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OF NEWS SHORT CONCISE ITEMS FROM DISPATCHES. NEARLY ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD REPRESENTED HEREWITH. RecanunendatiMis have been made by bank commissioners to Attorney General Weber to take legal action relative to appointing a receiver tor tbe California Safe Deposit Trust com pany <t San Francisco, which suj iiende.l business several wefks ago. Tbe opeu navigation season on tbe great lakes this year cost 135 lives and pioperty losses aggregating $2.- 698.00#. After a 30 days' run that reduced deposits from $135,00 Cto $65,000, the llank of Miami, Oklahoma, closed re cently. Its funds were tied up in the National Bank of Co: imerce of Kan sas City, which failed last week. Th 3 bank is capitalized at $200,000. C. P. William* is president'. Leaders of the liberal party in ses Biou at Havana indorsed l'resideni Roosevelt's message to congress, so far as it relates to Cuban affairs. At K.Uainacoo, Mich., Mayor Thomp son has issued an order that all of the theaters dose during Sunday. The order prohibits "entertainments or any other form ef amusement.'' Miss Alada Stryker, daughter of President and Mrs. Woolsey Stryker of Utlca, N. Y., became the wife of Ellhu Root, Jr., at the home of her parents. After a wedding iourney Mr. and Mrs. Root wfli take up their resi dence iu New York city. Dr. W. S. Woods, president of the National Bask of Commerce at Kansas City, asserts that the bank may re open withki a short time. Governor Malcom K. Patterson of Tennessee was married Saturday to Miss Mamie Gardner at Union City, Tens. All but one of the 12 troops of cav elry sent to the Cheyenne river reser vation have been ordered back to their former post. Fort Des Moines. O. A. Sutherland, who was widely known throughout the Boundary (B. C.) district, being employed in the customs service at Nelson and Kaslo for five or six years, died of pneumonia and pieurlsy at Winnipeg recently. A sudden and destructive flood swept down Salmon river, on tbe east coast of Vancouver island, last week, rais ing the liver 28 feet in three hours. General Liautey, commanding the French fir lag column in Algeria, re ported that he has destroyed the camp of Marabout Bouthlck, one of the lead ers of the revolt and who proclaimed a holy war on the French frontier. Mrs. W. J. Bryan and her daughter have sailed for Europe and will spend the winter in the holy land. Twenty-one sailors implicated in the recent mutinies at Vladivostok were condemned to death by a courtmartial. Twenty-four more were given varying terms of penal servitude. The National Committee of Repub licans has selected the place at Chi cago and date June 1G for the next national convention. John W. Reeves, who was convicted j of setting fire to freight cars which caused the explosion of a quantity of dynamite, resulting in the death of several persons and the destruction of the Colorado & Southern freight depot and considerable other property during the recent switchmen's strik:, was sentenced to not less than 10 nor more than 15 years in the peni tentiary. It is understood that the appoint ment of Baron Takahira as ambassa dor to Washington will be made short ly after Viscount Aoki leaves America. M. A. Wilkins, who Is charged with killing Viona Carmen, with whom he lived, and burying her beneath an out house at their home In Elrahurst, was today trld to answer before the supe rior court on the charge of murder. At a meeting of prominent hop growers held in Sacramento, Cal., the preliminaries were practically com pleted looking toward the '.rganiiatlon of a hop growers' association. John Goodnow Diet In Spain. Minneapolis, Dec. 10.—A cablegram has been received here by relatives an nouncing the death at Malaga, Spain, of John Goodnow, formerly consul gen eral at Shanghai. No details were given, the message containing only the bare announce ment of the death. Street Shows Closed Sunday. While there have been no Sunday theatrical performances allowed in Cleveland, Ohio, for several years, the penny arcades and street shows that have existed by Buffrance here will be closed Sundays. Teddy Bear Union. The Teddy Bear Makers' union of New York, the last one on the list of labor organizations, has decided to make a demand for the closed shop in the Teddy bear trade now that Christmas is coming on. Perrler Jr. to Wed Actress. Paris, Dec. 11.—The Matin an nounced the engagement of the wfell known actress. Mile. Leobargl, and Claude Casimir Perrler, son of the late president. THEY RUB THE ANANIAB BUNCH Gridiron Club Collects Roosevelt Strenuous Terms. The Gridiron club held high Jinks at the New Wlllard, at Washington, D. C., Saturday night. For four hours the newspaper boys poked fun without discrimination. The president was not there, but several comedies were directed his way. A huge fellow claiming to be a Japanese wrestler who recently ex hibited at the White House, pushed his way into the hall. When he could not find the president he offered to take a fall out of Vice President Fair banks, Senator Foraker and Senator Kqox. He had no takers. Vice President Fairbanks "got his In melody" to the tune of "Budweiser." The boys sang the "Tale of the Cock tail," a musical commentary on his fa mous cocktail dinner. Fairbanks was given a glass of but termilk to drink while the song was rendered. The session of the Undesirable Citi zens' association was a rib tickler. Harriman was there, and so was Sen ator Foraker and a number of others. The finale was a huge phonograph, which Issued these words: — "Undesirable citizens," "Mendacious scoundrels," "Wilful falsifiers," "Liar, Liar, Liar," "Malefactors of great wealth," "Sheer invention," "Shorter and uglier word" and "No swollen for tunes." When the room became nulet the club phonograph retired wiiU the re mark "Our master's voice." A class in nature faking through questions and answers, developed a logical connection between "Octopus" and Wall street. Also if it is true money talks, "President Roosevelt must be the richest man in the world." "John Barrett ain't broke," re marked one of the class. The story that George Washington threw a dollar across the Potomac was declared not to be a nature fake, be cause Secretary Cortelyou had thrown $20,000,000 to Wall street. "Why are the ships going to the Pacific?" was answered in many ways, chief among which was "to seat Sec retary Metcalf In the senate." The new state of Oklahoma made Its appear ance with democratic senators and representatives and an electoral vote for Bryan. Chairman New of the re publican national committee was re quested to "think it over," and then pranced in on hobby horses a squad of equestrian tested army officers. "We will now drink to the president of the United States," solemnly an nounced President Biythe, after he had got to their feet Vice President Fair banks, Speaker Cannon, Secretary Cor telyou and Senator Knox. The menu souvenir was a collection of clearing house certificates, Issued by authority of the Gridiron Club Clearing House association. LOUISA TAFT PASSES AWAY Mother of Secretary of War Suc cumbs at Home at Mill bury, Mass. Millbury, Mass., Doc. 9.—The death, which had been expected almost hour ly for a week past, was announced Sunday morning at 12:20 o'clock, of Mrs. Louisa Maria Taft, mother of Secretary of War William H. Taft. Mrs. Taft was the widow of Alphonso Taft, secretary of war and attorney general of the United States under | President Grant, and later minister to Austria-Hungary and Russia. Mrs. Taft was attacked last July with acute indigestion and a gradual breakdown of her vitality soon fol lowed. Secretary Taft, her son. liad visited her on Independence day and Wt her apparently in normal health to go to his summer home in Canada, item which place he was summoned on August 15 because of the alarm at his mother's condition. He spent a day at her bedside and found her in less dangerous condition than he had supposed. Tbe imperative duties of his office called him to Washington, where plans for a tour of the world had been so definitely arranged that they could not be changed, and as his mother was reported as rallying her strength, he proceeded to carry out ' his program. Mrs. Taft resided in the old home stead where she lived as a girl, and 1 which is now the home of her sister, Miss Delia Torrey. Mrs. Taft was born In Boston September 11, 1827, the daughter of Samuel Davenport ! Torrey. Mrs. Taft is survived by four chil dren, of whom Secretary Taft is the ' eldest The other Bons are Henry W. Taft of the New York law firm of , Strong & Cadwallader, and Horace D. . Taft, founder and head of the Taft school for boys at Watertown, Conn. The daughter, Fanny L., Is the wife of Dr. W. Adams of Los Angeles. Besides Miss Torrey, the only near relative is ' her stepson, former Congressmen 1 Charles P. Taft, editor of the Cincin > nati Times-Star. t < Lumbermen at Washington. Washington, Dec. 9. —The Washing ton delegation of lumbermen arrived today ready to appear as witnesses in the caso before the commission against an increased rate on lumber shipped J east from the Pacific Northwest. All are from western cities. There are 10 Washington mlllmen here and the same number from Oregon coast towns. After a man has quit that sort of I thing for a few years, he has a mighty ) poor opinion of the champion two stepper. NORTHWEST NEWS ITEMS PRESS CULLINGS FOR OUR BUSY READERS , VBOUT PEOPLE IN MONTANA, IDAHO, WASHINGTON AND OREGON. WASHINGTON BTATE NEWS. The current has been turned into the Colfax transformer station of the Spokane & Inland and everything about the plant proves to be In shapo for permanent usew All of the steam locomotives will be taken out of ser vice and substituted with electric mo tors. Three couples married by the same minister at the same house in Free land, Mich., at the same time, half a century ago, are to celebrate their C olden wedding together in Seuttle Tuesday, December 24. The three couples are Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Pur chase of Seattle, Mr. and Mrs. John Lewis of Freeland, Mich., and Mr. an .1 Mrs. Frank Houghtaling of Everett. The affair Is to take place at the home of Mrs. Purchase. The largest mau In the state Is dea l at the Western Washington Hospital for the Insane. His name Is Rlohard Dicer, who had been In that institution 16 years. He was committed from Pierce county, and two days previous to his death weighed 407% pounds. Copies of the ■ revised map of the Washington state railroad commlsslo" have been received. An unknown man was found floating In the river at Spokane. Mystery surrounds the death of E. P. Beltinck, salesman for a Cigar com pany, whose body was found wedged between the base timbers of the Great Northern trestle at Spokane. Perry Schultz, age about 45 years, a Spokane Traction company motorman, was shot and killed in a desperate en counter with a burglar or burglars at Spokano. The Wenatchee public schools will probably open this week. County Health Officer Gilchrist is the authori ty for the news, and the city as a whole is delighted, saying that this is the beginning of the end of the smallpox scare. Encouraged by the improvement in flnancicJ conditions, several Walla Walla export grain dealers have pur chased during the past few days and are still purchasing wheat crops from those farmers who are disposed to sell at this time. Apples from Wenatchee are selliay on the fruit stands in Chicago fur $1.20 a dozen. Henry Harris, an aged citizen of Chelan, died recently of paralysis. His wife Is also ill, while his daughter, Mrs. Roy Mathers, is dying of con sumption. John Nlxson, lineman for the electric company at Hoquiam, ill' ( with an un usual adventure recently while string Ing an elevated cable. I crched in his airy isolation he was discovered by a sea gull, who seemed to consider Niv son, so far from the giound, an in truder on the rights oi the feathered tribe. The gull screamed and calle.l others of his tribe to his assistance. One followed another until a hundred or moro of the birds had gathered and made an attack on th'i man, who was completely at their mi-rcy for a tim.*. They swooped down -lpon him with their wings and tried to find a vul nerable place to pick at him. It was not until the lineman got one end of the rope tree that he -vas able to bea' the birds off. IDAHO NEWS. The records of the Coeur d'Alene land office show that during November. 1907, there were more original home stead entries made than during any preceding month in the history of the office, barring two monthly only. The number during the month just closed reached 101. The two monthß show ing more original homestead entries than November, 1907, were October of 1903 and July of 1905, there befog 197 entries during the latter month. Arguments In support of a new trial for W. F. Kettenbach, George H. Kes ter and William Dwyer, who were con victed of conspiracy to defraud the government in timber land entries, will be made before the federal court af Boise this week. At Bayview the box, lath and barrel mill has begun operations today for tne winter run. The mill is using white pine exclusively this season and has a large supply on hand. The new advertising booklet Issued by the Lewiston commercial club Is now ready for distribution. Some confusion has been caused by conflicting reports as to Senator Borah's recommendations as to the Boise land office. It was claimed that Borah had recommenced Managing Ed itor Balderston of the Boise Statesman as register, to succeed Addison Smith, who gives up the office In January. Senator Borah's secretary. Guy Flen ner, asserted that Balderston had not been recommended, but If under con sideration. Senator HeyOurn will in dorse any one Senator Borah names for offices in Senator Borah's home, Boise. The first fatality on the new Wash ington & Northern Idaho railroad oc curred at Rathdrum Saturday, whan A. W. Richardson, an engineer, was killed while pushing a car with a pole, which broke, one end striking him in the stomach. The remains were ship ped to Spokane. Steve Adams is still In the county jail at Rathdrum, Judge Woods hav ing failed to Isßue the necessary order to turn him over to Sheriff C. A. Fltz patrick, who Is here from Telluride to take him to Colo-arto. Cherry trees that grow to the height of 60 feet are rare, if not almost un known, but there Is a grove of such trees a few miles from Kendrick, ac cording to George Hudson, a farmer living on American ridge. The oollege of Agriculture of the University of Idaho will open short courses in dairying and horticulture on January 2, ending February 8. With the hope of aiding in the de velopement of the mineral xesonroes of the state the metallurgical labratory of the Idaho state university is ready to experiment on ores free of oharge provided the results may be published in the state papers. Ore may be sent to Professor Junes, Mining department, Univeristy of Idaho, Moscow, in lots of 100 pounds, o. o. d. The department wishes to secnie lots of 5 to 10 tons also and invites corres pondence from anyone who can be of assistance in the matter. OREGON ITEMB. The Merchants' National bank of Portland, which suspended November 12, is solvent and its resources are in good shape. The report of Bank Examiner Wilson will be acted on by the comptroller of the currency In about 10 days, and In approximately 60 days the Merchants' National will re open its doors. Webb McCaslln, alias George or William McLaughlin, who murdered E. F. Zaspell, a wealthy farmer, near Heppner, Ore., the night of September 29, was arrested In Spokane. The state of Oregon will not lose a cent, either through the failure of the Title Guarantee & Trust company or the temporary embarrassment of the Merchants' National bank. Repre sentatives of the American Security company, surety for State Treasurer Steel, admitted the company's liability and will reimburse the state to the amount of $408,388.58. This assures the restoration to the public treasury of all state funds that were not ade quately secured by approved security. A payment of $112,478 was made re cently. Deferred payments will carry interest at 5 per cent. The biggest ranch deal of the year was consummated In Pendleton when the Gulliford ranch of 3190.45 acres was sold to M. McCracken for a con sideration of $25,520. The ranch is on Butter creek. The naming of Senator Fulton of Oregon as a member of the committee on committees gives him a powerful force among the northwest senators. The farmers of Athena agree that fall-sown wheat never looked better than it does now. MONTANA NOTES. William Rees, a rancher, has been placed in the Helana jail on the charge of murdering his bride at their home in the northern part of Lewis and Clark county. The coroner will hold an inquiry soon. Mrs. Rees, who was a Helena girl, was married to Rees in this city a short time ago. Henry Gallette of Randolph, N. Y„ a discharged soldier of the Seventh infantry, committed Buicide In a Hel ena hotel recently. In a letter he re quests that Miss Barbara Lake of Ran dolph, N. Y., and Miss Rose Galletts, a sister, be notified. All'of the mines of the Anaconda company, the Butte and Boston com pany and the Waslioe, Parrot and' Trenton companies will be closed and the operations of the Amalgamated Copper company confined to the prop erties of the Boston and Montana, which embrace the largest mines In the Butte district. No men in Butte will be thrown out of work, it being the plan of tlic Amalgamated to oper ate the Boston and Montana mines to their full capacity, which will afford work for all of the miners in the prop erties affected by the shutdown order. The Washoe copper smelters at Ana conda will be shut down and the ores of the company smelted hereafter at the Boston and Montana smelter at Great Falls. The suspension of the Washoe smelter will render about 1000 men Idle at Anaconda. It is stated by Amalgamated officials that they can mine copper at a profit at the present price of the metal through a concen tration of their operations. Charles Lake, a section hand, was ■track b; an engine of the Burlington train recently at Bozeman and killed. The donble track of the Northern Paoiflo Railway oompany from the west end of the Bozeman tnnnel to Bozeman is oompleted all but a rook ont in Rooky canyon. William Robb of Butte was instant ly killed at Silver Bow junotion by be ing ran over by a train. Rinaldo John Qiammngnanl, for 27 years a"well-known and esteemed min er in Bntte is dead. Matters relating to the consolidation of the two central bodies of organized labor in Butte are progressing most fa vorably. Entries for the Butte benoh show on December 18,19, 20 and 31 have been olosed. T. A. McDaniel, a ranchman living near Red Lodge was recently seriously injured by being struok by a train. It has been 17 years and 9 months sinoe A. J. Davis died in Bntte, and the long legal straggle that followed is atill on. Mavor pro tem Lindsay of Helena is insisting on the enforcement of oity ordinances of his oity. TERRIFIC EXPLOSION TERRIBLE MINE DISAS TER IN W. VIRGINIA. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THE NUMBER OF DEAD WILL REACH 558. Pittsburg.—A terrific and disastrous explosion occurred Friday in mines Nos. 6 and 8, of the Consolidation Coal company at Monongah, W. Va. Mine Superintendent Malon says at least 600 meu are entombed. It Is believed a majority of the en tombed men were killed. Mine No. 6 Is located on the east side of the Monongahela river and mine No. 8 on the west side. How the explosions occurred oimul-' taneously in both mines can not be explained. The explosion was heard for eight miles. After the receipt of the news physi cians and special cars were despatch ed from Fatrmount to the scene. The mine was too full of gas and Bmoke for rescuers to enter. It Is said the explosion started In No. 6 and spread to No. 8 mine, the two being connected. Another special says the first ex plosion was followed by the blowing up of a boiler In No. 8. Some Idea of the force of the explo sion may be gained from the fact that props from the mine were not only blown out of the entry, but were hurled clear across the west fork of the Monongahela river. Wires are down. It is feared that the accident will turn out to be the worst In the his tory of mining In this country. Superintendent Malon telephoned that of the 500 men who were In the mine at the time he does not think any could escape with their lives from the force of the explosion. The fans were started to clear out the foul air and the rescuers were expected to reach the men by 2 o'clock thlß aft-, ernoon. The management declares that it must have been dust. A hospital was arranged at the opening of the mine, where the wound ed will receive attention. Several men were practically blown out of mine No. 8 through the fqrce of the gas explosion. Possibly the largest coal-producing mines in the state are located at Monongah. The mines are both shaft and slope mines, being worked by the rope and haulage systems. They lie on both sides of the West Fork and are connected by a steel pier bridge owned by the coal company. Until about 10 years ago only American miners were employed. At that time the miners of Pennsylvania, Illinois and Ohio were ob a strike. The coal company Is one of the largest companies of the kind in the country and Is capitalized at about 520,000,000. They have upward of JOO producing properties. Clarence W. Watson is the "president, with head quarters in Baltimore. Superintend ent Malon is said to be one of the most practical men In the mining In dustry. Latest Report. Known dead, 500. I Estimated dead, 558. Estimated property loss, $1,000,000. Number of rescuers, about 300. At least 400 families affected. Three hundred widows made In the twinkling of an eye. Over 1000 orphans result from dis aster. All but three of total number in mine dead. All machinery at both mines totally destroyed. Not a single official of the company injured. MINE* AN* MiniNU. Machine drilling will supersede hand upon the Hewitt mine, in the Slocan, a compressor having just been ordered for this purpose. The change Is made that the development of the mine, which is one of the most prom ising In the Slocan, may the quicker proceed. Great disappointment is felt in Nel- Bon at the refusal of the Boundary miners to accept the wage scale pre vailing in other parts of the country. In order to settle the dispute It la felt that the Lemleux act should be in voked, so that the grounds of the miners in asking for a retention of the old scale despite the tremendous drop in the price of copper may be placed before the general public. The directors of the Amalgamated Copper company have voted to con tinue curtailment of the products of the mines as near as possible on a parity with the present baslß of con sumption. It was also decided to close each or continue In operation such mines and smelters as they deem best This latter action was taken with a view of conserving the output at Bome mines and smelters. Lewistown, Mont. —An accident at the Kendall hoist last week put that portion of the plant out of commis sion for a time, and until the repairs are completed, which will be in a few days, mining In the lower levels has been discontinued. •PORTING NOTES. The list of winners on the English turf during the season just closed shows Richard Croker in ninth place, with three winnings to his credit, all made by one horse, the Derby winner, Orby. Colonel W. Hall Walker, M. P., leads the list of winners with 12 firsts, made by seven horses, the total winnings amounting to $88,600. King Edward won five firsts with four horses, and won >14,720. The Seattle Athletic club defeated the Multnomah club of Portland Sat urday afternoon at football, winning by a score of 6 to 0. Four stars of the 1907 team will be lost to the Oregon Agricultural col lege for the football season of 1908. They are the retiring captain, Frank Pendergrass; Emily, left end; Bennett, left tackle, and Rhinehart, right half. Carl Wolff has been elected captain of the team for another year, and with such stars as Barber, Jamison, Dunlap, Kelly, Cany, Gagnon, Cooper and Wolff to form a nucleus for the 1908 team, prospects are bright that O. A. C. will retain her position at the front. Rube Waddell, the crack pitcher of the Athletics, denies that he has been released by the Philadelphia American league team. There will be no post-season game this year between Oregon Agricultural college and Washington State college. Having still a well-preserved sup ply of enthusiasm left over from the showing made by the Whitman team this last year and the fact that but two men will leave, supporters of Whitman college, both in that institu tion and on the street, are ready to predict great things for 1908. That Whitman will win the championship next year is regarded as a conclusion to be affected only by the whims of chance. "Packy" McFarland's recent victory over "Kid" Herman gained him a perch on the topmost rung of the lightweight pugilistic ladder, and he refuses to be removed from that perch without a battle. Fight promoters and club managers of Philadelphia do not want the Jack O'Brien-Jack Johnson limited round bout, and the chances are that the contest will fall through. President Comlskey of the White Sox is planning to leave for California within the next week. The "Old Ro man" practically has decided that the former world's champions will go to the Coast for the spring training. While he is on the Coast "Commy" will look over the ground and will se lect a nice spot for the work. Manager J. J. McGraw and Secretary Fred Knowles of the New York Giants dropped Into Cincinnati on their swing around the circle of middle west cities. Manager McGraw emphatically set at rest the report regarding his where abouts next year by saying positively In response to a direct question: "I will be with the New Yorks; that is all there is to that." Mike Donlln will be back In center field for the New York Giants next season. He wired from Champaign, 111., to a Chicago friend that he had just signed, Manager McGraw having submitted a fancy contract which could not be turned down. Walter Miller, the most successful jockey In America, this year, at least, has received from James R. Keene a check on the National City bank for $12,090.38, this being 5 per cent of the money the jockey won for Mr. Keene this year. Miller has ridden 50 winners for Mr. Kei-.ne, and the total amount of money won in these races was $245,497.75. Including the fees from Mr. Keene, this boy will have earned before January 1 next not less than $50,000. He has ridden 862 races and won 224 since the com mencement of the season. Miller will leave for California, these to resume riding for Thomas H. Williams. The National Baseball commission has decided that the New York Na tionals must pay the New Orleans club $1000 for damages sustained by the latter through the refusal of the Giants to finish their series with the Philadelphia Americans last spring. The commission again refused the ap plication of Jimmy Sebrlng for rein statement, he being obliged to In the Trl-State league for life. The greatest fighter In the west to day Is Young Ketchel, the Butte lad who knocked Joe Thomas out In 32 rounds at Colma two months ago. Billy Delaney, who saw the fight, says Ketchel Is one of the toughest and best two handed fighters he has seen In years. All-Western 1907 Team. The Minneapolis Journal plcki the following all-western football team for 1907: Left end—Chestnut, Minnesota; sub stitute, Page, Chicago. Left tackle—Case, Minnesota; sub stitute, Boyle, Wisconsin. Left guard—Graham, Michigan; sub stitute, Chaloupka, Nebraska. Center —Schultz, Michigan; substl tue, Steihm, Wisconsin. Right guard—Bandelln, Minnesota; subtsitute, Eakins, North Dakota Ag gies. Right tackle—Rhelnschlld, Michi gan; substitute, Young, Minnesota. Right end—Capron, Minnesota; sub stitute, Hewitt, Chicago. Quarterback —Steffen, Chicago; sub stitute, Cunningham, Wisconsin. Left half—Shukncht, Minnesota; substitute, Acker, St. Louis. Right half—DeTray, Chicago; sub stitute, Ruppert, Ames. Fullback —Weller, Nebraska; substi tute, Dunne, Minnesota. It is easier to tell the troth than to tell a Ue, particularly a plausible lie.