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Twenty-five Cents per Month NO. 35. RAILROAD COMPETITION ALMOST ELIMINATED ' WASHINGTON, Dec. 17.—The bnnual report of the interstate com merce commission was sent to con gress this noon. ■ The report shows that the net learnings of all the railways in the [United States for the year ending June 30, 1902, are 1605,500,000, or 13100 per mile for each mile of Constructed road. The earnings exceed those of the previous year by $51,000,000, while over 130,000,000 more In dividends was paid than a year ago. The report is outspoken regard lng railway combinations and as PREACHER ON TRIAL FOR BEING TOO GAY On tho charge of conduct unbe coming a minister and a Christian, nccused of having fallen in love and having attempted an elopement with a former member of his con gregation, Rev. C. D. Nickelsen, the popular young preacher of Colfax, Is being tried today before a com mittee of the clergy in tho First M. E. church. Rev. Nickelsen is allagod to havo telegraphed the young lady, who resides in North Yakima, to meet him in Spokane, saying they would "go together." Instead of comply ing with tho request, the woman sent an attorney, who met the preacher. Explanations followed nnd the preacher returned to his charge at Colfax, who charitably re gard him as having been temporari ly out of his head. Some threee weeks ago Rev. Nickelsen came to Spokane with the avowed intention of commit ting suicide, s*it changed his mind. SPOKANE HOTELS ARE ALL CROWDED All Spokane hotel men report that the present season is showing un precedented business. With many of the houses for tho past two ■weeks it has not been unusual to turn people away. When Bob Fit/siminons came to Spokane the other day one of the largest hostelries here was compell ed to direct him to a rooming house, DELIBERATION OF THE CITY COUNCIL At last night's council mooting Julius Galland nnd Attorney W. J. (Thayer, representing Oust Pearson and the Stockholm, failed to ap pear when called upon, though pres ent a few minutes before. Copies of tho complaint filed by F Studley with tbe city clem on Monday against the Coeur d'Alene and Comlque theaters were read nnd referred to the license commit tee, and the hearing fixed for 1:30 Monday. At the same time will bo NO SEARCH WARRANTS AGAINST GAMBLERS w ll ' Yesterday C. X fturnhatn applied to Judge Richardson of the superior court for search warrants against tho five Howard st. gambling houses, against whom complaints were (lied in the Justice court. judge Richardson took the matter under advisement and today declin ed issue the search warrants, hold ing that, as tho complaints were CHARGE CUTTING GOVERNMENT TIMBER A case was today filed with the [United states marshal'! office against the Cameron Milling com pany of Idaho, which is alleged to have been cutting timber on gov ernment lands. Judge Hanford will hear the case, tho company being cited to awcsi' The Spokane Press. serts that competition which for merly existed has been largely sup pressed. It is declared to-bo only a matter of time, if the present movement continues, before the en tire railway situation will bo con trolled by a few Individuals. The resulting conditions Of. this almost entire elimination of compe tition and common ownership are declared to involve consequences to the public which claim the most serious and urgent attention. Tho commission recommends cor responding changes in the regulat ing statutes of the Interstate coru merce acts, as existing laws are to It is presumed that his wire that they "would go together" meant that there would be a double sui cide. The committee trying the case is composed of Rev. 11. D. Kimball of Vincent M. E. church, Spokane; Rev. Mr. Brown, Union Park; Rev. T. Q. Hudson, Coeur d'Alene; Rev. .1. 11. Martin, St. Maries; Rev. J. iW. Spangler, Latah; Rev. A. L. Hawley, Garfield; Rev. T. 11. Fer itg. Ritzville; Rev. \V. Raskins, Sprague, and Rev. J. P. Barker of Cheney. Mr. Nickelsen is present and is represented by M. E. Carley, S. C. Armstrong and Henry Copley of Colfax. All witnesses were sworn to sc crely regarding 'the proceedings, and no spectators allowed to be present. Mr. Nickelsen requested a change of venue from Spokane and also np plied for a postponement of the trial. Both requests were denied. lowing to the hotel's crowded condi , tion. In addition to the usual local and customary country business, a very largo number of eastern people have been and are guests of Spo kane's hostelries, advance guards of the crowd of bomeseekers that will i flock westward with the melting of the snows. heard the complaint against Com missioner Lilienthal by s. w. Green for not enforcing the ordinances against gambling houses. Much minor business was trans acted. The fire limits were enlarged, the final payment for the proposed cre matory site ordered and the ordi nance reducing the salary of the police judge $50 per month defeat ed. A resolution carried that the finance committee furnish funds for poor people suddenly taken ill. tiled in tho justice court and not in the superior court, he had no juris diction in the matter. Hail the complaints been tiled in the superior court, then he would have had Jurisdiction, but as they were not only tho magistrate be fore whom tho complaints were tiled could issue tho search war runts. and show cause why a restraining order should not be passed. Cases such as charged are report ed numerous, one notable Instance being given as that of the town of Republic, which is said to bo al most wholly built of timber stoleu from the government THE WEATHER—Tonight and Thursday fair, probably stationary temperature. .tally Inadequate to meet the new conditions. The criminal provisions of the present law, as tested by the North ern Securities merger and other prosecutions of the past year, are declared to be dead letters. There ought to be some power, states the report, which will compel the grain carrying roads of the northwest to maintain their published rates, as well as to force the railways to mako fair and reasonable rates. Attention is also called to the gratifying results of the safety ap pliance law, by which nearly 10,000 less deaths occurred among those engaged in coupling ahd uncoupling cars than during the previous year. WILL SUE, ft, A. Morrison, a former conduc tor on the Northern Pacific, will bring a suit for $20,000 damages for personal injuries which, he states, ho received in a head-end collision last spring. Mr. Morrison claims that he is totally incapacitated for ordinary d uties. GLINDEMAN. The arguments on the petition of John Glindeman. who is in jail on the charge of incest and whose wife has filed a bill for a divorce, asking that he be permitted to mortgage a portion of his property, whje-'t is tied up by an injunction, fOT the purpose of securing fnTMs with Which to defend himself in court, [were heard before Judge Kennan | this morning. At the conclusion of the argu jments his wife agreed to allow him ,to mortgage certain real estate for the purpose of raising $1600 and an order was made to that effect. GIRL BURNT. YREKA, Cal., Deo. IT.—The homes of E. B. Edson and L. M. Foulke at Gazelle, near here, were destroyed by tire at 8 o'clock this morning. Miss E. Foulke, oldest daughter of L, M. Foulke, was burn ed to death. Mr. Edson is railway commis sioner for the northern district of California and w:<s a leading candi date for gubernatorial honors in tho last republican state conven tion. TELE-GRAPH BREVITIES. " New York - .—Physicians today pre dict Cornelius Vanderbllt's re covery. Victoria, B. C. —By a decision of the privy council just received, nat uralized .laps can exercise the fran chise in British Columbia. London. —The archbishop of Can terbury's condition continues the same. There is no noticeable Im provement this morning. Pendleton, (ire. —Chris I.empke hanged himself to a rafter in an outbuilding. His brother Clans com mitted suicide Saturday in a simi lar manner. Despondency. Copenhagen. — A German first class armored cruiser is ashore near Koever, in the Baltic sea. The battleship Kaiser Wllhehn Her Grosse and other vessels are trying to save the stranded vessel. Condon.- Great ceremonies at tended the christening of the in fant son of tho duke and duchess of Manchester at noon today. Queen Alexandra is tho child's godmother. Portland. Ore. —Solomon Hlrsch, ex-minister to Turkey, was buried here this morning before a great Concourse of people. The body was placed in two feet of cement, Armed guards will watch until the cement hardens, This is a result of the theft of the body of YV. S. l.add some years ago. CITY NEWS. Hal J. Cole is back from Grand Porks. The supremo court has sustained tin' Hallett inheritance tax law In the James Clark case from Spo kane. A reception was tendered to Hish op Well* of tho Episcopal church at All Saints' parish house last eve ning on the tenth anniversary-of his appointment. Business men report that the buying for Christmas started this year earlier than ever befordj and (hat tho season and holiday stocks are now far advanced, The High school football team is practically disbanded, unless games can be secured witli Cheney or any of the coast teams, which tit this time does not seem probable, Tho county surveyor is almost dally in receipt of petitions from various parts of the county, asking him to survey for the opening of roads, but on account of the cold weather and short days nothing is being done iv that Hue ut present. SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1903. NIGHT FORCE AT POST OFFICE. "It Is probably the opinion of many," said Assistant Postmaster Dieffenbach this morning, "that in the larger cities the general deliv ery windows are open night and day and that there is no break be tween the days. This is a false impression, and even in Chicago and New York city concessions of the kind are unknown. "When we keep open our registry department window and put on an additional force in Spokane, it will be to accommodate the holiday business, but the general delivery windows will not be open except at the usual hours. "If the present volume of busi ness continues, we will within a few days create the night force, as announced in The Press a few days since. "Washington, D. C, is the only postofflce in the United States, Can ada or Mexico which has its gen eral delivery window open night and day." WRECKED. MARCUS, Wash., Doc. 17—A wreck occurred at 10 o'clock last night on the Spokane Falls & Northern at Clayton, a small station 30 miles from here. No one was Injured. Two loaded cars and some empties were wrecked, delaying traffic for several hours. ANDJAN DESTROYED. ST. rF.TERSnCKG, Dec. 17.— Andjan in Central Asia has been practically destroyed by a recent earthquake. No details have been received of the loss of life as yet. The sity had a population of 30,000 inhabitants. LILY SAILS. LONDON, Doc. 17.—Prominent among tho passengers on the Celtic, which sailed for New York today, were Mrs. Langtry and the leading members of her company, who are to engage In a tour of tho large cities of America this winter. A large bevy of friends assembled at the station to bid the famous actress hon voyage. XMAS AT FT. WRIGHT. The ladies of Fort Wright are preparing to make Chris'inas a pleasant occasion for the army boys. Nothing in the nature of a set entertainment has as yet been planned, but it is reported that each member of the garrison will be remembered. As to the officers' circle, the cele bration of Christinas will not be especially marked. "There are too few of us," said an officer's wife this morning in explanation of the reason. REDUCED. WASHINGTON, Dec. 17.—The house ways and means committee has authorised a favorable report on the bill reducing the tariff on goods imported to tho Philippines to 26 per cent of the Dingley tariff schedule. The islands now pay 75 per cent. CONGRESS. WASHINGTON, Dec. 17.—1n the I senate the urgent deficiency bill was taken up nnd passed in five minutes. A notion also passed ti the effect that when the senate ad Mourned this afternoon it be until i Saturday. j Senator Morgan gave notice that ion Saturday he would ask that a !bill to provide for acquiring the rights necessary to the construc tion of the Isthmian canal be laid before tho senate. The pension appropriation bill also passed without objection or amendment. Tito bouse in committee of the whole reported without opposition the Hepburn amendment to the ju- 1 dietary bill appropriating half a mil- ! Hon dollars to be Immediately avail- ( able, with which the attorney gen eral is to employ counsel for tho enforcement of the trust laws now lon the statute hooks. MARKETS. As reported by the COS Commis sion company: Chicago--- Opening. Closing. May wheat 10.77% l" T7'i May corn .43% .43% May oats 33% .32% ; May pork , 15.78 15.57 Minneapolis — May Wheat 75 .75% Wilbur, Wash. —Jesse Uusk and Thomas Cordon wore thawing out I dynamite in an oven when the stuff exploded, Husk lived 10 minutes j and Cordon throe hours, Mrs. Wade Colo, who was In the room, was stunned and bruised, but uot so riously injured, BELGIUM NOW AFTER CASTRO BRUSSELS, Dee. 17. —It is of ficially- announced today that a diplomatic note has been sent to Venezuela regarding the settlement of the Belgian claims, amounting to $500,000. WASHINGTON, Dec. 17.—Minis ter Bowen has cabled the state de partment from Caracas this morn ing that the Italian minister had left. Minister Bowen has assumed charge of the Italian legation af fairs according to his instructions. LONDON, Dec. 17.—Prime Min ister Balfour in replying to ques- the house of commons to day repeated his assurances of yes terday that England had no inten tion of landing troops or of occupy ing the territory of Venezuela. Great Britain was most anxious there should be as little inconven- PARENTS TESTIFY ON CHILD LABOR SCRANTON. Pa.. Dec. 17.— The ! coal operators before tho coal strike commission today began their > response to the charges made by jthe lufncrs. Former Congressman I Wolverton, one of the operators' at i torneys, began an address when the commission opened. Befpre he had fairly started At- | torney Darrow said that he desired i to call a few more witnesses. Per- j mission was granted. Dutko, father of one of the little i girls' who testified to working : night*? to help support her family, Iwas fbe first witness. The company employing Dunko entered a state- 1 : ment yesterday, showing that he j received $1400 last year, of which $900 was his share. Dunko testified that "the money had been divided between two miners nnd two labor ers, his assistants. He had received $:10 per month and was deeply in debt at the company store when his girl went to work. Judge Gray said that he should not have.let his daughter work like this no matter how deeply he was ; indebted to the company. Another father was called and THE LUCKY CHARLIE IS BEING PUSHED The Lucky Charlie in the Pierre ljtke district Is among the few min ing properties which are being ac tively pushed through the winter season. E. F. Craves, prominently con nected with the mine, states that GORGEOUS WEDDING : !N BALTIMORE TO-DAY Baltimore, Md., Dec, 17 —so- ciety was dazzled today by one of the most gorgeous weddings that has ever boon celebrated in the old city of Baltimore. The contracting parties were Thomas Alexander Me- Intyre, millionaire, clubman and j Wall st power of New York, and \ Mrs Archibald Paul Mitchell, a ! young anVwealthy widow, also ( V New York. The ceremony was per formed tit the home of the bride's | relatives. I)r and Mrs. James 1). In- Iglehardt in West Lanvalo st. Into the c.eretnony were introduced many j novel and costly features. From the bridegroom's great estate of RAN AWAY BECAUSE WANTED NEW CLOTHES EaM McLaughlin and Carl Hamp ton, two romantic youths who ran SWS] from home In order to cot initiated Into the secrets of a mes senger boy's life in Spokane, wore arrested early this morning by Of- I fleer Shannon. atoLaughliu is a lad of only 13 years of age, but claims that this lis not the tirst time he let* homo. He ran away a year ago to Tekoa. i "1 ran away both times because 'the old man wouldn't get me any lototbes," said McLaughlin, "so 1 quit him. I'd like to go home, This heirs place Is on the bum. A fellow .can't go to Blet p or anything. But lid ratt.tr hang out here than go lence as possible to the neutral powers in the blockade. He be lieved that the Germans had old grievances besides the new finan cial claims. Nothing further, he added, has been received regarding the arbitration negotiations. PARIS. Dec. 17.—Foreign Minis ter Delcasse has obtained assur ances from England and Germany that the customs of Venezuela, which by the agreement made last April were to be set aside as guar antees of the payment of the French claim, will be protected by the allies. BUENOS AYRES, Argentina, Dec. 17. —The South American re public as a rule favor Venezuela in her troubles with the allied powers. Brazil is indifferent, and Argentina and Chili are neutral. I testified that his daughter made I $1.60 per week, his wife was sick land his hoys were employed in the I silk mills. No certificate of age over 13 had ever been demanded. Judge Cray said, "It's up to that i boss now." He requested the wit ;ness to keep his daughter from such I work in the future. Chairman Gray asked the counsel lof the Pennsylvania company for |an explanation of the discrepancy |in their statements, and was an swered that the company kept no 1 record of how many men were em ployed to assist contract miners. The railway's defense will be based on the ground that the mine workers were forming a monopoly of labor and that there is no simi larity between bituminous and an thracite mining. They assert that 1 all laborers and miners are paid more wages than other occupations ; requiring the same skill. They will try to show that the educational facilities are good and that mining ;is not a dangerous occupation, and |also try to show that it is Imprac ticable and almost impossible to [adopt the system of weighing asked j for by the miners. i contracts have boon let which will . provide work the whole winter through for many more men. The mine has a lead of feet 'of good shipping ore. Shipments have not been begun as yet, but it • is the intention of the owners to : have their ore handled promptly. 3000 acres, Onslow Hall, In North Carolina, were brought carloads of southern vines and plants and How ers, so as to make the great colon ial drawing rooms of the Ingle hardts resemble a fairy woodland scone, and in this environment the knot was tied. The Rev. Or. John Timothy stone of Brown Memorial church was the officiating clergy man The bridal choral from "Lo hengrin" was sung by the full Men delssohn chorus, brought from New York in a private train. Following tho ceremony there was a wedding breakfast served to 200 guests by Delmonico of New York. ] back homo if tho old man don't buy 1 mc a new suit. 1 don't want to walking around naked." Carl Hampton, who says that he iiu't McLaughlin in Tekoa, says be has always earned liis own liveli hood, and at period! make* a sud den departure for other points In order to better bis Condition. His : stepfather Hv> s in Wallace, Idaho. Carl ■peaks of his home in glowing terms, stating that bis stepfather, \V. J. Doudy, has always been good and kind to him. He Is 15 years of age. Both boys paid their way to Spe i Kane on money earned while em ployed at the city restaurant in Tekoa. The Wonder 409-413 Riverside Avenue Only one week more to do your Christmas buying. During that time do not forget to visit our store. You will find many fancy novelties and many useful as well as ornamental articles for holiday gifts. An early visit will give you best choicii. Holiday Prices Still Prevail in Onr Millinery Department. Coats and SKirts. Come 111 and make a selection before they are picked over. We will lay it away until Xmas for you. 150 ladies' all wool serge cheviot and covert cloth dress skirts in bjack and colors; former prices were $4.00, 15.00, $f>.oo; holiday price «P«£«VO Ladies' Monte Carlo Coats—Only a small lot left, and some of the best, but they must go; come and get a bargain; price no object. Watch Fobs for Xmas. We have a few samples of elegant fobs and at one-half the regular price; Just the thing for a fZ(\ gentleman's Xmas present; 98c to Cp^£.C/\f Men's Cuff LinKs. Stone Pros.' famous warranted gold goods; a good assort ment to select your husband a present from; AC.f your choice for ™ W%* Men's SilK 'Kerchiefs. Pure silk, initialed, hemstitched, plain white tyfZf* or fancy border; our holiday price tfa%f\* New TracK Railway. # Combination passenger coach and open freight, car: en gine, coaches, switches, track signals, etc., all complete; just the thing to delight the boys; a*fcCr» for VOC Burnt Leather Pipe RacKs Genuine burnt leather Indian landscape; smoke the pipe IT™:. 49c Celluloid WorK Box. Containing six inch mirror, scissors, hock, etc.; all com plete; satin lined decorated a/> _ box 49c Tarn o' SKanters. Extra heavy Angora; all colors; gray, red, Q£\„ blue, white; for the holidays O J\\> Opera Shawls. Those are lovely Xmas gifts; made of Shetland floss; 140 inch sweep; white, pink, blue; t£| AO holiday price *pl« JO Go-Carts, 25c. Fancy Baskets, 10c. LOWEST PRICE STORE IN SPOKANE FOR GOOD GOODS. WHITEHOUSEft DRY 6OOBS |S Specials for Thursday Suggestions for Christmas Gifts in Men's Wear. Bath Robes and SmoHing JacKets at Cost. Continuation of tale. Only two or three of each size left Special Stfe Linen llandherciilefs. Men's full size, pure linen handkerchiefs; Of"« worth rt)c each; on sale Thursday at two for C.3C Mens Glove Sale. Dress and walking gloves in One quality dogskin; colors, taiis and reds; regular price, $1.25; €J*l<» on sale Thursday at. per pair SJUC Host quality colored stiff bosom shirts, two pairs cuffs; all now patterus; regular price everywhere $1.50; QC*» on sale Thursday at, each 30C Men's Underwear Sale. Fine quality fleece lined shirts and drawers: also a heavy jersey ribbed cotton underwear; regular price 75c garment: on sale Thursday at "&0C Sate of Men's Outing FfanneS Night Gowns Our regular 75c and $1.00 qualities on salt' Thursday at each DSJC Sale of Pillows in Art Dept. _ a All OUT finished pillows on sale at .;;! 1-3 per cent reduction. 126.00 pillows fur $16.75 $15.00 pillows for 10-00 $9.00 pillows for 6.00 $6.00 pillows for 4.00 $5.00 pillows for 3.35 $4.0n pillows for 2.75 ON SALE THURSDAY. SEE DISPLAY IN OUR CORNER WINDOW. Rabbi Bloch has written Superin tendent Savior, demanding that nil mention of Christ tie omitted from anqnd uj sutu.isojd ftpiioq etp schools. Spokane Bank Clearances today: were $ 370,564 One Year Ago , . . 254,168 Gain of $116,396 • and' Men's Shirt Sale. In all the schools of the city pro greiUS are being arranged for Christmas exercises to be held Frl i daj afternoon, the closing day of the term. PRICE; O.VK CENT. J, HELBF.RC & CO.