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VOLUME XXXII. MINERS AND OPERATORS DISAGREE IHS * BIG STRIKE 111 EOI com HE HALF MILLION IN INVLOVED Operators Rejected the Compromise Proposition of the Mjners lor an Advance ol 5.9 Per Gent, in Wages-Strike Begins Satorday Night. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., March 27.— The miners and operators have dis agreed. The immediate cause was the demand of the miners for an increase •of five and nine-tenths per cent in wages. The original demand was for twelve and one-half per cent. The joint scale committee voted for disagreement and decided to call a joint conference at 2 o'clock this after To Take Up Most's Mantle. PITTSBURG, Pa., March 27. —Alex- ander Rerkman will be released from the Allegheny county workhouse May is. after having served fourteen years there and in the penitentiary for the attempted assassination of H. C. Frick it. July. 11*02. When he is released he will take up the mantle of Herr Most and follow in the footsteps of that an archist. From the moment he leaves the workhouse until he or Mr. Frick is called to their final account, he will be binder espionage by one of the leading detective agencies of the country. There is mourning in Pittsburg's an archist colony over the death of Most. | but it is mixed with rejoicing that the J release of Bcrkman is only'two months distant. Superintendent A. E. Leslie said to day: "Berkman wants to be looked upon as a martyr and a god, and that is how he is going to be treated when he gets out. He expects to be the an archist leader, and while he affects to despise newspapers, he is really anx ious to get all the free advertising he can which will help him in the end he .aspires to." WASHINGTON, D. C., March 27.— "Secretary Taft has reduced his weight nearly fifty pounds. When he gets rid of sixteen pounds more of flesh one of his ambitions in life will have been realized. When Secretary Taft return ed from the Philippines he weighed 313 pounds, and he then adopted a system of exercise nnd dieting which has re duced his weight to 266 15-16 pounds, which means a loss of 46 1-16 pounds. When Mr. Taft reduces his weight to 250 pounds he will discontinue dieting, but will not give up horseback riding TERRIFIC STORMS IN MILL CREEK SECTION LAST NIGHT Mill creek today was a veritable river of mud as a result of last night s terrific downpour of rain and thousands of trout, it is said, have been killed on the upper part of the stream by the muddy waters. A rainfall of an even half inch was recorded by the local weather bureau, but in the mountain districts the rain took on the propor tion of a cloudburst, especially on the headwaters of Blue creek, which was running bankfull of thick muddy water. Many trout were tossed out on the bank by the rush of water and were found by residents along the stream in large quantities. Last night's rain in Walla Walla was the heaviest storm of the year, the nearest approach to the quantity of water which fell last night being .4i of an inch in February. The rain was <iuite general all over the county. i Get Quick Keiun... ' Taft Trains Down. Heaviest This Year. the Evening Statesman noon to report the committee's decision. It is estimated that 400,000 miners are affected by the decision, and this num ber will probably strike at midnight Saturday, when the existing contracts expire. The joint committee's report was adopted. Mitchell moved as a basis of settlement the restoration of mining day work. The scale of 1903 was dis cussed. and the other exercise he takes every day. He has stood the strain w r ell. Mr. Taft's friends have warned him against his persistent course in diet ing and taking rigorous exercise, de claring that he is endangering his health by doing so. Mr. Taft says that he was never in better health , and that there is no indication of a nervous col lapse due to the starving process to which he has subjected himself. STEAMER PLYMOUTH BURNS, j Three Other Steamers Damaged—Loss Is Heavy. NEWPORT, R. 1., March 27.—The Fall river steamer Plymouth burned to the water's edge this morning and three other steamers at the pier were damaged. Thirteen caretakers and firemen narrowly escaped. The repair shops and warehouses were damaged, making a total loss of a million dollars. BRITISH PACKET SINKS. All on Perished Off Portugal in a Storm. LISBON, March 27.—A vessel be lieved to be an English packet sank In a terrible storm last night and all on board were lost. John Hays Hammond Is Better. SAN FRANCISCO, Cal., March 27.— John Hays Hammond, the mining en gineer, who contracted a serious illness at Tonopah, New, left for Los Angeles this morning in his private car. His 1 condition is much improved. Frank Lowden, the well-known farmer from Lowden station, was in the city today and reported a heavy rain all over the west end of the county last night. Farmers from Eureka Flat stated that the storm extended to that section and that growing grain was greatly benefited by the showers. The light land country has been thoroughly wat ered the past week, Mr. Lowden stating this morning that rain fell nearly every night for the past week. Grain, he said, is growing fine and the pros pects are excellent for a bountiful crop in that section of the county. The total rainfal for the month re ported by Observor Newman is 1.47 inches, which is .04 of an inch in excess of the normal rainfall for 27 days in March. The deficiency for the year, however, is still 1.36 inches, occurring mostly in January, which was termed a dry month. THE EVENING STATESMAN,WALLA WALLA, WASHINGTON. TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 1906. SERIOUS CHARGES ARE ALLEGED Some 15 landholders in the vicinity of Two Rivers began suit against the Snake River Irrigation company and the Continental Construction company in the superior court this morning. The plaintiffs in the case are L. Roy Slater, R. Mauvais, Frank Rosenhapt, Adolph Galland, F. \V. Miediking, Nel lie Hays, M. C. Dunne, C. W. Weber, C. Anderson, W. E. Gee, Everett Gee. Henry Kaeser, John Mocine, J. W. Hereford, H. C. Knighton, and they allege in substance that the Snake River Irrigation company, which pro moted the Two Rivers irrigation dis trict, was organized with a capital stock of $1,500,000, but as a matter of fact no money was ever paid in on the capital stock and that the Continental Construction company had no assets other than subscriptions to its stock, which plaintiffs aver to be worthless, and at al times has been utterly with out means to do any work or carry out the enterprise for which it was or- ganized They further allege that in the spring of 1905 the Snake River company com menced to make contracts for sale of lands in the neighborhood of and ad jacent to its proposed ditch at Two Rivers and to make sales of water rights on said lands; that during that period the company sold different par cels of land to about 350 different peo ple in the states of Oregon, Washing ton ad Idaho; that each of these plain tiffs paid to the defendant company 45 per cent of the purchase price in every case, amounting to somewhere from $300 to $500, the balance to be TIUHW USES PITCHFORK Roasts National Banks (or Politi cal Work. MISED EOBRUPM FUND IN IMS SMOOT HEARING CLOSES AND ARGUMENTS BEGIN—MONEY FOR BREMERTON. WASHINGTON, D. C., March 27.— Senator Tillman today in a hot speech against national banks contributing to political campaign funds said he knew of one bank in 1896 that gave $17,000 and that he believed the national banks that year contributed a million dollars. He declared they should be punished. Tillman was so vociferous in his de nunciations in general that he stirred up a hot debate and got Foraker en gaged and the chamber in an uproar. Tillman restored order by laughing and apologizing to Foraker. Smoot's Investigation. The introduction of testimony in the Smoot inquiry ended today. Joseph H. Geoghegan, of Salt Lake, was examined concerning the interests of the Mor mon church in sugar factories in Utah and Idaho. He testified that the church financed these industries in their in fancy, but neither the church nor Mor mon individuals control the stock. He was shown that two of the biggest con cerns have a majority of Mormons in the directorate. Arguments followed. Naval Appropriation. The house committee on naval af fairs today agreed on a naval program and embodied it in the naval appropri ation bill to be reported. It provides six millions of dolars for one battle ship, leaving the size to the discretion of the secretary of the navy, and pro vides three destroyers to cost $750,000 each. A million dollars will be used at the discretion of the secretary of the navy for one or more submarine boats. The bill provides $100,000 each to begin ESTABLISHED 1861 paid at stated intervals with interest. Received $60,000. It is also claimed that defendant company received from these contracts something like $65,000 to $70,000 in cash, all of which was applied by the defendant company either directly or turned over to the Construction com pany and used by it in the building of the works, canals, ditches, etc., re ferred to; that at the time of the sale of these lands the defendant company's officers conducting the negotiations in each case represented to the purchasers that it was the owner of the lands which it purported to sell, or had a valid contract therefor and that it would likewise be able to make title to these lands as provided for in the i contracts. - Allege Falsf Representation. The complaint- further states that these representations were false and fraudulent and khown to the defendant company and its agents at the time of making the contracts, but the falsity was not known to the plaintiffs; that as a matter of fact the great bulk of the lands contracted to be sold belong t i the Northern Pacific Railroad com pany ,and not only did the defendant company not own the same but they had no contract to purchase the same and no expectation of being able to do so. A few of the lands contracted to bo sold belonged to the government, upon which the defendant company had procured different persons to make desert land entries and had an ar- rangement with such entrymen to con- the construction of a dock at Bremer- ton navy yard and a floating steel dock on the Atlantic coast. The Bremerton dock is to cost $1,400,000. The secre tary of the navy is authorized to spend $100,000 to repair and refit the old "Constitution." The bill will carry a total of $99,750,000. UMATILLA COUNTY BOARD PROMISE DECISION SOON. At a conference of the Uma tilla county board of commis sioners and the Walla Walla board, held at Freewater this forenoon, the subject of build ing a macadamized road from Walla Walla to Freewater was thoroughly discussed, but, how ever, without arriving at any definite decision. The Walla Walla board returned at 3 o'clock this afternoon, the Uma tilla commissioners accompany ing them to the state line over the lower road and returning over the middle road. "The Umatilla board promised us a decision by next Monday," Commissioner McCaw said this afternoon. "The meeting was very successful and harmonious and will probably result in a road being built." THE STANDARD OIL INVESTIGATION More Proof Is Elicited Showing That Standard Owned Subsidiary Companies. NEW YORK, N. Y., March 27 —Pa- pers were introduced in the oil hearing today to show that the Standard Oil i company has assumed business direc-j tion as well as ownership of the stock of subsidiary companies. Red Star Liner Delayed. LONDON, March 27.—The red Star liner bound from New York to Antwerp via Dover, which should have arrived at T>over Monday, has J not been signalled. It is believed she vey to them when title was secured. Companies Declared Insolvent. It is alleged that the enterprise has failed and by reason of the insolvency of the defendants there is no hope of the defendants being able to carry out any of the contracts, and defendants are and will be totally unable to put any water on said lands. The plaintiffs also allege that the Snake River Irirgation company and the Continental Construction company unbeknown to them entered into an agreement whereby the construction company was to construct and build the pumping plant, construct ditches and laterals for carrying water to Ir rigate the lands so sold, the irrigation company in turn to pay the construc tion company the sum of $35 for each acre furnished a perpetual water right. The plaintiffs therefore pray that their several contracts be cancelled; that they may have a decree for the repayment by defendants to them of the money already' paid and that a receiver be appointed for all the prop erty of the defendants pending this litigation, and that upon a final decree the receiver may be directed to wind tip the property and affairs of the company. Warner Wants Receiver. E. M. Warner, one of the stockhold ers of the Snake River Irrigation com pany, has applied for a receiver for the company. He alleges that the company is attempting to defraud the stockholders. He asks that A. B. Frame be restrained from disposing of any property owned by the company. HI AND 60MPERS Are Invited To Hear Harry Orcitarn Confess GOVERNOR GOODING EXTENDS INVITATION MITCHELL HASTELEGRAPHED TO GOMPERS REGARDING AC CEPTANCE OF OFFER. WASHINGTON, D. C., March 27.— Governor Gooding, of Idaho, has re quested Samuel Gompers and John Mitchell either to come personally or to send representatives to hear the confessions of Orchard and Adams. Mitchell today wired Gompers asking what Gompers thinks of Gooding's in vitation. Walsh's Case Postponed. CHICAGO. 111., March 27.—Upon the request of John R. Walsh's attorney, who has just returned to the city after an absence of a week. United States Commissioner Foote today continued the preliminary hearing of Walsh, who i.s accused of illegal practices in the Chicago National bank case, to April 6. Texas National Bank Fails. WASHINGTON, D. C., March 27.— The comptroller has been notified that the First National bank at west Texas has closed its doors and a receiver appointed. The last published assets and liabilities were $157,000. Emperor Approves Apopintment. VIENNA, March 27.—The emperor has approved the appointment of Charles Francis to be American am bassador. Negro Procurer Gets 20 Years. NEW YORK, N. Y.. March 27.—Rob- ert Spriggs, negro trafficker in "white slaves," was today sentenced to 20 years in prison. MRS. LEDOUX 111 Jill NOT 11 111 WORRIED HIES AS 10 VICTIM'S DEATH It Has Not Yet Been Determined Whether NlcVicar Was Beaten to Death or Was Poisoned — Autopsy Showed Empty Stomach. STOCKTON, Cal., March 27.—Mrs. Emma Ledoux, held for the murder of Albert N. McVicar, whose body was found in a trunk, spent the first night in the woman's ward of the Stockton jail and slept late. She maintains her calm demeanor. She was heard laugh ing and talking with the matron. She ate lightly. She shows no 3l;r*is of breaking down. She has secured no attorney and the district attorney per mits no interviews. An analysis of the victim's stomach is being made at San Francisco. The inquest is deferred un til the chemist's repoi-t is in. Evidence Being Gathered. Tangible bits of occurrences immedi ately preceding McVicar's death are being gathered. It is learned that Mc- Vicar and the woman were engaged in a violent quarrel, presumably over Mc- Vicor's loss of the insurance mone> collected by Mrs. Ledoux on the death ol her first husband. William Williams. They are also said to have quarreled over the manner in which McVicar dis posed of the life insurance he is sup posed to have carried. While the dis trict attorney continues stoutly to de clare that he believes the woman com mitted the murder single-handed and that there is no evidence of a man in the case, many are inclined to the be lief that this is merely a steer to shield the operations of officials who are said to be searching for a mysterious man. Depends on Investigation. Much now depends upon the investi gation into the manner McVicar cam<; to his death. Physicians say that Mc- Vicar's stomach was empty when the autopsy was performed and that the blows on the head by a blunt instru ment or a sandbag ended the man's life. This view is radically at variance with the woman's own statement. If McVicar was given carbolic acid traces of the poison could easily be found, if not in the stomach, then on the tongue and lips. If he had been beaten to death the natural part to examine would be the brain. The failure to find traces of carbolic acid, which in itself nails Mrs. Ladoux's story as a lie, and the failure to examine the brain leads to the conclusion that the physicians believe a more subtle instrument of death than carbolic acid or a sandbag was used. The finding of a bottle of laudanum in Mrs. Ledoux's satchel CITY WATER SYSTEM PRACTICALLY PARALYZED TODAY Muddy water seeping into the reser voirs through subterannean channels leading from Mill creek practically paralyzed the city water system today. The supply of water furnished con sumers all day long has been of the consistency of mud and in hundreds of instances people depending on the city water for their supply were compelled to boil the water and allow It to settle before using it. "The trouble is caused by under ground seepage from Mill creek into the springs supplying the city reservoirs," Water Superintendent Knight said this morning. "The surface channels ex cavated to the creek during the cold weather ten days ago were shut off last Saturday so the cause of so much mud in the reservoirs today cannot be traced to that. All we can do is to You Get Today's News Today in The Statesman. suggests that that was the agent of death, but the autopsy physicians make the unqualified assertion that the stom ach was empty and no traces of poison were visible. This statement does not at this time give the laudanum theory much support, although that theory is most reasonable. The curious con- tinue to throng the morgue, but the rules have tightened and boys and girls are excluded. No arrangement for the disposition of the body has been made. Inquest Tomorrow. The inquest will probably be held t< morrow. The authorities are run ning down the details of the woman's movements prior to the murder. They have received .lothlng regarding tho death of Williams at Globe, Arizona, but have wired the authorities there. The woman has made no other state ment and officers say they will not at tempt to talk to her today. Thinks Victim Was His Brother. CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo., March 27.— John McVicar. proprietor of the Cripple Creek laundry, believes that the body oi' A. N. McVicar, found in the trunk at Stockton, is that of a brother, Al bert. and he has wired the officials at Stockton for particulars. Albert Mc- Vicar during 1898 was figent for the Wells Fargo Express company in this city. He left here six years ago anrl went first to New Mexico and Arizona and thence *:o California. He was for merly from Wichita, Kansas, where his mother and brother still reside. Joseph Healy Arersted. SAN FRANCISCO, Cal., March 27.— Joseph Healy was taken to Stockton this morning by Policeman Frank Briar, of the Stockton department. It is apparent from Mrs. Ledoux's con fession that she seeks to implicate Healy under ttie name of Miller as the man who was responsible for the death of McVicar. Healy Udmlts that he was with the woman Saturday and Sunday, but he is able to prove that he was not in Stockton at the time of the murder. Coroner Southwort, of San Joaquin county, came to San Fran cisco last night with the stomach <ot McVicar and left it with a local chem ist for analysis. The name of the chemist is withheld. wait until Mill creek settles. I know It Is annoying to consumers, but there Is no remedy. When the new system is la Walla Walla will not be troubled by muddy water as today." The water officials were kept busy all day long answering telephone calta from consumers complaining of the quality of water the city was furnish ing. With few exceptions, however, people took the calamity good na turedly when the situation was ex plained. The greatest Inconvenience was felt by the hotels and boarding houses, where large quantities of water are consumed every day. At the big hostelrles the cooks had huge tubs of the coffee colored water setting around settling before they could use It. The water officials believe that by tomorrow Mill creek will be cleared up, when the city water will recover its normal color. NUMBER 266.