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Twenty-five Cents per Month NO. 45. Fphlcano belongs to the ball tosser3 today. Players, magnates nnd fans are on the gui vivo and await the result of the meeting which is now on between the various representatives from the Pacific Northwest league. According to the representatives of the various clubs now here, it will he war, and war to the finish. The ways nnd means to wn.ro the war ,of ex termination on the Coast league Is tin- subject under discussion this afternoon. Rival clubs will be placed in both Seattle nnd Portland, and the franchise of the old Portland team forfeited. V/ALLA WALT.A WANTS IN. Tt Is understood that applications will also bo made today by Walla Walla and Everett for admission to the PaciflO Northwest league, but it is not probable that these applica tions wdll be seriously considered, as league officials are determined to keep clubs In tho two large coast cities. Harry Green, who owned the Bpo NEW S^ E fJs s?AN L ?RAIRIE A plan Is on foot to build an elec tric railroad from this city to Moran Prairie. A company has been organ ised, to be known as the Moran Prai rie Railroad Construction company, the incorporators being E. H. Jamie son, W. S. McCrea. J. .1. Browne, A. I. Seller and Ai. V. Mendenhall. Tin' proposition is to build and equip an electric line from this city to Moran Prairie, Tho route has not >•• '. he. 11 positively decided upon, but it will probably be built either from Union or Liberty Park. The road will be about 10 miles loftg. The intention of the company 1s to run combined passenger and express cars so that farmers can come in with their produce and to ..ulld a largo central market for the benefit of their patrons. SAXON PRSNCES3. oi:ni:va. Deo, 16.—The Swiss gov ernment refuses to expel the crown princess of Saxony from its borders. M. Glron admits the paternity of the princess' sixth child. The Saxon min ister of state. Baron van Richter, arrived in Geneva this morning and attempted to induce the princess to return home, but she positively re fused. MARKETS. I ' As reported by the foe Commlslon company: Chicago— Opening. Closing. May wheat $0.77H 50.7fl" X May com 43H <it% May oats 33\ .IH'i May pork IC.SB 16.66 Minneapolis— May wheat 7B «a .76)4 Sun Francisco — Wheat, cental 1.36 1.38 ft TO PROHIBIT GIRLS CARRYING MESSAGES State Senator Ed S. Hamilton of Pierce county will Introduce a bill in the next legislature, which, if it be comes a statute, will prohibit males Under 17 years of age and females i miller is years to deliver messages for any telegraph, telephone or mes senger companies of the state i The bill is aimed at the Seattle Offices, where girls are sometimes cinph d as during the recent strike of neDsen'gt r boys, No girl messengers are employed In ipoVsne, but the passage of ibis law win mean that the young boys employed by the telegraph and tele phone companies will have to be ic phu cd by older ma s. , j EXPLOSION. HHAItOKIhT, I've. |9,—Five bun- j di al pounds of dynamite exploded at i the Bayslde Powder house this morn ing. Mo one was Injured, but the windows were shattered of all build- Ings with a large radius. Some fac tory wheels were cracked. Taxes ColSecteJ. County Treasurer Mudgott has for warded to the oltj treasurer of Spo kane 13417.76, the amount of city taxes collected on the 1901 roll b,- Iweeti December 12 and -ii. The Spokane Press. kane team, will also apply, it is said, for a franchise for Salt l,ake and the admission of both Salt Lake and Og den will be considered. The fight against tho outlawed Cal ifornia league is to be taken up by the National Association of Minor Leagues, of which the Pacific North west league is 0 member, The clause In the constitution of the association which provides a penalty of $000 for hiring a player rrom an outlaw league is to be waived and a lively campaign to rob the Callfornians of their best players Is to be inaugur ated. Kach lenprue of the association, it is said, will select for its prey a club of the outlaws and offer inducements to the playert to sign other contracts. Seattle, Butte, Helena and Spokane are directly represented at the meet ing. Owing to the press of other business, John S. linker of the Ta eoma club is not able to attend and President W. H. Lucas has been given full authority to act for htm at the meeting. X.UCAS SAYS WAX. "t)n those fellows think we are to be driven from our own yard?" said Mr. Lucas today. "They're way off ] in th* matter of the proposed eloc trlo railway through Moran Prairie, Mnrk Mendenhall stated that! "At I present the company is independent of any alliance with tins other sys tems of the city. "The company does not seek to an tagonize the city street car business, but will enter the city upon the best terms obtainable for handling the trnillc from tho country, which we believe, from a careful canvass made, will be large "Tho new lino will operate combi nation cars with an express compart ment and will probably begin opera tions just prior to harvest season In July. The right of way work will be forwarded rapidly and residents of tiic section ar<' more than enthusi astic over the prospects for the line." CIOSS-TOWNSERVICE From good authority Tho Press learns that a complete CTOSStown car I service will shortly be installed by . the Washington Water Fewer com pany. Franchise has already been asked for a line from Monroe st. to Division st. abiug Indiana aye.. and according to The Press' Informant upon this service proving successful, the com pany will push on down Indiana aye. to Hamilton, thus completing tho circuit Within a couple of months from the granting Of the franchise it Is announced that the line will be in Operation from Monroe to Division sts. nnd the people of that part of The mm sure has the approval of Abor Commissioner William Black nan. who recently conducted nn in vestigation Into tiiv employment ot rlrla aw messengers In Seattle, and he lecided at that time to Incorporate i recommendation in hie report that iuse> practlcee be prohibited. He foes not believe patrone van aecure rood service, basing tills conclusion m evidence adduced lv re to the effect hat girls would not be sent into cor am districts and that messages were iccessarlry delayed until the arrival if boys. Another objection of the abor commissioner is that the etri iloyment of girls In this capacity is lot conducive to the highest moral iiiaiitiou of the community! SETS EIGHT THOUSAND DAMAGES FROM CITY Tin' Olty of Spokane must pay to i nr.nn U Tost jll;>.l:s. that being* tho amount of a judgment ho secured against tho city In Judge Prather's court in October, 1901, which has just !>•■• v affirmed by the supreme court.' ; According to tho complaint Bled in 'the ease H, U Post in lb:3 graded if they (Id. I have letters to present at the meetinK this afternoon that would surprise tho All-Coasters If they should see them. It's a light to a finish and it will bo their finish, sure." LANE WANTS FIGHT. C. H. Lane, the Butte baseball mag nate, in speaking of the affairs of the league, says his backers gave him full authority to act for them In the present "meeting and are fully in ac cord with the proposition to wage a war of extermination against the out laws. "How the people of Portland can let a four-flusher like that fellow Marshall do business with them is beyond comprehension. The kick of the public last year was on the man agement of the Portlands, and with Marshall at the head of the new out fit it is a mystery how he can get their support. "Yes, T am interested in the new Portland club, lndln ctly, of course, and It is my candid opinion sin; will be a winner. "When tho outlaw Portland outfit says it ha:: any strings on "Piggy" Ward of last year s Miners they are way wrong. Here is his contract. AFTER HOTEL SHE. Seattle parties are negotiating for the largo vacant lot on the corner of Mill st. and Main aye. for the pur pose of erecting a modern hotel, The details of the plans could not bo learned this morning, but It is evident that the move to establish a big hotel here has taken definite shape. HUMBERTS ARRIVE. PARIS, Pec. 20.—The notorious Humberts arrived at T:3O this morn ing. Only a few journalists nnd po lice met them at the depot, due to misleading reports having been cir culated which drew the crowds to the central station. The Humberts were taken in closed cabs from the station just outside the city to their prison, The Misses Nellie nnd Jennie Po- Van of Missoula arc here and will spend New War's week with friends and relatives. the City will not, as heretofore, be compelled to take a Monroe st. or a Division st. car and go by way of Riverside, about three miles out of the way, to reach sections contiguous to either street. The company states Its desire to preside all the street car service the demands will warrant. "Mas there been lately any attempt to give a Shorter schedule." the re porter asked of an official, "No," was the reply, "the travel docs not justify It yet. We think that the way the matter is handled now, with a short schedule In the rush hours, morning and evening, and the regular schedule throughout the day, is the proper one." STRENUOUS TEDDY. WASHINGTON, Dec. 89.—A heavy sleet storm kept almost all residents here Indoors this morning, but tho president and his wife went horse back riding for two hours. The presi dent and General Wood are consider ably scarred and bruised as the result of an extremely strenuous battle with singlesticks, in the use of which both are adepts, fought lust night. The result of the. duel Is said to be a draw. GETS JUDGMENT. In Judge Belt's court this morning judgment In default was rendered in ! the ease of William F. Hunt, receiver of the Allenannla hank of St. Paul. Minn , versus Oeorge <>• Nettleton for 120,911.01. The aetlon was brought to collect two notes, one given Sep tember U, 1896, for 117,410.69 ut 8 per cent Interest and one given De cember «. lSdhj, v for J1117.D3, Interest at 8 per cent. Riverside aye. from Division to Mon« ros st., for which he received hut a small antount uf hta pay. Afterwards Poii became Insane and remained In | nn asylum for a number of years, lie began this suit In 1900 and will now receive his pay with a goodly amount of Interest. The original claim, without tho lutertfit, wad SOmothlng over nauuo. BPOKANE, WASHINGTON, MONDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1902. (Ho pulled it from his pocket for verification of his statement.) "You understand." lie continued, "the California lea«ue is outlawed by tho associations and this war with us Rives many of them a fine oppor tunity to redeem themselves—nnd you bet they are doing it. tuo. The Oak lands have very few Of last year's men who have not jumped, and It will prove BO Willi tho others, too." GOODKIND DBASTIC. E. J. Goodkind of tho Helena club says: "It's to he a fight to exterminate those chaps, At our meeting Satur day tho directors of the Helenas gave me full authority to act and they all favored the most drastic measures possible. 'Wo voted to tend assistance finan cially to the now Port'.anders, under a pro rata assessment, if necessary, to make it a winning light. "We did well last year and pros pects point to a successful season next. This war will not hurt the. league in my opinion. It will gain for us national advertising, which does US no harm." President Dugdale of the Seattle club arrived on the belated Great Northern at noon and his determined look bodes evil for the "invaders" in Seattle. "We're here to do business." said he, "and I'll bet some will be trans acted before the meeting adjourns. "There's only one team in Seattle and tho hearts of the fans are true to the Pacific Northwest. We have the grounds and weTe not 'on the run' as Henry Harris of 'Frisco would have people think." William Goldman of tho old Port land deserters is hero today, but re fuses to talk. SALT DECLINES. Another decline of about $2 per ton in salt is reported at Portland. The | drop is sara to be due to tho recent decision of the United States court against the so-called salt trust. It is also stated that further declines may be expected. Spokane wholesale dealers say this dec line In prices has not reached this city ye t. but may be expected at any time. There was a decline here of about the same amount two weeks ago. The wholesale grocery market is reported as very steady at present, no changes of importance in prices hav ing been quoted recently. THE MAINE SAILS. PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 2(l.—The battleship Maine left Cramps' at 11 o'clock this morning, destined for the League Island navy yard, where she will formally he placed in commis sion. The vessel will be put in command of Captain LeUtS and a picked crew. The Maine is said to bo one of the finest vessels In the navy. She will go immediately to the West Indies to Join Dewey's fleet. MARRIAGE LICENSES. Willard Btgham to Martha Soeler. both of Odessa; Robert Kirby of Al mtra to Annie M. Mulroy of Spokane; I. H. Fox of Spokane to Anna John son of Bridge. BRITISH LANDING IS NOT CREDITED WASHINGTON, Dee. 29.—The state department gives no credence to the report that the British marines have been landed nt Laguaya. Minister Bowen has not been heard from since Saturday, when the dispatch stating the terms on which the allies were willing to submit to arbitration at The Hague was received by him. REVOEUTIONIBTS ACTIVE. WILLHMBTAD, Curacoa, Dec. 29. —The revolutionists of Venezuela have resumed hostilities against President Castro. Th? armistice be- ORIENTAL LINE. KANSAS CITY. Dec. 29.—Kansas City, Mexico & Orient railway today ratified the contract with the Ham burg-American Steamship company for a regular passenger and freight service between tho orient and Port Stilwell, MextOO, Which will be the terminus of the proposed lino. MONROE BRIDGE. Work was resumed on the Monroe st. bridge today. Commissioner Lil ienthal says it win be pushed to com pletion now as rapidly as possible and that when it Is completed It Will need no further repairs for five years at least. WOODMEN'S BANQUET. Tho Woodmen of tho World, Camp 09, win hold its big banquet on Janu ary 22. Tho affair promises to ccllpso all preceding attempts in tho banquet ; line in Spokane and will represent an | outlay of $3500. • Cleveland, O.—Millionaire Distiller Meredith has been arrest.l R nd charged with Infractions of the Inter nal rovcuue law. He pleaded not guilty and was releajad ou Jsooo bonds. SUMMER CARNIVAL BY ATHLETIC CLUB A special meeting of the Spokane Amateur Athletic club will be held tonight to decide whether or not a 6treet fair and summer carnival will be held under their auspices during .the coming year. Smith Hall, representing the en larged and greatiy improved shows of George Jarbour, Is in the city for the purpose of concluding arrange ments with the S. A. A. C. having already concluded similar arrange ments with the business men of Ta eoma for a festival to bo held thero MANY EXPECTEB AT HORTICULTURAL MEET Colonel T. R. Tannatt. president of the Inland Empire Horticultural as sociation, which is to hold its exposi tion here, states that he has received letters from many heads of horticul tural societies in other states, ex pressing tho intention to attend the Spokane session. Th" nssoclatlon will begin its sit tings at 2 o'clock on Tuesday nnd will hold a session in the evening of that day to accommodate the fruit- LEGISLATORS MEET DISCUSS NEW LAWS About a dozen representatives-elect to the state legislature from the east ern portion of the 6tatc met here to day in response to a call issued by Representative George W. Bassett of Adams county. Up to noon they had not held a meeting, but sat about the Pacific ho tel lobby or attended to private busi ness matters in the city. Representative Bassett said the meeting had been called for the pur pose of getting acquainted and talk ing over matters which were likely to conic up in the next legislature. "I don't know of any particular leg islation to bo asked for," said Mr. Bassett, "but we want to get ac quainted principally and understand each other, so that we can do better work in the legislature for eastern Washington." Mr. Bassett was asked how he Stood on the railroad commission matter. He replied: ""I don't know how any of us can do anything but favor it. Most of th*,- county conventions and the state tween the government nnd revolution ists has just expired. PROMISE ANYTHING. CARACAS, Dec. 29. — Minister Bowen Is of the opinion that Vene zuela will promise anything that is desired for the sake of a settlement of her difficulties. BLOCKADE CONTINUES. LONDON, Dec. 29.—1t is stated that under a special agreement the blockade of the Venezuela coast will continue during the arbitration of the Issues. WOLFORD FREE. The case of the state against John Wolford charge*! with holding crimi nal relations with his daughter. Mrs. Alvlra Raphael, was dismissed this afternoon by Judge Ilinhlo. The court held that tho evidence of Mrs. Raphael was entirely contra dictory and that all tho circum stances surrounding the affair con clusively proved that there was not ground for holding the prisoner. HONOLULU CABLE. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 29.—Of fioi.ls of tho Pacific Commercial Cubic company believe that some ac oident bus happened to prevent the completion of the laying of tho cable at Honolulu. No w'ot'd lias been re ceived since Friday, whon tho cable ship was within Sight of Honolulu, though tho signal fdr completion has boon expected nuy n\lnute. TELDUIt APR BREVITIES. St. Petersbufy&Another violent earthquake occurred tonight at Audi jan ijt Central Jkgta, Greenwich, Conn. —William Favor itism and Julia Opp word married hefrt this s(t6rnobn. Kansas City, ggn.'—Carrle Nation is here negotiating f':>r a $7500 resi dence to provije a IwiUP tor drunk ards' wives. the last week in August or the lirst week in September. Among the leading features of the Jarbour show next year will bo the great battle at Moscow, one of the greatest displays of fireworks ever exhibited. If a summer carnival Is held here during the coming year, It must bo conducted under the auspices of the Spokane Amateur Athletic club for the Elks, who in the past have as sumed charge of street fairs nnd fes tivals, are forbidden by their national lodge from hereafter participating in such shows. growers and others who are unable to attend the afternoon meeeting. From the present outloolc Colonel Tannatt believes th.it tho meeting will be the most successful ever held by the association and will be the largest attended. Among the speakers will hp If. T. French, head of the Idaho University Experiment station at Moscow, and Mrs. Young of the same station. Colonel Tannatt has received let ters from parties as remote ns Sno homish, offering to present papers for discussion. convention instructed us to favor it, and I can't understand how we can do anything else. Do I think it will pass? Well, from what I can see now, I think It will, but I understand there Is strong opposition to over come." In regard to the United States sen atorial contest Mr. Bassett said he favored Levi Ankeny, whom he had known intimately for many years, but he did not believe in sticking to any one if it brought on a deadlock. Several of those present favor John L. Wilson and will cast their votes for him until it is seen that he has no chance of an election. Representative Durham of Whit man county will strongly oppose the division of his county as proposed at I tho present time, and will endeavor to git those present at this meeting to pledge themselves to oppose it. The representatives gathered in Mr. Bassett'a room at the Pacific j about 2 o'clock and are busily engag |ed in discussing matters of interest likely to come up in the next legis lature. SEAL ESTATE TRANSFERS. As reported by the Fidelity Ab stract company: W. A. MlnntX and wife to O. Plg hnm. lots 16 and 17. block 12, Nettle ton's addition, $3')oo. T. Hye and wue to J. W. Hillls, lot 2. block S9, Second addition to Rail road addition, $2650. T. Hye and wife to J. W. Hillls, lots 17 and 18. block 14, Second addi tion to West Riverside. $1200. PERSONAL. W. W, Telghman of Valley Is In the city. W. H, Smith of Burke is hero on business. t. W. narrow of Bandpolnt, Idaho, is In the city. C. H. Bane of Butte arrived in Spo kane yesterday. J. If, Newland of Harrington is among the new arrivals. F. J. Qehnar of Sprague will ho in the city for a few days. Victor Astrobach of Hope, Idaho, Is in the city on business. William Goldman and wife of Port land, Ore , are in the city. Judge Donaldson and wife of St. Paul are visiting in Spokane. T. H. Beck, city marshal of Repub lic, is In town for a few days. United States Marshal Hopkins re turned this morning from Taeoma. T. J Sanders and J. W. Poster of Waverly arc here for a couple days. Judjjc J. C- Kerley, mining editor of the Republic Standard, is in tho city. E. 13. durable Ot Fairfield arrived In Spokane yesterday and expects to return homo Saturday. j P. E. Hall, tho claim agent for the ' Oregon Railway & Navigation com ' puny, is at the Spokane. i Miss Belle Negbett, daughter of the agent OfHhe Spokane Palls & North ern at Northport, Is nt the Cadillac, Frank Hughes, with Morley & , Thomas company, miniuc? bfokcrs of Butts, Mont., has been spending the 1 holidays with his brother, Fred X | Hughes of this city. ' Jch.n Chita of Aberdeen, an uncle of the manager of tho Whttebouse , Pry Coojs company, Is making a vls ' It. Ohara. Wsis Ijcre II ye.us a*'.> and I says: "\A\>ul.jn't know the town if lit «ai n't wr the fails," THE WEATHEE.-Tonight fair; Tuesday probably fair. i LOWEST PRICE STORE IN SPOKANE FOR GOOD GOODS. WHITEiIOUSEft PRE-INVENTORY SALES now in progress. Big bargains in every depart ment. Below we mention a very few of the special items to which we call your attention: $1.00 OUTING FLANNEL NIGHT GOWNS, 79c Men's best quality outing flannel and flannelette night gowns; rnadc extra long anfl wide; warranted fast colors; regular price *1.00 each— 75c WOOL MITS AT 48c Men's double wool mittens, In black and black with camel's hair lining; regular price 75c pair— $1.00 SHIRTS FOR 79c Men's fine quality colored stiff bosom shirts; one pair detachable CUffs; all the very latest patterns; regular price $1.00 each— Ladies' and children's all wool golf gloves in plain colors, stripes and plaids; regular*prices 50c and 6Dc pair— Ladies' and children's host quality all wool silk finished golf gloves; very pretty patterns In stripes and plaids; also a complete lino of plain colors; regular prices 75c and 85c pair— 323-27-29 3IVEBSIi.It THE GREAT ANNUAL Pre-inventory Remnant Sale The Wonder 409*413 Riverside Avenue J. HELBERG S CO. This sale lasts one week and should be taKen advantage of by all economical buyers. Prices have been cut in half and on many odds and ends less than half. Remember, ONE WEEK ONLY. ...SEE WINDOW DISPLAYS... FOR ASSAULT. Complaint was made In Prosecut ing Attorney Kimball's office this morning against LoUIS Dethridge of Marshall, charging him with assault Tho complaint was sent to Justice Parks of Marshall, who will Issue the warrant. HILL REINSTATED. ST. PAUL, Dec. |$.—Walter Hi", ton of v <• railway president, was to day reinstated in the accounting de- I partment of tho Qreat Northern r a- : way, from where he was dismissed before t!,e holidays for inattention to rules. On sale Tuesday at 79c On sale Tuesday at 48c On sale Tuesday at 79c GOLF GLOVES On sale Tuesday at 39c On sale Tuesday at 59c Solid Oak Here is a good, comfortable rocker that is solidly built and well finished for a less price than you'll find else where. We have lots of patterns in the chair and rocker line that are under price. IS NOW ON AT MURDERER COMING. A telephone message was received at the Office of the chief of police this morning from Sprague, statins that Slrinnl, the Italian who fatally •hot Fred Brown last night, is head ed t .wards Spokane. Tho chief gave Instruct! >ns to the department to watch all incoming trains so that tho as-js-m can not possibly escape If ho C a., | in this direction. Dallas, Tex —Leading oil men In Beaumont confirm the reports that t!i Standard Oil company has suc ceeded in gaining control of the iV\.i»-L,out»iana oil fields. PRICE: ONE CENT. $3.50 326-28-30 SPRAGUE.