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Get Quick Returns. VOLUME XXXII. WAR WITH CHINA IS NOT IMPROBABLE IS SECURING' INFORMATION Railway Commissioner Lawrence Interviews Shippers. TAKES UP ONE COMPLAINT Commission Is Up Against Hard Proposition in Matter of Rates on Grain. J. C. Lawrence, a member of the state railway commission, arrived In Walla Walla this morning from Spo kane, where he has been on private business. Mr. Lawrence's trip to Wal la Walla at this time was for the pur pose of conferring with the local ship pers relative to their demand made when the commission held a session here sometime ago for the same dis tributing rates as allowed the jobbers of Spokane and Seattle by the railroad. At that time the matter was gone into pretty thoroughly by the members of the commission and local jobbers. Sub sequently a formal complaint was filed with the board, but owing to the press of many other matters the board has not been able to take up the subject. Mr. Lawrence put in nearly all of the <lay in interviewing the men who made the complaint and securing data as to their shipments, the rates charged and •other matters pertinent to the question. He went into the details of the question and Secured considerable information that he will present to the board at Olympia. Important Questions. "The commission has many import ant questions before it at present," said Mr. Lawrence today, "but the most vital one to this section of the country is that of rates on wheat from eastern Washington. The farmers of the Big Bend country have applied t < the commission to adjust these rates and in consequence the board finds itself up against a hard proposition. Consideration of the request has been delayed principally by a decision -.f the United States supreme court, n what is known as the Nebraska rare ■case. In that opinion, handed down by Justice Harlan, it is held that the commission of Nebraska did not have a right to make a rate merely by com parison with similar rates on similar commodities for similar distances m other commonwealths. Much' Data Required. "The principle was established that a rate must be based upon a numbor of factors, supported by evidence. Among them are the cost of the road, the value of the betterments, the dens ity of population, the volume of ton nage and the cost of the service. "There are other factors, but these are some of the most important ones. The effect of the decision was to debar! comparisons with rates in other states, as a basis for making tariffs, and to throw upon the commission the burden of showing that the new rate which it substitutes for the one made by the railroad, is in itself fair and reason able. "When we considered making new rates on wheat, we realized at once that the ruling we might make would probably be contested and carried into the courts, when it would promptly be thrown out unless it conformed to this ruling of the supreme court, which is now the law of the land. Accordingly we are looking about to secure infor mation which will give us absolute ■evidence on the best of the railways. Will Take a Year. "Roads being built under various conditions, should be well in hand by the end of the year. We figure that with the cost of these roads available, we can have information at hand which we can safely apply to secure the cost of other lines. ' When we have these figures we can The Evening Statesman take up the question of making rates, and can have confidence that our rul ings will stand. "Incidentally, the information which we may secure will be of great value to the tax commission in fixing rail way assessments. The railways, In dealing with our figures, will probably be disposed to treat them fairly, since if the cos: of building is lower than our estimates, they will then reduce the amount of capital on which the roads can expect returns. If they say the cost is higher, then they will in crease the figure available for assess men:. "It is hardly probable that the matter can be decided before May. but the commission hopes to have the matter settled in time for the movement of the grain crop in the fall." Fairchild Is Also Here. H. A. Fairchild, chairman of the commission, arrived in Walla Walla on the W. C. R. train from Olympia and this afternoon assisted Mr. Law rence in securing information relative to the rates paid by the local shippers, pers. Japanese Farmers in Nebraska. NORTH PLATTE, Feb. 9.—ln setting aside irrigable lands, which come under the big government canal, near Guern sey, the government has discovered that a colony' of Japanese has obtained control of a big body of the best lo cated of the lands and are busy farming them. The lands were almost worth, less when the Japanese took charge of them, but now they are fertile and valuable. The Japanese were brought in to work in the sugar beet fields, but soon emancipated themselves and then started their own farms. They cannot be dispossessed. DAYTON PEOPLE ENTHUSED Believe That New Electric Road is An Assured Thing. POWER HAS ALREADY BEEN SECURED J. W. Cookerly Visits Dayton and Finds People Hard at Work on Proposition. "Dayton people are highly enthusi astic over the electric road projeot from Covello to Wallula," said J. W. Cookerly this morning. Mr. Cookerly spent yesterday in Dayton, and during the day met many prominent business men, who, he says, are all taking an active interest in seeing the road con structed and put into operation. "I believe that ultimately the road will be built," Mr. Cookerly declared. "The promoters have a fine water pow er on the Tucanon already secured and plans have progressed so far that a company will probably be organized within a very short time. Some defin ite plan will probably be decided upon at a meeting of the committee from the Walla Walla and Wallula Com mercial clubs, which meet with the Dnyton Commercial club today. "The proposed route of the new road will open up for development a fine section of country in Columbia county that is being retarded through lack of transportation facilities. Promoters of the enterprise are not going into the matter blindly. A committee has vis ited several cities where similar elec tric lines are in operation to gather information on cost of construction and the probable cost of operation. The promoters realize that the passenger service on the new line would be lim ited until the country settles up more, but the freight business will furnish a revenue that will prove a fine invest ment right from the start. Walla Wal la people should wake up to the possi bilities of this electric line and give the Columbia county people every encour agement possible." The Great Arlon Ball. NEW YORK. Feb. 9.—The Arion Bal 1 one of the greatest social events of the season, will be held at Madison Square WALLA WALLA, WASHINGTON. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1906. HER DINGLE! POLICY THE CAUSE SHE BOYCOTTS AMERICAN GOODS UNITED STATES CLAIMS A COPYRIGHT ON PROTECTION Prominent Official Connected With the State Department for Twenty Years Believes That the United States Will Be Under Necessity of Forcing Chinese to Boy American Goods By Making War Upon Her. WASHINGTON, D. C, Feb. 9.—An official of the state department inti mately connected with this country's foreign relations for 20 years said tj day: "The next grave and important phase of American foreign policy will be in our relations to China." He de clared that excepting Cuban interfer ence and the Spanish war the United States had had no complications with another power worthy of comparison with the threatened break with China. He says the arrogance of the great merchants of China must be endured to the extermination of American trade unless this government pursues a policy of armed resistance to re-es tablish the prestige of American com- Garden this evening. These balls have a reputation for their artistic merit and magnificence throughout the country and it is expected that tonight's ball will be more gorgeous and attractive than its predecessors. It will begin at nine o'clock, after which the floor will be open to dancers. Only per sons in masquerade costumes will be allowed on the floor. PAT DOLAN HOLDS ON. Court Enjoins Miners' Union From Deposing Him. PITTSBURG, Pa., Feb. 9— President Patrick Dolan, of the Miners' Union of this district this morning secured a temporary injunction restraining the members of the union from interfering with his presiding over the meetings. The union demanded his resignation on account of the stand he took at the recent convention at Indianapolis <n opposing a strike. Bartender a Murderer and Suicide. SAX FRANCISCO, Cal., Feb. 9—El bert A. Coley, a bartender at the Hay market dance hall, this morning shot and killed Josie Labat, a Mexican girl of Santa Clara, and then blew out his own brains. Th e girl"s mother was here to take the girl home, to which Coley objected. VICE ADMIRAL FOR PACIFIC COAST HIGH OFFICER AT SAN DIEGO TELLS OF PLANS OF GOVERNMENT. SAX DIEGO, Cal., Feb. 9— A high officer of the cruiser Chicago is author ity for the statement that the secretary of the navy will soon recommend that a vice admiral be appointed to take supreme command of the Pacific squadron with headquarters on the American Pacific coast. Under him would be the admirals for the Pacific coast and China stations. Congress must sanction this arrangement. It is also stated that plans are under way for a battleship squadron in Pacific waters. The Chicago Grain Market. CHICAGO. 111., Feb. 9.—Wheat, 85@ 85 %c; corn, 43 % @ 44c; oats, 30® 30 ESTABLISHED 1861 merce. He says the Japanese germ is affecting the body politics of China. He does not charge Germany and Great Britain with bad faith, but he says citi zens of those countries residing fn China would not despair if American influence were destroyed. An unusual number of troops are going to he Philippines and few are returning, while field maneuvers are constant. Outlook Is Very Dark. SAN FRANCISCO, Cal., Feb. 9.— Anything America can do in the way of making concessions to the Chinese will prove most harmful to our interests abroad, is the view expressed by Wil- TOM PARKER KILLS HIMSELF Was Formerly Prominent Citizen of Waitsburg. LATER WENT TO THE SOUND Was Democratic Candidate for Representative in 1892 and Came Near Election. L. T. Parker, a well-known Walla Walla county former farmer, shot and killed himself this morning near the western end of the Fort Walla Walla reserve. His body was found leaning against a post of the fence by a soldier of the Fourteenth Cavalry about 3 o'clock this afternoon. He reported to Colonel Godwin, who informed the sheriff's office. The soldier was riding along the road when he noticed a man leaning against the fence. Thinking the man was ill he jumped off his horse, when he discovered that he was dead. There was a bullet hole in nis head, which had been inflicted by a 38-calibre revolver, the pistol being tightly grasped in his right hand. "Tom" Parker, as he was familiarly, called, was at one time one of the most' prosperous farmers of the Waitsburg neighborhood, where at one time ne owned a large farm. Several years ago he went to the Sound and resided in Olympia. He returned to Wa'la Walla several weeks ago and was em ployed in constructing the cold storage plant for Reinhold Harras. He was the democratic candidate for represen tative from the 13th district in 1892 and was defeated by Alexander Camer on, the republican candidate, by six votes. Parker the same year was chairman of the democratic county central com mittee. He w-as twice married. His first wife was a Waitsburg girl, by whom he had eight children. His sec liam V. Carmichael and others arriv ing this morning on the Nippon Maru from oriental ports. Carmichael has come to the United States to lecture on the boycott question and present conditions in the orient. He asserts that the Japanese are steadily stirring up trouble for this country in China. Other passengers also expressed the opinion that the outlook for American trade in the orient is very dark. Boxers De troy Missions. AMOY, P'eb. 9.—The English and Catholic missions at Changchufu, 30 miles from here, have been destroyed by boxers. The damage is about $50,000. ond w r ife was a school teacher at Seat tle. He leaves several married daugh ters in Walla Walla, one of them being Mrs. J. F. Shelton, of Walla Walla. What prompted the act of self-di struction is not known at this time. A letter addressed "Dear Alice" was found on his body, but it had be»-n written with a lead pencil and the contents were not distinguishable. Sheriff Painter and Coroner Smith left for the scene of the suicide st 3:30 o'clock to take charge of the body. LAWYERS WILL FEAST. Bar Association Will Hold Regular Monthly Meeting Tonight. The regular monthly meeting of thp Walla Walla Bar association will be held tonight at the Hotel Dacres. Fol lowing the business meeting a banquet will be served and speeches •will be made by several of the members. To Defend Lipton Cup. SAX DIEGO, Cal., Feb. 9. —A meet ing of the officers of the San Diego Yacht club has decided to build a Lip ton cup defender for the races an nounced for August 6, 7 and 8. Funas are available and it is expected the boat will be finished by May 1. WILL LECTURE ON "ABE" LINCOLN W. D. SIMONDS WILL SPEAK UN DER AUSPICES OF THE MEN'S CLUB. "Lincoln and the Men Who Saveo the Union" will be the subject of a lecture given under the auspices of the Men's ciub of the Congregational church on Monday evening, February 12, the anniversary of the birth of that illustrious "emancipator." The lecture wll] be given by one of the most popu lar platfrrrr. orators of the coast, Wil liam Day Simonds, of Seattle, and is an effort on ihe part of the club 'o givj <b*ir friends or so many of them as th>> auJUorium will accommodate, a rare literal y treat. Invitations are al ready cut, rnd fortunate indeed are those who are on the list. Of this lecture the Pc. e t-Intelligencer has this to ?;i>: "\n eloquent tribute—scholar- ly, roach*<! in the choicest diction, i'- lustrated Ly apt figures, philosophical and logical— tn eloquent tribute to the martyred pres'dent." SANTA FE TRAIN WRECKED. Two Trainmen Killed and Two Badly Hurt. MORLEY, Colo.. Fob. 9. —The east bound California Fruit train Limit-d on the Santa Fe was wrecked here this morning. Two trainmen are missing and are believed to be under the debris. Two others were badly hurt. ALICE'S FIANCE IS ILL. Congressman Nicholas Longworth Has Tonsilitis. WASHINGTON. D. C. Feb. 9.—Con gressman Longworth is ill with tonsi litis and is confined to his home. Phy sicians have been called. NEW YORK, X. Y., Feb. 9.—Rain, snow and a terrific gale prevailed n this city today and traffic is badly impeded. Incoming vessels report heavy winds and high seas. Vessels in the harbor are delayed. Along the Whole Coast. NORFOLK, Va., Feb. 9.—There is * storm of great severity along the whole coast today and many vessels have put into Hampton Roads for shelter. Nor folk harbor is crowded and all ship ping is in great peril. Range Feud in Wyoming. CHEYEXXE, Wyo., Feb. 9—The fierce O'Boyle-O'Xeill range feud has broken out afresh. Tom O'Xeill has been assassinated, his fences cut and his stock scattered. More trouble 's certain. BOOST FOR ELECTRIC LINE Enthusiastic Meeting Held at Day ton This Afternoon. COMMITTEE SELECTED TO DRAW PLANS Will Report at Meeting to Be Held in Walla Walla March 9. Special to The Evening Statesman: DAYTON, Feb. 9.—An enthusiastic meeting of the representatives of the Commercial clubs of Dayton, Waits burg and Walla Walla, and delegates from other towns in Columbia and Walla Walla counties, was held in the courthouse this afternoon, when the subject of the proposed electric railway from Covello to the Columbia river was formally discussed. H. H. Wolfe, of Dayton, presided and Ben C. Holt, of Walla Walla; acted as secretary. After speeches were made by a large number of the delegates, in which they all favored the proposition as propose 1 by Captain Hanger and George H. Thompson, it was decided to formulate plans and work out the details for the forming of a company to carry out the project. This committee is to make a report at a joint meeting to be held in Walla Walla March 9. The commimttees selected to repre sent each place are as follows: Waitsburg—J. H. Morrow, W. B. Schafer. Walla Walla—Ben C. Holt, H. B. Strong, Fred Kaser, Oscar Drumheller, Fred Glafke. Wallula—J. H. Sharry. Dayton—M. R. Hanger, George M. Thompson, G. F. Jackson. Longs—A. D. Cahill. Lowden—F. M. Lowden, Jr. Huntsville —J. L. Dumas. Touchet —Woodson Cummingr. Prescott—Charles H. O'Neil. Turner—R. A. Jackson. Covello —B. J. Thronson. Trial of Pat Crowe. OMAHA, Feb. 9 —Cudahy and his son, Edward, who was kidnapped, told on the stand today in the Pat Crowe trial the details of the kidnapping. You Get Today's News Today in The Statesman. DEFICIENCY BILL PASSED Eight-Hour Exemption for Isthnks of Panama Stands. PRIVATE PENSION LAWS Senator Foraker Applies Princi ple of Squatter Sovereignty to Single Statehood Bill. WASHINGTON, D. C , Feb. 9.—The senate is considering the urgent de ficiency bill today. Foraker intn duced an amendment to the statehood bill providing for an election in Ari zona and New Mexico upon the ques tion of single statehood. If the people reject it, according to Foraker's amend ment, there will be no admission. The house today considered private pension bills. The house committee on naval affairs today appointed the following sub committee to go to Annapolis and in quire into hazing: Vreeland, chair man; Loud, Davidson, Pagett and Gregg. The senate this afternoon passed the urgent deficiency bill after killing Pat terson's amendment to strike out the provision exempting alien labor from the operation of the eight-hour law on the Isthmus of Panama. C. S. Smurthwaite, of Ogden. Utah, excommunicated by the Mormons, Wtta recalled for cross-examination at the Smoot hearing today. Asked as to hl» transactions with Apostle Smith rela tive to the Crystal Salt company, the witness said that the company was competing with the Inland company, which is a Mormon institution, and re duced the price of crude salt from $8 to $2 per ton. As a result both companies were now shut down. Asked if the church authorities account for tithes, he said they do not. The committee adjourned withont setting a date for resumption of the hearing. Governor Magoon appeared before the senate committee on canals today. Replying to Poultney Bigelow's charge that the Spanish law is administered in the courts by men who do not know the Spanish language, the witness said the court proceedings are in Englisn, but Judge Gudger speaks Spanish. Judge Collins speaks French and Judee Durand is a native of Panama. The following statement was issued to the house this afternoon: "President and Mrs. Roosevelt ask the kind con sideration of friends who under ordin ary circumstances would receive in vitations to Miss Roosevelt's wedding. The capacity of the house necessitates a limitation of invitations to the closest friends of the couple and certain classes of officials. No friends of President and Mrs. Roosevelt are being asked unless they come within these classes.** Approve Operators' Position. CHICAGO, 111, Feb. 9— The Illinois coal operators today accepted the re port of the scale committee and en dorsed the committee's action at the Indianapolis conference in refusing tc accede to the miners' demands. Twenty-Seven Miners Perished. HINTOX, W. Va., Feb. 9.—The H«t of dead in the Parallel mine explosion yesterday has now reached at least 27, mostly negroes and Hungarians. Eigh teen bodies have been recovered. Triplets Drove Him to Suicide. RACINE, Wis., Feb. 9.—Frank DO3- tat was found dead in a trunk factory here this morning. He had committe-l suicide. Public prominence over the birth of triplets in his family drove him insane. NUMBER 22V.