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Leather forecast: tomobkow, fair aits cooler. ENGINEERS TO MEET IN COUNCIL FRIDAY Water Commission and City Engineer Will Go Over Plans With Councilmen in Secret Session-Gill Denies Charge Arrangements have been made to hoh] executive meeting of the city council next Friday night to go over the water system plans. At that meeting Professor Waller, Otto Welle, Engineer Scott of Seattle and City Engineer Gill and Assistant Mclntyre will be present to do that which should have been done at the beginning, confer over the two plnns. City Engineer Gill has maintained all along that the water commission gave him no recognition as city engi neer and that tho members of the commission neglected to Inform them selves thoroughly as to bis plans. This Is claimed as a reason for mis- Statements made ln that connection. Tlie assertion of Otto Weile that the city engineer appropriated part of the commission plana is resented by the city engineer's staff. Mr. Gill Stated this morning that not a single change had been made in Ills plans, which were drawn before the commis sion met, and that the charge of taking the commission ideas merely proves the fact that the commission did not go Into his plans thoroughly. But it is expected Hint all this wrangling will end when the engi neers get together before the council end, abolishing personalities. get down to the business of doing some thing for the public good. There is hardly any doubt of the Sorps of engineers getting together, at least sufficiently to permit of tlie council taking action. With the thorough elimination of the water meter gang, the plans will tie left In tUch shape that the engi neers will be able to accomplish some thing. Some of the councllmen still favor submitting the two plans to a con trolling engineer, but this matter will be held In abeyance until it Is seen whether the joint efforts of the present engineers may or may not re sult ln something definite. There Is still considerable criticism ever the attempt to Inject politics Into the dispute over the report and the plans, but the attempt was so abortive that the "step thief" cry has reacted. As yet the plans for a new and better water supply have not progressed sufficiently, since the defeat of the water meter gang, to warrant the playing of politics. That ECCLES CALLS LAWSON A LIAR CHICAGO, Feb. 20.—(living the lie direct to Mr. Thomas Lawson, James 11. Eccles, president oi' the Com mercial National bank, today denied I.awson's charge in the March issue of Everybody's Magazine that he, Eccles, While comptroller of currency under the Cleveland ad ministration threw a $100,1)00,(100 bond issue to the Mor gan-McCall syndicate. mcd but mm IB SOLE SUPPORT Although but 17 years of age, pretty littio Agnes O'Kvefe has taken np Hit; bat lie of life against odds whli'h would dishearten many an elder person. Not only le the girl, barely past her childhood,* setting forth to cam her own living, but she Intends to support her little brother and two Bisters, one a babe of 11 months. And she will succeed. The mother of the O'Keefe children died last Sunday under most dis tressing elrcumstnnees. A widow woman, and poor, she was unable to Secure medical attention. Four doc tors In BpoltanOi who deserve to bo held up to public censure, refused to attend the dying Woman because "there whb no money In It." Another doctor, who Is puld by the county, grew familiar with tho poor Woman in the presence of her chil dren, slapped her on tho back and Jokingly told her > he just Imagined She was sick. This man ignored a pica for help when the wopihii was will romp fast enough when the plnns are adopted and the scramble for the contract* begins. Several citizens are kicking over the action of the water commission in classing them as "water hogs" without thoroughly Investigating. One of these kicks is appended: "Editor Press: In the report of the water commission I notice that some figures are quoted tending to show the extravagance of certain consumers, "For some years I was the owner of the property on the corner of F.lghth avenue and Cannon street, consisting of 75 feet on Eighth ave nue by 142 feet on Cannon street, with parking 12% feet wide on both streets, "I allowed the water department to install a test meter In my resi dence nnd the results obtained are now being used ns nn argument in fgvor of the meter system. "You will probably not be surpris ed to learn that the figures supplied to tlie commission by the water de partment are grossly Incorrect and thai the mistake errs In favor of Mr. Weymouth and his well known hobby. "The lawn space of the property was repotted to the commission ns S77X square feet. The strip of park ing comprising 256! l square feet has been entirely ignored, ln other words, the water 1 consumed was used to irrigate 11,647 square feet, Instead of N77N, the difference being made up of property belonging to the city and which I endeavored to beautify by converting Into lawn. The figures given to the commission were taken during Iho summer in which the strip was so converted. "I will leave others to judge of the motive which prompted the use of such grossly inaccurate figures. In stead of using 12.1 Inches of water In one month, as the report states, I only used 8 Inches—nnd that nt a time when a great portion of It was used upon city property. ■ I understand that the water meter plan needs strneUOUß boosting to make it popular, but I failed to sec why I should be held up as an ex ample and be styled a "water hog" by Mr, Weile merely for the purpose of seupplylng an argument In favor of a system which I condemn. "SIDNEY NOHMAN." at her last struggle, but appeared the next morning- too late. That brutal Impersonator of a man should be promptly cut off the sal ary list. With the little hahy sister in her arms and the other children clinging to tier In their fright at the approach of death, Agnes O'Keefe bravely did her best to minister to the dying mother, She prepared simple rem edies to the best of her ability and Worked over the prostrate form until the body grew cold. Kindly disposed neighbors came In nt the last moment to render what assistance they could give. Hut the mother was too far gone through neglect of unmanly physicians who were too busy fighting over a codo of ethics, and tho maintaining of fees, to attest to a dying pjor woman. County nld In burtul was offered, but the bmve little orphan struggled for a gtnvu outside the pauper Held, and got It. Then she turned to take her placo The Spokane Press. as mother to the orphans. At present the O'Keefe children live at 5317 Madison street ln humble bare-floored rooms. It was there that one of the city detectives, too modest to have his name published, went as soon as he heard of the case. There he offered to take the baby for adoption by his sister-in-law. But Agnes O'Keefe, despite her tender years, bus the instincts of a mother. "I can't let tlie baby go. I have eared for her ever since she was two days old. It may be wrong, but I will try to keep the children to gether. God will help me to fight this battle through by myself. I am strong and can work for the children so we will keep the baby and be all together." Aroused by the noble courage of the little child mother, the officer went away to tell his story. Many were Interested and in a short time ho had collected $24 with which to give the child a start. Wood had already been bought and arrange ments made to move the children to another home at 220 Madison street where cheaper rent and better neigh bors can be secured. There Agnes O'Keefe will start In the battle for existence, alone, but not unfriended; brave in her little motherly heart and strong in her de termination to "keep the children to gether." Agnes O'Keefe, so long ns she keeps her health, does not want charity. Those 17 years of caring for the children have developed her into a woman so far as mind and experience go. All she asks ls the opportunity to work "for the baby." "I can do laundry work nt home, perhaps a little plain sewing, and we shall get along. 1 can keep my sister In school until she finishes next year and then she will be of some assist ance. Of course, I can't go out to work witli the baby, but any sacri fices nre better than to give her away to strangers." Truly that broken, martyred moth er Is quietly proud of the Agnes she left behind. JURY OUT TWENTY HOURS It took a jury In Judge Warren's OOUrt 20 hours to deelde that Archie Whit more, charged With the crime of burglary, is guilty. Whitmore was accused of robbing rooms in the Metropolitan hotel on Howard street. The case was given to the Jury Saturday afternoon and they brought ln a sealed verdict yes terday about noon. Whitmore has not yet been sen tenced. TWO KILLED WHEELING, Feb. 20.—An explo sion occurred in the Providence mine near St. Clkirvllle this morn ing. Several are reported killed and many injured. The boiler in the mine exploded at 8 o'clock. Two are dead ami six badly injured. The dead are: Frank Miller and Bli Minty. REBELS REPULSED LISBON, Feb. 80.—The attacks by rebels on Fori afarlple, Portuguese South Angola, have been repulsed with heavy loss. The governor hits made a request for reinforcements. VANDERBILT WINS WASHINGTON, Fob. 20.—The supreme court decided in favor of Alfred 0, Vanderbilt ln his suit to recover $425 1 000 paid the govern ment under protest in satisfaction of a war tax assessment on the es tate of tlie late Cornelius Vander bilt. Willie D. GrOOde, the widely quoted sporting writer, tells, on page 2, what Jack Ileilly lina to nay about that tpicer "seventh round" with Jerry McCarthy. It Is interesting rending. WAS HE DOPED? SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1905. BLONDS AND BRUNETTES ARE ALL RIGHT BUT THERE ARE OTHERS Editor Spokane Preßs, City. Dear Sir: A few evenings ago T read an article in your paper asking which is prettier, a blonde or a brunette. You very ably portrayed the charms of each, and left a pleasing vision of contrasting beauty in the minds of your readers. Now comes the question which I would like an swered: Where do we girls belong who have sun shine tangled in our hair, midnight in our eyes and complexions like apple blossoms—clear pink and white? There are also many of us with heaven's blue in our eyes and midnight in our hair. We are neither blonde nor brunette, still we have a charm and beauty all our own and vie with either of our decided sisters in attractiveness. Surely we have a right to be considered and to enter the contest. A SUBSCRIBER. PEACE IN SIGHT BERLIN, Feb. 20.—The Tageblatt reports that the peace party has gained the upper hand in the Russian court, supplanting the hitherto prominent war party. Peace, says the paper, is now in sight in the far east. ASSASSINATIONS MAY CAUSE REFORMS (Scrlpps News Association.) ST. PETERSBURG, Feb. 20.—1t ls not generally believed the assassina tion of Sergius will cause tlie czar to reconsider his proclamation of re forms for working men. II is thought probable the opposite effect will re sult and a new era will be hastened by the act which is taken to indicate tlie desperate state of minds of the revolutionary element. It has trans pired that Sazoneoff, assassin of M. Plehve, wrote a confession before bis execution, giving in detail the aims of the terrorists, which included tlie assassination of Sergius. He said: "We don't expect to overthrow the existing system by means of assas sinations. Our one object is to avenge the cruel wrongs indicted upon the people. Van Plehve was assassinated not because it was thought to shatter the government, but because of his innumerable crimes. "Our party in reality Is devoted to a peaceful propaganda and it is only when the ministers refuse us our rights when speaking in the human language that we use a language of another kind. It is the violent re pression of popular aspirations Which causes our revolutionism. It is be cause the government does not per mit freedom of speech and of the press and an assembly that we preach the necessity for a change." ST. PETERSBURG, Feb. :n — While Cossacks paraded the streets, RUSSIANS ARE ACTIVE ON JAPANESE LEFT TOKIO. Feb. 20.—1t is reported the Russians are showing in creased activity on both Hanks and are extending ami strengthening their right, evidently lor an ag gressive movement. TOKIO, Feb. 20.—The report that the Japanese unofficially in formed Fussia of the terms of peace they will accept is Unoffi cially denied here. TOKIO, Feb. 20.—The Japanese have captured the British collier Powderham, bound from Hurry to Vladivostok. TOKIO, Feb. 20. —Oyama reports CALIFORNIA SENATOR ACCEPTED BRIBES SACRAMENTO, Cel., Feb. 10.—Tne senate bOOdllng Investigation com mtttee reported "'is morning. The report Rods that senators French, Bmmons, Wright and itunkn were guilty of accepting bribes as charged, and recommends their ex pulsion forthwith, it also buds thai the Ran Francisco especially the Nevsky prospect nnd the neighborhood of the Kazan cathe dral, the usual districts for the stu dent demonstrations, today, a great meeting of students and professors of the St. Petersburg university as sembled ln the auditorium and dis cussed the question of Joining the strike. Tlie auditorium of the university was packed. The student orators de nounced the course of the govern ment, declaring that promises were no longer of avail and that the gov ernment must grant freedom of speech, conscience, press and the con vocation of a national assembly. They also demanded the ending of the war. The professors were unable to sup press the rising feeling. At an over- How meeting the revolutionary spirit ran riot, students even glorifying iv the murder of Sergius. The meeting took a recess until 3 o'clock, the Stu dents singing "The Marscllulse" und carrying Hags. KISHINEV, Russia. Feb. 20 — The chief of police was attacked by an unknown man armed with a club. The assailant was arrested. ST. PETERSBURG. Fob. 20.— Alarm caused by the murder of Sergius has Increased here today by the widespread scattering of revolutionary literature among the Workmen urging them against their oppressors. Hint the Russians yesterday moved a division from the trout of the Japanese center, to the front of her left and advanced from Ta mountain. Several columns moved fifteen mill's westward to Han Chia Tal Tau. The Russians continued to shell portions of the Japanese lines Saturday without effect. TOKIO, Feb. 20.—1t Is reported hero that 12ti Japanese were cap tured at Hel Koti Tal and were together paraded through the streets of Mukden. It is said the Janpnese government is making an official inquiry into the nuttier with a view of making a protest. Kiamim r assisted la preparing tho invest iga i inn of tho Continental Betiding A Loan association, which resulted In the bribery scHiid.il, und exonerated Lieutenant Governor An derson from tlm- charge ut knowingly ■electing a committee alleged to iw "pecked" for the purpose of "holding up' the building nnd loan association. PRIZE WINNERS GET MONEY FOR STORIES Seven School Children Proved Them' selves to be Hustlers for Live News and Who Beat all Competitors The prizes for last week in the school children's con test were made more difficult in selection because of the many good stories sent in. The improvement in the class of news and the composition of the stories was marked. Owing to a crush of foreign news one day, the stories were not printed, but were used the following day and due credit given. There are still a few who write on both sides of the paper and this has counted against them. Undoubtedly the best story of the week was the holdup story of Arden Bankson. Next came the queer tale, by Lorel Roestel, of the man with so many bones taken from him. Roy Delgrove's story was one of the best in the week's contest, but was used without his name by request. The prize winners for the week are as follows: FIRST PRIZE: Lorel Roestel, 238 Springfield. Arden Bankson, R. F. D. No. Spokane. Boy Delgrove, 0708 Monroe street. SECOND PRIZE: Laura Ross, 623 Crestline. Ruth demons, E2107 Mall on. Norman Raymer, Hillyard. Bertha Misner, Hillyard. These are some of the rattling good stories to start.the new week with: RUNAWAY AT THIRD AVENUE. The Postel market delivery horse ran away yesterday afternoon. While the delivery boy was gone into a house the horse became frightened and rau down Maple street and into a fence, breaking the shafts anil bending the wheel of the wagon. The horse was not injured. CARL HINT LEY, , 21)05 Fourth Aye. SERIOUS ACCIDENT AVERTED. What might have been a serious accident occurred this afternoon at the home of Fred Fisher nt 536 Boone avenue. Mrs. Fisher lit a lamp to heat n curling Iron, when her dress caught lire. Mrs French, a sister-in-law who ls visiting her from Oregon, wrapped a quilt around her and smothered the fire. Mrs. Fisher escaped injury except ing a bad fright. DOUOLAB HILBABECK, 01206 Howard Street. HORSE HURT. There was a team of horses in the rear of Third street between Ber nard and Washington at tlie Cullln block at 3 O'clock this afternoon. They took fright and backed In a corner and one fell down and the other one tramped and kicked the fallen horse till it bled from the side and mouth profusely. RUTHA CLEMENS, INTEREST TO THE PUBEIC. Tin; Sawmill Phoenix Is building an extensive lumber yard, extending from the foot of 1. Idge r wood hill souih to JecklOn avenue, and intends to build a mill in the same district In the near future. The Washington Mm company ex perts to move its box factory to Join witli tlie plant It has on Astor street anil Jackson avenue. Mr. Louis Duptsls of 02435 Astor street has built four houses In the same neighborhood within the last four months and he Intends to build three more between now and spring time. He also lurs built an addition to his own residence. Ji >1 I.N EARL DYBTTB, 0243S Astor Street. Mr. and Mrs. Parks, who have boon visiting Mrs. Parks' brother, .lames Newman, of 820 fit Ermine, left Inst night for their home ln Ontario. 0, 0. (5. J. Walker left last night for Winnipeg. C. O. A cottage prayer meeting was held at U M. Forshey's, 0730 Altamount, last evetdng. Mr. nnd Mrs. Orupp and family, who recently lived at Mil Napa, left yesterday for Kansas City. John It. Cross, who has been In business here for v few months, left yesterday afternoon for Salt Lake city on business. LILLY WHITE, ■tIMt Front Avenue. A HEADLONG BUSH. An accident occurred last night on the bill near Seventh avenue which inigiit have proved serious. Hoy Prattler was driving down a slippery hill with a load of wood When the horses seemed unable to I hold It hack nnd near the fuot of | the hill the hind wheels of the wagon I Slipped over the bank and upset. THIRD YEAR. NO. 90. PRICE: ONE CENT Prat her succeeded In jumping and avoided being injured. The wagon had to be taken apart to get it out. It was fortunate the horses were not seriously Injured, escaping with but a few scratches. R. W. P. RUNAWAY. I saw a runaway this morning. The wagon and horses belonged to Mr. Murphy, When the horses start ed they were on the Hoone avenue bridge and they ran down the Roone avenue bank and ran up again and when they ran down the next time and tried to go up the bank the tongue ran Into the ground. The wagon was broken and the harness was broken, too, but the man or the horses were not hurt ut all. The man caught the horses and took them home. EARLY A. BARTELB. EDWARD MYERS DEAD. Edward K. Myers, who for nine years has been connected with the Office force of the Spokane Steam laundry, died this morning at his residence, 0611 Cedar street. Mr. Myers has been a resilient of Spokane for 16 years. His widow and two small children survive. The funeral services will be con ducted from the residence of the pa rents of deceased at 517 Augusta ave nue and will be conducted by the Odd Fellows, The time of the funeral has not been determined, interment will he at Greenwood. H. H. OPERATION. Clarence Leavilt, aged 11 years, re turned to Ills home In St. John, Wash,, yesterday, after being at the Sailed Heart hospital since Decem ber Mi Where he underwent an oper ation for appendicitis. L>r. Cunning ham was his physician, HENRI RATER, 510 CataldO Avenue. BILHOUETTBB SCHOOL ENTERTAINMENT. The Webster school will give an en tertainment on ths afternoon of Washington's birthday at 2 p. m. to aid In paying for the new piano pur chased recently. Admission, 10 cents. Bveryone please come. LUDWIG RUBHT* 312 Slnto Avenue. CAR ACCIDENT. Between Hatch and Scott on Fifth avenue the Liberty Park car ran into a WSgOSj loaded with oats. The mo tomian rang the bell, but the wagon made so much noise that the driver could not hear. The car lilt the wagon In the back, knocking over one horse, over which the wagon ran. The other horse broke loose ami was not hurt. The driver sprained his wrist. RICHARD A. HUTCHINSON, Ssll Arthur Street, Liberty Park. LARdI: SUM FOB CHARITY The various Charitable Institutions of the city will tie greatly benefited tiy the charity sale In tho Crescent departmi nt store during tho past week by the patronage of the gener ous public. We congratulate tho management of tho Crescent for their liberality in Conducting Stash an enterprise. The total sum given to the six ln- Dtltutlont was $7*3.58. This sum one Cent was divided among the Sacred Heart hospital, the Y. W, C. A., the Home of the Friendless, St. Joseph's Or phanage, the Salvation Army, the Deaconess and the Crittenden homes and the St. Luke's hospital. CHARLES F. STEWART, ESI 8 Third Avenue. ELEVATOR DROPPED. Sunday at about 4:30 a. m. an ac* cident occurred In the elevator of the Victoria hotel that endangered the lives of four men and the elevator boy. The elevator was descending from tlie liftli floor under guidance of Fred eric Styles, who was running it at the time, when the cables slipped oft nnd the brake refused to do duty. The cage fell from about the second floor, according to Mr. Styles' story, and lit nt the bottom of the shaft, leaving about two feet of the cage door above the floor. It was a pretty tight squeeze for the men to get out, as all were of the fleshy variety, but all are well and alive, escaping with a few scratches and a bad shaking up. GEORGE Li. M'LARKN, E5 First Avenue* LOOKING FOR FATHER GOPON (Scripps News Association.) I ROMK, Feb. SO, —The force of Rus sian secret agents in Italy has been augmented for the purpose of search ing for Father Gopon, who is ex pected to reach Rome today with a number of Russian students. ST. PETERSBURG, Feb. 20—The consistory today officially announced that Father Gopon, whose where abouts at the present time is un known to Russian officials, has been unfrocked. . PRINCE WILL VISIT AMERICA (Scripps News Association.) LONDON, Feb. 10.—The details of Prince Louts of Battcnberg's propos ed visit to America were made pub lic today. He will be conveyed to Newport ln October by a cruiser squadron. From Newport he will proceed to New York and Annapolis. Tlie prince hopes to visit President Roosevelt nt Washington. KRATZ TRIAL (Scrlpps News Association.) BUTLER, Mo., Feb. 20.—The trial of Charles Kratz, the St. Louts al derman accused of accepting $60,000 bribe, was begun before Judge Denton this morning. The jury will probably be selected this afternoon. Din (Scripps News Association.) OSSINING. N. V., Feb. 20.-Frank Romero, who killed Jack Pinto, a fel low Italian, In Brooklyn, and Adolph KoenlX, the young German who strangled his mistress, Mrs. Emma Kauffman. In their apartments In New fork, were electrocuted at Sing Sing this morning. COMMISSIONERS WERE PAID f EES (Scrlpps News Association.) WASHINGTON. Feb. 20—A total of $1275 has been paid by tlie Puna ma railroad as fees to members of tlie canal commission for attendance at meeting! of the executive commit tee of the board of directors, accord ing to a statement submitted to the house commutes on commerce by. Vice President Drake this morning. Admiral Walker, chairman of the commission, and Commissioner Orun sky attended 25 meetings of the board of directors, receiving $25 for each meeting. Commissioner Parsons at tended seven meetings snd received $125. Drake submitted a statement show ing one of the dividends declared by tho company sine.) the election to the I board of member! of the cot..mission : was & per cent.