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Twenty-five Cents per Month NO. 31. Guests fiee in Night Dress-Bradley - Machinery Co&npany Heavy Losers. Fire totally destroyed the Hotel I Ridpath and caused heavy losses to th# Brad ley Machinery company, the Goodsell-Wilioti Hardware com pany ami the Studebaker company, ail of which occupied the ground floor ef the structure. The dam age may foot up $200,000. No Uve3 Wire lost. The lire started at 1:30 o'clock and burned fiercely for seven hours. The prompt and heroic work of Night Clerk Baker undoubtedly proved the salvation of many of the hundred or more guests, whom he warned in time to make their escape from the building, every ruom of which was occupied. Vhc flames, it Is thought, started in (the office of the Bradley Ma chinery company and quickly burn ed through the floor, thence catch ing in a quantity of oakum and waste, from where they spread to Other inflammable matter. The draft of the air shaft caused the fire to rapidly gain headway. The walls around the shaft fur- j nlshed the next food for the flames, ! Which rushed to the top of the building with a roar. The night clerk and several . guests were having a chat and good night smoke in the hotel office when smoke was discovered coming up the elevator shaft. Baker Im mediately jumped to the telephone] BIG POLICE GRIST. Henry Barton, John Anderson and !•. J. McClelland, the three al leged bunco men, asked time to enter n plea. The ease will be taken up tomorrow, Bond was set at $200 each. John Purdy, who beat James Van Horn with a billiard cue, had Ills case postponed until tomorrow. Frank FerrO, arrested charged •with carrying concealed weapons, l'orfelfflK his -bond. Frank Riley, who was recently let out.'of the county jail, was to day given a fine of $10$ for beg ging, and the court recommended the police put hlra to work. Quite a spirited argument took place In court today between Hans JObnßOn and Louis Pcono. Swede and Indian. Peone Mid Moses Phil lip were ai re; ted and charged with being drunk and Johnson, the com plaining witness, accused the In 'Uian of calling him names. Peone goth the best of the argument, but he and his friend got $1 :uul costs. CELEBRATES GOLDEN JUBILEE. i • BALTIMORE, Md. Dee. 12.— Grace Protestant Episcopal church, the leading church of Its denomina tion in Baltimore, today began a notable celebration of its golden jubilee. The anniversary exercises are to Continue through Sunday and among the notable participants will be Bishop Potter of New York, Bishop Brewster of Connecticut, Bishop Paret of Maryland and Pres ident Ira lionise* of Johns Hop kins university. WOMAN SUFFRAGISTS. JACKSON, Miss. bee. 12. The faithful band of women who devote their time atyl energies to keeping niive the agitation for equal suf frage In Mississippi are assembled In stale convention here today. The Sessions are being held behind closed doors with Mis. Hale Ham mond But! of I'larksdale, president of the state association, presiding. It Is the purpose of the meeting to reorganize the old forces and to draw up plana for renewed activity liming the coming year. BEGINS CONSTRUCTION. 4 L. H. Larson of Pair field, who has charge of the erection of the new beet sugar factory at Wavorly, is, l'n tho city and will begin work upon 'he building Immediately. WAS EMPLOYED TO DOCK MINERS' WAGES SCHANTON, Pa., Hoc. 12.—Cor- i mer nocking Boss Ridgway of the i Temple, Coal company was the first i witness this morning before the an thracite strike commission. He said lie was requested to make an average deduction of & to 7 per cent continually, even in (smfS whore ttiu coal was perfectly The Spokane Press. without waiting to ascertain the cause of the smoke and sent in the alarm. j The department responded very promptly, They had a moat tedious , task getting the hose into the building as the dense smoke, prob ably caused by the burning waste and oil, made the work most diffl , cult. Hose lines were then run up the lire escape and water was turn ed on from the top floor of the building. The losses sustained have not been closely estimated. That of the Bradley Machinery company, in drawings and machinery, will be among the heaviest. Besides the Bradley company the I Ooodsell-Wilson Hardware and the |StUdebaker companies have stores on the Brat floor. Their losses will be comparatively small. The Studebaker company saved all its valuable carriages and wag ons, which the crowd assisted in running out as soon as it was seen they were in danger. Chief Myers, when asked his opinion ns to the cause of the flre, | said: "it is impossible to tell just what was the cause. It is possible jit was combustion of the oil in the |Allis-Chalmers store, which could [have become overheated from the steam pipes. My idea is it was caused by crossed electric wires." Aside from Colonel W. M. Bid path, owner of the building, Mrs. Baton, who owned the handsome THE OLD ARMY NAG WILL ENJOY LIFE. President Roosevelt, in his message so Congress, recommends legislation to prdtoide for the keeping of old army horses. They will do light work at army posts. DRAMA AT GON7.AGA. The Qoncega Dramatic club is now preparing to give a drama en titled "Dark Before Dawn" for the benefit of the Athletic club, and for the same purpose the College He bating society will give a- public de bate some time next month. clean and carrying the necessary amount of tupping. He denied tho company's claim that the dockage was only 1 per cent. Other witnesses testified regard ing tin 1 operators' attitude since the strike was called off. showing their Inclination to keep the strike |Officials out of employment THE WEATHER—Tonight probably light snow with fair Saturday. furniture, is among the heaviest losers. Her story of the fire fol lows: "I was Startled from ray slumbers by a loud rapping on the door and was informed Of the fire. Every room in the hotel was occupied and last night we bad to put people in the parlor. 1 suppose all the furnishings were utterly ruined. My loss is probably $30,000, which is only partially covered b> Insurance, possibly amounting to 115,000 or $16,000. It is a very lucky thing indeed that no lives were lost." Mrs. Baton is prostrated this morn ing and has taken to her room at the Spokane. G. o. Bradley, manager of 11.* Allis-Chalmers company said:-"Our loss will not amount to much on the machinery, as the water would not do much damage to the ma chinery, though the office is a wreck. Our drawings were of the greatest value and can never be re placed." Detective Weir, who rooms on the fourth floor, describes his ex perience as follows: "Johnny Nero, my roommate, and myself were startled by a loud noise and somebody shouting: 'The Are chief orders everybody out!' Up we both jumped and by that time everyone was shouting. Some that there was plenty of time: others, to hurry. Johnny and 1 got into our clothes and 1 fortunately got a few personal effects together and we ran into the hall to be met by a cloud of smoke. The guests rushed everywhere, some to the stairs, others to the flre escape. We had plenty of time to make our escape. All 1 saved was a suit of clothes and Mr. Nero lost every thing excepting What he wore." MORMON CHURCH'S POLITICAL GROWTH SALT LAKE, Hoc 12.—The Mor mon church now holds the balance 'of political power in four stales and will loop hold it In seven. rtah, Wyoming, Colorado and Idaho are controlled by the vote of the members of that church, di rected by the authorities thereof, and soon Montana will be peopled by enough "f them to hold the bal ance of power, while Arizona and New Mexico, which may be admit ted at the coming session of con gress, will send to Washington two senators and one congressman each who will be in accord with the administration and will vote and work for the interests of the church whenever they come before either bouse of congress for action. Had It not been for tin- work of the church officials, Utah and Idaho SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, FHIDAY, DECTMBKK 12, 1902. BEAT DEPARTMENT. Postmaster Hartson feels as -if he belonged to the fire department for years. He was connected at ono time with the firm of Hartson c- Holloway in the Symons block, which li in close touch with the Ridpath. When notified that the Hidpath was going down in ashes and that the Symons block was In B fair way to follow the fate of the Ridpath at, 2:10 o'clock within five minutes Mr. Hartson was mov ing his library out of the Symons block into a hallway to await fur ther developments. Mr. Hartson has no desire to criticize the work of the flre de partment, but he is satisfied that "on a down hill run" he has them beat. STOCK PANIC NEW YORK, Dec. 12.—Panicky conditions prevail in Wall street this morning, and the greatest ex citement in many months reigns. Broker! are flooded with selling or ders. Among other securities the Southern Pacitic lost 3 cents and Union Pacific 2V& cents. Some of the firms are hard hit. Pearson & Co., one small but well known firm, has failed. Towards noon a big rally began. HEIRESS ILL. PITTSFIELD. *N. J., Dec. 12.— Mrs. Hannah Nelson, who inherited a fortune through the death of her daughter, Mrs. Charles lfair, is crit ically ill. RUSSIA ADDS TO NAVY i ST. PETERSBURG, Dec. 12.—A large increase in the navy is planned for 1903, The budget made public today shows an increase of 18,000,000 for new ,ships. would have each east its vote for the democratic candidates at the recent election. | In Wyoming the Saints hold the balance of power, and by their votes can turn the scale either way. Wyoming la a close state when the Mormon vote is excluded, and it is the ambition of all politician* to get the vote of that element. It is estimated that there aro 9000 Saints in Idaho. Western Colorado has 7000 Mor mons scattered through the fertile valleys, and they vote as they are directed. Whenever the church re veall the "will of Deity," be It in business or politics, the brethren— aye. and the sisters, too, for wom en have the franchise in I'tah. Wy oming. Colorado and Idaho—vote as , i per the divine command. PRESIDENT CASTRO WANTS ARBITRATION WASHINGTON, Dec. 12.—A dis patch from Minister Bowen to the state department this morning siys that President Castro has request ed him to ask Germany and Great Britain that the difficulties arising from claims of alleged damages and injuries to German and British sub jects during the civil wars in Vene zuela be submitted to arbitration. In obedience to the orders of the navy department the Marietta sail ed from Curacao for Laguayra this morning to protect the American interests. LAGCAYRA, Dec. 12.—President Castro's decree calling all Vene zuelans bottween the ages of 18 and 50 to arms carries with it the order to arrest all those who refuse to volunteer as traitors. The great patriotic demonstration continues in Caracas. Attempts to seize Laguayra an( i Cabello are mo mentarily expected. PRINCETON AND HARVARD DEBATE. PRINCETON, N. J., Dec. 12.— The annual debate between repre sentatives of Harvard and Prince ton universities take place here to night and it promises to be the event of the collegiate year. The Princeton debaters will support the affirmative and the Harvard men the*negative side of the question: I "Resolved, That whenever in the j j event of continued domestic vlo-| ' lence lives and property are not adequately protected by a state, it is for the public good that the president should have the power to afford protection without the appli cation of the state for federal aid." HARES HER DEBUT. fjONOON, Dec 12. — East on Lodge, Lady Warwick's beautiful plare in Bssex, is just now the cen tertof social interest, the occasion bettg a grand ball to mark the defsit of Lady Warwick's daughter, Ijidy Marojrio Qrevllle. The ball takes place tonight and tho festiv i'ies will continue through the re mainder of the week. RECIPORCITY TREATY WITH CUBA SIGNED fiAVANA, Dec. it.—News came by cablegram from Secretary ltllss Ibis Btomlag, saying that a draft of a tariff treaty had bin-tt signed by hiuisclf ami the secretaries of BERLIN, Dec. 12 —It is officially | 'stated today that President Cas- i tro's decision to fight, will in no wise change Germany's attitude re- \ K*nftiig trie occupation of the ter-! rltory. Germans will not advance into the interior. Ttelther will they attempt to capture Castro. The ' whin" will merely maintain the . blockade). CARACAS. Dec. 12— Prepara tions for resistance are being made With feverish energy. City de- ! fenßes and all strategetic points surrounding Laguayra are being pushed. All the coal is being sent from Laguayra to Caracas. All railway cars of the British line have been sent out of Laguayra so that .transportation of troops by rail is impossible. LAGUAYRA. Dec. 12.—The Vene zuelan government has seized all the German and English railways and telephone lines. LAY CABLE. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 12.—The I cable ship Silvertown commenced jthc laying of the Honolulu cable to jday. President Mackay says the | cable will be ready for operation iby Christmas. Thousands of San Franciscans witnessed the cere mony at the beach, including the school children and public officials. COUNCIL TO HEAR STOCKHOLM CASE. The complaints" against the Stockholm saloon, sworn? to by J. S. Lichty and W. D. Xicholls be fore H, D. Skinner, notary public, came before the city council at a special meeting last evening. In I the absence df the city clerk. Miss O. M. Gardiner performed the duties of his oliice. Mr. Pratt moved that the com-, plaint be heard on Wednesday, De cember 17. 1602, in the council chamber at 7:3b p. m.. and that a copy of the complaint be served upon Gust Pearson, notifying him of the time and place of hearing. The president was authorized to issue subpenaes in order to secure the necessary witnesses. On the suggestion of Mr. Bald win the mayor, the chairman of the board of police and the chief of police will be requested to be pres ent. The meeting then adjourned. WILL SUE. Miss Maggie Dolan, the handsome young dressmaker wno was recent ly injure*! by being struck, it is I said, with a piece of four-foot cord- j wood thrown from a waapn by Teamster WUi Gray, will bring suit against Frank Hicks, who was Gray's employer at the time of the accident. "The injuries received by Miss Dolan were such as to disfigure her for life, and her attorney, Mr. Rice, believes that she is entitled to con siderable damages. Miss Dolan is rapidly recovering. SAVES HISTORIC HOUSE. NSW YORK. Doc. 12.—Leading members of patriotic and historical j societies of New York and other persona Interested Id the preserva-' tlon of bistorleul relics made up a idelegation that visited Mayor Low at the city hall today and present led plans for the purchase by the 'city of the historic Kraunce's tav ern, at Pearl and Broad sts.. where . the first meeting of the Chamber of Commerce was held, and in !which the famous "long' room," where Washington bade farewell to his OfflOerS at the closic of the revo- ■ lution, is Included. The structure lis admirably preserved and is still ' occupied as a tavern. It is pur posed to purchase enough adjoining \ property to make a public park. It j Is estimated that the cost to the city will bw about $370,000. BIG OANCE. Spokane union of the Order of Washington ga\e a dance last night at Pacific hall. It was one of the most complete social events of the season and was a splendid success financially. About 100 couples were In attendance. state utnl treasury at 11 o'clock last night The terms of the treaty were uot dtftllmd, but It Is understood to provide a 20 per Otmt reduction on goods passing cither way Between tliu United buuoo and Cuba. IRRiG/ITED LANDS ON SPOKANE PRAIRIE CooK (©• Clarhe Agts. 715 Riverside Aye. HOHE ON TIME. We can make our easwy payment plan suit everybody. The best way for the poor man to GET A HOME. Be the landlord's slave no longer. Strike out for freedom. We will help you, if you will let us. HOMES AT $850 TO $2200 are just the thing for you. Take four wife to loon at them. She will be delighted with the prospect of owning one of them.- F. FLINT ft CO., 8011,2 Riverside Aye. A $1350-00 Bargain Modern six-room dwelling on Indiana aye., half Mock from car line. This is a snap. LET IS SHOW YOU. WESTERN TRUST AWD INVESTMENT CO. 1718 Jamieson Block. Tel. Main 323. . S J Hello! • New live-room modern house, fur nlshc i; built for a home; close in, rents for $35; price, $2200; easy terms. J. MONROE HEATON, 31-32 Jamieson Bldg. 2*4 to 10 acre tracts of good gar d< n and fruit land, near car line; part cash, balance time. 4 acres, on fjprague st. car line; a bargain. 1$ lots, SOxltl, on Sprague aye., $3t» each: part cash. li>o acres, join city Tor $7.5f>. 120 acres in southern Oregon, $3 per acre. Herkeirath & Smlllie, 318 Riverside Aye. $1,250 buys slxrocm house, on Fifth aye., one block from car line, desirable location; terms, $200 cash; balance monthly. I imendori & timtndorf 321 RocHery Building. MARKETS. CHICAGO, Dec. 12— May wheat Opens, 78e: close. 7T l .c. May i .111-Opens. close. 44 %c. .May oats —Opens. Mttc; close. SSVtc. May pork—Opens, $15.43; close. $15.52. MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 12.—May iwheat" Opens, 7oc, close. 76% c Spokane Bank Clearances Today__ were 1306,084 i One Year Ago , . . . 289,254 Gain of • 16,830 Crowder's Addition Fifty men now working on buildings and in the streets of Crowder's addition. Two third:? of the addition sold, but some of the best have been reserved, and if yon want close in property that will make you quick money, this is the property. A.S.CrowdcptfCo. TOO MUCH SNOW to sell farm property, so we must ■ dispose of some of our city snaps. Nine large lots, close to car line, good soil, not far from river; price, '$400. I Good eight-room house, full base ! ment, three lots, on corner, bearing fruit, 2000 feet hothouses, including \ crop of lettuce worth $300, close to car line; a nice home for retired farmer; greenhouses will bring an income of $700 a year; price, $2000;, terms. Four-room house, on car line, city, water, nice lot on graded street, close to car; price. $500. Six-room modern house on Can non hill, corner, 00x100, on car line, ftnelocation; price, $2200; terms. PHIL T. BECHER A CO., Exchange Bank Bldg., Room 1. L N. MOWORT 322 FERNWELL BLK. Tel. Ked 17St>. Res. Tel. White 232: $200—Fine corner and Inside lot, Union Park; abstract furnished. $900 —A block ot five lots, all large lct3, adjoining Corbin Park, on water main. Will sell the whole block or divide to suit you and givo very easy terms. $1000 —Good flve-room house, cor ner and inside lot on graded street, at good terms. 1 have some nice lots In Forest Park addition in block joining Mon roe £t. Fine location for a home. Come and see them. New strictly modern stone house. 5 rooms, bath and toilet, good loca tion; price , $2100 8-room modern house, bath, toilet, excellent location; price $2850 . .3-room house, good lot; price, $753 Adjoining Hay's Park; level and* fine $200 i i m-rnm ca 405 RiversUe Ay».. City 20 LEVEL LOTS NEAR CAR LINES, fttS TO •175 EACH. €. F. CLOIKiH & CO. 309 Empire State Bl«g. Phone Main 304. I Gardner & Gardner, 8 MARBLE BANK BUILDING. Palouse Land Co. We have the best bargains and surest returns In Palouae lands that have been offered. Two miles north of Diamond, 160 to 640 acres, heavy black loam, well watered, easy 4 terms, $36 par acre. D. X. HAM, President 221 The Rookery. 1 and buy this neat, new, modern, up-to-date four-room cottage, with large attic, furnished complete, in cluding gas stove, electric lights. Hring your truuk and $800; balance J2S per month, no interest. F. ». . BARRETT A CO, ft Poet St. PBI1K: ONR CENT. ■ —„^—— WINTER don't stop ug. SNOW don't stop us. 25-26 Jamieson Block. Tei. Main 3. Lots/ Real t stale and insurance, T«L Red 4421.