OCR Interpretation

The Spokane press. [volume] (Spokane, Wash.) 1902-1939, April 14, 1908, Image 2

Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88085947/1908-04-14/ed-1/seq-2/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for 2

Published Every Evening Except Sunday
By the Spokan c Newspaper Co.
Delivered by carrier, twenty-five cents per month, $3.00 per year.
By mall, twenty-five cents per month, $1.25 six months, $2.00 per
year. No free copies.
TO MAIL SUBSCRIBERS —The date when your subscription ex
pires is on the address label of each paper. When that date arrives, if
your subscription has not again been paid in advance, your name is
taken from the list. A change of date on tlie address label is a receipt.
City subscribers who fail to receive their copy of The Press before
6:30 o'clock p. m. will confer a favor by reporting such to Main 375.
616 Front Avenue.
"Telephone Main 375.
rostoffice Box 4.
A report published by tlio American Prison associa
tion is in efTect an arraignment of the whole prison sys
tem in the United States. Two hundred and ninety insti
tutions in 37 states were visited and carefully inspected.
With a few exceptions it was found that all sorts of hor
rors existed which could not he justified under any statute
over enacted. Prisons were hot-beds of disease, danger
ous not only to the inmates but to the outside public. The
character of food and the way of serving it were revolt
ing and demoralizing. Overcrowding was a frightful evil.
In Birmingham. Ala., 240 men were found in 72 cells and
25 women in 10 cells. In Los Angeles 135 men were found
in 88 cells. One person to a cell, tlie prison association
says, is all that should he allowed.
"It is a strong temptation," says the report, "to
specify particular cities where nameless abuses exist;
where little children are kept in rooms with polluted and
diseased adults; where a poor insane victim of hrain dis
order howls all night in company with ruffians; where an
honest fellow, unable to pay a fine for a spree, is locked
in with thieves. These are not pictures from novels; they
are bald prosaic facts set down by honest eyewitnesses in
answer to printed questions."
Imprisonment without occupation, the report declares,
is a straight path to insanity. In I+3 jails the men prison
ers have no occupation, while in 153 the women prisoners
have nothing to do.
The association is strongly in favor of labor colonies
where persona may be taught in an intelligent way to lead
better and useful lives. It favors keeping prisoners until
their reform is reasonably assured, but it is insistent that
where no effort at reform is made, the whole influence of
jails is debasing. In many jails influences for good are
meager, if not wholly lacking. Twenty-five jails do not
provide any reading matter for prisoners. In 88 no re
ligious services of any kind are ever held.
Undoubtedly American prisons need investigation and
reform as badly as any institution in the country.
Has New York a
Gambling Trust
NEW YORK, April 14.—Owing to
the recent exposure by the World
of the arrangement existing be
tween the gamblers and the New
York police, a mass meeting was
held by the proprietors and repre
sentatives of the different gambling
houses, pool rooms and crap joints
at the Hotel Knickerbocker.
Under the present system the
police captain's man, the inspec
tor's man. the precinct man and
even the man on the post, do their
own collecting, which does not as
sure absolute protection from mo
lestation by the police. The ease
with which the World opened their
Screened Nut
It's the Best for Range
Phone Us for Prices
Phone 2248 SlO Howard
decoy gambling house and obtain
ed police protection showed a seri
ous defect in the system. The
plan adopted by the gamblers is to
pay their "hush" money to one con
fidential agent, and he in turn is
to see that it gets into the hands
of the proper police officials. In
one precinct, as shown by the re
cent exposure, there were 43 gam
bling houses and more than 60
"crap joints," besides a great many
poker rooms. The monthly collec
tions from this precinct alone
amounted to over $30,000.
A prominent gambler stated that
under the present arrangement any
stranger or enterprising newspaper
might make his own arrangements
with the police and open a gam
bling house, and then because of
carelessness or intention an expos
ure would be the result. He ap
proved the idea of forming a "gam
bling trust," whereby the gambling
fraternity would be represented by
one man, who would receive the
monthly tribute, and he alone
would be known to the police. He
would issue the orders to the
houses in the trust to "go ahead"
or "close up," as the case might
Energy is well-nourished muscles
plus well-nourished nerves.
Uneeda Biscuit
are the greatest energy-makers
of all the wheat foods.
In dust tight,
moisture proof packages.
% m W Neper sold in bulk.
Entered at Spokane,
Wash., as Second
Class Matter.
(Copyright by R. F. Fenno & Co.)
I looke dat this heavy featured,
slow speaking Yankee, wondering
whether he was in earnest or only
thought me a fool. I knew, of
course, that I had now become fair
game for the blackmailers, and I
was inclined to imagine that Mr.
Snuyzer's solicitude was only a
transparent attempt to extort
"And what would it cost me to
secure the good offices of Messrs.
Saraband & Sons?" I asked, seek
ing enlightenment as to his prob
able demands.
"Our charges, sir, are no more
than out-of-pocket expenses and a
small retaining fee, say $25 a week.
After that a pro rata premium, ac
cording to the risks."
"Risks? I do not quite under
"The perils, sir, from which you
are saved, whether by premonition,
guardianship or actual rescue. We
have a graduated scale. I shall be
happy to leave the 'skedool' with
you. Here are some of the items:
sequestration, false charges, wound
ing, loss of limb, death "
"Murder, in short?" I still spoke
in a flippant tone. "What is the
rate of insurance against that?"
His face did not relax, and he an
swered gravely—
"From £10,000 up to any sum,
according to the nearness of the
"Well, I will think over your
obliging offer. Possibly, if I find
I cannot take care of myself, I may
come to you. For the present I
shall trust to Scotland Yard and my
own endeavors."
"You are wrong, sir, entirely
wrong, believe that, said my vis
itor darkly as he rose to take his
leave. "You are In considerable
danger, sir, and It will increase
hourly. And you have given points
against you. The chief aim of these
big 'bunco steerers' is, of course,
to pouch your dollars, but it is
known that you are concerned with
the differences between our two
great countries. It is supposed that
you hold important military infor
mation, state secrets that might be
got out of you, squeezed out of you,
if they put you in a tight place. You
may decline our offer—that is your
own affair. But, sir, let me con
jure you to carry a six-shooter on
all occasions; go nowhere —well, to
no strange or unusual places—
"I trust It is not quite so bad as
all that, Mr. Snuyzer. Still, I am
grateful, and I shall certainly re
member you if, if "
"You survive? Yes, sir, but do
not leave it too late. You have been
marked down, captain, and ,they
will strike at you, somehow, soon;
today, tomorrow, at any time. They
contend that the M'Faught millions
were acquired by spoliation and
sharp practice."
"Is there any truth in that?" I
broke in hurriedly.
"Bully M'Faught was a smart
man, and struck some close things;
but he was no more entitled to
state's prison than those he fought
with on Wall st. Any stick Is good
enough to beat a dog with, and your
enemies will talk tall about sur
rendering ill gotten gains, because
it is a good show card. I do not
think you need lie awake wonder
ing whether you should make
restitution to the widow and the
fatherless —anyway, not till it's
forced upon you, as it may be."
"And you can save me from
"Or worse. We think you will
be well advised to consider our of
fer. If we can be of any service to
you, remember our telephone num
ber is 28785G, and I shall reply per
sonally or by proxy at any time,
day or night. You have also my ad
dress, 39 Norfolk st., gtrand. I re
side there, on the premises. I Bhall
be proud to recieve your instruc
tions, and —if it is not too late —
to come to your assistance on the
shortest notice. Good day, captain
Think well of what I say."
How was I to take all this? Se
riously? I had read In every school
book of the snares and pitfalls of
great wealth, but had never dreamt
—who could .' —of dangers so very
strange and terrible as those that
now menaced me, if I were to give
credence to this extraordinary tale.
Someone hailed me as I passea
down Picadilly, and, turning, I
recognized a man I knew, Lawford
by name, a big, burly, fat voiced
man, with jet black beard, so un
mistakably dyed that it increased
his years and gave an unwholesome
tinge to his pallid complexion. He
had greasy, fawning manners—an
assumption of bonhomie that you
instictively distrust. I never cared
for him much, but he always pre
tended to be devilish fond of me.
I had met this Lawford on the
other side of the Atlantic, in the
South American city w,here I had
spent some time in a—r-eceuX
sion. He gave it out that he~w9s
prospecting for gold in those parts,
but many believed that he was a
spy and secret agent of the Ameri
can government. Then we came
home together in the same steamer,
and I was much thrown with him
on board. He was on his way to
England to make his and every
one's fortune, mine included. 1
confess the fellow amused me, his
schemes were so tremendous; he
had such a profound belief in him
self and in the simplicity of the
British public.
"Yes, sir, I shall spoil them;
stick them up and carry off a pile
of plunder. You'll do well to cut in
with me, captain. You'd strike it
rich; yes, sir. I can dispose of 75.-
--000 acres of real estate which is
just honeycombed with gold. The
greater part belongs to me, Rufus
Lawford, but I won't part till your
darned capitalists have unbuttoned.
But they will that when, they've
seen my prospectuses and heard my
witching tongue."
Lawford had not found the inno
cents of the city so easy to beguile.
He passed through many phases of
good and evil fortune in the months
that followed his arrival. I saw
him from time to time, now gor
geous, now looking like a. sweep.
Sometimes he was on the eve of
pulling off some gigantic operation,
at others he was In the depths of
despair, and borrowed a sovereign
"on account" of the great fortune
he meant some day to force on me.
He evidently did not prosper in his
schemes of promotion. But he still
hung upon the frontiers of finance,
in the neutral, debatable ground
where every man's hand is against
his fellows, and frank brigandage is
more or less the rule.
I was surprised to find him in the
West end, and told him so,_as he^
WASHINGTON, D. C, April 14.—
Dear Dad: No. The railways will
not reduce wages. And I suspect
that T. R. smiles when he sees the
headlines in the papers. Why will
the railways not reduce wages? Be
cause T. R. will send some of their
prominent officials to Jail if they
do. Uug! Sounds like coercion,
doesn't it? Where is the N. Y. Sun?
Here is the point at which they
are scheduled to throw a fit! Be
cause it's this way. You see, they
all got ready to draw a long face
and tell how poor they were, and
how it was now quite inevitable
that all wages must be reduced.
And the tip went to the bookkeep
ing departments. And the month of
January saw the slimmest net rev
enue showings you can imagine.
Then the L. & N. issued that state
ment about "hostile legislation,"
etc., making it necessary to soak
the poor workingman. And the
managers put on the screws, and
strikes began to impend, and all
that. But, they had forgotten the
publicity feature of the new rate
law. They had forgotten that an in
spector can now dig up the fact
when they make improper charges
of revenue to betterments et cetera.
And they had neglected to remem
ber that it is a jail offense. 3ut the
presence of four inspectors: In the
auditor's office of the L. VS. re
minded the officers of that concern.
And some other roads were similar
ly reminded. And tlie next ninth's
returns on the L. & N. a
startling Improvement. And, as the
hero says in the melodrama,ithere
will be no strike tonight! |
I see Jim Watson has been nom
inated by the Indiana republican
machine for governor. Jim told me
some time ago he was tired carry
ing water to the elephant, and I
guess he told Fairbanks tJje-same
thing. Said he woulu havt*to> have
something, and nave it soon, or
there would be something doing.
But I understand it was Jim Gowdy
who really turned the trick for him.
Watson is one of these "whole
souled" politicians who believe in
the system for the system's sake.
Well, he has carried his share of
the water, and now he has a pass
Into the tent. What next?
Speaking of the Indiana Jims —I
listened and was edified the other
night as Jim Hemenway (senator)
orated at length on the proposition
that T. R. Is the only candidate who
can get away with the next elec
tion. Seeing Jim is Fairbanks' prin
cipal campaign manager, it sound
ed funny. And I wondered, too,
wha his dear, dear friend Uncle Joe
would have thought if he could
{have heard. I guess Jim would like
' * «cc Fairbanks continued as vice
overtook me with the "fifth" Globe
in his nand.
"Halloa! Halloa! I'm taking a
holiday. Those galoots eastward
won't bite, and I thought I'd give
myself an airing! n the park. Never
expected to see you," which was a
deliberate lie, for i had reason to
know, later, that he had come out
for that very purpose. "See your
name in the papers. Presume it's
you? They've got the whole story.
Fine fortune, young sir, fine. Wish
you joy."
I thanked him, not over-cordlally,
perhaps; for the man bored me, and
I guessed that his was only an early
attack upon my new-found millions.
"Now, Capt. Wood, I am delight
ed to have met you, for I may be
able to give you a little advice. You
will -be assailed on all sides—you
capitalists are the natural game of
the promoters. Give them a wide
berth. There's a mass of villainy
about. Don't trust 'cm —not a man
of them. If you're in any difficulty,
if you've got a few thousands to
play with at any time, you come
straight to me. I shan be delighted
to serve you, for yourself, mind, and
for the sake of old times. For 1
knew Bully M'Faught well."
"Ah, indeed! Tell me about him.
You knew him? I was eager to
hear more of the man from whom
my strangely unexpected fortune
.had come.
old M'Faught. No fear —
knew' and did business
with him, but""not so much as I
could have liked —worse luck. If I
could have gotten upon his shoul
ders I should have waltzed Into un
bounded wealth. But you had to be
with him, not against him. He
made some men, but he ruined
more—stock, lock and barrel. It
don't matter to you, anyhow, wheth
er he plied up the dollars on dead
men's bones or robbed the saints.
Guess you can freeze onto what he
I laughed a little uneasily; but,
after all, who was this Lawford,
and why should I care for what he
said? It was probably untrue.
"Will you be going over to God's
country any time soon. Captain
Wood? Wish you'd take me with
you. You'll want a sheepdog, and
I guess I'm pretty fly."
"You're very good. I shall remem
ber; but I doubt my going just at
present. Now I think I'll turn in
here." We were passing the portals
of my club, the Nelson and Welling
ton, commonly called the N. and W.
(To be continued)
DAWSON, April 14— Without
testifying in his own behalf, Rich
ard Hall was acquitted of com
plicity in the theft of $40,000 in
gold from a steamer on the Yukon
a year ago. George Kincaid, first
accused of the crime, killed him
self to avoid trial and the prose
cution was unable to satisfy the
jury that Hall was a party to the
theft. All but $16,000 of the stolen
dust has been recovered.
president (which God forbid) lest
he return to Indiana and want to
go 'back again to the senate, per
chance in the place of Jim.
Cheer up! The employers liabil
ity bill is to pass. All is not yet
lost. But keep your eye on the rail
road lobby—and Aldrich. Sincerely,
Watches At Cost
We have a large number
of Elgin and Walt ham
watches that must be sold
at once. Low expenses
make it possible for us to
undersell everyone in Spo
kane on diamonds. We can
save you 25 per cent.
17 Jewel Elgin or Wal
tham Watches, fully guar
21 Jewel American
Watchmaker, Engraver
and Jeweler,
Whips, Blanketa, etc., go to
S. H. Rush & Co.
new address
920 BPRAGUE. Phone 1196
lhe Mason & Oamlin. lvers & Pond
Kurtzmann, Gaoler, Kroger, Starck,
Capen and other good pianos; all
strictly high grade, at reasonable
prices and terms to suit.
D. L. Bowers, Manager
Heath Block. 23 Monroe Street
Spokane Stamp
518 First. Opp. Hotel Spokane
Headquarters for Easter
Suits and Other Garments
Elegant Creations From $15 to $75
SUITS AT $25.00—0ur best selling assortment, nobby Prince Chaps and stylish Mandarin effects,
in shadow plaid and striped Panamas, chiffon broadcloths and novelty check and plaid suitings; the
colors that we are showing are tans, leather browns, Copenhagen blues, reseda green, navy, grays and
black; the coats are trimmed or plain; the skirts are generally pleated.
SILK SUITS AT $20.00 —Wonder adaptations from Imported models, prosenting all the appearance
and style of the highest priced garments in princess and jumper effects; the cloth designs are 'beau
tiful. Dots, stripes, plaids and novelty mixtures and plain colors. The fabrics are foulards, pongees,
taffetas and other silks. At least a hundred suits at this price for you to make a selection from.
THE HIGHER PRICED SUITS—AII prices up to $75.00 in great abundance. Every wanted color
shown and tlie late style from eastern markets added to the stock every day. Special prominence Is
given to the assortments at $35.00 and $45.00. At these prices we can show you a hundred colors.
Easter is nearly here, and if you want to get a good assortment of garments to select from we
would advise an early visit. Tomorrow will be a good time to come here.
Closing Out These Three
Lines in the Carpet and
Bedding Dept.
Granite Carpet —Only six patterns left over;
the colors are red, green and blue mixtures; just
the thing for bedrooms, 35c value no
' sale at, a yard jLi%jC
Pendleton Indian robes —In a great assortment
of fancy designs, slightly soiled and mussed from
handling; the $6.25 grade A>| nn
on sale at «jHr.5/0
11-4 All Wool Blankets —In tan or gray, a good
heavy blanket. We guarantee it to be d»yl "I ff
all wool; $6.25 grade on sale at «Pnr« 13
Easter Gloves at Less
Ladles' 12 button length, double tipped silk
gloves; Fowne's fsmous make, in black and
white only; all sizes of the $1-25 q»« r\r\
grade on sale Wednesday at, a pair... «p JL •VrVl
Ladies' 16 button length silk gloves, in ail
colors, including black and white; the grade that
we sell regularly at $2.50 a pair on dJO (\f\
sale Wednesday at, a pair «p^*UvF
Ladies' 16 button length glace kid gloves, the
best kid glove in the market, in all the new
shades to match the new spring suits. Every
pair guaranteed in every djo 'J^t
way. Price, a pair «PO« I O
The kind that
you want to
freshen up the
waist and to add
a touch of white
to the suit or
dress. Full
stocks now to be
seen .... 15c up
King Ed Eats Eggs
At $3 Per Bite
LONDON, April 14.—King Ed
ward has breakfasted upon tho egga
of the golden plover, the first ot
the season, as precedent decrees, at
$3 a bite. They were forwarded
to him at Biarritz.
For years it has been custom in
England to forward the first plover
eggs of the season to the king. He
pays fancy prices for them and the
first Aye found this year brought
$6 apiece.
It would be little short of trea
son in the English mind not to fa
vor the king with the first And.
Parisian Dye Works
Has no branch offices nor
agents. Office 60S fetrst Aye.
Phone 2137. . . . L. A. .ehmann
Steinway ®L Other
Victor Talking Machlnea
810 Sprague Aye,
Four Shopping Days
Before Easter
Your Hat Must Be Bought on One
of These Days
Styles count. You want style and you can get it best at
the Wonder. The most wanted styles are the "Merry
Widow" Sailors, the English Turban and some largo models
on the Mushroom lines.
The wanted colors are Just the color that you personally
want, and of course you want a hat to match your new Easter
suit. That particular hat is here awaiting you.
The "beet prices are not the highest prices. Wonder mil
linery is marked to sell at less prices than has ever been
the case at this early season iv any previous year.
Merry Widow Sailors $2.50, $5.00, $7.50
Ready to wear Street Hats $2.50 to $10.00
Swell Dress Hats $5.00 to $50.00
All Children's Millinery on sale for this week nt a discount
of 25 per cent.
On All Kinds of Collateral
H. BROH S CO., 504 Main Aye.
The Electro Dental Parlors are fully equipped to do the
finest class of work at prices much lower than any other
office In the city. Our specialty Is fine plate and bridge
■work, and we control the only perfect method for the re
enameling of teeth. If your teeth trouble you, come to ua
and we will examine them free of charge and tell you to
the cent Just what It will cost to fix them.
518 RIVERSIDE AND HOWARD. Look for the Sign.
Over the Spokane Trunk Factory. Open Sundays 9 to 12.
Paris Cleaning and Dyeing Works
The most reliable house In Spokane lor Cleaning and Dyeing of
Ladles and Gentlemen's Garments. French cleaning a specialty.
Phone 3264. 607 BECOND AVENUE
Belts and Purses for Wear
With the New Easter
The separate skirt and the shirt waist demands
a pretty belt and many an otherwise correct out
fit is spoiled because of the fact that the right
attention ts not paid to the belt.
Leather and silk elastic belts are the right
things this season, and these we are showing in
all the wanted Ci\ a, d*o
colors. Prices DUC lO «p<h
The Hand Bags—ln shades of color to match
your new stilt, in leather and silk makes; a su
perb assortment is to be seen rffj? a. fcO
at the Wonder at all prices /OC lO
Men's Suits for Easter
The suit that combines style, correct color and
moderate pries is best bought at the Wonder. We
can show you complete assortments of the
Kirschbaum aid Haekott-C'arhart lines of cloth
ing, the best, made, most perfectly finished and
most stylish suits In America. The cloths are
guaranteed all wool and we guarantee every suit
that we sell from these lines to wear for not less
than a year; to keep its color and retain its
shape for that length of time. A guarantee like
this can not be given with any other line of cloth
ing in America --It's genuine and has no restric
tions. Let us show tfcOfi £91%
you our suit lines tym*\J *p£*J «p«Jvl
Good Dentistry at
Low Prices
Electro Dental Parlors
New hosiery is
as nocessary as
a new hat or
suit. Wo are
Showing a won
derfully vast as
sortment of all
kinds, silk, lisle,
gauze; In all

xml | txt