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United States to File Formal Demand
on Japan.
WASHINGTON, D. C, April 13.—
Direct advices from Minister Rock
hill at Pekln, and Consul Straight
at Mukden In regard to the out
rage committee upon the American
consulate by a crowd of Japanese
last week have been demanded by
Root, Taft and the president, and
replies are expected by cable to
The president regards the inva
sion of the consulate by Japanese
PORTLAND, April 13—With the
shipping season practically over,
statistics show tnat Oregon, Wash
ington and Idaho shipped the great
est amount of wheat flour out of
Portland and Sound ports in their
history, totaling about 40,000,000
The entire crop of wheat is 58,-
--000,000 bushels in three states: bar
ley 10,000,000, and oats 12,000,000.
April engagements of flour will
reach a total of 2,500,000 bushels,
and May and June will probably re
quire 2.250,000 more.
AT SEA, April ill.—(By wireless to
the United Press).—The fleet is
proceeding with perfect precision at
nine knots nn hour. Perfect Cali
fornia weather is being enjoyed and
the air is more invigorating than at
Magdalena bay. Every man is
counting on reaching San Diego at
the eariesl possible moment and
'•JNa-.ing eagerly forward to it.
Patrolman Nick Warner today
nrrested John Moiley, bartender, at
the Winnipeg saloon, on a charge of
selling liquor to Ross Smith, age
18, who was picked up dead drunk
Saturday night behind the Auditor
ium building, lie was so drunk he
was unconscious. Moiley denies
that he sold the boy anything.
George Ha/elwood, who several
night ago fell oft the Great North
ern trestle near Howard st. bridge
nnd suffered two broken ribs and
epacUl Oorreipondaaon to Th* Praia.
' NEW YORK, April 13.—As soon
an the presidential election Is out
of the way, New Yorkers look for a
big political exposure, compared to
which the Eexow investigation will
look like a damp squib, Tremen
dous things are going on under
cover in tlie way of political graft.
Every little while somebody gets
a peek under the lid in the way
of a small sample of the whole
To begin with, the police force Is
fully as rotten as It was before the
Lexow Investigation. The Bow
York World set up a decoy gam
bling house nnd had no trouble In
bribing detectives and ward men
In the good old regulation way.
Thirty-tour men were sent out on
plain patrol duty as a result of the
exposures, but the new detectives
•will be at It as soon as they learn
the ropes.
All this, however, is merely a
peanut stand business compared to
what is going on between Tam
many hall and the city government
on one side and the street railway
traction magnates on the other.
Leader Murphy and Mayor Mc-
Clellan have had a "reconciliation."
It has been announced that har
mony was brought about because
of their patriotic desire to unite
tho democratic party for the presi
dential campaign. The first result
was union of the city officials to
prevent the construction of more
subways. Hans for new subways
have been made and approved,
tharf is enough money on hand to
start the work, and all that was
lacking was the consent of the city
officials composing the board of
estimate. At one meeting they re
fused to see boo petitioners who
asked for subways, and lightly
voted 111,600,000 for work on a
new water supply system, which Is
not needed mid canont be ready for
seven years ut the very least. On
a single contract for this same
and practical refusal of the Japa
nese consul at Mukden to take
reparatory measures, as an inci
dent in which Bharp steps will be
taken and the administration will
demand full reparation from Japan.
"The insufferable tactics of the
Japanese in their official inter
course was one of the main causes
of sending the fleet to the Pacific,"
said a cabinet official discussing the
Mukden affair today.
punctured lungs died last night at
Sacred Heart hospital.
His relatives have been notified
and funeral arrangements will not
be made until they are heard from.
The remains are at Smith's.
Being unable to enforce its exclu
sive baggage delivery contract with
(he Pacific Transfer Co. through the
police department, the Great
Northern has undertaken prosecu
tion on its own account. Z. R. Dow
nen, expressman, has been arrest
ed by a railroad detective.at the
G. N. depot on a charge of disor
derly conduct and the company
will make a test case In (he police
court. DowneD says the disorderly
conduct consisted in his soliciting
business in close proximity to a
Pacific agent. He claims the ar
rest was made without warrant or
show of regular police authority.
He is under bonds and will fight tlie
The work of putting the top deck
on the Washington st. concrete
bridge was begun yesterday. On
Saturday the delicate operation of
removing the wedges and allowing
the concrete arches to bear their
own weight was successfully per
The trial of Jimmy O'Brien, the
Italian, only one of the six street
car holdups who did not confess,
wtll commence probably today be
fore Judge Huneke. The Italian
is the one who informed on
"Squint" Dively, and as a signal to
Detective Miles shook him by tne
precious reservoir the city govern
ment, by (aking the highest hid
instead of the lowest, gave the con
tractors a straight-out present of
Some day, exactly why the city
will not build subways will be dis
covered, Already, however, (here
is a good deal of evidence on the
surface. Following the looting of
(he New York city railways by
Win. C. Whitney and Thomas V,
Ryan in a way that made even
Wall st. blush, the vat lons proper
ties have gone into the hands of
receivers. Out of every dollar paid
by the New York public in fares,
45 cents goes back into operating
expenses. The other 55 cents goes
(o pay Interest on watered stocks
and bonds. The amount of water,
] however, was so prodigious that
this huge proportion was not
enough. The only way that Hyan
could see to catch up with the
game again is to prevent the con
struction of any more roads. The
city Is growing at the rate of about
200,000 people a year, if he can
pack these people tighter and
tighter Into the existing cars, he
may lie able to squeeze out enough
money to pay interest on the water
ed stock and to "set the fable"
again for another market rigging.
Thomas K. Ryan calls himself a
democrat and is the leading finan
cial power in Tammany hall. His
arguments are believed to be the
"higher considerations" Which
brought McClellan and Murphy to
gether in their present harmonious
[effort lo bunco the New York pub
lic with expensive reservoirs which
they do not need, in place of less
| expensive subways which they d<
The republican politicians at Al
bany, always Sensitive to a bad
smell when il happen! to be in the
ether political camp, are taking
notice and may appoint an invest i
gating committee to spend the
summer and autumn in New York
driving in a probe 011 Lexow lines.
WASHINGTON, D. C, April 13.—
No ami trust legislation will be
permitted at this session of con
gress. The order lias gone forth
from Speaker Cannon, and that set
tles it.
The rest is merely detail. The
bill which Roosevelt worked out in
connection with Seth Low, Samuel
GomperS, Victor Morawett, Charles
P. Neill and others ■is being
strangled. It was sent by Cannon
to the judiciary committee for this
purpose. Charles P. Llttlefield is
lord high executioner, and Repre
sentative Jenkins of Wisconsin is
his deputy.
"Hearings" is what the bill is
supposed to be getting just now.
"We must deliberate," is the way
they talk; and they close the left
eye knowingly as they say it.
"Grave constitutional questions" is
what is troubling them.
It is interesting to sit and listen
to these "hearings." Noted consti
tutional lawyers like George R. Mal
by of New York, (first term con
gressman and a "willing worker");
old John .1. Jenkins, Alva Alexander
of Buffalo, Gertit Diekema of Michi
gan and Reuben Moon of Pennsyl
vania—all names to be emblazoned
along with those of Storey and
John Marshall—suddenly discover
a God giving faculty for expounding
the constitution. And they all ex
pound it against any bill that hap
pens to be up.
"Chief Justice" Llttlefield roars
opinions from tlie head of the
table. (Jenkins generally lets Char
ley preside; he loves It so).
"I see no analogy between nation
al banks and Interstate corpora
tions." Little field will thunder.
"What does the report of a stock
holder have to Jo with interstate
Oh, Llttlefield makes men like
Prof. Jenks of Cornell, or Seth Low
of Columbia look like 80 cents. The
professors are naturally polite, and
they are in a strange country; the
congressmen are very much at
home. They sit around puffing theli
big black cigars and have a deuce
of a time seeing Llttlefield "hand It
to the high-brows."
This committee has sometimes
been termed "the junior supreme
court." The "junior" part of the
term is all right.
The "junior supreme court" al
ready has to its credit an opinion
against the ciiil v l labor bill. Tills
court holds that congress has no
right to consider sucu a bill, be
cause the "junior supreme court"
has decided it Is all wrong.
When Speaker Cannon decided
last December to kill the Appa
lachian forest reserve bill he sent
It to the "junior supreme court." At
least he sent the "question in
volved" to that eminent bunch of
constitutional lawyers.
Old Jenkins just went to it like
a hungry hound to a lean ham
bone. UttlefleU grabbed a ragged
end of constitutionality and retired
growling to his corner of the com
mittee room. Alexander got a bit
of lindi Malhy aud Diekema
helped Jenkins worry over his bone,
and altogether it was a very con
stitutlonai performance
The pack has been wonrying "the
question involved" now for three
, months.
I "I dou't think there is any dis-
Weather—Pair and cooler tonight, With light frost; Tuesday fair
The Birth ol Spring
position to be at all dilatory," said
Llttlefield when asked about the
prospect of emitting something.
And then he cracked a grin. Prob
ably he happened to think of some
thing funny.
Jenkins took himself seriously.
"Why, how can we dispose of
these important things in such a
rush? It's hard work to get
committee together, and then it's
hard to get a majority to agree to
anything, I don't know. Here's
some more hearing now come up.
How can anybody tell? Don't you
see how busy I am?"
And Jenkins went on gnawing his
constitutional bone and resting his
constitutional boots on the commit
tee table.
And this is how the people's laws
are (not) made.
The public market proposition
was brought before the 150,000 club
this afternoon in different shape
than before and now it seems pos
sible for those who have advocated
it to see daylight, as it were.
It was decided that the members
should busy themselves in finding
some location where property own
ers would have no objection for
making a market site of a little
used street in front.
This is Mayor Moore's original
scheme. At first he suggested a
site on Front ay. north of the
Washington Water Power Co. head
quarters, but that company raised
a strenuous objection and the mat
ter was dropped.
All of lb different real estate
schemes founded on the market
problem have been submitted at
various times to Councilmen
Pratt, Cray and Estep of the mar
ket committee. None of them were
considered, however, for the rea
son that they all Involved a large
expenditure of money to purchase
Mayor Moore is pleased at the
turn things have taken and this
afternoon he expressed a desire
that anyone who knows of a loca
tion where property owners have
no objection to inform the market
Committee, so that all haste may
be made iv getting the market
place started.
The Chicago Symphony orchestra
stranded here last week and had to
be sent money from Seattle in or
der to keep its engagement there.
Prom Seattle it is reported that
the company fell by the wayside
through the defalcation of 13,200
b) a man connected with the busi
ness management of the tour. Who
tills party is was not stated. It is
understood that he Is trying to
make the amount good.
There is something strik
ingly characteristic in the
Spokesman-Review cartoon,
representing a sweatshop
with a Jap busy on Miss
Spokane's new Easter hats.
Among these are "solution
of the N. P. grade contro
versy" and "city parks."
The workingman already
grappled in competition with
European cheap labor will
appreciate the Spokesman-
Review idea immensely.
The board of education meets to
night to canvass bond election re
turn. By the small vote of 148 to
10 the issue of $250,000 was au
thorized. About 300 had registered
and on account of the good weather
fully this number was expected to
Sites and other details will also
probably be decided tonight.
The 150.000 club today accepted
the offer of the Spokane Symphony
orchestra to give a concert on April
l(i for the benefit of the Home of
the Friendless. For years Spokane
has desired a symphony orchestra
and the club will lend it every aid
possible. The coming concert will
be the first.
SEATTLE, April 13.—Forty men.
composing the snenff's posse, are
closing about the desperadoes who
are implicated in shooting Marshal
Miller at Kent Thursday night. The
posse has formed a hollow square
between Snoqualmmie pass and
North bend.
It is believed by late afternoon
two men will be captured. Alegice.
who admits he was one of the party
that killed Miller, was brought to
the hospital today with a bullet
wound in his leg.
, Out of respect for the late John
Vandercook, president of the
United Press association, who died
Saturday of appendicitis, every
wire of the leased wire service of
the United Press was silent today
from 12 to 12:15 during the funeral
Mrs. M. E. Empty, daughtetr of
C. P Parsons, the Spokane business
man who disappeared in Portland
Saturday, received notice this noon
that bar fattier had bora found and
had suffered no serious conse
quences. She expects tiiin to re
turn to Spokane with Mrs. Parsons
WASHINGTON, D. C„ April 13.—Representative G. M. Hitch
cock of Nebraska has a curiosity to know why meat tprices
are Jumping up sho fast this spring, when it is known that
the meat trust is simply loaded to the eaves with meat bought
from the stock raisers during the winter at -way down figures.
Accordingly, he has introduced in the house a resolution
calling on the department of commerce and labor for any in
formation It is able to present, as to the prices at which the
great packing interests have bought various kinds of Stock in
the great stock markets of the country, for tbe past two years;
these prices to be arranged month by roonth. Also for informa
tion, similarly arranged, as to the course of prices of meats,
month by month, during the same period.
It is believed that such an investigation will show that the
S ackers are playing both ends—the producer and consumer —for
uge profits in the middle.
The administration is expected to feel rather kindly than oth
erwise toward such an inquiry, because the packers have thus
far succeeded so often in balking its efforts to bring them to
accounting under the anti-trust statutes.
BOSTON, April 13.—Chelsea,
which was yesterday a thriving su
burb, is (Ovlay the scene of a great
mass of ruins with 10,000 homeless
and property valued at $10,000,000
destroyed as the result of a con
flagration which raged all day and
swept the entire city. Dawn broke
this morning on a pathetic picture
of men, women and children home
less and without food.
Many were rushing through the
streets burdened with bundles of
apparel they had saved. Others
were weeping, apparently almost
insane. One man is known to be i.
suicide because he lost his home.
What remains of the city is un
der martial law, which has already
prevented many attempts at loot
ing. _•
The streetcar men's union will
tonight submit a revised new scale
to the central labor union for the
endorsement of tnat body and the
same scale will be submitted later
to the building trades alliance. The
union will then go to the Traction
Co. with the endorsement of or
ganized labor on a demand for re
storation of the scale prevailing be
fore the financial stringency.
The increase asked for will
amount to at least 10 per cent, and
possibly more. The men also ex
pect to be granted the concession
of first chance on the interurban
runs, something the city men have
not hitherto enjoyed. The interur
ban trains have been manned by
railroad men almost exclusively.
Request for a new scale was sub
mitted several days ago with a
draft of what the men wanted. Sa
turday night a majority of the
union voted to withdraw this scaie
and revise it. The first was framed
0. S. Thomas, wealthy banker of
Newport. Wash., committed suicide
In the Colonial hotel by drinking
strychnine and his body was dis
covered Sunday afternoon. He took
the room on Saturday night and at
that time was not noticed to be de
spondent or other than in a nor
mal state of mind.
Those who kno><- the dead man
say that worry over an estrange
ment from his wife and the mental
condition of his son, who is in a
Portland sanitarium from the re
sult of impaired reason, caused by
tlie Great Northern wreck at Mi
lan, is responsible for the deed.
Mrs. Thomas, who is in Portland
with bet son. has been notified and
is expected to reach tlie city today
and arrange for tlie funeral.
Thomas tarried his hank success
fully through the panic and was
compelled to close only a lew days.
Recently a new company was or
ganized to take over his holdings.
The reaction from a strenuous time
during tlie panic to ease and suc
cess, also conspired, it is said, to
unsettle his reason Before drink
ing the poison he made Ills Identi
fication easy by writing his name
sni address ou au cuvelope.
The first steps towards collecting
relief began this morning. People
who were not affected by the fire
are making arrangements to enter
tain the homeless, and money has
begun to come in from other cities.
The most conservative estimate
fixes the injured at 300 and death
at four. It is feared that more
have perished. Over 100 are re
ported missing;
It is estimated that over half the
property destroyed was insured. In
surance officials place the entire
loss at $9,000,000.
Thirteen churches, two hospitals,
public library, city hall, five school
houses and 20 business blocks and
20 factories were destroyed. The
fire started in the rear of a factory
and burned it's way clear through
the city.
to admit of arbitration and conces
sion, but the one now endorsed
contains exactly what the union
feels it is entitled to under the
agreement made when the com
pany asked a reduction of the scale
several months ago. No discus
sion is expected on this latter scale,
the Intention being to simply sub
mit it for signature on the under
standing that it goes into effect
May 1. It is figured that more is to
be gained in this manner than in
making a fight over concessions.
By request Pres. McCracken, ot
the central labor union, assisted in
framing the latest scale. Other
members of the committee are
Pres. Durand of the carmen's union,
Hicks and Garst for the platform
men, and Howell and Cliff for the
barn men.
The carmen now are earning an
average of $78 per month, it is
stated, and they plan to increase
this by a little better at least than
the 10* per cent they were reduced
during the scare. Business is back
to the old normal, with every pros
pect of greater summer street
travel than ever.
PORTLAND. April 13—Francis
J. Heney will deliver the third ad
dress of his stumping campaign
against Fulton in Portland tonight
at the Centenary church, which will
seat 2,000 people.
Fulton men here are planning a
big rally Tuesday night, when Ful
ton will reply to the Heney
charges. Tonight Fulton speaks at
l-i Grande.
It is at tonight's meeting Heney
intends to submit proofs of his
statements charging Fulton with
complicity In Oregon political cor
ruption and land frauds.
NEW YORK. April 13— Selection
of a jury to open the ballot boxes
and recount ballots cast in the
mayoralty election of 1905 when
McClellan defeated Hearst began
today before Supreme Judge Lam
bert. It Is expected the jury will
be completed by Wednesday.
LOUISVILLE, April 13.—Gov.
Johnson arrived here today to
make a speech tonight before the'
commercial club.
8p.c1.l CorT.apona.ioa to The Pvaaai
CHICAGO, April 13,—Yes; beef
Is up. Pork is up. Lamb is up.
That isn't all—they'll be even
higher before long, unless some
thing unforeseen happens. And the
packers are hoping that it won't
Yet this season of 1907-8 has been
the most prosperous and profitable
the packing industry has ever
known. Where they made a sub
stantial profit this season mthmeht
stantial profit before they are mak
ing a great profit this season.
Where they cleared many millions
of dollars during other seasons,
when there was no tight money and
no panic and no hard times, this
season they are carrying away the
same number of millions and a few
Every wise man around the Chi
cago stock yards knows that for
general profit this season has any
season that preceded it lashed to
the mast.
Why is meat 25 per cent higher
today on foot and refrigerated than
it was six months ago?
Why is it going stiii higher?
You need not go to the packer
himself for this information. Tbe
first duty of the packer is to sell
meat. You are only the buyer. He
fixes the price; you may take it or
leave It.
But when the newspaper reporter
goes to J. Ogden Armour and asks
why meat is high, why it has gone
up, he says, "Because cattle is
high," with a pitying look as if you
should be ashamed of yourself not
to know that. "And cattle are high
because corn is high, for example.
When the price of meat goes up.
there are always reasons. Good
It is true that the supply of
spring cattle is short just now. Any
man in the stock yards will tell you
that, too. Two months ago the
stock raiser found that it was cost
ing him so much to feed his cattle
that he had little prospect of mak
ing any decent profit out of them.
He threw them on the market for
what they would bring. He didn't
even wait to fatten them. He sold
them thin.
Today the cattye that should oe
coming in during April are not
there. They have been sold ahead
of time at low prices.
During last fall and last winter
prices to the packer were low on
account of the general financial de
All this would seem to argue that
meat should he low today.
But it isn't.
Today you are paying the profits
on the price that same meat and
its by-products would cost if the
packer had to buy it at present
shortage figures.
What do you suppose the pack
er was doing during all those
months of low prices?
He was buying and slaughtering
and preparing his products for mar
ket—and putting them away. He
bought hogs in November at from
$3.75 to $4.25, and in January at
from $4.25 to $5 and $5.25. He was
quite willing that the market should
stay down—then.
He filled every warehouse in the
country with meat products, and
kept on buying at ridiculously low
prices, so that he might sell later
on at high prices.
It is the game of Packingtown.
Today cattle show an advance of
$1.26 to $1.50 since February 26.
Pork loins were selling recently at
113-4; four weeks before they soid
at 7c. Tenderloin sold recently at
21c; a month before it was 17c.
This doesn't mean that the only
meat the packers can sell you to
day is meat for which they have
paid these higher prices, though
it is part of the game to make you
believe that, and that no fresh
meat is refrigerated for any
length of time.
For, just the same, a great deal
of the product that the packers
are selling you at today's high
prices and that they will be glad
to sell you at tomorrow's higher
prices—that is the same product
which they bought at last winter's
low prices.
Last winter the low martlet de
lighted thtem: this spring the high
market delights them even more
because it helps to fool you.
With theh proper sort of demo
cratic bill of fare, opening natural
ly with cocktails, and the best
democratic oratory in reach on tap,
the Jeffersonian annual banquet
opens tonight at the Hotel Spo
kane promptly ut 6 p. m. The oc
casion commemorates the 165 th an
niversary of Jeffersou's birth, and
is to be the best thing of the kind
until the same time next year.
The business of the banquet is
the election of officers of the so
ciety, after which eloquence will
be turned loose without limit. There
will be democrats here from as far
away as Seattle and Walla Walla,
and the Inland Empire generally la
to be well represented. No changes
have been announced in the pio>
gram as previously published.

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