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HOME EDITION—ONE CENT
WFATHTP For s P okane and vicinity: To
fTLAI nCIX night, fair, colder Sunday, fair.
=======; Max. temp. 38, mm. temp. 31.
ONE CENT IN CITY. ON TRAINS. FIVE CENTS.
A CHAMPION AVIATOR FALLS TO DEATH
Demanding to know why the nas
company has paid no tax on tho
Roger Williams franchise for near
ly four years, the city council last
ninht adopted a resolution offered
by Councilman Cartwrighi re- j
questing that the mayor and the
corporation counsel make a report
on this proposition.
The franchise requires that the
§,as company pay the city - per
nut annually on its gross earnings.
It did pay this for awhile and then
quit, and no effort has since been
made either to collect the tax or
forfeit the franchise.
The resolution of Councilman
Cartwright is derlcted to Mayor
Pratt, who is supposed to protect
the people in such matters, as the
corporation counsel is appointed by
and under the Immediate orders of
.Mayor Pratl voted to pass the
gas franchise as a councilman over
the veto of Mayor Boyd,
(B-- united Presn Leased WiT>
FORT HUACIIUCA, Ariz , Dec.
ni Troop c.. federal cavalry, sta
tioned at Fort Huuchuca, Ariz.,
was ordered to the Sonora border
at noon today, upon receipt of ad
vices that trouble was expected
there between the Mexican gov
ernment troops and insurgents who
have mobilized on the Arizona
IT'S A PRETTY
B-s-r-r-r! Ting a ling! B-z-r-r-r-r-r!
That's the way The l'ress tele-
phone has been
going all day to
day, it started last
night. and has
been keeping it up
And all because
All because of
tie- little story
printed lasl night across the hot
.U>in id' the first page about the
mother and two buys who wore
looking for work in order that they
mighl support that family of 10 out
at Itawley court.
Everybody seemed to be able and
willing to do something for them,
anil everybody was mote than anx
ious to do What they could.
All of which goes to prove that
this is a pretty good tdd world aft
OS all If you only wake ii up.
(By United P<-e*« Lease i Wlre.i
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 31.—
'John H Moissant was a former res
ident of San Francisco. lie has
many friends here.
53 PAY DAYS IN 1910;
DID YOU GET WISE?
Mow many paydays in a year.
supposing you gei paid every Bat j
Huh, dial's an easy one. Fifty
two —.ooks in a year; sli paydays
in at, ehr,
It's a good guess, but you're
wrong this year.
For in this good lit lie old year
of 1910 the-re were- 53 Saturdays,
and consequently 58 paydays.
That's correct, the calendar says
hi. The very flrsl day of the
present year was Saturday, Jan
vary I. and the very last day is
today. Saturday, December 31,
Incidentally, it has been 18 years
since wo bad a year with 53 Sat
unlays, the last year being Ihus
abundantly blessed with paydays
being the year 1898, when Satur
day was both lln' flrsl and last
day o) the year.
Greatest "Giver" of the
Year—Crime and Acci
CHICAGO, Dec. 31.—Andrew
Carnegie has allowed his
purse strings to hang more
loosely than any other multi
millionaire, in 1910, according
to statistics printed today in
the Chicago Tribune. These
figures show that the iron
master has given $19,664,325
for public benefactions dur
ing the year. The total amount
of such gifts during the year
Embezzlements during the
year aggregated $35,000,000
as compared with $8,000,000
for the preceding year.
Fire losses came to $222,000,000,
including $20,000,000 in forest fires.
There Were lL'.t'.uS suicides, 6112
drownings, 3562 deaths in fires,
lliui killed In mines. L'(i."i in storms,
881 by explosions, 189 from elec
trical shocks, irjo in automobile
accidents, 109 by lightning, 326 by
asphxiatton, \\~ by elevators and
325 by railroads, which also in
j The city council did the right
thing last night when it passed tie
1 ordinance, at the request of Chief
of Police DotlEt, granting two more
police matrons for Il* II .
In the annual estimates adopted
!in October, the number of matrons
bad been . in to one. on the reoom-
I mendatlon of the former chief.
Chief Dousl is a warm believer jn
[ matrons, and says that it is right
and proper and In the interest of
I common decency that women jail
j ers should take care of women
(By United Press Leased Wire.)
BELLINGHAM Wn., Dee. 81.—
The gladsome new year and the
eadsome closing of the local grog
geriee for a period of two years
1 will be the occasion for a double
celebration tonight lit is feared),
and it is believed that Bellingham's
uptown will be literally torn down
and thrown out of the windows.
Special police will In' on duty, and
a number of extra men win also
wear stars. The saloontuen pront
ise to do all in their pow<|' to keep
order in their houses, but there is
j likely to be a wild old time.
NEW COMMANDANT HERE.
Major BhattucV the new- com
mandant of I'ort Co-urge Wright,
arrived in this city yesterday to
report for duty in place of Major
Partello, who has been appointed
to the seventh infantry regiment.
Incldentaly, also, it will he al
i most 100 years before there is
another lapse of only 13 ye ars be
tween years which have 53 Satur
days, lor under the ordinary course
of events every 14th year begins
j ami ends on Saturday, but the
fact that the year 1900, not being
; dl\ bible by 4(10, was Hot il leap
year, jumped the Saturday years'
ahe ad one day .
So while 1910 litis been a mighty
good year lor people working by
the week ami getting Paul Satur
day and a bad one lor the bosses
who bad to meet that extra pay
day, il will not be' until HC:: that
w.-- again g't such a year, and
there are mighty few- of us now
living wlio v ill c ver see the Sat
urdays come in a yen only
I 13 ) eai s apart again. j
The Spokane Press
ONLY INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER IN SPOKANE
Here's a picture of degrading New Year's eve revelry. This sori of thing has been carried on many times in Spokane—more so in
former years than In the past year or so. But even one year ago tonight young girls were seen intoxicated in big restaurants, and
men and wemen acted in a way many of them would be ashamed of even thinking about the rest of the 12 months. Instead of degrad
ing time , Spokane can have a cheerful, skylarking, happy, uplifting time if the people so will it, and they won't need to fill them
selves full of intoxicants, either. Which kind of a lime will it be? It's a safe bet that Spokane is much better on New Year's eve
than many another big western city. Press reporters will be out with the crowds tonight, and Monday a report will be made of con
ditions as they found 'em.
WHAT SOME SPOKANE PEOPLE WANT
What do you want most of all
that the New Year should bring
The Press has Interviewed a
number of the hading citizens of
the c ty and has asked them what
they wanted most of all. Of course
in a good many Instances it was not
necessary to interview the people
mentioned. The Press already
knew what they wanted. Anyway,
here is the result:
Sheriff F. McX Pugh—A job as
good and fat as that sheriffship.
Mayor N. s. Pratl A commls
sionership under the commission
city Clerk C, A. Fleming—To be
appointed again if he doesn't win
Cal Atkinson, retiring county
clerk A little farm up the river.
Warner Cobb, county coiumis
' sinner elect A good, clean admin
istration of county affairs.
Fred Pugh, retiring county prose
cutor -A deputyshlp under Wiley.
John T. Sullivan- Retirement
from the police force on a pension
Commissioner George Armstrong
i Appreciate the nice pres
ent! you mi sent me. I gol
more presents this year than
I do when papa's at work, and
can not them for mo. But i
would 110 l have got anything
it it had not been for you
good people. Bach one of us
get a nice present, besides
nuts and candy, and one good
lady brought us a nice bos of
candy for each one rrf us (his
morning for New Year's, We
do thank you all so much for
whal you have done tor us.
and we trust you will have a
Happy New Year, and that
Jesus will bless you for your
kindness to us. From l.il
Suit was brought by tap Nor
thern Pacific railroad yesterday
against holders of alternate odd
sections of land on the Spokane
reaervation, Those drawing cer
tain numbers, Including Miss
Mabel McNickle, who left a posi
tion as stenographer in Chicago
and Dane west In claim her for
lane, will possibly Use their draw
iBgS. The plaintiff corporation is
successor by government right to
each alternate section of the res
ervation! according to Stevens
SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1910.
SPOKANE CAN'T AFFORD TO "CELEBRATE" THIS* V/AY.
I —A chance to build more hospitals
j without advertising for bids.
Mrs. May Arkwrighl HuttOD—
More chances to vote.
Mrs. Dey—Greater success for
i the Spokane Orphans' home.
Emergency Surgeon John O'Shea
i—A new emergency hospital.
President ('. M. Pause! t —En
; largement of the chamber of com
merce next season.
Al Jenkins Success for the
Western Howling congress.
Residents of the Cannon Hill dis
trict—A favorable decision on tl t
President Joe Conn—Another
pennant for the Indians.
Colonel Andy Mulligan -A bill
passed through the legislature a.i-
I ATE NEWS BULLETINS
Li (BY UNITED PRESS LEASED WIRE.) \j
SECRECY VEILS PRObE.
MANILA. Dec. ..a. I'nusual secrecy cloaks the movements of the
I military authorities who are Investigating the activity of Japanese in
i the Philippines, The civil authorities called in to assist in tiie search
1 for explosives in Japanese lodgings are no longer connected with the
SEATTLE PASTOR IN HOT WATER.
SEATTLE, Wash., Dec. 81.— %h4 menaers of the Boylston Avenue
Unitarian church in this city have called a meeting for January 12,
lat which time charges against the pa«tt>r, Rev, I D. O. Bowers, will
Mr Powell made the following statrmdle "If I am dismissed it
will split the church, i have eight of Be nine trustee with me.
They will withdraw and take scores ofjfamilies With them."
BURIED IN SNOW SLIDE.
CLE BLUM, Wash , Dec. 81.-—Buried, in a heavy snow slide, car
j tied down ti precipitous mountain side and finally rescued by a party
I tor whom he telephoned after climbing a telephone pole thai had
stopped his descent. .1 II Hugfcinsi v, a Sunset telephone lineman,
probably will be crippled lor life, ueocrdlng to physicians at tho
Cle Blum hospiial today.
NO CONFETTI IN PORTLAND.
PORTLAND, tue, Dec. 11l Confetti, feather ticklers and noise
making apparatus calculated to arouse the new year into thorough
wakefulness, will not he allowed ill Portland tonight, according to
chief oi police cox if his plans do not miscarry, 1911 will he
welcomed by the people of Portland with little demonstration.
Heiress to Millions Elopes
With a Poor Drug Clerk
(By United Pr?-;* LttS«d Wire*
PASAUKNA Cal., Pec :tl
Cupid Is quite unpopular today
with a numbi r of local gallants,
former Button for the hand el Miss
Louise Retting, heiress to in Dions,
who yesterdaj eloped lo An
geles with (loirgo 1.. Kroeger, em
ployed in ii drug store here, an l
| The bride is the dnug itet ol
thorizipg boxing matches in the
state of Washington.
Harry Hay ward More Shuberl
shows for the Auditor) 'tn.
Frank Smith- More dope.
Chief W. .1. Doust -A new an
toniobile for the police department
MAXINE HAS NIFTY CAR.
Maxine Elliott, playing •
atj the Auditorium yesterday
atld today, is traveling in a
private car that is fitted up
as. a complete miniature hotel, •
am for which she pays fifty •
dollars a day. •
Charles r. Retting, millionaire fur
ultive manufacturer of Qrand Rap-
IdiJ .Mich , who has spent several
Ifrom relet vee of the bride the
yoUni couple w ill r< celve as wed
i lag prcients a home richly fur
i is.v.'d. and :i Couple of automo
b'les. strueger first met Mis* Ret
; i>; 111 te drug sto c where he was
i :i h.vrd.
Police Judge M. A. Mann A Job
with the Baker stock company.
And the man who worked The
Press Good FeHow stunt —A chance
to do ii again next year and make
500 children happy instead of 350.
(By United Prc;s L-ised Wire)
BAKERBFTELD, Cal.. Dec. 31.—
Two masked robbers, with revol
vers, held up the clubroom hack
of William Carter's saloon at Marl
CO pa at midnight and got away
With Slunii in cash. Six men. play
ing at the tallies, wet,, lined up
against the wall and robbed of sev
eral hundred dollars and their
1 to- bandits escaped to the hills
and took to their horses.
ißy United Press Leased V/Ire)
LONDON, Dec. 81.—The Aero
dull of Qreal Britain is pussled
today over the receipt of mysteri
ous cables received from Una,
Ohio, in connection with the dlaap
pearance of Cecil Grace, the avia
tor lost while crossing the English
channel In an aeroplane from
franco. Tho first cable read:
"Gruce landed with machine In
Crevise under high cliff. Exact lo
cation unknown." The Aero club
asked for further Information and
received the following cable!
"Dropped on shore, not water.
Could not rise above cliff. Request
British coast line people search
water's edge minutely,"
Louis Aiul' isun. a' man arretted
on a combination charge i>r drun
kennesi and Ihe carrying of con
cealed weapons, last night agreed
that it wai all right lor the city
police to take his gun away, hut
when they took a roll of gjno and
a OOUple of promissory notes for
|800 and then to cap the climax
took away a little diamond set
locket that lie had purchased for
his lady love as a New Year's
pretest, he fairly wept.
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UP BILL OF
City Comptroller Hob Falrley
has held up the bill of George
Armstrong, president of the board
of public' works, for $"> for desk
rent for T. H. Young, paving in
The old city charter provided
that no city employe, directly or
indirectly, could be interested in
or a party to any contract with the
city or sell anything to the city.
Armstrong installed the desk in
the office of Young and proceeded
to collect rent at the rate of $l per
month on ;i dc<k that is probably
not worth much over $30.
(By United Press Leased Wire )
MATTEAWAN. N. Y„ Dec. 31.—
Two Americans and six Italians
were killed today in a fall of slate
in the Lick Fork mine of the Red
jacket Coal company.
(By United Prrss Leased Wire)
BELLINGHAM, Wash , Dec. 81.
-Founders of the Progressive
Union, an organization of insur
gent republicans and democrats of
northwestern Washington, today
declared that the union will come
to !>•■ an Important factor ill the
destinies of the new congressiona 1
district, which is to be composed
of the northwest counties.
QUAKE IN SAN
(By United Press Leased Wire)
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 31.—A
sharp earthquake shock was felt
in this city at 4:20 o'clock this
morning. The vibrations lasted
Several seconds. No damage has
RAT ATTACKS MAN.
MILLVILLE, X. J„ Dee. 31 —
David Btein, a merchant, was badly
bitten upon the lip and chin by a
big rat. which attacked him early
this morning while he slept. When
the rat fastened his teeth in Stein's |
flesh the pain awakened him. He
threw the rut against the wall,
killing it. The wounds were can-I
While Mrs. T Macomber of 1604
Itallon avenue was returning home
last evening a man suddenly ran
out and attempted to seize her.
He had been hiding behind a stood'
pile near the Bryant school. Mrs.
Macomber streamed and he then
ran, not having succeeded in
snatching her purse.
ADJUST SEWER DEAL
There was joy among the coin
mlttees In charge of the North
sitie sew .r referendum when
Judge W A Richardson announced
that, after consultation with At
torney a if, Craven, he believed
the referendum petition filed last
Tuesday against the sewer will
stand under the new charter.
The reason that the referendum
is a Continuing matter is because
the city council last Tuesday night
recognised its existence as a valid
referendum* and this save the mat
Machine Got All Tangled Up
in Air—His Adventur
Aviation deaths in Decern- I
Cecil Orace, British, sup- <
posed drowned in North sea «
on attempted return flight i
across English channel, Calais i
to Dover. <
.Marquis Marie I'aulla, pas- <
senger, and Alexandre La f- <
fon, instructor at Antoinette <
school of aviation, killed in <
France when their machine <
• dropped 200 feet as they •
• started on a Paris to Hrus- <
• sels flight. «
John B, Moissant, Ameri- <
can, killed in New Orleans. «
(By United Press Leased Wire)
NEW ORLEANS, Dee. 31.
—Johfl B. Moissant, daring
aviator, who sprang into
fame among the birdmen by
bis daring flight from Paris
to London parrying his me
chanician, Albert, as a pas
senger, was killed today
when hi> machine capsized
at Haraban. .Moissant fell a
hundred feet and was fright
fully bruised and crushed.
He died two minutes after
being taken from the wreck
age of his machine. Mois
jsant had started on an at
!tempt to lift the Michelin
cup for distance flying.
Ti.e California aviator made the
aacent In a 50 horsepower Bleriot.
Moissant carried a great can of
petrul and just before ho ascended
assured his friends that he firmly
expected to establish a record
which would astonish the aviation
LIKE BUCKING HORSE.
He Ctreled the field at iiarahan
twice at an altitude of about liOO
feet. Suddenly the machine be-
Continued on Page Two.
(By United Press Leased Wire.)
EVERETT, Wash. . Dee, 31.—
1 Rasing their action on the sentenc
ing of two editors of the Seattle
Star for Contempt, because the Star
criticized the use of the injunction
b) Judge Gilliam, the Everett labor
council is on n cord today denounc
ing the contempt law and the two
frequent use of the writ of injunc
The resolutions adopted by tho
union men declare that punishment
for criticism of court decrees is a
violation of the right of free speech
and urge the adoption of a law tak
ing away from the judiciary the
right to punish for contempt com
mitted outside the court room.
ter an official standing prior to
tin- adoption of the new charter.
Under this definition of the case
the sewer protectants will insist on
their rights tinder the referendum
provision of the old charter, unless
the sewer controversy Is adjusted
by subsequent council action.
A movement was started yester
day afternoon looking to a peace
able adjustment of the sewer dlf»
tit'ulty through a new assessment.
If all parties can agree on this
there will be no recourse to the