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Vol. 5
Says Control of
I Money in Bad Hands Migr:
Cause Trouble.
I Washington.— That the present con
centration of money and credit "has
■one far enough," that "in bad hands"
||t would have a bad effect upon the
pation. that the safety of the situation
•lies in the personnel of the men in
••ontrol and that present conditions
pre "not entirely comfortable for the
pountry" were a few ot the statements |
Py George F. Baker, master of finance,
•a the climax of an examination be
pare the house money trust committee
Mr. Baker reviewed in detail tht
•peratlons of himself, hiß haul;, the
First National Bank of New York and
■L P. Morgan & Co., in th° issuance o:
X "In Wall street," said Baker. "Mor
(an Is recognized as the great general
mt the financial army." He admit tec 1
Skat he and James Stlilman w ere Mor
pan's chief lieutenants, sayin|:
I "Morgan could be the dominant fi
nancial power of the world If he were
pounger." Concluding his testimj:iy.
paker admitted that the weulth of the
patiou had been greatly concentrated
paring recent years.
Pemocrata Will Hold up Appointmentt
| Democratic senators held a caucut
•nd decided to stand pat in their op
position to confirmation of Taft ap
.ft The republicans having refused U
."Cooperate with a democratic commit
»taa to consider the nominations with a
£Wlew to determining what should be
•nd what should not be confirmed
j£hey determined to hold up everything
%ut army and navy promotions ana
..the diplomatic appointments.
| Postmasters and other civil appoint
lanents Intended to be filled with re
publicans within a few weeks of the
and of the republican administration
will be protested against by the demo
erats, even if it takes a filibuster to
, enforce their protests.
Republican senators profess to be
lieve there will be wholesale confirm
ation before the session Is much old
er, but it now. seems that everything
depends upon the progressives. If
they are present in full numbers and
vote solidly with the democrats, they
can defeat the Taft appointments.
Morgan May Tell of Ocean Combine
An investigation of the Internation
al Mercantile Marine, the $120,000,000
American corporation controlling nu
merous foreign and American steam
ship companies, with J. P. Morgan as
the chief witness, is contemplated«by
the house committee on merchant ma
rine in connection with its hearing of
the so-called shipping trust. Mr. Mor
gan is believed to have organized this
great company and to control its
Chairman Alexander, of the com
mittee, announced that Mr. Morgan
probably would be subpenaed immedi
ately upon his return from Europe.
P. A 8. Franklin, vice-president of
the White Star line, one of the impor
tant companies connected with the
International Mercantile Marine, al
ready has been subpenaed and prob
ably will be examined in the .iear fu
Reduce Number of Customs Employes
Tbe plan of customs reorganization,
comprising a revolutionary change in
the boundaries of customs districts,
la so close to completion that within
a month Secretary MacVeagh. of the
treasury department, expects to sub
mit the scheme to President Taft for
approval. It becomes effective July L
The plan contemplates the reduc
tion of the number of existing 160
customs districts to 50. With a few
exceptions each state will constitute
one customs district.
Senators and representatives are
bombarding the department with pro
tests against contemplated action in
their states or disricts.
National Capitol Brevities
Senator Borah has introduced a bill
giving settlers on government reclam
ation projects SO years in which to
make payment for water rights, and
exempting them from payment of in
terest on the $20,000,000 loan authoris
ed a year ago.
Representative Hayes of California,
has introduced a bill to amend the
alien contract law. The amendment
allows the entry of musicians, actors,
lecturers, ministers and persona be
longing to any organised learned pro
Nearly 2.000,000 parcel poet pack
ages were sent through the poatofflcea
of the 60 leading cities of the country
in the first week of the operation of
the new service, according to reports
received by Poaunastsr-Osasrsi Hitch
cock, —
Northern Pacific To Civ* State Right
of Way
Seattle.—Samuel Hill, good roads
enthusiast, who has paaaed the last
alz weeks Inspecting highways in nine
eastern states, has returned home
with the news that the Northern Paci
fic will give the state of Washington
its abandoned right of way and old
road beds between Tacoma and Van
couver, for the proposed Pacific High
"Should the state of Washington de
cide to accept this generous offer,
there is no reason why, with a reason
able appropriation and the liberal use
of convict labor, the Pacific Highway
should not be finished by October 1,"
said Mr. Hill. "The railroad company
had planned to build four steel bridges
across the Cowlits and Tootle rivers
and the Big Draw. The stone piers
of these proposed bridges, built at a
big expense, are as good today as
ever, and may be made available for
highway bridges.
"The legislature of Washington will
not be Importuned to accept the gift.
President Elliott will simply make the
offer and the state may take it or
leave it."
Contract For Kittitas Project Signed
Ellensburg.—After a delay of eigh'
months, Secretary of the Interior Fish
er has affixed his signature to the
water contract for the Kittitas reclam
ation district. The district will pay
$12.60 an acre for water for the high
line canal. Over $200,000 has been
saved to landowners by the delay.
Journalists Spaak at Seattle
Seattle. —Newspaper men from all
parts of the aorthwest attended and
made addresses at the campus news
paper institute, the first of Its kind
on the Pacific coast, which opened
Monday aid continued until Wednes
The not unexpected has come to
pass. The old decrepit and maim
ed Republican party has fused with
the equally decjppit and more hope
lessly aeuile Democratic party with
the hope of forming what may ap
pear to some to be a new party.
But it is only the same old party.
The party of corruption, speci.,l
privileges, and the "Invisible gov
ernment." In both the house and
the senate the rank and file Of
the democrats are showing more ser
vility than the republicans to the
demands of the saloon-back-room
Repußtlcan boaaea.
The senate organized by choosing
Senator Pliny L. Allen of Seattle
president pro-tern, and the house e
lected Taylor, who presided over
that body at the last session, spea
ker, j
One of the most amusing features
of the opening session was a vote
taken on a resolution by Mr. Mur
phine. It was ordinary common
sense and in conformity with the
constitution. But what is the con
stitution to Taylor? However, it wai
an unexpected move and the pup
pets Had not been instructed. Near
ly all voted aye until Taylor's name
was reached. After that the stand
patters bravely voted no. A major
ity had voted aye. But before the
vote could be declared, all of the
uninstructed who had voted for
the resolution before getting the
Up from the speaker arose and
wished their votes to be changed
to "no" and the resolution was lost
It is said of a t certain great gen
eral of Holland that he was more
formidable in retreat than others
were in victory. This is true of
the Progressives in the House
They have won the admiration of
the galleries by their splendid organ
izatlon, their unanimity, good na
tured spirit with which they take
defeat, and their fine fightings spi
rit. In every debate they have out
classed the stand-patters. In fact
they have all the good debaters of
the House. And why should they
not be in good spirits? They are
steadily gaining in strength. It if
true that three of the thirty sold
out and went over to the enemy
The remaining twenty-seven met
and promptly voted to expel from
their caucus and disown as Progres
sives the three traitors.' In place
of the three who have deserted fivt
former Republicans have already
come into the Progressive caucus
There is good reason to believe that
within two or three weeks the four
remaining Progressive Democrats
who did not take part in the un
clean alliance with the stand-pat
ters will also unite with the Pro
gressives and will take part in read
ing the burial service over the dead
If Hughes is the disgrace of the
Whatcom County delegation, Mrs
Axtell is the heroine from the Pro
gressive point of view. The Pro
gressive caucus paaaed a resolution
particularly naming her with a few
others for her heroic work. The
Socialist member, who has just been
read out of the Socialist party, is
also voting with the Progressives
CnnHnlioaUnn uf ahr Partfir Pilot anil c hr Ipnorn &on
Representative Canning distinguish
ed himself by one of the neatest
and wittiest speeches twitting the
stand-patters with th< ir slavery to
the boss which forced hearty laugh
ter even from Speaker Taylor.
In the Senate Senator Brown has
thus far aliened himself with the
Progressive party as have three
others who were elected as Repub
licans. In the Senate it is openly
admitted that the Progressives are
in an excellent position to fore
what legislation they wish. Yet we
must not underestimate the position
of the Progressives in the House
There is a wonderful unanimity pre
vailing among them regarding all
important legislation and they now
have about 35 solid votes. Their op
ponents on the other hand are di
vided on very many important is
sues, and it is safe to prophesy that
within two weeks the Progressives
will huve the standpatters on the
run. For every fellow with a pet
measure will be anxious to get on
the good side of that solid thirty
five and the advantage of their
brilliant floor leadership.
Speaker Howard Taylor, of the
house, drew a hot call-down and got
what was coming to him at the sec
ond session of the legislature Wed-
nesdi'y morning when he attempted
to make sport of certain bills in
troduced by Mrs. Axtell. Mrs. Ax
tell offered th-ee bills which had
bei-n submitted to her by the W. C.
T. U. One. intended to curb the
white slave traffic, was facetiously
by Taylor to the committee
on commerce and manufacturers. A
roar of laughter followed, but Mrs
Axttll refused to see the joke and
demanded that the speaker retract
arfd refer the bill to the committee
on moralß. This the speaker did.
With every track through the
Cascade mountains blockaded by
snows, which with the already huge
piles threatened danger of gigantic
slides at all times, and with every
prospect for heavy snow in the
i mountains, transportation facilitiesl
were effectually tied up for Bever-j
|al days and despite the fact that;
Ithe Northern Pacific. Great North
ern and Milwaukee oompantos are;
detouiing all trains via Vancouver
Washington, and up the Columbia
via the North Bank line, serious
delay to mails, express and the
travelling public is the best that
can be expected, and freight move
ments are practically paralyzed
This blow comes especially hard to
lumber shippers at this time when
so many orders call for early de-,
livery. _ ,
Passengers Removed in Surfboats and
No Lives Are Lost
Halifax, N. S.—The steamer Urani
um, of the Uranium Steamship com
pany, bound from Rotterdam, for Hal
ifax and New York, stranded on a reef
during thick weather near the Chebuc
to headlight station, nine miles below
Halifax and is still held fast.
The steamer struck head on when
the tide was half high. Late in the
afternoon her bow was six feet out
of water. There were seven fathoms
of water under her amidships and 17
fathoms at the stern. The plates at
the bow are ripped open. The Bteam
er was far out of her course when she
struck. She did not ha\e a pilot on
Her 880 passengers were taken off
by the government steamer Lady
Laurier and a small fleet of harbor
craft, and were landed safely In Hali
"Big Tim" Committed to Sanitarium
New York. —By court order it was
learned that Congressman-elect Tim
othy D, Sullivan, who has long been
a prominent figure in New York legis
lative affairs, ts to be formally com
mitted to a private sanitarium in Yon
kers. He is suffering from a fatal
malady. It is feared it will not be long
before the disease completes its
Says 40 Deaths Caused By Drinking
Albany. N. V.—The engineer had
been drinking the night before and
had slept less than three hours, hence
the wreck on the Delaware, Lackawan
na & Western railroad at Corning, N.
V., last Independence day, In which
40 persons lost their lives and 75 oth
ers were injured. The state public
service commission so declared aftei
a careful investigation.
Equ I Opportunity is Burden of
Speech Made by President
elect Wilson.
Chicago.—"Big business," Its right
to growth and its duties to the coun
try, were discussed by President-elect
Wilson in a speech before the Com
' merclal club of Chicago.
I Among Governor Wilson's audience
i ;vere bank presidents, railroad presi
ients and heads of great business en
"I don't care how big a business
grows, provided it grows big in con
tact with keen competition," he said.
"The future business of the United
States does not depend upon the gov
ernment, but upon the business men
ot the United States"
Wilson said four things must be
done either by the business men vol
untarily or under the "whip of law."
These four things were:
"Natural resources must be conserv
ed and also used for the common good.
"Haw materials must be put at the
disposal of every person In the United
States on equal terms.
"Banking credit must be put on
terms of equality to all.
"Business must be free of every
form or of every kind of monopoly."
As Governor Wilson made his first
declaration he was loudly applauded.
No applause greeted hiß fourth declar
I "You do not epplaud that. I am sor
Iry you feel that way. For that will
: make it hard to do what will have to
he done. If you feel that way. it will
have to he done by duress, which is
always unsatisfactory."
, Elaborating those four points. Gov
emor Wilson said:
"The rank and file in the t'nlted
States do not believe everybody is on
equal terms. You have got to clear
yourselves before that great general
jury. That is your job, not mine.
"1 have reason to believe that there
are inner circles and outer circles of
credit and that a man cannot get into
the game unless he knows the people
i who are running the game. The bank
ers must see to it that this belief on
the part of the people is abolished. If
credit were open to all on terms of
equality, the impression would never
get about."
Washlngton Fruit Crop $10,791,011
Tacoma.—According to the report
of F. A. Huntley, state commissioner
of horticulture. Issued here, the 1912
fruit crop of Washington reached a
total value of 110,791,018. The year
was marked by an increase of 36,971
in fruit acreage, there being 275,557
acres now under cultivation, worth
> .11.1 HHt The apple crop of 8.
489,300 boxes was valued at $6,366,-
--975, and berries at 12,050,000,
Important Happenings of the
Week From Towns i.i Our
Republican Control of House Narrows
to One Vote
Olympia.—With an unusually large
number of problems of state wide im
portance to settle, a vast array of bills
of a radical nature to dispose of, a
budget to handle and sev
eral new varieties of factionalism to
deal with, the prospects are that the
thlrtceuth session of the Washington
state legislature, which began here
Monday, will be one of the most
stormy In history.
Confronting the legislators are sev
eral distinctly new factors which are
beins; taken into consideration by the
fathers of important legislation. Pai ■
Ticiilurly interesting among these is
the political lineup. From present
prospects the republicans have control
of the house by only one vote. There
are 50 republicans, £8 progressives, 18
democrats and 1 socialist.
With a republican speaker elected,
the republican vote will be cut down
to 49. The strength of the other 'ac
tions combined is 48. The senate la
republican again this session, but the
majority is smaller than at any time
since 1896.
Another feature which is causing
considerable conjecture is that of a
democrat holding the office of gover
nor. Just what the effect will be with
a republican senate, a rather uncer
tain house and a democratic governor,
is a puzzle. Another nerv factor this
session is the presence of members of
the progressive party in both branches
of the legislature. *
This year, for the first time, there
are women members of the house, two
having been elected last fall, one from
Bellingham and the other from Taco
One of most interesting fights of
the session is expected over the roads
bills which are to be up for considera
tion. The road measures will involve
many important road and bridge prop
ositions, including among the others
the proposed interstate bridge between
Vancouver, Wash., and Portland, Or.,
the bridge between Washington and
Idaho at Lewiston, and the Pacific
Highway through Washington.
There are to be many bills of a
freakish or radical nature, among
them a measure for the creation of a
state marriage bureau to promote ma
trimony, a state mothers" pension sys
tem for relief of widows with children,
and a teachers' pension fund. Other
bills of similar nature provide for the
abolition of the death penalty, the es
tablishment of a non-partisan, anti
political ballot system; the elimina
tion of political parties, several mor
ality bills and a bill to make the speak
er of the house of representatives sub
ject to election by the people, and
many others.
W. E. Schrickeer, lornier president
of the defunct banking firm of W. E.
Schricker 4. Co., of La Conner, has
been given a sentence of one to five
years in the Walla Walla penitentiary.
Schricker was convicted of receiving
deposits after he knew his bank was
Charles Beaman. 49 years old, a mill
worker of Blame, leaped from a rapid
ly moving train at Marysville and lost
both his legs. He desired to stop at
Marysville, and when the through
train did not stop there he leaped out.
His head hit some object on the
ground and he rolled beneath the
Mrs. Jennie Ross, Mrs. Kate Scott
and Mrs. William Ross, who died In a
Spokane hoiel recently from supposed
ly poisoned whiskey, were victims of
cocaine, according to the report of the
city chemitt who examined the con
tents of their stomachs. In the opin
ion of the chemist the women took an
overdose of the drug.
The North Central high school of
Spokane now claims the championship
of the Pacific northwest for the num
i ber of elopements and secret mar
riages disclosed among Its students in
one semester The school has lost by
marriage from the student body dur
ing the last five months one-sixth as
many students as it gained by regis
tration in the period.
Planning to ask the United States
government for a 99-year lease on CO
acres of the ground of Fort Walla Wal
la, a scheme has arisen at Walla Wal
la to induce manufacturing plants to
locate in the city. Should the 60 acres
be secured, it would be cut up iato
five 11-acre factory sites, which would
be given to any who could show use
for tbeu.
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