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—■ B I _^ 1-H H IB V V _BB I I W w 811 ft 818 H _■ w. Ifl BI w __■■..!— V -^-- "-_-*• -__- — — --»" >*mmw ******* — _» _-__■_- -■■ Eastern powder company is in creasing its capital to quarter bil lion dollars. Possibly powder stock is more safe when it is watered. CLAMP UD ON SWAGGER HOTEL Unfit For Office When Mayor Fawcett a few days ago ripped out an emphatic oath during a city council meeting there was a terrific hubbub. The target for the mayor's "cuss words," Commissioner Mills, talked piteously about the blackness of the offense, and vowed solemnly that if it ever was repeated he would bring impeachment proceedings. The three special interest papers of the city "played up" the incident as if it were of international importance, and the morning member of that trio made itself a laughing stock by taking the impeachment plan ser iously. The Times would not attempt to defend profanity on the part of Mayor Fawcett or anybody else. Profanity is bad from every standpoint and cannot be defended. But yesterday Mayor Fawcett's breach was so overshadowed by a performance of his recent critic, Mr. Mills, as to lake rank almost as a virtue. Mills brought into the council meeting two disgustingly obscene "poems" and insisted on reading them aloud to his fellow members and to a few spectators. He was shamed into silence only when a well known churchman entered the chamber. For such an offense, perfectly deliberate, there can be no excuse. Mayor Fawcett's profanity did have a great deal of provocation. Mills' gloating over his dirty literature stamps him as a man with a nasty mind. For any citizen to do what he did is a violation of city ordinance, to say nothing of common decency, good taste, and morality. For the head of a city police department to do it was infinitely worse. It stamped Mills as unfit to hold any office, and especially the office he now fills. If Mayor Fawcett's hot tempered oath deserved impeachment, the mind of man would falter and fail trying to conceive of an adequate po litical punishment for Smutty Mills. And the special interest papers which saw such tremendous news value in Mayor Fawcett's slip have had not a word to say about the trans gression of their filthy-thoughted friend. I ~-— mm*———— TEUTONS WOULD END WAR DV ONE BALKAN SMASH BERLIN, Sept. 18.—One mighty blow In the Balkans may -end the war by spring. By blasting a road through Serbia to Bulgaria, the Austro- Germans may not only settle the vexatious Balkan question, but likewise force an early peace. Both here and in Vienna the Idea of a sudden stroke in the ' Balkans met with hearty popular approval, in Vienna particularly the press reports that the Austro- Germans soon will Invade Serbia are widely commented on. Vienna believes that no other move prom ROB LODGE OF HUNTER «, C. E. Hill, 522 North E st„ < '» reported to the police today that his hunting lodge on the Nisqually flats had been entered during the 'last two weeks and stripped of furniture, valuables and its stock of provisions. A Collection System Tt is generally recognized that promptness and the sys tem which the Banker puts Into use inspires promptness from the makers of obliga tion which are left with the Bank for collection. We respectfully solicit from anyone, whether or not a Deposit customer, to leave with us his notes which are due or to become due, wheth er small or large, also any partial payment contracts and our Collection Depart ment will give absolute per sonal attention to same at a very mtn'.mum charge. PUGET SOUND STATE BANK H. N. TINKER, President. The Tacoma Times ises such an early end to the struggle. Military officials here agree that it would be a comparatively easy task to defeat Serbia. Then a short march would link up the central empires with Bulgaria, which already is friendly to them. The allies apparently have lost their chance of winning Bulgaria to their cause, it is felt here, and as she now is on friendly terms with the Turks it is thought she would take the field immediately If Roumania declared war on Turkey. Criticise Warden's Vouchers Game Warden Ira M. Light's bills to the county are creating no small amount of Interest among county officials. ▲ number of his requisitions for the latter part of August and the first of September were In spected today and many peculiari ties were noted, it is said. He had bills for railroad fare to different stations, calling for two or three times the amo'int of the fare. His requisitions for food are said to be far ln excess of what was really needed for short inspection tours. Another bill which was object ed to by county officials was $160 for a cement aquarium on his own farm near Steilacoom. The ques tion brought to the minds of .court house officials is, what will become of this expensive aquar ium if Light should ever be un fortunate enough to be ousted from office. FAIR TO KEEP OPEN I It was announced this after noon that the Prairie Grange fair at American lake will be continu ed open tomorrow. 30cA MONTH VOL. XII. NO. 231. T \rOMA. WASH. SATI HP AY, HKITKMBKK 18. 1915. WINSTON USE NEARING END Ed Winston took the stand *o day to testify for himself against the charge of murdering Irving Wise, by stabbing him in the neck July 8. The Btate completed its side of the case today, having only one witness. Attorney Frank Carroll called three witnesses. Their testimony was short and favorable to the defendant. Then Winston took the stand and told In detail of the events leading up to the cutting in front of the saloon at llth and X streets. He said he bent arms with Gil bo, who became Insulting when he (Winston) succeeded in bend ing Gllbo's arm. He said that Wise interrupted by challenging him, and after calUng him names struck him in the face. Somebody else hit him then, he said, and he started towards llth street, looking for a policeman. When he got there Gtlbo and Wise rushed him and he drew a knife to protect himself, striking both men, he said. After that he .-an. The case probably will go to the jury late today. Tacoma Clerk Charged With Embezzlement E. F. Klrchburg, clerk l n the Crown Drug store for the last two years, is held in the city jail today awaiting the arrival of a Detroit officer, charged with the embezzlement of $5,060.62. Klrchburg ls married and was one o' the most highly trusted employes at the store. He declares that the arrest is caused by a misunderstanding. The clerk was administrator of an estate in Detroit before com ing to Tacoma. He has been arrested on a war rant sworn out In Detroit by Jere miah Drennan, bondsman for Klrchburg. PAPER GETS FAKE BOMB ——■-■—■-lis NEW YORK, Sept. 18.—A fake bomb was sent to the offices of the New York World today, it appeared like the real article, hut contained no powder. The World waa active in recent anti-German exposures, and it is not known if the bomb has any significance. THE ONLY INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER IN TACOMA. AT THE COUNTY FAIR Hire and Fire Men So Ruston Can Soak Them $2 Poll Tax! i Why does the smelter adver-; tlse constantly that it wants new men for its plant? Why does it keep many of its employes so short a time? Several men who have been dis charged lately, for no cause, and then saw others hired just be hind them think it is the village's system of taxation, which Includes a poll tax. "How long does a man have to live In Huston before he is as sessed the tax?" Mayor Pratt was asked by a Times man. "O, any length of time," said Pratt, "Just so he lives there. GERMAN SITUATION GROWING I CLEARER WASHINGTON, D. C, Sept. 18. —Hopes for a satisfactory settle ment of the Arabic controversy were raised today by a Berlin dispatch telling of the outcome of conferences between Ambassador Gerard and the foreign secretary, and indicating an Inclination on, Germany's part to meet America half way. WENATCHEE TO PRODUCE THREE MILLION BOXES WENATCHEE, Sept. 18—The first actual estimate of the IS 13 apple crop in the Wenatchee dis trict has ben finished. The crop will total almost 3,000,000 boxes. With the yield of Brewster, Pat eros and Malott Included It will exceed that figure. TODAY'S CI.KARINtIS Clearings $269,108.36 Balances 48,018.08 Transactions ....... 881,4(7.87 "Is a day long enough?" ">es," answered Pratt. Under this system of taxation, a large proportion of the vil lage's taxution falls on tbe em ployes of the plant, at a poll tax of $2 a year, instead of on the immensely wealthy smelter. And the city officials who fix on this pluu are all smelter foremen, except Pratt, who is the com pany physician. "How much does the poll tax total In a year," Pratt was asked last by the Times man. "Oh." he said, "very variable. We can't tell how many come and go tti a year." Olf i«-ia)(loiu expected the upshot ot the situation to be a disavowal of tse Arabic torpedoing. Far the Uroe being the admin istration's attention is centered on flhe British prize court's de cision confiscating millions ot doll Jrs' worth' or American goods and i>n the loan negotiations in New! York. N#ME BEACH •MOD FOR 20 YEARS MORE SJATTLE, Sept. 18.—Seward peninsula, and especially Nome beac i, where the discovery of gold In 1898 electrified the Unit ed Slates and gave Puget Sound a great impetus, may be relied upon to yield an average annual output of between $3,000,000 and $4,000,000 for at least 20 years longer, according to Jafet Llnde berg, president of the Pioneer M|nlng Co., who returned yester day front a throe months' stay in tht nortfc. HOME EDITION FOUR VOTE " NO" Apparently voicing the senti ment of Commissioner Mills, who asserted loudly today in the coun cil chamber to Mayor Fawcett that "you can't cut my salary while I'm on the Job, if I know It," the city commission flatly turned down Fawcett's plan for a general city salary cut. Although a majority of the city employes had announced to the mayor this week that they would prefer a cut to having their number greatly reduced, the four commissioners made a general as sault on tbe mayor's plan, and left It prostrate undej their feet. Would Save f» 1,304. Commissioner Mills again en gaged in a verbal battle with Fawcett, in which personalities of no delicate nature were ex changed. Fawcett showed by his motion that the sliding-scale cut of sal aries would make a total saving to the city of $31,364.23 a year. This would not Include day la borers. "I want to say that if you gen tlemen want to run the city on a business basis, as you claim you do, here is th«- big chance," be gan Fawcett. "Every business house in the country is making cuts. This is only a fair propo sition. The big salaried men are cut cut proportionately more, than the smaller salaried ones." Mills Swings Drake. On roll call, Atkins voted a positive "No." Drake started to say that he was in favor of tbe ordinance, If the pay of organised labor em ployes were not cut. Mills, jumping in, attempted to swing Drake by a grandstand gush of words. Mills shouted that he was un alterably opposed to the salary cuts, and ended with the state ment, From a business stand point, I am strictly opposed to this measure.." The roll call was remused, and Drake, Mills and Woods voted "No," Fawcett giving tbe only assenting vote, WEATHER Tacoma and vicinity: Fair to night and Sunday. Washington: Same. VISIT SEVERE PENALTY ON GAY RESORT SEATTLE, Sept. 18 —Its blinds drawn clone us If to hide its guilty Hbanie from scurrying thrones thnt pass its glided door, the Derby, once festive, fashionable hostelry In a neighborhood of Cushion, stands today silent anil disgraced at Second live, and Pine Bt., branded by the law a broth*'l. Its gay women arc gone. Its nights of revelry and wino are past. Even a good woman's tears fail ed to save it from the brand of the red-light law. Mrs. Lama Allen, the owner, pleaded In vain that she had not been informed of the character of tbe place. l-.iM Stain to lie Cm**n***A. Three Hays of the hardest legal biitllp her husbnnd. Jay C. AllM, the attorney, ever fought, did not dislodge the law, nor cause Su perior Judge French to falter tn what ho considered his duty. He ordered the Derby closed for six months. He deman«l«<d that its owner pay the state a spe cial tax of |300. He decreed that the expensive furnishings be torn out and sold by the slate, Hint, the Inst stain should be wiped out. Newer 11.-phil of Before. Society Is gasping. Never before In history had such wrath been meted out .ipon a hotel so elegantly palatial, and located right in the heart of the busiest hotel district in Seattle. "Dumps" had been torn down under the red-light abatement law, "lowbrow" rooming houses had been closed, but no judge hnd heretofore Invoked the law against a place such as the Der by —at Second aye. and Pine st. It was a signal victory for Pros ecutor Dundin. He had carried out bis campaign promise. But he might have lost. Had it I not been for the unexpected re version of mind of Mrs. Mildred Hill, who was landlady of the Derby for many months, the Al iens might have succeeded In their defense. Mrs ' 1111 ls the same as Mr*. Warner, who must face trial In Tacoma for running down In her auto and killing an aged man. landlady Tells. Hut Mrs. HUH who was consid ered tlie defense's staunchest wit ness, suddenly turned to the state. She told without reservation of the Immorality of the Derby, not failing to mention that even while abatement proceedings were pend ing the house had been run In a disorderly manner. Had Peep Hole. She told of how the door panel had been cut away and a pane of VILNA BATTLE RAGES PETROGRAD, Sept. 18. —A terrific battle for the possession of Vilna has begun. The Germana are making a smashing attack to the east of the city. Several Teuton detachments have pushed their way to the Novovilesk-Molodechno railway and are now attempting to pierce the Russian lines. The official statement today emphasized that the struggle around vilna is the greatest on the present front, stretching from the Baltic to Gallcia. German succeases in the Vilna region have been offset by de feats to the southwest. At some points tbere the AufitrO-Germftns are fleeing In disorder before a Russian offensive. CAPTURE POSITIONS BERLfN, Sept. 18.—TNe cap ture of a part of the Rnvalan ad vanced positions about Dvlnsk and Bridgehead was officially an nounced today. The Slav front between Vilna and Niemen wtta (broken. glass placed In the aperture that (alters might be scrutinised be fore they entered in time to warn the women inside if the visitors appeared "suspicious." Policemen related of their ad ventures in the house when they were sent there to secure svl di'iii-c. Rich draperlea hung be tween rooms, they said, soft lights heightened the loveliness of tit* women, whoso words were not those spoken generally In fashion able hotel wuitiug rooms. Lewd pictures adorned the walls. Budget Nearly Ready With a further cut of |«,ot>© neccßsary before a ir. mill le»ry is reatphed, tlie city council today approved Its budget for 181 C, aad prepared to place the expense list before the public. The budget will be published In The Times, the Tacoma official newspaper, next Monday. Every taxpayer aud citizen la urged to read it. The $5,000 cut yet to he mode was not acted on this morning because the council wanted more time to deliberate. It would not have been neces sary, had not Controller Meads urged the commission to restore the emergency fund of next year to $20,000. This fund had been cut to $12, --500, but Meads showed that be cuuse of a possible loss through unpaid taxes next year, a larger emergency fund wns Imperative. Cndoubtedly, according to sen timent of the council today, the $5,000 will bo cut from the li brary fund, leaving that fund at $32,000, the amount allowed last year. Librarian Kaiser asked $42,000 this year, and the sum was cut this week by $6,000. Tho council can make all 'he cuts It wants to after publication of tho budget Monday, but cannot make any increases, according to state law. The public Is invited to appear before the council Mon day, Oct. 4, to make suggestions regarding further changes in the budget. According to figures compiled by Controller Meads today, city expenses for 1916 will total $1, --109,233.29. Receipts from taxa tion, municipal utilities and other sources will be $1,121,891.75, un der the present appraised valua tion, but deducting the usual 2 per cent for loss of unpaid taxes, will amount to $1,108,891. This sum, subtracted from tbe expenses, leaves $5,342.29 still to be cut from expenses, before tha 15 mills levy will be reached. Only two cuts were made today in the budget, and one of them was caused by a clerical error In Atkins' office. Judge Stiles had been accredited on the budget with a salary of $4,800 for next year, when he really only gets $4,200. Had not the error been detected today, the city attorney could have received $50 addition al a month next year. The othar cut was an item of $250 worth of hose for the fire department. Atkins' announcement Thurs day that the council still bad *.o cut $16,200 was found today to have been another error on tba finance commissioner's part. Ho had lost track of $10,000 some where in his calculations. CARRANZA ASKS U. S. TO ASSIST WASHINGTON, D. C. Be»*t. tl. — Government investigation of the charge by CarranzisU officers that American troops made an Mr provoked attack against the Mexican force*, was formally ask. i *d today by Cferrau* agents.