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VOLUME 2, NUMBER 99 FIRE DESTROYS HOUSTON, TEXAS Property Values of $750,000 Qo Up in Big Blaze HOUSTON, Tex., Dec. 2.—Fire this morning destroyed business prop erty in the heart of Houston to the value of $750,000. Breaking out in the rear of the Frank Dunn jewelry store and pawnshop, the fire spread In all directions through the block and it was not until two o'clock that the conflagration was under control. The losses are: Houston theater, $220,000; Mrs. Miller's building, cor ner Preston and Franklin streets, $25,000; Frank Dunn's jewelry store mil pawnshop, building and contents, 117.000; S. L. Sams' diy goods store bankrupt), building and stock, $70, 00, J. Sweeney Jewelry company 30,000 to building and stock; J. N ?auben & Son, wholesale cigar house 80,000; John Miller's saloon and ulldllig, corner Fannin and Con ress streets, $15,000; Bevy Bros, ry goods store, $10,000 damage to lock and building; Sellers buidling 20,000; Morris Bros., clothing store, mage to building and stock, $20, 00 . The destruction of offices on the up i floors of the buildings burned will ake a total loss In excess of $750, 0 . The federal court offices were lo ted in the theater building, and all cords and fixtures are a total loss. TIETH CONGRESS ASSEMBLES ny New Faces Found in the Senate ASHINGTON Dec. 2.—The Six th congress of the United States s formally opened with the usual emonies today. Aside from the reading and con eration of the president's mes e and the usual squabbles over spoils of office, few matters of eral interest are likely to come during the first week of congress, hat currency legislation will be ently demanded is assured by financial situation in which the ntry finds itself. Great differ ■ e of opinion is manifested in the houses as to the necessary asures to be taken to solve the rency question, but there is no bt that the demand for legisla action will be greater and nger than ever before. Among who have expressed opinions the subject are Senator Reed it of Utah, who said: It is my opinion that congress ht immediately to pass the elas currency bill, which, I believe. Id relieve the situation at once, hill should be a broad one and Id protect the government, and he same time should provide the "Miry money to carry on busi Such currency should be used in emergencies, and until the for it is past. All other civ il countries have such a law. It to me absurd that such action Id be needed at present, when country is more prosperous than time in its history. There tens of millions of money in the led States more than there were ar ago. At the close of the year d March 1, the balance of trade be in favor of this country by at $ 1 , 000 , 000 , 000 ." o interesting struggles are on program for the first week of ress. The first is scheduled to to a head when the Republic embers of the house of repre tives hold their caucus to make he slate of elective offices. In skirmish Representative James awney of Minnesota will be pit against Theodore E. Burton of the recently defeated Repub candidate for mayor of Cleve The scene of the second con will be the committee on com of the United States Senate. Senator Aldrich of Rhode Is leader of the so-called "Inner senators. Is promised a con test of unprecedented vigor over the standing committee assignments. The contest between Burton and Tawney is for postmaster of the house, to succeed Joseph C. Me tin of Ohio, who died several months ago. The candidate of the Ohio del egation is James H. Cassidy of Cleve land, clerk to the committee on rivers and harbors, of whlc'i Representative Burton is chairman. Representattva Tawney is urging the election of Samuel Banghtra of Minnesota. Wlih the exception of the fight for this position, the entire slate, from Speaker Cannon, down will go through without a struggle. One-sixth of the United States senate which assembled today Is new. Including the two United States senators who will come from Okla homa, there are seventeen new faces This is more new blood than Is gen erally infused into the senate at one time. Strictly speaking, all the faces of the new-comers are not new, as \\ 11 Ham Alden Smith, who came from Michigan as the successor of Russell A. Alger, and Charles C. Curtis, of Kansas, who succeeded Alfred W. Benson, took their seats toward the close of the last congress. The senators whose faces are mis sing are: Russell A. Alger of Michi gan, removed by death; J. Frank Al lee of Delaware, defeated for reelec tion; Alfred W. Benson of Kansas, failed of reelection; Joseph S. C. Blackburn of Kentucky, failed of re election; Edward W. Carmack of Tennessee, defeated for reelectlon; William A. Clarke of Montana, fail ed of reelectlon; John F. Dryden of New Jersey, failed of reelectlon; Fred T. Dubois of Idaho, failed of re election; John M. Geurln of Oregon, failed of reelectlon; John T. Morgan of Alabama, removed by death; Thom as N. Patterson of Colorado failed of reelectlon; Edmund W. I'ettus of Alabama, removed by death, and John C. Spooner of Wisconsin, re signed. The newcomers are William Alden Smith, Michigan; H. A. Richardson, Delaware; JefTerson C. Davis, Arkan sas; Thomas H. Paynter, Kentucky; Robert W. Taylor, Tenessee; Joseph M. Dixon, Montana; Charles C. Cur tis Kansas; Frank Briggs, New Jer sey; Wiliam E. Borah, Idaho; John athan Bourne, Oregon; Norris Brown, Nebraska; John H. Bankhead, Ala bama; Joseph F. Johnston, Alabama; Simon Guggenhiem. Colorado, and Isaac Stephenson, Wisconsin. Of the 15 men who. for one reason or another, were retired, eight were Democrats and seven were Republic ans. Of the fifteen newcomers, elev en were Republicans and four Demo crats. Even with a Democratic pres dential victory next year, it will he imimssible for the Democrats to get possession of the senate within the next four years. MRS. CLARENCE MACKAY. Wife of the telegraph and cable magnate, who interests herself in church and school work at hei Long Island home. FERE AT FREIGHT DEPOT Damaged the Records at the Electric Depot Considerable excitement prevailed Saturday at midnight when the fire alarm was turned In and it was dis covered the freight depot at the Elec tric terminal was ablate. How the fire started Is unknown but It Is thought It was caused by detective wiring us It Is hardly possible that the fire could have originated from the fire In the stove inasmuch as the roof and upper portion of the build ing was burned and not around the stove or pipe. However, the damage from water to the records !b quite extensive indeed. Some of them are beyond redemption. Other than the records the damage amounts to very little. It was discovered by t*ae night watchman and extinguished by the depot fire department before the city department could arrive, although It responded promptly. GOLD FROM ALASKA Private Advices Say $1,200,000 it Coming. SPOKANE, Wash., Nov. 30.—Pri vate advices from Valdez. Alaska, are that $1,200,000 worth of gold dust and bricks Is at Summit, on Thomp son pass, on the way front Fairbanks to Puget Sound. This Is the largest winter shipment ever made between Fairbanks and Valdez. The gold was sent from Fairbanks on double-end er sleds as far as Summit, where, ow ing to the scarcity of snow, it was found necessary to secure extra pack horses to pack the treasure. Armed men are guarding the gold and may have to stay there some time. The! shipment, which weighs nearly two tons, was brought down from Tanana by the freighter Dan Kennedy, leav ing there Nov. 11. Seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars of the treasure is in bricks from the Fairbanks Bank ing company, and $450,000 is In dust, shipped by the First National bank of .Fairbanks. UNION WANTS SOLICITOR At a recent meeting of Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers union the following resolutions were adopt ed: 'Whereas, many of our members, as well as other workmen who live on the outskirts of the city, and many of whom have large fumilies and are also considerably large cust omers to the trades people of Coeur d'Alene: 'We, the members of PainterB and Decorators strongly portest against the action of the Grocers of Coeur d' Alene In discontinuing the employ ment of solicitors in any capacity to take orders from private homes or institutions in view of the fact that such discontinuance of taking orders for the dally needs does not benefit the Working People of this city In either price or accommodation, but where those who live In the outlying districts will be caused considerable inconvenience, especially where wives are almost Incapable of daily leaving their homes, or the husbands to leave an order for the day's supply would often lose time from a day's work, or, make the journey down town after dark. "Whereas, considering the Incon venience said agreement of Grocers of this city will cause, 'Whereas, the soliciting for locat ing telephones has Increased since said resolution was published, which luxury few working people can af ford. Be it resolved, that we do enter a strong protest against said action of the Retail Grocers as unfair, and an uncalled for inconvenience, asking by unanimous vote that they, the Grocers do justice to their customers and reconsider their action, "Whereas, In view of the fact that we believe said agreement was enter into without thought of the incon venience It will cause residents of the city this winter a copy of these resolutions shall be forwarded to the Commercial club. Carpenters' union and Public Press, asking their coop eration in again establishing the so liciting of orders from the Individual homes." The dance at the Roller Rink Wednesday night will be one of the most pleasant events of the season The floor is perfect and the music the' best. OPPOSE PARCELS POST Injure Parmer and Laborer aa Well aa Merchant. SPOKANE. Wash., Dec. I —Reduc tion of the present merchandise post al rate of 1$ to 1$ cents s pound, and the parcel post system as advocated by the Postmaater General George Von L, Meyer, are not favored by the Inland Empire of the northwest. This opposition took definite form at public meetings of the Spokane cham ber of commerce, the Spokane Mer chants' association and the Spokane Grocers' association. The resolu tions point out that the parcels post would be harmful to the wholesale and retail interests of the country, would retard the development of the west, kill or severely cripple the ru rul merchant, discourage aud pre vent the establishment of factories of many kinds In the west where the wages are higher than In the east, that such legislation would directly favor the large trade centers and catalogue houses at the expense of the small towns; resulting In ruin ing the home market for the farm er, the result being Injury instead of benefit. The resolutions add: "We hereby place ourselves on record as opposed to such legisla tion and request our senators and congressmen to work and vote against any and all such bills." The chamber of commerce favored the establishment of postal savings hanks, provided the savings depos ited with the postoffices are rede posited by the government In the nearest national bank government depository, and that every national bank be designated as a government depository when such bank has com piled with the rules and regulations governing the same, also that the government shall accept state, county and municipal bonds as se curity for all savings so deposited SCHOOL DEBATE POSTPONED School* Growing Rapidly and Doing Good Work. The Inter-high school debate which was set for this evening at Wallace, has been postponed until Dec. 14. Those participating in this event sre pupils selected from Wallace aud Coeur d'Alene high schools. Those from our city selected are Helen Nob le, Ed Waite and Emma Bands, with A. Coonqulst as alternate. It is ex pected a large number will accom pany the pupils on this trip. A cor responding debate will he held be tween Sandpoint and Mullen. The winners In these bebates will meet in contest later to ascertain the cham pions of north Idaho. The schools are more crowded than at any previous time. There are 1800 In actual attendance, 22 entering to day. Bast year at this time there were 864 pupils In school. This In dicates an Increase of 436 or about 34 percent. Every week adds about the same number to the growing schools which speaks much for the teaching force and the Increasing populstton of our city. Real Estate Transfers. Following is s list of res I estate transfers foi Kootenai county as fur nished by ths Panhaudis Abstract Company: Interstate Irrigation company to J. B. Cox, e hf of tract 185, Hayden lake Irrigated lands, $1050. U. E. Thorp to B. A. Englehorn. nw qr of section 35. township 53 north, range 4 west, $1400. Avondale Stock farm to T. J. Her ret, tract 1C Avondale, $1250. Jord Harding to Ole Barsoo. lot 1. block 1, Blndavlsta park addition, $350. St. Maries land company to J. A. Jacot, guardian, lot 8, block 3, West addition to St. Mariea. $1. Columbia Investment company to J. E. Whitfield, lots 5, 6, block 17, Brown addition to Ruth drum, $175. L. E. Bird to Nora Bodler, lots 12, 11, block 2C, O'Brien's Third addi tion, $2200. J. B. Taylor to John Kennedy, lot 2. block 11. town of Coeur d'Alene, $590. J. N. Barber to J. C. Promt et al, MURDER CONSPI RACY CHARGED Claimed Special Agent Was Killed by Land Grabbers DENVER, Col., Dec. 2.—The News publishes a story that Chief Wilkie of the United States secret service. Is in possess ion of a mass of evidence, some of which will be verified by witnesses and much more of n clr cumstautlal nature, that 10 men are involved in an alleged conspiracy to murder United States Secret Service Agent, Joeeph Walker, who was kil led at the Hesperus mine, near Mur ango. Cot., recently by a miner nam ed Vanderwelde, while In search of evidence to be used In the prosecu tion of men thdtcted on the charge of defrauding the government out of valuable coal lands. Crief Wilkie is preparing a detailed report, which will Ih> submitted to President KiNase velt at his request at an early dale. Since the death of Walker, $0 men from the government secret service have been In the neighborhood gath ering evidence and when Chief Wilk ie visited that section a few days ago, a full report was made to him. The claim that Walker was shooting at Vanderwelde aud Superintendent Mason of the Hesperus mine, who was with Vanderwelde at the time the latter killed Walker, has always been scouted by the government agents, on the theory that It would have been impossible to have shot Walker In the manner that he was shot had be been facing the men and shooting at them. Armed Minen Near By. Following this view, they made ef forts to ascertain If there were others present at the time of the shooting and It was learned that four men with rlflee were near by and were present, they claim, for the purpose of carrying out the alleged plan to murder Walker, it Is further assert ed on good suthorlty that the names of these four men are in the pusses slon of the government representa tlves, and they will lie apprehended In due time. The local branch of the department of justice has served nineteen subpenas upon persona re quiring them to appear before the federal grand Jury which will meet In Denver, December 11, and has about a dozen more to serve. part of se qr of nw qr of section 12, township 50 north, range 4 west, $1500. A. Mlnnlek to C. H. Stubt, tracts 1, 2, 3, 4„6, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, Meyerdale, and tracts l to 48 included and 1. 3, 4, 5, 6. 7, 8, 9. 52. 53, 54, 56, First addition to My erdale. $1. A. Mlnnlek to C. B. Stuht. lot 7. block 9, O'Brien's addition, $1200. American Trust cumpsny to Nannie Sani|uton, lot 3. block 3. Simm s addi tion, $100. P. W. Bawrence to Sarah Tate, lot 9, block 2, Taylor's park, $t. JAMES C. M'REYNOLDS. Assistant attorney general oi the United States, who was ap pointed special counsel for the government in the proceeding* against the tobacco trust GAME LICENSE SALE Mon Game Except Pnine Chickena and Quail. Game Warden Budwig Roper re ports the sale of 1607 game licenses during the past game season, closing Dec, 1. A. V. Chamberlin elalma to have aold 100 more, which with the others aold, Is said to aggregate over 3000 licenses or shout 1200 mors than last year. Many of theae have been aold to non residents or to people beyond tbs stats line, inasmuch as these sell for |6 and $1 each, it means the state baa made about $3000 from this source alone. Game has been plentiful with the exception of quail and prairie chicken which are said to be on the decrease at an alarming rate, threatening to become extinct so far aa the hunter is concerned. Ducks and deer have been plentiful. There have been fewer violations of ths law then last year, signifying, aa alleged by the game warden, n more wholesome respect for ths gams laws by the people In general. CITY IN BRIEF Walter Itsksr, formerly of our city, was In Coeur d'Alene today. Mrs. A. MaBaughlin, n sister of Mrs. Anns L. Nevers, Is visiting tbs latter this week. She comas from Spokane. Rev. W. II. Fry left today on a hunting trip to the Wolf Issige coun try, He will be gone the greater (tart of the week. The Epworth league tea social given Saturday at the store of Harry Houck, was s pleasant affair and a great success. Wa are prepared to furnish up to data celling cards; nil styles end sisss. I>et us show you samples. Press Publishing Co. The dance given Saturday evening at the pavilion was a great success. A large number of people attended. The music was above ths average and those present enjoyed themselves very much. Henry Sellers, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wataon, John Decker, and John Kohn were in th city on land office busi ness today. Ail except Mr. end Mrs. Wataon, who come from Bewlston, ball from Dane. ,J W. Dawrent, of Spokane, is In the city. He will remodel the Coeur d'Aleue meat market recently sold to Gus Miens, building a large cold stor age room, almllar to that recently constructed for the Metropoie. The eight year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jamas Berg, residing at Da Crosse, died today of diphtheria. Within the last few hours, several casea have developed Into n malignant form. The burial will be private. Th# dredge at work in front of ths hotel Idaho, Is filling in ths lake front at a rapid rate. The sand la hard and tbs dredge la doing most satisfactory work, it runs only at night on account of ths lack of elec tric power during the day. The Ladies' Aid society of ths Presbyterian church will bold a Christmas sale of fancy and uaeful articlea, on Saturday afternoon, the 7tb Inst. A chicken supper will be served from five to eight o'clock. Place of sale and supper will be an nounced Inter. It Is reported that persons across the lake were chaalag deer yesterday with dogs. One of the deer was chased Into th# lake. Thia to In direct violation of ths state tow. The indi vidual* chasing these deer with dogs run n chance of paying a heavy fine. It to reported this to not the first time that deer have been run by dogs in that neighborhood and It to probable that the officers will looking up ths offenders.