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THAW WILL TESTIFY
WILL TAKE WITNESS STAND
IN HIS OWN DEFENSE.
For Killing Stanford White in New
York City—He Will Tell of Evelyn
Nesbit's Refusal to Marry Him Be
cause of Her Associtions With
Architect White.
New York.—Harry K. Thaw will
take the witness stand to deliver the
final blow in his defense for the kill
ing of Architect Stanford White. Judge
Delphin Delmas, chief counsel for
Thaw, has practically decided that the
millionaire defendant should become a
witness and corroborate the testimony
given by his chorus girl wife.
Harry thaw will tell of Evelyn Nes
fiit's refusal to marry him because of
what she termed her degradation at
the hands of Stanford White. He will
tell the jury how the fragil child, in
tearful words, that day in Paris, sob
tiingly told him of her shame and ruin
—a story that burned in his soul and
fanned the fire of a consuming hatred
for the architect. Thaw's lawyers will
seek to show by his testimony that he
brooded over his wife's wrongs, that
the white specter of a girl came to
him at night and in his waking hours,
and with the hallucination that Stan
ford White was pursuing his wife with
some subtle poison.
When ho saw White that night glow
ering at him in the roof of Madison
Square garden, Thaw will tell the jury
that he believed that, as the "agent
of providence," he was directed to kill
the architect. Within a minute after
the shooting Thaw said to his wife:
"It is all right, dearie, I have probably
saved your life."
It w*- this belief that White was
plotting to murder Evelyn that caused
Thaw to make that remark, that for
a long time was one of the mysteries
in the case.
May Call Anthony Comstock.
Should Anthony Comstock, head of
the anti-vice society, recover from an
attack of pneumonia before the con
clusion of the Thaw trial, he will be
called as a witness for the defense and
will, bo himself says, give startling
testimony to corroborate the testi
mony of Evelyn Nesbit Thaw.
It is expected his testimony will sur
pass in dramatic interest that told by
Evelyn.
Thaw's will is to be Dolmas' strong
point toward substantiating the de
fendant's insanity. He hopes to secure
Jerome's consent for its introduction
"The will of itself," said Delmas, is
sufficient evidence to show the effect
of White's cruelties on Thaw's mind."
Three justices of the supreme court,
whoso names are withheld, express
the opinion that Thaw is certain to
gain a new trial, even if convicted this
time, on the grounds of slight error.
A fatal error made, they claim, in per
mitting Evelyn to lean foi'ward in the
witness chain and whisper to the
prosecutor the names of men and wom
en she knew involved with White. It
was previously agreed between coun
sel that these names should not be
mentioned.
Delphin M. Delmas and Henry Me
Pike, counsel in the trial of Harry
Thaw, who have announced that they
will not return to San Francisco at
the close of the Thaw trial, have
taken a lease for a term of years on
a largo suite bf offices in the TJ. S.
Realty building, now being erected at
Broadway and Cedar street, Mr. Me
Pike, in confirming the story of the
lease, said: "Yes, we have decided
to remain in New York and will add
to our already large library a complete
set of eastern reports."
Mr. Delmas' fee in the Thavr case,
It. has been stated, is one of tho larg
est ever paid in a criminal case in
the state of New York.
Titled Women Marched.
Txmdon—Titled women, clad in
silks and velvets, women with uni
versity degrees, girl graduates in caps
and gowns, women artists, members
of the Lyceum and other women's
clubs, temperance advocates and worn
en textile workers, gathered from all
parts of the country recently and
marched in procession through th
rain and muddy streeets of London in
support of a movement in favor of
woman suffrage. There were several
thousand women in the procession,
which was half a mile long.
Omaha—Burglars recently forced
their way into the public library anil
robbed the valuable Byron Reed col
lection of many high priced coins. The
collection is one of the most valuabl
in the world. The watchman was
bound and gagged.
To Celebrate Pope's Jubilee.
Rome.—Pope Pius has received the
committe which has charge of the cel
ebration of the jubilee of his entry in
to the priesthood The pontiff said h
would have preferred to celebrate
privately in prayer, but if it would he
for the benefit of the church, he woul
submit to whatever arrangements
were made, and offerings made would
bo devoted to the relief of the poor
French dioceses.
Stevens Will Not Resign.
Chief Engineer Stevens makes em
phatic denial of the report that he has
said that he would resign if the dig
ging of the Panama canal was let to
contractors. Mr. Stevens has in the
past favored contracting for the canal
work, and his statement shows that
he is still of that opinion.
MAKES PRESENT OF $32,000,000
Rockefeller Donates That Sum to
Schools.
Thirty-two million dollars' worth of
income hearing securities was the gift
of John D. Rockefeller, through h's
son, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., an
nounced to the general education
board, when it assembled for a spec
ial meeting in New York recently. The
gift, which is the largest single sum
every handed out for such purposes,
will be used for general educational
purposes throughout the countVy. Mr.
Rockefeller has previously given the
board $11.000,000 for the same work.
World-wide will be the appreciation
of the spirit which led John D. Rock
efeller to give in 'one donation $32,
000,000 to the cause of education in
the United States. It is truly said
that never in history has any man
given at one time so large a sum for
social and philanthropic purposes. The
liberality of Andrew Carnegie, great
as it has been, is unmarked by any
thing that compares with this gift by
Rockefeller, and when it is borne in
mind that the $32,000,000 by no means
represents all of the latter's genero
sity the present donation stands out
all the more prominently.
A recent statement of Rockefeller's
gifts to the University of Chicago
placed the total amount of $19,000,000.
Previous gifts to the general educa
tion board have been $11,000,000. In
Dièse three items there is a total of
$62,000,000 given for educational pur
poses. Rockefeller has, moreover,
been liberal at one time or another in
donations to various colleges and uni
versities and for other philanthropic
objects. It might not he wide of the
mark to say that an aggregate of $75,
000,000 out of his fortune has been
thus diverted.
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REVOLT AGAINST CASTRO.
Gen. Paredes Sails for Venezuela
Carry Out His Threat.
New York—General Antonio Pare
des, wlio proposed to have landed at
iYd; males, Venezuela, to begin a re
volt against President Castro, sailed
from this port on December 22 last
for Trinidad. About a month ago,
when he tried witli 60 of his followers
who had seen service in Venezuela
to start his expedition from Trinidad,
Ik was'intercepted by the British au
thorilies. He thereupon went to a
point whence he embarked.
Pedernales, where he landed, is a
small town in the state of Maturin, in
the eastern part of the country. Pa
redes, it is said, has 3000 rifles and
a million cartridges. His agents here
declare that he expects to rally an
army of from 5000 to 8000 men.
General Paredes is about 35 years
of age and served in he Venezuelan
at my in the administration of Presi
dent Andrade. As commander of the
rt at Puerto Cabeilo he repulsed the
mslaught of the army of General
astro, who has just triumphed in his
evolution. He was captured in his
'volution. He remained in prison at
Maracaibo about three years when Ik
vas released, under an act of amnesty
WORKS OF ART DESTROYED
Books Picked Up by Mr. Wanamaker
in Many Countries.
Philadelphia.—Former Postmaster
General John Wanamaker, whose beau
t ifnl country home at Jenkintown was
burned recently, says he thought that
$1,500,000 is a fair estimate of the
damage. The treasures in the house
had been gathered from all parts of
the world. Among those destroyed
was Mr. Wanamaker's collections of
china, valuable tapestries, rare old pot
P ry and antique furniture, which can
not he replaced. Most of the statuary
sculptured by nun who died centuries
ago, was also ruined.
Japs Are Reserved.
Tokio- In discussing the antl-Japa
nose agitation by a portion of the
\inericau press, all classes whose
( pinion is worthy of consideration, arc
significantly reserved. The two pro
vailing sentiments noticeable are
troug disdain and contempt for th
I apers in America which entertain the
idea of a war between Japan and the
United States, and implicit confident
President. Roosevelt, who is r
gardod as the true type of an Amer
in. People are inclined to smile
with satisfaction at the outbreak of
what, appears to them as a ridiculous
agitation and at the barbarity prac
tieed toward innocent children in
Christian land, which had been class
ed by missionaries and others a
country which possessed the only
true religion and the only true God
The Japanese have no doubt been
smarting under the assumed superior
it y of Christian nations, and now find
such an occurrence amid Christian
civilization, serve in ther judgment as
the confession of an inferiority, moyil
and otherwise.
Moreover the successful war with
Russia has inspired the Japanese
with great confidence and although
the possibility of a war with the Unit
ed States is not now generally enter
tained. it may not he amiss to point
out, that some are inclined to regari
as significant Secretary Taft's deoi
sion in regard to fortifying the Hr
waiian islands.
Mayor of Kingston Is Dead.
Kingston, Jamaica Feb. 12.—Charles
Tait, mayor of this city, is dead as
result of injuries sustained at tho time
of the earthquake. He was conducting
a meeting of the council when the
building collapsed. Mayor Tait, was
OS years old and of Scotch descent.
Seven Perish in a Big Fire.
Berne, Feb. 12.—An entire family
of seven perished in a fire at the Mor
genthal brewery at Stelnhach, Lake
Constance. Eight members of another
family narrowly escaped a similar fate
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NORTHWEST STATES
WASHINGTON, IDAHO, OREGON
AND MONTANA NEWS,
Few Interesting Items Gathered
From Our Exchanges of the Sur
rounding Country—Numerous Acci
dents and Personal Events
Place—Fall Trade Is Good.
WASHINGTON NOTES.
The amendment to the Indian ap
propriation bill, giving $1,500,000 for
,500,000 acres of land in the Colville
reservation, taken from the Indians
when the northern half was opened,
has been adopted by the senate.
Senator Ankeny is making an effort,
with good prospects of success, to
ave the time of entrymen in Benton
county under the desert land act ex
tended one year.
Representatives of the Chicago, Mil
waukee & St. Paul railroad have
bought thousands of acres of timber
land in Cowlitz, Lewis and Thurston
counties recently, involving a total
expenditure of nearly $1,000,000.
Settlers of Douglas county, who are
living on land inside forest reserves,
may rest easy as the new order will
not affect them, providing they were
bona fide settlers before January 1,
906.
About 2000 men, sympathizers of
those who are conducting the strike
igainst the Washington Water Power
company in Spokane, gathered in the
center of the city Friday afternoon
anu jeered lustily as each car of the
ailway company passed that point,
ries of "Scab." "Scab." "Quit your
job and he a man," were heard as the
ars appeared.
The funeral of David Warren, pio
neer of Medical Lake, took place re
fill ly under the auspices of the old
oldiers. He was horn in 1817 and
ad seen service in three wars.
The steamer Spokane, Captain H. H.
loyd, is returning to port under a
ow bell, having hit a rock near Ta
oosli on her way from Victoria to San
'rancisco. The owners, the Pacific
oast company, announce that the
amage is not serious, but information
s to the actual damage sustained is
not obtainable.
Mayor Wright of Tacoma lias de
clared that he will enforce the Sun
ay closing and anti-gambling laws in
his city to tue letter. The decision
ame through the council passing a
saloon ordinance over the mayor's
veto.
Spokane's hank clearings the last
week showed an increase of nearly 42
per cent, as compared with one year
ago. Only one other city in the Unit
ed States had a greater increase—
Albany, N. Y.
Robert Hall of Leavenworth was in
stantly killed recently at the Lamb
lavis sawmill in that city. He had
just stepped into the engine room
when the snow and Ice from the main
building fell onto the roof of the en
gine room, erasing it and catching Mr
Hall underneath.
Two safe crackers at Spokane blew
he safe at the American Steam laun
dry recently and secured 8309.39.
An ordinance has been introduced
in the Spokane council and will be
considered by the council at iis next
meeting to require the en pioyment of
none but competent men in the service
of the street car companies as motor
men or conductors. The ordinance is
patterned after that of other cities.
Seven offices in the Fidelity, Calif
ornia and Arcade buildins at Tacoma
were entered recently. The only firm
to suffer to any extent was the Cres
cent 1 oan company, where the com
bination of the safe was hammered
in and $18 in case, watches, jewelry
diamonds and a number of promissory
notes given by salaried persons
stolen. It is reported that the loss
will amount to several hundred dot
lars.
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IDAHO NEWS.
United action for tho opening of the
Columbia river from Lewiston, Idaho
to the sea will be taken by Oregon
Washington and Idaho. That the three
states are to stand solidly together to
achieve this end was decided upon at
a meeting of the concurrent commit
tee of the Oregon and Washington
legislators held in Portland recently
Senator Piles has secured unani
mous consent and the senate passed
his bill giving 100 feet right of way
to the Portland & Seattle Railroad
company through Fort Wright military
reservation.
While resisting arrest in Ixis An
geles, Cal., W. J. Ross, at one time a
waiter in Spokane, was shot and in
stantly killed by a policeman.
All railroad traffic from Spokane to
the Pacific coast was blocked last
week as a result of the snowslides on
the Great Northern and O. R. & N.
and high water along the Northern Pa
cific.
The approprition of $350,000 for the
Fort Hall, Idaho, irrigation plan, of
fered by Senator Dubois, will be de
feated.
The railroad commission bill was
defeated in the Idaho house of repre
sentatives by a vote of 22 to 26.
Idaho gamblers are finding them
selves "up against hard luck" at pres
ent, as a crusade is being waged
against them in all parts of the state
and more especially in Latah county
where a number of arrests have been
made the past week.
Frank Osadge, the 3 year old son of
Mr. and Mrs. Alphonse Osadge of Ta
coma, fell into a boiler of hot water
and was scalded to death recently.
Memorial exercises were held in
Boise recently In honor of former
Governors Steunenberg and Frank W.
Hunt, the members of the legislature
attending in a body.
A large saw and lumber mill is to
be built in the near future by the Ed
ward Rutledge Timber & Lumber com
pany on Coeur d'Alene lake.
W. E. Borah, senator-elect, is in
Washington, D. C. He wishes to be
present at the capital during the clos
ing days of the session that he may
get in touch with the situation and
look after certain matters in the de
partments.
The guns of the Wardner militia
company have been stolen from the
room in which they were stored. The
guns have not been used for some
time.
Ixical option in Idaho went down
by 30 votes to 15 in the house of repre
sentatives. The defeat of the bill was
preceded by long and heated debate.
Active construction will be resumed
on the $15,000 edifice for the Methodist
denomination at Coeur d'Alene City as
peedily as weather permits.
Boh Larson of Wallace knocked out
Battling Webster of Walla Walla in
the seventh round of a recent fight at
Gem. The first three rounds were in
favor of Webster, but the latter weak
ened after that.
It is reported that the promoters
of the Wallace-Spokane electric line
are busy taking options for a right
of way near Rose lake, on the Coeur
'Alene river at the mouth of Fourth
of July canyon. It is also stated that
a spur will he extended from the main
ine to Rose lake in order to secure
the traffic of the Rose Lake Lumber
ompany. Recent reports absolutely
confirm the earlier claims that the
road is an assured fact. This will
put Coeur d'Alene on a direct line
between Wallace and Spokane.
The secretary of the treasury es
iinates the expense of maintaining a
collector of customs in the district of
Montana and Idaho for the fiscal year
at $25,615 and in Washington $154,540.
The Federal Mining & Smelting
company is in bad straits from want
of coal.
OREGON SOU IBS.
The flood at Portland has passed
its worst stage. The Southern Pacific
again resumed its schedule. The
greatest loss in the Willamette valley
was the breaking loose and loss of a
000,000 foot boom of logs near Ore
gon City.
Pendleton was practically isolated.
About 300 passengers were tied up
there awaiting the clearing of the rail
roads last week.
Crazed after a protracted drunken
debauch, John P. McManus, editor of
the Pilot Rock Record, shot and killed
Robert Estes, a gambler, recently. The
shooting took place in the rear of
saloon, and there were no eyewit
nesses. McManus says he shot in
self defense. Immediately after the
shooting McManus walked out of the
front door and was placed under arrest
by former City Marshal Coffman.
Considerable feeling was engendered
at Wood burn by the Southern Pacific
laying off white men employed on the
railroad section at this point and re
1 lacing them with eight or ten Japan
ese. The feeling ran so high that 50
Americans called at the section house
and demanded that the Japanese
leave town. They went.
MONTANA ITEMS.
John W. Nelson, aged 71, a resident
of Gallotin county since 1864, died at
his home in Bozeman recently.
A. M. Hillman pleaded guilty to the
charge of forgery at Missoula recent
ly and was sentenced to a year in the
penitentiary.
Charles Barron, an Englishman,
sheep herder, cowboy and ranch hand,
who has been working around Dillon
for the past four years, has received
word from England that his grand
father, Sir Charles Barron Caulkin,
has died, leaving a peerage and an in
come of .$100,000 per year to Mr. Bar
ron. He will go to New York to make
the necessary claims to the property.
The Montana legislature in commit
tee on the whole recommended for
passage the Shaw-Tudor railroad com
mission bill. The recommendation was
made only after a heated discussion
The Montana legislature tabled the
lebbist bill, the speaker declaring that
the rale covered the ground sufficient
ly, and that he would enforce the rules
requiring the lobbist to leave when
ever a member wished him to.
When the existing law relating to
the firemen's disability fund was de
dared unconstitutional by the attor
ney general of Montana, the chief of
Butte's tire department. Peter Sanger,
at once started out to have a bill
drawn up that would meet the require
ments.
Instead of passing the rest of his life
as a convict in the Deer Ixidge peni
tentiary, Ching One, now a pioneer at
the penitentiary serving a life sentence
for murder in the second degree, will
go back to the land of his ancestors
to spend his remaining days in peace
and contentment, providing the state
hoard of pardons acts favorably. Ching
One has been pardoned by Governor
Toole, subject to the approval of the
board.
Lawyers may practice law and
charge fees, and collect them, too, if
they can, notwithstanding their fail
ure to pay a license, which the stat
uto demanded from them. That was
the substance of a decision given by
Judge Bourquin of Butte recently
Mrs. Frederika Brown, one of the
first white women to live in Miles City,
and well known throughout eastern
Montana, died suddenly of heart fail
ure at the home of Judge and Mrs. C
H. Loud, Miles City, where she had
gone to attend a mothers' meeting
Mrs. Brown arose from her chair and
started toward the door, but fell to the
floor and died without speaking.
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NEWS OFTHE WORLD
SHORT DISPATCHES FROM ALL
PARTS OF THE GLOBE.
Review of Happenings in Both
Eastern and Western Hemispheres
During the Past Week—National,
Historical, Political and Personal
Events.
Carter Harrison, former mayor of
Chicago, who has been spending the
winter at Pasadena, announces that he
will accept the democratic nomination
for mayor of Chicago if tendered him.
St. Petersburg.—An imperial decree
provides for the issue of $35,000,000
in 4 per cent state rentes to meet the
famine relief expenses and the urgent
extraordinary expenditure^ as shown
in the budget statement.
The copper smelter interests, head
ed by Senator Guggenheim of Colo
rado, have decided to kill the bill
fathered by ex-Governor McGraw of
Washington, making concession for the
Alaska Railway company.
Statistics for the year just ended
show that people of the United States
consumed six and one-half billion
pounds of sugar or 76 pounds for each
man, woman and child, the value of
which was $300,000,000.
Ossing, N. Y.—In a railroad wreck
here last night of a train to which was
attached the private car of Alfred C
Vanderbilt, the engineer and fireman
were both killed. None of the Van
derbilt party were injured. Several
of the trainmen have been arrested.
The 'thaw case is attracting much
attention in Paris and a number of
persons have expressed a willingness
to testify in the case to prove Thaw's
insanity, among them being a woman
who alleges that she figured in the
bathtub escapade.
Paris, France—A dispatch from St.
Petersburg announces that Japan has
confiscated the Russian Red Cross
proposition at Port Arthur.
Wilkesbarre, Pa.—Seven miners are
entombed in a burning mine here
and their fellow workmen claim there
is little hope of rescuing them.
Austin, Texas—The senate has
passed a bill providing that every ex
press office in the state handling ship
ments of liquor must pay an assess
ment of $5000.
Halifax, N. S.—Two persons are
reported killed and several injured in
collision upon the Halifax & South
Shore railroad near Mahone Junction.
Washington—Hearst has introduced
a bill in the house making bribery a
felony. He states that it is his inten
tion to prevent corrupt practices in
elections.
Washington—The Japanese gov
ernment has asked for permission to
confer various decorations upon the
American ambassadors to Russia and
Japan during the Russo-Japanese w'ar.
San Francisco—Judge Sewell has
handed down a decision in favor of
the Utah-Nevada Mining company
against Captain Joseph Delamar of
Nevada. The case involves over $5,
000 , 000 .
Mexico City—President Diaz has
sent a note to the governments of
Costa Rica, Guatemala and San Salva
dor, asking them to use every effort
to get Nicaragua and Honduras to ar
bitrate.
Havana—Governor Magoon re
ceived a cablegram from Secretary
Taft Friday directing the postpone
ment of the decree increasing the
rural guards until the protests of the
liberals can be heard.
Washington—A bill has passed the
senate appropriating $12,000 to erect
a monument to the memory of General
Henry Harrison upon the Tippecano
battlefield at Tippecanoe, Indiana.
The war department has decided to
hold the Tenth Nebraska cavalry until
March 1, when the railroad puts the
colonist rate into effect. The depart
nient wanted a rate lower than now
prevails for hauling the troop, but the
railroads refused. The colonist rate is
lower than the rate the government
asked.
Senator Kittredge has introduced a
11 to make the president the supreme
boss of Panama canal work.
Harriman is out with a bid for
job on the interstate commerce com
mission.
Nino men are dead and two injured
of an explosion yesterday as the re
suit of an explosion on board a French
torpedo boat at Lorente, France.
Wilkesbarre, Pa.-—Seven dead min
ers were taken recently from the Wa
ramie coinery of the Lehigh & Wil
kerbarre Coal company. They were
killed by burning timbers. One other
is believed to be dead.
Louisville, Ky.—The Louisville
Railway company has voluntairly in
creased the wages of all employes
cent an hour without regard to length
of service.
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Agrees on Diplomatic Bill.
The senate has agreed to the eon
ference recommendation on the dip
lomatic and consular appropriation
bill. The senate receded from its
amendment to repeal the provision of
the law authorizing the president in
his discretion to raise the ranks of
diplomatic representatives of the
United States when the countries to
which such representatives have been
sent increase the ranks of their repre
sentatives to the United States.
Fatal Accident at Fernie.
At Fernie a carpenter named Charles
Douglas was recently killed at the
Coal Creek car repair shops and
another man seriously injured by
slide.
The Spokane City league is started
in good style. The six teams have
been chosen and a hot fight can be ex
pected from the way the managers
are out after players. There will be
no tailender by 300 points this season
if the managers all succeed in attain
ing their standards in the players
signed.
The Northwestern league Is formed
six teams and six teams backed by
enthusiastic men. The Northwestern
league has the jump on the Coast
league and no trouble will result to
force the league to go outlaw unless
the southerns should take the fatal
step and put a team in Seattle. Then
would the Northwestern league be put
in a hard position and at the same
time the Coast league might sound its
death knell.
"Indian Joe" Gregg, formery of Spo
kane, is now fighting in six round
bouts in Philadelphia, and is more
than holding his own.
Jack Travers, for a long time head
of the British Benevolent, society at
Spokane, has become a dog fancier.
He has recently returned from a trip
to England and brought back with
him two of the best pedigreed fox
terrier dogs in the British Empire.
Joe Gans announces that his match
with Harry Lewis has been declared
off. Gans says that Lewis was not
satisfied with the division of the purse.
There is practically no change in
the models of bicycles for 1907 from
those used in 1906. But one make has
been received in the city this season
which shows departure from the for
mer machines. The Excelsior bicycle
makes a decided change in that the
frame is reinforced by a bar directly
under the top on the frame. This
makes the frame much stronger than
it would be without the additional
bar. At the same time the new
model is not cumbersome, but on the
contrary is quite attractive.
A motor cycle club, to include all of
the motor cyclists in Spokane, is plan
ned to be formed as soon as the
weather permits the enthusiasts to get
out on the road. It is estimated there
are between 25 and 30 motor cyclists
in Spokane.
Frank Fromm, the crack shot of the
Spokane Rifle & Revolver club, is out
with a challenge to meet any revolver
or pistol shot in the city in a match
shoot for the championship of Spo
kane.
The great Olympic of Canada, the
Rossland winter carnival, commenced
by a grand masquerade on the ice of
Rossland's commodious skating ring,
the largest west of Winnipeg, on Tues
day evening, February 12.
SPORTING NOTES.
RUSSIAN FAMINE APPEAL.
America Asked to Succor Starving
Peasants.
Through the Russian embassy in
Washington, Secretary of State Vras
sokoi, plenipotentiary of the Russian
famine relief committee, has trans
mitted an appeal to the American peo
le for financial assistance to aid
starving peasants, who number into
the millions. It is requested that con
tributions be forwarded to Galkine
Vrassokoi, the secretary of state,
Shukowski street 27, St. Petersburg,
or to the chancellor of the famine re
lief organization, in the same city.
Receipt will be acknowledged in the
Official Messenger, and other news
papers, which have opened subscrip
tions for the relief fund.
WASHINGTON NOTES.
The report of the Medical Lake hos
pital for the insane February first
shows 538 patients present. The school
for feeble minded children shows 123
present.
The Walla Walla city council has
adopted the report of the special com
mittee appointed to outline the exten
sion of the city's boundaries in order
to bring the population up to 20,000.
The district it is proposed to annex
is half as large as the present area
of the city.
The hoo-doo on Lake Chelan steam
ers still continues. Sunday the Lady
of the Lake, the largest boat on the
lake, sank at her moorings in Lake
side. It is not known whether the ac
cident was caused by the ice causing
the planks to spread or by muskrats
gnawing through the hull. As the
boat lies in shallow' water, it can prob
ably be easily raised and the damage
repaired.
An affidavit signed by Chester
Thompson himself was presented to
Judge Snell in Tacoma, demanding
an immediate trial on the charge of
insanity. The demand was overruled.
Immediately following this Judge
Thompson Chester's father, appeared
in the supreme court and asked for
a writ of mandamus compelling Judge
Snell to grant Chester an immediate
trial.
Michael Maelfi, an Italian of Lewis
ton, Idaho, was shot by an unknown
Italian at Spokane recently. The shot
being fired directly from in front, but
doing no damage because of the heavy
clothing of the man assaulted. Maelfi
wore a slicker, an overcoat, a sweater
and five fleece lined undershirts. The
bullet, believed to have been fired
from a 44 caliber revolver, made a
blue mark about the size of a quarter
on Maelfie's chest.
J. P. Wood of Seattle has prepared
a bill for presentation to the legisla
ture. Mr. Wood's bill is drawn up
with the object of making a state
law to cover the operation of pool and
billiard rooms as far as minors are
concerned. The striking feature of
the proposed act is that, upon the sec
ond conviction of a person for this
offense, the place of business shall be
deemed a public nuisance and ordered
abated by the court. Tables, cues,
balls ahd fixtures may be sold upon
execution to satisfy the payment of
fines and cost.

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