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THe SpoKane Press Published Every Evening Except Sunday. scmiFPs arws association press shbvice. One cent per copy, six cents per week, twenty-nve cents per month or IS per year, delivered by carrier. No free copies. TO MAIL SUBSCRIBERS —The date when your subscription expires '» en the address label of each paper. When that date arrives. If your siib •crlptlon has not again been paid In advance, your name is taken from the U»U A change of date on the address label Is a receipt City subscribers who fall to receive their copy of The Tress before W» O'clock p. m. will confer a f»«vor by reporting such to Main 175. HI Front avenue. Telephone Main 371. Postoffice Box 4. The Direct Way. One thing maintained by President Roosevelt is the inability of state governments to cope with the corporations doing an interstate business. These corporations, he says, "occupy the position of subjects without a sovereign." He claims it underscores the responsibility of the federal government. He wants laws at once to make it possible to adequately curb the too great license of the big corporations. Nothing is truer than the president's assertion that the states have been powerless to regulate interstate commerce. In the matter of rate regulation, which the president insists is most urgent, state courts and railroad commissioners have from time to time made rulings and decrees; have investigated, exonerated, admolished and generally acted according to their various best judgments and with what result? The business before them is never ending. What little has been done is only of local effect. For all Missouri knows, when it equalizes a rate, the railroad may be getting even in Illinois or Kansas or what ever may be its territory, giving some other state something to find our and resent. A merry game of blind man's bluff! One state may cor. rect an abuse from which the 34 others may suffer indefinitely because of the arts and methods of the legal department of the railroads. An ideal condition could only be reached by simultaneous decisive action by 44 states against the scores of railroad corporations and their combinations. To suggest the idea exposes its impracticability. The thought brings on headache —the fallacy of it, the futility of it. The POWER is not there. It seems that the president is not only right, but profoundly so, in demanding for the federal government ample power to do swiftly and completely what the country wants done, make the humbest shipper stand upon equal ground with the Standard Oil Co., and other big shippers who have outraged the integ. rity of trat'e in enjoying secret concessions at the hands of the rail, roads. THE Real Santa Claus. Who la Santa Claus, and where does he live? If you love him —if he is real to you—you know who he Is, for he lives in the depths of your heart. Do you write him letters telling what you want? Do you see his reindeer scudding across the starry sky in your dreams? Does his jolly round face peep in at your window to see if you are good and go to sleep early? Will you listen for the patter of his feet on the roof Christmas eve, as he scrambles to your chimney? NO? Then you are not one of his little folks. Does his sweet name call to your mind the dearest little face in the world, with its perfect faith shining out of its big, serious eyes as It told you what to tell Santa? And %s you cheerfully work your way through the throng of shoppers, never minding the jostling and pushing does your heart swell almost to bursting with just the pure delight of finding what Santa will bring? As you see thin, wistful faces pressed against toy.shop windows, do you wish that you could buy for the whole world full of children, so that every little face, of rich or poor, might beradient with gladness on Christmas morning? Do you burden yourself with bulky bundles and sneait around to the back door to evade curious little prying eyes, and feel no jealousy because their jubilant thanks will be all for Santa Claus and none for yourself? YOU DO? Then you are a grown up child, in whose heart the jolly oil elf still makes merry; the spirit of love and good will is still within you; you are Santa Claus. If you give just because you know your friends will give and you must pay up; if you give what you have no right to afford and feel no pure joy in the giving; or if you do not give at all—then something is •wrong; your childish image of Santa is dim and faded or gone. Don't give him up. Seek out some little friend, some little acquaintance, cr, better still, some little child of misfortune, and make him glad. His touching "belief will bring back your own. Be to him a Santa Claus; your gain will be greater than his. New life will throb through your being. The bells will ring in sweeter chime; the holly berries will gleam ■with a brighter hue; all the earth will be good and at peace, if you jook through Santa Claus' eyes. There will be heart in your "Merry Christmas." They say it is J. P. Morgan who made young Geo. W. Perkins give up the vice presidency of the New York Life. Don't know as to that, hut feel confident it was Perkins who made the New York Life give up. Buffalo Bill's appointment as instructor to the balloon companies at Aldershot is a step in the right direction. Next thing to hitting glass btvlls, hitting a balloon should be taught his majesty's sojers. That woman at Girard, Kan., simply underscored the tendency of the average woman to monopolize the ladies' toilet room of a Pullman Bs long as possible. The presidents idea of disarmament is to keep the old musket Joaded and handy to the reach on two pegs over the door. Senator Dick says the message Is a strong document. For a Senator, Dick is unusually broad minded. Upon perusing the Roosevelt document, the corporations are fcaffled In the attempt to find any "moral obligations" in It. There are 50,000 armed peasants in the Maximovitch district of Russia—nearly as many as In a Kentucky feud county. There seems to be more excitement over Macedonian finances than Macedonian massacres. Entered at Spokane. Wash., ns second class matte.-. ROYAL BAKING POWDER ROYAL Baking Powder is indispens able to the prepara tion of the finest cake, hot-breads, Tolls and muffins. No other baking powder equals it in strength, purity and wholesomeness. ROYAL HAS NO SUBSTITUTE "SLAVES OF RUSSIA." No doubt the drama, "Slaves of Russia" will be of great interest to the theater goers, as it shows the crushing burdens of militarism and misgovernment born by the unhap py people of Russia, brought on by the bureaucrats and aristocrats. The present uprising is probably only a forerunner o?a great revolu tion not unlike the reign of terror in France in 1812. The period of this play takes place when all peasants in Russia were regarded as slaves, to the owners of the lands they belonged body and soul. Ivan Khorvich, a supposed serf, but a favorite of his lord and master has become a fa mous artist in Paris. He returns to Russia to find that his master has died and the son becomes the master over all the serfs. This son is one who ho thrashed in Paris for insulting a countess at the thea ter, so of course he is made to feel his humiliation doubly by the son. But as the plot unfolds we find that he is the rightful heir, as Khorn, an old slave, exchanged children when they were infants. The story is an interesting one and with the comedy scenes will be one of the strongest bills this season. "THE INNOCENT MAIDS." A good laugh, good singing and a good gaze at a number of young, pretty and shapely girls is prom ised at the Spokane Tuesday night when T. W. Dinkins' Innocent Maids company will be tho attrac tion. The performance Is said to be bright, breezy and sensational. A farce comedy in three acts makes up the program. There is also a really excellent vaudeville bill. This includes Eugene Jerge, illustrated songs; Deonzo and Elliott, comedy acrobats and barrel jumpers; Al- WHISPERED IN WASPINGTON UNCLE SAM'S LEGISLATORS SPRING A FEW JOKES AT THEIR OPENING LOBBY SESSION. WASHINGTON, D. C, Dec. IC— The raconteurs are back in town. In the house and senate lobbies once more gathered the famous wits whose stories have added al most as much to their fame as their products of oratory and statesman ship. There was Congressman Hamil ton of Michigan, for instance, tell ing some of his colleagues about his last meeting with Private John Allen, ex-congressman from Tupelo, Miss. "How large is that town of Tv ROYAL BAKING POWDER CO., NEW YORK eene and Hamilton, singers and dancers; Lida Dexter, the statu esque blonde, and others. "A Night at Newport" and "The Diamond Palace" are the two burlesques In which the entire company is seen to advantage. HAVERLY'S MINSTRELS. The Haverly Mastodon Minstreils will be at the Spokane Wednesday BILLY BEARD Who heads Haverly's Minstrels. At the Spokane theater Wed nesday, Dec. 20. evening, Dec. 20., with Billy Beard as the star comedian. The assist ing comedians have been carefully selected for their fun-making pro clivities. The singing contingent with a first class minstrel company is one of the most expensive parts of the pay roll. Among those quite prominently known are Joe Brown, Bruce Waiman, George T. Martin, W. F. Boyer, W. H. Parkerson and W. A. Wolfe. In matter of fact, the management has not slighted any part of the performance, and the scenic equipments are the most extensive ever seen In a minstrel production. pclo?" said Hamilton, "is what I aksed the famous statesman. " 'About the size of New York,' was his thoughtful response. "There is a difference, of course. New York is built up. Tupelo isn't. hßut in all other regards they're utout the same size.' " There's no telling why, irni that reminded Congressman Burleson of Texas of the difference between his friend Hans and Hans' dog. Hans himself once explained it to the congressman. "My dog sure has a goot time," he explained. "He gets up In de mornings und eats und derm he goes back to shleep. I gets up and eats a liddle and derm I got to go to work. Derm de dog wakes up und eats his dinner und shleeps some more. I work some more. So id goes all along. Und at de end de dog has got to die and I got to die, too. Und when de dog \r dead he is dead for good, while I got to go to hell yet." THE SPOKANE PRESS. | Makes the lightest most delicious and tasty hot biscuit WASHINGTON THEATER. Premier among at) the vaudeville attractions that have ever been seen in the northwest is "Phroso", the wonderful mechanical doll which will be seen next week at the new Washington theater. No other act shown in vaudeville houses in recent years has elicited so much favorable comment or so much speculation. Whether "Phro so" is mechanical or really human is a great problem, and one which Spokane audiences will soon have the opportunity of solving. Cer tainly no enlightment can be ex pected from the manager of Phroso for he maintains a discreet silence on the subject. Beside Phroso there will be an all-feature show embracing such artists as Vontella and Nina, pre mier Roman ring artists, Kenton and Lorraine, high class musical artists and Stephen Fitzpatrick and his company of four people in the playlet "The Welcome Guest." In addition, Wm. Woodfall, who has already become popular with the patrons of the new vaudeville house, will bo heard In a new illus trated song, and there will be an entire change of pictures on the biograph. SEWER IN FIFTH WARD At a meeting of the Men's Neigh borhood club last night it was de cided to fight for a sewer system in the Fifth ward. There were 25 residents present at the meeting. Eighteen of the members present voted for the system and seven against. NUTRITO has the pleasant flavor of the best grade of coffee. Ask your grocer for it. Another Message MUNICIPAL OWNERSHIP CAMPAIGN SEATTLE, Dec. 16.—That muni cipal ownership will be an impor tant issue in the /ocal municipal election next spring is now a cer tainty. A mass convention of all citi zens advocating the idea will be 'held Jan. 1 in the labor temple, a ticket being nominated at that time. . It will be called pursuant to reso lutions which were passed last night by the Seattle labor council. The local labor leaders are re sponsible for the calling of the con vention, which they declare, how ever, will not be under the direc tion of organized labor, being pure ly a non-partisan affair. MAYOR SIGNS POLICE ORDINANCE Mayor Daggett yesterday signed the police ordinance calling for a chief, captain, two sergeants and 40 regular men. This does away with several specials who have been working straight time. SHAMROCK CLOSED Sanitary Inspector Bunker yes terday closed the doors of the Shamrock Bar, 213 Stevens street, on account of its unsanitary condi tion. It may be opened as soon as it is cleaned up. CfHRJUtCMES First Baptist church, City Tom pie, corner Second aye. and Lin coln Sts. In the morning Dr. Van Osdel will preach on "The Ador ableness of God." In the evening he will continue to discuss the hard problem! and moral difficul ties in the Bible; the special sub ject being "Human Sacrifices." The order of services for tomorrow is as follows: —Worship and preach ing, 10:30 a. m. and 7:30 p. m.; Bible school at noon; Young peo ple's meeting C:3O p. m.; Midweek meeting Wednesday evening, sub ject "Making Prayer unto God." Worley has men of years' exper ience employed only. NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT OF ACCOUNT. Probate No. 2238. State of Washington, County of Spokane. In Superior Court. In tho Matter of the Estate of Cynthia A. Welch, deceased. Notice is hereby given that W. M. Hidpath, as executor of the last will and testament of Cynthia A. Welch, deceased, has rendered and pre sented for settlement his third an nual report and account of his ad ministration of said estate, and has filed the same in this court on December 15, 1905; and, That Wednesday, January 3, 1906, at 9:30 o'clock in the fore noon, in the probate department of this court, at the court house In the city and county of Spokane, Washington, has been appointed by the court for the hearing and set tlement of the same. Dated December 15, 1905. W. M. HIDPATH, Executor as aforesaid. L. B. CORNELL, Attorney, 215 Mohawk Block, Spokane, Washington. WASHINGTON THEATER HUNDREDS DELIGHTED ANOTHER STRONG BILL THIS WEEK Starting Monday, Dec. 18th, Direct From the London Hippodrome, THE WORLD'S LATEST WONDER... "Phroso" Other Pleasing Features- PERFORMANCES DAILY AT 2:00, 7:00 AND 9:00 P. M. EVERY SATURDAY IS CHILDREN'S DAY Admission 15c Reserved Seats 25c Children Saturday Matinee .... 10c Comlque Theater A Very Funny Opening Act "O'BRIEN'S PARTY." Two new stars, Nina Beason and Beaulah Lane. Beautiful drama in four acts, "Only a Farmer's Daugh ter." Look out for Christmas Week. o. l mi 513 MAIN AYE. Adts EacH Afternoon and Evening, Everybody Welcome Admission Free lAUI NEWTON, . . EX OPTIMO OPTIMUB THE OLD CROW Riley Fry and Dem Gay Props. 405 Front Aye Phone 32G2 Wine Rooms. HOT AND COLD LUNCHES. KIMONAS Nothing nicer for a present than one of our Japanese silk, hand made Klmonas, silk Hand kerchiefs and silk Shawls. All the ladies like them,. Complete lines of Chinese and Japanese goods for holiday trade. Spe cial lines of ladies' underwear, white goods and fancy goods. Geo. Chong ® Co. 50(5 Sprague Aye. Inland Steam Laundry Turns all collars by hand; no breaking or saw edge. Call us up and be convinced. Phone 6529. 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