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CANAL PANAMALOCKSARETOO SMALL AS PLANNED. OPINION OF NAVAL MEMBER OF CANAL COMMISSION LATE FROM THE ISTHMUS. The locks of the projected Panama canal must be made wider than they were originally planned, in the opinion of the naval member of the canal com mission, Lieutenant and Civil Engineer H. H. Rosseau, who arrived in Wash ington direct from the isthmus. It is presumed that he bore this mes sage from the commission itself, al though that fact could not be de termined, owing to the departure of the officer from Washington for New York only a few hours from the time of his arrival in Washington, just suf ficient time here. In fact, to enable him to lay his message before Secretary Metcalf. Undoubtedly naval exigencies, sup plemented by the building of the giant. Cunarder Lusitania, were the basis for the projected change of plan, which will involve the expenditure of many millions of dollars, and perhaps the extension of the time estimated for the completion of the canal project. It is also probable that the mere sug gestion of such a considerable change of plans as that proposed by Lieuten ant Rosseau would precipitate a gen eral debate in congress and reopen the whole issue of sea-level versus lock canal, which was believed to have been finally settled by President Roos evelt and Secretary Taft when they gave the order for the beginning of work on the lock canal plan. The fact is that when congress was bo warmly discussing the two projects, about two years ago, the sea-level canal advocates made the point that theirs was the only plan that would have sufficient elasticity to meet the needs of rapidly growing tonnage in ■marine construction. Their plan involved the use of but one lock, merely to offset the tidal difference between the eastern and western seas, one comparatlcely low and insignificant lock which could be easily widened when required. But they made a strong point of the dif ficulty, expense and loss of time in the use of the canal that would fol low the attempt to widen the compli cated and massive locks required for the hlght level calan. Possibly foreseeing the force of that argument the canal commission appar ently feels that it would be wise to make the locks of the canal wide enough in the beginning to accommo date the giant ships, not only of the navy, but of the merchant marine, that are sure to be constructed in the near future. Must Revise Many Plans. The three commissions which have dealt with the detailed plans of the canal have each In turn been impress ed with a necessity for enlarging the capacity of the projected waterway, and each commission has not hesitat ed to-Increase the width of the canal prisms and the size of the locks from those planned by its predecessors. Now the last commission goes even beyond this by revising its own plans before they have gotten beyond that point in execution where It Is feasible to do so without actual waste of money. For up to this point substantially all of the work that has been done upon the isthmus has been upon the canal prisms in the great Culebra cut, on the 20-odd miles of lowlands and in the bottoms of the harbors. Only the ground has been cleared and the holes dug for the great flights of locks In cident to the plan, so that it Is merely a matter of widening these founda tions that is Involved in the last prop osition. Fortunately the canal prism Itself, as projected In the plans now under execution, will probably be wide «nough at the narrowest point—Cule bra section from Las Cadas to near Paraiso, a distance of 4.7 miles, where the minimum width is 200 feet, through rock. But the locks themselves, origi nally planned by the last commission to be 200 feet long and 100 feet wide at Oatun, were subsequently increased by the engineers in their plan to a width of 600 feet and a length of 1000 feet. It is a simple engineering task to Increase the width and depth of the canal prism at any time while the canal is In operation, but the locks cannot be broadened without seriously interfering with the operation of the canal and at great expense, owing to their duplicate character. Too Narrow for Big Ship*. Already the dimensions of these Iccks are being closely approached by naval ships actually built or building, and it is regarded as certain that the Atlantic lines will in the near future tiuild great turbine ships which could never pass through the locks as here tofore planned, and so would be well nigh useless as naval auxiliaries in time of war. The famous British bat tleship Dreadnought, now afloat, measures 83 feet in beam, and our own Delaware class, two ships of which class are building, will measure 85.3 feet beam. The 25,000-ton ship which our naval designers are talking of suggesting to congress will measure 88 feet In the clear, which would leave only six feet clearance at the sides of the locks under the existing designs. The facts have been laid before Sec retary Metcalf, and it will be for him tc make some recommendation to the president in the matter. Details of the new plans cannot be obtained at present, but the change is said to be costly, though of its necessity few naval officers have any doubt. ACTOR FOILS BLACKMAILERS Arrest Two New York Men After Re covering $1000. In the arrest of two men at the In stigation of Raymond Hitchcock, star in "A Yankee Tourist," at the Astor theater, the police believe they are on the trail of an extensive blackmailing scheme. The men gave the names of Hugo C. Voecks, aged 21, a Third ave nue bartender, and Frank O. Thorn berg, aged 19, second assistant paying teller in the Bank of the Metropolis. For eight months Hitchcock and his wife, Flora Zabelle, have received let ters threatening to Involve Hitchcock in a scandal unless he gave up money. Simultaneously New York news papers have been "tipped off" to stories relating to outrages practiced on young girls by "a prominent Broad way comedian." While Hitchcock was in his dressing room Voecks called to see Hitchcock. Maurice Kirby, Hitchcock's former manager, was in the dressing room. When the caller became - insistent he admitted him. Voecks called his at tention to the stories in the papers and said that unless he was given $1000 at once he would expose Hitchcock. Hitchcock said he did not have the money with him, but gave him three rings worth $800 as security and ar ranged to meet the man at 1 o'clock the following day, redeem the rings and give him $1000. Hitchcock consulted detectives and with Kirby met Voecks at the hour agreed on, tendering him a $1000 bill, demanding the rings in return. Voecks did not have the rings with him and refused the $1000 bill. He demanded $1500 more, making $2500 in all, and insisted the amount be paid in small bills. Hitchcock made another appoint ment with Voecks. Two detectives were hidden in his dressing room. When Voecks appeared, Hitchcock handed him $1000 in small bills and his personal note for $1500 more. Voecks still claimed he did not have the rings. The detectives then stepped out and arrested Voecks. He con fessed and declared that he was trying to get the money to educate his young sister. Voecks also confessed that Thornberg had the actor's ring and the officers arrested Thornberg. ASK FOR FOUR MORE MONSTERS Navy Department Yearns for More Big Battleships. The navy department has practical ly decided to ask congress for four battleships, two of which shall be sis ter ships to the 20,000-ton Delaware and North Dakota, authorized by the last congress and already contracted for, and the other two still larger. It Is doubtless true, however, that the department will be measurably satis fied if congress consents to allow two more 20.000-ton battleships to com plete, with the two already under con struction, one division, it being con sidered that such an arangement is most effective. If such ships are au thorized there is little probability that they will differ In any respect from the Delaware and North Dakota, which represent at present the last word In naval construction. Something of a flurry occurred In the state, war and navy departments when it was discovered that the Ma nila Times on August 26 printed an al leged dispatch stating that the fleet had reached the straight of Magellan. The effect of such misinformation. It is thought, might easily have precipi tated trouble with Japan. When Admiral Evans retires, next August, Admiral Sperry will probably succeed In command of the Pacific fleet. SMALL IS "DOWN AND OUT" President of the Telegraph Operators Admit* Defeat. Chicago, Oct. 20.—"50 far as my leadership of the telegraphers is con cerned, I am 'down and out.' The con vention at Milwaukee Wednesday will be packed against me. The remote ness of Milwaukee from locals that favored my action in the strike Insures my disgrace and defeat. I will not attempt to win against the packed meeting." The foregoing Is the summary of the situation In the telegraphers' strike by S. J. Small, the suspended president. FIGHT BUNDAY THEATERS. Kansas City Police to Arrest All the Show Folks. Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 21. —All the theaters of this city were open Sunday in violation of the Sunday closing or der of Judge Wallace of the criminal court and all the actors and actresseß who participated In the various per formances will be Indicted by the grand jury. Says Cassle Had No Account. Pittsburg, Oct. 23. —Thomas W. Welch, Jr., second vice president of the Second National bank of Pittsburg, today said that Mrs. Cassie Chadwlck never had an account at the hank. At the time Mrs. Chadwlck is said to have deposited $300,000 Mr. Welch was cash ier of the institution. Some people are so stubborn and so contrary that you can only con vince them they are wrong by agree ing with them. NORHTWEST NEWS ITEMS PRESS CULUNGS FOR OUR BUSY READERS 4BOUT PEOPLE IN MONTANA, IDAHO, WASHINGTON AND OREGON. IDAHO NEWS. Finding no signs of disturbance, finding the doors of bis saloon locked the same as when he had gone to bed, finding that $800 of his own cash, all in $20 bills, had been stolen, and that silver, gold and notes to the extent of about $1200 belonging to other peo ple had been left absolutely untouched, was the experience of Joe Garitano, a saloon proprietor of Mullan. After being out 22 hours a jury in the district court at Lewiston returned a verdict of not .guilty in the case of W. H. Curry, the Mohler saloon keeper who was charged with the murder of E. A. Peterson at Kippen on July 5 last. Charles H. Moyer of Denver, presi dent of the Western Federation of Miners, recently called at the Kootenai county jail to see Steve Adams. Clarence DeFord was accidentally shot In the hand near Grangeville, a few days ago while out hunting with some companions. The hand was bad ly mangled. While 12 men are on the eighth day of au 18-day vigil before the door of the United States land office In Coeur d'Alene, incidentally guarding the places of nearly 40 others, squatters and settling upon the coveted lands and there promises to develop later on one of the most hotly contested series of fights the Coeur d'Alene land office has known. Dr. S. W. McClure. head of the fed eral sheep quarantine in the northwest, announces that the quarantine was raised in Idaho.' As a result of this actinn Idaho sheep may now be ship ped without inspection excepting at feeding points, while passing through other states. With 28 applicants for divorce out of every hundred marriage certificates filed, Shoshone county stands head and shoulders above other counties so far examined in this state. The celebrated case of Steve Adams, who is mentioned by Harry Orchard in his testimony as his accomplice in sev eral murders, and formerly a promi nent member of the Western Federa tion of Miners, charged with the mur der of Fred Tyler, a homesteader in the Marble creek district on the St. Joe river, about August 10, 1904, will come up for a second trial at Rath drum this week. The first-trial, which was held in Wallace last February, re sulted in a disagreement of the Jury and a change of venue was secured for the second hearing. All kinds of wild reports are reach ing Wallace of the condition of affairs at Taft, where the Montenegran-Italian vendetta still seems to be in full swing. Much of the Indian l*nd on the Ness Perce Indian reservation will remain uncultivated next year, unless the In dians make material reductions in rental charges. Two hundred of the leading farmers of the Nez Perce prairie have perfected a cooperative association for the pur pose of handling their grain crop inde pendent of the grain companies operat ing in that section, who, they allege, have asked too much from them each year. MONTANA NOTES. The state board of railroad commis sioners, created by the recent legisla ture, has made its first order In con nection with train service directing the Great Northern to establish a daylight service between Havre and Great Falls. The estimated production of the Butte mines In September was 11,329,- SOO pounds of copper. This compares with an estimated production of 23,- 127,240 pounds in August and 27,167,- 395 pounds in July. The decrease from the August production is 11,799,- 440 pounds, or 51 per cent. George Stinger, one of the best known of the older residents of Mis soula county, Is dead. Mr. Stinger was 78 years old, and was a native of On tario, where he lived up to 23 years ago, when he came to Montana and settled in the Frenchtown valley. He cultivated a farm and was successful. Three negroes, Tom Stewart, a well known jocky; Ed Donovan and Fred Brown, were drowned In Houser lake, near Helena, recently while duck hunt ing. There were no witnesses to the accident and the first known of their drowning was when the upset boat floated ashore. The bodies have not yet been recovered. Dr. O. Y. Warren, for 10 years at the head of the state asylum for the in sane at Warm Spring and twice repre sentative in the legislative assemblies of Montana, died at his home in Butte. Dr. Warren was one of the best known physicians and insanity experts in the west. OREGON SQUIBS. In an attempt at highway robbery on a Southern Pacific train, near Sein men, recently Charles Fink was killed and William Hemrlck and Fred Mason were wounded. The robbers escaped. Portland is now assured of two of the largest and most modern packing plants in the country. The plant of Swift & Co. was assured some time ago, and now announcement is made that Schwarzchild & Sulzberger', the great Chicago packing firm, will also build a large and up-to-date plant on the peninsula in Packing Town. William Sawyer, who has been con victed at Pendleton of the murder of Jack Monee, will appeal to the su preme court. Sawyer was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in the Btate penitentiary. After getting a small package in the mall from Roseburg recently, the con tents of which were not seen by other members of the family. Miss Maude Davis, aged 19, of Wilbur, died at her home about 11 o'clock that night under circumstances pointing to poison. Boyd Ford, a young man from Van couver, Wash., was killed recently near Arlington by an eastbound pas senger train. Lawrence J. Martin, fine of the best known farmers In Marlon county, was killed recently, the top of his head being accidentally blown off with a shotgun. The cause of the accident is a mystery. Mr. and Mrs. John Lockman, parents of John Lockman, Jr., who Is supposed to have been the victim of a man who confessed to a murder In a note left in a Spokane saloon, have so far learned nothing of their son. After being without electric lights and city water for several days, Milton is again enjoying these conveniences. It was necessary to shut off the supply of water in order to enable workmen to clean the reservoir. WASHINGTON STATE NEW 3. A nursery company of Sunnyslde has secured seven tons of peach pits for their next season's planting. They ex pect to grow half a million trees from this lot. From one sack of pits this season this company grew 3800 trees. S. A. Bowers, who owns a quarter section of land four miles east of Pa louse, has a sack containing 20 pota toes, which weighed 50 pounds. The largest tuber weighed four pounds. Christ Rukus, a Greek laborer, aged 25 years, employed In the Oregon Rail road & Navigation extra grang at Meeker's station, on the O. R. & N. railroad, four miles west of La Crosse, was accidentally shot and instantly killed by his 15-year-old nephew, name unlaiown, recently. The Spokane postofflce Is now doing a business of upward of $7,000,000 a year. After being arrested in Spokane, M. T. Brown, who was wanted at Taco ma on the charge of stealing about $2800 from the Northern Pacific depot at Tacoma, escaped from the officers. Later he was located at Belllngham, but succeeded in getting away before the officers secured him. He is. still at large. Alleged to be short in his accounts at least $110, H. B. Messenger, book keeper for the Frye-Bruhn Packing company at Everett, has disappeared. Dr. John A. Grose, a farmer near Starbuck, lost about $1500 by a fire which started on top of a haystack and burned 75 tons of hay recently. Judge J. A. Taggard, who is said to have united in marriage more couples than any other man in the state, is dead at North Yakima as the result of an operation on one of his eyes. Caught by a revolving shaft in the mill of the Puget Sound Lumber com pany, on the Tacoma waterfront, Thad deus H. Ward was beheaded and every vestige of clothing was stripped from his body. George Bald, aged 65 years, commit ted suicide recently at his home at Connell. He had been sick for two weeks with asthma and had other troubles. As a remedy for the prevailing hop conditions, dealers in North Yakima have been urged to assist In organiz ing a pool to dispose of the crop for this year to the best advantages. John Price and Roy Connell, both recently convicted at Pendleton of horse stealing, were sentenced to five and three years, respectively, in the penitentiary. The new 60-gallon chemical fire en gine ordered several months ago by the Toppenish council has arrived. Lumber has declined in price until common dimension stuff can now be purchased from the mills in Tacoma at $13 and $14 a thousand, this being $3 and $4 below the figures quoted a few months ago. The September report of the State Soldiers' home at Ortlng, made by Su perintendent Willis L. Ames to the state board of Control, shows on the last day of the month 256 veterans in the Institution, 37 In the colony and 113 on parole, a total of 406 on the rolls. In a rage of jealousy, John Schwab, a young Slavonian of Roslyn, recently shot and instantly killed his young wife and then turned the weapon up on himself, with the result that he al so died a few hours afterward. The young people had only been married two months, and report has it that the husband was insanely Jealous of his young bride, and owing to her persis tence In speaking to old acquaintances, It Is supposed they quarreled and In his rage he took the life of his companion. The Kennewlck volunteer fire de partment has adopted resolutions re questing the town council to order ap paratus to the extent of about $1500. Unable to get hay balers, the ranch ers of Green valley have banded them selves together, and have bought a machine which they will operate themselves. The ranchers In that dis trict have in the neighborhood of 1000 tons of hay on the ground, and there are no baling machines In sight. Wheat hauling from the Glade and other grain sections tributary to Mab ton is now at Its height, and there are from 75 to 100 loads brought in each day. HEINZE OUSTED HE AND FRIENDS OUT OF NEW YORK BANK. CLEARING HOUSE TO LEND AID TO ALL BANKS NEEDING HELP. The New York clearing house com mittee announces that the Hetnze, Morse and Thomas Interests had been eliminated from the banking organiza tions of New York city, and in the light of this fact, the clearing house association announced its readiness to lend all necessary aid to any of the banks which have been under suspi cion, the clearing house Investigation having established their solvency. It is believed that this action will prevent any crisis in New York bank ing circles. William Hfl Havemeyer, one of the directors, has been today elected to the presidency of the National Bank of North America, succeeding Alfred M. Curtis, resigned. It is understood that the Mercantile National bank will undergo a process of slow liquida tion. At a special meeting of the board of directors of the Mercantile National bank, Seth H. Milliken was elected president of the bank, to succeed F. Augustus Heinze, resigned. At the same time, William Skinner and Gerish H. Milliken were elected additional vice presidents, Gerish Mil liken being added to the board of di rectors. The clearing house committee met with the directors of the bank and the two boards were in session for about four hours. Later William H. Sherer, manager of the clearing house association, on behalf of the associa tion, gave out the following state ment: "A committee of the clearing house has examined the several banks of the association that have been under criticism, and finds them Bolvent. The clearing house committee has decided to render them such assistance to meet their deposits as the committee may deem necessary." Neither the members of the board of the Mercantile bank nor the clear ing house committee would add to these announcements. The statement of Mr. Shearer is, however, taken to mean that the clearing house com mittee is perfectly satisfied with the reorganization of the Mercantile Na tional bank, and will see that the bank is enabled to meet any crisis that the widely published story about its con dition, following the collapse of the Heinze corner in United Copper, may force It to face. After the meeting of the Mercantile National bank directors, E. R. Thomas, one of the directors, announced that he had disposed of all his holdings in the Hamilton bank to a syndicate composed of men interested in the bank. This action had been expected. Milliken Rich and Influential. Mr. Milliken, who heads the list of officers of the Mercantile National, is one of the best known of New York's capitalists. He had been for some time a member of the board of directors of the bank. He is a rich man and a member of the firm of Deerlng, Milliken &' Co. He Is an officer or director of a score of northern wool companies and southern cotton companies. He Is well known In business circles and Is said to be the choice of the clearing house com mittee to the position to which he waß elected today. William Skinner, who was elected vice president of the bank, Is presi dent of the William Skinner Manu facturing company, and is a director in a large number of railroad companies, Including the New York, New Haven & Hartford. ROOSEVELT OUT OF WILDS. Reports Bag of Bear, Deer, Turkey and Other Game. Stamboul, La., Oct. 21. —"We got three bears, six deer, one wild turkey, twelve squirrels, one duck, one possum and one wildcat. We ate them all, ex cept the wildcat, and there were times when we almost fe|t as If we could eat It" This was President Roosevelt's sum ming up of the hunt on the Bayou Ten sas and Bear lake. He arrived at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the resi dence of Leo Shields, where he will be a guest until he makes his departure for Vicksburg. He came in on a full gallop, and accompanied as he was by about a dozen of his hunting compan ions, all mounted and attired in hunt ing garb, the cavalcade presented a tableau as picturesque as it was ani mated. The president is slightly more bronzed than when he entered the wilderness from this point 15 days ago, but notwithstanding this fact and the additional circumstance that his clothes bear evidence of contact with the cane and other brush, he was nev er In better spirits In his life. Friends to Meet in Indiana. Richmond, Ind., Oct. 24.—The meet ing of Friends in 1912 will be held either in Indianapolis or Richmond. Members of the board of constitution named in the session Include O. R. Bray and N. M. Dense of Chicago and Dr. W. B. Coffin of California. That was a wise nan who set a rat trap In his pocket and caught his dear wife by the finger. sporting notes. Philadelphia—Owen Moran, the 120- pound champion of England, won his fight with Tommy O'Toole of Phila delphia. The boys fought six rounds at catch weight and Moran proved him self the better fighter in every way. Saturday Football Games. Indianapolis, Ind. —Michigan de feated Wabash in a stubbornly con tested football game. The final score stood: Michigan 22, Wabash 0. Seattle, Wash. —Seattle fairly smoth ered the Eleven representing the Ta coma high school at Madison park, winning 32 to 0. Coyle, Smith, Johns, Taylor and Brown were the stars. Ithaca, N. Y. —Pennsylvania state furnished a big surprise to Cornell and defeated Ithaca by 8 to 6. Cornell was much weakened on account of Captain Cook being out of the game. West Point, N. Y. —The Yale bulldog bit off more than he could chew when he tackled the West Point cadets here and at the close of the first big foot ball game of the season the score stood: Yale 0, Army 0. Colfax, Wash.—The Spokane high school football eleven defeateed the Colfax high school team in a very clean and prettily played game by a score of 34 to 6. Colfax played under a tremendous handicap. Minneapolis, Minn.—Minnesota de feated Nebraska here, 8 to 5. Two goals from the field won the game for Minnesota. Nebraska crossed Minne sota's goal early In the first half. The feature of the game was Captain Well er's run of 50 yards for a touchdown. Princeton, N. Y. —Princeton con tinued to roll up high scores, making 40 points against Washington and Jef ferson. Colville, Wash. —The Coeur d'Alene football team scored a victory over the local high school team here, 21 to 0. Champaign. 111. —Coach Stagg's Ma roon players received an awful shock when the Orange and Blue of Illinois went across their goal at the close of the first half for a touchdown, but Chi cago rallied and finished with their old-time swing to the tune of 42 to 6. Moscow, Idaho—Showing a surpris ing reversal of form over Its game with the Spokane high school, Idaho easily defeated the Spokane Amateur Athletic club. The schedules of the various college teams has been considerably altered In the last few weeks, and, revised up to date, it follows for the rest of the season: University of Oregon. October 26, Idaho at Portland. November 2, Willamette at Salem. November 9, O. A. C. at Eugene. November 16, Washington at Se attle. November 28, Multnomah at Port land. University of Washington. October 19, Whitworth at Tacoma. November 2, Battleship Nebraska at Seattle. November 8, Whitman at Walla Walla. November 16, Oregon at Seattle. November 21, Pullman at Seattle. Novembeer 28, Idaho at Seattle. University of Idaho. October 26, Oregon at Portland. November 8, Pullman at Moscow. November 15, Whitman at Moscow. November 15, Whitman at Moscow. November 28, Washington at Seattle. Washington State College. October 26, Spokane at Pullman. November 8, Idaho at Moscow. November 21, Washington at Seattle. November 28, Whitman at Walla Walla. Whitman College. October 25, Multnomah at Walla Walla. November 1, Whitworth at Walla Walla. November 8, Washington at Walla Walla. November 25, Idaho at Moscow. November 28, Pullman at Walla Walla. Oregon Agricultural College. October 26, Pacific at Corvallis. November 2. open. November 9, Oregon at Eugene. November 16. Willamette at Corval lis. November 28, St. Vincent's at Los Angeles. Willamette University. October 23, University of Southern California at Los Angeles. November 2, Oregon at Salem. November 9, Whitworth at Salem. November 16, O. A. C. at Corvallis. November 23, Multnomah at Port land. November 28, Montana at Salem. Arrest Nevada Postmaster. Searchlight, Nev., Oct. 22.—Post master W. B. Atwell has been arrested on the charge of embezzlement. In a statement prepared, Atwell admits that his shortage to the government is $5700. Postal Inspector Rlddleford says that the discrepancy In Atwell's accounts will reach a much larger fig ure. Atwell was also local agent for the Sarchlight Western Telephone company and the Searchlight Light and Power company. Frank Sigel Honored. New York, Oct. 22.—The dedication and unveiling of the statute of Franz Sigel at Riverside drive and One Hun dred and Sixth street was made the occasion for an imposing military and civic parade In which 10,000 men took purt. The farm hand who takes his girl a riding In a rubber-tired buggy rarely gets bounced.