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Shy at Railroad Legislation ; Five Boys Near Death ; Express Merger Planned
Decide That There Will Be
No Railroad Legislation
During Present Session
WASHINGTON. Jan. 13. — It has been
agreed by Speaker Cannon and the
loaders of the House that there will be
no railroad legislation at this session
of Congress. Included in this edict is
the La Follette hour of service bill
passed by the Senate during the past
week. This will be kept in the com
mittee for the rest of the session arfd
then be referred to a special Congres
sional commission that will assemble
in the summer and consider the pro
posed legislation that has been offered
during the past two months.
Much the same plan will be followed
by the House as was done by the Sen
ate the summer before last, -when ex
tended hearings were held on the rate
•bill. Whether the commission will be
made up entirely of members of the
Interstate commerce committee vt the
House has not boon determimd. It has
been suggested that other members not
on the committee be included in the
commission, and this plan may be
In both the Senate and the House
this session a number of amendments
to the interstate commerce law have
been proposed. All these bills will be
sifted by the commission, and if the
present plan is carried out will be
drafted into one bill, which will be
fathered by the House committee on
Interstate -commerce. Developments
\u25a0will cruide the commission as to wheth
er all the subjects can be covered in
one bill. If certain amendments are
liable to endanger the passage of the
measure they will be put into separate
bills before being reported to the
The Interstate Commerce Commission
has a number of suggestions for amend
ments in hand, and these will be called
for by the commission.
SPOKANE, Jan. 13. — Business men of
Spokane are girding 1 themselves for a
battle royal when the Interstate Com
merce Commission convenes here Mon
day. The Chamber of Commerce and
the Spokane Jobbers' Association have
the matter In hand, and the munici
pality is aiding them through the City
Attorney and a substantial cash grant
for the conduct of the case. The sit
ings are expected to last at least two
Washington dispatches say the com
mission wiyt he represented by Charles
A. Prouty of Vermont. Franklin K.
Lane and A. R. Karkness.
The question at Issue is Spokane's
demand for a readjustment, of .trans
continental freight rates so that the
Spokane country will be on a parity
with Portland and Puget Sound ter
minals. Spokane pays in the majority
of instances higher rates on transconti
nental freight than do Portland and
Sound terminals, although the haul is
400 miles shorter. The defense, in a nut
shell. Is that railroads are justified in
charging the lower rate for the longer
haul because of the competition of
water haul.
It is charged that since the announce
ment that the commission would sit
here the railroad companies have been
Industriously covering up evidence.
The Great Northern Railroad carted a
large quantity of records covering its
.business prior to ISO 4 to the Spokane
city crematory, where the books and
papers were consumed. Officials of
other roads declare that no records
have been destroyed pave those five
years or more old, and that this -was
simply following ordinary practice.
. Several railroad men admit the hear
ing is likely to result favorably to
Spokane. One official said: "There is
a belief prevalent among at least some
railroad men that Spokane -will carry
its point. The district will probably
secure a reduction on less than carload
lots, but I do not believe the commis
sion will touch the carload lot sched
ule. It is the history of State and
interstate commerce commissions that
they do only little things that the
railroads do not greatly oppose. But
Spokane will find that it has not great
ly benefited Itself by getting a reduc
tion on less than carload lots so long
as the carload lots' rate remains un
T. SO.. Donnelly of Helena, Mont., will
bf attorney for the Northern Pacific
Ibefore the commission. He, is promi
>ncnt among the lawyers trained as ex
perts on the rate question, and his
knowledge of the subject Is declared to
excell that of any rate clerk in the
company's employ.
Edward -J. Cannon, attorney lor the
Northern Pacific in the Spokane coun
try, does not expect to devote much
time to the hearing. W. W. Cotton, at
torney for the O. R» & N. and Union
Pacific at Portland, will represent his
lines before the commission.
Merrltt J. Gordon, local counsel for
the Great Northern, haa the matter in
hand for the Hill line.
Brooks Adams of Boston wi.l con
duct the case for the Spokane Chamber
of Commerce and Jobbers' Association,
assisted by H. M. Stephens of this city.
J. M. Geraghty. City Attorney, will act
with Adams and Stephens.
The attorneys for the city <lo not
expect the railroads will introduce evi
dence at the hearing, but that they
wjll reserve their testimony until the
commission reaches the coast. The
commission will probably go from
Spokane to Portland, thence to Seattle,
and take evidence at each point-
Suppressed excitement prevails at the
railroad offices in anticipation of the
hearing. No subpenas wili be issued
until the arrival of the commissioners.
Local railroad men expect to be called
as witnesses, and this probably will be
the case, as W. W. Cotton, attorney
for the O. R. & N. and Union Pacific,
i-aP declined to furnish certain infor
mation deemed essential to the estab
lishment of Spokane's case, and evi
dence Will be required In the- effort to
establish these points. The Great
Northern and Northern Pacifcc have
supplied information desired, and it is
possible no officials of these lines will
be called as witnesses.
two noens* conference
WASHINGTON. Jan. 13.— Commis
sioner Clements of the Interstate Com
merce Commission and Commissioner
of Corporations Garfield conferred Kith
the president for two hours tonight.
Jfone' of the parties would discuss the
nature of the conference. Commis
sioner Clements returned ' yesterday
Xrom Chicago.
Report of the t Commission
Having Matter in Charge
Is Filed With President
WASHINGTON. Jan. 13. — The Presi
dent today made public a report on
"Cost Keeping in the Government
Service," prepared by the Keep Com
mission. A cost system properly de
j vised and operated, the report says, will
I furnish Information enabling the re
1 eponsible head of the organisation to
I estimate more Intelligently the prob
! able cost of future operations along
similar lines and to fix proper selling
prices on products transferred to other
Government organizations or sold to
| foreign governments or to private in
j dividuals. The recommendations have
the indorsement of Secretary of the
j Treasury Shaw.
Cost keeping as a branch of account
| ing is a comparatively modern devel
| opment, the report says, and *ias not
i been introduced to any considerable
extent in the Government service. In
this matter the Government has much
j to learn from private business meth
j ods. In work of this character the
I institution of a thorough cost-keeping
! system would mal*e intelligent com-
I parisons possible and would tend to
bring the lees effectively conducted es
" tablishments up to tne standard or the
j best.
The report recommends that cost
j keeping systems be installed In all
j branches of the Government service
! where it is possible to do 60.
The Public Printer is working out
; the details of an elaborate cost-keeping
; system which he is about to install in
: the Government printing office.
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 13. — At a con
ference of the foreign mission boards
of the United States and Canada here
it has been unanimously agro^d to for
ward to President Roosevelt, the United
States Senate and King Edward an ap
peal on behalf of the Congo Free State.
The appeal follows:
"The conference of the foreign mis
sion boards of the United States and
the Dominion of Canada most respect
fully and earnestly bring to you an ap
peal in behalf of the stricken people of
the Congo Free State. We Apr this in
the name of forty missionary organiza
tions whose work is prosecuted in all
sections of the world, and we are per
suaded ' that the petition Interprets
faithfully the sentiment of their con
stituency of upward of 2C.000.000 Chris
tian men and women. We are not for
getful that recognition has been given
bjß» both governments to international
duty in relation to this unhappy peo
"It is a source of keen satisfaction to
us that our governments are united in
leadership Jn a work so closely affect
ing international ' honor. But we are
reminded by the recurrence of our an
nual meeting that weeks and months
are passing while the heavy burden of
wrong continues to rest upon the Congo
people, and we recognize with pro
found regret that the first definite step
toward just International action has
not yet been taken.
"We speak with deep conviction con
cerning this Issue, because we are in
timately associated with many resi
dents of the Congo Free State, by.whom
the conditions to which we refer have
been <Usclosed. But you will not need
to be reminded that other testimony
than ours has been given to the char
acted and credibility of these wit
nesses. A commission selected by King
Leopold himself has said of them and
of. their fellow-missionaries in the Con
go that they constitute for the native
the sole representative of equity and
justice. Of their testimony, dreadful as
it has been, the commission has de
clared that they found it well support
ed by witnesses and official repre
"The request which we, like the great
company of petitioners of both gov
ernments outside our constituency are
urging. Is obviously fair to all inter
ests, sine* it asks*only for such impar
tial action as shall give authoritative
revelation of actual facts and insure
correction of such wrongs as shall be
disclosed. We submit that the simple
issue thus presented Involves a pri
mary test of national and International
honor and that the longer withholding
of manifestation of this, measure of in
ternational concern for these wards of
the nations would leave upon all
powers responsible for it a lasting re
proach. -
"We would earnestly urge that no
device of the ruler of the Congo State,
whether of wholesale aspersion of mo
tlve, or of evasion of accountability
through promotion* of transfer of terri
tory to a government of which he is
himself the head, shall be allowed to
cloud the issue of International respon
sibility for Immediate ascertainment of
conditions a»d correction of wrongs.
The Issue, as you are well aware, is
not of motive, but of fact, and the duty j
of guardianship binding the powers to
protection of the people of the terri
tory of the Congo b&«in Is independent
of political relations. Moreover, we ;
would respectfully urge our conviction I
that if the King Is a trustee he cannot
transfer his trust except by interna- ,
tional sanction. If the convening of ,'
an international conference was lm- \
fcort&nt in the. opening of .the .Congo j
territory it would seem that a confer
ence for review of the issue in all its
phases is Indispensable for wise and
just dealing no*w.
"In the name of humanity, of inter
national justice, of regard for the
primal rights of man, we would ask
that you use the full power reposed
in governments by the supreme ruler
In the interest of an immediate dis
charge by the nation of their responsi
bility of guardianship over the rem
nant of the humble people who a gen
eration ago, without choice .of their
own, were brought out of their isola
tion into relations with the world of
men and states."
Efforts at Conciliation by Moderate and
Liberal Septionn Fall of Their
MADRID, Jan. 13. — Indications are
that the Ministry, will not last out the
week, as the efforts for conciliation by
the moderate and advanced sections of
the Liberal* v have V been unsuccessful.
The principal point at issue is the pro
posed anticlerical associations law.
Doubt is expressed as to whether the
Liberals,, although they- have a strong
majority in ; the 'chamber- will be able
to form a new cabinet.
Appropriation Bill, Browns
ville Riots and Sliip
Subsidy on the T Calendar
WASHINGTON. Jan. 13.— Some of the
time of the Senate and most of the
time of the House during the week will
be devoted to the discussion of appro
priation bills. The Senate will con
clude its consideration of the legisla
tive, executive and Judicial approprla
ton bill and may reach the Indian bllL
The House will flnisa its work on the
fortifications and will in turn take up
the bill making appropriations for the
District of Columbia and the diplomatic
and consular service.
Before proceeding with appropriation
bills the house will devote tomorrow to
miscellaneous bills in the Interest of
the District of Columbia. It is also
possible that the appropriation bill Be
fore the Senate will be temporarily dis
placed tomorrow by the Foraker reso
lution providing for an investigation of
the Brownsville riots. Senator Cullom,
who has charge of the appropriation
bill, announces his intention not to yield
the floor again until this measure is
disposed of. If he persists in his deter
mination, consideration of the Browns
ville matter will necessarily be de
ferred. • .
The prospect of receiving Assistant
General Purdy's report on the Browns
ville affair adds to what already holds
a keen interest, and a large attendance
may be expected in the Senate when It
is under consideration. Speeches are
yet to be made by . Senators Spooner,
Carmack and Stone, and it is not ex
pected that Senator Foraker will permit
the closing of the debate without fur
ther remarks. The present prospect is
for the practically unanimous adoption
of a compromise resolution simply di
recting an investigation of- the occur
rence at Brownsville an£ remaining si
lent on the legal phases of the question.
In the Senate there will be an effort
to incorporate a provision in the legis
lative appropriation bill increasing. the
salaries of Representatives from $5000
to $7500, and, unless this proposition
causes debate, the legislative bill prob
ably will be passed with but little dis
cussion. There will also be an attempt
to restore the House provision for the
increase of salaries of the Vice Presi
dent, the Speaker of the House' and
Cabinet members.
Some of the members of the House
committee on appropriations will try
to secure the incorporation in the forti
fications bill of an amendment looking
to the creation of an Island" for the
purpose of defense \t the mouth of
Chesapeake Bay and appropriating for
that purpose about $3,000,000. General
Keyfer and Judge Walter Smith dif
fered sharply over this point in com
mittee, and when Smith, who opposed
the provision, prevailed there^the Ohio
member announced his determination
to appeal to the House.
The House is looking forward with
great expectancy to the decision 'of the
committee on merchant marine on the
subject of the ship subsidy- bill.. ..The
committee will meet on -Tuesday and
members say • the question " will -be
finally decided on that day. Repre
sentative Watson of Indiana, who has
consistently opposed the Senate bill,
has announced his willingness to ac
cept a compromise measure providing
for both Atlantic and Pacific mail sub
sidies to South American ports and for
an Increase of the subsidy to the Aus
tralian line now in existence, as well
as for assistance to a new line from the
Pacific Coast to China and Japan. It
is now asserted by the advocates of
compromise that only the opposition
of the supporters of the full Senate bill
stands in the way of a report.
The Senate will probably return to
the discussion of the Smoot case on
Friday, when Senators Sutherland and
DlUlngham will speak in opposition to
the unseating resolution. Later, Smoot
will address the Senate in his own be
half and the discussion will be closed
by Senator Foraker. - *
Senator Fulton will make an effort
during the week to get the Senate to
fix a day to consider the revised Penal
Code reported by him last week.
FRESNO. Jan. 12. — Charles Williams
•was brought to Fresno last night under
arrest for a homicide committed on the
west side, twenty miles from Mendota.
. Williams, who is a ranger, killed an
old trapper named Joseph Smith yes
terday. The men got into a dispute
over feed 1 for a horse. Smith attacked
Williams with a rock and Williams shot
him. . < .
Leaving his victim where he had
fallen dead, ' Williams proceeded to his
cabin and went to bed. This morning
he rode to Firebaugh and surrendered.
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jR^TTT"^- '\u25a0> \u25a0: * varieties of Parlor, Tables., To" reduce'the stock we ;\; \ 9. ' .I^y^'l: j|.- : ;
S3 1 .%"• ". •'\u25a0"\u25a0'\u25a0' '\u25a0"\u25a0 .'- - :: -~ will offer these at a big reduction 'until Thursday. _ M ,yS lift
:\'s_. i I 'wKr ' 1/ , A full assortment in sizes and prices. You can $f ?§ W g| <|| Jr-
Special 3. a? \) ' ' - ~'^-*^i?sr?*^'T?JEi «?&*% 1 ' '&
Furniture Carpets BIIKSIICK^^dAAC IliiJ All the gooSs"yoa"waai"
Stoves^ .Draperies EDDV'PNPuNRiSIN^S^^I - t^ s yGH w
Rugs, Linoleums an<i ai i 7>Ati<i Ipdam^bt?e> I i Gall and inspect oar
House Furnishings V ALL CARS TRANSFER J | Store QrA pHcos
Gives Timely [Aid
to Imperilecl Boys
Continued From I'njre. 1, Column 1.
dealer, today, when: questioned about
the fuel shortage,- said:.//
There is at present very' little coal to be had
in Oakland or, for tljat matter, , Id any part of
Alameda County, but at the same time. I believe
that the most severe Bbortage ! Is at an end.
Although there will undoubtedly, be a shortage of
coal In the local market for some time, I think
that the danzrr of an actual famine la over. |
Five thousand tons of coal -arrived In this city
yesterday on the steamer African Monarch from
Australia, and ix now being discharged <\u25a0 at the
bunkers of the Western Fuel Company/ which
will take half the . cargo. \u25a0\u25a0 the remainder being
consigned to me.; Had this- vessel not arrived
Just when it did I would have ; been conipletetv
out of coal before the end of .next. week. As Tt
is. I think I shall be able to . supply a. number
of retail dealers with enough \u25a0 coal to tide them '
over the shortage. .•,;.,.,'.;_ \u25a0-\u0084 .
As to the reasoDß for f the present 'shortage :
there are several. The principal \u25a0. trouble seems
to be the failure or Inability of the railroad com
nenies to supply facilities for transporting coal
here from Wyoming and New Mexico. < For some
weeks now we have received ', no * nock ' Springs
coal from Wyoming, and practically noAmerlcan
block from New Mexico.-"- Therer.has been'^no
Seattle coal shipped here ifor-a ; year,' and no
Ronlyn for nearly ten months; '\u25a0\u25a0.:'•-„:..• . • '- \u25a0.
The reason that we are' receiving none -of the
«>al from the north Is that ! practically, nil 'the.
Seattle and Roslyn coal',.is ,- consumed Jln : the
northern . cities. For the- same j reason we 1 are
; receiving no Coos Bay or Beaver Hill coal. u-The :
.Beaver Hill' mine.- the entire -product 'of > which
was formerly shipped .: to . tbis *port; j fcas • boea .
sold, and the sopply : has-been -diverted," ji '." ">
Another reason for -the ((present shortage- is
that retail dealers do not - stock Jnp : with - coal
daring the summer months'wlthfa'.sufflclent sup
ply to last them through the winter, but depend
on the wholesalers to carry; their stocks for them.
This works well ns long as. the supply of the
wholesalers Is • not ' stopped, • but as -"soon . as
they, for any cause, are unable -to' secure coal
the available supply Is ' quickly i exhausted and
the • wholesalers are unable to • supply ~ the \u25a0 re
tailers. ,\ , ; -
As far a* I can learn there is not Hkelv to
be any relief from the , present car shortage of
the railroads for 6ome time, but I think that
the supply from other sources will be large
enough to avert any . danger of a real coal
famine. " - . • ... \u0084f
DOUGLAS, A. T., Jan. 13.— Frank
Buckles, aged 47' yean% a hotelpro
prietor of. Pagosa Springs, Colo., and
famous as the | man on whose testimony
five outlaws were hanged. at Tombstone
in 1885, was attacked by heart failure'
while bathing at Douglas today and fell
upon" the , instantaneous gas heater in
such a manner* as: to asphyxiate- him.
Buckles was one of the founders of
Bisbee, A. T., twenty-three years ago
and was one. of the .first men to.home
stead ranch land in this territory. • He
Is survived byj a widow and flve chil
dren at His Colorado; home.
SACRAMENTO, Jan. 13.— The locomo
tive, ..baggage^carr. and; two Pullman
coaches . of west ; bound passenger . train
No. 1. left the rails^ at Champion, near
Truckee, • this morning-, • and .the track
was, torn , up ; for. a: hundred feet.' The
train will not -reach, Sacramento r un til
tomorrow morn ing. No one was. hurt"
A wrecking,crew f rom- Truckee is clear
ing the track. \u25a0- ,
Occupants .Are .Thrown Into
Bay, but Manage to Reach
a' Miid bank Near at Hand
, The. friends of E. L'-'Altvater, . who
manages a printing establishment' at
2565 Mission"- street,' are felling the
story of- his -timely; rescue of five: boys
who recently were thrown into the
bay by the overturning of a' sloop off
Beacon No. 13. { The rescued boys, live
in San Jose, ; and it is probable some
of them would have died from, ex
posure, as a storm was, raging at the
time, had .it riot been for. Altvater and
a companion, "W. 7 McKannay, who went
to their rescue., just as night was fall
ing. \u25a0?-... . ''.>\u25a0_\u25a0'. ' ) V- . . '
.! The • boys, whose names . are" not
known, rode their wheels from San
Jose to. Alvlso, where they hired a; lit
tle sloop, for an- outing, on _tha^*»ay.''' 'A
heavy, southeast gale, was; blowing
when they sailed, .and later it. began
raining heavily. .When the boys con
cluded to return home late in the aft
ernoon they found they could not\ack
against A the gale. \u25a0\u25a0. \u25a0 Their-, boat^ was
overturned and they were thrown; into
the water.
They, managed to gain a .little .mud
island near at .hand, ; and;, there, wet
and chilled, huddled together, ,won
dering when 'would reach tnem.
Altvater arid his companion had. been
out in. a launch hunting ducks in' the
vicinity, v and were returning late to
the city .when they discovered the boys
marooned on the mud , island.., 'After
considerable effort they " righted the
sloop and with j the" "shivering , boys
aboard started, their launch I for Alviso, '
seven miles away. . y, ;
The rescued boys ranged irbm 15 to.
17 years of -age. - One of- the smaller
members. of < the party. was so'weakened
: by. exposure ' that it was necessary to
adminlster T whisky to him and massage
him to^ overcome." the effects of: the
chill he received while in the "water.
WASHINGTON. Jan. I , l3.— Prof essor H.
W. Elliott, expert on'fur seals "and for
merly confidential agent for Secretary of
State Hay, will appear before the House
committee -on -ways .and 1 means tomor
row in response :to a summons to give
.evidence. ln substantiation of -charges of
crooked dealing r on the^ part .of J the
.lessees .of -the 'Alaskan Seal Islands: *'.
Professor Elliott; made these charges
.in; a. newspaper- interview at the time
of the raifl on the Seal Islands In. which
five Japanese. fishermen were' killed; and
twelve. others captured. \u25a0 •:•*•?\u25a0 ;•"•:
; Professor; t Elliott.'; alleges that^; the
North "American- Commercial Company,
which -holds fa,, lease." from the '.United
Statesrglving it the; exclusive right to
take Tf ur - seals - on g. the ,*, Alaskan !J coast
\u25a0islands ~%tor? t a i twenty-year . period,; exr'
tending •; to 'May;/ l,*l9l6,VhadV,violated
the terms of' the-jease in that the'com
pany had- been engaged .in the "unlaw
f ill business of pelagic sealing. : -~, Her
man'and Isaac Liebes of San Francisco,
who .organized .the - North? '.'American
Commercial; Company,; together": with
Lloyd Tevis of San | Francisco . and D. O.
Mills ;of New York, the father-in-law
of "Emba'ssador Whltelaw Reid,' were
charged by Professor Elliott with fraud
and perjury Jin securing the. lease. ; - «i
'Involved in^the alleged fraud of Her
man and Isaac Leibes of San Francisco,
who 'organized' the ; company, ' is {"Alex
ander McLean, who is -known ; as '.one
of the boldest sea grangers since .the
days of Captain Kidd, and-vj-ho has been
portrayed as the - character of Wolf
Larsen in Jack London's tale, "The Sea
Wolf."- \u25a0 McLean commanded the pelagic
fur sealing schooner. J. Hamilton Lewis,
owned by the Liebes, inlB9o and 1891.
Professor Elliott : alleges that the
Liebes j stand convicted by the official
registry in San Francisco of owning
and sailing the J. Hamilton Lewis "as a
pelagic fur sealer- at the \u25a0* time /Isaac
Liebes made affidavit that -they, had dis
posed of all thelr : interests in: the busi
ness of .pelagic sealing— an- -affidavit
that, had to.be made, before they- were
awarded :a lease :by. Secretary -of -the
Treasury^Windom in March, 1890.
Speakers of »tv York Aswmbly , Pays
Visit to Roosevelt
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13.— James Vads
worth Jr., Speaker of the New York As
sembly, had a ; conference*.* tonight .with
President Roosevelt in > which the . New
York ' political situation was \u25a0 thorough
ly discussed.- I
YjWadsworth :, would.; not discuss the
conference further; than \to say ' that it
related to the New York political situa- ;
tion'and the New York' Legislature. He
said' anything .further oh the subject or
any- news of • the conference would have
to begiven* out;from'. the White House.*
Rock Sjprings Coal Company
Given Concessions It Has
; Long Tried to Obtain
OMAHA. Neb.. Jan. 13.— Facilities for
the operation of .their mines near Black
Butte, "Wyo..,have been promised by the
Union ' Pacific, to the Sioux City and
Rock Spflngs Coal , Company. , whose
complaint -led to the recent investiga
tion by the Interstate Commerce Com
mission into the operation of railroad
and "coal companies and the. expose bf
wholesale frauds \in the acquisition of
coal-bearing -lands. The agreement be
tween .the Union Pacific and Rock
Springs Company was brought about
during the hearing of the Harriman
merger inquiry In Chicago this week.
'-..At the suggestion of the Interstate
Commerce ' Commission, .which urged
that its time /was fully occupied with
other matters, John N. Baldwin, general
attorney for the UnKjn Pacific, and
Tulius. Kruttschnltt. director of main
tenance arid operation for the Harri
man lines, met with Elmer E. Thomas,
attorney for the Sioux City and} Rock
Springs Coal Company, and as repre
sentatives of their companies granted
the right to the coal company to cross
the right of way. They also gave as
surance that »wheh- the spur is built
the railway will make the necessary
switch connection and give the coal
company cars in which to ship its
': Since 1903, when the coal company
began operations, it T has never been
able.'. to ship . its coal, and the owners
of the mine say officials of the road
have: told them they would, never be
permitted to operate the mill. The
coal company owns the land to within
600 feet of" the railroad right of way,
but permission" to cross this strip,
which, belongs to the Union Pacific Coal
Company, was always refused.
SPRINGFIELD, 111., Jan. 13.— The
suit of Illinois against the Illinois Cen
tral Railroad will be. filed in the Su
preme Court on Tuesday. The court
will be asked to order an accounting.'
The State cannot ascertain, by reason
of the complicated records of the road,
just how' '. much back taxes to claim,
but this will be' settled during the llti
gationl; • ' ,
The: company is required to pay the
State 5 per cent" of its charter lines'
gross receipts, and must supply the
State Auditor with an annual state
ment of, all; its property for the pur
pose of taxation. The -taxes and the 5
I per cent must "equal at least 7' per cent
i of 'the'eompany's' gross. receipts, i* \u25a0
;.; From '1859: to" 1896, says the petition,
the "company refused to list- with the
Auditor Its stock, . property and assets
-for the purpose. of^State taxation," and
refused to pay , into the treasury an
amount: equal to at least 7 per cent of
the gross receipts of • Income derived
from the charter lines. .
Among the other alleged . practices
of the "road whereby th# State loses its
share , of proceeds follows: .
Giving' mileage books valued at $1,
488,700 to newspapers; carrying freight
for branch lines without charging for
terminal facilities for branch lines: al
lowing rebates to shippers, collecting
large sums from foreign roads as rental
for rolling stock; failing to credit the,
same to. charter lines.
Since 1877 the company has presented
false statements to the Government,
says the. bill, and has refused the Gov
ernor permission to examine the" road's
books to ascertain the true conditions
of Its affairs. .- ...
The bill asks that the road be com
pelled to make a full accounting of its
gross- proceeds, receipts and income.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13. — That 1906
was a banner, year in the liistory of
United States industrial activity, far
outdistancing any previous record, is
the deduction of statistical experts of
the bureau of statistics of the Depart
ment of Commerce and Labor.
r "V.The 'value 'of manufactures and raw
materials imported in eleven months of
the past' year was $402,000,000. against
$307.00.0.000 in the corresponding months
of 1905.V The total value of manufac
tures exported during the year will ex
ceed. $700,000,000. :
Harriman Syndicate Wants
Wells-Fargo to Dominate
Pacific Express Company
OMAHA, Jan. 13. — Since the annual
meeting of the stockholders of the Pa
cific Express Company held here yes
terday It has developed that a move is
under contemplation by which the ex
press business, of the Union Pacific will
be transferred to the Pacific Express
Company and Wells, Pargo & Co.
The Pacific is capitalized for $6,000.
000, and $2,400,000 of the stock is held
by the Harriman syndicate, the balance,
consisting of 60 per cent of the whole
business, being In the hands of the
Gould syndicate.
On the other hand the, majority of
the Wells-Fargo stock is held by Har
riman or friendly interests. On through
coast business Wells, Fargo & Co, have
always had the larger share of the
profits, not only on business originating
in the West, but also on business orig
inating at other point*.
The move new under contemplation
is to merge the Pacific Express Com
pany, or that portion of it that is
operated over the Harriman lines, with
Wells-Fargo, which would • then be
come dominant. In the evetH of this
being accomplished headquarters of the
central district of Wells, Fargo & Co.
will be established In Omaha. '
EL PASO, Jan. 13. — Running at a
high rate of speed. Hock Island passen
ger train . No. 30, which left here at
6:30 yesterday evening for. Chicago,
dashed into an open switch at Barney,
N. M.. 190 miles north of El Paso'early
this morning. Five persons \were
killed an-1 eight Injured. Thedeid:
H. F. ACKLEY, Alamogordo. N. M.,
E. J. REDFIELD. Alamogordo. N." M..
MEXICAN CHILD, 3 years old.
The injured are two Arabs who went
from El Paso and nine members of a
Mexican family.
When the train dashed into the
switch the engine left the track and
turned over, pinning the engineer and
fireman underneath, killing them in
stantly. The express car. dining car
and a Pullman were thrown from the
track. Eight passengers were' hurt,
none seriously.
The train wrecked today was In col
lision on January 2 at Volland. . Kans..
with' No. 29 on the same road and
thirty-two persons. \u25a0 mostly Mexican
laborers on their way to Xl Paso, were
killed arid over twenty persons In
jured. -\u25a0 (Z
BUDAPEST, Jan. 13. — Minister of
Justice Polonyl is out with an indig
nant declaration that Herr Halmos.
ex-Burgomaster of Budapest, expressed
a generally calumnious statement In
not producing a single fact to bear out
his charge that he (Polonyi) had
abused hi 3 position In order to obtain
advantages for a personal friend." Herr
Polonyi declares that, had he so abused
his position, neither the Government,
which he unceasingly opposed, nor nu
merous adversaries in the • municipal
council, would have put up with it. —
Explorer Exhibits Aerial Craft la
Which He Expect* to Reach the
Xorth Pole
PARIS. Jan. 13. — Walter Wellman's
enlarged balloon, in which he hopes to
reach the north pole and which is now
inflated for a test of the impermea
bility of the envelope, was exhibited to
a number of French aeronauts today.
M. Santos Dumont, M. Dutscher and
Count de la Vaulx and other men prom
inent in aeronautics were present, and
displayed great Interest In the explor
er's plans. Wellman considers ihls bal
loon to be in perfect condition.
Take El Dorado
Train - No." 48, for Sacramento. *&1 anit yoo.
Need not rush. Leates at 5:20 p. m. daily, tad
yon take dinner on train. lias composite .car,
buffet, library, lounsrlnsr-room. and makes bat
few stops. Time three hours. . The train thmt
»ares you time. Write agents Southern Pacific
Company- . * ' *.

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