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I BUSINESS! That's what the city I
I manager plan aims at. Don't over- •
i look a fine chance to learn about it 1
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. SUICIDE LEAVES A TOUCHIMG MOTE TO HIS WIFE
I "EMPTY I 1
I WORDS" J
BY THE EDITOR
tj My outstanding impression after a faith
ful leading of Candidate Hughes' acceptance
Speech is that he has delivered the rompaign
<ry of "Empty words!'' over to his adver
<J In a studied oratorical effort that re
quires columns of small newspaper type to
record, he has produced not one forward
looking, constructive idea.
*_ He has cited not one valid reason why
Woodrow Wilson should be displaced, nor
why Charles Evans Hughes should be sent
to the nation's helm.
% His widely-heralded speech is purely a
speech of destructive criticism. Its ablest
and most convincing passage is his indict*
Kent of the president's Mexican policy.
Even there he is tlie office-seeking candi
date Either than the statesman or Ihe fair
minded judge, for he withholds praise for
Wilson's many undisputed achievements in
Mexican affairs, while bitterly attacking
him for his errors.
% Nor does Hughes tell the country what
HIS Mexican policy would be, nor give any
guarantee against his committing Mexican
mistakes quite as numerous and grievous as
Wilson has heen guilty of.
<J Emptier yet arc his words on such sub
jects as labor, conservation, suffrage, the
Philippines and tariff. Balanced state
ments, all of them, designed to conceal the
Speaker's meaning, rather than to elucidate
it! What are Hughes' convictions on these
subjects . You must look elsewhere to learn,
the speech docs not set them forth. The
words are worse than empty, they are
m_ The address will be a disappointment to
every progressive minded citizen. For it is
a typical old-style harangue designed purely
to catch votes.
QIT IS EMPTY WORDS— EMPTY
WORDS, IT IS TRUE, Til AT ARE HIGH
LY POLISHED, LIKE HOLLOW GLASS
BEADS, AND STRUNG TOGETHER ON
A SILVER STRING-BUT HOLLOW
GLASS READS STILL.
HOT ON CHASE
FOR A WITNESS
The deadlock In the grand jury
appears to be no nearer solution
Monday than It was when the In
vestigation of the strike situa
Throughout the entire morning
the probers balloted behind
closed doors, only to adjourn
shortly before noon without re
porting to the court any results
of the investigation of the fatal
shooting at the east end of the
11th street bridge.
Moanwhlla Deputy Prosecutor
Phelps was busy scouting through
the city in an automobile trying
to run down a witness said to be
able to Identify the person who
fired the shot that killed Rang
All the witnesses so far have
been unable, or have refused, to
Identify the slayer. The prose
cutor's supposed clue is reported
to be the last resort in obtaining
Indictments in the case.
Up to noon, Phelps had been
unable to locate the wanted wit
Several documents were being
carried In the hip pocket of Fore
man 8. E. Oange when the
grand Jury adjourned to meet
M«in this afternoon. It could
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not be learned whether there
might be some more "no true
Nobody was ready to make a
prediction as to when the grand
jury will break up.
"I can't see the end In sight,"
was all that Foreman Qange had
It Is potsible the jurors may
continue balloting throughout the
Prosecuting Attorney Re
niHiin stated there are one or
two other matters to bring before
the probers when they have
called a halt to the strike inves
BODIES OF FOREST
FIRE VICTIMS ARE
LAID IN TRENCHE.
HAILEYBURY. Ont., Aug. 1—
Scores of forest fire victims are
being burled in deep trenches.
Total casualties probably can
never be ascertained, but relief
workers believe over 600 per
ished. The fire swept hundreds
of square miles In northern On
A BOY'S TRICK ■
WASHINGTON, D. C, Aug. 1.
—Germany handed Ambassador
Gerald a note Tuesday refusing to
negotiate further for Polish re
lief work. Conditions Imposed
by England are given as the rea
son. Relief, it is asserted, will
be unnecessary atfer October 1, as
crops are good.
NEW YORK—Charles Evans
Hughes declares for a woman suf
frage amendment to the constitu
tion, in a letter to Senator Su
therland of I'tah, made public
CHICAGO — Two bombs
were exploded Tuesday morn
ing under the plant of the
Jewish Daily Prew*. A. M.
Melding, publisher, was a
sinie witness in the recent
trial of labor leaders con
spiracy. He was blown out
of bed hut is unhurt.
NEW YORK—Unless the right
to unionize is granted. New York
street car men threaten to tie up
all surface, elevated and subway
lines, in. the. city. Governor
Whitman, Mayor ' Mitchell and
Police Commissioner Woods are
In conference Tuesday over the
BALTIMORE--After _a pilot
had been ordered aboard the Ger r
man submarine Deutschland and
all was ready for a dash to sea
Tuesday preparations were aban
doned and no information is now
available as to when she will
40 LIVES ARE LOST
SANTIAGO, Chill, Aug. I.—
The Chilean steamer Ecuador Is
wrecked near Coronal.- Forty
lives were lost. The vessel be
longed to the Argentine Naviga
AI.LIRH LOSE 40
SHIPB; HERMANS M»
BERLIN, Aug. I.—Total na
val losses of the allies are stated
by the admiralty today to be 49
vessels. The Teutons, It Is ssid,
lost 30 vessels.
I Talk o' the Times j
Orel-tings, after reading
the Great I iron of Chas,
Hughes were you able to fig
ure out how he would make
.in a better president than
the one we have?
NEVER JUDGE WOMEN AND
CIGARS BY THEIR WRAPPERS.
Gulf fttream changes
course. On account of tho
A nickel is now worth 6 cents,
hut you can't make a slot machine
It comes out now that
Hughe.) once sang in a
church choir. It looks aN
though Mils was going to be
a mud slinging campaign.
How thick-headed those long
shoremen are! The employers'
association as much as a week ago
People are often poor
because of neglect of
early training in
habits of saving.
The secret of acquir
ing wealth lies main-'
lv in the habit of
declared the strike all over, and
here those unionists haven't found
it out >et.
One thiii-i we do hope the
grand jury "ill do, and that
Is to let lite public in on the
sen-ret trouble of the be
leaguered Mr. Armstrong.
Rockefeller can't tell how much
lie's worth. Could you tell off
hand how much money you have
In your pockets?
i N^suly time for some gen
critljjo announce where he
wlinha.e his Christmas din
"Tljkonions In my.garden have
lovely^poft, plnK skins," writes
ChaiiieaSannhon, ''but a few of
them'ltpe been sunburned. 1 rub
• them'wlLh cold cream every morn
' lng ana* hold an umbrella over
i them til sundown.
'"My »m is doing fine. I can
reach afhost to the top of the
•t*y stooping." ,"
"I b__Ve hsd great success with
my onlbns this year," Lon Moore
"T» .feat secret in raising
onions is never to pull one before
It is _c. I find It is easy to tell
whetSß" or not an opinon is ripe
by bfttßg It."
LOSES HIS MONEY;
BTARVES IN CAVE
t . SAW KRANCIBCO, Aug. I.—
Josing all his money to
SfHclf doctors. Oustav Varges of
Uoldfleld. New, was too proud to
beg ($■ help, »nd lived in a cave
on tjje beach, with mussels for
food.iuntil he grew too weak to
catch -the mussels, and was found
by a policeman, as he lay starv
ing In tnp cave.
MX NT BK MK.XICANS
Wit PASO, Aug. I.—The Mexi
can ministry of justice today sent
a message saying that aliens de
siring to exploit Mexlcsn oil fields
must become Mexican eltltens.
ARRANGES TO CARRY
POLICY OVER A DAY
Samuel l>. Bridges, for -•">
I years deputy clerk of the
I nlii'il SI it I.", court in Ta co
unt, uho served n recent term
of one year in the McNeil's
island penitentiary for di
verting federal funds, »n.
found ileitd In lied in his
apartments at the I.\cter, nth
] and .1 streets, at StM o'clock
On a small stand beside the bed |
1 stood a partially drained glass, ■
containing v coiorless, odorless
A (luster of crystals covered
the bottom of the glass.
j By a cursory examination, the
coroner today decided that
i Bridges had taken a combined
j solution of strychnia and blehlo
-1 ride of mercury. His litis and
chin were burned, and bis tongue
..as nlmost bitten In two by the j
sudden contraction of his jaw
I'ncertalnty whether his death
was suicide was cleared up late
jthla forenoon by the discovery of
'a sealed note to Mrs. Bridges bid
ding li*r farewell.
A telegram from Mrs. Bridges,;
! former Cortland society girl, who
I I no- be.n visiting her relatives in
Cortland for several days, caused
I the discovery of Bridges' death.
Telephone I nanswered.
Friends had tried to telephone
the former federal court clerk
! several times yesterday and re
ceived no response.
When a telegram came for
! Bridges today, and no response
I could be Induced from the apart
ments, a janitor forced his way
Into the Bridges' rooms.
lie lay in bed, partially dress
ed, wearing a bathrobe and slip
per... Death had occurred at
leaßt 36 hours earlier.
Mrs. Bridges traveled south
with the family of Mr. and Mrs.
Jack Donnelly, who left last week
on a motor trip to Kansas City.
She spent several days with
relatives In Portland and her tele
gram, which came after Bridges'
death, announced that she had
decided to remain a day longer la
Cortland but would leave for
"I would be glad If you would
meet me," concluded her tele
Bridges was suspended from
federal service four years ago
after federal examiners had dis
covered a discrepancy in his fin
Kelt. Disgrace Keenly.
After a long delay, he was tried
and convicted. Judge Cushman
sentenced him to 18 months' lm
At the end of 13 months
Bridges was released. Since that
time he has lived in Tacoma, ap
parently dejected and gloomy
over the disgrace of his peniten
Friends say th*t he has been a
different man since .leaving pris
on, and that his gloom has in- 1
Guilt IV. Inii.*l.
Bridges' sentence to McNeil's
Island much aruseil his many
friends, who,believed he had not
been treated justly.
The bank in which he was em
powered, as federal court clerk,
to deposit court moneys, was
bonded to take a limited amount
of federal funds.
When Bridges received a judg
ment of over i 100,000. to be held
In Hunt during the pendancy of
an Important case, he found that
he could-not deposit the money
under tlie federal account, so, on
advice of a banker friend, he tem
porarily placed It In his personal
Government Investigators dis
covered the act, and had him ar
Bridges did not gain a penny
by the act, It was alleged, and
had no criminal Intent. But he
was guilty, at least, ef violation
of a technical court rule, and was
sent to prison,
i (Continued on Psce Right!
|gUnni.NtCHT EDlTlON****** )
I WEATHER I
I Tacoma: Fair tonight and Wed- I
| nesday. 8
# Washington: "Same. I
"Two Perfect Women
—Wife and Mother"
My Dear Katie: Sunday Night.
"My insurance policy expires at midnight
tonight but to avoid any question I have ar
ranged to have it carried over until noon to
morrow. ***** j j^yg k nown on iy
two perfect women in this world— my mother
and my wife. * * • • * With love, Sambo."
This brief note, part of which is omitted because of i<a
personal nature, wan left by Samuel D. Bridge* to his wife,
Mrs. Charlotte Bridges, former society belle of Portland.
The note will be turned over to Mrs. Bridges by Coro
ner Btewart late today.
THE PRICE SOCIETY
MADE BICES PAY
By the Editor
Usually the important, the
thrilling, the dramatic, the
tragic and the merely human
news stories of the day pass
through the consciousness of
an editor, leaving little per
In the concentration of
getting the written account
into Ills editions, an editor
has no time to register the
usual human emotions for
any but fleeting instants.
But once in a while a
story strikes home. And
when It does, I believe, It
hits the editor a little bit
harder than anybody else.
Thus, this pleasant August
forenoon am i stricken to the
quick by the news that Sam
Bridges Is dead -a suicide.
Not that I ever was num-
bered among Sam Bridges'
close friends, for my ac
quaintance with him, though
dating back perhaps 10
years, was casual.
As a youthful reporter, I
remember meeting him years
ago when he was an attache
of Judge Hanford's federal
court. Suave, competent,
reserved, yet cordial, he
challenged my interest.
Some years passed. Bridges
became head of the office
where he had been a subor
dinate, and in the slow mu
tation of newspaper advance
ment.! developed from cub
reporter into a full-fledged
* one, then into a sub-editor.
Five years ago I sinned.
as that particular newspaper
classified reporters' sins, and
was urgently requested to
A few minutes later,
walking along (he street and
pondering over the ways of
providence, I encountered
He confided In me that
he, too, had just lost his po
We held a mutual sympa
thy . tension and parted, I
for a newapaper Job In Los
Angel ea, and he, as I learned
later, to face a serious court
charge and to spend many
months on McNeils Island.
Another whirl of time
hronght us both back to Ta
roma, he a discharged con
vict and I an editor. And
by para coincidence It found
as occupying apartments In
the same tier of the same
He was a vastly changed
Sam Bridges. Outwardly,
lie was as suave, as co.ii|ie
tesnt. as reserved et as cor
dial, as before. That .«•,
when he met you and spoke.
Bl'T HE PREFERRED
NOT TO MEET YOU. HE
YET HE FEARED. APPAR
ENTLY, EVEN MORE THE
EYES OF HIS OLD ASBOCI-
A T E 8. QUESTIONING
EYES, I PRESUME, HE
FELT THEM TO BE.
I have seen him In recent
months meet my three-year
old youngster in Wright
park or on a stair landing,
and the sight made my soul
It was so evident that Sam
Bridges was throwing the
whole force of the in-aul.il. '•
loveable side of his oi'a
nature Into an effort to gala
the child's warm friend
It was as If he felt that
here, at least, was a human
being who would accept
him for what he was at that
minute and who would raise
no recollections or the pain
So It comes about that
there is one rosy spot, at
least, In my contemplation
of Sam Bridges' sad career.
It is the knowledge that In
his heart-touching campaign
to make friends with a wee
boy, his efforts were ;
crowned with siicces*. The
hearty greetings and the -
warm smile> of an uncon- >
taininuted baby I cart. I -
know, were dearer than gold
FARMERS EAST OF
ROY TO PICNIC AT
The farmers east of Roy will
hold an all-day picnic at the
Lacamas school on Mriday. The
program is to include a basket
lunch and speeches of general in
terest to farmers.
HOLD PEACE MKKTINGS
BERLIN, Aug. I.—Although
the German national committee
for honorable peace held meetings
everywhere today, the public
hardly discussed the peace plana.
The newspapers gave prominent
place to peace speeches simultane
ously delivered in 50 different