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Tells What It Knows UNITED PRESS ASSOCIATION SERVICE GRAND JURY IN MARCH Superior Court Today Selects Men Who Will Probe Gordon Charges. A grand jury was called today by Judge J. D. Hinkle ot the su perior court to convene Monday, March 8, at 9:30 a. m. While the call does not state the specific character of the Inquiry to be made by the grand Jury, it was summoned to Inquire Into the Root-Gordon scandal and the al leged shortage of Judge Gordon as •attorney for the Great Northern railway. Jury Commissioners Jamieson and Allen this morning drew from the jury box the names of 125 pet.it jurors and 30 grand jurors. The petit jurors are for the regular March panel, while from the venire of 30 grand jurors the names of 17 will be selected for actual grand jury service. Prosecutor Fred Pugh made his recommendation for a grand jury to the combined judges of the su perior court at a meeting yester day, submitting along with his rec ommendation the evidence taken by the state bar committee in its Inquiry into the Root-Gordon su preme court. The arrival of this evidence had been awaited by the Judges, who agreed to the grand Jury on seeing what the state bar committee had been able to bring to light, in addition to other facts obtained by Mr. Pugh in indepen dent outside Inquiry. An effort will be made lo have ATTORNEYS ASK m FOR PEACE OLD COUNTY BAR ASSOCIA TION PUTS LIGHT IN THE WINDOW FOR ITS OWN RE BELLIOUS OFFSPRING. The old Spokane County Par as sociation Is Inclined to forgive its erring offspringg. the new bar as sociation, and ask it to again re .turn to the parental roof. After the "Insurgents" drew off from the old association about a year ago, the friends of the old bar were everlastingly indignant and ag grieved. Hut time works changes, and the conclusion has been reach ed that organization is better than discord, and that one bar associa tion In a city Is better than two. The old association had a meet ing at the court house this morn ing, presided over by Judge L. It. Nash, who made a talk regretting the division among the lawyers that necessitated the existence of two bar organizations. He said an effort should be made to bridge ever the chasm, if possible, and a motion was made by O. J. Snvllle that a Committee be appointed to confer with the members of the new bar association, and see if an arrangement could not be made to combine tlie two associations. On this committee Judge Nash appointed O. J. Savllle, W. 11. I'luminer and Judge P. F. Qutnn, who are to report back at a meet ing of the association next Sntur day. A committee was also appointed to draft memorial resolutions re cently on the death of .lames Daw son, one of the old practitioners here, who recently died at his old home in Maryland. When told of the action of the old association, Frank T. Post, president of the new association, gave a quiet laugh In his peculiar way and remarked: "Well, that's funny." He did not care to say what action his association might take on the proposed reunion of the competing lawyers' organiza tions. GETS 14 YEARS AND IS LUCKY CROOK AT THAT George Smith, alias "Montana Red" ami other cognomens, es caped the penitentiary for life in being sentenced today iv Judge Hinkle's court for the robbery of Mtm Donald's room last October when over $100 ffas stolen. Smith wus subject to a life sen tence under the habitual criminal act, but att it would cost the state over $f!,000 tc secure the neces sary evidence to show Smith s for mer criminal '-ecord, it was de cided to not make the effort. JudKu Hinkle sentenced "Smith to SVuila Wulla tv *uive a torw ot all of the witnesses of any Import ance who testified before the bar commission appear before the grand jury, in addition to other witnesses which the bar commit tee could not reach. It Is said that any citizen may go before the grand jury with in formation that may lead to the in vestigation of other charges than what may be developed in the case of Judge Gordon and Judge Root. There was some talk a while back of the Spokane County Township club asking for a grand jury to in vestigate county affairs, and it may be that a move will be started by those prominent in that movement to open up the courthouse manage ment issue. The grand jury panel consists of J. V. Hubbard, Hillyard; H. C. Hall, Cheney; S. R. Wilson, R. R. 27; P. E. Masian, Spangle; F. N. Muzzy, Moab; E. A. lloswell, Fair field; J. R. Cauldin, Marshall; George Watson, Espanola; P. Saf fron, J. R. Herron, William Kelley jr., Charles R. Lewis. W. B. Crowley, Garret P.. Hunt, Ben F. Rnvis, R. McKinley, I. B. Schoen, E. H. Hughes, W. F. Hertz berg, R. T. Kaufman, J. N. Gom ness, Charles Ehrenberg, T. C. Wolf. Andrew Hackett. B. G. Fuller, E. M. Lewis, .lames H. Gray, F. J. Hehimin. J. H. Ilrigh ton, E. D. Browne, Spokane. ONE CITY EMBEZZLER SENTENCED PITTSBURG, Feb. 13.—Sixteen years in the penitentiary and fines aggregating $20,000 wns the sen tence imposed on .John T. Morgan former tax collector of McKees portborough, who pleaded guilty to <-harges of forgery and embezzle ment. When questioned concerning $34,000 he took from the city de pository he said he was robbed of $20,000 one night near the Hay market theater. NEGRO NATION NEAR FINISH BRITISH TROOPS HAVE IN VADED LIBERIA AND ROOSE VELT HAS ANOTHER PROB LEM TO SETTLE. WASHINGTON, D. C, Feb. 13 — Conditions in Liberia are causing grave concern at the capitol. It is believed that a crisis in the af fairs of the little African republic has been reached ami that the na tional existence of Liberia is draw ing to a close. Marines have landed from a British warship at Monrovia and a column of soldiers dispatched from Sierra Leone for the purpose of affording protection to English residents and travelers. The state department will make renewed efforts to persuade con gress to appropriate money for the appointment of a commission to visit Liberia to uscertain condi tions and recommend what action should be undertaken by the United States. live to 14 years at hard labor. Un der Smith's prison record, he can not be released short of 14 years, which will make him 55 years old when his sentence ends. Smith has served 18 years of his life behind prison walls, and the stute has record of four of his previous convictions, but this does not Include all of them, Smith said. Smith aguin professed his Inno cence before being sentenced, und, as on all of hIH former convictions, claimed that he was being jobbed. The court said that the evidence was too plain to entertain this charge for v uiouient. THE SPOKANE PRESS 96 LOST IN WRECK WELLINGTON, N. Z., Feb. 13.—Coast guards sre patrolling in hope of pick ing up more bodies from the wrecked steamship Penguin, which foundered last night off Cape Tera whlti. There is no hope that any of the 96 passengers and crew escaped. Thirty bodies washed ashore during the night. A raft improvised by the crew came ashore with a number of corpses. IWO HOLDUPS TAKE FORTUNE FROM MAILS DENVER, Feb. 13.—After stop ping the Denver & Rio Grande fast mall, two masked men held up and robbed it of thousands of dollars worth of registered mail last night near the military junction. Today an armed posse is pursu ing in an auto. During the rob bery one of the robbers bombard ed the passenger coaches with bullets. As the train was approaching Military Junction, the engineer saw the prostrate form of a man lying on the track, with another man standing over him frantically waving his hands. The engineer brought the train to a quick stop. Immediately one man ran to the side of the engine and pointed a revolver at the engineer and fire man, ordering them to raise their hands. Other trainmen who came out were sent back to the cars under threats. While one robber kept up a constant fusillade of bullets to frighten the passengers, so none of them would come out, the other entered the mail car and compell ed the clerk to point out the regis tered mail. The loot was placed in a sack and dropped from the window. The robbers then forced the engineer to start the train. HAS 15 OF HER PUPILS ARRESTED Mrs. E. L. Hard, principal of the Giant school, had 15 of her boy pupils, ranging in age from 12 to 15 years, arrested by Probation Officer Peters and hauled into the Juvenile court this rnoHnlng for snow balling B, B. Page. El 504 Thirteenth avenue, last Wednesday noon. After listening to the facts In the case, Judge Hinkle found that the case was one that the principal should have settled and dismissed the proceedings. The evidence showed that the boys had been spending the noon recess in the usual manner In which boys amuse themselves, and that among other things had snow baled various passersby, who made no objection and enjoyed the s|>ort. Page about this time came along carrying his wife's opera coat on his arm, and when the boys started to throw the snowballs at him he became angry. After receiving one of the snowballs on the side of the Jaw. Page turned and seiz ing one of the boys started off with him toward the school house. The other boys gathered around and asked Page to release their com panion, which he refused to do, whereupon he became the target for an avalanche of snowballs. The 16 boys arrested thought they were being singled out for special punishment and objected to being so dealt with while others equally Involved were permitted to go free. Page reported the case to Mrs. Hard, but denies that he had any thing to do with causing the arrest of the youthful offenders. He ex hibited a crushed derby hat as evi dence of his connection with the snowballing episode. MILLIONAIRE ON TRIAL BT. I.Ol'lS. Feb. IS.—Arguments over the production of the books of the Letup Brewing to. began to day in the trial of W. J. Letup, millionaire brewer. Weather—Bnow tonight and Sunday; slightly colder tonight. SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1909 THE SENATE KILLED THE 9 FOOT SHEET BILL BOYS AND GIRLS IN RIB-BREAKING RATTLE SCORES HURT IN SCHOOL FIGHT TO TEAR DOWN FLAG, CO-EDS TAKING HAND IN FRAY. WASHINGTON, Pa„ Feb. 13.— Scores of men students, and a dozen co-eds are suffering injuries sustained when members of the junior class raised their colors on the tower of the main school build ing. A score of students rushed to tear down the colors and met a party of juniors on the stairs. They clashed and the fight raged through corridors and class rooms. The co-eds engaged in the scrimmage on both sides. Many emerged with torn dresses and scratches on their faces. The injuries to men consisted of broken legs, ribs and countless sprains and bruises. At the end of the battle the junior colors still fluttered. CLUB PREPARES FOR CAMPAIGN The Northwest Civic Improve ment club met last night at the Presbyterian church, corner ot Gardner and Cannon, to elect dele gates to the Federated Men s clubs executive committee and to dis cuss issues of the coming city campaign. The club expects to take part with other men's clubs of the city with a view to further improvement in municipal condi tions. James T. lnircham and Russell F. Collins were chosen delegates to the executive committee and instructed to urge the following matters in the executive commit tee of the Federated Men's clubs. Amendment of the city charter to provide for the recall. It was the sense of the club that a recall election should be had by a peti tion of not to exceed 15 per cent of the vote at the last previous election. The reduction of the vote re quired for Instituting the initiative and referendum from 35 per cent as at present to 15 per cent. Vigorous action by the Federated Men's clubs to procure the passage by the legislature of the municipal primary law recently proposed by the charter revision committee. This law was read in full to the club and the members were unani-] inous in their strong approval of this provision. This is the law that has recently been proinwed by Benator Graves of Spokane, aud the club believes that every effort should bo made to procure favor able the legislature in time Jor use in tbe psing elections in Spokane, as was done with the general primary law two years ago. There was considerable uniform discussion of the merits of vari ous candidates for the mayoralty nomination who have announced themselves, but no instructions were given by the club to the dele gates upon this subject. It is planned to have another meeting of the club shortly. At that time plans will be more fully developed for active work by the club in the coming campaign. NON-PARTISAN VOTE ORDERED Notices are being sent out by- Charles Howard, clerk of the county commissioners, calling for the first town election to be held in the various townships of the county on Tuesday, March 2, in pursuance to the provisions of the township law. At this election three township directors will be chosen, also an assessor, road supervisors, and such other minor officers as the law provides for. The elections will be on a non partisan basis, the nominations be ing by viva voce announcement, and the election by ballot dropped into the hat in the good old way. • At this meeting the electors of the <various townships will be call ed upon to determine whether or not they shall have saloons within theiiv borders during tho coming year. All saloon licenses existing at the time of the election expire a few days thereafter. CRAZED LOVER SHOOTS MOTHER AND SON IIILLSVILUB, N. J., Feb. 13 — Joseph Somerfleld was shot dead and Mrs. Margaret Kinkle and her son, age 15, seriously wounded to day by Richard Dunning, who is beileved to be infatuated with the woman ERIE TO ISSUE BONDS FOR $30,000,000 \ AI.HANY. X. V.. Feb. 13.—The public service commission today granted nn application of the Erie rail "''l for authority to Issue 30 veai ■ per cent oollntcraj bunds, efgrefaUn*. 130,000,000, GZAR'S GRAB GORKY ST. PETERSBURG, Feb. 13.—A warrant was issued today for the arrest of Maxim Gorky, celebrated writer and leader of the revolutionary movement in Russia. The order is the result of Dolitical agitation. HE'LL BATTLE 808 FAIRLEY WILLIAM J. McKEAN GETS INTO RING AGAINST STOUT SCOT FOR OFFICE OF CITY COMPTROLLER. It looked as though Hob Fairley would have a walkaway for city comptroller, but this morning he woke up to the fact mat there will be some fighting for him to do. William J. Mcivean of 03927 Calispel street, filed on the re publican ticket this morning for comptroller. The new candidate is the presi dent of the Pacific Manufacturing & Supply Co.. whose headquarters are at 0901 Division street. The company does general foundry work. Mr. McKean has been in the city a a number of years but this is his first dip into the sea of politics. DRIVEN INTO RAIN IN NIGHT CLOTHES SAN FRANCISCO. Feb. 13 — Fire broke out in the Mission branch of tlie local postofflce early today. Several stores and apart nients above were destroyed and a dozen families driven Into the rain in night clothes. Damage, $60,000. PASS ACT TO PAVE WAY FOR KNOX WASHINGTON, D. C, Feb. 13 — A bill reducing the sulary of the secretary of state was recommend Ed today by the house committee on elections for president, vice president and members of con gress. This action was taken to remove obstacles In the way of Knox's appointment as secretary of state. BAKER SCARES AWAY BANK ROBBERS WABHOUOAL, Wash.. Feb. 13 — Karly this morning robbers enter ed the Washougal bank and at tempted to blow the safe. Two charges ot dynamite failed and they were frightened away by an approaching baker wafcuu. WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVO R SEVENTH YEAR, No. 85. 25 CENTS PER MONTH SENATOR GRAVES PUTS HIS PRICE TAG ON LEGS ARMS AND HUMAN LIFE Will G, Graves Is In the state senate now by grace of the labor vote of Spokane. In return for that confidence, Senator Graves has introduced a bill carefully fix ing the amount corporations shall be held to pay for injuries suffered by employes. In this act Graves has left the maimed or dependents of the killed little to worry over. All they need to do is sign a con tract. His position as counsel for the Graves traction interests, which are steadily defending damage suits, particularly fits the senator for the business of invoicing in juries and fixing proper financial reimbursement therefor, and, of course, inclines him to the widest latitude in behalf of the employe. The Graves bill carefully dis tinguishes between "primary" and "secondary" dependents. It is an act to abolish damage suits by pro viding that in advance of injury an employe may by contract release the employer of any liability, ex cept that prescribed by Graves, a matter that will be more fully ap preciated when men applying to the Traction Co. for merely as an instance, may be required *o sign such contract on consider- Ition of getting a job. A thoughtful exception is made for the employe whose employer maliciously injures the employe, such, for instance as J. P. Graves LUMBERMEN SEE RUIN IN REMOVAL OF TARIFF CLAIM CANADIANS WILL FLOOD UNITED STATES MAR KET—PINCHOT URGES FREE TRADE TO SAVE FORESTS. WASHINGTON. D. C, Feb. 13.— The announcement that the con- i grass tonal committee had deter mined to recommend the abolition of lumber tariff on all grades has brought to Washington a lobby of lumbermen representing all parts of the country. Lumber interests will use the argument that if con gress adopts the recommendation the United States lumber industry will be dealt a blow from which it will never recover. ENDS LIFE WITH ACID JOHN ML'SSER SWALLOWS FATAL DRAUGHT AFTER PROLONGED ABSENCE FROM HOME AND FAMILY. With a deadly draught of car bolic acid, purchased a few min utes before from a nearby drug store, John Musser v of 2206 Gard ner avenue, killed himself about 10 o'clock in the rear room of the Clinton saloon. 062K Monroe street. Musser is reported to have been away from home for about two days, and his wife and children have been searching for him. This morning without a word to the bartender or loungers about the place, he walked through to the back room of the Clinton, and was found dying a few minutes later. A physician arrived too late. Coro ner 11. E. Schlegel pronounces death due to carbolic acid poison ing taken with suicidal intent. Mussel's death has left his wife with little support. Mrs. Musser is a steadfast attendant at church, and was almost a constant attend ant at the Hilly Sunday revival meetings, according to friends of the unhappy family. Mr. Musser sold a ranch he own ed at Nine Mile about a year ago and has been living in Spokane, doing teaming since that time. He is the father >>t four married chil dren. The youngest child at home is aged about two and a half years and the eldest is a boy, aged 17. A friend of tbe family stated this morning that the man's act is believed to be due to worry over business troubles. resulting in til inking Mr. Musser was about 65 years 1 old and generally well known ONE CENT descending on some paddy with S pick handle. Here is the values Graves figures the corporations should be held re* sponsible for: Death of an employe. $3,000; j loss of either arm above elbow, $1,500; below elbow, $1,250; either hand at wrist, $750; thumb or fore- Oncer, $400; any other Anger,] $200; either leg at hip, $1,500; M either leg between knee and hip, ' $1,000: either leg between kne and ankle. $900; either foot. $750; any toe, $150; ear, $250; eye, $750; breaking arm not causing perma* ! nent disability, $250; either leg, $400; nose, $400. Where more than one loss o* break afflicts the victim of a. smashup, the injuries are to be'- compounded and paid for at the' fixed rate for each. Permanent total disability for any cause not before mentioned is priced at $3,000. Partial disability figures' up at $1,000. Thirty days is al-' lowed after an accident for the filing of a claim and names of wit-' nesses. The company will be ex- 1 pected to notify dependents ia CMc of death. Payment of the)! compensation must be made 10 days after filing the notice of in- j jury, "unless a controversy arise between the parties as to the righO: of compensation or its amount." In that event arbitration is pro* t vided. The lumbermen are particularly anxious to have the tariff pre served on low grades. They say, that if these are admitted free the Canadians will flood the American market. * Never in the history of any in dustry in the United States has such radical action been recom mended by a congressional com mittee. It is understood that Chief Forester Plnchot influenced the committee to make the recommen- dation. Piuchot believes that with free low grade lumber American forests will be conserved as in no other way. among the teamsters and laboring men of the city. The body has been removed to the Oilman under* taking parlors. HUNG HEAD DOWN FOR HOUR UNDER RUINS IN WATER PASADENA. Cal.. Feb. 13.—Aft er hanging head downward under the ruins of Rubto canyon pavallon for au hour yesterday, while water from a bursted pipe poured over her body. Mrs. Fred T. Drew, whose baby boy was killed by col lapse of the structure, Is thought to be dying today. Drew and his son, George, were also caught by the landslide under .the building but are recovering. BALLINGER CUTS LOOSE FOR TAFT SEATTLE, Feb. 13.—Judge Bal linger will today formally resign as vice president and trustee ot the Seattle exposition and also withdraw from his law firm, to assume his duties as secretary ot the interior under Tatt's adminis tration. $1000 FOR GOMPERS FIGHT FUND SEATTLE, Feb. 13.—A thousand dollars has been raised by organ ized labor here to fight the caso against Gompers, Mitchell and Morrison, who were sentenced for contempt ot court. At a meeting last night labor leaders condemned the sentence. BRITISH STEAMER LOST. P.REST, France. Feb. 18. -The P»-itish steamer Forest Castle foun dered off this harbor today. Nlut ot the crew were drowned.