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NEWS WITHOUT
FEAR OR FAVOR
WEATHER CONDITIONS, TOMORROW—FAIR.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR
ROTTEN BRIDGE OVER RAPIDS
bridge. Within recent week's tons
Poodle of Spokane Want to Know Why iTml^^^^Ttc^^
■ r on that an asphalt paving laid. Peo-
Tottering Structure Was Left to lm- 'szzjsrizzrsz
. - . .. .l|n tatlon of traffic on the bridge since
peril Hundreds of Lives Until It Prov-
identiallv Fell When But One Man syr 011,v '° g lb ;
lUfIIIIUIIJ I VII finvii asut vnv ivw«- a b to the accident of yesterday it
Ha opened to Be Endangered. £•
r r ** characterized those In power in
"Bridge, and Bridge Safety," is
the sole topic of conversation in
Spokane today wherever people are
discussing the fall of the south
central span of the succession of
bridges on Howard street over the
rapids at the falls yesterday after
noon, when one man was injured
and two street car loads of people
were within 100 yards of the crash.
The Fallen Bpan is 140 In Length.
The city authorities In effect
aay they are not responsible.
The Washington Water Power
company points to Its franchise
contract with the city to show that
no responsibility rests upon it.
The people stand on one side and
wonder what possible exxcuse have
either city authorities or trolley
experts who stood by and allowed
street cars to go over a 15 year
old wooden truss structure, wheth
er strengthened or not, when the
Northern Pacific and Great North
ern place a ten year limit as tho
maximum life of a wooden bridge.
Yet both the city and the Wash
ington Water Power company have
■Mowed human lives to the num
ber of hundreds Jo Pass daily over
the bridge which fell yesterday,
after between 14 and 15 years ex
posure to the elements.
A Little Bridge History.
There were shouts of grab and
boodle when the city councl Ipassed
the ordinance giving the Washing
ton Water Power company author
ity to cross the Howard street
bridges with Its Corbin Park line.
Tart of the shouts came from the
Graves car lines, which claimed
that competition was being snuffed.
Part came from the outraged tax
payers who wanted to know why
the Washington Water Power com
pany monopoly was presented,
without any consideration other
than influence on tho city council,
the right to the bridges.
Mayor Boyd vetoed the first at
tempt of the monopoly. Mayor
Daggett allowed the gift. The peo
ple still wonder. A little history
Is salient Just now as a solvent for
the Inquiry of the people.
When the question of the Wash
ington Water Power company or
any other company crossing the
bridges became open last summer
City Engineer Mclntyre was out
spoken against using the present
bridges. He said that it would be
Impracticable to repair tho struc
tures because they were askew and
sagged. Then the monopoly balked
because It did not care to build
bridges for the city, but it wanted
the franchise Just tho same. City
Commissioner Omo said that the
city was getting off easy by con
tributing $1700 to the repair of the
brlges.
Results Foreseen by This Paper.
At that time The Press asked
"why the city should pay a single
cent toward building bridges or re
pairing them for the added use of
the Washington Water Power com
pany."
The following Is from The Press
of a date current to the agitation
Just following the granting of the
franchise:
"Why did not the city officials
know this when they gave the
Washington Water Power company
I franchise over thie bridge and
>rovlde specifically for a new one?
That, the taxpayer hae a right to
(now.
"Instead they granted a franchise
irovldlng only for repairing an old
itructure at the expense of the
ompany getting It. That company
f now claiming It ahould not pay
or a new bridge, If the city engi
ieer says the old one Is unfit for
se for street car purposee."
After all, the bridge fell. Some
ay It was the rumbling of the cars,
ithers say that It was the attempt
3 lengthen the natural life of a
rooden truss bridge.
nut the bridge fell.
Experts of the street car com
any at the time were supposed to
aye bored with a small caliber
auger through the main timbers or
the bridge at stated Intervals of 18
Inches, and found no unsound ma
terial.
Rotten Section Revealed.
Today there was shown as the
cause of the collapse a section of
17 inches, sheated by Iron and
which was not bored, showing rot
tenness.
What kind of inspection can the
taxpayers or bridge crossers trust?
There were tons and tons of as
phalt on that crushed structure.
The street car company was re
sponsible for putting whatever was
placed for the space between the
outer rails of the double tracks,
and for five Inches beyond both.
The city was responsible for the
rest of the roadbed. Who ever
heard of such a burden on a wooden
structure beyond the years which
are allowed by transcontinental
railway lines?
The strengthening of the bridge
was accepted, according to Wash
ington Water Power authorities, by
the city.
Post Street Bridge In Danger.
Regardless of any connection
with the Washington Water Power
company look at the Post street
CITY IS RESPONSIBLE
FOR COMPANY'S WORK
CITY ENGINEER M'INTYRE AN
SWERS QUESTION BY DE
TAILING HISTORY OF RE
PAIRS DONE ON FALLEN
SPAN BY COUNCIL'S DIREC
TION.
An Investigation of the cause of
the accident today showed that it
was due to a rotted beam on which
practically all the weight of that
collapsed span rested.
Charles Mclntyre, city engineer,
was Interview regarding this in
vestigation, and said:
"Upon examination I found the
failure of the Howard street hrldg
was caused by the end of one of
the compression members being
decayed.
The blue prints of the plans for
the strengthening of the Howard
street bridges, made by Mr. llieh
ler, private engineer for Tlie Wash
ington Water Power company, were
submitted to me. 1 checked them
over and found them to have suf
ficient strength, providing all mem
bers In the structure were In a
proper state of preservation.
Done by W. W. P. Co.'s Contractor.
"The work was done by a con
tractor employed by the Washin
ton Water Power company and in
spected by the city bridgeman,
who Is an employe of the street de
partment. The city engineer had
no one watching or supervising the
work.
"This office has always been op
posed to the reinforcement, or a
partial renewal of timber In this
class of bridge, known as a com
bination wood and steel structure,
and has favored that, when a state
of decay was found making repairs
necessary, that it should be con
demned and an entire new struc
ture submitted.
Shows City's Error.
"The authority for theso repairs
was given by ordinance A l'.Kll,
granting tho Washington Water
Power company the right to build
and equip a single or double track
electrlo railway along Howard
street over these bridges, passed by
the city council March 21, 1U(I5,
which, In effect, directed the board
of public works to allow the Wash
ington Water Power company to
strengthen tho several bridges
over the Spokane river at Howard
street. If In tho opinion of the
board such repairs were uecessary.
The Spokane Press.
Spokane.
The Washington Water Power
company wanted to head off the
Graves lines. The city acquisced.
The bridge fell, luckily without
loss of life but certainly with great
inconvenience to North Side peo
ple.
But the Washington Water
Power company can run its Corbin
Park cars out North Monroe to
Indiana, Just as they did before
they occupied the fallen bridge.
Now, the questions arise:
How long will the Division street
and Washington street bridges
stand ?
How long will the north span
of the Howard street remain?
In fact, under what is now known
to be a faulty system of inspection
on the part of the city and other
Interested parties, how long can
any similar structure In this city
other than steam railway bridges,
whloh have seen service of more
than a decade, be expected to
stand?
Post street bridge trembles.
Monroe street bridge, thougn
built on the cantilever plan which
allows of play, is the object of soli
citation on the part of people who
have to cross them.
"This incident should show the
error of the city allowing this class
of work to be done by private con
tractors, while the responsibility
rests with tho city."
TEMPORARY
WORK BEGUN
TEMPORARY WORK mh
According to Chairman Roy of
the board of public works, men will
be put to work immediately tear
ing up what is left of the old
bridge and hauling the fallen por
tion out of tho river preparatory
to the building of a temporary
structure.
The two bridge crews of the city,
the ones at Division street and
Mission street, have been ordered
to Howard street to clear away the
debris of the demolished structure.
ran
QUITS JOB
CITY BRIDGE SUPERINTEND
ENT REFUSES TO STAND BE
RATING FROM PREBIDENT OF
PUBLIC WORKS.
J. J. McCormlck, city superin
tendent of bridges, asked that the
board consider his resignation this
morning.
E. E. Weymouth, president of the
board of public works, berated Mc-
Cormlck for allowing a morning
paper to Interview him last night
when he said the engineer's office
had condemned the action of the
city council In allowing the Wash
ington Water Power company to
reinforce the bridge.
A rather heated argument was
going on during which McCormlck
asked that he be paid off aud an
other man Appointed In his place.
GOVERNO RHAH hi S RECOVERS
EATON, 0., June li.—Governor
Harris, whose Ulnesß Sunday
caused alarm lest be die, has re
covered.
SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, MONDAY. JINE 15, 1806.
IT COULD NOT BE.
After it became known
about town yesterday that
the Howard street bridge
fallen into the river, an ex
cited woman called up the
police station over the tele
phone and said:
"Say, I hear the Monroe
street bridge went down
when a boy was crossing on
a bicycle."
"No, madam, this is im
possible," was the reply,
"the bridge has just been
painted."
CITY MUST
STAND LOSS
According to Consulting En
gineer Gill the city Is responsible
for any action ior damage which
may be started as the result of the
fall of the bridge, as tihe city coun
cil acted* diametrically in opposi
tion to the advice of its own en
glnering department.
HOWBEEM
The north span of the middle
bridge crossing Howard street over
the Spokane river. Just above the
falls on Howard street, fell without
a moment's warning at 5:40 o'clock
yesterday afternoon, just after one
of the Washington Water Power
company's street cars had passed.
In another HO seconds the car fol
lowing would have been on the
bridge loaded with people.
John H. Beam, a young man liv
ing at Honey Creek, Wash., went
down with the bridge, nearly los
ing his life before aid reached him.
Beem lay stunned in the debris
with only his arm keeping him
from dropping into the whirlpool
underneath.
James Ryan, a fireman, heard the
crash of the falling bridge and
went to the scene on his bicycle
and was follewed by Joe Fitzgerald,
another fireman. Detective Weir
and Captain McClelland, reached
the demolished structure and work
ed hie way down to the prostrate
and stunned man, who had Just
enough strength left to grasp the
rope thrown him by Fitzgerald.
Beem was taken to the police
station, where Dr. George A. Roh
rer ordered him to Sacred Heart
hospital. Though badly bruised and
scratched, it is not thought his in
juries are particularly serious.
NO BELL ON HIS BIKE
J. 0. Hunt, who follows the oc
cupation of bookkeeper, was at
petee with all the world this
morning and •/•-a taking a spin on
his tru6ty cycle when there sud
denly loomed before him a police
man. It was Daniels and Daniels
didn't see Hunt and the result was
there was a dodging policeman
afoot and an excited bookkeeper
awheel. Hunt was taken to the
station because he had no bell to
notify pedestrians that they must
be wary of his approach.
FARMS FLOODED
Stockton. Cal., June, 25.—Union
Island, containing 40 square miles
of farms west of Stookton, Is Inun
dated. There lg a 200 foot break
In the old river levee of the San
Joaquin and Its tributaries are
higher than ever known before.
BOOTH-TUCKER WEDS
(Scripps News Association.)
LONDON, Juno 25 — Commandor
Mouth-Tucker and Miss Minnie
Keid. were married today in Sal
vatlou Army quarters at South Tot
tingham. General Booth officiat
ed. Only relatives and high ot.
Beers of the Army were present.
RELIEF NOW IN SIGHT FOR
M'KINLEY SCHOOL PATRONS
On Its next regular meeting, July 9, the Spokane board of
education wants to meet representatives of the patrons of the
McKinley school who have been compelled to send their chil
dren across a network of tracks at the risk of life in order to
reach the building.
The Press secured the indorsement of Dr. G. S. Allison,
president of the board, for the conference proposed this morn
ing. Director J. P. Harris also expressed himself in favor of
It, and none of the board is known to be opposed to taking up
the matter, although they seemed to have lost sight of the need
of immediate action
Of this need The Press has lately endeavored to remind them
and on behalf of the complaining taxpayers Is gratified In the
results so far achieved.
It is the purpose of the board to hear a .comprehensive
statement of the trouble In the school section, together with
such suggestions Interested citizene In that locality Have to
offer.
With the situation thus presented a plan of action will be
outlined for relieving the present unfavorable condltione In
order to provide a remedy before school opens for the fall
term.
All that Is needed at the conference le frank etatement,
cool, business like discussion with the board of the present sit
uation, and clear presentation of the extent of relief needed
to save children affected from a repetition of past dangers.
The board Is cramped for funds for new buildings and
only moderate measures may be expected, but there can be no
doubt that a eatisfactory arrangement can be perfected that
will eradicate further worry and danger from the particular
eource cited in this Instance.
SPOKANE GETS $100,000
WASHINGTON, June 25.—Kart
holdt, chairman of the house com
mittee on public buildings, this
afternoon introduced the public
buildings bill. It will pass the
house tomorrow. The bill carries
a total appropriation of $20,000,000
and contains provisions for build
ings, as follows:
INCUBATOR BABY
STILL ALIVE
A baby boy weighing just three
pounds was born at 7 o'clock yes
terday morning *nd is now being
kept alive in the baby lneukßJtor at
St. Luke's hospital. He has dis
tinction of being the first incubator
baby in the northwest.
The parents of the boy have re
quested that they be not mentioned
and therefore nurses at the hos
pital and all who know of the birth
have uubbed him plain, Mr. Boy,
FATHER SUES
HIS CHILDREN
Joseph Roarer has commenced
action against his children, Pius,
Mary and Anna, to have declared
certain real estate his own sepa
rate property and not the commu
nity property of himself and his
late wife, Keglna. Some of the
property Is southwest of tho city
and there is real estate in Second
Railroad addition involved.
MAYOR INDICTED
(Pcrtpps News Association.)
PORTLAND, Ore., June 25.— J.
W. Seed, mayor of Estacada, was
Indicted this morning for com
plicity in election frauds. He Is
accused of having voted in Port
land under an assumed name.
6IRL CATCHES
SNEAK THIEF
Miss Winifred Allen, bookkeeper
for tbe Barnard Manufacturing
company showed herself consider
able of a sprinter at noon today
when she ran down Thomas Ken
nedy, age 12, a newsboy who
snatched her purse containing $10
in money and a gold watch, while
she stood on the corner of Shan
non avenue and Aash street read
ing a letter,
The two covered about 10 blocks
before she finally caught Thomas.
She boxed his ears and called the
police. Detective McDermott made
the arrest.
CHASED OUT BY FIRE
ELI'ASO. June 25.—Forest tires
threaten to destroy Magdalena In
the Mexican statu of Sonora. Min
ers ore Hiving.
Spokane. $100,000,- Tacoma,
$100,000; San Diego, Cal., $150,000;
San Francisco, $:175,000; Moscow,
Idaho. $100,000; Great Falls, Mont.,
$250,000; Logan, Utah, $50,000;
Santa Rosa, Cal., $70,000.
Among 80 appropriations for
sites Belllngham, Wash., gets $25 -
000.
OUTBURST
SOLD OUT
Sidney Norman has sold the Out
j burst to the Walton-Gilbert com
pany for a consideration named at
| $2000. according to a bill of sale
I filed this morning In the office of
County Auditor Stewart.
Mr. Norman agrees not to engage
in competition with the new pro
prietors in the weekly newspaper
business for a period of two years
from date of the instrument record
ed. In event that Mr. Norman en
gages in the publication of a daily
newspaper In Spokane, such daily
cannot publish a weekly edition
until the years have elapsed.
Here is eeen somewhat of the
plans Qf the emocrats for the In
stallation of a daily Democratic
morning paper in Bpokane. Here,
nlso, Is to be seen a suggestion why
the existing morning daily has seen
fit to tie itself up for the support
of the entire Republican county
tickot, with the relegation of Fred
Leghorn to the rear in public life
as tho compensation.
RUSSIA'S
REVENGE
ST. PETERSBURG, June 25.—
General Rennenkampf, division
commander in the Japanese war, at
a banquet here today said:
"The moment for Russia's re
venge In the far east Is approach
ing. All preparations are now be
ing made."
CRIMINAL CIRCLES QUIET.
Only one of Spokane county's
prosecutors is at his his desk to
day. There Is no criminal term of
the superior court, and Fred Pugh
Is taking charge of the establish
ment. The others are taking relief
from the strenuoslty of the late
Republican campaign.
.
ADMINISTRATOR NAMED.
Judge Kennan this morning
granted letters of administrator to
John J. Reimer on the estate of
Mrs. Annie Schoen, who died of
appendicitis, after an operation at
the Sacred Heart hospital early
this month.
FINED $50 AND COSTS
Charles Bishop was fined $50 and>
costs by Justice Hinkle this morn
ing for the theft of a rllle which
he sold to a secondhand dealer
tor fl.
FOURTH YEAR, NO. H>7. S3 CENTS PER MONTH
SAFE CRACKED
LAST NIGHT
ROBBER GANG BRILEY BROKE
UP BY KILLING MEMBER
CAUGHT RED-HANDED BE
LIEVED TO HAVE RESUMED
OPERATIONS IN SPOKANE.
Safe crackers were at largo last
night and blew open the safe of
H. J. Peterson, who conducts a
sash and door factory at E1424
Sprague avenue. The robbers se
cured nothing but damaged the
safe considerably.
Detective McDermott was as
signed to the case by Chief Waller
GOMPERS OPENS FIGHT
FOR LABOR CANDIDATES
APPEALS TO WAGE EARNERS
FOR DEFEAT OF CONGRESS
MEN WHO HAVE BEEN HOS
TILE OR INDIFFERENT TO
WORINGMEN'S INTEREST 3.
WASHINGTON, June 26—Gom
pers publishes In the American
Federationlst today an appeal to
wage earners to defeat at the polls
WOMEN OF
TURKISH
NEWPORT, R. 1., June 25.—Miss
Mildred Sherman, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Wm. Watts Sherman, and
one of the most popular society
girls of this city, has started a
new fad in veils and everybody is
wondering now whether the fad
will And many imitators in the
swell set of Newport and New
York. The new fad consists main
ly In wearing a large and heavy
veil in close Imitation of the veils
WORK CUT OUT
FOR CUNGRESS
WASHINGTON, June 25.—Con
gress will probably dispose of the
following legislation this week:
Rate bill, passed by house, pend
ing in the senate.
Meat Inspection bill, passed by
senate, amended In house; now In
conference.
Pure food bill, passed by senate,
amended in house; pending again
in senate.
Anti-campaign contribution bill,
passed by senate, pending In house.
Lock canal bill, passed both
houses in separate measures.
Immigration antl-Immunlty bills.
Public buildings appropriations
are also pending.
I SMELLS
KEROSENE
(Scrlpps News Association.)
WASHINGTON, June 25—Sena
tor Tillman, In reporting the con
ference report on the rate bill tilt's
afternoon, said he would refuse to
sign because Standard Oil got In
ICE TRUST MAGNATES
SENTENCED TO PRISON
TOLEDO, 0., June 25.— J. A. Mil
ler, R 0. l«enimer, R. A. Beard, P.
H. Wattere, and P. S. Breining,
convicted Ice combine men, were
this morning sentenced to pay
$5,000 fine and serve one year In
tho penitentiary each.
[ TOLEDO, Ohio, Juna 25—The
ONE CENT
and found that nitro glycerine had!
been used and the inner door of
the safe blown open. The outer
door had been left open by Mr.
Petersen last night when he closed
his office.
Since the shooting and killing by
Detective brney of a man whom ha
found In the act of blowing the
safe In the office of the Seitenbacb,
Suit and Cloak house on Riverside
avenue, the epidemic of safe blow*
ing seemed to be stopped, but in
the opinion of the police deparV
ment the same gang has once more)
returned to town.
such candidates for reelection to
congress as have shown, unfriendli
ness to the interests of organized
labor.
He says in part:
"Wage earners should defeat
those who have been hostile or ln«
different to the demands of or»
ganlzed labor. Wherever possible
labor should elect Its own men."
400 ADOPT
HAREM STYLE
worn by Turkish women. The veil
Is fastened on each side of the head
in such a manner that it covers the
lower part of the face and leaves
only the eyes and part of the fore
head exposed to view.
Several of Miss Sherman's
friends have already taken up the
fad and during the last few days
several of them have appeared in
public with their veils arranged in
Turkish fashion.
its work, through some Influence,
and got the house conferees to
limit to railroads the provision re
quiring the divorce of transporta
tion production. He said he would
move later that it be returned to
conference.
SIGNED WHEN
HE UIIIS DRUNK
Judge Kennan is hearing all
about the troubles between David
Tonnet and John Jahde. The for
mer says that the latter got his
trunk and then induced him to sign
papers deeding a $13,000 home
stead. Jahde says that he paid
cash and took up a mortgage on the
property. Barnes & Latimer and
Sullivan, Nuzum & Nuzum are the
contending attorneys.
CELEBRATE CHARTER
A big crowd attended the social
of Federal union No. 12,222 at Cen
tral Labor halt last Saturday eve
ning. Tfie social was in the nature
of a celebration of the union receiv
ing a charter from the American
Federation of Labor. After a pro
grom, which was enjoyed by all
present, quite an elaborate lunch,
was served. A large number ot
ladies were present.
court announced that If members
of the tee trust would lower the
price of Ice below whet Is waa be>
fore the trust raised the price and
keep It there until the public gets
its money back, then put the price
up to where It was when the raise
I was made, he would consider a re
[quest for modification ot sentence,

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