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__ .. . ‘ . .~.i i ■ ,u1 1 ■ 1 ■■■ ■ ■■■■■■—■ zjs» ^ESTABLISHED JUNE 23. 1862-VOL. 39. PORTLAND. MAINE. WEDNESDAY MORNING. FEBRUARY « IDOL_ggggjjjjg_PRICE THREE CENTO. THE ONLY CURE FOR NERV0U3 DISEASES. Tlmre is one nnd only one specific known to medicine for diseases arising from impure blood and a debilitated nervous system, and that is l’aine's celery com pound. * It is tlie most remarkable remedy that the scientific research of this country has produced. It is not a patent medicine. It is not foisted upon public attention by smart advertisement writers. Its proprietors claim nothing for it that it will not ac complish. It appeals to no prejudices, but reliesabsolutely upon its unparalleled record for preventing and curing the diseases for which the greatest physician of modern times intended it. No remedy every accomplished so much good; none ever achieved such uni versal attention. There is no substitute for it, and there can ho none. Paine's celery compound makes the sick well. • COUCH con FO RT. It’s possible to buy Couch com crmfort for a small amount,— 18.00 to $19.00 brings you a substantial couch, strongly made, finely finished, covered with very handsome velours. Every couch hero is priced as low as you couhl buy (wholcsale from the largest makers. Frank P. Tibbatts & Co„ 4 and 6 Free Rt. feb<flstp I T11E W RATHE it. > Boston, February B.—Local forecast: Wednesday ami Thursday fair weather; slowly rising temperature during Thurs day; high northwest winds, diminishing | iu foice Wednesday ufte»'uoon and night. Washington, February 5.— Forecast i for Maine: Clearing and colder in eas j tern, fair in western portion Wednesday. Thursday fair, diminishing northwester ly winds. Portland, Feb 5. 1001.—Tin local weather bureau records the following: 8n. in.—Barometer. 29 342; thermome ter. 24, dew point, 19 ; iwi. Humidity, 80, 1 direction of the wind, NW; velocity of j the wind, 82; fctate of weather. It. snow. 6 p. m.—Barometer. 29 4C0; thermoms ' ter, 20; dew point. 10; rel. humidity, 84, 'direction of the wind, MW; velocity of the w ind, 15; state of weather It. siiow. Maximum temperature, 29; minimum temperature. 10; mean temperature. 24; maximum wind velocity,34 MW; preclpi ’ tat ion—24 hours, .04. WEATHER OBSERVATIONS. The agricultural department weather bureau lor yesterday. Feb. 6. taken at 0 p. m., meridian time, the observation for this section being given In this order: Temperature, direction of wind, fctate of weather: Boston. 20 degrees, MW, oldy; New York, 20 degrees. NW. clear; Philadel phia, 24 degrees, MW, clear; Washington, 24 degrees, MW, clear; Albany, 10degrees, MrW, clsar, Buffalo, 14 degrees, W. snow; Detroit, 14, MW, cldy; Chicago, 8 degrees, MW. clear; bt. Paul, 4 degrees, W. olear; Huron, Dak., —8 degrees, NE, clear; Btsmarot, 4 degrees, MW. clear; Jackson villa, to degrees, MW, olear. ORDERED AMENTS RELEASE. T.ondou, February 6.—A despatch from Pekin to the Morning Post says that ( Count Von Waldeiseo has ordered tbo release of Rev. Mr. Ament. It. IS. TAX IS ILL. Legislate Committee Re ports One. [t 13 Practically The Gardiner Bill. Sill Increasing Express Tax Reported. Important Hearings At Augusta. Bill Withholding Railway Tax From Towns Killed. [SPECIAL TO THE PBESS.l fc'tsts House, August*, February 6.— Che committee on taxation tonight roted to report “ought not to pas* on he so-oalloa King bill whloh deslrea to ! teep the money now paid baok to towna in aooount of the railroad tax In the itate treasury. On the bill taxing ateam atlroada tne committee voted to report he Gardner bill with two amendments, me to have the same rate applied to relght aa to passengers, the other to nake the limit of tax at 4 per cent on he gross reoelpte per mile, Instead ot our and a qnaiter as the Gardner bill | irlglnally provided, dhe Gardner hill Is i eally substituted for the Grange bill Mtbough the coiumltt» veted to report j hie hill, the vote was not unanimous| md It Is understood that Ciena tors Mo -addeu, Fatungall of MaobUs and Uurd ter ot Fatten, ressive the right to amend he bill In tte legislature. Fattungali vlll ask the adoption ot an amendment omorrow morning when the renort Is jresen ted. providing tor a 4 1-2 per cent limit, and Uardner will support this tmeodraent. The bill and amendment will be tabled without debate, and Tuee iay next assigned tar Its consideration. In round numbers the Uarduer bill will Increase the tax on steam roads about (WJ.tOJ a year, which, with the natural lucrense of railroad business will add short gills,DUO to the state treasury. The J'attangall amendment will only (fl eet the Host nil A Maine railroad and will Increase Its tax gin,0U0. Tne committee reported ought to pass }U the aot to Increase the tax on Express companies from one and a naif to two per cent on gross receipts. HAD NO FRIENDS. Sill To Withhold Part of Itatlrond Tax From Town*. l«PK« IAL TO T11E PKKSS.J State House, Augusta, february 6.— The committee on taxation gave a hear ing this evening on the King bill whloh comes from the last legislature and which is designed to oat oil the rehate which towns and cities now reoelve In propor tion to the amount of li ;k. stock owmd by their citizens Among tboss who spoke in opposition to the measure was Charles A. Strout, Esq., city solloltor of Port land, who said In part “At present ibout oue-tbird of the total tax Is re lumed to the cities end towns. The King pill Introduces a new feature, It stilkes rut all apportionment. It needs no re jection to see how unjust and unfair this system would be The bill also a If sots the returns from electric railroad taxation. If the MU naa a pa Mac* tbe ottj of Port land would lnae about fjo.o.O about one third of tba whole tax. Wa are burdened by tbs Ore per oebt limit, and 1 foal tbat tbo lose of tbla fiiO.OO) would be a serious iDoonreolenoe to tba City of Portland and wontal undoubtedly be a gross In justice. Our valuation la blgh, our tax rats la blgb and any additional burden like tbla would tie serious." Others wbo spoke against the bill were 8. W Lnae of Augoata, J. P. Base of Dangor, ltepresentatlre Hill of Belfast, Ueorge II. Park of Presque Isle wbo said tbat the selectmen of that town were op posed to tbe bill. Col. Fred Atwood of Wint’rport, 8. l>. Leavitt of Kastpoit, and K, C. Plnminer of Bath. The bill waa roundly denounced. Mr. Bats raid It was evidently Introduced by soma one who waotsd to pore aa a watob dog of tba treasury. Mr. Bane said be oalled It bare faoed stealing. Mr. 11111 raid It would Increase tbe auto tax In Belfast about on per oent, Mr. Plum mer said tbat tba tax rate In Bath was oow over twenty-four mills on tbe dollar largely because of Batb's aid to tbe Knox and Htuooln toad. Tbs bill woull In crease tbe state tax In tbat oity Ufteeu per oeut. In reply to a question os to tbe effect of allowing town* to tax rallrosd stosk, Mr. Plummer olted the history of vessel property. Be said tbat until tbe state reduced tbe valuation of tbls olasa or property, It was transferred to parties outside the state and be thought tbe effeot would be tbe same If railroad stock waa aubject to looal taxation. The rail roads bemntted tbe oountry towns as well aa the olttes but tba cities bad been tbe ones to assume tbo burden ot tbelr TRUANCY LAWS. Before the oommlttee on eduoetlon tne truancy law and tbe new normal school problems were the bones of contention. A bill ba* been Introduced striking oat the '89 smendment to the truenor law and leaving tbe law as It has been elnoe 1887. L. C. Cornish, Jteq., of Augusta, conduct.'! the onse for the repeal of the law and there were present agent W. R. Baton of the Cabot Mills, Brunswick; Superintendent Abbott ot the Lockwood mills, Watervllle; Agent Miles ot tbe Parnell mills, Lisbon; Agent Hein, An droscoggin mills, Lewiston, while other mills were represented by letters and tele grams. Representative MadJouke o' j Booth bay Harbor also epoku on bebair o the strdlne Industry where many boys are employed In the sixty Maine factories. Mr Cornish a id the others dlsolalured any hostility to the truancy Idea, but | made t plea for a law that shall be uniform for the state arid not a matter of local option. They were satisfied with the law from ’87 to '99, which prevented the employment of children tinier twelve, but allowed tht employment ot those from twelve to six teen provided they went to school sixteen weeks a year. They showed the necessity of employing young people In the mills both from the point of view of tbe corpo- | rations and tbe families. The repeal of j the amendment was opposed by Superin tendent of Softools Tilton of Bangor ep\ Principal C. S. Pettinglll of the village district, Augnsta. NBW NORMAL SCHOOL. * | The much discussed matter of anotbs* normal school for Maine was then taken up by title oommlttee and several speak ers were heard. lhe claims of Presque Isle were presented with force and ot length by lfev. U. M. Park. Hepresen tatlve Pattangall and Hon. V. 1. Camp bell, BDOke In behalf of Maohlas. Repre sentative Putnam brletly spoke ror Uoul ton. Senator Plummer spoke with much earnestness and convincing foroe In be half of Dexter and told why the oommlt tee two years ago, bad recommended that Dexter as the site of the new school wb n It be established. The committee then talked over a few unimportant matters and before adjournment voted to report ought to pass on the resolve of £.'11! to re imburse Turner for an error mace in the school returns. KtVISlON Oh PUBLIC LAWS. Before the judiciary committee this aft ernoon, the mutter ot revising the public laws was the most Important matter con sidered. C. P. Libby of Portland. 11. M. Heath and A. M. Uoddard or Aogueta and ltepreseotative Haskell of Windham explained the great ceetl of such levlsloo. The Maine laws have teen revised In 18H, 1857, 1871, und 1883 so that an un usually long period has elapsed sluoe a revision while at tbs same time there has been a graa ter und greater Increase of laws. Tliire were incorporated Into the 1883 revision 103» acts and 878 panes, while for the proposed revision thers would be 1538 acts and 1850 pages. These and other facts were well brought out to ebon the need of this work being done by the elate at onoe. N'obobdy spoke in op position. Later In executive session, the committee voted to report ought to pass on the hill amending the charter of the Kockland Water oompany and the same on the bill authorizing Kockland to con trol certain brooks and streams therein It was voted to report ought not to pass on the bin establishing a state board of charities, left over from the 63th legisla ture. The oommlltee reassigned to next T'oesduy the bill limiting the amount of clock to be issued by the quasi-;u.llo corporations. FINANCE COMMITTEE. The Fencing lu of Fort at Peina quill. WECIAL TO THE i HESS.] Augusta, Peburary 5 —In the meeting of the finance committee this afternoon, J. P. Baas of Bangor brought up a sub ject new to the legislature. Mr. Bass made the olaim that the nurses graduated from the Maine hospitals charge such high rates that the tax upon poor people Coutluuod OB Second r«j«. court room was 11 let! long before the opening hour, this morning. Among those present were many neighbors ol Knight from South Berwick aud just beforo the court opened tho wife of the defendent entered and took a scat near her husband's counsel. Her appearance was that of a person in great anxiety and her eyes were frequently dimmed with tears as tho ovidenee was brought out. The prosecution is in the hands of At torney General George XI. Seidera of Portland and County Attorney William S. Matthews of Berwick. lion. George C. Yeaton of South Berwick, Hon. F. M. Higgins of Limerick, aud C. Dean Var ney of South Berwick are counsel for Knight. Thero was very little difficu'ty in se curing a jury, only thirty-five talisman being examined before the necessary twelve had takon their seats in tho jury box. County Attorney Matthews warned the jury of the care they should exercise aud the importance of the duty they wero so soon to begin to carry out. Ad journment was taken until two o’clock weeks’ confinement in the Alfred •Tail. Although he was pale he seemed strong and vigorous; hut ho was ill at easo. The hundreds of curious eyes, every one of which was directed toward him, caused him to move uneasily. When the indictment charging him with murder was read and he was told to stand, he answered “not guilty” in a i strong, firm voice. Then tho work of choosing a jury was begun. Sixty venires had boeu issued but tlrere yet remained 2"> when the re quisite twelve men had been secured. The jury selocted was composed mostly of farmers, and was made up as follows: Roscoe G. I’ease, of Cornish, farmer, foreman; Ether S. Thayer, woolen opera tor, Shaplelgli; I-ester B. Chadbourne, farmer, Sanford; Herbert N. Smith, wind mill dealer, Dayton; fssachar W. Jelleson, boarding house keeper, Saco; Heury P. Atkinson, furniture dealer, Biddeford; Henry L, Meserve, farmer, Lyinan; John Mutch, farmer, Dayton; Hanjamiu Crossland, mill emp’oyee, San ford, John L. Goodalc, machinist, Saco; John D. Weymouth, cloth inspector,. Sanford; Brackett T. Lord, farmer. Tap* •onefold. Judge Powers then Inetrooted Un |uror« regarding their duties during t*e progreee of tbo trial and tben adjourn* meat was taken until two o’clock. When the court cine in for the after noon session County Attorney Matthews opened the ease for the state. lie began by giving a careful outline of the case from tbe tlma Fannie Hprague first en tered tbe employ of Kdwln H. Knight up ti tbe time of Knteht's arrest, last I s* comber, and said the state was prepared to show the jury that Knight was reioon •Ible for her death. lie told In a most dramatis manner of the methods pursued by the 'murderer In bis ghastly work and how, little by little, evldenoe bad been brought to light, which, In bis opinion, tlnslly fixed upon the prisoner the respon sibility for tbe deed, lie told of tbe vari ous oloes followed after suspicion rested upon the accused; of bow he was traoed almost constantly from that time up to tbe time of bis arrest, and of tbe conver sations to defendant Is aliegd to have had Continued on Third face. Waitt & Bond BLACKSTONES. We have just purchased in Cuba over Fifty Tons of the cream ol tho 1000 crop. This, with our old Havana, will make the combination of any cigar on the market WAITT & HUM), Mnfrs., No. 53 Blackstone St., Boston. [HE END OF THE CENTURY is also the end of mv first ten years of constant experi ence in fitting tlie eyes. Dur ing tins time I have been consulted by 16,r>00 persons. They will tell you my suc cess. 1 examino tiro eyes free. WORTHLEY, Optician, Monument Squares. dec29iltflp MACHINE SHOP, i'J KENNEBEC STREET, Next to Stove Foundry. Tn order to accemm date our patrons w« have put In solitary eiectrio power lo enablw us to run our sbop uulits. Adde & Co. HARES! HARES! Wo have just placed in our salesroom 111 Middle St., the largest stock of Bel gian Hares in the city, aud of the best strains in New England. You are cor Jially invited to call and see them. We •an interest you and save you money. GLENWOQQ BELGIAN HARE CO, 111 Middle St., Portland, Me. JanJt dtwlstp (Talk Xo. 301.) IF YOUR EYES »r« to weak that the sunlight affeots them, It Is about time that you had them looked after. X’he eye Is one of the most valuable organa of the body, and the one that does the moat work. Yon oannot afford to loae them, i.es me examine them, and 1 will tell you what the trouble la and what to do. I am making a aoience of the eye and spectsole business. A. M. WENTWORTH, Practical Optician, 61* l-i Congress St* Office Hours,*S CHAPMAN NATIONAL BANK of Portland, Maine. CAPITAL. $100,000.00 Surplus and Undivided Profits, $33,000.00 Solicits the accounts of IIjiuUh.Mer riiutile I'■ nils, S'orihii'IIlions no.l Individual.,, and U prepared to fur Dish Its patrons the best facilities *ud liberal accommodations. Interest Paid on Deposits. SPECIAL DEPARTMENT FOR SAVINGS. Interviews and Correspondence Invited. CULLEN C. CHAPMA.X, - President. IHOMAS II. EATON. - - Cashier. —— DIRECTORS: - CULLEN C. CHAPMAN. SETH l LARRABEE. 1. M. STEADMAN. FERLEf P. EURNHAM. BRICE M. EDWARDS. JAMES F. HAWKES HENRY S. bSGOOD ADAM P. LEIGHTON. IAMES W. FARKER. KNIGHT ON TRIAL South Berwick Man Charged With Murdering Fannie Sprague. Famous Case Opened at Saco City Hall Yesterday. A Jury Secured at the Forenoon s Session. Men Who Discovered Murdered Woman’s Body First to Tell Their Story. Saco, February 5.—Perhaps tho most famous of criminal cases to come before a Maine court In recont years, and the one to attract most general interest, was that which today came beforo Judge Powers in the York comity supreme court when Edwin II. Knight, a lumber manufacturer, weil-to-do farmer and prominent citizen and churchman of South Berwick, was arraigned oa the charge of murdering Fannie Spi ague in a barn on the F. J. Knight farm near South Berwick Junction on the first of May, 1900. For many months tho mur der had been throughout the county and even beyond the limits of ilie Bute, the foremost topic of conversation, and al though a heavy northeast snowstorm lasting through twenty-four hours had made tho roads almost Impassible, tho 0 when the real work of the trial was begun. County Attorney Matthew* devoted ; about three-quarters of an hour to the opening for the presentation and the re raainder of the afternoon session was taken up in the examination of three witnesses, the two important ones being Florence J. Knight and George F. War- j ren, who found tho body of Fannie Sprague in tliu burning barn. It was nearly ton o’clock when Edwin Knight, the prisoner, guarded by a deputy sheriff, was brought in and took his place in the dock, lie acknowledged the greetings of ids counsel and a num ber of friends in a cordial manner, al though lie glanced nervously about the crou.e 1 court room. Kuigiit seemed to have si.ff red l ut little from bis sevenj ■ ' '■ .. ' --- I TIIK KNIGHT IIODIE A.\» BARN.