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The Cceur d'Alene
VOLUME 2. NUMBER 6 THE COEUR D'ALENE PRESS. MONDAY EVENING. AUGUST 12 1907 PRICE FIVE CENTS STRIKERS AFTER BELL PHONES Want the Phones Removed, Says Sherwood B. W. Sherwood, chairman of the ■trike oommittee was seen todaj in regard to the report that the union was endeavoring to have the Bell tel ephones removed from the various plaoes of business in the city. He states: ''On behalf of the elec trieal workers, now on a strike, for merly 1 1 the employ of the Bell tel ephone company, an effort is being made to have the Bell telephones re moved as appeared In the Saturday Issue of the Press. We solicit for the Independent or Interstate com pany which, is a fair company, built by home capital, but our effort means more than that. It is to have the citizens of Coeur d'Alene to take out the Bell telpehonee and place in the Interstate which speaks for itself. "We ask the cooperation of all lab or, anion and non unions to help us win in our oaose, which win we shall, in the name of justice. "We do not confirm the statement of Supt. R. E. Hart, local represent ative here. Nine months prior to May the Bell company was paying a lower scale of wages to its employees than any other company in north Ida ho and eastern Washington. Ail other companies were paying a minimum of $3.50 per day and a maximum of $4 per day to linemen and $4.50 per day to oable splicers, while the Rooky Mountain Bell Tele phone Col was paying $65^per month to its troublemen, $3.25 per day to linemen and $4 to cable splicers outside of Butte, Mont, and almost nothing to its operators. "The Bell company knew there would be a demand for an inoreaae all over its entire system, as con ferences were being sought by the offloers of the Electrical workers, six months prior to the walkout. "All agreements and contracts be tween the Bell company and electric al workers had expired except at Ogden, Utah and Butte, Mont. "Ogden's oontraot expired July 31st and the men did not go out until that time. The Butte workers were pledged to help the operators of Montana and were not called out by the electrical workers, but by the Federation of labor of Montana to support the girls. "We have been promised the sup port of the oarpenters, painters and hodonrriers' unions of Coeur d'Alene. "The business men, to whom we have talked, seemed willing to dis continue the use of the Bell tele phones.'' COMMITTEE MEETING club committee masting, having in oharge the inter ests of the Idaho A Northern rail road, O. D. Warner was appointed to solicit subscriptions and work in REV. ANNA H. 8HAW. Unitarian minister, who is prom i»*nt as an advocate of woman suffrage throughout Ameqca. FRENCH FIGHT F1NAT1CS Tribesmen Repulsed After Hard Combat. Tangier, Aug. 12.—Fieroe fighting between fanatical tribesmen and the French force outside Casa Blanca was still in progress Saturday, when the French transport Antolio left the bel eaguered town. After a hard struggle the tribesmen were drvien back with great loss. The latest reports say that the tribesmen are gradually being driven back, the French cavalry and artill ery on Saturday being seven and a half miles from the oity and alter nately shelling and charging the fanatios. Every arriving steamer brings fresh stories of fresh attacks made upon and repulsed hy, General Drude's troops. The passengers say deeds of galentry among the troops were num erous, but that the Moroccans also were displaying a courage which astonished the officers. Letters received here from Fez state that the sultan, upon learning of the intentions of the French and Spanish to oocupy Casa Blanca, be came seriously alarmed and said such a step would lead to a revolution throughout Morocco and endanger the lives of all foreigners in Morocco. A Vicious Dofr. John P. Nordstrom, who lives near the ball grounds on Ninth street re lates an incident worth investigating by the authorities. He states he was passing along near Fifth and Birch streets when a large black dog rushed out, seizing him by the oalf of the leg, pushing his teeth well into the flesh, leaving permanent marks and causing the blood to flow freely. The dog did not let up until called off by a girl coming from Louse 1020 Fifth street- He inquired to whom the dog belonged and was told it be longed at that house. Urocerymen and others have complained of this dog and it is probable a suit will be brought against the owner if be can be located. A severe penalty is at tached to anyone harffeHj^u; a vic ious dog uud anyone <i^B9 by such a dog is entitled to besides bringing action against the owner. The removal sale of the Coeur d'Alene Furniture company is sure to interest every home builder. See page six. conjunction with the oommittee in the interest of the proposed new railroad wnich is abont to constructed from Coeur d'AleDe to Plummer on the reservation. Work will be began in the near fnture, all preliminary step sbaviDg been taken and J. T. Sullivan, who formerly had obaige of the Washington, Idaho & Montana railroad, recently con structed into tbe Potlatch country, bas resigned that poation and will resume oharge at once. ADDS TO SUPPORT New Bridge Help to Business Interests. Recently the county commissioners approved of tbe erection of the Huet ter bridge across tbe Spokane river. Heretofore there bas been a large territory across from Huetter mill wbieb was inaoceseable to Coeur d'Alene schools and markets. Tbe construction of this bridge means 30 or 40 more families will be added to Coeur d'Alene'e support. It also means a larger population In tbe near fnture wheD tbe land la subdivided and tbe unoccupied settled. Game Warden Ludwig Roper has returned from tbe mountains and states that game may be found in abundance. Bine grouse and pheas ante are particularly planitfnl. OUR. PRESIDENTS ANDREW JOHNSON. The seventeenth president of the United States was born at Raleigh, N. C., In 1808. He served in l>oth houses of congress and as governor of Tennessee. He was elected vice president on the ticket with Lincoln In 1804 and suc ceeded to the presidency upon tbe death of the latter, April 15, 1805. The president was impedcbed In 1868 after a long series of disagreements with congress, escaping conviction by a single vote In the senate. The ac quittal of Johnson is now generally approved. He was elected to the senate from Tennessee In 1875 and died In office a few months later. SECOND G. N. WRECK Spokane, Wash., Aug. 12.—Fol Fireman Spokane, Wash., Aug. 12.—Fol lowing closely on the disastrous train wreck on the Great Northern near Milan Saturday came a head-on collision yesterday alternoon between a heavy freight train—an extra east bound—and the Wilson Greek local passenger, westbound, which left Spokane at 4:05. The crash came at j 4:20 o'clock, two miles west of Spokane, near Fort Wright, just after Conductor Frank Smith of train No. 267 had finished collecting the tioketa of passengers. Trainmen professed to be at a loss to know the cause of the wreck, but it was said tbe extra freight should have taken the siding at Hyland, eight miles from the scene of the collision, end allowed the passenger, which was running ou schedule time, to pass. No one was killed. Those who were injured received most of their wounds in jumping from the moving train when the cry that a wreck was inevitable arose. In jumping down the steep embankment frightened passengers were injured by being struck by rolling timbers and debris from the ooaches. Engineer Ed Anderson and Fire man Thomas Forsythe on engine No. 178, which was 'pulling tbe passen ger train, suffered the most serious injuries. "I was down in the bole firing up, when Ed shouted saying that a big engnie was coming down on us, and for me to jump for my life,'' said SHOWS AN INCREASE | The local authorities of the Elec tric line reports that their road bandied 101,353 people during July wbioh was an increase of 35,000 over tbe same month last year. Tbe freight traffic has increased with leaps and bounds. Last year the freight was handled entirely at «ight-r This year it requires both day and night. To meet the pressing demands a new engine has been or dered and is now on the way. The authorities claim the iuctease is due chiefly to three things; the population of Coeur d'AJene and ad jacent points have greatly increased; the busiuees up tbe river and lake bas been enlarged and tbe method of the company in leading tbe pepoie to avail themselves of tbe opportunities offered rather than to be pushed by the demands of the public- The claim that tranaporatatiou companies are usually urged to make improve ments and seldom lead oat of their own volition Fireman Forsythe in speaking of the collision. "Because of the roaring of the fires I could not distinctly understand him, but got up and looked out of the window on m.v side of the engine. I saw the mon ster engine ooming down the hill, and knew she would go clear through ns if she hit. Tbe engineer yelled 'For God's sake, Tommie, .jump for your life,' and I told him that l would stick to mv post if he would. Anderson said, "No, jump." I jumped down the embankment, heard the doll crash of the engines as they met, and then 1 knew nothing until I was picked up and loaded into the day coach." Fireman Forsythe, whose home is at Hillyard, suffered a fractured leg and a spraained back. Ed Anderson of the passenger train, a sinlge man, whose home is at Hillvard, has u fractured ankle and a sprained back. His wounds are not serious. As soon as word recahed the local offices a relief train carrinyg Dr. E. F. Cunningham, the company pby sician, and several other doctors, was sent to the wreck. The train return ed with its burden of battered and bruised humantiy at 6:25 o'clock. The three coaches in tbe passenger train were not derailed by the col lision and were brought to Spokane by tbe relief train. The engines were so badly broken they could not be separated. Pilots and tbe front end of each were teleeooped. R. C. Egbert, county so pci intend - ent of Kootenai oounty, is in the city today visiting the summer normal and making out with President Black, a daily program which will be printed and sent to the teachers at ocoe. Arrangements being mail, whereby the daily session of the in stitution may be held at the high school building, permitting the sum mer school to continue in the Roose velt building as heretofore. Arrangements are about completed for a reception and lecture to b** held tbe same night durinz the institute. On Saturday it planned that all teachers and students in attendance may spend a pleasant outing on tbe lake and 8t. Joe river. Mise Belie Chamberlin, state sup erintendent, will arrive about Thurs day and will remain daring the bal ance of tbe summer school and insti tute. She will address tbe teachers and, at times, be fiee to confer with tboee desiring, on official busin PREDICTS A COAL FAMINE Harriman Says Railroads are Not Responsible for Car Shortage Omaha, Aug. 12.—E. H. Harriman and his two sons attended ohnroh at Trinity Episcopal cathedral here to day, during a break in tbe westward vacation trip which tbe railroad mag nate is making on bis special train. The Harriman party was ac cotnpaneid from Cbioago to Omaha by President Harahan of the Illinois Central. Mr. Haniman gave out a long in terview this afternoon. Many of his statements had however been made before. He declined to comment upon recent court actions against corporations. In answer to questions, Mr. Har riman said: "I think we shall have a oual shortage this winter, due to the gen eral increase of consumption of coal by reason of the great expansion of all lines of industries all over the country and alao to the fact that some mines are not able to turn oat as muoh as they might beoauae of lack of labor, and then there ia the shortage of freight oara to be reckon ed with. And to this car shortage I want to say a word in reply to the general charge that the railroads are wholly to blame for oar shortage. Tbe oharge is unjust In many re spects. Numerous causes conspire to bring about a shortage or oongastion in care of which tbe people know nothing, and they are causes for which the lailrosde are not respon sible and oannot avoid." Mr. Harriman deprecates the recent tendency of rate legislation Bald be: 'In the development and improve ment of railroads, one factor of vital consideration is tbe relative oast of material and labor and the scale of rates for traffic. Labor is scarce and much higher paid than ever before, matei tal is often hard to get and ousts more, yet rates huve been reduced an 1 taxes Increased. This is not a consideration which holds out either to the people or to the railroads the brightest proipeots. Under the present conditions of tbe higher | costof labor and maetrisl, tbe tend- 1 eucy of rates should be to remain , stationary, but la it?" I'resident Harahan of the llinois | Central expressed enthusiasm for the motor car wboih is now being so I largely added to the equipment of the Union Pacific, and said tbe manu faetures and use of this car was now nnder consideration by his company. STRIKE UNIVERSAL Strikers Call a Complete Walk Out. Chicago, Aug. 12.—The strike of the union commercial telegraph oper ators will be universal throughout tbe United States and Canada within 12 hours, according to National Secre tary Russell of the telegraphers' un ion. This statement was made by Mr. Russell after he bad been Inform ed of the action taken hy the men iu New York, who at a meeting there to day. decided to hold a walkout in abeyance until the latter part of tbe week. "This strike movement," said Mr. Russell, "has coma to tbe point where there carr be oo backing down. The telegraphers have been trodden ou long euougb by the companies, and now that we have the opportunity we are going to use all our strength to enforce our demands. For several weeks President Small and myself have been holding the telegraphers back and have been advising con ciliation, but they have taken matters in their own bauds and we are going to stand by them. "No anion men will be allwoed to work with any one not belonging to oar organization, and this means that today, when tbe businees of tbe week begins, the strike will become uni versal. We can not go half way In this matter. The strike bas been precipitated by the men themselves without the sanction of national offloers, but we are all now working in union, and anything that the officials of the various unions throughout the country have done in calling strikes meets with oar hearty cooperaton. '* This announcement was made by Mr. Russell at a mass meeting of the striking telegraphers held in Brand's hall this afternoon. The hall will seat 1000 persons, and so great was the demand for accomodations several hundred of tbe stiiking oper ators were unable to gain admittance to the buliding and remained on the street in the vicinity until some of the early arrivals left the ball, OFFERS $1,000,000 The Order of Railway Telegraphers was represented at the meeting by National Secretary Quick. Mr. Qu iok Informed the strikers that bis organization was at tbdir disposal, both morally and financially. "We have $1,000,000 in our treasury,*' said he, "and it is at your dispumi. Your fight is our fight, and we will stand with you until tbe end." Before the mass meeting a meeting of the 320 union telegraphers em ployed by compenies using leased wires was held. At this gathering brokers, news gencies end commercial organizations. Including the big packing bouses, were represented. A resoltlon was adopted declaring that this class of labor was underpaid and that tbe various firms would be asked to sign a wage schedule and alao tolemplo) none but union telegraph ers. it was decided to let the private wire men prepare and present their own schedules to their employers. The broker men will present their schedule at 10 o'clock tomorrow. The broker men will ask for a minimum of $30 a week. May Block Naval Reform. Washington, Aug. 12.—The presi dent's naval program to send power ful battleship and cruiser fleets to the I'anifio ia threatened by a certain element in congress. Inquiries made *t the navy department by members of tbe naval affairs oommittee of the two bouses, and by Individual aen ators and repreeentatlves, Indicate that there is strong opposition to tbe program in the cart While a uongreeslnool inquiry may not be directed. It seems certain that opposition in congress will de „,and of the president a full ezplana ton of the objects to be accomplished by tbe movement. Unless the fleets are well on the way when congress meets, resolutions designed to em barass the administration will likely he Introduced. Control of ships of the navy are by law within the hands of the president, who will probably assert his independence of congress in such matters as forcibly ns he did in tbe Brownsville affair. Card of Thanks. We wish to thank our many friends for kindness extended at the time of the death of our infaut child. MR. AND MRS. Wm. KNIGHT. f fe WM* JAMES B. ANGELL President of the University ai Michigan for many ycaaa, fawner sainistar to Torbay.