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VKAtrSn FORECAST: TOMORROW: RAIN OR SNOW. GAS COMPANY IN SAME OLD ROBBING BUSINESS Spokane, Wash., Jan. 4, 1906. To the Gas Company, Spokane, Wash.: We received the gas bill for the month of December and have the following to say: Our November bill seemed to be outrageous and we are sure that we never burned the amount of gas which you have charged up to us. On account of this we concluded not to burn any gas during the month of December In order to test the honesty of the company's meter. How Is It that we receive a bill for 70c this month when no gas has been used at all? I suppose the company has furnished us with one of Its famous "through meters," and we are paying for the gas that somebody else consumes. We have some respect for a high wayman who points his gun at the breast, but we despise the cowardly ways which the gas company sees fit to use in rob bing the people. For the general welfare of the public we con sider It our duty to make this matter public, and we are not afraid to give our names. You are at liberty to shut our gas off. Sincerely, DRS. ROHRER & ARMANN, Jamieson Block. LAFOLLETTE IS NOW IN SENATE WASHINGTON. D. C, Jan. 4.— Escorted to the bar of the senate today by Spooner, to whom he had not spoken for years, LaFollette took the oath. The leaders of the Wisconsin factions walked down the main aisles, smiling and appar ently the best of friends. The house adopted a resolution by Representative Sims of Georgia Instructing the committee on post BAD MEN IN LAW'S CLUTCHES "Yes, I am a stick-up man, and If you arrest me, Officer Snanilska, I will hold you ufk I am a bad man and you had better not fool with me." So stated Herbert Bevins who was arretted by Officer Snamlska last night for carrying concealed weapons. Bevins' case was con tinued until Saturday when more evidence will be Introduced. This man does not know that he is suspected of several of the hold hold-ups which have occurred with in the past few weeks. Neither does he know that his partner Is arrest ed and locked up. Bevins was arrested in the Com bination saloon last night. He was pointed out by Officer Warner to dOLDsniTn now» to nusn mmr stopt (Scrtppa News Association.) SEATTLE-, Jan. 4.—"Hush it up!" That Is the burden of the reply that Mose Goldsmith, king of the tenderloin and alleged victim of tho sensational hold-up In the Lincoln hotel when asked for permission to print the letter which he claims was handed him by the mysterious Burke. The letter contains the allegation that Burke was roboed of $2760 In the Strand theater, owned by Gold smith is so averse to having the contents of the letter published In full. "I have gained so much notoriety over the affair thai I am sick of tho ROBBERS GET BIG SUM AT HOME OF B. F. LILLIE B. F. Idllle, who lives at 429 Knox •venue, reports to the police de partment that some one entered his home last night by using a pass key on the back door, and relieved him of 9210 which was in his over coat pocket Mr. LUUe went home last night with 1210 In bills In his overcoat offlces to investigate the allegation by a local newspaper that congress men have been sending home free by mail, cows, pianos, kitchen fur niture, etc. LaFollette and Spooner met out side the chamber. Spooner greet ed his colleague cordially and in augurated an impromptu reception. Those expecting an exhiOnion of bitterness were disappointed. Officer Snamlska. Warner stated the man had showed a gun In the Olson saloon, corner Stevens and Main. Peterson went to the Com bination saloon and found the man. He searched Bevins and found a 38 caliber revolver. As soon as tho man's name was given the police connected him with Charles Reynolds who was convict ed on the charge of vagrancy. Reynolds nnd Bevins are sup posed to have been the men who have been holding up people In the east end of town. The names of the victims are not known but any one who has been held up In the city are requested to call at the police station and identify the men. whole- business, and wish you would hush tne thing up," said Goldsmith. "The letter has been a had enough knock at my theater already with out going into further details. "It's all over now. I got touched and lost the money. Let It drop." The police are still in the air over the peculiar case. They don't believe Goldsmith's story, or at least pretend they don't, but they have failed utterly to break down his clear and detailed story of the robbery. Clerk Fleming of the Lin coln and the woman to whom Gold smith yelled when he was locked in the room, are also inclined to doubt his story. pocket and »:!90 In gold tn his trou sers pocket. Ho hung his overcoat behind the kitchen door and went to bed. When he awoke this morn lug the money was gone. His trousers were not touched. The entrance was made through the kitchen door. The door was not forced hut was found unlocked. The Spokane Press. UNKNOWN OF TWO Anonymous Missives Recieved by Judge Poindexter and Prosecutor Barnhart Create a Sensation—ls It Work of Or* ganized Gang of CutThroats and As sassins? Judge Poindexter of the superior court bench has received a let ter threatening his life because some anonymous writer believes that he has Inflicted too severe sentences on thugs who have been brought before him within the past few days. Prosecuting attorney received a similar letter this morning. Citizens of Spokane see the speotacle of the two chief officers in the administration of criminal justice marked for slaughter. The letters are in the hands of the postoffice secret service men, and it is expected that the writers will be run down. The police have been notified and are keeping a strict watch on yegg men and other tough characters. The sheriff and his men are in possession of every bit of evidence obtainable and are lending all possible aid in running down the per petrator of the dastardly threats. The officers are exceedingly reti cent regarding the exact contents 01 the letters, the manner of evil threatened or the suspected source. Judge Poindexter received his let ter In the first piail delivery to the courthouse yesterday morning. It was received at the postoffice at 0:30 a. m. as shown by the post mark. It evidently did not act as a deterrent if it was so intended. Early In the afternoon the Judge sentenced George Bradley, ex-con vict, the man who twice attempted KM 10 STAT Will (Scrlpps News Association.) "NEW YORK, Jan. 4.—Depew this morning says the reporter misun derstood his tsatement about re signing from the directorate of companies. He purposes to remain with the Vanderhilt lines, which position is mostly honorary and which he says will not prevent his devoting full attention to the sun ate. STORM ON THE LAKES SHEBOYGAN, Wis., Jan. 4. — A gale on the lake this morning wrecked several vessels, and dam aged much property. The seas swept a mile up the river. The steamer Orinoco was torn from her moorings and dastied Into a bridge, demolishing the bridge, docks and ship. SMOKED OPIUM George Adams and William Lew- Is were arrested last night In a Front avenue building by Officer Uoff ami Warner. Tho two men were booked for smoking opium. They will be tried this afternoon by Judge Hinkle. This afternoon Adams forfeited his $lf> bond and the case of Lewis was continued until tomorrow when he expects to get witnesses who will testify he just reached the room when the officers arrived. EXPLOSION (Scrlpps News Association.) BLUEFIELD, W. Va., Jan. 4.—A mino explosion at CoalUale, 20 miles west, is reported. Twenty one killed, 18 wounded, (Scrlpps News Association.) SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, THURSDAY. JANUARY 4, 1900. THREATENS LIVES COUNTY OFFICIALS breaking from the county jail, a man who, when arrested, attempted to shoot officers of the law, to 20 years in the state penitentiary— the maximum limit of the law. Postoffice experts are going over the two letters in an endeavor to discover if the source of each is the same. Coming as they do so soon after the Idaho tragedy in which former Governor Steunenherg lost his life, the circumstance is considered of more weight than would have been REVOLUTIONISTS LOSE FIVE THOUSAND WORKMEN WHO SEIZE FACTORY AT RIGA COMPELLED TO SURRENDER TO TROOPS. ST. PETERSBURG, Jan. 4. — While receiving a deputation of Jews, Witte told them the money collected In England and America for the relief of the Jews, was used to aid armed rebellion. This tne delegation denied. Wltte warned the Jews to refrain from agitation and avoid the revolutionists. The uprising in the Bajtie promises to be thoroughly crushed. SOMETHING DOING QUICK attached to It at any other time. It is well established that acts of violence become epidemic when once started. One theory Is that the letters may have been written by Bradley and sent by him out of the jail by some person unknown. It cer tainly did not go out in the usual manner, else the siieriff would have stopped it. The sheriff's men are investigating possibilities In this direction. If this theory Is found to be the true one, the incident has no significance and the letters will be given only the weight which should be attached to the mutterings of a desperate criminal now under sentence for crime com mitted. The other theory is that the let ters came from some one of the supposedly organized band of yegg men, the most brutally reckless set of men known to criminal annals, men who stop at nothing. Dalton, slayer of Policeman Stotko, Is of this class, and Brauley may be put in the same category. This class of men have secret signs and sym bols and maintain communication in ways inconceivable to the unini tiated. It is known that Dalton is one of BT. PETERSBURG, Jan. 4. — A courier from Riga brings dispatch es dated Jan. 2, saying that 5000 armed workmen took possession of the Brovodnlk rubber factory be fore daylight, and the military, as the courier was dispatched, was bombarding the plant. The revolu tionists killed a policeman who was guarding the building. A detach ment crept into an adjoining struc- this fraternity. It is also ffnown that he stands well in its councils. It Is further known that he has many friends who would come to his rescue were uiey able to do so. If the letters emanate from these sources, the situation takes on a graver aspect. At present the authorities are very mum about the entire Incident. In fact, they expressed chagrin that the facts so far as known would be made public. None of those con nected with the affair will talk of the matter. Both Judge Poindexter and Pro secutor Barnhart acknowledge the receipt of threatening letters, but will talk no further. If tho letters have been written in behalf of Bradley it would geem that he has not in the least profit ed by the attempt. In this connec tion it is hard to see how the prose cuting attorney is picked out, for he did not prosecute Bradley. It is understood that the margin of the letters were decorated with death's heads, cross bones and smears of something resembling blood. However, the real substance of the red is being investigated as possibly furnishing a clue. It is rumored that on one of the letters the red appears as if impressed with thumb marks, which show the irregular lines of the skin. This also may lead to a clue. Both of the threatened men left the courthouse this noon for lunch as if nothing had happened. The only word from Judge Poin dexter was: "I don't know as it amounts to anything worth men tioning." Mr. Barnhart expressed regret that the matter would he published as he believed that it might hamper the efforts of the officials In run ning the threateners to the ground. ture where a patrol of dragoons were sleeping and murdered eight soldiers and six stablemen, and In jured 11 others. One escaped and alarmed the troops. Two regiments with artillery and six quick firing guns reached the scene by day break. In the meantime barricades were erected. Many were killed, but It was unable to ascertain how many. A later dispatch from Cop enhagen says the workmen surren dered and delivered their leaders to the commander of the troops. A court martial has been ordered. FOURTH YEAR. NO. 49. PRICE: ONE CENT SOUTHERN PACIFIC BUILDING ROAD TO CENTRAL MEXICO SAN DIEGO, Cal., Jan. 4.—The story of Southern Pacific construction work comes from Sonora, Mexico. The company now owns and operates a road from Nogales, Ariz., to Guay mas on the Gulf of California and has a line under construc tion, an extension of this road down the coast to Mazatlan and thence to Guadalajara, a distance of 840 miles. At Guada lajara a connection will be made with the Mexican Central leading to the City of Mexico and this new line when complet ed will cut 24 hours from San Francisco to Mexico City as com pared with the present route. The company also has under contract to construct several branches to important mining pro perties. One to the Labuffe mines on the Yaqul river, 140 miles from Guaymas. The contract requires the completion of this branch by May. Another branch, 30 mies, will be built to Alamosa. The road will tap an enormously rich mineral belt in Mexico and also some extensive sugar plantations. Over 300 C men employed on construction work. THUG FRIGHTENS A LONE WOMAN Mrs. J. P. Schneider, wife of the proprietor of the Red Cross phar macy had an exciting experience with a would-be burglar last night. The family had Just moved into a house at 0719 Walnut street and had not had a telephone put in. As a result, the nearly frantic woman was unable for nearly an hour to obtain help. About 8 o'clock a man approach ed the house and appeared at one of the windows. He cooly sur veyed the Interior of the yet unset tled house and saw that the only occupants were a woman and two Did HAUL 111 DOIIDS AMD c&sn (Scrlpps News Association.) SHOALS. Ind., Jan. 4.—The safe in J. H. Aibaugh's store was rob bed of $15,000 in bonds and cash. The robbers captured Charles Taylor, the only citizen awake and locked him up until this morning. Twelve thousand five hundred dol lars were In government bonds and $2500 in cash. SMOKER WAS BIG SUCCESS The smoker given by the United Association of Journeymen Plumb ers and Steam and Gas Ftters, lo cal 44, last night, was a great suc cess, About 250 were in attend ance at the lodge hall. A very interesting program was tendered. A few of the attractions were: Kid Sealer boxed four rounds with his brother, Freddie Weeks and Kid Fredrlcks boxed four rounds, Billie Jones entertain ed the audience with songs, and Thomas Murphy, a vaudeville actor, sang several songs. Luncheon was served during the evening. Another smoker will be given one year from date. PUEBLA IS SAFE AND WEARING SAN FRANCISCO SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 4.—The steam schooner Kruger, arriving this morning from Portland and Astoria, reports speaking the dis abled steamer City of Puebla at 9 o'clock yesterday morning 30 miles off Point Oorda In tow of the steam er Chehalis. Later reports state the Puebla passed Point Arena. It is expected the disabled steamer will arrive here about noon. At 8:30 this morning the Puebla was sighted 1C miles off this port, still in tow of the Chehalis. Averaging some six and a half one cent children. Mrs. Schneider screamed but that had no effect on the in truder. He tried to force in a door, but the plucky mothv barricaded the doors with chairs. Suddenly —with her children clinging to her knees—she thought of Mr. Schnei der's Winchester. She knew it waa not loaded, but with it she blufTed the intruder until she saw a man and woman approaching on Broad way. She rapped on the window hard enough to break the glass. The intruder was then forced to run, escaping through the back yard of the premises. The police were no tified. KENNEDY IS AGAIN ARRESTED John G. Kennedy, the man who asked for a right to preach against the liquor habit some time ago and who was arrested and fined for be ing Intoxicated, has been arrested again. A few days after his first dis charge he was arrested for being Insane. He was turned loose by the judge. This morning he was again j arrested for being Insane. ELECTRIC LINE SAN DIEGO TO LOS ANGELES (Scrlpps News A»«oeiatton.) SAN DIEGO, Jan. 4.—The Incor poration papers of five companya will be filed here this week aggre gating $6,000,000. The companies are formed for the purpose of de veloping the water power of the S/.n Luis river, building dams and reservoirs to generate electric pow er for the Pacific Light & Power company of Los Angeles, Hunting ton's company. It Is planned to complete the first dam In 14 months which will furnish power for an electric railway from Los nAgelea to San Diego, and irrigate a big area. mum is GETTING BETTER SANTA ROSA, Jan. 4. —Luther Burbank is better this morning, a continuation of pleasant weather helping hig recovery. knots an hour in the tow of the steam schooners Chehalis and Nor* wood, the Puebla, Captain Jepson, carrying 200 passengers and a full cargo of freight from Victoria, ar rived safely in port this afternoon after a run of six days down the northern coast. During a storm en countered last Saturday the Puebla suffered a break of her tall shaft and was picked up by the steam schooner Chehalis. According to mariners the schooners should clean up at least $40,000, part of which would be .(Hided among the [ schooners' captains.