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■■■ ■ ■ Tonight and Thursday,
111 I I ruin; wider tonight; mod-
II 111 erate southu-cstrrly winds.
I I I I I TrniprrMum |«<t ♦» Hour*
III \9 Minimum, 44
IIP Today nonn. in.
'''* .
r Challenge to Mayor.
Meet It Squarely.
I Give the h acts.
Don't Ruin City Credit.
' "• Puget Sound Traction Co. allege*
'lr the federal court that the munt
\ >«lpul railway is taking In enough
| anoney to pay all expenses. including
I ffcond-M obligations!
■ I Here. then, ts Mayor CaldsretTs op.
I Bortunity. and the opportunity of the 5
Mayor's prober, Wllmon Tucker. to
■lake (nod on their assertion that
the contrai l I* "impeeslMe."
It Is a direct challenge to them.
should meet It aqua rely. The
tend suit should, and could, estah-
I once and for all whether the
jror has heen grandstanding for |
It leal effect, or whether he really I
I the roorl* j
The isaue la very plainly presented.
Koo »e can set the farts, not mere
I SpHertlona. not met# not
■ntre insinuations. not mere In
(Mendo. and not merely political bun-
It Is CaldwelTs opportunity •"
tnake good In that respect on all the
talk he has Indulced in for more than
A year. In other a»
Jils Insinuations of crookedness and
Corruption, he has already failed.
. Kvrn hi* own dete<tivee and the
tfand Jury report punctured that.
It la too had that It was (aft for
«th" Puitet Sound Traction Co. to
present the real issues In the car
controversy. It would have heen
• tan<h more square had the trurynr or
the "It taxpayers" presento* that
. question. Instead of met»ly rltinunc
the city In a suit that Wfculd qnJy
thine* up mora.
A If the city la making rood cm th*
Hfeilway; If It Is on the road to a rwh
Hmls. it should not he interfered with
Wnr mere technicalities.
"«!«3ui, n >o not rsrn
Vn i- auiKigj. r.%MK
||4 It moat.be remembered yiat no one
toade any Inroad Into tli* natltl
|knd until Mayor Caidwetl began run
_.*lng things. when the car system
Was bought It was agreed that the
general taxes of the cHy were not
to te used And they were not until
Caldwell took < harjre.
The farts are that tho general
lands of the city (tax funds) were not
leached. except for loaaea sustained
en Division A and I.ake Burlen tines
prior to the city's buying the Pujret
fctmd system, and then In 1910. for
•M.904 at Caldwell's suggestion.
It should be remembered that Olid
Veil was the first mayor since the
ftnes »'t* bought that suggested the
tasatlon method to pay for the sya
tsm He did that very plainly last
■namrr. Today he Is singing another
He has heen oa every side of the
Car controversy.
| And now rnldwefl ha* e*»ry oppor
taaity In the world to make good his
■pgwrtion that. If the contract Is itn-
V •oestl le of performance, the city can
Jb frelleved from Its obligations.
Mkttkr manaukwot
If he can't make (rood on that, as
ft* ha* failed on hi* other chance*
and insinuations, our course Is plain.
Ve must get hetter management.
We must ret somelvxly who wants
to make the traction system a «uc
We are not going to give the line*
I bar k to Stone-Webster for a son*.
We are not going to repudiate anv
f Contracs and ruin the city's credit
aiereiy for a political whim of Mayor
Took Cleaner to
Pay Board Bill?
H. A. Patterson, employe of the
dly lighting department, is an
swering a charge of grand larceny
In Judge A. W. Prater's court. The
prosecution claim* I'atte.rson took
two vacuum cleaners belonging to
th<- city and pawned one and gave
I the other to his landlady to pay
I fct board bill.
Oregon Race Track
Bill I* Knocked Out
; ft A f.KM. Or*- Feb, 11.— "HayJnir
th* pofilea" won't t>e allowM In tht*
■KaK for th* **nat« of th* Ore«on
tetffcUturf 1 kIHM the bill, which haA
previously pa***'! by th* hotiM
fcrtatin* a *tat« racing rommiMflan
| and parl-mutoel bettlof on
! borne race*.
Oregon Women May
Serve on Juries
RAUSM, Ore, Feb. 22 A bill
whlf-h iirmlts women of Oregon to
Ki> on Juries In l»efor» Oovernor
Otcott today, the senate of the state
legislature having passed the meas
ure. j* t/, 10. The hotine had pr»-
>l«u»ly riven lt» approval.
Tijuana Race Track
Closed by Clubmen
HAN DIEGO, (ill . Keh. 2J. The
g&i-m of tha Tijuana raca track were
cloned today, *OO horses stood Idle in
the,r stalls, and horaemen from all
part* of the country wer. wondering
•what. ne*tr'
The Jxiwer California Jockey club
ei'xied the track and announced that
It will remain eloaed until the Mexl
can official* discontinue making |lO
•turge for lawput via*.
Attempt to Make City De
fault on Interest Payment
Is Knocked Out
Judge J. T. Ronald Wednesday
quashed the suit of 14 "taxpayers"
to compel the city to default on
Its internet payment to Stone *
Webster on the purchase price of
the street railway*. M.irch I.
He sustained a demurrer to the
complaint. file. I by Corporatlrm
Counsel Walter V. Meier, declaring,
in effect, that the plaint Iffs had
not mad" out a ease in their bill
of complaint.
The court 'tales his conclusions
as follows:
"I am unable to eonclndo other
wise thj, n that the plaintlfr* com
plaint fails to Mate facta entltlinjr
them to the relief prayed for. and
the demurrer must be sustain<al on
that ground "
"I think there is no question hot
that the law requlrsa the cost of op
eration and maintenance to be paid
out of the groos earnings of the syw
tem, but the supreme court has held
clearly that a pledge a fixed
amount Is within the power of the
council, and the same will be upheld,
even tho not enough he left to pay
costs of operation and maintenance.
"I quota from the language of the
supreme court in Hchoatey vs. Che
hatis. II Wash. M 1: 'ln tho event
that the rates eatabUshed are not:
sufficient to maintain the plant and
par the Interest on principal on the
bonds as the same mature, the dlj |
l« bound to raise the rates until the
revenues will be sufficient to main
tain the evstem and aim take care
of the maturing principal and Inter
eet on the bond*.
- 'We will not preoume that the
city will not perform tMa duty by
fixing such rates a* will enable It to
maintain the plant from the revenues
of the system Itself and also pay the
principal and interest of the bonds
a* provided by the ordinance.'
"The plaintiffs' complaint shows
that the city has twice raised the
rates since it got possession."
The court also sustained the mo
tion of the corporation counsel to
compel the plaintiffs to bring In the
Puget Sound Light * Tower Co. a*
parties defendant to the action
On this subject the court says:
"The final relief asked I* that all
the provisions of the ordinance, or
this contract be declared untra vires,
illegal and void, and hence I think
for this reneon the traction company
is a necessary party."
Corporation Counsel Meier's mo
tion that the plaintiffs lie required
to number and state separately their
several alleged causes of sction waa
denied on th» ground that the com
plaint constitutes but one cause of
Hy an order Issued by Federal
Judges K. K. Cushman and Jeremiah
Neterer Monday, the plaintiffs In the
superior -ourt action will be required
to show cause next Monday why
they should not be enjoined from
further prosecuting their action.
The order was Issued on complaint
of the Puget Bound Mght and Power
company, which claimed that its in
terest* are being endangered.
A preliminary restraining order
was put into effect at once, and It
Will either he dissolved or made per
manent at the hearing Monday.
O I! Thorgrlmson. associate ooinv
*e| for the 14 taxpayers, stated Wed
"I never knew before that a fed
eral court could enjoin an action in
the superior court, but we'll find out
all about It Monday."
The Incident of the Alki Collar; or, Why Is a Holiday?
day <122 yarn after his death)
being a holiday, there were three
ftvcntwa of occupation open to John
Hut It wan too late to «j»d« the
little garden plot that precariously
tilted itn btaJted countenance on the
slope at the rear of the Hlllyer'n
homo at Alkl, so that left but two
possible thorofaren of activity for
the day.
John pondered them both. To
upend a <|ulet day of rent at home,
or go out and "celebrate." -which?
However, the burden of decision wan
not left with him Mr* Hilly em was
fur from retlcient In the mattrr of
ronveylng to her SIHIUK« the ld>-a
that she, for one. was overi-ome with
no great desire to llng«-r within night
aod ttocll of th« kilchcji tango on u
On the Issue of Americanism There Can Be No Compromise
The Seattle Star
Bot*r*« u Rerond Matter Mar I. lIH. at tba PoUofflr. at Reattla. Wuk. under tit* Act ofContraaa March S. W». Par Twr, by Mall. |l to )•
No More Delay!
Alien Land Bill Should Be
Passed at Once!
TEXAS SENATE and the Nebraska house
have passed bills prohibiting the ownership of
land by aliens ineligible to citizenship. In each in
stance these bills are aimed specifically at Japanese
Shall the state of Washington, with this menace
already upon her, be more backward in such legisla
tion than these eastern states?
The anti-alien land bill is before the legislature. It
should have been voted upon before this. Powerful
influences are at work to kill the measure. It is no
secret that influential members of the Chamber of
Commerce, learned ministers, and other prominent
citizens have sought to pigeonhole the bill. No doubt
they are of the honest opinion that the business inter
ests of the state may suffer. That, however, is en
tirely a matter of opinion.
The bill before the Washington legislature does not
discriminate against the Japanese, but affects all
alieas alike. In that respect it is not as discrimi
natory against Orientals as are the Nebraska and
Texas bills.
All that is sought in the Jones-Beeler bill is to en
force a provision already in our state constitution.
Why should there be so much opposition to that?
Thirty years ago, when there was no Japanese
problem, 'Washington was progressive enough to see
its own interests clearly by inserting in its constitu
tion the provision that no aliens shall be allowed to
hold lanas in this state.
Since that time, the Japanese have come here and
have flagrantly violated the spirit of this provision
by various subterfuges. To prevent these subter
fuges, the Jones-Beeler bill is now brought before the
To oppose the bill is to say that the Japanese have
a right to evade a distinct provision in our state con
stitution. To kill this measure is to say that the
Japanese should be permitted to acquire property by
artifice from which they are barred by our present
The legislature, for its own self-respect, should
bring the .Jones-Beeler bill to a vote immediately. It
ought not permit ANY alien element to make a
laughing stock of the state constitution.
Most Chinese look alike to a
white man. and occasionally. It
seems, they get mixed up them
<>n February T fhe case of Chang
Tong, charged with opium smug
gllng. was called In federal court.
The defendant epprared. pleaded
guilty, and was sentenced to serve
90 days In the county Jail and to
pay a fine of sllO
Wednesday morning the case of
Pong Wo came up for disposal. The
defendant did not appear. Invest!
gation disclosed that he was In the
county Jail under sentence of >0
days and SI2O fine.
The real ("hong Tong was finally
located and the affair was being
straightened out Wednewday after
U. S. Grand Jury to
Convene on March 8
Federal gnuid Jury will convene
March J, it wa* announced Wednes
day by District Attorney Saunders.
Approximately 10 cases are to come
before tho Jury.
holiday, anrl eaper-lally (rinca that
wa* the one immediately concerned),
on Waehlngton'a birthday.
There wu left but one thing to do.
* • •
John took the last clean collar
from hla bureau drawer. Inserted a
tla of patriotic hue. and buttoned
the snowy circle around bin ne< k.
"lleniuid IDC in lb. morning, Aza
$1,000,000 WET
CIUCAnO. Feb. M.—Federal au
thoritles today were to qui* four men
arrested on a charge of operating a
b<>os« conspiracy in Illinois, Ken
tucky and New York.
The "ring" Is alleged to have net
ted the men $1,000,000.
On« thouiutnd fnrgtn l prrmlta, b»
ll»v»d to have hrffi taken from lh»
offlw of Prohibition lilrwtnr (/Con
nor, In New York w»r« M-ljrd.
Champ Clark Is
111 in Washington
WASHINGTON, F»». *r- -oiamp
Clark, Mlfwourl, democratic tender of
the hou**, ID til h«TP with a compli
cation of a nrvrw cold, irrlp. atomach
trotihla and poor circulation of the
Police Take Three
in Gambling Raid
ntil Angel, A Gabriel and Angel
were ttrre*te<l In a
rumbling raid by Patrolmen M. J.
Maher, C. C". t>elp und Bd IXcr
«on, at 210 Klmt ave. 8„ Turnday
Ha." h«> nald thru clenched teeth,
while doing Swedish exercises with
the four In hand, "that I must call at
the laundry and get my clean collars
before I go to th# office."
Hlllyers won hln bout with the tie
and slipped Into his Sunday rlothea
with such Kpeed that he waa ready
to go before bin wife hrul been wait
Ing more than IK minutes.
• . .
fleorge Washington wan a great
man, and hln birthday wait a great
day for the Hlllyers
From the memorial exercises at
the I'nlverslty they Jitneyed back to
town, lunched In style at a Chinese
noodle house, anil then etood In line
half on hour to get Into a movie.
After the picture show they In
dulged in a short stroll and win
dnw shopping tour thHt ended down
In the I,lttle Orient, In the vicinity
of the King ot station. A vaudeville
Anti-Alien Measure Brought
Up for Final Considera
tion at Olympia
OI.TMPIA. Feb. Sl,—"Pie Beeler-
Jonn antl«llen land bill run* be
for* the house *t 11-SO today for final
consideration, II la bellMwl, If It la
lo be furlhfr delayed. It will bo done
only with the approval of a majority
of the hwiWi
Representative AHem Of King
moved that the house 4inn<ld*r the
mnuur* In fommlttw of the whole
Prior In tha consideration of tha
mwiin the house page* distributed
pro Japanese propaganda, ronalsting
of a re print from an Oregon nm»
pap*r showing tha Oregon senate m
opposition to nirt legislation.
• a a
Jap Who Killed U. S.
Man Given 30 Days
KHAN'iIfAI, Feb i» Th« Japa
lieee initry at Vladivostok, who shot
and killed I.ieutenant lauigtkxt, P.
H. N„ a month a«o. has been sen
tended to SO days at hard labor for
perjury, according to dispatch**
reaching here. Tha court martial,
according to official announcement,
cleared him of more serious charge*
Tha perjury waa alleged tn have
baeti committed at hia preliminary
hearing a
In Una with tha announcement of
tha Tokyo government that? General
Nlshlhara. commanding at Vladi
vostok. had been suspended a* a re
sult of hla failure to have the sentry
properly Instructed, and that other
officers would be disciplined, several
of Nlshlhara'* subordinates. Includ
ing a regimental commander, have
been ordered confined lo quarter*.
Sir Gilbert Parker Is
111 in Los Angeles
SANTA KOHA. Cfcl.. Feb. SS
Sir Gilbert I'arker, writer, who
ram* here with a motion picture
company In connection with work
on filming one of hla stories. Is
confined to hla room at a hotel
today by Illness. It waa said bis
condition waa not serious.
Atlantic States Hit
by New Blizzard
NRW YORK, Feb S.l -The At
lantlc setiboard today was digging
out from under the heaviest snow
fall of the winter. Sunday's hit*.
card wu< topped off with more snow
ywdcrday and rain flurries and
lowering sklea prevailed today. The
l<ong Island and New Kngland
heath resorts were deserted.
Perform Operation
on John Burroughs
PAHAHKNA. Cal , Feh IS John
Burroughs. nged naturalist and phil
osopher, 1s recovering today from a
slight operation performed at a hos
pital here early in the week for an
external abscess on his chest.
When Burroughs waa stricken
about a week ago It was feared the
Infection might lie Internal and there
would lo danger of aneurism. An
X ray showed tlie trouble to he en
tlrely external and the operation waa
performed with satisfactory reaults.
Burroughs will he R4 April S.
Seven Japs Thot
All Cops Dancing
Sewn Jape thought all copper*
were at the ball Tuonday Tilcht. I»a
--trolmen N. P. Andemnn and ft K.
[laermAn corrected their delusion
and mixed a deck of card* and
nhow wan to conclude the daynntren
uoun program.
Down In the nouth end of towfi
there In a laundry whoa* employee
celebrated the holiday by working.
"Well, I call that R shame," John
HltlyerN nald to hln wife a* they
panned by the work shop He
pauned. but quickly stepped on
when a draft of nteamy, nmelly,
heated air rushed out upon him.
"If I had my way thone poor glrln
would have two ilayn off u week
and all holidays benlden."
He pulled at hln collar Is if It
choked him.
"I haven't, tho," he reflected,
"but I can help In n small way.
Never again will I complain If I
lone a shirt or two. Poor girls,
Its no wonder. T guenn they don't
iuat long ut that kind of work."
Tueeday night aa they trot homo
Thieves Pose as Officers;
Take $195; Leave Pair
Shackled to Bed
TTire* bootleggers. two of them i
claiming to ba policemen, and on*
of tham In poawaalon of a deputy
sheriff's star, handcuffed C. D. Con
lay, auto salesman. and Krnaat I'ol
•en, engineer, to a bed In rrawn 481
kcrnu hotel Tuesday night after one
of them had luresl the two men there
on promise to produce a dnn*. and
robhe.l them of |IH at the point of
a rusty blua gun and disappear**l.
after one of them aald:
"l/ct's go down and ring for the
wagon boys."
Branded ae one of the moat daring
"knock-over*" that has been reported
to polir<i the robbery *«« being In
veetlgatcd by Chief W. H. Hearing.
<Sete<Uve#. Matt Htarwlcb and his
deputlea. We.|ne*4ay.
For tltrea hours Onnley and Pol
sen. handcuffed to tha heavy bed.
i struggled for IrMdam. They eouki
not extricate themselves, and Anally,
by aheer strength, pulled tha bed
ktom the room to the telephone and
railed the hotel office for help.
It was several hours later before
the handcuffs were rut from Con
ley'a wrist. They are old faahloned.
and no key at police station would
open them.
Con ley and l"olsen made the
qttaln lance of one of the robber-boot
| leggers tn a Hprtng cigar store isrd
j room Tuesday afternoon, during a
name of rummy.
About II p. m . Peterson, the name
given by the rard-playing robber,
proposal to the two men that If they
came to his room, he would furnish
them with a bottle of whisky. They
j eagerly accepted the Invitation.
When they entered room 401.
, Kerm.i hotel. Fourth ave. and
: Spring at.. Peteraon shut the door.
!No sooner had he done so, than
a man stepiied thru a door leading
into the next room of the suite.
"Throw them away up," he or
dered, training a rusty blue gun on
the trio. He was unmasked. All
three elevated their hands.
Tlie robber then turned to Peter
"Mere, you search these men and
put the stuff on the bed." he or
dered, with a menacing wave of the
pistol. Peterson obeyed. He care
fully plumbed each pocket of Polsen
and Conley and piled their money on
the bed.
During tha search, Conley ntld to
the robber:
"Who are you 7"
The robber lowered hi* gun slight
ly and flashed a star, on which was
plainly written. "Deputy Sheriff."
"I'm a copper." he said.
Petrreun winked at Conley and de
"Must be a dry squad man or a
deputy, looking for booze. Better
lay cany."
The robber counted the money
piled on the bed, amounting to $1»&.
From the next room catuo a stern
voice, which said:
"Mend that short fellow (Peterson)
In here. I'll take care of him."
"Just a minute, you." the robber In
the room aald to Peterson. The rob
ber drew a pair of old-fashioned
handcuffs from his belt and handed
them to Peterson.
"Fix these fellows to the bed and
do a good Job," he commanded
Peterson obeyed. Conley and I'olsen
were each made fast by one wrist to
(Turn In I jot Page, Column 3)
lata after the show, Hlllyers wu
Htlll talking about the tragedy of
working on a holiday.
"I'll dream about It, X know," he
"What you need in something to
eat," nald hla wife. "You always
did act light headed on an euipty
WudncaUajr morning llillyers, duly
Claiming her . htinbon<l bit her
■laughter on the nhouliler blade,
Mr*. llertHuilne tlatorlel aue»l for
divorce Wedneaday from Jwwph
ClahneJ The daughter IJI Mra.
(Hfertll'i by a former marriage.
Mm (labrtel udded that her hua
lamd K temper 1* mii-h that he
onre aelied a i nxuM-ut saw and
broke It Into bits.
Crushed in Hold of Ship at
Smith Cove
Antone Olsen. about <0 years old.
longshoreman, was Instantly killed
In the hold of the steamship Taku
shiml Maru, at the (ireat Northern
docks Wednesday. He was crushed
between a stanchion and a shingle
bolt which was being moved by a
winch. Oleen was married, and
lived at MIS 11th ave. N. E. He was
• mployrd by the Griffith A Bpraguo
Stevedoring Co. The body was taken
to tbe county morgue.
Europe la Awaiting
U. S. Inauguration
IjONOON. K'b. ML —Negotiations
between the allies for settlement
of Oerman reparations aad other
Important International questions
came to a virtual halt today to
await the inauguration of President
elect Harding.
"Dode" Paakert Saves
Lives of 3 Children
CLEVELAND, reb. 21.—<leerge
Cfode'l pasfcert. big league baseball
player, distinguished himself here to
day by carrying three children to
safety from a burning apartment
building. Paakrr was on a street car
when he saw sDok« pouring from
the building.
With several other men. he ran up
to sn upper floor, where he found
three children and carried them down
a flame-lapped stairway. Paskert's
hands were scorched.
Woman Celebrates
107 th Birthday
DWTOHT, 111.. Keh. 2J Mrs. Mary
Ann Potter of Dwlght. reputed to be
the oldest woman in central Illinois,
celebrated her 107 th birthday anni
versary today.
Mrs. I*otter was born In Essex
county. New York. In 1 SI4.
Starts $70,000 Suit
Against Motor Co.
Suit for 170.000 alleged damages
has l>een filed In federal court against
the International Motor Co, of New
York by Thomas O. Young, Seattle
automobile man. Breach of contract
whereby Young took over the agency
for Mack trucks is alleged.
U. S. Tries Jap for
Operating a Still
The case of Shlmbel Taketjchl, Jap
anese. chahced With operating a still,
was l>eing argued l>efore a federal
Jury Wednesday afternoon. Two of
Takeuchl's codefendants pleaded
guilty and were sentenced In connec
tion with the same case previously.
Meaning, Probably,
That Alex Was "Lit"
For being swacked to the gills
Saturday night, Alex Dixon was
rated as an "ex" In the police de
partment Wednesday.
Woman Who Posed
as Man Dies
LEBANON, Ore., Feb 28.- Miss
May Leonard, who for many years
posed as a man, plying the trade of
shoemaker, until sickness revealed
her sex, Is dead here.
reminded by his wife, stopped at the
laundry office to get a clean collar
before appearing In sight of the boss,
lie had overslept, and there was not
a minute to lose.
The girl looked thru the pile label
ed with the eighth letter of the alpha
bet. and shook her lieud.
"I'm sorry," she said, "but your
laundry hasn't come back yet."
"What?" shouted Hlllyers. "Not
back yet? Why, It always comes
back on Wednesday morning "
He fingered his soiled collar de
"If this Is the kind of service you
give I shall find another place," lie
said testily.
The glil hastened to explain.
"Yesterday." she wild, "was Wash
Ington's birthday, and we don't work
our employes on holidays."
But HUlyers was gonu, and did not
Work of Months Brought to
End by Talkative *
U. S. Agents
More than two months ago
a committee of public spirited
citizens, alarmed over moral
conditions, met in a downtown
office building here and de
cided to launch, if possible, a
sweeping investigation into
alleged corruption on the
fiart of police and other pub
ic officials.
Evidence then at band wa* suf»
fictent to convince the committee:
(1) That dope and whisky are
being »muggied here in wMnri*
quantified by persons paying
huge sums of money, net oaty
for protection. but for actual as
sistance of public officer*.
(?) That vice of fiery eart
nourii.hr* in madhouse* and
•own resorts under the aame pr»
(3) That pmau of great
wealth are the real "hiibmpf
In the traffic that was being car
ried on thru Uie connivaaea ef
i official* and criminal*.
M) That the son* aad Hi ii|fc
Mr* of ansnaperting cMmm are
being boMlj ifmpini wvvsgt
deter and. particularly, to ase
(MThat crand Jarfca m we«na
Jodcea and pettt Jurtaa an "•»«
«d" ikra a "ijilnn."
(€> That high rria»% MB mm
iter, are committed by trimtoh
who pay trfbate to "the ~
WIUi a tnuaa of circumstantial erl>
lienor tn hand, the committee east
about for the assistance of prrnaa la
public office who might be trualai.
This, In Itself, required no small
amount of investigating. Ktnilty a
number of such public officers ware
■elected and confided tn.
The committee found that It would
I<e tmpoMKlbie. even then, to proceed
without a fund of working capital.
While the Investigation proceeded an
a small scale, the committee "fWt
out" a number of weaJthy men of
known high morality.
A* a first step In the InvestlgaOea,
permission was obtained from the
federal government to tap the tele
phone wire leading Into Black Oat
tavern, a madhouse on the Bothoil
road near I «Lk» Koreet park.
A shack was rented a mile distant
from the roadhouse, and the "tap"
Installed. Operatives, on duty day
and night, took a record of every
conversation over the Black Cat wire.
This record furnished the commit
tee wtth sufficient evidence to war
rant the laying of plans for placing
a federal charge of conspiracy
against numerous criminals, police
officials and others. It was apparent,
however, that a considerable force Of
secret operatives would be required
to obtain the further evidence neata
sary before the rase could be plaeod
before the federal grand Jtiry. ~
The committee, several weeks ago,
laid their plana in confidence before
three of Seattle's wealthiest aad
most respected business men, who
went Into the proposed program aad
the evidence already gathered at
some length and who declared they
were deeply Interested.
The advisability of employing a
private detective agency was con
sidered. but the idea was Immediately
set aside, the committer being In
formed that no agency which takea
this class of cases could be relied
upon to deal squarely.
The following day. however, the
local chief of a private detective
agency called on one of the three In
terested business man. told him the
names of those present at the meet
ing the day before, advised him that
the agency could "get the dope" for
a stipulated sum of money, and de
It was obvious that one of the
trusted officials who had been Invit
ed to the committee meeting had
"leaked." This led to the ouster of
two federal agents from the commit
It Is considered probable that the
whole affair of the Black Cat Investi
gation and "leak" will be laid before
the federal grand Jury, which has
been called for March S.
The three business men, renlir.ing
that the detective agency had been
apprised of the scheme of Investiga
tion, withdrew tbelr support, and the
committee was left powerloss for lack
of funds to go ahead.
Thru secret channels, "Inside Infor
mation" regarding the Investigation
eventually got into the hands of sus
pects themselves, as was feared It
would after the "leak" was discov
The "tupped wire report" was then
turned over by the committee to
Sheriff Matt Htarwlch, who was si
[ready Investigating the Hlark Cat.
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