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The Billings Gazette.
VOL. XXII BILLINGS, MONTANA TUESDAY APRIL, 23. 1907. NO. 104 TAFT TALKS ABOUT CANAL Party Well Pleased With Amount of Work Done. ADJUSTS MANY DIFFERENCES Holds Long Conference With Panama Authorities-Praise for Magoon. Norfolk, Va., April 22.-The May flower, ihaving on board Secretary Taft and party, returning from the south, passed in the Virginia Capes today and proceeded to Washington, where immediate preparations will be WIade for the president's trip to the opening of ,the Jamestown exposition. The party arrived in Washington shortly after 11 o'clock. Later Secre tary Taft gave out a statement in which he says he found matters in Cuba "in what, under the circum stances, must be considered a very satisfactory condition, that there is every ground for hope that the plan adopted for a census, preliminary elec tion and then a general election six months later will result in the selec tion of a president and congress, who will be able to maintain themselves and give stable rule to the island, and that the delay in taking a census is taken by the Cubans as an earnest effort of the American government to obtain stable government before it leaves there." He says that next Friday he will go to Cincinnati to attend a Yale meet ing and on Monday night will discuss the Panama canal before the Cincin nati Business Men's club, returning to Washington by the following Wednes day. Mr. Taft says that in Panama the engineers reported to him that the foundations for the sites of the locks were entirely satisfactory. Secretary Taft's statement follows: "We reached Colon on Saturday, March 3. We spent Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on the isthmus. The test pits had been sunk upon the proposed sites of the locks and the engineers, Messrs. No ble, Stearns and Freeman made their examination. They informally report ed to me that the foundations were entirely satisfactory, but they expect to make a formal written report. I also, at the request of Col. Goethals re quested them to answer certain tech nical questions as to the best means of constructing the dams, both at Ga tun and at Sosa. "I held a long conference with the Panama authorities in the presence of Senator Kittredge, of the canal com mittee, and Minister Squiers, in re spect to a number of matters which needed adjustment between the zone authorities and the Panama govern ment, and we tentatively reached a satisfactory arrangement which will be formulated in subsequent corre spondence. "I also heard certain complaints con cerning the dealing of the Panama railroad with its lots in Colon and took the matter under consideration, awaiting a more complete statement of the details to be made by the lot holders. "I also heard the applications of the steam shovel men and the construc tive, locomotive engineers and con struction conductors, with reference to their terms of employment, includ ing wages. I have forwarded a re port on this matter to the president. "What has happened in respect to this I dont' know. We were very busy during the five days we spent in Pan ama. "I left the engineers and Mr. Rog ers, general counsel of the isthmian canal commission, on the .isthmus the engineers for-the purpose of mak ing further report on the technical questions which I referred to them, and Mr. Rogers for the purpose of pushing some condemnation litigation to acquire title to land which in the now deepening of the work becolhes necessary for us to take over. "I found Mr. Stevens on the Isthmus and also Col. Goethals, Majors Hibert and Gaillard and Admiral Rousseau. Mr. Stevens is very much out of health and needs a long rest. He has brought to an efficient state a great organiza tion which is doing the work and 'making the dirt fly.' And he has done his utmost to transfer this organiza tion in efficient condition to the con trol of Col. Goethals and his assist ants. "We left Colon on Wednesday, April 3, and reached Havana on Sunday, April 7. I spent Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Havana conferring with Gov. Magoon, Col. Growdes, Consul General Steinhart and others, and also with the repre sentatives of the various political or ganizations and business associations and prominent people of Havana. I found matters, what under the cir cumstances, must be considered a very satisfactory condition, and this is largely due to the hard work and political capacity and levelheadedness of Gov. Magoon. The result was that the conclusion was in effect one upon which substantially all parties in in terest agreed. There are certain ques tions that were submitted by. Gov. Magoon and discussed which await de cision by the president or by the de partment for my return. "Gen. Barry and Gov. Magoon both reported that order in the island is excellent and that while there is still a good deal of suppressed political feeling and excitement I think there is every ground for hope that the plan adopted of taking a census and holding a preliminary election and then a general election six months later, will result in the selection of a president and a congress who will be able to maintain themselves and give stable rule to the island. "The delay in taking'a census and holding a preliminary election are taken by the people of the island, not as an indication that the American government wishes to remain perma nently, but on the contrary as an earn est desire to secure a stable govern ment before it leaves, so that there shall be no excuse for a second inter vention, with all the consequences that might be likely to flow from such an intervention. "Cuba will have the largest sugar crop in her history, and the tobacco crop is one of the best she has ever had. There has been a long drought and that, taken with the disturbances of the insurrection, has interfered somewhat with the sugar planting, but all are quite hopeful that this defect will soon be repaired. "We left Havana at midnight on Wednesday, April 10, and reached Porto Rico on Sunday, April 14. We spent four days in the island and had there to consider, at the instance of Bishop Jones of Porto Rico, some questions which are still pending, of property between the government and the church, and also some military questions as to 'the abandonment of certain posts in the interior and the abandonment to the civil government of some property in San Juan now used as a hospital for the army. "On every side we found evidences of the most encouraging prosperity and also the strongest indications of the love and respect which the people have for Gov. and Mrs. Winthrop and of the great sorrow they have i1 los ing them. "The two political questions that are made the. subject of requent dis cussion, for lack of something else in the present happy condition of the people, are the question of citizenship and the question whether the execu tive council shall be elective. "We had a very smooth passage from Porto Rico to the Chesapeake bay, and indeed very little rough weather at any time during the trip. The party has consisted of Senator Kittredge, who is doubtless to cbe the chairman of the senate canal commit tee, Mr. Burton, chairman of the riv ers and harbors committee of the house of representatives; Judge De Armo d of the house of representa FOUR OUT OF TWELVE ARE RETAINED Both Prosecution and Defense in Rue Case Freely Use Right of Peremptory hilIenge. San Francisco, April 22.-The first four of the 12 jurors who will try "Abe" Ruef on the charge of extort ing large sums of money from the French restaurants of San Francisco under the alleged threat as political boss to deprive them of their liquor licenses, were secured today and sworn in. The eight others compos ing the probationary panel were pe remptorily challenged, three by the prosecution and five by the defense. As only two more names remained on the special venire list of 50, tomor row will likely see the issuing of a second special venire, necessitating an adjournment of one or two days. It is hoped to complete the jury by the end of the week and to begin the actual trial of Ruef by the taking of testi mony not later than next Monday. A new line of questioning was de tives, and my private secretary. We have been away a month. I have only a very indefinite knowledge of what has taken place in this country since my departure." BOUND TO RIDE. Armed Hoboes Attack Crews of North ern Pacific Freight Trains. Spokane, Wash., April 22.-Two Northern Pacific freight trains were attacked last night by an armed gang of hoboes. A dozen or more boarded a train when it stopped at Seventh avenue, in the western part of the city. The trainmen tried to drive them off, when the men pulled guns and the railroad men retreated to get weapons. They returned and drove off the gang. The hoboes later attacked the sec ond train, and it is reported, pulled their guns and succeeded in intimidat ing the crew. It is believed they suc ceeded in getting out of town on this train. STATED TOO STRONG Certificate of Incorporation Denied National Roosevelt League Because of Allegations Contained in Arti cles. New York, April 22.-The applica tion of Bela Tokaki and others of this city for a certificate of incorpo ration of the National Roosevelt league was denied today by Justice Bischoff in the supreme court. The political object of the proposed organ ization was "to aid in securing by all parties and citizens, irrespective of political affiliations, the nomination of Theodore Roosevelt to succeed him self as president of the United States." The petition declares that present political parties and large numbers of public men, notwithstanding their public professions, are entirely, too much attached to governing the peo ple for k party and by a party, or of a class for a class and by a class. It was to the latter portion of the petition that Justice Bischoff took ex ception. He took the ground that while these allegations may be prop er subject for debate, they are not proper when placed in formal articles of incorporation. He therefore re fused to affix his signature to the doc ument until the improper matter shall have been eliminated. BRINGING HOME SMITH'S BODY. Relatives Accompany Remains of New Yorker Back to Honolulu. Honolulu, April 22.-The duke and duchess of Manchester and Mrs. J. P. Smith, the wife of "Silent" Smith, who recently died in Japan, are passengers on board the Pacific Mail liner Siberia, which arrived here today from the orient. The party is en route to New York and Is accompanying the re mains of Mr. Smith, which are aboard the vessel. Rear Admiral Brownson of the Unit ed States navy, recently in command of the Pacific fleet, and several line officers, who will represeit the Chi nese army at the Jamestown exposi tion, are passengers on the Siberia. MOURLA'6 ASSAILANT FREED. Paris, April 22.--FIhe woman nam ed Allemagne, who last [Novemiber madne an attempt on the life of M. Mourla, at one time minister of tfin ance and who is now minister of Frabe 'to Peru, has been acquitted. She Iwas tried on the ~charge of at tempted murder. veloped by the defense in the cross examination of talesmen, both those who had been passed into the box as qualified and others who had not yet been subjected to ,the qualification tests. Ruef's counsel desired to know whether the jurors who had attended the earthquake aniversary benefit at the Fairmount hotel on the night of April 18 had absorbed any bias against their client because of the speeches of District Attorney Langdon and Assist ant District Attorney Heney, in which Ruef and other alleged grafters were strongly denounced. On the technical ground that Lang don and Heney did not discuss this particular case (of extortion), but merely denounced Ruef and his asso ciates generally as grafters, the chal lenges for cause laid by the defense against the juror-banqueters were not allowed by Judge Duqne, and they re LOVED UNTO DEATH Burt Kincher Shot and Killed by B. F. Moulton, Who Objected to Cowboy's Attention to Young Daughter-Fath er Exonerated by CorOner's Jury. (Special to The Gazette.) Helena, Mont., April 22.-A special from Lewistown states that the coro ner's jury today exoierated B. F. Moul ton from all blame in connection with the killing of Burt Kincher at that place yesterday, holding it to be a case of justifiable shooting, or rather self-defense. Burt Kincher, a well known cowboy and rancher, was shot and killed by P. F. Moulton, a stockman, yesterday morning. Moulton had objected to the attentions Kincher was paying to his young daughter, and theshooting fol lowed. Kincher was 25 years old and had an insane infatuation for Moulton's daughter, aged 15 years, and a year ago was ordered off the Moulton place. Yesterday he rode to the house, and when Mr. Moulton came to the door Kincher opened fire with a six shooter. Mr. Moulton caught up his Winchester and fired three shots, the last one striking Kincher in the head, killing him instantly. Kincher fired four or five times, but missed Mr. Moulton. The latter is one of the most highly respected stockgrowers in Fergus county. Kincher had a small ranch, but was employed most of the time by stock men. MAKES TRAVEL CHEAP Northern Pacific,. Great Northern and Butte, Anaconda & Pacific Agree to Issue Interchangeable Mileage at Reduced Rate. (Special to The Gazette.) Helena, Mont., April 22.-The North ern Pacific, Great Northern and Butte, Anaconda & Pacific Railway compa nies today, as a result of a conference with the Montana state, board of rail road commissioners, granted an inter changeable 3,000-mile mileage book at the rate of 2% cents a mile on their lines, good in all states west of Min nesota and under certain conditions in that state. The parties to the agree ment also promised to use every en deavor to induce the Oregon Short Line and Burlington roads to agree to its acceptance. The Montana commission in calling the conference asked for a 2,000-mile book at this rate, but accepted the 3,000-mile proposition as a compro mise. FLOODING THE HOMESTAKE. Lost Resort to Extinguish Fire in Black Hills Mine. Lead, S. -D., April 22.---The flooding of the Homestake mine began today, for the purpose of extinguishing the fire which broke out in the 500-foot level four weeks ago. In spite of all efforts, the flames have gained steadily and the fire has now spread into the upper levels. CALIFORNIAN DISAPPEARS. Honolulu, April 22.--I. D. Rader macher of Los Angeles is reported to have mysteriously disappeared from the Occidental hotel, where, he has been staying. He left his belongings at the hotel, but no trace of him has bhden found. tained their seats. Today's proceedings were requently j enlivened by clashes between oppos o ing counsel. Ach has so far recovered L from his attack of ptomaine poisoning that he resumed his place at the coun sel table, though he left the active conduct of the case to Shortridge and Murphy. District Attorney Langdon assisted Special Prosecutor Johnson in the examination of jurors on; be half of the state, and Assistant Dis trict Attorney Heney made his first reappearance in many days. He en tered the court room late in the af ternoon and, hat in hand, rose again and again to enter spirited objections to Murphy's question and engaged the latter in verbal combat. The number of jurors in the box was increased to five, just before ad journment by the tentative acceptance of Juror Davis. WILL TAKE LONGER VACATION. President to Leave for Oyster Bay Early in June. Washington,. April. 22.-President Roosevelt will leave Washington for his, summer home at Oyster Bay, June 12. This is much earlier than has been the president's practice hereto fore, but he feels that public business is in such shape that he can conven iently leave. He looks forward to a long period of rest and recreation. The president is to make two speeches on "Georgia day" at the Jamestofn exposition, June 10. ON NOMINAL BONDS. Violators of Ohio Anti-Trust Law Given Their Liberty. Toledo, Ohio, April 22.-Judge Mor ris today fixed a bond of $250 for each of the men indicted by the grand jury Saturday for violations of the Valen tine anti-trust law. The bonds cover all indictments returned against each individual. The report of the grand jury caused a tremendous upheaval in the lines of trade affected. SUE FOR UNPAID DUTY The Government Begins Proceedings Against Standard 1i0l Company for Oil Sent to Philippine Islands. Manila, April 3.-The comptroller of customs at this port has requested the attorney general of the insular government to bring suit against the Standard Oil company for the recov ery of $19,216.88 gold, for unpaid duty on 30,000 cases of oil imported in 1901. The oil was entered duty free be cause it was intended for government use. However, 19,321 cases were af terward sold in the open market. in the meantime, new tariff schedules had been adopted, Duty was paid on the oil that was sold under the new tariff, which was considerably lower than the old tariff. The customs au thorities demanded the difference be tween the old and the new tariff. It was referred to the Standard Oil com pany, but payment was refused. The attorney general has now instructed to bring suit. QUIET AT FERNIE. Large Pay Roll Distributed Among Employees. Vancouver, B. C., April 22.-A spe cial from Fernie, B. C., says: Every thing was quiet here last night, but the situation is still alarming. On Saturday night $880,000 was paid out for the March pay roll, and the men spent their money freely, seem ingly not troubled with thoughts of the future. BRITISH DELEGATES NAMED. Distinguished Men to Represent Gov ernment at Hague Conference. London, April 22.--The British del egates to the conference at T'he Hague are as follows: Bir Udwalrd ry, ex-lord justice of appeal and a member of the permna hent court' of arbitration at iThe Hegue; Sir Ernest Satow, ex-British minister at Tokio and Pekin and a member of the permanent court of arbitration at The Hague; Lord Reay, president of the Rayol Asiatic society and Umniversity college, London, and a member of the privy council, and Sir Henry Howard, British minister at The Hague. Naval and Military experts will be added- to the delegation later. NOT LOSING MONEY THERE Minnesota Legislature Committee Investigates Railroad Affairs. PAY WELL ON INVESTMENT Capitalization of Roads More Than Double Actual Value. St. Paul, Minn., Aril 22.-Railroad plroperty in Minnesota is valued at $215,000,000 by the Sunderberg inves tigating 'committee, which returned its report to the state legislature to. day. This is 4proximately $27,000 a mile. The pr perty is capitalized to the extent of ibout $400,000,000, or $50,000 a mile on ýn average. The net earnings, according to the committee's findings, averaged over $5,000 a mile last year, or 18 per cent on the cornm mittee's valuatio . The report says that to arrive at the cost of reproducing and equipping the different lines in their present condi tion, the committee considered th-a original cost of onnstruction; the cost and character of the lines recently built;, the expense of operating and the earbihgs under the existing rates; value of stocks and bonds, the geogra phy of the line and the Judgment displayed in its oation. lIODGENS AND HIEINZE ROW Butte Banker Questions Business Methods of United Copper. Newark, N. J., ýlpril 22.-Arguments on the rule signed several weeks ago by Supreme Court Justice Fort on the application of Thbmas M. Hodgens of Montana, director of the United Cop per company of Montana, and Stanley Gifford, its treasurer, to show cause why a writ of n andamus should not be issued compell ng the defendants to produce all the b oks of the company in its head office at Hoboken, were be gun before Justic. Fort today. The testimony was taken before commissoners. Attorneys for Hod gens argued that! their client was a large stockholder in the company; that he had been unable to obtain informa tion as to the company's affairs from its officers and thkt the United Copper company was engaged in the specula NO HARBOR FOR ASSASSINS Leader of Criminal Camorra Society is Ordered Deported. New York, April 22.-Enrico Alfano, alleged leader lri. Italy of the secret and criminal Cainorra society of Na ples, who was arrested in this city last week during a police raid, today was turned over to the immigration authorities, by whom he will be de ported to Italy. Alfano escaped from Italy shortly after the mysterious mur der of one Cuccolo and Cuccolo's wife, crimes of which Alfano and other workers in the ranks of the Camorra are accused. When Alfano was arrested he was brought into the Tombs' court on the charge of murderr The case went over until today, pening the arrival of le gal documents ftrom Italy, but mean time the Italian detectives in charge of the arrest were advised to submit the case to the emigration officials. The presiding jtidge considered it un likely that Alfa o could be held on the homicide complaint in the ab sence of documents in evidence from abroad. The court's suggestion was Referring to the Chicago Great Western, the report says: "This road was build by A. B. Stick ney, who raised the funds by' acquir ing, after organizing, re-organizing and 'Harrimanising corporations '.f Minnesota Iowa and Illinois." I-The capital stock and debt is $143, 668 per mile, and the committee fig ures value it about one-fifth of that or $28,000 a mile. In its last report, the committee certifies that the line and equipment cost $98,011 .per mile. Referring to the fact that in 1891 there was reported for 'purchase of constructed roads," $6,313,192, the. committee says: "It was then 815 miles long. Fif teen years later this elastic item had to be stretched to $50,594,344, but the whole line had shrunk 60 miles in length. It had been waitered too much." tive buying of stocks and in making call loans, a line of business foreign to the purposes for which the company was organized. He claimed the right to examine the books, as he believed that the company's profits do not jus tify the payment of the dividends which have been granted. Attorneys for the company claim that the corporation is in the best of financial condition; that since May, 1902, it has paid $6,911,000 in divi dends; that it owns stores and other property to the value of many millions more than its capital stock; that its net earnings for 1906 amounted to $5, 998,635 'and that all its dividends had been paid out of the legitimate earn ings of the company. The arguments will be continued. followed. In the Tombs court today the defendant was discharged on the murder complaint but was immedi ately turned over to the federal au thorities and removed to Ellis island. Commissioner of Immigration Watch orn said he would be deported within a few days. COURT MARTIAL ADJOURNS. San Antonio, Texas, April 22. Pending the arrival of the two wit nesses from Washington, the Ma"klia court martial trial adjourned today until the call of its president. JAPANESE CRUISERS COMING. Gibraltar, April 22.--The Japanese cruiser Tscuiba and (Iilese, after a warm welcome here, left today for.. lngland, on their way to J3meatown, wheil they will represent' the Jap,:. nese government at the J wsa aoR; i:, exposition.