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Twenty-five Cents per Month NO. :*<s. RDM K. Pr c. I.x.—lt Is offlelnlly an nounced today that England, Ocr- j many and Italy have agreed to block ade Venesuela if President Castro continues stubborn. Italy is strongly in favor of arbitration through tiie | United states. LONDON, Doe. 18.—A cabinet meet' inn on the Venezuelan question was held this afternoon. Important ne gotiations are now proceeding be tween Washington and London which may strain the Anglo-German joint notion. Germany is believed to havo declined to accept the proffered ar bitration of the United States. Knß land is willing to arbitrate, but dls- i likes to dissolve the joint partner ship with Germany. America is trying to persuade Eng- ! SNOW STORIS TIE up msma mm SEATTLE, Dec. 18.—Yesterday the Great Northern experienced one of the worst Bnow storms in years, a snow slide 800 feet in length dropped on n bridge at Tonga, slightly damaging the bridge and blocking the traffic lor neai ly 1r» hours. The Seattle local, due to arrive at 9:30 last evening, was abandoned and run as a section of rfo. 4. 11l or I:t hours late, (freight trains were tied ui> at various sidetracks pending de velopments. HAVUB, Mont.. Dec. ts. The Great Northern railway is completely tad up With a snow storm. The west bound limited and several freight INTERSTATE FAIR The annual meeting of the stock holders of the Spokane Interstate Fair association is being held at the (■thee of the Washington Water power company late this afternoon, Tho principal business will be the elec tlon of officers lor the ensuing year, and it is expet ted that nearly all the old oflli ii s will be reelected, The fair last fall was one of the best lii the history ~f the association nnd the attendance was high. Secretary Martin's report, which Was given to the tUiblle some time ANTI-VICE PARTY ISSUES AN APPEAL An organisation for the purpose of i enforcing tho criminals laws has been : perfected. An appeal tor the hearty CO operation of law abiding citizens ( Irrespective of creed or p'olltlcs has , boon sent out nnd a vigorous cam i palgn against crime is now on. > The league will hold meetings on h the ilrsi Tuesday In each month In < the Fraternal Brothei hood hall, mi the corner of Sprague aye, and Mill st. Any person may become a mem NEW ORGANIZATION Ail*.'irs of Incorporation will be filed* within the next few days for an organisation of Bpokane men to In. el.Pw'n as Ihc Spokane Homo Find Inn association^ Thoai directly back of the plan are Attorney* Willis H. Merrlam, T. J. Simpson and J. P. Moore, the lasl named being until recently a cltlscn of Montana. The iirinciii.il object of the organ isation, as Its name Indicates, is to 11ml homes for all contemplative set tiers in Spokane, but the association will make general Investments ac an incidental. The association has already a con- SOUTHERN PACIFIC ENTERS THE SOUND SEATTLE), Nov. ll,—lt Is nuthorl tively announced that the efforts of Jim ami the northern roads to ab sorb the transport business has re suited in active preparations of the Southern Pacific rallwuj to parallel ! the Northern Pacific railway between j fortland and Seattle in ordsc tw give land that if she strong pro arbltratlon attitude* Germany wilt ho compelled to accept tho arbitration. England has not yet replied to Wash ington, LONDON, I i<-c. 18.—Tho kins Mils afternoon addressed a joint pension of parliament after the general re view. During his address he referred to Venezuela as follows: "1 r< ;:ri t that on account of con stant complaints my government haa found it necessary to address Veno> zuela in regard to tho unjustifiable in is performed against British sub jects ami property, nnd timt it has finally become n< cessary to insist up on prompt measures of redress." WASHINGTON, Dec. 18. — The house today, after brief debate, adopt j trains have been snowbound for In hours and orders from headquarters announce thai the trains are Indefi nitely delayed. Other Information as to the probable arrival of the trains lis not given, TACOMA, Dee. 18.—From 10 to IB inches of snow has fallen in the Cas cade mountains, the heaviest fall ever known in December. All trains are delay, d. HELENA, Dec. Iff.—Hundreds of I cattle and sheep perished during the I last week's blizzard, Which caught the stockmen totally unprepared for such I a severe storm so early in season. [ago, Showed that the fair was n suc cess In every way and that tile re ceipts more than balanced the cx i pendtturoe, Tin re has been talk amour, the di rectors of the fair >«' greatly enlarg ing It for the coming year and of ask ing the legislature to moke an appro priation in its aid, This matter was discussed at a meeting of the direc tors of the fair and tho members elect of the legislature from this .lis trict a short time ago, lmt no definite 'action was taken. her of the league bj signing the con stitution ami puylng lees of $1 per' annum. There will lie a special meeting of tiie i.aw [Enforcement League of this! city held in the Kpworth League room of the First Methodist church on Prl day, December 19. at T:;iu p, m.. at which time new members will be re ceived, ami all who are in sympathy with the work and who can subscribe to tin- constitution aid by-Jaws are urgently requested to he present, Bldorable number of negotiations for nlty proporly on foot nnd propones in acquire such realty on un exten sive scale, n win be the Intention of the or- Biinli'.atli a in the case of tin' purchase hi unimproved property to build thereon, keeping none tor speculation. A force nl' ill' n w ill hi' put into Hie i.. Id Immedlati ly and bj 111■ - mid dle .if spring the association hopes to have many buildings Under way. W itii ii i other objects will be tin' extensive advertising of tin- city and the promotion ol its general Interests. a mum nut capital has been paid in t.i insure the successful operation of Hie plan. ■ ■ the Uarrlman systems an outlet fa Pugi t sound and penult competition for Hie oriental and Alaskan trade. William I lilies, who was arrested Sunday night by Officer Brtley on suspicion of an attempt to burglarise Uraildt Bros.' hardware Store, had a preliminary hearing bofore Judge Hinkle this afternoon ana was bound over to the superior court for trial. Spokane bank clearances today were |325,T40; one year ago, |376,t71i a gain id' |61,36 U. The Spokstie Press. JsL cd the, McCn.ll resolution, calling upon Secretary of State Hay to furnish all .information possible concerning the joint demonstration of Great Britain and Germany against Venezuela. WASHINGTON. Deft is. — The state department is inclined to doubt •President Castro's having given full authority to .Minister Qowen to settle the dispute by arbitration. They say Mr. Bowen has wired nothing con llrinatory, hence they don't believe the story. Neither Germany or England has replied to the arbitration pro posal forwarded this morning. CARACAS. Dec. 18,—The business men have joined in a note to Presi dent Castro, urging him to grant full power to Minister Howell to settle the present difficulty. Three thousand passengers were handled In one elevator cage in the Rookery yesterday. Prom B:80 a. m. until ii o'clock last evening 660 trips were registered. The largest number of passengers recorded lor one day's travel In this elevator is 8874, that number being handled during the liuf falo jiiii parade. ST. PETERSBURG, Dee. 18.—Tho number of persdMs killed during the earthquake at Andtjan last Tuesday is today reported to be 150. SELLS STOCK RMCH. ! C. C. Ladd i>t this ctty, :ii present i engaged in mining in British Colum bia, where in' has several fine claims near the Ymir properties, is in the icity for tin- purpose ft' closing up a ileal disposing of his stock ranch of 485 acres near Coulee. .\ Mr. Herman of tins city is the purchaser and it is his Intention to continue the ranch in stock. .Mr. I.add has had the land in lease Tor several years ami ij is owing lo his [mining Interests ihat he Is prevailed Upon to sell the properly. RlfifiFß RASE FRHKHOLD, Dec 18.—A number of Witnesses In the trial of Laura Big ger today testified that Henry M. Benm tt had repeat, dly called the actress his wife and told friends that they were married! Miss Bigger ex pects intake tho stand In her own in half this afternoon or tomorrow. Hood skating is reported to be bad lon the ponds pi the eastern part of the city. Liberty lake. It; miles east lof ibe city. Is also reported lo be in excellent condition for skating. full & Olbbs' team took a lively I spurt down Main aye. at noon today. and caused considerable excitement by colli.lmt; with an outfit of the I Paclllc Transfer company. Aside from | a damaged harness no damage re sult d. Articles of incorporation of the Florentine Marble company, with a capitalisation of $100,000, have been filed for record with the county re» corder. The trustees are John .\| , Finch. W. B, Finch, C, Husgey,.£. St. \ Herron ami J. m Blake. The clerks. In the registry depart ment are now working night and day. Carrier John lioxte, who was re cently operated on for appodloltts, is reported as recovering rapidly. Mrs. Davis, wife of Carrier Davis, was taken ill a tew day* This morning a telephone m« age an noune*! that Mrs, Davis w is gradual ly getting worse. New - cards showing tne hours In which collections will be made have been received and i Immediately be put mi the boxi s rcplaciiiH tin' oards which are dot., ami worn out. hav ing boon exposed tor several yea is, I There wore no trials In Judge Rleh« ardson's court today and the tints ' was given up to hearing motions. The ease of Albert Lembeaux ver bus Brvln Lumber company will go in the Jury In Judge Belt's court late tills afternoon. ales If. Winston has aojnmenced suit in the superior costl by attach- I ment agaliuit A. F. Venlno and wife. • Tho amount claimed Is 1800, i Indianapolis • Composed Ifascagnl'a company's baggage was held up this morning by the sheriff on a lien. The oomposer to appear in Cin cinnati tonight. Suit Lake.'—Close of the run of Utah sugar beet factories for the season shows a total output of 42.- --uihi.oou pounds of beet sugar. Fifty j per << nt of the product has been shipped east of Chicago ELEVATOR SFXORD. ANDIJANi CsTY Him. PC3STAL MOTES. COURT NOTES. THK 81'OKATfK PRESS: THITKSDAY, V, . , , , . Tnt 1 ——i-xlay probably fair. SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, THI RSDAY, DECEMBER 18, IUO2. WILL BUILD HOMES. W. ekiy Smith has purchased two fine let* In the Wolverton addition with the Intention of building a resi dence for himself. Mrs, Dale 1 of this city lias just com pleted the buying of a pleasant lot In Morgans addition. Intending to build thereon a home. The consider ation was 8326. Spencer Ogden has bought a lot in Caunondale addition and will begin the el ect inn of a residence immedi ately. The lots were purchased through the Western Land company. DICTATOR. PORT AC PRINCE; Dec. 18.—Gen eral Nord took complete possession of the government palace today and assumed the presidency on the strength of ii proclamation issued by the army. PROMINENT OLYMPIAN CHARGED SWINDLING OLYMPIA, Wash., Dec. is.-—David Mitchell, a prominent citizen here, was arrested this morning for em bezzlement on the complaint of Dr. (diver Lecrone of Kalamazoo. Mich., who alleges that he paid Mitchell $10.11(10 for timber lands which, he claims, upon Investigation proved worthless! NICE, Hee. IS.—Two of the most expert swordsmen in France fought two of the most famous Italian duel lists this morning. Both Frenchmen won. Inflicting serious wounds on their adversaries. The police were .evaded with difficulty and entered the Villa that was tho scene of the af fair just n.s tin- duel terminated. LUMBER PRODUCTION IS SIXTY MILLIONS. The West Coast nnd Puget Sound' Lumberman states that the output of the lumber mills of the coast for the year is as follows: Shingles, 9,000,- --000,000, divided as follows: Washing ton, i:.nee.una.mm; California, 1.000.- --000,000; Oregon and Idaho. 600,000,- --000, Brltisli Columbia, 1.500.000.0ed. They sold for 116,000,000. Say for the eat of the saw nulls. 4,700,000.000 f.ot. allowing tho output to bo tfc California 800.000,000, Oregon 1,800,- --00(1.011(1. Washington 1,800,000,000, British Columbia 350,000,000, Idaho and Montana 460,000,000. These tig ures may need adjusting after the re ports come in, but tin y will lie found m the aggregate pretty dose to the. mark. The forests should have adde.l this year to the wealth of tho coast not less til.in 180,000,000, MARKETS. As r< put. il by Coo Commission company: Chicago— Opening, Closing. May wheat $0.77% $0.76V1 .May corn til .43 May oats 3- T\. .32 Va May pork 15.60 \16.62 Mlnn< spoils— May wheal 76'S ,H\ SMYTH DEVELOPMENTS BECOME SENSATIONAL Rcc< ut developments In the ease of Father Domlnlck Wagner, as he Is known to the Catholics, or Rev. a. j Miles Smyth, as he is known to I Episcopalians, have been extremely 'si nsatlonnl. Rev, Bmytb was ordained last sun- Iday as an Episcopal clergyman, the announcement being made that In l I was formerly a Catholic priest. This statement was denied by the local Catholic clergy, who stated that Ino such name as Smyth appeared In their directory. After Investigation they announced that Mr. Smyth's real I name was Father Domlnlck Wagner. I and that he was formerly a number lof a Benedictine monastery In Mis souri, He was also a parish priest in St. Joseph. Here, it is alleged, he was unfro«k ed for tho seduction of a girl, aged 16, In IMB, named Maud Itetdel, j whom he afterwards married. I After penance be divorced tho itlrl • and reentered the priesthood. He was given a charge in Idaho, where the girl joined blm as bis Stepsister and housekeeper. en his relationship to the girl be coming known he was dismissed from the ministry last June and came to I Spokane, where he has since resided, | placing the girl, who Is a brunette beauty, in the .suici Heart training school for nurses. Rev. Smyth admits that he Was for merly known us Father Wagner, but States that he left the church Of bis own accord and married. Alt. r this he was arrested, charged with enibez |sling $-" from the church, which he SOAP FACTORY The Spokane Soap company. John M. 'Simpson proprietor, will immedi ately begin work on ti mammoth fac tory, to be located In Webster addi tion. The company has been doinK an extensive business In this City and the trade has enlarged to such an extent that the present quarters on Sinto aye. are Inadequate. OPERATORS RECITE THE EVIL ACTS OF UNIUN SCRANTON, Da., Dec. is.—Two I more railways filed Wage statements When Hie coal strike commission met this morning. The recitation of in juries and wrongs received by non union nun at the hands of strikers com Inued. Fireman Reynolds told of an at tempt at assassination by Striker Francis, who tired four Ineffective shots at him. When Francis was brought to trial he said he had au thority from his local union to stop Ipeople on the street. This fact was brought out by the counsel. Reynolds I said that he worked in order to buy j food for his family, consisting of his i wife and seven small children. The commission was deeply moved |by the testimony of Mrs. McNamarn, [ DEWEY WATCHING OFF VENEZUELA WASHINGTON, Dec. is. — The navy department has received Ad miral Dewey's proposed Itinerary for the vessels during the holidays. The strongest contingent of the fleet, con sisting of the Keursarge, the Alaba ma, the Massachusetts and tho lowa and the gunboat Scorpion, will ren PLANNING FOR THE MINING CONGRESS DEADWOOD, P. IV. Dee. 18.—Of ficers and members of the executive committee of the American Mining oengress are gathering lo re for a conference at which plans will be discussed for the meeting of the con gress to be held next year in Dead wood, Efforts are to be put forth to make the approaching session the greatest gathering of those interest ed In the mining industry ever held in America. Every state and terri tory of the Union will be represented and In conjunction with the conven tion tlofe will be a large and com 'aiiygis was the beginning of a long! :series of persecutions which have foi ilQWod him nil over the country, cul- ' initiating in the present exposure. ; Me also states that tbe seduction I allegation is absolutely false. He concealed his marriage to ssoape ' pors-o. ut ion. The missionary committee of the Episcopal church will Investigate the '( bulges against Mr. Smyth this after | noon. They will sit at 4 o'clock. Dean Perine was asked to state at what conclusion the committee would . likely arrive. He said that he did not Waftt to express any opinion until he ' receive.l a reply from parties to whom he had telegraphed In connec \ thm with the affair. Dean Perine stated further that as .far as he can learn at present the charge Of seduction preferred against Ma] Smyth Is absolutely without I foundation. JD Is true that the Catholics of ■tj Joseph did accuse htm of the Icrane,'' said the dean, "but he was' nWer ai i . sted on that account. I [haste, strong grounds to believe that thtt charge was trumped up tis a ro- Ipla to a telegram which I forwarded to the eX-Sherlft of St. Joseph fails to'confirm it. There Is nothing, sn'nst Mr. Smyth that can In any 1 May mitigate against his admittance f intb our ministry. The charge of i embezzlement was the result of a dif ficulty existing between the Bensdle jtnw abbot and the bishop of Missouri, [ but the i barge of embeaslsmsnt was thrown out of court. "1 Ihlnk the seduction charge can , not be proven." Mlsi 81 ids! left the Sacred Heart ! The company has just completed the purchase, through M. M. Barker, of the entire block <i In the addition named. Mr. Simpson has not decided as yet the amount to be spent in the erection of the structure, but It prom i ises to be one of the best equipped land commodious of its kind on the coast. Upwards of 100 men will be ! employed at its completion. [who appeared on the stand with her infant in her arms. Her husband worked on the Delaware & Lacknwan nn and was compelled to live in the colliery for fear of violence. She was unable to communicate with him. Eight times stones were thrown at her. once when she had the infant in her arms. She has four children, the oldest 1" years. She said she was akened one November night in time to fortunately escape from the house. Which was burned to the ground. There was-no proof that the strikers burned the house. Attorney Harrow asked that the testimony lie stricken from the rec ords, Judge Grary refused. Mrs. Ethel Hoffman was the next witness and her testimony was along similar lines. [dezvous nt Island of Trinidad within ia day's sail of Laguayra. The entire fleet In two days will .sail for Vene- I zuola. The department Is highly pleased with Dewey's foresight. Bscretary of Navy Moody cabled to Dewey: "Carry out your proposed program fpr the holiday Itinerary. Merry Christmas." prehenstve exhibition of mining proa ucts and machinery. The Deadwood Hills Mining Mens association la already engaged in making prepara tions for the reception and entertain ment Of the hundreds of visitors who are expected to attend the congress. Vienna. -A pitched battle between 30.000 strikers and government troops In Rostroff, Russia, resulted in 300 ■ killed nnd 1000 Injured. Including H number of women, who fought behind I hastily constructed street barricades. hospital this morning of her own ac cord. She told the sisL IS that she was heart-broken and would have on tonight's train fur her eastern home, where she will remain with her mother. The Catholic clergy have congratu lated The Press upon the fact that It was the tirst to unmask the true name of Father Wagner, alias Rev. IA. M Smyth In commenting upon the further sensational developments of the ease. . Rev, Father Vcrhagen said that Mr. Smyth's idea of having been persecut ed by the Catholics is very unjust. "lie knows full well," said the rev erend father, "that the church over ! treats erring priests with the utmost leniency. While a bishop has the right to dismiss n priest from bis 'diocese, he Is yet bound by a strict law to support that priest in comfort able circumstances so long as he does not entirely renounce all connection with Catholicity; and should s bish op fall to perform, which never hap pens, Rome In that event would have to advance Us support." "In the eyes of the church In Mr. Smyth really married, father 1 . ' asked the reporter. "No. Tho marriage Is so Invalid that if Miss Itidel appeared before jme in the morning for marriage 1 would hive to marry her. knowing the facts In the case A priest takes a Vow of perpetual chastity which, |as all Catholics understand, he can never break." 1 Father Wagner says that any mis statements which ho has made have been for the purpose of shielding his wife. A ladies' gold Ailed case, guaran teed for 20 years, with a genuine Waltham movement, (let our prices on watches, This is only one of a great many of the good values we are offering in watches. Not' I—Open1 —Open evenings. Visiters welcome. George R. Dodson, Jeweler, 517 Riverside Aye. HATS Our Specialty. Tie Union Special" ALL COLORS $3 A NobbJ Hat for WE MAKE SHIRTS TO I YOUR ORDER. Wilson, Sullivan & Co. 713 Riverside. Tel. White 758. j.oavi§»o Fine Groceries and Provisions _ Ccr. Howard and Sprague Telephone Main 130 MQHB! Sweet! Sour} Bottled! Chow Chow in Bottles. NEW STOCK! An Umbrella of the better sort is what you should give a friend or relative; the kind we sell in silver mounted pearl handles from up. Silk Fobs make desirable and use ful presents; ours range from $- up. Children's Cups please the little one; ours are worth more than they cost, from ?1 up. Silver Bracelets for the young ladies are strictly in order at this season; don't close a deal on this line until you see ours, from $1 up. SCHACHT & RfORDEN. JEWELERS. ORANITB BLOCK. Open evenings until after Xmas, DIAMONDS I A M O N Dornberg' S Nice Little Diamond Rings... $5,00 to $ 12.00 Xmas Jewelry and Watches * HOWARD ST. 1127 BUILDING PERMITS Amounting to . . . $1,453,413 Issued In Spokane, 1902 wnci Xmas Candies 2 Pounds Spokane's Greatest Grocery The Sloane-Paine Co. for Young Men. A STRONG PULL is a very desirable thing at times. Our facilities for supplying build ing material are practically irre sistablc. We have an unusually large stock of lumber and, with the aid of our factory, supply orders for complete house billa almost upon demand. Let us figure with you. WASHINGTON MILL COMPANY, Phone Exchange 10. AN EYE-OPENER. j A Money-Saving Opportunity. we situ nave a tew barrels or ci der vinegar which must be closed out at once. What we have left can be bought (if taken this week) at $4 per barrel or $2.r>o per half bar rel; L'uc per gallon in small tpian tities, it will pay to invest in a barrel or tso. Call at factory and sample it. SPOKANE MFG. & PTG. CO., Rear S Riverside Aye., Spokano. The Blair... Business college that there are mure demands made mi tins school for stenographers than it aan supply? Over 100 students last year. Wo expect more this year. H. C. BLAIR, Principal. Milt MHP WOMS. Auditorium Bldg. *j I!: ORE < knt. TONS OF IT, FOR Investigate this Lamp before buying any other Costs 1 Cent an hour to produce 800 candlo power. . H. HOME WOOD, Gen'l Agent. — Urd to Lamp Co. 204 Post St., Spokane. DID YOU KNOW ENROLL. MOV, $2-*° RUBBER STAMPS 10c per lint.