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WASHINGTON, IDAHO, OREGON AND MONTANA ITEMS. A Few Interesting Items Gathered From Our Exchanges of the Sur rounding Country—Numerous Acci dents and Personal Events Take place—Crop Outlook Is Good. WASHINGTON NOTES. About 60 per cent of the clearing house certificates issued in Spokane during the recent financial flurry have been retired. The state book will show 240,000 population for Seattle, 90,000 for Spo kane and 90,000 for Tacoma. Hopgrowers of the Yakima valley have formed a union. The city of Colville is now in the third class. There are entries of 700 birds for the poultry show at Walla Walla. There will be no cut in the price of hair cuts and other tonsorial work at Tacoma as announced some time ago Tacoma, Wash. —While his accom plice stood at the door of the wood sned frightening away inquisitive chil dren with a revolver, John Vargo, a miner at Carbonado, recently stole a chest containing $1020 in $20 gold pieces, the lifelong savings of John Vaselino of Carbonado, and made his escape. The body of P. W. Dillon, who died at his home in Davenport, was shipped to Tacoma for burial. Injuries that may prove fatal to both were sustained by Abraham Neil sen and Albert Olson, who jumped from the second story window of a Spokane lodging house while that floor of the building was enveloped in flames. During the year 1907 over $2,000,000 of county and school funds were hau dled in Spokane. During the past year Taooma has spent $87,501.95 for new fire houses and fire equipment. There is little hopes of rescuing Harry Joyce and John Ha,ger, who were buried in a caving well on the ranch of Miss Tillie Bleck, two miles north of Eltopia. The Toppenish school district has commenced suit to annul $6000 worth of school warrants, declaring them fraudulent. Steve Philips has been charged at Seattle with murder in the first de gree in the killing of Mrs. Madge Hen derson, a negress. A meeting of all county commission ers of the state has been called at Taooma for February 11 to form a state organization and make a system atic campaign for good roads. Filing of candidacies under rect primary law for the city election In March closed with 104 aspirants listed for the 19 offices in Seattle. Earl Musselman, aged 14, was killed, and Clyde Damaske, aged 13, fatally injured, recently by a heavy shingie bolt, which crushed them. At the meeting of the state teach ers' association at Seattle it was de cided to hold the next annual meeting in Spokane, commencing December 29, 1908. Officers were elected for the ensuing year as follows: President, A. H. Yoder of Tacoma; vice presi dents, N. D. Showalter of Colfax, and Miss Nettie Sawyer of Seattle; treas urer, Chas. Fagan of Seattle; secre tary, O. C. Whitney ot Tacoma. The Sedro Woolley postoffice was burglarized recently. It is reported that state general fund warrants are being discounted by banks of Seattle, Spokane and else where 5 per cent. The trim new steamer North Star, of the Columbia & Okanogan Steam boat company has made her first trip up the Columbia. The snowfall has interfered with completing the approaches to the new Wenatchee bridge and tne formal opening of that structure consequently may be delayed until about January 15. The Walla Walla auxiliary to the Washington State Stockgrowers' asso ciation was formed recently. N. 'N. Carroll, a Colfax stock buyer, has made the" largest shipment of live stock that ever went out of the Colfax yards in one day. The shipment con sisted of five cars of stall fed steers and three carloads of hogs. Two; laborers wefe killed and eight badly anjured by a dynamite explosion at a subcamp of Contractor Taylor on tbe Portland & Seattle road, 25 miles south of Sprague, Saturday. Six members of the Law Enforce ment league who canvassed Spokane Sunday gathering evidence against those saloon proprietors who kept their places open found 13 saloons closed in one district, in another 22 and in the third 40, making a total of 75 saloons which were closed. With a complete counterfeiting out fit in their possession, two alleged workingmen, giving their names as W. H. Hawley and C. A. Quaife, were arrested in Tacoma along the North ern Pacific tracks in South Tacoma. IDAHO NEWS. Rooseveit has created a stir in po litical circles by demanding the resig nation of Surveyor General Eagleson of Boise. It is said that the president was dissatisfied with Eagleson's con duct because of his iriction with the land office. The large loan companies have re opened their offices in Lewiston anl are seeking borrowers with approved real estate security, the announce ment carrying with it a cut in the in terest rate. Alleging that he was libeled in an interview from Governor Frank Good ing in the Boise Statesman, in which Gooding replied to articles signed by State Auditor Bragaw in regard to a controversy over the fund used to pay expenses of the Pettibone and Hay wood rials, Bragaw brought suit against Gooding and the Statesman for $50,000. Bragaw's article appeared in the Capital News. The coroner's jury at Wallace in vestigating the cause of the death of Nicholas Thornton returned a verdict that Thornton died of fracture of the skull, and that "said fracture was the result of a fall or being thrown or pushed from the door of the Wallace hotel on the morning of December 30." Deputy Game Warden Mack Hftr baugh will attempt to satisfy his crav ing for big game by a mountain lion hunt this week. After two months' inactivity a re sumption ot payment on Indian leases is scheduled for January 20, at which time money will be paid to the Indian landlords by the white lessees, the transfer being made through Indian Agent O. H. Lipps. The copper-colored landowners Lave $80,000 outstanding in lease money. The Nez Perce assessment roll car ries about f2,000,000 more this year than last. Joseph P. Fallon, elected at the last election to represent Kootenai county in the lower house of the state legis lature, is out for the seat of Congress man Burton L. French. Schools bells in every district in the state summoned the children to school Monday morning, after the usual two weeks' vacation. MONTANA NOTES, January 17 is the date definitely fixed for the convention in Helena of the mine operators of central Montana for the purpose of organizing a per manent state association to alleviate, if possible, the present mining condi tions caused as a result of the new schedule of double the former rates put in effect December 1 at the East Helena plant of the American Smelt ing & Refining company. I The management of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad an nounces that a train service will be established January 12 to Marmath, Mont., 30 miles west of Bowman, N. D., the present terminus of the road's western extension. Messrs. Shannon, Cutts and Ed wards, the Butte labor leaders, who were adjudged guilty of contempt of court for violating an injunction re straining interference with the prop erty or business of the Rocky Moun tain Bell Telephone company, and who were sentenced to three months in jail, began the serving of their terms Saturday. It had been deter mined to appeal the case to the cir cuit court, but this plan was aban doned and the men persented them selves to the United States marshal and were committed to the Helena jail. W. F. Scott, state game and fish warden, of Helena, and Deputy L. J. Lownds of Helena were in Libby on official business recently looking after a location for the purpose of a fish hatchery, also for the purpose of put ting in a fish ladder at Kootenai falls, a few miles below Libby. Justice Philips has held M. White to the district court to answer the charge of murder. White is the young man who shot and killed a teamster named Gibson at Taft December 26. The state board of pardons of Mon tana has. approved the pardon of Ar thur Van Winkle, the 10 year old col ored boy, who will be sent to Minne apolis to lire with his grandmother The pardon is effective contingent upon railroad fare being furnished the lad to Minneapolis. The meeting in Helena on January 14, 15 and 16 next of the National Woolgrowers' association in national convention promises to be the most important in the history of the organi zation. Simultaneously there will be held a midwinter sheep show that bids fair to eclipse any nothwestern prede cessor. Montana, with its 5,000,000 head of sheep, is the greatest wool pro ducer in the sisterhood of states. T. O. Newman, a business man of Butte, shot and killed himself on a Southern Pacific train near Battle Mountain, Nev. He was temporarily insane. OREGON SQUIBS. Howard Whittier, who shot and killed his brother in law, Frank Ray mond, a Snake river rancher, was re leased at Roseburg on $500 bail to appear at the May term of court. The charge of manslaughter and the pro ceedings are only entered in order to entirely exonerate the boy, as the offi cers are convinced the shooting was justified. Upon the vote cast in June for the bill appropriating $100,000 for the building of armories for the O. N. G. companies outside of Portland de pends Portland's chances for se curing such a building. John Seglll, mail carrier between Newport and Yachats, narrowly es caped death in a tidal wave which en gulfed his two horses and wagon as he was driving along the beach. The Right Rev. John Heinrich, vicar general of the diocese of Baker City, died in that city Sunday. He was 60 years of age. The vicar general's death followed an extended illness growing out of a stroke of paralysis received about two years ago. "Mankind" i* a term that embraces woman. 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. Rumors of the illness of the pope are unfounded. At Louisville, Ky., recently Clarence Sturgeon, 19 years old, was executed recently. The old cruiser Marion was burned to the water's edge at Frisco bay re cently. A severe earthquake visited Cape Prince of Wales Sunday, lasting two minutes. John H. Croxton, a well known law yer, who for many years practiced in Denver, is dead. Horace Boies, twice governor of lowa, is critically ill at Providence hos puiu, El Paso, Texas. Francis B. Peabody, the senior mem ber of the banking firm of Peabody, Houghtaling & Co., Chicago, is dead. Major Joseph T. Crabbs of the quar termaster's department has been placed on the retired list of the army. Mrs. Van Ness Roberts, well known in New York society, is dying of an overdose of strychnine, self adminis tered. The Rev. Father Dennis Stafford, D D., pastor of St. Patrick's Roman Cath olic church, in Washington, D. C, is dead. In the Elko, Nev., railroad yards recently two men were killed, three injured and 11 cars smashed to splin ters. The striking boilermakers in the northwest shops are said to have bee 1 notified that the strike has been calle l off. > Charles G. Brockett and Mrs.- Ruby Pishsak, wife of a state bank exam iner, committed suicide in Chicago re cently. William J. Dailey, who with William N. Byres founded the Rocky Mountain News in 1859, died recently at his res idence in Denver. General Erwin L. Price, son of the late confederate general, Sterling Price, and who served under his father in the civil war, died recently in St. Louis. Labor conditions in the Panama canal zone will be investigated by Sec retary. T. J. Dolan of the International Associauon of Steam Shoveiers and Dredgemen. A. C. P. R. freight train was wrecked recently one mile west of Fernie. Eight cars in the middle of the train were derailed and piled across the track. No one was hurt. The engagement of Miss Katherine Noble of Baltimore, the heroine of the Mohegan disaster, in the English chan nel, is announced. She will wed Er nesto Trovi-Simondetti of Mexico. Judge Garland of "the federal court in South Dakota, has issued a tem porary injunction restraining the South Dakota railroad commission from reducing passenger rates from 3 to 2% cents a mile. Policeman Anderson of Portland has taken inte custody a man who gives the name of Howard, but who the po lice believe to be Joe Sullivan, wanted in Salt Lake for the murder of Police man Charles F. Ford ia that city on December 14 last. The Grand Trunk railway has given up hope, apparently, of securing Jap labor for construction work on its lines next~> summer. Advertisements are appearing in Amsterdam, Holland, asking for 20,090 Hollanders to work on the Grand Trunk next summer. Seven companies of United State* troops under command of Colonel Reynolds have left Goldfleld. The troops remaining in camp, about 135 men, have been divided into two full companies. Captain William H. Wash all and Lieutenant Goodwill will be in command. Martial Law Declared. Indianapolis, Jan. 6.—Governor Han ly has issued a martial law proclama tion placing Major General McKee in complete control at Muncie. General McKee has 12 companies of infantry, one battery and details from the sig nal and hospital corpse of the Indiana national guard with him at Muncie. Twelve companies of infantry anl one battery and a company of the sig nal corps of the Indiana national guard are gathering at Muncie under orders from Governor Hanly to main tain peace during the strike of the employes of the street railway. Cars began running this morning and no disturbances have occurred so far. Latest Report. The backbone of Muncie's mob is broken. Cars are now running over all the lines, and with the exception of a little stone throwing on the outskirts, the cars were unmolested, notwith standing they were manned by import ed strikebreakers and unguarded so far as deputy sheriffs and troops were concerned. » Keeps Rabbits Away. North Yakima, Wash.—G. C. Mitch ell, an extensive fruit and hop grower, who has been experimenting with a solution to keep rabbits from injuring his fruit trees, reports that as far as he has observed there are no traces of where the rabbits have attacked his trees since using the solution. SPORTING NOTES. Twenty principals of high schools of the state have agreed upon the Washington High School Athletic as sociation, a body composed of the heads of the various high schools of the state, to make uniform rules for the control of high school athletics. Battling Nelson and Kid Scaler of Spokane have been matched by Maa ager McCarry of the Pacific Athletic club to fight here January 14 in a 10 round go for a share of the gate re ceipts. Charles E. Dvorak, formerly the crack polo vaulter of the University of Michigan, has been chosen coach of track athletics at the University of Idaho and is now at Moscow. There is every prospect that the rac ing season on the New York tracks next summer will be an exceptionally active one. There is not a prominent horse on the turf, with the single ex ception of Peter Pan, which will never race again, that is not entered in one or more of the big events. Boxing and wrestling among the amateur clubs of Portland, Seattle and Spokane win come in for an airing very soon if the plans of Ed Morgan of the Multnomah club are carriel out. He proposes to introduce a reso lution at the next trustees' meeting of the club, which shall direct the Mult nomah representative to work with the Seattle and Spokane clubs to have a one-year residence rule adopted. That is, he favors boxers and wrest lers only getting into the ring in inter club contests after they have been bona fide members of their respective clubs one year. At Los Angeles recently Rudolph Unholz had the better of a glove con test with George Memsic. The new rules down there won't allow more than 10 rounds nor a decision at the end of tne bouts. It is hoped that the universities and colleges of the northwest will form a conference, so that pure amateur sport may be maintained. The athletes of the University of Michigan are anixous to make the team for the Olympic games at Lon don next summer. Harriman, last year's captain and quarterback of the University of Mon tana football team, may be an aspirant for a position on the Washington State college eleven next fall. Fencing bids fair to become a pop ular pastime at the Spokane Young Men's Christian association gymna sium. Nick Burley, a man who used to do some lighting in and around Spokane, may be matched with the colored pug, Young Peter Jackson. Jockey McClain is back in the sal d!e at Oakland. He is the jockey whc was hurt on the Lewiston track last fall. The American association magnates have decided to enter Chicago. They believe the move can be made with out warring with the major leagues, ine question of securing a park is now being considered. California sportsmen are reproach ing themselves that they did not long ago think of the Japanese as jockeys. May Sutton, holder of he womens international tennis championship, has announced her readiness to compete in the Olympic games to be held in Lon don this year. Joe Heinrich, the Spokane product in the -70 pound professional wrest ling class, is one of the best artists in the country on the mat. GENERAL NEWS ITEMS. Miss Mary Duffy, a young woman reisding with the family of W. A. Clark, Jr , in Los Angeles,while horse back riding was struck by a trolly car and fatally injured. She had ilved in Butte, Mont. J. B. Gay, aged 70 years, a well known Montana pioneer, is dead at Virginia City, Mont., the result of a runaway acoident. His neck was broken. Amos Purdum, prominent in early days in Montana died in Southern Cal ifornia recently. A % 125,000 fire occurred at Culbert son, Montana, last Monday. Little in surance. The confirmation of Silas H. Reid to be ditsrict judge in Alaska has been re ferred to a submcominittee of the sen ate judiciary committee. Three people lost their lives by a fire which destroyed the outbuildings at the French hospital in San Francisco. S. A. D. Puter is a free man in Port land, Ore. The pardon issued by Presi dent Roosevelt at the instance of Fran cis J. Haney has been received. George Dixon,the famous negro pug ilist, winner of nearly 100 ring battles and for many years featherweight champion cf the world, ditsd Monday night in the aloholic ward of a New York hospital, penniless and friendless, aged 87 years. Traffio on the Northern Pacifio west of Spakane was delayed for a number of hours Monday on aooount of the de railment of a freight train about two miles west of Maiehall. There is a movement on foot in Ta coma to get a light artillery battery for that oity. The company to be or agnized under the national guard laws. German Editor Guilty. Berlin, Jan. 6.—Maximilien. Harden, editor of Die Zukunft, was sentenced to four months' imprisonment on the charge of libeling Count Kuno von Moltke. Wigmakers Win First Strike. The wigmakers of New York re cently celebrated a double event, the recognition of their union and the winning of the first strike of the year. POSTOFFICE REPORT SECRETARY HITCHCOCK TELLS OF YEAR'S WORK. Aggregate of $183,000,000 in Revenue Collected From Postoffices During Year 1907—He Recommends Thirty- Day Vacation Instead of Fifteen and More Towns for Free Delivery. The annual report of First Assistant Postmaster General Frank H. Hitch cock has been made public. The reve nues collected through the postoffices during the fiscal year 1906 amounted to about $168,000,000, a gain of more than $15,000,000, and the report states that this growth was continued in 1907, when the aggregate was $183,- 000,000. In order to meet this contin uous growth of his bureau Mr. Hitch cock makes an appeal for larger ap propriations. "The present policy of reappointing presidential postmasters who have conducted their offices to the satisfac tion of the public and of the depart ment has resulted in a decided benefit to the serviceV" says Mr. Hitchcock. He adds that about 65 per cent of the presidential postmasters have been re appointed. Increases for various classes of em ployes of the department are recom mended. In order to relieve the third class postmasters of the necessity of paying for assistants out of their sal aries a recommendation is made for an increase to $2,000,000 for that pur pose. Thirty instead of 15 days' annual leave is recommended for postal em ployes. An extension of the city de livery service to smaller towns than are included under the present law is urged. Under the amendment to the law he suggests, free delivery would be given to over 1400 towns that do not now enjoy that advantage. The total number of postmasters of all classes appointed during the year was 13,315, as against 14,535 for 190 G. 13 CRUSHING MRS. THAW. Mother, in Palatial Home, Broken Down by Troubles. Pittsburg, Pa., Jan. 6.—Surrounded by everything that money can buy, ex cept the freedom of her son, Harry Kendall Thaw, who is again to go on trial for the murder of Stanford White, and the domestic unhappines* of her daughter Alice, who has ap plied for a nullification of her mar riage to her actor-nobleman husband, the Earl of Yarmouth, Mrs. William Thaw is lying so ill at her luxurious home in Beechwood boulevard here that she is unable to travel, and phy sicans predict that she will be unable to attend her son's second trial. In timate friends say her heart is being crushed -by augmenting weight of trouble and sorrows. She journeyed to Michigan last summer in search of convalescence, but the trip was fruit less, and since her return she has been constantly growing worse. There is a limit to human endur ance, and intimate friends say that in the elder Mrs. Thaw's case the climax has been reached. LATE NEWS ITEMS. As a result of the overturning of a skiff containing nine men, seven were drowned near Leavenworth, Kansas. The Great Northern has declared its tegular quarterly dividend of I % per cent. Secretary Taft is a strong advocate of increased pay for the army and his annanl report, just sent to congress, completely dispels any donbfc that may exist as to his position. The U. S. treasury department last Monday purchased 300,000 onnces of silver for delivery in eqnal amounts at Denver, San Francisco and New Or leans, at 56.258 cents per fine ounce. Senator Allison of lowa is seriously ill with the grip. Henry Bauer and Edgar Kent, self oonfessed horsethieves, who were ar rested recently were sentenced to the penitentiary by Judge Steele at Mos cow, Idaho. "The former got three yaers and the latter 18 months at hard labor. Ruled Against Laborers' Law. Washington, Jan. 8.-—That the con gressional act known as the '"employ ers' liability law"ia not in accordance with the constitution of the United States because it goes beyond the bounds permitted in the regulation of interstate commerce, was the conclu sion reached by the supreme court of the United States in deciding two damage oases coming to the court from the federal courts of Kentucky and Tennessee, which were brought under the provisions of the law. The decision was announced by Juptioe Wbite, the court standing 5 to 4 against the law. Even among the five who voted not to sustain the statute there were different shades of opinion. Against Women Teachers. President 6. Stanley Hall of Clark university stirred the delegates to the lowa state teachers' convention re cently in an address, in which he de clared there were too many women teachers in the schools and that Amer ican schools are becoming "effemin ized." There are 1400 teachers at tending the convention and nearly three-fourths of them are women. MINES IN MANY CAMPS. Easily the richest strike ever mart in the Kendall (Mont.) district w aa J» corded last week, when an entirei new body of cyanide ore, running $28 was struck on the North Moccasin' owned chiefly by John A. Drake th New York millionaire. ' e John Tries, miner, employer at the Center biar mine at Rossland, B p was-injured by a fall of rock. This winter has witnessed mc-e tivity in the mines near Priest lake (Idaho) than has rver before b een ••en. It is safe to say that 100 stamps win be dropping in the Oro Grande and Elk City districts by next summer," said A. Allarydice of Chicago recently, after having spent the summer in that dis trict. C. R. Hoffman of Llbby, Mont., re ports a five-inch streak of clean lead found in a newly opened vein in the Porcupine mine in that district. John D. Cameron, who has been employed some years at the Granby mines, died recently at the Phoenix general hospital. During 1907 the mines of the Boun dary district of southeastern British Columbia produced 1,148,237 tons of ore, the largest shippers being the Granby, B. C. Copper, Dominion Cop per and Snowshoe mines, well known as large producers of low grade cop per ore. This total is about 13,000 tons less than that of 1906, but the value of the output is probably larger. In the settlement of the controversy between the Western Federation of Miners and the Granby company the union workmen accepted the reduced scale of wages proposed at the start by the company; that is the scale now in force at Rossland, B. C, and Butte, Mont. The powder house at the Lucky Calumet mine, in the Coeur d'Alenes, blew up recently, 100 pounds of pow der exploding. The house was wrecked and the line of the Washington Water Power company was blown down. This iine supplied power for the National mine, and as a result it was put out of commission. The shaft at this mine immediately began filling with water and is now half full. It will take sev eral days 10 pump it out. A good strike of free milling gold bas been made on the Star claim in the Orogrande district, in central Idaho. The Big Twenty Mining company, a Spokane corporation which owned and was developing a group of 22 lode claims on Two Mile creek, near Os burne, in the Evolution district of the Coeur d'Alenes, has disposed of all of its holdings. Iron pyrites crystals carrying $80 in goid to the ton have recently been found in the East Snowstorm mine, near Mullan. From appearances it would seem that the backbone of the strike at Goldfield is about broken and that all mines will be in full operation, possi bly within 10 days. Steps are now being taken to incor porate the Spokane Stock Exchange, which is to supplant the present Spo kane Stock Brokers' association. A carload of ore, the first big ship ment to be made from the property, was shipped from the Montana-Mam moth mine, near Thompson Falls, Mon tana, to the East Helena smelter. A copper furnace' witn a daily ca pacity of 100 to 150 tons will be built this summer near Chewelah, Wash., by the United Copper Mining company, which owns a promising copper mino near that town. The smelter will be a copper matting plant and will cost about $35,000. The force employed at (he mine has been doubled, and now 16 men are employed at underground v/cvk. The long lower tunnel, which has attained a depth of about 325 feet, La; betn following the ledge for 300 feet. A strike of 16 inches of clean ship ping ore is reported on the Cedar creek property, located north of the Hercules mine, at Burke. Coeur d'Alene Production. In spite of the alleged hard times and the decline in the metal markets, the close-down of several of the large mines and the general financial strin gency dividends exceeding those of 1906 by $31,000 have been paid by the big producers of the district. The total amount paid by the mines for 1907 as compared with 1906 is as fol lows: 1906. 1907. Bunker Hill & S.. .$2,340,009 $1,980,000 Federal M. & S.Co. 2,040,000 1,710,000 Hercules (est.) .. 720,000 1,052,000 Hecla 450,000 620,000 Snowstorm 90,00© 360,000 Success 90,000 60,000 Monitor 20,00# 9,500 Totals $5,660,000 $5,691,000 Under tiie present owners the miners of the Coeur d'Alenes have now paid in all $21,017,500 In dividends and un der previous owners $11,501,307, mak ing a grand total disbursed of $32,- 518,807. A total of 342,125 tons of ore was shipped during the year. This is prac tically the same as the ore shipments for last year. Montana's Production. Montana produced precious metals to the amount of $60,000,000, according to the estimate of Thomas B. Miller, in charge of the United States assay of fice in .tielena. From the best available data, Mr. Miller has computed the production as follows: Copper, 225,000,000 pounds, at an average of 20 cents, $45,000,000; silver, $8,000,000;' gold, $2,250,000; lead, $2,500,000; total, $57,750,000. Montana leads all states in silver production.