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ELECTRIC LIGHT PROPOSITION
AND THE PUBLIC RECORD
. When .the, present city administration,
with Mayor Campbell at the head, took
charge of-city, affaire four years ago the
Taeoma '. Railway A Power, company, was
•furnishing the client for the electric light
.tfMrin and charging the city about *18
mill* ot I*s cent* per kilowatt hour. The
■frvire fumichej by the Tacotna Railway
, -'A. Power company bad been and was at
that time .very poor. • It wag no poor, in
fact, thai many people were obliged to lake
out electric lights and adopt other means
of lighting. The mayor at once took up
Am matter of scouring better service at a
less exorbitant hem ' though violently op
posed by a majority "of the city council for
attempting to do so.'
Toward the end of the year 1001 lie bad
so • fur succeeded in Ins effort* to secure
J cheaper,and,better lights that ia Noveui-
I her the oommi*H"rier of pohlic work* had
received hid« from four ['fmipaniea for sup
ply ipg electric current. They were a* f<>l
low*:- \>*aHhington Power company,.!, cent
per kilowatt hour; Bates 4 'Murray ,1.139
cents pa Uil"w"itii hour; Tnnmi.i Railway
"4 Pnwer eonipany. near.'as can be esti
mated, an averageJof 1.087,«'nt» were kilo
watt hour;' Tit.-.in,i Cataract company, 1.2
nuts per kilowatt hour. . -
• -The bid of the Washington Power com
-1 pftnjP «■*« rejected hecaliii' it «>■ not mad*
'in «<om|>liancc with the specification*. The
I bid :of Bate* & Murray was rejected be
cause,they were ii.ii the owners of a plant
for generating electrical current and could
not: «atinfy.'the commissioner that j they
were able to carry, out the conditions of
the contract. The bid of the Tacoma Rail
'way & Power company wan rejected liy the
comminiiioner because it «a« atatod in such
vague and uncertain terms tliat it was bard
to understand ju-t lint it m m.ant. -
ONLY PKOI>t;H HID
The only bid. therefore,; which was made
in conformity with' the ;specifications and
was '• 11 »-< I in ricar mid i unequivocal' term
was that of the Tarawa Calumet company
at 1.2 per kilowatt hour, three-tenths of a
•ml leva, than Mho: city a ana then paying
the I",i. iniiii Railway & 1 Power company for
mi-./ factory and insufficient service. The
commissioner of public work* therefore an
nounced his intention of awarding the con
tract to that company. The 1 mayor also
nrged the acceptance of the bid of the 'IV
ennui Cataract company tor the same ren
•on». .'ml because he was anxicu* to gccuri'
for the city hettcr electric light service al
a;letu exorbitant' rule than wax then be
ing paid., . v;>»:. . ■
About: that time, so the records show,
certain members of | the council came to
the aid of the Tacoina Railway A. ■Power
company. At the meeting of the council
November 21, 1001, it wan moved that the
commissioner of public works be instructed
to take ■no ' further action in the mutter
of awarding the electric light contract until
ordered to do go by Vlu- council., Another
motion wax to the effect that a committee
.The Diamond Brick company of Ella
worth it making tsome extensive improve
ment « to its already large plant, A tile
(actor) i* to lie established souii, to em
ploy about "5 men. -Oil burners lire being
iiii.iilcd in all:the works of the company.
Orders sufficient to keep the plant busy
all summer are on tile. <$ '-:;•■'' -' ■'«■*■=
•"; .The first shipment of cement from , th«
Pacific Portland cement works was made
yesterday. It was ':. part of a" ten-carload
order that goes to Spokane.
, The Alaska committee of the Bellinghaifl
Chamber of Commerce is working among
the wholesaler* of the city m an endeavor
to induce them to send representatives to
Alaska to drum up trade. The committee
is confident j. that a large business will
result a and' is hopeful that representative*
will br xent.
The first lumber shipment from the new
Mukilteo mill will go to Shanghai, The
•chooner Mindoro is now loading 1,000,000
feet for that port. . - ;
The Washington & Oregon Lumber com
pany in planning some large improvement*
to its tarn sawmill at Vn^'^'ver. and
Vill StSrt the tuiuie tip on full time annul
March 15, At present the mill is not in
operation." except the planing department.
The stock in the yards has been materially
reduced, v- ; '■■;:;*■
A, Buehohs was killed la the Gray* liar
bor Commercial company's yards it Cog
niopn! ye»terday, a truck with lumber
tipping over and throwing the lumber on
him. He was ■ stranger at i osmopolii and
little could be learned about bun.
Y>'terday afternoon, ' in the , Masonic
hall, 'the Ladies' Musical club gave an en
joyable recital, consisting'almost'entirely
of Scandinavian music. A large audience
was present and the program was highly
appreciated. Miss Alice Thorseu, after a
vivid description of the dramatic ; play,
"Peer t«ynt," a collaboration of Grieg and
Jbmen,. playede four.beaUtiful selections in
which were pictured by musical htvmonies
the thrilling scene* in the adventui«ug life
of •• Peer. Mist Nel Francis Willison," a
young • violinists of ■ remarkable ability.
assisted the clubby ike rendering of sev
era! violin s»I.K- nun. iim-h, HaM Sill and
Beethoven. The "Sunshiue Song" from
"Peer Uynt" was prettily. sung by Miss
Ueyman. Selections from Chopin were rev-
;; Mayor Campbell will address the voters
of the Seventh ward AYeduesJay crtming,
March 2, at, 8 o'clock, in Gilbert 11., 2SC7
be appointed to "inveKtigate the ror'liK-t of
tin. Mayor, the eowninioDer of puLlio
Niid tha city eleoin. >an in CMWWC
tion with thi coatnet now pcndniK and
■II) in connection with the letting of
thr n.iitr:ic| to th<" TacOIIH < atanict com
pnny." The motion wax pamed
KATOH TOOK ACTION
As soon as Mayor Campbell heard of
the council's action he called a special
inciting and a*kcd that the investigation
be commenced at once. A motion to that
effect was made and lost. Bemdea the
councilmen, there were a large number of
citizens present, and Mayor Campbell ex
plained the situatin. \i
j Before the meeting some of the citizens
were mad enough to want Co throw the
mayor out of the window. After he wan
through talking, the sentiment changed
and • tiny felt like throwing some of the
councilmen out of the window.
At a subsequent meeting, November 26,
when the investigation committee >was to
have reported, the council backed down
completely and pas«ed a resolution which,
in substance, staled that the matter now
having gotten into court, and as there
deemed to be "no MM for further in
quiry, be ii rexolved, that the council take
no further action." Thus the "invest iga
tion" wax hurried to an early grave by
those who had asked for it. '
■ All thin "time the .Tacoma j Railway &
Power cuiniiiiriy wuh tearing 'its hair at the
thought of.haying its t graft on the city
treasury : taken away. The company got
out tin r injunction raining the commis
sioner of» public work* from awarding the
contract to t)ie a TacQma Cataract company,
and thus tin; nmtter wan taken from the
jurisdiction of ;the 'city -'official* to that
of the Hii|ici-ior court of Pierce county.
The* caw came' up before* Judge Huston.
• IIIKIK HUSTON APPROVED
Alter come over th* entire matter very
thoroughly,. ijudgt': IliiKtou rendered an
opinion which supported in every particu
lar, the position taken by the mayor and
commissioner of public works, lie »aid
that In' did not tind anything by which
the coiiiiniHHiiinei' could be charged "with
fraud in making the award or even mani
Subsequently, during the administration
of .Mayor Campbell, the contract with the
Tacoma Cataract company wjas reduced
from 12 mills to 8.4 milk per kilowatt hour,
or, about one-hall what the Tacoma Hail
way & Power company had been charging.
The bill of the Tacoma Railway A- Power
company for electric current furnished for
the month of December, 1900, wag $4,513.
The bill of the Tacoma Cataract company
for electric current furnished for the month
..f December, 1908, for better service and
with the number of light almost double
what it was iii ,1900, was $3,707.11. At
the rate paid In 1000 the bill for Decem
er, 190.1, would have been $0,700 instead
of $3,707.11. ■
That is the story which the public rec
ords tell of the Tacoma electric lighting
dared by Mrs. M. G. Fremming and atrt.
J. S. Thomas. A number of meinbcm of
the club Bung "The Approach of Spring,"
by Niels W. (!o<le, underlie direction of
Professor Alexander. - ♦
Tomorrow and Friday evenings in the
W. C. T. I', hall on South Ninth and Q
Streets, will be held the semi-annual con
vention of the Pierce County Women's
Christian Temper* na« union. The mem
bers have taken great pains to make the
meeting a race* •- in every particular. Miss
Clara Anaorge of Shelton, and Miss Emma
B, Page will be present and several ad
dresses will be held during the convention.
A basket lunch will be served by the la
dies after the business meeting.
Mark A. fXJIon, of Dillon A Fiaher, left
yeaterday for nn extended trip throuah the
J. B. Hutton will eeWirate hi ß tight*
liitti birthdnj with a uumber of bia
(rwnda this avaaiag at bia home, 509 North
Mrs. A. B. Winner entertained the la
dies of the .Foreign Missionary society of
the First M. B. church at a tea at her
home, 144 North X utrect, last night.
The board of managers of the Children's
home met yesterday at the home of Mrs
Kverett <;. Qrima. Th<? next meeting will
be held ii, April "-
The la.lies of tin- Kiist Preebyteriaa
church met this aK,i noon with Mrs. Main
METHODS OF TRANSPORTATION
HAVE CHANGED GREATLY IN JAPAN
TOKYO, March V2.~One of the indica
tions of the great change the last few de
cade* lias nude in Japan, is the improved
mode of travel. The old «t>le was essen
tinlly pedestrian. Common people traveled
afoot, and carried or drugged their bur
dens. Couriers relied on deftness of foot.
The. wealthy people were carried or hauled
in vehicles by coolies. On water, trans
portation depended almost entirely upon
muscular exertion except when the wind
was favorable .
All this labor, year after year, developed
a stteos'* of limb and power of endurance
which <r«nsmitted to a later generation,
have enabled Japanese ■oldjera to march
great distances with spMd and erne and to
withstand the piercing cold at blistering
heat of Manvhuiiu and Formosa respec
tively. - i. : - • • :
A life of constant exposure to wind, rain,
heat and cold ha" toughened the »kin and
made.' a hardy race out of the common peo
ple^ On the other hand, those of the
wealthier c!as« who do" not indulge in
physical training have been left with weult
The common vehicles m olden times »< r»
the iinrimono and kago.~-> The former was
•/large sedan chair, and the Utter a sort
hi»el. .123 Nofth .1 utrwt. The election of
officers waa the pnnnp«! bumnens trans
The young people of the Kir-t M. K.
church gave n locinl last mglit in the
pparlora of the church.
Mis* Colehower ha« returned from a
bumne«i« ttip t<. \ew York city.
ON THE PRENIDENT
WASHINGTON, I). ('., March 2.-The
National Wholesale Lumber Dealeta' a»
•ociatmn (oiiMiii-d m annual MMMa in
the capital today with promkmt lumlier
men |iii.-i Mit from nearly every MCtioa of
the I'nited StateH. After the opening for
tiialitu- and the trarirnetion ot some rou
tine bttailMM the waion adjouine.l and the
members called in n body at the White
House t.. pas their re*peetn to I'iesident
Rootarelt, who received thiin conliallv and
disCMfed with them xeveral iiialtcru in
whi.-h the lunibci ua.lc i- part jeiilai ly in
teie-icd. Secretary Shaw and Secretary
Cortelyoo have been invited to a<ldre»s the
The Amerie.ui Hawaiian «teaiii*hip T>yra
in due at the Commercial dock today.
.Tap Infantry- Russian in Cold
man. Weather Cob
RUSSIAN LEGATION GUARDS ARRIVING
A T SEOUL FROM CHEMULPO-A SKETCH
When the Russians were refused permission to use the Japanese railway from Chemulpo to Seoul, they marched their
troops overland to protect their legation at the Korean capital. This sketch was made as the Russian soldiers arrived a
Seoul, by Frederic Villers. the famous artist. The Quaint figure in the foreground to the left is wearing the mourning head
of a basket. The kago is still used in the
mountainous country where nothing else
There are still many pedestrians in
Japan, but they become .less every year.
Boats are propelled by steam; the trolley
is seen in this city; the stage, jinriklaha,
the railway, with telegraph and telephone,
operate through the country. The bicycle
I und automobile are common sights,; and
American and European distance annihilat
ing inventions are rapidly adopted.
The '.'Pullman car" of Japan is the jin
rikisha, which is pulled by, coolies. | It
ii a delightful method of traveling and the
coolies make fast time.
A freight car, something after the-jln
rikisha, is in common use. In Tokyo
alone j there are more . than 700,000 hand
carts, almost 200 000 jinrikUhas, about
10.000 ox-carts and 25,000 other freight
Japan boasts of about 4.000 miles of rail
way*. It is said that 1,500 miles more are
necessary. The rate of fare is one "sen"
a mile for third class, two ''sen" for second
class, and three "sen" for first dfew. The
speed average:) about- 20 mile* ;an hour.
The government owns most of the roads
and will in time own all. ■
The • modem' postal system was adopted
THE TAOOMA TIMES
THE BRIDGEPORT TRAGEDY
MAY NEVER BE SOLVED
liRriMiKPORT, Conn., March 2.-The
mysterious double tragedy in the Canfield
home bids fair to defy Holution. Mrs.
Joseph B. Canlielil. the young wife, has
bean released by the police, who admit
now that her husband and her maid, Theo
louada Anderson, may have been asphyxi
ated accidentally by fumes from the fur-
in 1872. It is built on the American plan.
In 1877 Japan was admitted to the inter
national poatal union. The 25th anni
versary of this event was celebrated I"
1809 with great eclat. The postal system
today is one of the beat in the world.
With the arrival of March comes the
beginning <>i the building reason. The
prospects are that a« soon as the weather
will permit exteanve operations will bt
eontowMad all over the city.
La»t March was the banner month of
1903. During that month permits were
taken out ' for building to the amount of
♦306,012. which far exceeded any other
month. April May. June and July are
months when a large number of permits
are issued. March did not surpass all
other months in the number of permit*
issued, but in the value of buildings. It
was in March last year that permits were
taken out for two of the finest buildings
in the city. The Provident Life- In
surance company took out a permit for the
Provident building, which cost $150,U00,
and Judge Snell commenced the erection of
the building now occupied by Rhodes
Bros., which cost $65,000.: !
As soon as the weather becomes more
settled, the sound of the hammer will
be heard and many new buildings will be
seen arising on vat-ant lots throughout the
entire city. . ■ •. ..
nace. The inexplicable part of the affair
is the escape of Mrs. Cantield and her pet
terriers, who slept in the same house.
Mrs. CaTitield was a factory girl of un-
UKUaI beauty at work in the Canfield mills
when < ai|tield met her a year ago. Thiy
were married, but society refused to re
ceive her and much unhappiness resulted.
The following prices were quoted bj)
H'liolosiik'is this morning:
MEAT AND PKOVISIONS.
Fresh Meat— Cow beef, 7%c; steer beef,
7%CJ veal. 8%10e; pork, S', 2 e; mutton,
Provisions. —Hams. 13i^@14c lb; break
fast bacon. 16c; bellies, freih. 12V4c.
White River burbanks, $18.00 a ton;
Yakima potatoes, |34@35; sweet potatoes,
$2.75; carrots, $1 sack; rutabagas, 75c
sack; home grown cabbage, 2%e lb; Califor
nia cabbage, 2%c lb.; cauliflower, $1.00
doz.; California tomatoes,? 2.00 box;
celery, 60<«;75c doz.; radishes, 10c dozen
bunches: lettuce. $1.26(«1.50 box; Oregon
onion*, W.50®3.00 ewt; green onions, 10c
dozen bunches; Hubb«rd squash. 2e lb;
rhubarb, IMio lb.; hothouse radishes, 35c
doz.: dry I hili peppers, 250 lb.
QRBEH FRUIT. ETC.
Apple*, cooking, box; Spitzen
berus, $1.25(<'1.50; Haldwins. Wagners,
Northern Spies, etc.. $1.00'">1.25 box; east
of the mountains fancy Greenings, fHJcis'
$1 box; Wineaapa, ¥1.50 c 1.75; Hen Davis,
$1.15(f11.25; Red Cheek i ippin», $1.50C«'
?1.75: ()ineapp!es, $4-58 doz.; Redlinds or
anges. $1.40<iv2.40 box; lemons, $2.50«/3.00
box: cranberries, $9.00: Persian dates, 6t
lb.; bananas, $2.50<«3.00 bunch.
English walnuts, No. 1, 14^c lb.; Chill
Walnuts. 13c 11..; Uanoble, 13c lb.; al
monds, ISa lb; pecans. 12C5?13c lb; Brawls,
12c lb: tUbera. Vk lb; pcauvU, freih roa«t
•d. 8c lb; cht«tnut«, 12@13e Ib, cocoanui«
Chicken*, hem" and ipringi, 12H@14c
Ib; dressed.turkeys, 20(523c ib: ducks live
He;- dressed. ll&Uc lb; geese. 10(aIle lb;
squabs.. scarce, 12.50*3.00 do*.
Halibut. B'4c; salmon, B>4c; black cod,
7c; shrimp, 8c; olanu, $1.40 sack; crabs
»firstname.lastname@example.org do«; rock cod, 6c: herring, 4c.
HAY. GRAIN AND FEED.
Oat«, $2.'i.50(a26 ton; barley, $23.50 ton;
wheat $28 ton; chop $22.50r«->3 ton; shorts
*20 ton; bran, |19 ton; oil meal. *29 ton;
B. W. timothy, new, $22 ton; K. W. com
pressed timothy, new, $27 ton; new wheat
hay, $16<a]7 ton: new alfalfa, $13.50(3)14
ton; new Puget Sound hay, $15@16 ton;
middlings, $26.50 ton.
BUTTER, EuGB AND CHF<vS>
Butter. — Washington creamery 28c;
ranch, 14@18c; Eptern tub, 23<aiic.
Eggs—Fresh ranch, 22c ,i dozen.
Cheese.—Washington, 13i.,c; New York
Sapho, full cream, 17@18c; Edam, $9.50;'
brick, 17c; Swi--,, imported, 23;-.30c;
Roquefort, 45c; Limburger. 16@20c; brick
15c; Swiss brick, l/o.
LAWYER WHO GOT
A $2,000,000 FEE
WASHINGTON, D. C. f March 2.-The
ratification of the canal treaty meant
WILLIAM NELSON CROMWELL.
?2 000,000 in cold cash for William Nelson
Cromwell, general attorney for the Pana
ma Canal company. He was paid that fee
for his two years' work in securing the
passage of the bill. He is a hard fighter,
but even his enemies say he is an honest
one. His fee is the largest ev^r paid.
We carry a large stock of the
latest improved sanitary fixture*.
1130 Commerce Street. Phone Main 392.
That nature's true material medioa and art
of healing are not found in a drug store,
but in an institution thoroughly equipped
with the latest scienuuc apparatus for
intelligently administering Superheated
and Raritied air—Static, Galvanic, Far
adit' and High Frequency currents of elec
tricity—Motor. Manual and Magnetic
Massage—Color Forces, Suggestion and the
various modalities of Psycho-Magnetic
Chronic Diseases, such as Constipation,
Catarrh, Rheumatism, Neuralgia, Asthma.
Bronchitis, permanently and pleasantly
cured by Nature's Method at the
Laboratory of Fine Forces
B 5, The Hyson. Phone Main 652.
0. E. JONES
Stewart &, Holmeg Drug Co.
A' Fine Assortment —Good Stuff at
Henry Mohr Hardware Co.
114$ Pacific . 4" et )up *>ht\w>. Haiti i.^
I* AVAKERS AEWyoRK
j^L AVAKERS * rtCWyoRK
If you want to see the snappiest styles
ever produced in clothes, you want to see
jamin & Co's
Spring line. You can get a pretty good
idea of it from the cut, but in order to see
the suits as they really are, you need to
put them on and stand before the glass.
When you get one look at yourself in
one of these suits-, you'll much rather
give up the price of it than give up the
We have plenty of them to show you.
Dege & Alilner
Originators of Popular Prices for High-
Clothiers, Furnishers and Hatter*.
1110-1112 Pacific Aye.
Office 'Phone Main 125.
Floor Phone Black 5841
Zd acorn a
for heat when it snows.
Onr little heaters put into
a home just the kind of
handy heat that does
somebody some good. One
of their first points of
success is that you can
carry them around over
the house like a lantern.
They'll warm up a bath
room in 2 minutes; if
there's some chill in the
dining-room, they'll kill
it in 5 minutes. Then
they're handy in the bed
room, the fact is, they're
handy all over the house.
Price, $1.50 up.
WASHINGTON TRUCK CO., J. C. Hew
itt & Co. General freighting, household
goods, safes and pianos removed. Oifict
109 Tenth St. Office telephone, John 2341.
Barn telephone. James 2341.