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LATE NEWS OF THE PAST WEEK
BRIEFLY TOLD. Choice Selection of Interesting Items Gathered From Exchangee—Callings from Washington, Idaho, Montana —Numerous Accidents and Personal Happenings Occur. WASHINGTON ITEMS. The Walla Walla charity ball will be given January 29. All business men in Dayton report business good this winter. There is agitation for the establish ment of a creamery at Waitsburg. The postoffice at North Yakima shows a gain in business for 1902 over 1903 of $2228. Joseph W. Downer died suddenly of apoplexy in the Christian church at North Yakima, recently. The year just closed was one of the best in the history of the state for real estate transactions. J. P. Graves is considering the ex tension of his electric line at Spokane out to Moran prairie, southeast of the city. Recently the safe In the Kittitas creamery at Ellensburg was blown open and robbed of its contents in cash, amounting to about $100. In a quarrel at Leavenworth between Edward Martin and John Gutschow, the latter was stabbed. The injury may prove fatal. Martin was intoxi cated. The republican state committee will meet in Seattle February 13 to issue a call for the state convention which is to elect delegates to the national republican convention. One of the additions to Spokane so ciety in the near future will bo Dr. Charles W. Thorp and his bride, for merly Mrs. Arta Cody Boal, daughter of Colonel William Cody (Buffalo Bill). While two sons of a halfbreed nam ed Cooper were playing "deer" near Doming, one of them picked up what he supposed to be an unloaded rifle, pulled the trigger, and shot his brother dead. D. E. Dugdale has announced that he and his associates have purchased the Athletic park for $20,000, thus insur ing him a place to play ball next sea son right in the heart of the city ot Seattle. Ran Corley, a youth about 16 years old, living near Tyler, was shot re cently and instantly killed. Tho bul net took effect in the left temple. A love affair is said to be the cause of the mysterious murder. W. H. Enos, a pioneer farmer living on Spring flat, seven miles southeast of Colfax, died recently of paralysis, from which he had been a sufferer for Mr. Enos was 60 years two years, old and had resided in Whitman coun ty 19 years. Miss Louise Harris, one of the most beautiful and accomplished of Spo kane's younger social set, and daught er of William J. and Mrs. Carrie Har ris, w'as one of the victims in the sinking of the steamer Clallam in the straits of Fuca. The Wenatchee school board has de cided to employ another teacher in the high school. With the three teach ers employed in the north end subur ban school this will make a corps of 17 for Wenatchee, with every room crowded to the utmost. The total volume of business handl ed in the money order department of the Spokane postoffice for the year ending December 31, 1903, was $4,225, 285.71, an increase of a little under 17 per cent over the amount handled during the preceding year. The Washington Woolgrowers' asso ciation at its annual meeting in North Yakima recently elected the following officers: President. John Cleman; vice president, J. T. McCredy; secretary and treasurer, R. K. Nichols; executive committee, H. o. Coffin, Malcolm Me Clennan, T. H. Smith. The state board of medical examin ers is decisive on the matter of not al lowing "quack doctors" to practice in the state. President Coe of the board says that hereafter the board will give them no quarter, but will hunt the quacks down from the Idaho line to the tidewater of the Pacific. MONTANA NOTES. As the result of long standing dif ferences between the machinists' and carpenters' unions a strike was de clared recently on the federal build ing now nearing completion in Butte, and all operations on that structure except the steam fitting being done by the machinists, are at a standstill. About 60 men are involved. J. M. Reeves, accused of having headed the alleged whitecapping party that visited the home of George Gould, in the Highwood section, on the night of December 30, has been bound over to the district court. Arthur Parker of Butte, a member of the Western Federation of Miners, has been arrested by the military au thoritles at Victor, Col., as he has been here three weeks and the military say he was sent here to foment. Chief Engineer F. T. Robertson says that 15 miles of the recently built Montana railroad, to Lewiston, Mont., will be rebuilt tnls year to reduce the maximum grade from 3 1-2 to 1 per cent. Agnes Holland, a beautiful 16 year old girl, blew her brains out late Sun day night at Butte after being taken from a ballroom by one of the sheriff's officers and being threatened with a term in the House of the Good Shep herd, a girl's reformatory at Helena. Peter Larson, the multimillionaire of Helena, Mont, and holder of Interests in the Coeur d'Alenes and all over the northwest, was one of the passen gers saved in the wreck of the ill fated Clallam, in the Straits of Fuca. John Hazelline, known throughout central New York as a philanthropist, has announced plans to take a colony of 1,000 Syracuse people to Montana for the purpose of establishing a town. IDAHO NEWS. While temporarily insane, W. J. Smith, an employe of a Wallace laun dry, leaped from his room in the sec ond story of a building and escaped uninjured. . TT _.__ In the University of Idaho versus Washington Agricultural college prep aratory debate at tho Moscow Aum torlum, Idaho won the decision. The teams debated the South American , . , question along the Monroe doctrine line8 United States Engineer David B. Ogden has completed arrangements for the immediate commencement of work on removing Mountain Sheep rock from 'he channel of Snake river, just this side of the mouth of the Im naha. This is the rock upon which the steamer Imnaha was wrecked two months ago Bennle Riggs, the 8 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Riggs, of Lewis ton .was instantly killed recently by picking up tho end of a broken electric light wire. Tho accident occurred near the corner ot Sixth avenue and Eighth street. The child was on his way to I school and is supposed to have pick ed up the broken wire from curiosity. The old Fort Sherman military res ervatlon on Lake Coeur d'Alene will not be sold during the present session of congress, and during the session tat veterans who are interested in having it made a national soldiers' home will bend all possible efforts to secure the passage of a bill through congress hav ing that end in view. The Sandpoint board of aldermen has passed the revised ordinance granting to Drumheller & Malloy of Spokane the privilege of putting in and maintaining a water works system. Miss Tessio Edwards, a miss of 14 residing near Clark Fork, recently, alone and without assistance, brought down a huge mountain lion with two shots from her rifle. Tessle and hei father were out rabbit hunting at the time and were over on Blue creek, six miles from Cabinet. The jury in the case of the American Bonding company against the regents . of the University of Idaho brought in a 1 verdict in favor of the university for j $1844.50. The bond company brought suit for about $2000 for extra labor and material turnlshed in completing the dormitory and mining buildings. Hay is a scarce article these days | around Kendrick. Loose hay is held | at $10 per ton. Leonard E. Hanson, one of the most widely known young men in the Coeur d'Alenes, was tendeied the offer of an assistant paymaster in the United States navy by Senator Heyburn, but declined the honor. DIETRICH ASKS CLEAR RECORD Will Request Senate to Investigate Recent Charges. Omaha, Neb.—United States Sena tor Dietrich, who was acquitted of charges preferred against him in in dictments returned by the recent grand jury, spent considerable time with his counsel, General Cowen. He stated that he anticipated asking the senate to make an investigation of the charges made at the trial and request that a committee be appointed for that purpose. That Chicago Fire. Chicago.—It was discovered that two iron gates, the existence of which had not been known to the public and which were removed from the Iro quois theatre after the fire, played a deadly part in the destruction of life in the ill fated playhouse. Tho Iroquois death roll continues to grow. Another death resulting from the fire is reported to the coroner. Mrs. M. A. Nelms died at the Samar itan hospital from burns and injuries, Her death increased the total to 569. It was reported at the same hospital that two other fire victims there could hardly recover. Envy forsakes its own fireside to freeze on another's door step. Religion Is good as a trade, but poor as a tool. PROPERTIES HAVE SETTLED DOWN TO WINTER'S WORK. terns of Interest Gathered During the Past Week— B. C. Mines Busy— Show Dp Well—Electric Power In Coeur d'Alene District a Succest Accidents and Personals. The first annual meeting of the Cen tral Idaho Mining bureau was held re cently at Lewiston, Idaho, 100 out of 139 members being represented in per son and by proxy. The following of ficers were elected for the ensuing year: President, Frank Brown; vice president, Ezra Baird; treasurer, John P. Vollmer; governing board, Frank Brown, Lester B. Coffin, M. Donzac, F. H. Wood, Lewiston; George K. Reed, Orangeville; C. O. Clark, Big Creek; Gardner I. Porter, Elk; C. P. Richardson, Newsome; G. A. Nehr hood, Imnaha; W. S. Wilkinson, Pierce; J. B. stanchall, Buffalo Hump. Ore shipments from Rossland for .. _ , . tho ^ n ni ?° d 7 a , y8 f the ° eW J™ " e: Be ) Roi ' 697 <L Center Star, 1530; ^ a r Ea g e. I 170 ' K ° 0t r e ™ y V ^ T' bo ' Be Ro * No ' 2 ; Roi No ' 2 (milled), 330: total. 11,153 tons, ' '' ' ' ' For the first week of the new year the " ln ® 8 of the B T da !7 shipped over 16,000 ton«.. The Oro Denoro and ^0 Emma mines, in Summit camp, are ^dually increasing their shipments rhe Gianby smelter 8tarted °® 1994 by treatin S n - 409 tons ot ore ln six day8 ' At botb tbe Lacky dack and e Swede groups, held by the Great Nor thern Minea > Ltd > showings of rich ^ uartz are bein S °P ened "P near Pop ' lar - Mill testa made at the company s rai11 at Camborne have been completed 011 ore from botb g rou P 8 ' A " » sam ' P le of about one and one-half tons from tbe Lucky Jack group-the ore bei "B taken fron > botb the 8Urfa ™ and underground workings—gave $250 pei British Columbia Mines. _ , For more than two years the Brook lyn sroup. near Phénix, owned by the Dominion Copper company, has been idle - wh * le nottlin K authentic is yet Siyen out, there are indications that something of importance is afoot in re S ard to tbese well known mines, At a meeting of the Grand Forke hoard of trade it was practical y de dded to open a mineral exhibit, with a collection from every mine and pros P ect in tbe Boundary, labe e • assa y returns. Ross S. Cra ic mining engineer, has offered to ass si them in making the collection and at tend to tbe labeling and other deta s A strong committee was appointe c take tbe matter * n charge. ton on the plates. Mining Notes. Joseph Keane, manager of the Call f 0 rnia mine, in the Coeur d'Alenes says that the production ot the Galeni m i ne for 1903 was about $40,000. The j m j ne shipped to the Globe smelter ai o enV er. Mr. Keane has half a dozen men a t work, W. S. Wilkinson, discoverer of the Wild Rose mine, has arrived in Lewis | lon f rom pierce City, bringing down | t jj e last cleanup of $2500 from an eight days' run of the little stamp mill. Mr. Wilkinson reports that the cyanide plant recently put in does not save as great a percentage of the values in the tailings as was expected and that the plant will have to be further im proved. "Butte mines produced $35,000,000 last year and will produce $60,000,000 this year," says General Charles S. Warren of the Montana metropolis. The Boston & Montana Mining com of the Amalgamated Copper pany group, offers a reward of $5,000 for information which will lead to the conviction of those guilty of dynamit ing the Pennsylvania workings and causing the death of Samuel Olson and Fred Divel January 1. At a depth of 280 feet a vein of coal has been struck in an artesian well on J. W. Townley's ranch near Union, Ore. Tho thickness of the coal has not been ascertained. Work will be resumed at once. Five furnaces are now in full blast at the Northport smelter and a sixth one is being remodeled for operauou * n a ^out 30 days. Wesley W. Warren, son of General Charles S. Warren of Butte, Mont., has accepted by wire the position oi consulting and constructing engineer for the Drew Mining company of Ju I neau > Alaska. ! The long Pending litigation over the i r * cb 49 40 1 mine near Wallace, Idaho, | wil1 be sett ted soon if negotiations now under vva y prove successful, Cinch & Campbell interests, w ic bave a bond on the 19 to 1 B round > are credited with being on the point of settlement with the opposition. Should the deal go through, it is expected the operations will be immediately start ed again at the mine. It has been one The of the richest ore bodies In the Coeur d'Alenes, and has been tied up for over three years because of litiga tion. Alfred Frank, superintendent of the Johnstown Mining company at Butte, was put on the stand recently in the course of the coroner's Inquest over the deaths of Frederick Divel and Samuel Olson, killed in the Michael Devitt mine on the night of January 1, by an explosion. Mr. Frank made a sensational admission. He said he had ordered blasting to keep Butte and Boston men out of the Rams mine and that on November 4 he told his shift boss to blow up a drift through which he feared the Butte and Boston men might enter. He did this, he says, not with the idea that the lives of the miners would be endangered thereby, but to protect his own mine. At the recent meeting of the stock holders of the Tom Thumb Gold Min ing & Milling company, owning mines at Republic, a plan of reorganization was perfected and F. S. Dement, the wealthy miller of Walla Walla, presi dent of the company, will undertake to reorganize the business, pay off all the indebtedness for labor performed and return to the stockholders stock covering the property interests of each man. According to a New York authority, the smelting trust has arranged to sell to the National Lead company from time to time all the pig lead the latter needs during the next 30 years. The holdings of the Fair estate In the Selby smelter of California, which amount to a twelfth interest, have been purchased by the Hercules mine tor about $200,000. The Selby smelter is one of the largest in the west and is located near Vallejo Junction, Cal., not far from San Francisco. The smel ter is accessible to steamships. A large portion of its ores are secured from South America. Vessels which go to South American ports with lum ber return heavily laden with ores. It also receives ores from western Ne vada, California and Mexico. The Her cules is known far and wide through out the mining world on account of the wonderful record it has made. It is the richest property in the Coeur d'Alenes. James Keeth reports a rich strike on the Winifred claim, in which he is interested, on French gulch, a half mile from the American Eagle, near Elk City, Idaho. While doing the sec ond assessment work on the claim Mr. Keeth says they struck a foot and a half of gold bearing quartz Miners at the Snow Creek mine near Sumpter, Oregon, have struck for $3.50 per day of 10 hours, Instead of $3 and nine hours as formerly. Manager Smith refuses the demand. Hump News. The Wilfley tables for the Jumbo mill have been delivered. The boiler for the Gretas has also been delivered and will be in working order within a day or two. It is rumored that a strike has been made on the Drum Lummond, owned by Hiram Warner. The Ajax shaft is down 174 feet and crosscutting has been commenced. The company is patenting nine claims and has three patented. HOURS OF LABOR INCREASED. Seven Hour Day for Government Help in Executive Departments. The unanimous decision was reach ed by the cabinet recently that the hours of labor for government em ployes shall be from 9 a. m. until 4:30 p. m., a half hour of that time being allowed for luncheon. The new regu lation will apply only to the executive departments, and will go into effect next Monday. Heretofore the depart mental hours have been from 9 a. m. until 4 o'clock, with a half hour for luncheon. The decision reached af fects not only the employes in Wash ington, but also those in the depart ments throughout the country. The question was raised by the appropria tions committees of the house and sen ate on applications made to them by the heads of departments for addition al clerks. It was pointed out by the committee that the law distinctly pro vided that employes of the depart ments should work seven hours a day, and that under the present system the government was getting only six and a half hours of labor. The committees urged that as a matter of economy in the employment of additional assist ance in the departments the employes ought to be required to work full seven hours. The subject was consisted carefully by the cabinet, and the decision was announced. It will affect approximate ly, it is said, 100,000 employes of the government. Both Steamers Encounter Gales. New York, Jan. 12.—The American line steamer New York, w'hlch has just arrived from Southampton, was closely followed by the French line steamer La Savoie, 10 minutes being the difference in time of arrival at the lightship. Both steamers encountered terrific gales and seas. MR. PAYNE EXPLAINS DELAY FROM HIS DEPARTMENT. Recent Investigations Have Taken All Explains What Has Been Accomplished—Makes Recommenda tions for Congress to Consider— Railway Mail olerks Not Forgotten. His Timi Washington, Jan. 12.—In concluding his annual report, Postmaster General Payne treats as follows on the scandals unearthed by Fourth Assistant Post master General Bristow: "It is proper to say that the prepara tion of my report has been delayed sev eral weeks, owing to the demands upon my time by reason of the investigation which has been made into the affairs of the department, commencing about March 1, 1903, and which continued under my direction since that time. "This investigation has resulted in a complete reorganzation of some of the bureaus of the department and it is hoped has eradicated all dishonest, ir regular and criminal practices, which the investigation has developed as hav ing been in existence for several years. "I cannot too strongly commend the zeal, vigor and fidelity which has benn shown by the fourth assistuta postmas ter general, who has been in the im mediate charge,and the inspectors who inspectors who were detailed to assist him in the investigation." The report shows that the total ceipts for all sources during the year amounted to $134,224.443, compared with $121,848,047 in 1902, while the total expenditures in 1903 were $188, 784,487, against $124,786,697 in 1902. Recommendations for legislation 'for the consideration of congress include; That a "lump sum" appropriation for clerks in the first and second class potsoffices be allowed instead of an ap propritaion for clerks by grades as at present. That where a clerk or letter carrier has been 25 years in the service and fhall have attained the age of 65 years, the postmaster general shall be empowered upon the recommendation of the postmaster to employ a substi ute for such clerk or letter which substitute shall receive not to exceed two thirds of his salary, the other one third to go to such clerk letter carrier. That a law be enacted which shall prevent furnishing to the department supplies manufactured b y con vie» labor. That the provision made by congress in the last two appropriation bills for the payment of $1000 to the legal presentatives of every railroad clerk killed in the line of duty be extended to the subclerks as well as the regular clerks. That salaries of clerks of classes 2 and 3 in full railway postoffices, in crews white four or more clerks run over the entire length of the line, be increased from $900 per annum to $1000 per annum and from $1000 per annum to $1100 per annum, respective ly That congress, in the interest of effi cient postal service, consolidate the third and fourth classes of mail matter and fix the rate of postage at one cent for each two ounces or fraction thereof. n % earner, or re GENERAL GORDON DEAD. Soldier, United States Senator and Governor of Georgia. Ga.—Lieutenant General John Brown Gordon died at his winter home, near Miami, Fla. His fatal ill ness was congestion of the stomach and liver, following çm acute attack of indigestion, to which he was subjecL John Brown Gordon was born in Up son county, Georgia, February 6, 1832. He was educated at the University of Georgia and admitted to the bar. In 1864 he married Miss Fannie Haral son of La Grange, Georgia. He served in the confederate army, being pro moted through the grades from captain to major general. He was shot eight times and was severely wounded at the battle of Antietam. General Gordon was the democratic candidate for governor of Georgia in 1868 and claimed election, but his re publican opponent, Rufus B. Bullock, obtained the office. He was a presi dential elector in 1868 and 1872; Unit ed States senator from 1873 to 1880, and from 1891 to 1897. He was gover nor of Georgia from 1887 to 1890 and commander in chief of the United Con federate Veterans for several years. Atlanta, * Charles Foster Is Dead. Springfield, Ohio.—Former Governor Charles Foster, who was secretary of the treasury under President Harri son, died at the residence of General Kiefer here from the effects of cere bral hemorrhages. He was 76 years old and is survived by his wife and a daughter. He was attacked last night while sitting in the library of General Kiefer's homo talking and never re gained consciousness. No arrange ments for the funeral have been made. Faith will break through all forms.