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f,fjÿWiWW9 l 9 / &Q OFFICIAL PAPKR t * OF KOOTENAI £ COUNTY. IDAHO. S • ••• ! •> > COMUEBOIAL « | PRINTING ^ S ALL KINDS. « i. J*i $1.50 PEU YEAR. rathdrum, idaho, Friday, December 5. 1902. VOLUME VIII. NUMBER 34. FATAL STEAMER EXPLOSION AT SAN FRANCI8CO, CAL. Over Twelve Persons Dead and a Large Number Are Seriously In jured—Ship Is a Wreck—Buildings in Vicinity of Wharfs Shaken—Dam age to Property Will Be Great. San Francisco, Dec. B.—While the steamer Fiogreso was lying at the wharf of the Fulton iron Works at üaruor View an explosion occurred. As a result of the explosion 12 men are missing. A score were more or less seriously injured and property to the value of $200,000 was destroyed. The disaster occurred at 9:24 o'clock, while 40 machinists of the iron works and. 20 employes of the ship were on board. Below deckB the me chanics were busy completing the work of converting the vessel from a coal burning coal carrier to an oil burning carrier when suddenly one ot the oil tanks blew up. Men were hurled against the steel walls and a sheet of llame came sweeping into their faces. On the upper deck men were hurled into the air or thrown into the water. Three sailors engaged in washing paint outside the pilot house disappeared as the cloud of black smoke came up from the ship and were seen no more. Following the explosion the ship sagged in the center, showing that she had broken in two. in the office of the iron works, 20 feet away, every window was shattered and flying glass cut the faces and hands of many of the officials and clerks. As they rush ed out into the open, survivors who were able to help themselves were leading others from the ship. A great crowd of mechanics came running out of the- works. As so.on as the panic subsided the men set to work with a will to rescue men from the burning vessel. A stream of burning oil, run ning from the tanks, spread out until the ship lay on waves of fire, flames crept under the wharf and soon the timbers were blazing, adding to the difficulty of the work of rescue. As the ship was built of steel, the fire on the ship was nearly all below decks. There were 14 oil tanks, con taining about 400 barrels of oil in all, and despite the efforts of the fire de partment this continued to burn hours after the explosion. Numerous minor explosions, due to the fire going from tank to tank, oc curred at short intervals, but all the injury and loss of life was due to the first one. One peculiarity of the explosion was that several men who were just the other side of the bulkhead from where it occurred were not in jured, while others much further away were badly hurt. Several men in the yards were injured by flying debris. The loss to the Fulton company by the wrecking of the building and the burning of the wharf will exceed $20, 000. It is estimated that the Progreso was worth about $175,000. plosion shook all the buildings at Har bor View and the shock was felt a mile In a few instances windows broken several blocks from the The oil The ex away. were scene. Gambling Stopped In Seattle. Seattle, Wash., Dec. 2.—Every gam - bling house and dance hall in the city has been closed by order of Chief of Police Sullivan, who states that here after Seattle will be a closed town. In his statement to the press he says that the gamblers and concert hall men are fighting among themselves and attempting to dictate to the city administration the policy to be pursued in the district in the southern part of the city. Every game in Seattle is closed. Every booster Is out of a Job, every dealer is sad and boss gamblers are wondering what has struck them. Bold Robbery In Seattle. Seattle, Wash., Dec. 4.—The resi dence of Nathan Phillips, jeweler, at 1510 Yesler Way, was entered by bur glars who at the point of a pistol forced the two occupants of the house, and wife, to give up all their and diamonds, amounting to a man money more than $400. The victims of the bold robber are Mr. and Mrs. L. Hirschberg, relatives of Mr. Phillips. Drowning Accident at llwaco. Astoria, Ore., Dec. 4.—A special to the Astorlan from Ilwapo, Wash., says. Harry Johnson, mate of the st f? f " er Reliable, was drowned in Shoal Water bay. Johnson fell backwards into the water, dTownlng before assistance could reach him. The body was not recovered. Mackay Estate In California. San Francisco, Dec. 3.—The appra era appointed by the superior court to place a valuation upon the property i this city left by the late John w. Mackay, Bfive reported that the estate is worth $173,400. LATE NEWS ITEMS. Thomas B. Reed, ex-speaker of the house, Is seriously ill. The two paper mills at Oregon City have completed arrangements for the use of crude oil as fuel. Kid Carter of Brooklyn recently knocked out Peter Maher In the ond round of what was scheduled to be a six round bout. The Cascade Power company, which has developed 3000 horsepower on Ket tle river at Cascade, has begun sup plying power to the Orandby smelter. Barry Johnston, the actor, who mur dered Kate Hassett, a member of the Keith Theater Stock company recently in Philadelphia, and shot himself, is dying. The London house of commons pass ed the education bill by 236 votes to 132. Premier Balfour appealed to the public spirit of all classes*to do their best to insure the working of the bill. Julian Ralph, the well known news paper man, war correspondent and au thor, is critically ill at St. Louis, Mo., from the effects of à sudden and vio lent hemorrhage. His physician states that a repetition of the attack would probably prove fatal. After an adjournment of 10 days, during which time the representatives of the railroads and miners were kept busy at work preparing evidence for submission to the anthracite coal strike commission, the hearing of the miners' side of the controversy has been resumed. Great Britain and Germany, accord ing to official statements, have com menced punitive measures against Venezuela. German war vessels, it is stated, are already on the scene of the contemplated action and Great Britain expects to have a squadron there capable of coping with any re sistance that Venezuela might offer soon. "Guilty of murder in the first de gree, with a recommendation to mercy." This was the verdict in the case of Oacar Bradshaw, who shot Peter Nelson after an attempted hold in the yards at Pasco, Wash., last August. It was rendered after the jury had been out four hours. Brad shaw will be sentenced Monday, De cember 15. The senate committee on territories has agreed to report a substitute for the house omnibus statehood bill. The substitute provides for the admission of one new state to comprise the ter ritory now included in Oklahoma and Indian territory, the new state to take the name of Oklahoma, reported, makes no reference whatever to New Mexico or Arizona. sec up The bill, as WASHINGTON ITEM8. Tekoa is to have a new and modern hotel. Whitman college beat University of Idaho last week 16 to 0. The new I. O. O. F. hall at Milan dedicated recently. The Pacific States Telephone com intends to place Spokane and Ta direct wire early in the was pany coma on a spring. Some of the sheepmen of North Yakima valley, instead of selling off their stock to quit the business, as anticipated, are buying large numbers of sheep from Oregon raisers. The State University of Washington the intercollegiate champlon won ship of the northwest Thanksgiving af ternoon by defeating Washington Ag ricultural college at football by a score of 16 to 0. While tearing out the brick work around the boilers at the Seattle police station recently a member of the chain gang found a human skull imbedded The presence of the of of in the masonry, skull has not been explained. The Inland Empire Fruitgrowers' as sociation will hold its annual meet ing in Spokane during the first week in January, while the Northwest Fruit growers' association will meet there from February 3 te 5, 1903. . The sale of Whitman county's prop erty which was bought by the county at the tax sale last spring closed re cently, after three days and a night steady selling, during which be 1000 and 2000 tracts, lots and parcels of land were sold, aggregated more than $10,000. F. A. Dryden of Castle Rock, Cow itz county, will succeed John B. Catron as warden of the state penitentiary at Walla Walla on January 1 next. E. Wells present sheriff of Skagit county and a'personal friend of Governor Mc Bride, will be deputy warden under Dryden. There was recently the surveyed part of of at to tween The sale are filed at the Spokane land office township 36, range 37, which will be re corded and opened to homestead en try at 9 a. m. January 6, 1903. It is situated on the west bank of the Col umbia river, opposite Kettle Falls, It 13 in the North to er the not to i w. Stevens county. of the Colville reservation, and _ total area of 16,843.85 acres, that amount 834.18 acres are In allotments, located in the south portion of the township, along the Columbia river. half has a Of dian ern in four of the 650,000 Imml who arrived last year could One grants not read or write. up on A REMARKABLE BOOK BY A M08T REMARKABLE LEADER. He Claims Many Burghers Proved False to Their Own Colors—His Story of the Late 8outh African War Stamped With the Trunth—Recom mends Loyalty to New Government London—"Had not so many of our burghers proved false to their own col ors, England, as the great Bismarck foretold, would have found her grave in South Africa." That is the keynote of the Boer gen eral Dewet's book, entitled "Three Years' War," published by Archibald Constantable & Co. in London and dedicated by the Boer general "To my fellow subjects of the British empire." It is perhaps the most remarkable book by the most remarkable leader that any recent war has produced. The concise, simply told tale of the extra ordinary campaign is marked through out with the stamp of truth. The bold ness of the narrative only serves to bring into strong relief the fiery pas sages over which a strong man literal ly pours out his soul in pathetic regret or bitter denunciation. In thus taking the public into his confidence. Dewet loses nothing of the glamor with which his exploits In the field surround him. In criticism he spares no one; Boer and Briton come equally under the lash. Dewet declares that whatever the English people may have to say in discredit of General Buller, he had to operate against stronger positions than any other Brit ish general. Throughout the work the Boer general has but slight praise for Lord Roberts and little more for Lord Kitchener. General Knox is almost the only British general who seems to have struck Dewet as a military genius. For "Tommy Atkins" he has many kindly words to say, and he declares. "The British were far from being bad shots." The comparative immunity of the Boars from harm Dewet constantly and most fervently attributes to the inter position of God. "If any reader," he says, "is eager to know how it was I kept out of the enemy's hands, I can instantly answer, although I may not be understood, that I ascribe it to nothing else than this— it was not God's will that I should fall Into the enemy's hands. Let those who rejoice at my miraculous escapes give all the praise to God." Nevertheless, the book teems with accounts of military and other strata gems by which Dewet outwitted his pursuers. Frequently he recounts cases of de sertion and panic among his own men, to whom the entreaties and "sjambok ing" were all of no avail. Dewet pays a tribute to General Cronje for his bravery, but declares he lost Paardeburg only on account of his fatal obstinacy not to leave the laager, as he was advised to do by General Botha and* by the writer himself. Regarding his own forces Dewet at writes : "It was far easier to fight against the great English army than against the treachery among my own people, and an iron will was required to fight against both. Once, if only orders had been carried out a little more strictly and if only the most elementary rules of strategy Bad been observed in our efforts to break the British lines of communication, Lord Roberts and his thousands of troops would have found themselves shut up in Pretoria, where they would have perished of hunger. It was not the skill of their command in chief that saved them." Of the blockhouses Dewet is frank The blockhouse er ly contemptuous, policy," he says, "might equally well have been called the policy of the blockhead." The writer emphatically defends the right to blow up railroad lines and trains as the usage of war, and he de clares he never missed an opportunity to do so.» The so called war against women and the misuse of the white flag by British is denounced by the Boer general, who says: "That such direct and Indirect murders have been committed against defenseless women and children is a thing I should have staked my head could never have hap pened in a war waged by the civilized English nation, and yet it happened." His last word is an injunction to his fellow countrymen to be loyal to the new government. "Loyalty," he says, "pays best in the end, and loyalty alone is worthy of a nation which has shed its blood for freedom." The book contains a magnificent por trait of the author by the American painter, John Sargent Reporter Heir to a Fortune Butte, Mont, Dec. 4.—Through the death of his mother at Placerville, Cal., Charles D6igleman, a reporter on the Butte Miner, has fallen heir to a for tune estimated at about $40,000. Mr. Delgleman is named as the sole legatee in the will. BOLD BANK ROBBERY. Cashier of Bank at Bridger, Mont, Shells Out $2,000. Butte, Mont., Dec. 4.—A special from Billings, Mont., says: The bank at Bridger, in Carbon county, was held up by three masked men and Cashier Trumbo was relieved of $2,000. Imme diately after the robbery the men left on horseback for the Cro'w reservation. A pursuing party has been organized and the men will be lynched if caught. The scene of the robbery is in -the vicinity of the famous Hole in the Wall country, for years the hiding place of thieves and desperadoes. The robbery occurred at noon. Cash ier Trumbo' was at work inside the rail when he was aware of two men enter ing the bank. He looked up to see two big Colts revolvers pointing di rectly at his head. A third man, also armed, stood at the door, half In and half out, evidently to prevent inter ference. "Hold up your hands!" said one of the two masked robbers. Mr. Trumbo complied. At this instant Mail Carrier Frank Williams appeared at a Bide door and was immediately covered by two guns. Williams and Trumbo were ordered to the wall, both with their hands high up, while ered them with his gun the other man ran behind the counter and grabbed all the money In sight. All three men stepped out of the door, mounted their horses, which stood there with reins thrown on the ground, qnd drove the spurs into the animals. The alarm was quickly giv en and every horse in sight pressed into service and the pursuit was begun. A mile and a half out of town the posse began shooting from the saddle. The robbers wheeled in their seats and returned the fire. The posse, Beeing that it had to deal with desperate men, hesitated for a moment and presently the robbers dis appeared in the timber. They have not been seen since. It is believed the men wilt make for the famous Hole in the Wall country. The bank robbed is the Stockgrow ers' Bank of Carbon county and Is the only one in the place. Bridger is a coal mining town situated at the southern terminuB of a branch railway which leaves the Northern Pacific at Laurel, in Yellowstone county. lt one man cov was SECRETARY ROOT FOR CANTEEN. He Says Law Prohibiting Liquors at Canteens Is Harmful. Washington—Secretary Root, in his annual report, says the following about the anti-canteen law: "Referring to the operation of sec tion 38 of the Act of February .2, 1901, which prohibits the sale of beer aud light wines in post exchanges, I said in my last report that a great body of reports had been received which in dicated that the effect of the law was unfortunate, but that I thought a suf ficient time had not elapsed to give the law a fair trial, and that the observa tion and report of its working would be continued during the ensuing year. "A great number of additional re ports have now been received, and they confirm the impression produced by the, earlier reports. I am convinced that the general effect of prohibiting the use of beer and light wines within the limited area of the army post is to lead the enlisted men to go out of the post, to frequent vile resorts which cluster in the neighborhood, to drink bad whisky to excess, and to associate Intimately with abandoned men and more abandoned women; and that the operation of the law is to increase drunkenness, disease of the most loathsome kind, Insubordination and desertion and moral and physical de generation. "These reports are ready to be Bent to congress whenever that body de sires to consider the subject. WRECK AT ELTOPIA. Helping Engine is Struck by a Freight Train. Eltopia, Wash., Dec. 4.—One of the most unique wrecks in the history of this division occurred between Eltopia and Lake station, resulting in three damaged locomotives and a smashed car or two. While an eastbound help er was standing at Eltopia, with the engineer in the depot, an eastbound freight approached unexpectedly and the engineer yelled to the fireman to run the engine out of the way. The fireman pulled the throttle wide open and the wheels slid round and round without moving the engine, the at tempted start having been too sudden. The freight could not stop, and Jolted the helper severely. The fireman jumped and the helper engine, given a start by the collision, went toward Lake with the throttle wide open and nobody on board. A westbound freight was just starting out of Lake and the two met on the way. The engineer and fireman of the westbound jumped and saved their lives. The two en gines now rest In the Pasco yards badly damaged. Mark Hanna Not to Resign. Washington, Dec. 3.—Senator Hanna denies all reports that he intended to resign from either the senate or the chairmanship of tne republican central committee. a a don fully the cize FIRST SUBJECT OF GENERAL IM PORTANCE IN THE 8ENATE. lt is Possible That Oklahoma Only Wilt Be Admitted—A Protracted. De bate is Probabli -Trusts, Tariff and Reciprocity Also to Receive Atten tion at This 8ession. Washington, Dec. 2.—The admis sion of the territories of Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona as states of the union probably will be the first subject of general importance to ceive the attention of the senate, which begun Its sessions at noon Tuesday. After the omnibus territorial bill passed the house last session its friends in the senate were so insistent on action by the senate and so strong in point of numbers that in the Interest of other pending legislation unanimous agreement was reached that in sidération of abatement by the friends of the measure during the last session the committee on territories would port on the bill next Wednesday, De cember 3, and that a week later the bill should become the unfinished business in the senate, which means that unless the measure shall be displaced by vote or by unanimous consent it will cupy the first place on the senate cal endar until disposed of. It is current expectation that this program will be carried out, whether the committee's report is favorable unfavorable, as the agreement contem plated consideration regardless of the character of the report. There is no definite information to what is the committee's decision, but at the last session all the republi can members of the committee except Senator Quay voted to defer considera tion, while Senator Quay and all the democratic members voted for imme diate action, the result being a jority for postponement. It is known that some of the republican members favor an amendment to the bill to provide for the admission of Okla homa only, and it is the prevailing opinion that the committee will divide on this proposition, all the republicans except Senator Quay being considered favorable to it. However, the trans fer of one republican vote would in sure the report of a bill to admit all three of the territories to statehood, as Senator Quay and the democrats are in favor of a trlstate measure. Other questions which, in addition to the territorial bill, are expected to re ceive the attention of the senate at this session are the trusts, the tariff and Cuban reciprocity. Very few republican senators admit the probability of any change of the tariff law during the present session, but some bills to modify present schedules may be Introduced and speeches made thereon. There Is quite a unanimity of opinion favorable to anti-trust legislation, and this opinion goes .to the extent of predicting results along the lines indicated by Attorney General Knox for the amendment of the Sherman anti-trust law. There is no longer serious talk of constitutional amendments for the control of trusts, as it is recognized that in a short ses sion it would be impossible to secure action on such amendments. dent the and than re sage his few ly the the the a con re oc or as ma in in be of so as of to of de de NEGROES LOSE THE CASE. New Virginia Constitution Not In validated. Richmond, Va.— Chief Justice Fuller of the supreme court of the United States and Judge Waddill, sitting in the circuit court have dismissed the suits brought by John S. Wise to in validate the new Virginia constitution, holding that the federal court had no jurisdiction, the actions being against the state. An appeal will be taken. All the questions of the chief justice indicated virtually that every conten tion raised by the complainants had been passed upon adversely by the supreme court. The decision was delivered by Chief Justice Fuller. Judge Waddill con curred in the decision, but differed from the chief justice in some minor points. The suits were brought in the inter est of negroes who alleged that they had been disfranchised by the recent ly adopted constitution. the of the and to The at a and the en President Castro Will Pay. Berlin, Dec. 4.—President Castro of Venezuela handed, probably on Thurs day last, to the German minister at Caracas a written acceptance of part of Germany's claims, sufficiently com prehensive to delay the presentation of a joint ultimatum by Germany and Great Britain, if not rendering it alto gether unnecessary. It is also under stood that Great Britain's demand will be satisfied. Shot Leading Woman. Philadelphia, Dec. 4.—Mrs. Kate Hassel, aged 28 years, leadlng*woman in Keith's Eighth street Theatre Stock company, was shot and killed by Bar rett Johnston, a well known actor, formerly a member of Richard Mans field's company. to the MES8AGE VIEWED ABROAD. London Papers Disappointed—Prance Is Piélised. London, Dec. 4.—Some of the Lon don newspapers regard President Roosevelt's message as a disappoint ment, inasmuch as, according to their views, "he adopts a cautious and con servative policy rather than a revolu tionary one in dealing with the trust question and the tariff question." On the whole, however, while care fully examining the message in detaH, there is not a strong disposition on the part of the press to strongly criti cize it. The general impression is that Presi dent Roosevelt has been Influenced by the Warning echoes of the last! election and that he seeks to attract rather than attempt to compel the support ot congress. A leading paper Bays; "The mas sage is more remarkable for the lofty idealism of its language than for any boldness In Its specific recommenda tions." The president's enunciation of the foreign policy of the United States and his advocacy of a strong navy meet with warm appreciation, and the mes sage generally is welcomed as a tran quilizlng one by proving that no or-, ganlc change of policy Is intended. Applauded in France. Paris, eDc. 4.—Most of the morning papers here give considérable space to President Roosevelt's message. The few Journals that comment on the mes sage pronounce it. an original and high ly Interesting document, Inspired by ardent patriotism and manifesting great courage on the parta » of its author, especially ,ln his treatment of the trust question. These papers ap prove his enunciations regarding the foreign policy of the United States and the Monroe doctrine. The Figaro dwells adnilrlngly upon the fact that the message contains nothing of the commonplace, which Is a customary feature from European sovereigns to their parliaments. IDAHO NOTES. There are a few cases of smallpox in the vicinity of Troy. Word has been received from Mont pelier, that the postofflee safe was blown open recently. No Idas is. re ported. The coroner's Jury in the case of C. W. Hutchinson, who was found dead in Hope, returned a verdict that de ceased came to his death from un known causes. The Northern Pacific is believed to be making surveys preparatory to ex tending the Clearwater Short Line from Culdesac to Camas and Nez Perce prairies and Grangeville. The state board of canvassers has canvassed the returns of the election. The results show that the majority of French (republican) for congress wa3 7056, and for Morrison (republican) for govenor, 5853. The legislature stands 50 republicans and 17 demo crats. Word was received • recently from Basalt, on the Clearwater Short Line, that Thomas Troyman, the ferryman there, had been held up by a masked highwayman and robbed of $12. At a recent mass meeting of citizens in Russell an organization was formed to construct a grain tramway from the Henshaw place, Just east of Russell,.to Greer, on the Clearwater Short Line. James Carle, a Nez Perce Indian, aged 23, was run over by the Clear water passenger train at Porters, and both feet were frightfully mangled. But slight hopes are entertained of his recovery. The Farmers' company tramway has been working steadily recently, and a great deal of the grain delivered at the tramway has been taken to the lower warehouse, from which shipment is being made as fast as cars can be loaded. Thomas F. Haley, the Wallace hot tamale man who took morphine re cently, died shortly after without re gaining consciousness. His motive for taking his life is a mystery. He had often been heard to say that he would end his life with morphine. The Lewiston land office has Just re ceived an Important announcement „Tom the commissioner of the general land office to the effect that the gov ernment In the future will reserve the right to appropriate lands on all home stead filings made west of the Missis sippi when it is deemed that Buch lands can be utilized for water storage or ditch purposes. Incensed by Jealousy' of the wo man Arthur Goode, a gambler, fired five shots into Mrs. Jas. Auberry at Wardner recently. The woman died a few minutes later. Her husband owes his life to his desperate fight fight with the gambler. Goode had a second revolver and tried to shoot Auberry, when the latter grap pled with the gambler and bit his hand until the weapon was dropped. Goode was arrested at once. He expressed sat isfaction for the deed. Henry Harrison and Earl Gerard, the Chelan county prisoners who burned their way out of the Starbuck cala boose were caught at Moore Station by a shfflff's posse with bloodhounds.