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A charge of arson is to be made
against Carl H. Donatch, who was
arrested this noon by Detective
Lister after a search lasting since
early Tuesday morning. Donatch
Is suspected of having set Are to
the house at 540 Scott st., which
was completely destroyed early
Tuesday morning. What led to the
suspicion that It was set afire pur
posely was the fact that Just be
fore the arrival of the fire depart
ment the roof blew off, indicating
an explosion, probably of gasolene.
Donatch and a Mrs. E. N. Phillips
lived In the house. The furniture
was insured for $1,100 in Mrs.
Phillips' name. Donatch and Mrs.
Phillips were known to their
neighbors as brother and sister.
An attempt to murder J. Neil, an
expressman, was made at 11
o'clock last night in the alley in
rear of the Star lodging house on
Division st. Following the shoot
ing, Patrolman Downey arrested
Harvey Overlmd, on suspicion.
Overland is a switchman, age 37.
T! t morning Neil went to tho
scene of the •jttempt on his life
and found a .38 calibre Colt's re
volver and also dug a bullet out of
the side of the lodging house. He
brought both to police headquar
Neil said he heard sounds of a
fight about 10:3.) in the alley and
ran to the spot. Two men were
beating another who was drunk.
Nell lnterferred and knocked one
of the assailants down. This man
when he arose said: "I'll kill you
for that."
Nell paid little heed to the
threat. Half an hour later he
walked hy with three companies
and a man called to him from a
doorway, "Come over here." Neil
complied. When about 40 feet from
the man he was fired at. He ran
for about a block and met Patrol
man Downey. They returned to
the lodging house and met Over
land on the stairs. Nell claims he
recognized Oveiland's voice In the
darkness. He hps known Overhaul
about a week, he claims.
Overland denies that he ws3
either fighting with anyone or did
the shooting. At the time of the
arrest no weapon could be found,
so he was charged only with dis
orderly conduct. This charge will
be changed to assault with a dead
ly weapon.
That Japan is friendly with the
United States and Is using every
effort in her power to prevent the
Immigration of coolies to this coun
try Is the statomeut made by Am
bassador Thomas O'Brien, who to
day is enroute to his old home,
Brand Rapids, Mlcb, He returned
A special meeting of the coun
cil will be held tonight to finish
the business which could not be
bandied last night. The long
drawn-out bridge discussion con
sumed time which ordinarily would
have been given to routine work.
The business tonight will bo the
reading and passage of or
An Important ordinance is the
proposed franchise of the Traction
Co. to the Interstate fair grounds.
As reported out of the committee
cf the whole the company will be
Commissioner Jack O'Brien says
that Henry Lit lien thal's bond for
performance of the Ide ay. con
trad litis been leturned to tho com
missioners' office and ts now on
file there, it amounts lo 11,080
and was willidrawn When the coun
cil Stopped work several
months ago. The board, Mr.
O'Brien says, had it returned when
(here seemed to be a (banco of
Continuing the contract.
As the matter stands now the
work hai been regularly let to con
tract and nothing remains In the
way of formal action except con
firmation of the assessment role.
After months of waiting the prop
erly owners finally succeeded Just
night in gelling the role sent up to
the council. It was postponed, as
The Incident demonstrates what
force corporation influence can ex
arl ai the city ball in hostility to
public Interests. The Ide ay. prop
rri\ owners ue. d the Improvement
ns an outlet from their property
Slid secured the necessary official
Following his arrest Donatch
told Sergeant McPhee when close
ly questioned, that he and Mrs.
Phillips were not related. He
denies knowing anything about the
fire and said h« was not there at
the time. Neighbors claim that
the house was afire on the morn
ing of July 5 and that they put out
the blaze. When they went to the
house Mrs. Phillips and Donatch
came out fully dressed. This was
a suspicious circumstance which
lead the officers to believe both
Mrs. Phillips and Donatch guilty.
At the time of his arrest Donatch
was in his room at 917 Fifth ay..
where he has heen hoarding since
the fire. Mrs. Phillips has not
been arrested.
last night from Japan. O'Brien says
the new cabinet in Tokio is pro
gressive and will be careful to see
that present diplomatic relations
between Japan and America are
'O'Brien will return to Japan in
time to see the Atlantic fleet ar
MARYSVII.LE, Cal., July 15 —
Sheriff Chubbuck and three posses
are today scouring the woods in
every direction in an effort to lo
cate Gus Adolph, Italian, who
Tuesday night, it is charged, mur
dered two men and tried to kill
three others in a Western Pacific
camp 25 miles east of Oroville.
The Italian was run out of
camp last because he was
quarrelsome, He left vowing
In reply to George C. Murray's
Statements, published yesterday,
that the streets are lined with dis
reputable females nightly, Police
Chief Rice this morning said:
"1 am confident there are fewer
'streetwalkers' now than ever be
fore. Officers have been diligent,
as the police court records will
show, and while there may be in
stances once in awhile, I do not
consider this rweeping statement
founded 00 fact."
City Engineer Ralston was au
thorized last night to submit any
bridge plans to an expert for
checking and to add the cost of
such exporting to the bridge cost
proper. At a previous meeting he
said that such expert could be se
cured for one half of one per cent
of the cost of the structure.
asked to pay half a cent per car
mile for the first \Q years and one
cent for the balance of the 25 year
life of the fran?hise.
Iky I*. Craves, head of the com
pany, met the council Informally
Monday fend protested against this
It remains to be seen whether
the council will reverse Itself in
Councilman Punk is the prin
cipal advocate of fixing a franchise
charge that will mean something
in the nature ol revenue to tho
action lo procure it. The railroad
Interests had decided to appro
priate a pail of that section and
have so fur succeeded in blocking
further progress without even ap
plying for a franchise,
The remonstrance filed hy the
North t'o.isi agents with the coun
cil last nigh! w.is mied out largely
b) making payments on prospec
tive purchases on condition that
the property owners Included sign
the remonstrance. Many of the
ilgnert were bullied <>r frightened
Into signing.
This development is probably
the boldest use of the corporation
(dull that has been witnessed in
this city.
A total of ::S names were signed
to the remonstrance, Among the
sinners were the North Coast rail
way by its president, R. D. sua
horn; the Groat Northern railway
by Division Counsel M J Gordon.
1.. W. Hill. G. M. Hayden and R.
A, Wilkinson, ,>lso by Mr. Cordon.
The private property represented
Is practically controlled by the
railroad agents-
Steve Adams was found not guilty
this afternoon of the murder of
Arthur Collins, Telluride mine su
perintendent, who was blown up
with a bomb.
PITTSBURG, July 15.—Eight
men were killed by an explosion
in a Williamsburg colliery today.
Eight others were rescued suffer
ing terrible burns which will prob
ably prove fatal. More men re
main in the shaft, where they are
The mine is burning.
Judge Hunekc wants volunteer
probation officers to take turns pa
troling certain localities where
children congregate at night. Judge
Huneke and members of the Y. M.
C. A. called on the mayor this
morning and discussed how best
to keep children off the streets and
to enforce the curfew law. It was
decided to ask citizens to act as
officers around the residence por
tions of the town.
The principal places where chil
dren are about after dark are the
parks and residence districts. The
curfew law fixes 9 o'clock at night
in summer and 8 o'clock in win
ter. It is impossible for the pres
ent small police force to keep chil
dren off the streets except in down
town districts. Chief Rice, who
was at the session, so informed the
Chief Rice today will issue or
ders to his men that whenever a
child under 16 not on an errand or
accompanied by an older person, is
found on their beats they are to be
taken in and turned over to the
probation officer. Then Judge
Huneke will Interview the parents.
Thoso who attended the meeting
were .Judge Huneke, Mayor Moore,
Police Chief Rice, Assistant Cor
poration Counsel Rhodes, H. M.
Hart, principal cf the high school,
and 0, F. Straub of tho Central La
bor union. Tho meeting was the
outcome of a discussion of the
juvenile question at the Y. M. C. A.
last night.
O. F. Straub is to bring the mat
ter before the Central Labor union
and urge labeling classes to give
it proper attention.
The movement is due to numer
ous cases of debauching young
girls that have come up in the past
few mouths.
Thomas Maloney returned last
night from the democratic conven
tion at Denver. He felt rather sure
of Bryan's election before he went,
but now he's certain of it. Mr.
Maloney says Towne was side
tracked for vie 3 president because
he had worked against the ticket
for Hughes. Towne admitted the
charge. New York had no other
available man and Kern looked
like the strongest of the pick.
Mrs. May Arkwrlght Hutton Is
also home. Sheh failed to get a
woman suffrage plank In the platt
form, but made the attempt. Je
rome Drumheller is expected back
tonight. All are delighted at tho
treatment accorded by Denver.
COLUMBUB, 0., July l.V—Con
fident they will be able to poll
1,000,000 votes for their candid.ue.
the prohibition party assembled
here to hold a national convention,
Which formally opened at 10
The Bnakopa carnival is to be
held downtown instead of at Nata
torium park, at at first planned.
The carnival committee is dicker
ing with Nat Reis, the carnival
promoter, today and is trying to
locate a good site Manager Inger
soil of the park gave the labor
unions the week ahead of the
Bnakopa and this Is given as the
reason for the change from the
park to downtoa n
LONDON. July 15.—The new
British battleship indomitable,
wiiii the Prince ot Wales aboard,
ooltided with a barge nit Ports
mouth today. The cruiser was
slightly damaged.
Weather—Tonight probably showers; Thursday fair and warmer.
Special Correspondence to The Press
Fredree Calvert Ansel, daughter of
the governor of South Carolina,
christened the latest and most
powerful battleship of Uncle Sam's
navy with these words: "I christen
thee South Carolina!"
The fair sponsor stood on a
raised platform, decorated with na
tional colors.
As the vessel began to slowly
move on the ways, the employes of
the shipyard gave a lusty roar of
Lurching slightly as it struck the
BY CHAS. R. JONES. Chairma
n Prohibition National Committee.
COLUMBUS. 0., JulylS.—The
prohibition party was born to put
a prohibition \ resident in the
White House, and will live to see
one there, backed by a congress
pledged and elected to support him.
The prohibition party never once
in 40 years has had a doubt of na
tional victory.
The brewers snd the liquor men,
aroused by the rising tide of public
sentiment against them, have just
one hope of temporary escape from
doom. Their faith is in the stealthy
dagger of the political assassin.
Beaten to the seeming verge of
collapse, they will get busy in the
very hour of de.'eat, stab the statue
in the back through perjured offi
cials of license parties, and
straightway flood the press and con
fuse the people with their slander
and ridicule of deliberately nulli
fied and vlolat H law.
This is the secret of 50 years of
see-saw temperance agitation, and
the incontestable warrant for tho
prohibition party and its creed.
The prohibition party is the
friend and well-wisher of every
enemy of the diink curse.
As a party it never did and never
will quarrel with those who in
various ways are striving for the
overthrow of the evil.
But for 40 years it has never for
a moment swerved from its posi
tion that the final and complete
victory of the reform can never be
achieved so long as the liquor
forces are permitted to remain
equally divided in the two domi
nant parties of the nation, where
they now are able to dictate the
attitude and policy of either one
which may happen to be in power.
By this strategy, which for them
is their only salvation, the liquor
men have kept their grip upon the
lever of the nation's politics.
The only effective remedy for
this state of affairs, which is rap
idly becoming chronic in all ptohi
hitlon states and communities, is
that offered by the prohibition
Once the liquor politicians and
the liquor leaders have heen •breed
or driven by self-defense into one
party by the long delayed political
union of their opponents, the era
of duplicity and vacillation on this
question will be over, and the hour
of permanent national victory win
have come.
The record at our prohibition na
tional headquarters Indicates:
Thai there are now sight prohi
bition states with a total popula
tion of 13,000,000;
That there are 850 prohibition
cities in 36 stater, with from 5,000
to 100,000 each, having a total pop
ulation of 3,500,000 aud an average
population of nearly 15,000;
That practically 10,000,000 people
of whom at least 104100,000 have
been added within the past four
years, are living In prohibition ter
ritory, which now comprises nearly
tWO-thlrda of the nation's area;
Th»| the liquor traffic Is now
largely centered and protected in
100 large cities of 28 license states,
water the vessel righted itself and
floated lazily out into the Delaware
river amid the waving of flags,
screeching of sirens and blowing
of Whistles of the assembled river
Tl>e South Carolina will lead the
navy when completed as the most
formidable fighting ship.
The water line armor belt ex
tends practically up to the main
deck, and is located according to
the most approved designs.
The ship's length is 450 feet, and
the speed will be UH knots.
When completed the South Caro
linarwlll have cost about $7,000,000.
Inhibition National Committee
from which vantage the nation's
prohibition two-thirds are being
bombarded and devastated without
redrjess by the brewers under the
protection of the federal govern
ment's interstate regulations.
The politicians of the two now
dominant parties may ignore the
issue, in their national platforms if
they choose, hut action this year
will be sure to bring swift retribu
tion, niton those who would attempt
at this late hour to stifle public
agitation and weakly dodge the
question involved.
The p-.S)hibltl.)'i question has the
righi of way and nothing can now
prevent its agitation from one end
of the nation to the other.
The brewers, in national conven
tion', affect to welcome the agita
tion. As a matter of fact they can
not stop it if they would.
The issue of prohibition cannot
be ggltated without making prohi
bition sentiment and prohibition
\ oters.
We launch cur national cam
pulpn this year confident that the
providential hour for national vic
tor) is not far distant.
LONDON. July 15.—1n the final
contest of the titio yard bicycle
race today Johnson, England, wns
first: Dembagel France, second;
Nttflpar, Germany, third. Johnson's
time was 51 1-5 seconds.
NKW YOHK July 15—Sen.
Plait was T.i years old today. Al
though the aged senator received
inuny gifts aud congratulation
there was a marked absence of
word from political leaders.
DOAK'S $10,000 BOARD
SANTA BARBARA, Cal.. July 15
—Two men were killed and 60,000
barrels of oil destroyed with a loss
of $200,000 by a Are which is still
raging fiercely at Orcutt, in the
Santa Maria oil fields today. At
noon the entire countryside was
on fire.
The flames are threatening a
tank containing 25,000 barrels of
oil. The two men killed were
working above a huge tank when
the plank ignited. Tlie men fell
into the burning oil.
Ruef is again in trouble. His trou
bles began fresh when the men on
his bond discovered that the work
of signing their names to the bond
is going to be expensive.
The announcement was made to
day at the assessor's office that the
sworn statements made by per
sons on Ruef's bond would be ac
cepted as a basis for their tax this
This was a bombshell that
created consternation. As a result
Increases from CO to 100 per cent
will be made in assessments of
nearly everybody who signed
Ruef's bonds. In one instance the
amount will be raised from $600 on
unsecured, personal property, to
$15,000 in the bank which the
bondsman told the court of, but for
got to mention to the assessor.
Delegations ot indignant bonds
men have been calling on Ruef
throughout the day. A story has
gained circulation that Ruef will
be asked to pay the difference in
his friends' taxes.
BELLINGHAM. July 15.—"Ptiget
Sound should bo protected by prop
er fortifications," said Congress
man Humphrey on his return from
Washington last night. "Deception
Pass and the channels leading into
this harbor and other cities of the
Sound must be fortified. Other
wise a foreign foe could easily gain
the Interior. Once the inner har
bors of the Sound were reached it
would be an easy matter to enter
any other of the cities and gain
control of the navy yard at Brem
er and occupy the whole Sound
country in a comparatively short
Democrattic committees will
meet tonight in H. D. Merritt's of
fice, the Columbia building, at 8
o'clock to arrange final details for
the Bryan ratification meeting to
he held in Elks' temple Saturday
evening, July 25. Speakers will be
selected aud program prepared to
TO 290 LBS.
HOT SPRINGS, Va., July 15.—
Tuff today began his course of
training to get into shape for the
coming campaign. He finished a
two weeks' course of golf and
horseback riding at noon today.
During the two weeks be has not
had luncheon. After the ride and
a rub down he tipped tlie settles at
a fraction below Bto pounds.
He was measured for a suit of
clothes. The measurements in
Inches: Chest .".4. waist 52>4. hips
SC, trousers 33, sleeves 33, chest
expansion six inches.
CHICAGO, July 15.—Illinois will
the storm center of democratic
activities during the campaign, ac
cording to Urey Woodson, secre
tary of the national committee
who arrived here today from Lin
coln He announced that main
headquarters will he located in
Chicago and a branch maintained
in New York city.
Woodson was accompanied by
Taggart and Kern. The latter left
at 1 o'clock for Indianapolis,
where he was given a great recep
Question of Sheriff's Prison Profit
May Reach Spokane County.
Last year Spokane county paid
$10,000 in round numbers for
boarding prisoners. i
For each prisoner the sheriff
was allowed 40 cents per day by
the county commissioners. As It
appears to \je regarded at the
courthouse, he is supposed to be
entitled to all nroflt he can save
on this allowance.
This assumption has been at
tacked in King and Pierce coun
ties. In the former an agitation
has been started to arrest the sher
iff, who has made thousands of dol
lars feeding prisoners, for mal
feasance in office.
It is held that everything saved
on this item belongs to the coun
ty; that under no circumstance is
it to be considered a private grafif
attaching to the sheriff's office.
There is likelihood that suit will
he brought against the sheriff in
Seattle to recover all the money
the sheriff has appropriated above
the actual amount needed to feed
the prisoners.
The same rule prevails here as
elsewhere. Sheriff Doak deems
himself entitled to all he can save
on the prisoners' board. Here is
what he told The Press today:
"There Is no law as to the coun
ty paying only the cost of prison
ers' feed. The county commis
Learning that her mother will be
cared for, Louise Jansen, age 11
and pretty, today decided that she
wants to live, though she tried
suicide Tuesday after she was re
fused credit at a butcher and baker
Leaving a pathetic note for her
mother she drank ink, and only
prompt medical aid saved her life.
The girl's father was killed in the
earthquake. Her mother sought
employment as a seamstress and
kept the wolf away by hard work.
The care of three smaller children
devolved upon Loui3e.
When told by the butcher that
no more would be charged to her
mother's bill the girl wrote the fol
lowing note to her mother:
"I am sorry to tell you I am
dead. The butcher would not trust
me, nor the grocery store, and I am
very sorry mama dear. I know
you won't scold me. I am a bad
girl and hope you will forgive me.
I know God will. I went to church
and said some prayers for all. I
send kisses to all. Your Loving
Across the front of the note she
wrote: "Please give this to
Then Louise went to the rear of
the butcher shop and drank the
ink which she carried with her
school books.
The newsboys, under direction of
Arthur Prague, are figuring on a
big time at the Spokane theater
Saturday night, where a monster
benefit is to be given. There will
be boxing, wrestling, battle royals
Councilmen do not seem to take
seriously the proposition of exact
ing payment from the streetcar
companies of a just share of cost
of new bridges, despite their other
declarations. They had an oppor
tunity last night to enforce pay
ment for the Mission ay. bridge A
crowd of property owners from the
vicinity wore on hand to boost
for a concrete bridge at that point
and one of sufficient strength to
carry 50 ton streetcars. At present
no streetcars cress the old bridge.
Engineer Ralston first submitted
figures for a concrete structure. 40
foot roadway, not sufficient for
Streetcars but tor ordinary high
way traffic. Councilman Funk
moved for its adoption, saying that
later if a streetcar company wanted
to use the bridge it could strength
en It at its own expense. He had
heard of concrete bridges being
strengthened before and made just
as good as Originally built. Then
the property owners were heard.
They wanted a bridge of strength
sufficient for cats regardless ol
cost apporioamcnt.
Councilman Funk said that if the
bridge was built for cars at this
time some future council would
giant a franchise and the company
would not be forced to pay a cent,
the conditions | reVSiling ou other
bridges vow iv use.
sinners allow me 40 cents a day
for each prisoner. A man would be
a fool if he did not try to make
some profit for his trouble. And
there Is little profit. I can tell you.
With the way foodstuffs are now
there is practically no profit
On an annual purchase of $10,-
-000 the sheriff's complaint of little
to be made seems rather gauzy.
His boarders are not satisfied by
any means with his bill of fare.
The cost of it per man dally has
been figured as low as 18 cents. If
that is correct SherifT DoaK should
have little need of financial worries
when he leaves office.
But where does he or any other
sheriff get the authority for appro
priating everything above the cost
of prison board .' Their salaries
are fixed by law. The difference
between this process and an agent
taking what might be left of a
sum he was entrusted with to car
ry out a mercantile transaction is
not perceptible. Yet agents fre
quently go to jnii for such things.
The annual county statement
shows that the jail boarding house
called for a total of $2,000 more
this year than last. There Is no
record of anything saved being re
turned to the county.
SherifT Doak says a man would
be a fool to do that.
between tthe "fig kids" and tbe
"little kids," tug-of-war and various
other stunts. Some of the newsies
are preparing speeches.
Vance King, age 14, Is supposed
to be drowned. This morning his
mother, Mrs. D. C. King, Twenty
ninth and Lidgerwood, informed
the police that Vance left home at
10 o'clock yesterday morning an
nouncing that he was going to the
river for a swim. He has not re
Vauce was dressed in a blacK
shirt, blue overalls and wore no
coat. He has a dark complexion
and dark brown hair.
No trace of him had been found
this afternoon.
Helen Sutton brought action for
divorce from Theodore E. Sutton
this morning on the grounds of un
kind and cruel treatment. They
were married Sept. 20, 1905. and
have no children. Sutton is an
BELLINGHA.M, July 15— Tho
daughter of John McKay, age eight,
died last night after suffering since
the Kourth from fire cracker
Councilman Dalke took the po
sition that he harl faith in all future
Funk referred to Hangman
Creek bridge and said that the dif
ference between a highway bridge
and one for streetcar traffic
amounted to $10,000. Citizens in
that part of the city had forced
the council to luild a bridge ot
strength enough for cars and the
W. W. P. had RQt paid a cent for
its use as a result.
Councilman Lambert took the
position that a 25 foot roadway
would be sufficient because the
street was only 29 feet. Council
man Mohr said that the street
could be widened at any time whilo
the bridge could not.
City Engineer Ralston estimated
that a bridge for streetcars would
cost $1 1t!.6t0. while for mere high
way traffic only $70,000.
Ostrander wanted the matter re
ferred to the committee or the
whole again. Funk would not stand
for it. saying the bridge matter
had hung Are lor two years and
the proposition to refer at this
time was subterfuge. He finally
agreed to the stronger structure
proposition nnd the engineer was
ordered to prepare the detailed
Plans are to be submitted for
East Olive st. a so.

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