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WASHINGTON, IDAHO, OREGON AND MONTANA ITEMS. A Few Interesting Items Gathered From Our Exchangee of the Sur rounding Country—Numerous Acci dents and Personal Events Take Place —Crop Outlook Is Good. WASHINGTON STATE NEWS. Tacoma flour mills have advanced the price of bran and shorts $1 a ton. The next convention of the Wash ington State Federation of Labor will be held at Tacoma January 8. Attributing the loss to the inability or unwillingness of the railroads to supply cars, &. E. Nosier, local man ager for th« Blalock Fruit company at Walla Walla, declared that that concern had suffered a loss of between $18,000 and $20,000 during the season past. Francis B. Clarke has been appoint ed president of the Portland & Seattle railroad. The citizens of Rosalia are gratified to find that the flow of water which had been struck in the Rosalia Water company's well stands the test. Water is being pumped at the rate of 100,000 gallons a day without reducing the flow. Representative wheat dealers, ship pers and exporters of the Pacific northwest went on record before the state railroad commission Saturday as unalterably opposed to the agita tion and proposal to handle the wheat crop of the state in bulk instead of in sacks. Prosecuting Attorney Rowlands of Tacoma announces his intention of or dering all Tacoma theaters to close Sundays, beginning December 22. Edward Spencer of Spokane, the revoking of whose conditional pardon by Governor Mead was recently sus tained by the supreme court, was in carcerated in the penitentiary Satur day. Spokane is to have a real estate ex change. The mixed train on the Colfax- Moscow branch of the O. R. & N. was wrecked recently at Richardson's curve. A lockout of the organized building tradesmen and building laborers in Seattle is predicted. The state of Washington has begun issuing "no fund" interest bearing warrants on its general fund. The state supreme court has handed down a decision holding valid the $100,000 bond issue by the city of Walla Walla for the building of a city hall and fire station. Beginning Sunday, December li, regular trains will be run by time card on the Portland & Seattle rail way from Pasco to Cliffs. William R. Day has been appointed to the position of postmaster for Asotin. A new town hall is proposed for Toppenish. The Whitman county superior court jury term was finished Saturday and the jury discharged. Plans calling for an increase in the endowment of Whitman college of $1,865,000 for the addition of the de partment of technology to the institu tion, and for the expenditure of $665,- 000 in buildings were decided on at a meeting of the board of trustees and representative Walla Walla business men held recently. In accordance with an order re ceived from the pontiff at Rome, made at the request of the Right Rev. E. J. O'Dea, the name of the diocese Nis qually has been changed to the dio cese Seattle. Register Zenas Coleman of the Unit ed States land office at North Yakima has compiled his report for the quarter ended September bO, which shows a total business for the three months of $22,828.45. The report shows 30 commuted homesteads taken up, com prising 4546 acres and valued at $11,- 362.80, and 16 timber and stone claims, comprising 1811.74 acres, valued at $4529.40. There were 46 entries on desert lands, comprising 6737.21 acres. IDAHO NEWS. While Joseph Johnson was cleaning a flue in his residence at Preston re cently a basin of kerosene he was us ing became ignited. He ran and threw it out just as his wife, with her baby in her arms, was entering. The baby was burned to death as the result of the fluid which was thrown over it. From a semi-official source it is learned that work on the Clearwater river bridge will be resumed soon after the Christmas holidays. Six cars in the center of a heavy freight train jumped the track and ran on the ties for half a mile,__two miles south of Moscow, recently, be fore they finally toppled over, caus ing a wreck which delayed traffic sev eral hours. Professor Duttoh of Spokane has been elected as principal of the Mos cow high school, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Otto R. Bond. Judge Dietrich of the United States court holds he had no jurisdiction to hear, the motion for a new trial in the Kester-Kettenbach land fraud case, from This is for the reason that the term of court at which the defendants were convicted has a&-: journed, and the judge has no author lty to hear such a motion In a criminal case at chambers after the decision has been rendered. The defendants perfected their appeal te the district court of appeals, and fited their bonds. The defendants were convioted at Moscow last spring on a charge of timber land conspiracy. They filed a large number of affidavits in support of the motion for a new trial, alleging improper methods of influencing jury men and other irregularities. President Mac Lean of the state uni versity has just returned from the east, where he was in attendance on the meeting of the National Associa tion of State Universities. The annual football banquet was held Saturday. Idaho university has at present one student from Holland and one from Japan in attendance. There are 21 students from Washington, 6 from Oregon, 3 from lowa, 2 from California and Ohio, and one each trom several other states. The contract for the new administra tion building of the state university calls for the completion of the main portion of the building by December 30, 1908, at a cost of $162,817. The records of Shoshone county, show that the name of John King appears as original locater in at least half of the most valuable pieces of gi-ound in the Ge-eur d'Alenes, and, strange to say, he located very little ground that subsequent development has not proved to be valuable. The manager for the Western Union Telegraph company in Wallace has been notified by the city author ities that, by keeping the telegraph office open on Sundays, he is violating the Idaho "Sunday rest law," and must close hereafter. Vollmer came into its own this week when the first train reached there on its slow, constructive journey to Grangeville. MONTANA NOTES. The Northwestern branch of the Mutual Life Insurance company of New York will be removed to Spokane from Helena about January 1. A man supposed to be Alfred Field, a stranger, was found dead in the brush near the railroad track, one mile east of Columbia Falls, last Friday Bight. Robert Peterson, forest ranger, sta tioned at Trego in the Lewis and Clark forest reserve, was reoently shot thro the head by Major George E. Bell Doll, the crack shot. Doll mistook Peterson for a deer and sent a ballet through the right eye. — The county attorney of Flathead county has refused to surrender the two alleged bandits, C. McDonald and Ed Smith, who were arrested in Spo kane in October on the charge of hold ing up a Great Northern train near Rondo, on September 12 last, federal authortiies. Charles Donnelly, who has been as sociated with William Wallace in the practice of law at Helena for four years, on January 1 will assume the position of assistant general counsel of the Northern Pacific railway, with offices at St. Paul. Judge William H. Hunt of the fed eral court at Helena has* ordered the grand jury to make a thorough inves tiagtion of the charges of irregulari ties made against officials concerned in the administration of the Crow In dian reservation. Attorney General Galen has ifiled a motion in the district court to dismiss the suit brought by the commonwealth against State Treasurer Rice to re cover approximately $40,000 alleged to have been collected and retained by him as interest on deposits of pub lic funds. The petition sets forth that evidence to convict is unobtainable. For many months the reports have gone the rounds that the Northern Pa cific would move its Missoula shops away from the city. It is now be lieved that the company has changed its plans and will leave the present shops as they are. Fire which broke out in the Com bination block, on South Main street, Livingston, is supposed to have orig inated from an explosion in the base ment, caused by an employe who at tempted to draw alcohol from a barrel while he was smoking a pipe. The loss will range from $120,000 to $150,- 000, partially covered by insurance. Aftei 4 hours of deliberation in re newed efforts to bring the Rocky Mountain Bell telephone strike to an er>d, Montane union men and repre sentatives of the Butte Merchants' as sociation, acting jointly recently, had no alternative but to report once more, no settlement. OREGON SQUIBS. The payment of gold and silver in any amonnt to those who desire it was formally resumed by the Portland banks, Monday,on the close of the hol iday period which existed in Oregon for several weess. The Portland & Seattle railway, which connects Spokane with Port land, has opened offices in Portland in the union depot. The line will be hi operation from Portland to Pasco shortly after New Years. The summary removal of United States Attorney Bristol has excited general attention among politicians all over the state. Indictments will be returned against the officials of the defunct Title Guar antee & Trust company. J. Frank Watson, president of the Merchants' National bank of Portland, is discussing the reopening of the bank with the comptroller. Th« fit survive—the unfit perish. NEWS OF THE WORLD SHORT DISPATCHES FROM ALL PARTS OF THE GLOBE. A Review of Happenings in Both Eastern and Western Hemispheres During the Past Week—National, Historical, Political and Personal Events. In the family lot in Spring Grove cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio, the body of Mrs. Louisa Taft, widow of Judge Alphonso Taft, former United States attorney general, was placed* recently. After January 1 beer will cost $1 a barrel more in New York than it does now. At Victoria, B. C, Alfred Francis, clerk of the St Francis hotel, com mitted suicide recently by shooting himself with a revolver. A man reported to be William W. Walker, the absconding treasurer of the New Britain (Conn.) Savings bank, has been arrested in the mountains in Mexico. He stole $500,000. Two highwaymen entered the Bank of Aldrich, at Aldrich, Mo., recently, and at the point of rifles forced Cash ier James Vaughn and Vice President Z. E. Toalson to hand them $3000 in cash from the safe. The Olson-Mahoney Lumber com pany of San Francisco was the lowest bidder, at $124,372, for furnishing the Isthmian canal commission with ap proximately 6,000,000 feet of lumber. An effort will be made to get the delegation from lowa for Cummins for president. Liethon Coleman, Episcopal bishop of Delaware, is dead. At Fort Wayne, Ind., Otto Seidel, a wealthy member of the city council, fatally shot himself recently. Patrolman Charles Ford of Salt Lake was shot, probably fatally, re cently, by holdups. It is officially stated that the rumor to the effect that James Bryco, the British ambassador to the United States, is to leave the Washington em bassy is absolutely untrue. Herman Hense, who made silver dol lars so well that only experts could distinguish his product from that of the mint, was sentenced in New York to six years at Sing Sing prison and to pay the government $250 in real money. C. M. Colby, a janitor in the Ox ford flat building, Minneapolis, recent ly killed his wife. William H. S. Wood, president of the Bowery Savings bank, New York> is dead. Chihuahua, Mexico.—Acting Gov ernor Sanchez has commuted the death sentence of Dr. C. H. Harle, William Mitchell and C. T. Richardson to 20 years' imprisonment. It is announced that between the Ist and the 15th of January one of the railroads in the southwest will lay off 11,000 men for an indefinite period. James Smith, a brakeman in the employ of the Canadian Pacific rail road, was accidentlly killed by falling between cars near Cranbrook. Five directors of the defunct Mil waukee Avenue State bank were freed recently, when Judge Windes held that the statute under which they had been indicted is unconstitutional. The engagement of Miss Cornelia Harriman, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Harriman, to Robert Liv ingston Gerry, elder son of Mr. and Mrs. Eldridge T. Gerry, is announced. Bordeaux, France, is in utter dark ness as the result of a strike of gas -men and employes oP the electric light company. - The reichstag has adjourned for the Christmas recess. It will reopen Jan uary 8. v Viscount Aoki, the Japanese am bassador, who has been summoned home, is preparing to get away from Washington by the last of the month. s An extra appropriation of $150,000 for the trial of Harry K. Thaw has been made by the New York board of estimates. Rutt and Stol, the German team, won the six-day bicycle race in New York. This is the first time in the history of the\ sport that a German team has captured first honors of the struggle. The two leading teams had rode 2312 miles and five laps when the race was stopped and the teams with drawn for the final mile sprint of the leaders. The final score: Rutt and Stol, 2312 miles 5 laps; Fogler and Moran, 2312 miles 5 laps; Georget and Dupre, 231& miles 4 laps; Downing and Downey, 2312 miles 4 laps; Galvin-and Wiley; 2312 miles 4 laps. The record is -2733 miles 4 laps, made by Miller and Waller in 1899. ' Last year's mark was 2292 miles 2 laps. Urban Mc- Donald of this city, who was injured in the "race on Friday, died tonight in the New York hospital, wnere_he was "taken. Tne French press is interested in decision that he would not stand for a renominatiOn. Kansas City Bank Reopens. Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 17.—The Union Avenue Bank of Commerce, which was obliged to close by the sus pension of the National Bank of Com merce, has reopened for business. All the small banks carried down by tho failure of the National Bank of Com merce have been rehabilitated. : WHEN John Raynor began to see the holiday advertisements in the papers and to feel the Christmas flurry in the air, he announced to his family with an air of finality, tinged with defiance, "you needn't expect anything in the. way of Christmas presents from me this year." "Why, John V his wife exclaimed, "we are not going to do very much. Just a few gifts in the family to mark the day, and then the children think so much of It" "The children!" John returned with fine scorn, "they're grown now and it's time for them to get over such nonsense. I positively refuse to have anything to do with Christmas." John Raynor persisted in making him self miserable and in bringing to bear all the arguments he could think of against the prevailing manner -of observ ing Christmas. Figuratively speaking, he pounded the table and grew purple in the face in his endeavors to hammer in his remonstrances against holiday customs. In spite of himself he could not help enjoying the sights and sounds, heralding the approach of the holiday season. The gala dress of the shop windows appealed to his color-loving eye, and when the Christmas greens began to soften the grim, winter streets with their verdure, they took him back to the days when as a boy he roamed the woods in search of ground pine for holiday decorations and the cedar or evergreen tree on whieh, his mother would hang their Christmas pres ents. He felt a little of the old thrill of delightful expectation when these, things came back to his mind, but his reverse mood was the stronger and he-persisted in keeping to his decision. He was firm until the night before Christmas. Then his wife and children broke bondage and discussed openly the coming holiday. In an unguarded mo ment his son inquired if a set of books they had purchased had been delivered. Without being told, his- father knew those books were designed for him. They were something he had secretly longed for, but had denied himself, because the needs, real or imaginary, of his family were his paramount consideration. And now they were to be his in spite of his declaration there was nothing he wanted. He began to wish that#he had some thing with which to give his family a happy surprise. "They will give me thing 3, and they will give things to one another and there will be nothing from ine," he thought. Sitting alone with his paper, he heard surreptitious rustlings as of packages be ing handled, and the low.* murmur of. voices from his wife and daughter* inter* rupted with little bursts of gay laughter that showed something joyous was going on. He had nothing for anyone, and to morrow when they gave him tokens of their thought and attention, he should feel like an exile from home. A sudden resolve took him in possession. "Alice," he called to his wife, "I'm going out for awhile. Is there anything I can do for you?" "Nothing, thank you," she returned, "unless you want to bring home some candy for to-morrow. Oh, I forgot," she said is the next breath, "you'won't want to trouble about it. Never mind, we'll manage some way." It is astonishing how quickly one's mind can be changed. John Raynor's un derwent a lightning transformation. He boarded a car and rode to the shopping district with his mind filled with nothing bat Christmas presents. He feJt like a bay turned loose with money to spend and none to restrict his fancy. He pushed and jostled and wrestled with the crowd, exhilarated by the contact with people bent en holiday shopping. His past mood slipped away like a" cast-off garment. He had caught the Christmas spirit and his revulsion of feeling amounted abnost to intoxication. v "There you are, sonny," he told a news boy, bestowing a dime in exchange for a paper he did not want. He heiped-to "keep the kettles boiling" for the Salvation Armj Christmas dinner, and lie thought hehad' neve? heard a gay? er sound than the jangling of the bells the Salvation soldiers kept in motion to call attentioa to their needs.. THE ANGELS' SONG. The Vlnds had ceased their carol, The watera calmly alept, And o'er their flock'a reposing, A watch the shepherds kept; When from' the Golden City, Oh pinions white and fair, An angel host descending With music filled the air. CHORUS. Glory to God in the higheat. Good-will and peace on earth— This was the song of the augel throng That hailed our Savior's birth. Oh mom of radiant splendor! Oh blessed day of days. That banished gloom and sadness And filled the world with praise! The shepherds sought the manger That held the new born King, Whose bright and joyful advent Eternal years shall sing. We come to loin the chorus Of angel choirs above. And shout aloud hosannas For our Redeemer's lore; We gather now rejoicing. Our grateful songs to raise. We crowd hla gates with gladness And fill his courts with praise. —FANNY J. CROSBY. He carried his merry mood home with him and the moment he entered the door his family felt the difference. He could not keep his »ecret until morn ing, though he told it only to his wife. "Here are some little things for you and the children, Alice," he said when they were alone, dropping the packages carelessly on the table. She looked up with eyes alight, and with an expression which told him he had done well, but she, being a woman of wisdom, made no com ment to remind him of past events. When John Raynor fell asleep that Christmas eve, through his mind was jig ging and jingling the merry old refrain: "Christmas comes but once a year, Let as all be of good cheer." —Toledo Blade. The Christmas card as we know it has an origin easily traceable, and it is doubt less at least sixty years since the first was designed. The artist who claimed to be its originator and who was, at any rate, the first to see its possibilities was W. C. T. Dobson, R. A., who, when quite a yotrhg man, in 1844, was prompted at Christmas to make a little sketch sym bolic of the season's joys and festivities and to send it to a friend. It seemed to give great pleasure, and the next year Mr. Dobson determined to follow up the idea on a larger scale, and by having his card photographed was enabled to send to twenty-five or thirty friends. The delight with which they were'received" was so great that Mr. Dobson was quick to perceive that he had found "out a new pleasure for Christmas.—New York Mail and Express. Christinas and Motherhood. _On that Christmas night God honored motherhood. The angels on their wings might have brought an infant Saviour to Bethlehem without Mary's being there at all. But, no; motherhood for all time was to be and one of the tenderest relations was to be the maternal relation, and one'of the sweetest words, "mother." In all agejs God has honored good motherhood. In" a great audience, most of whom were Christians, "I asked that all those who had been blessed with Christian mothers arise, and almost the entire assembly stood up. - Don't, you see how. important it is that all motherhood be consecrated? —Talmage. The Spirit of Giving;. Don't give only where you expect a> return or ; wonder whether you will be supposed "to buy something for A., B. or C. The spirit of Christmas lies, in the Joving. and the giving—never in the re ceiving'.- : ■ * 1 The Origin of Christinas Greens. At the Saturnalia, the heathen proto type of Christmas, it was the Roman custom to decorate the house with ever greens. This was done to give the wood land Spirits a refuge from the cold. Christmas Cards. GETTING RE A DY FOR SANTA. CHRISTMAS LONG AGO. Come sing a hale heigh-o For the Christmas long ago, When the old. log cabin homed as Froffi the night of blinding snow, And the rarest Joy held reign, And the chimney roared amain, With* the firelight like a beacon Through the frosty window pans. Ah! the revel and the din From without and from within, The blend of distant sleigh bells With the violin; The muffled shrieks and cries*— Then the glowing cheeks and eyes~> The driving storms of greetings, Gusts of kisses and surprise. Sing in again the mirth Of the circle 'round the hearth, With the rustic Sinbad telling us The strangest tales on earth ! And the minstrel bard we knew, With his "Love-li-er so true," Likewise his "Young House-k'yarpenter,* And "Lov-ed Henry," too! And forgetting ne'er a thing, Lift a gladder voice and sing Of the dancers in the kitchen— Clean from start to "pigeon wingl* Sing the glory and the glee And the joy and' jubilee— The twirling form —the quickened breath — The sigh of ecstasy. ' But eyes that smile alone Back into onr happy own — The leaping pulse—the laughing bloods The trembling undertone! Ho! paid us off once more. With our feet upon the floor, But our heads and hearts in heaven. As they were in days of yore. —James Whitcomb Riley, in the Interior. At the Spanish Court. Christmas in Spain begins with the midnight mass, when the king and queeu mother, accompanied by the grandees of the court, magnificently attired, go in state procession to the chapel royal of the palace in Madrid. On Christmas morning the king and court again attend mass in state, after which the day is spent in merrymaking. In the afternoon the adoration of the manger takes place, when a representation of the scene in Bethlehem is unveiled in the great hall of the palace. There is also a Christmai tree, from which Alfonso distributes gift* Throughout the ensuing twelve days thi court is all benevolence and gayety, and every great institution in Madrid sharei in the royal almsgiving. The festivaj closes Jan. 6. Her Christinas Costume. Adam —How would you like some nice, new fig leaves for a gown for Christmasl leaves for Christmas. That'i just lifce~a man! Don't you know thai Christmas is a holly-day? Christmas Every Day. Christianity should make every day in the year a sort of Christmas day. Thii time of love and gladness and good will was never meant to be confined to on< brjef festival. . ' This burying of old grudges and reconciling of estranged friends, this comforting of the sad and gladdening the hearts of the poor, and sharing our plenty jwith those in need, ar« some of Christianity's every-day duties. Do not lower the standard when thi twenty-fifth of December is over. Do not go back to the old selfish, narrow, unsat isfactory way of living. Let this Christ mas be a prophecy of what the New Yeai is to be, a time of gladness and good wilL . Hl» Christmas Schedule. »"Your know what dey gwine give "on f6T Chris'mus?" "No; I ain't studied 'bout it yit!" "Beaver-hat." "My, my!" "Long tail coat." "Tell de truth!" A«Standin v collar." £Lawd hlesi'nsrV "B'iied shirt,\kid gloves, en a gold-head walkin' stick!" "De Lawd save us V exclaimed th« prospective heir to all the above gifts, "Has I got ter go ter preachin' de gospili in my oie age?"— Atlanta Constitution.