the
railroad commission bill? Will you
believe the men who head the big
concerns of Holley. Mason, Marks &
Co., the Spokane Dry Goods company,
Boothe-McCllntOck, John W. Graham
& Co., Griffith Heating & Plumbing
Co., B. I-. Gordon & Co.?
Or will you believe the Franken
stein of the tall tower who would
have you assume that every man who
talks, or writes, against the railroad
commission bill is on the payrolls of
Turnbull, the undertaker. He told tlie
little orphan that the entire cost of
the funeral to her would only he $10.
The little Bill went out yesterday
afternoon to raise the money.
Today at 2 o'clock Mrs. Mahlert
will lie hurled. Services at Turnbull's
Undertaking Chapel, interment at
Falrmouut. Itev. George Hat ting will
INDIANAPOLIS. Feb. 23—Detect
ives are probing the alleged legisla
tive bribery story told in the house
yesterday nnd are still looking for
C. A. linker. There are persistent
rumors that letter was found In Ha
tter's room at the Denlson hotel, re
ferring to the enclosed check for
|8,000 to be used in the legislature.
BABY IS SICK
ST. CKTI'IISMHO, Feb. 23 —The
Infant heir to the throne Is reported
to be suffering from the grippe, al
though the condition is not serious.
(Serlppl News Association.)
BACUA M F.NTO, Cal.. Feb 23 —On
aCCOUnt of the Illness of Senator Km
mons the senate this morning post
poned action on the recommendation
of the investigating committee on
SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, THTRSDAT, FEBRUARY 23, 1905.
the expulsion of the four senators
accused of boodllng until Monday.
Emmons' condition continues to be
critical. Aside from the serious ill
ness, his plight is pitiful. While it
Is generally conceded that Emmons
accepted bribe money, yet he can not
use it because it is marked. He has
no other funds to pay his hospital,
physicians and hotel bills. His fellow
senators are lining up on a subscrip
tion. To add to his misfortunes, his
son shot himself In the leg a few
days ago while hunting.
Editor Press: After reading
the sad story of little Agnes
O'Keefe I find I have nothing
to grumble over. Lessons that
seemed hard to me once are
much easier now. Although I
am poor, I have, my mother
and home. My heart went out
to this dear little soul, but,
with the kind assistance of the
good people of Spokane, I hope
her path may be strewn with
roses, bright and shining to
the end, and that all other
happy girls will also learn their
lesson from the dear little
MISS FHANKIE MOUNT.
(Scrlpps News Association.)
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23.—Commis
sioner Garfield of the bureau of cor-
poratlons today gave assurance that
the beef trust report would be in the
hands of congress before adjourn
Portions relating to prosecutions of
offenders will be withheld from the
public for the present.
(Scrlpps News Association.)
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23. — The
house today unanimously agreed on
the senate amendment appointing
Senator llawley of Connecticut, who
retires March 4, as a brigadier gen
eral on the retired list. After adopt
ing the amendment to the senate
proposition conferring the same
honor on General Peter Osterhaus of
(Scrlpps News Association.!
BAI.T LAKR, Feb. 23—The Inves
tigation by the committee of the
legislature Into the crooked work of
the I'tah commission at the St. Louis
fair was resumed this morning.
A number of former state officials,
bankers and others were examined.
This afternoon there will be an nt
tempt on the part of the committee
to show that S. T. Whtttaker, direct
or general of the commission, kept
his private and state funds ln the
same bank account.
(Scrlpps News Association.)
ST. JOHNSBURT, Vt, Feb. 23.—
Former t'nited States Senator Jona
than Ross died this morning as a
result of Injuries received In a run
away accident Tuesday, In which
Mrs. Boss was Instantly killed.
(Scrlpps JMews Association.)
AUBURN, Cal., Feb. 23 — Adolph
Weber, despite his conviction, con
tinues to wear a confident air.
He slept like a child last night and
ate a hearty breakfast this morning.
He takes it as a matter of fact that
a new trial will be granted and he
will be acquitted. He is preparing
papers tn support of bis appeal.
WANT TO KNOW
(Scrlpps News Association.)
WASHINGTON) Feb. 23. — The
bouse committee on Indian .ifi - to
day favorably reported a reaolutlon
calling OH the secretary of the In
terior to furnish tlie lumxe the com
plete information eoncernina the lean
ing of oil lands In the Osage Indian
reservation including copies of the
SOCIALISTS TO HOLD
The socialists' city convention will
be held Wednesday, March 8. A call
for the convention was ordered by
the Socialist party last night at its
meeting in the Central Labor hall. E.
J. Tamblln, secretary, will Issue the
call to all members ln good standing
of the socialist party to meet In
FOR LOST MONEY
SACRAMENTO, Cal., Feb. 23.—The
special committee appointed to inves
tigate the tinancial affairs of the state
university handed ln a report this
The report recommends that steps
be taken for the Immediate recovery
EIGHTY THREE BODIES
HAVE BEEN RECOVERED
(Scrlpps News Association.)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Feb. 23.—Up
to S o'clock this morning 83 bodies of
miners had been taken from the Vir
ginia mine. Seven more corpses are
MURDERED DIKE BURIED
(Scrlpps News Association.)
MOBCOW, Feb. 23. —The ceremony
of blessing the body of Grand Duke
Sergius was performed this morning.
A Kleff regiment furnished guard at
Chaudoff monastery, where the funer
al services were held. Immense
orowds thronged the streets and
troops are present everywhere.
After a blessing the body was con
veyed to an adjoining church, where
it was placed on a catafalque, the
coffin covered with wreaths and
crosses. The officials of Sergius'
HAS BISHOP MINTDRFF
GONE NEVER TO RETURN?
A Lovely Church Fight Is On—lt Seems That Dr. M'lnturff Owned the
Church, All Its Furniture and the Members Should be Thankful That
He Allowed Them to Worship in It—Colony Scheme Is Not Endorsed.
Tlie meeting held yesterday after
noon hy members of the t'nited
Christian church developed n condi
tion of things which show clearly
that for the present at least the
name of the organization must be
changed, substituting in the title for
'•united* the word "divided."
The division line is drawn between
the faithful members of the Church
and Its pastor nnd leader. At the
meeting yesterday no one championed
the side of Dr. Mclnturff except bis
wife, bis lawyer and one young man
who came around Just before the
meeting adjourned to tell the assem
bled multitude that the bishop was a
great and good man.
There were manifestations of sor
row and of anger because Of many
things tlie bishop had done. This ac
count would not be truthful if it
omitted the statement that anger was
most In evidence.
C. l.lndley was chosen chairman
of the meeting nnd made v tine pre
sidbiK officer. He endeavored to keep
all bitterness out of the frequent de
butes which occurred between A. K.
I.lttts and Mrs. Mclnturff, but the
feeling acrimonious spirit was there
and like Banqtio'a ghost it would not
Mr l.lttls told the members that
he had been advised by eminent legal
authorities that the church did not
hold Hie title to the lands at Bon
ner's Kerry, but the same Is vested
in the individual trustees who are
named in the deed. Mr l.lttls there
tor. concludSd that the church or
ganization had not only lost its bish
op but its property.
The socialists never have any can
didates for office announced before
The extra large vote of the social
ists at the last election scared some
of the old party lenders.
The leaders of the socialists be
lieve they will elect two councilman
from the First ward.
from the board of regents of 161,000
lost through the defalcation of Secre
tary McKeown, now in San Quentin
The committee says the money was
lost through negligence of the re
in sight and will be taken out soon.
It will probably be the middle of
next week before the work of pump
ing out the mine will be completed
and all bodies recovered.
household and aides formed a circle
around the bier, but drew back to
permit the imperial party to enter
the circle. The Grand Duchess Elisa
beth took her place at the foot of
the cotlin and the metropolitan bish
ops conducted the service, accompan
ied by the chanting of the imperial
choir. When the duchess came to
kiss the dead she almost broke down
and was about to fall, hut the Grand
Duke Constantine gave her support.
When the grand duchess kissed the
uniform of the left breast thrice the
"Mr. l.lttls Is Ignorant of the
Church's affairs,'' raid Mrs. Mcln
turff, warmly. "He has not been a
member long enough to be posted. I
am not going to condemn him be
cause lie Is ignorant."
Tliis stirred up tlie complaining
member and he proceeded to show
Mrs. Mclnturff that he was not so
Ignorant after all.
"1 see very plainly that I shall be
compelled to make unpleasant state
ments and It pains me to do so," said
Mr. l.lttls, "and everything I say I
He then read n legal opinion as to
the lands at Bonner's Ferry, and
made the charge that Dr. Mclnturff
had gone there to manage the prop
erty for his own private gain. He
said the doctor had preached hia
farewell sermon and deserted his
"Speaking of money matters," said
Mr l.lttls, "Dr. Mclnturff at the time
of the organization of his church here
eight years ago hadn't a cent. He
Is worth today about $16,000. I'd
like to know where be got it. The
members of hia church have paid ln
something, like $60,000, and they are
anxious to know what became of it."
Returning to the lands at lion
net's Ferry Mr. Littls said: "Dr.
Mclnturff told me that be was to he
the absolute boss there and no one
of the colony would have a word to
say. We can't follow him there
under such conditions."
Mrs. Mclnturff denied that her hus
band bad niade money out of the
church. She said she ami the doctor
bad brought money Here from Chat
TIIIKD YEAR. NO. 93. PRICE: ONE CENT
body was borne on the shoulders of
grand dukes and aides to the mon
astery of St. Andrew and placed in a
vault to await removal to St. Peters
ST. PBTERSBI 'R(J, Feb. 23.—1n
the presenos of the emperor and Im
perial family a requiem mass was
celebrated for the soul of Sergius at
Tsarkoe-SelO palace today. Similar
services were held at Isaac's cathe
dral, attended by officials of the gov-
ernment. The public was not ad
LONDON, Feb. 2.l.—Memorial ser
vices fur the Grand Duke Sergius
were held In the Russian church, con
nected with tlie embassy. In addi
tion to the embassy representatives
of King Edward, Ambassador Choate
and other diplomats attended.
NIAGARA FALLS, Feb. 23. —A fire
this morning seriously damaged
power house No. 1 of the Niagara
Power company and is tying up the
electric light and railway systems of
Three employes were burned from
head to foot by short circuiting of
the generators. They will probably
MILWAUKEE, Wis., Feb. 23.—
After a stormy session the bowling
congress selected Louisville Instead
of Philadelphia as the next meeting
Stretch and Rolph of Chicago
smashed the world's two men team
record today, making 1913
N PARIS, Feb. 23.—1t s learned that
the report of the Hull Incpilry com
mission In addition to Justifying the
action of Rojestvensky In tiring on
the trawlers also contains other para
graphs which will satisfy Kngland
and which will counterbalance the
pro-Russian paragraphs which have
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N. J„
Feb. L'3.—Fire destroyed the business
Section of the town today. The loss
tanooga and that later the doctor's
mother died, leaving him considerable
money. She declared that he didn't
have much money anyway.
The chairman called attention to
the real object of the meeting, which
was to determine what rights the
members had and then go uhead to
Two lawyers were called In to en
lighten the members.
On the side of the complaining and
discontented was Lawrence Jack,
while Mrs. Mclnturff brought F. W.
Girand to tell the people present that
Bishop Mclnturff had conducted
everything according to law.
Both lawyers were heard from at
The constitution nnd bylaws of the
United Christian church are contain
ed in a "manual." This compilation
of laws gives Bishop Mclnturff al
most unlimited power. It was charg
ed mi the one side that this power
was abused, but Mrs. Mclnturff In
sisted that this was not true. The
fact appeared, however, that the
bishop had his way In everything
even ln his pet scheme of disposing
of the church property and founding
a colony. It was shown that those
who objected to his plans were
promptly expelled from the church.
A. English stated the situation In
this pathetic manner: "Our plaos of
worship has bee.i takes away from
us, and we have no paator. The
church is without a leader. We are
an army without a general and with
out a home. Dr. ntclntnrff haa preach
ed his farewell sermon and will nsver
ST. PCTKP.SP.t-nO, Feb. 23.
—A dispatch from Warsaw
states that In a fight between
the girls of the high srhonl and
the police the Cossacks were
calle dout and drove the girls
and mothers home with knouts.
School boys fought the po
lice and Cossacks ln defense of
the girls. Three hundred were
(Scrlpps News Association.)
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23.—The sen
ate committee on naval affairs en
dorsed the president's naval program
by retaining in the naval bill the>
house provision for two battleships,
but limited the minimum total dis
placement of each to 16,000 tons.
(Scrlpps News Association.)
TOPEKA, Kan., Feb. 23.—The sen
ate in a committee of the whole today
rerommended the passage of the
house railroad bill providing for ths
regulation of railroad rates by A
board of commissioners, action to be
taken only In case of complaint.
DR. HARPER 1$
CHICAGO, Feb. 23.—At T 30 this
morning Dr. Harper's physicians
state that the patient is resting easily
and from all indications will recover
from the effects of the operation but
the physicians hold out no hops
for his ultimate recovery.
WOLVERHAMPTON, Eng. Feb. 2.9.
—Sir Henry Irving suffered a relapse
today. He may not live through the
"Oh, yes, he will!" exclaimed Mrs.
Mclnturff. "The doctor intends to
"He declared several times that he
would never come back," Interposed
Littls, "and I can prove by many;
that he told them the same thing."
"Yes, he told several of us that he
would never return to Spokane," In
terjected another meqpber, "and he
further declared that he would com
mit suicide if he was pressed too
hard with outstanding accounts."
"■a is dead to ns." said Mr. Eng
lish, sadly. "He haa divorced himself
from his church and la dead."
A complaint was made that Mrs.
Mclnturff had been selling furniture
out of the church which belonged te
the members. On Dr. Mclnturff s side
of the chamber It was claimed thai
the doctor bought the furniture.
After further charges and answers
had been exchanged a committee oil
three was named by the meeting to
notify every member of the church to
attend a meeting to be called by the
committee to determine what shall
Thla committee will also arrange
for a place of worship and services
will be held on Sundays. The manu
al provides that notices shall be given
at the Sunday services of all busi
ness meetings. By holding services
the legal corporation will be main
Bishop Mclnturq remains safely es
tablished on the Idaho ranch and all
of his former parlshoners eacept his
wife believe he will never return to